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United Way Sacramento Gets a Bright & Inspiring Makeover with Carpet

United Way Sacramento Gets a Bright & Inspiring Makeover with Carpet This post is part of our 2018 Blogger campaign featuring Design Sponge and the United Way of Sacramento.  By incorporating functional, but playful elements like pennants, felt signboards and bright yellow chairs, the room became a light space filled with reminders of why everyone who passed through […]

DIY Floor Pillows + Benefits of Carpet

DIY Floor Pillows + Benefits of Carpet This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2017. We love cuddling up on soft, warm carpet and enjoying family time together with these fun DIY floor pillows! Did you know carpet actually is GOOD for allergy sufferers? This came as news to me […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Have Carpet in Your Home

4 Reasons Why You Should Have Carpet in Your Home This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2017. Aside from adding style and comfort to our house, carpet has so many other purposes such as improving indoor air quality and even allergies! I always believed that hardwood floors and […]

Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Read

Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Read This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2017. I know that for some kids, books don’t hold the same appeal, and, for some, they may even be a source of frustration. After talking with friends and looking at what has been working […]

Designing with Carpet and Rugs at Home

Designing with Carpet and Rugs at Home This post is a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign for May 2017. Read the full post from Studio McGee. If you have kids, wall-to-wall carpet makes it a great, healthy, cozy spot to run around on, and they can crawl and jump around with a soft place […]

CRI 104/105 Now Include Videos and Spanish Translation

CRI 104/105 Now Include Videos and Spanish Translation The Carpet and Rug Institute recently added instructional videos to its CRI 104 and 105 Carpet Installation Standards along with a Spanish translation of the standards. In a statement, CRI President Joe Yarbrough expressed pride in the success of the standards and hopes the new additions will […]

Holiday Traditions to Create & Share with Your Kids

Holiday Traditions to Create & Share with Your Kids This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in December 2016. Read the full post from Frosted Events. Carpet adds a number of great benefits and is a great place for family gatherings, especially during the holidays. Misty Nelson highlights a few reasons great […]

Carpet Provides Comfort for Your Home and Family

Carpet Provides Comfort for Your Home and Family This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in December 2016. Read the full post from Rachel Teodoro. The mood of the house can definitely be felt by all its members. If I am in a bad mood and greet my husband when he comes […]

Choosing the Right Carpet and Rugs for Your Living Space

Choosing the Right Carpet and Rugs for Your Living Space This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2016. Read the full post from Modern Day Moms. Believe it or not, carpet and rugs can act as a filter, trapping allergens and keeping them out of the air we breathe. Allergens […]

Improving Indoor Air Quality for Your Family

Improving Indoor Air Quality for Your Family This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2016. Read the full post from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles. Carpet is the lowest emitter of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hardwood floors typically contain a high amount of formaldehyde and VOCs. Of course, […]

Indoor Activities for When It’s Cold Outside

Indoor Activities for When It’s Cold Outside This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2016. Read the full post from A Million Moments. Most of our floors are carpet, and it’s a good thing because a properly cleaned carpet can help improve air quality by reducing airborne allergens, which means I don’t […]

How to Design a Shared Family Room and Playroom

How to Design a Shared Family Room and Playroom This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in 2016. Read the full post on the Blue i Style blog. Choose Soft Surfaces Choosing furniture and flooring that will keep kids safe and comfortable is obviously of primary concern. Since kids spend lots of time […]

Why Carpet is Your Best Friend

Why Carpet is Your Best Friend This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2016. Read the full post from A Blissful Nest. Wall-to-wall carpeting adds warmth to a room that otherwise would feel very… well cold. When in a complementary and neutral color to the walls, can be a great backdrop […]

Carpet’s Clean Bill of Health

Carpet’s Clean Bill of Health In any healthcare setting, patient care comes first. That’s why maintaining indoor air quality is paramount. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has conducted scientific research and gathered independent data that show carpet is not only a viable choice for the healthcare industry, it’s the best choice. What You Should […]

Green Label Plus Sets a Higher Standard for Indoor Air Quality

Green Label Plus Sets a Higher Standard for Indoor Air Quality There is a growing demand to make indoor environments as healthy and “green-friendly” as possible. Choosing the right materials is a critical step. To assist in the process, CRI has created Green Label Plus for carpet, adhesives, and cushion to raise the bar on […]

Why are Seal of Approval Products Right for Your Home?

