We as a people spend a great deal of time indoors, whether it’s at home, work or the places of business that we choose to frequent. So would it surprise you to know that the air we’re breathing, while inside these buildings, may be more harmful to us than the outside air? These indoor air pollutants can come from many sources. Some of these sources we have control over, while others not so much. One of the areas we should have complete control over is the way our homes and businesses are professionally cleaned, maintained or restored after damage. Unfortunately, the use of some cleaning products and techniques can create dangerous environments, where we live, work and play.
A study completed by the EPA, showed that some organic chemicals found in many cleaning and disinfecting supplies can give off a variety of common organic pollutants. In fact, certain studies of indoor air showed pollutant levels to be two to five times higher inside, than the air we breath in the great outdoors. (See www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html) Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that the air we’re breathing inside our homes and places of business won’t cause harm to ourselves and others? We can help this to become a reality by choosing a cleaning or restoration firm that is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or the IICRC.
The IICRC is a non-profit, independent organization, committed to the advancement of technical excellence within the cleaning, inspection and restoration services industries. The IICRC was founded in 1972 and has since grown into an international organization, registering certified technicians and businesses from all over the world. So if you want the job done right, simply look for the IICRC seal of approval when searching for a cleaning or restoration company. Others will tell you of their expertise in the industry, but only IICRC certified professionals can be trusted to get the job done right. Check out the IICRC database of contacts for recommended professionals in your area by clicking on the following link:
In addition to the IICRC search you can use the Washington State Search Engine & Directory to find local contractors. No matter how you find a company, ALWAYS verify directly with the company whether their IICRC certification is active.
This site will also allow you to verify whether or not a certain technician or firm is certified as well. The IICRC sets the standard for these professions by requiring specific classes for technicians to attend and pass in order to become certified and to excel to different levels of certification, especially in reference to carpet cleaning. Some of these levels, such as the Master Level, may take years of experience and instruction to achieve. The IICRC sets standards that are rigid and significantly appropriate in today’s world; standards that keep up with the ever changing practices and advanced products used in restoration and cleaning.
Not only is the IICRC concerned with the products and techniques used during the process, but also holds their registered technicians and firms to a high standard when it comes to business ethics as well. A list of these standards can be found at the following link:
The IICRC quite literally writes the book on industry standards and has developed reference guides for every aspect of these professions. The expertise found in these reference guides comes from continuing research and study that covers the gamut of professional organizations, manufacturers and related industries, both nationally and internationally. In short, the IICRC is at the top of its game when it comes to keeping consumers safe from the health hazards of sub-par business practices and the high cost of poorly performed services. The smart money’s on choosing an IICRC certified business for all your inspection, cleaning and restoration service needs. Choose right the first time for your health, your pocket book and your peace of mind.