The CRI recently released new products that have been added to the Carpet and Rug Institute's Seal of Approval testing and certification program for carpet cleaning products and equipment. There were nineteen new vacuum cleaners, seven cleaning solutions, one extractor and three new systems. The SOA total now stands at 914 products with a little rental machine listed as one of the best in the industry.
Meanwhile the number of professional cleaning firms signing up for the SOA program has stalled at about 1,000. That number was reached with much fanfare two years ago. But that's only 1,000 out of the more than 40,000 cleaning firms nationwide. Before long CRI will have more products certified than there are Certified Service Providers to use them. And I always thought cleaning was simple!
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