The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting nonprofit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC serves the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, in partnership with regional and international trade associations.The mission of the IICRC is to identify and promote an international standard of care that establishes and maintains the health, safety and welfare of the built environment.
"The IICRC serves as a independent, certification body, that sets and promotes high standards and ethics, and advances communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC also ensures that when consumers hire a cleantrust-Certified Firm or technician, they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry’s “standard of care.”"
Thomas Ellington at Pete's Carpet states that as an IICRC CLEAN TRUST Cretified Firm, Pete's Carpet Cleaning does a many things that sets them apart from the competition. "We tell all potential customers they should take these steps before hiring anyone to clean carpet or do water damage work" Consumers should confirm that the company they hire are trained by the Cleantrust, an IICRC program, in the type of work to be performed and ask they should also ask for credentials. Be sure to informally interview the company representative or technician, obtain a written estimate of the work to be completed, and receive a written contract or invoice confirming the total price along with any statements or guarantees.
Thomas also says this "Why should a customer use a certified technician?
At Pete's Carpet Cleaning and at the IICRC, we all believe that the best way to maintain a healthful home is to augment your regular home upkeep with periodic visits from an experienced certified professional. For those tasks that require a specialist — such as carpet and upholstery cleaning, maintenance of wood and tile floors and water damage — only a certified technician will deliver the results you can trust. Look for the cleantrust logo to verify IICRC certification and check the IICRC website to verify the Certified Firm Status.?
Thomas goes on to say that "Just being a Cleantrust certified firm wasn't enough for Pete's Carpet Cleaning". Pete's Carpet Cleaning had to take a stand against using dangerous chemicals that are used to clean carpets. Those dangerous chemicals can, and are, left on your carpet, which can make you really sick. These chemicals have been related to causing cancer and things like Kawasaki's Disease.
Pete's Carpet Cleaning was the first carpet cleaner in N. Texas to get the prestigous The IJCSA Green Cleaning Company Certification. The IJCSA insures that their member companies are current on safe green practices, training and regulations. Yearly certification is required so our members are thoroughly trained in all aspects of natural safe eco friendly cleaning procedures. Member companies that have completed the course can provide you with a certificate of completion, and you will also see the certification seal on their business materials.
Thomas also states that "Residential and commercial consumers are no longer satisfied with services saying they are green companies. In some commercial situations a certification is required for you to clean their building, so they stay current with their own certification process. Green cleaning is now the most popular choice for service providers based on health and enviromental reasons. Because of this many local cleaning companies put "green" logos on their website claiming to be "Green Certified" . This is a lie to get jobs. If they would lie about these things what else would they lie about?
The term for this is "Greenwashing"
It is a deceptive use of green PR or green marketing. The term green sheen has similarly been used to describe organizations that attempt to show that they are adopting practices beneficial to the environment. Any firm can say they are a green cleaning service, but without proper certification by a governing industry association. Are you really getting a true green cleaning company or simply being green washed?
Here at Pete's Carpet Cleaning we have a saying, "Greenwashing Is Not Allowed Here!"
Pete the owner, and President, states "We know that our existing, and future customers will recognize the work involved and our dedication to ensuring they are first, and what it takes to make sure their home, family, and property are our number one priority. We have one motto that sums up out work... " We clean it just like it was our own home."