Why are Seal of Approval Products Right for Your Home? A Guide To CRI’s Seal of Approval Program What’s the Carpet and Rug Institute? Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is the national trade association representing carpet and rug manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials and services to the industry.  CRI […]

Better Education Starts with Healthier Students

Better Education Starts with Healthier Students To learn the most, students need to be at their best. Research has shown that carpet in educational institutions can reduce asthma and allergy symptoms of their students and staff. So, not only is your educational facility a great place to learn, it also becomes a better place to […]

A Lesson on Carpet and Fresh Air

A Lesson on Carpet and Fresh Air It’s a simple idea: Take care of your carpet and it will take care of you. Not only does it look great and offer health and safety benefits, properly maintained carpet offers a host of savings opportunities. Research proves that over time, no other flooring option offers you […]

Clean Your Carpet and You’ve Got Savings Covered

Clean Your Carpet and You’ve Got Savings Covered It’s a simple idea: Take care of your carpet and it will take care of you. Not only does it look great and offer health and safety benefits, properly maintained carpet offers a host of savings opportunities. Research proves that over time, no other flooring option offers […]

Carpet Comes with Responsibility Built In

Carpet Comes with Responsibility Built In Carpet is designed to look great and last for years. The carpet industry is also designing ways to reduce its carbon footprint. Manufacturers voluntarily address this problem by recycling old carpet materials into new carpet production or alternative uses such as building materials, auto parts, and carpet tile. Because […]

Why Carpet is the Best Option for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers

Why Carpet is the Best Option for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers For a long time, there’s been a misconception that carpet exacerbates asthma and allergy symptoms. In fact, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that properly cleaned and maintained carpet not only reduces asthma and allergy problems, it’s actually the best flooring for people […]

A Great Investment for the Future

A Great Investment for the Future The carpet industry is not only designing a way to make carpet last longer, it’s also designing ways to reduce the environmental footprint. Manufacturers are voluntarily addressing this problem by recycling old carpet materials into new carpet production or alternative uses, as well as refurbishing old carpet into new […]

Carpet Improves Indoor Air Quality in Facilities

Carpet Improves Indoor Air Quality in Facilities When it comes to air quality, you can breathe easier with carpet. Despite misconceptions, carpet emits less and filters more compounds than any other flooring option. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has conducted scientific research and gathered independent data that show carpet delivers the better air quality […]

Right at Home with Indoor Air Quality

Right at Home with Indoor Air Quality There is a perception that carpet is a poor choice for maintaining good air quality. In fact, the opposite is true. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has conducted scientific research and gathered independent data that show carpet is not only a viable flooring choice, it’s the best […]

6 Reasons to Choose Carpet for Your Next Remodel Project

6 Reasons to Choose Carpet for Your Next Remodel Project Spring can be a great time to remodel your home and if you want to give your interior space a facelift, carpet can be a great addition to any home. If you’re considering remodeling your home, there are a number of decisions you need to […]

How Carpet Cleaning Reduces Asthma and Allergies

How Carpet Cleaning Reduces Asthma and Allergies The U.S. EPA reports that Americans spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors which means that indoor air quality is of the utmost importance. ​ Many urban legends state that carpet reduces indoor air quality, but the facts support quite the opposite in that carpet is better for indoor air quality […]

The Benefits of Carpet for Your Home

The Benefits of Carpet for Your Home With so many flooring choices in the market these days, it can be difficult to decide which flooring is best for your home. Carpet offers a number of attributes that can enhance and add to your home. These include: Indoor Air Quality Carpet aids Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) […]

Home Carpet Installation Checklist

Home Carpet Installation Checklist Proper installation of carpet is vitally important to the life of your carpet. If carpet is not correctly installed, it can cause a number of issues that can affect the look and useful life of the carpet. 1.    Check for Carpet Recycling Options in Your Area Before getting your new carpet installed, […]

