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The Importance Of Professional Upholstery Cleaning Standards

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, is responsible for managing professional upholstery cleaning standards in the industry. The IICRC’s regulations are respected more than any other institution’s because they are kept up to date and are an excellent source of information. These codes of practice cover multiple topics and provide a foundation of knowledge that a technician can expand on through the Institute’s courses.

The BSR-IICRC S300 publication contains the organization’s professional upholstery cleaning standards. This publication can be found through the IICRC’s website, and certified technicians and firms, as well as anyone who has a need or interest can purchase them as useful marketing and informational tools. The information inside the BSR-IICRC S300 was collected from many sources, including chemical and equipment manufacturers, international, national and regional trade associations, allied tradespersons, upholstery and furniture manufacturers, training schools, industry professionals and experienced specialists. This information is constantly reviewed and modified as research and technology in the industry improves.

The IICRC’s professional upholstery cleaning standards are considered important because the of the need for a documented way to clean and maintain upholstered fabrics.  The IICRC organization is accredited through the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI. The ANSI is a non-profit, national entity that strives to improve quality of life and business competitiveness by encouraging respected guidelines in many industries. Many of the IICRC’s standards are approved of through the ANSI, which gives them a national level of backing. The BSR-IICRC S300 is undergoing a major update which is expected to be finished in 2014. This version of the publication will be completely ANSI-approved and will contain the latest in industry knowledge. Technicians and companies in the field that wish to remain relevant in the marketplace will benefit from the new regulations.

The BSR-IICRC S300 is a useful document, but it is only a foundational publication
. Without further training and experience, a technician will still lag behind certified experts in terms of skill. Because of this, many people in the industry seek certification through the IICRC in a variety of specialties. These certifications range from simple textile cleaning to microbial remediation. They are useful to many industry specialists, including fire, smoke and water restoration experts. Some of the coursework will introduce technicians to the professional upholstery cleaning standards provided through the IICRC.  These classes are taught over a few days by IICRC-certified experts. The institution does not employ instructors to teach the coursework, and instead delegates the instruction to seasoned and experienced instructors. . These instructors are familiar with all of the IICRC’s guidelines and will present them to the student while teaching current trends and technology for upholstery treatment.

The IICRC has certified more than 50,000 technicians and 6,000 firms in 22 countries
. Technicians may choose to attain certification in one or more areas, and by becoming a certified firm they would have access to the CleanTrust mark and be included in the IICRC’s online database. The CleanTrust mark signifies that the technician is skilled enough to provide the best possible service to the customer, so homeowners often look for this mark when hiring a firm. The online database only contains certified firms, which adds to a certified technician’s visibility in their area. If a technician wants to expand their knowledge further, they may seek advanced certifications in one of three tracks in addition to learning about the IICRC’s professional upholstery cleaning standards.

Armed with these guidelines, a technician will have a solution for any job they may encounter

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