The Importance Of Professional Upholstery Cleaning Standards

Professional upholstery cleaning standards are put together to help technicians in the field provide excellent service to their customers. The best version of these guidelines is put together by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. The IICRC has certified more than 50,000 technicians and 6,000 firms in 22 countries across the globe. This institution is accredited through the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI. The ANSI is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve U.S. business quality through industry guidelines. Because the IICRC is the most respected agency in the industry, it provides these guidelines for workers in the field.

The IICRC has several publications detailing its regulations. The BSR-IICRC S300 concerns professional upholstery cleaning standards and is available through the Institution’s website.  The BSR-IICRC S300 is intended to be a document that offers a foundation of knowledge, so technicians are expected to further their education through IICRC certification. In 2014, the BSR-IICRC S300 will be updated for the current state of the industry and for ANSI approval.

These guidelines were put together following in-depth consultations with many sources. These include training schools, chemical and equipment manufacturers, allied tradespersons, international, national and regional trade associations, upholstery and furniture manufacturers, industry professionals and experienced specialists.

Technicians that take courses through the IICRC will be introduced to these guidelines through some of the Institution’s coursework. These classes are taught over a few days by IICRC-approved and certified experts. The IICRC does not maintain a staff of instructors to teach these courses, instead opting to link technicians to  approved schools in the technician’s area. This is more convenient for the technician, because  approved IICRC courses are located all over the country.