CRI Unveils Important Changes to Installation Standards

CRI Unveils Important Changes to Installation Standards The Carpet and Rug Institute, the best source for science-based information about carpet, today announces important updates to the gold standard guidelines for commercial and residential carpet installation. Developed by a team of industry leaders, changes to CRI’s 104 and 105 carpet installation standards address industry innovations that require new approaches […]

Back to Basics: How to Keep Carpet Clean in Your Facility

Back to Basics: How to Keep Carpet Clean in Your Facility Keeping carpet clean is an easy way to add to the overall appearance of your facility’s interior and CRI is here with some tips to help you keep carpet fresh, clean and lasting, especially with Seal of Approval-certified products. The following tips cover the […]

Back to Basics: How to Keep Carpet Clean in Your Home

Back to Basics: How to Keep Carpet Clean in Your Home Keeping carpet clean is an easy way to add to the overall appearance of your home and these tips will help you keep carpet fresh, clean and lasting, especially with Seal of Approval-certified products. The following tips cover the different aspects of how to keep […]

CRI President Joe Yarbrough Talks Annual Meeting, Goals for 2015 on FloorDaily

CRI President Joe Yarbrough Talks Annual Meeting, Goals for 2015 on FloorDaily The Carpet and Rug Institute’s 2014 Annual Meeting was Joe Yarbrough’s first as president of the trade association and afterward, he spoke with Kemp Harr of FloorDaily.net about the meeting and some goals CRI has for 2015. Yarbrough spoke about the different goals of […]

Carpet and Capitol Hill: What the Mid-term Elections Mean for the Carpet Industry

Carpet and Capitol Hill: What the Mid-term Elections Mean for the Carpet Industry FloorDaily.net’s Kemp Harr recently discussed the new political landscape in Washington with Tracy Hammond, Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli. Tracy and Polsinelli have worked with the Carpet and Rug Institute’s lobbying efforts for a number of years. The 2014 mid-term elections saw a […]

Nylla: Recycling in Virtual Reality

Nylla: Recycling in Virtual Reality Not that long ago, the CRI Blog featured a post about the mobile game Angry Janitors, which is based on the importance of clean facilities. We at CRI were big fans of the game because of how much fun it was and because of the emphasis it put on carpet cleaning. Now, […]

CRI President Yarbrough Discusses Business Environment, Carpet Cleaning on TalkFloor

CRI President Yarbrough Discusses Business Environment, Carpet Cleaning on TalkFloor Carpet and Rug Institute President Joe Yarbrough has served as leader of the carpet industry trade association for six months and he recently sat down with TalkFloor’s Dave Foster to discuss his new role and some of the issues facing the industry. Foster opened with a […]

5 Totally Bogus Things You Only Think You Know About Allergies

5 Totally Bogus Things You Only Think You Know About Allergies You sneeze when a cat walks by, wheeze through the spring and summer, and can’t even get close to a Christmas tree. As one of the 60 million Americans who suffers from allergies, according to the Allergy and Asthma Association, you may think you’re already […]

Paws on Carpet: What is the Best Carpet for Pets?

Paws on Carpet: What is the Best Carpet for Pets? Many pet owners who are in the market for flooring might think that carpet is not an option for their homes and four-legged friends, but nothing could be further from the truth. We found the “Carpet Shopping for Pets” Checklist to make carpet work for your […]

Carpet Cleaning: Heavy and Severe Traffic Areas

Carpet Cleaning: Heavy and Severe Traffic Areas Cleaning is paramount for keeping the carpet in your facility looking fresh and fulfilling its useful life. It can be confusing to know which cleaning needs to be done, and when, in your facility, but the Carpet and Rug Institute is here to help. Doyle Bloss, marketing manager […]

GreenStep Awards Honor CRI Member Manufacturers

GreenStep Awards Honor CRI Member Manufacturers The 6th Annual GreenStep Awards honored the best in sustainability work from around the carpet industry on August 5, 2014. CRI member companies Engineered Floors, J+J Industries, Mannington Commercial, Mohawk Industries and Shaw Industries were all recognized for their dedication to the environment and sustainability at the awards presentation. […]

Keep Them Home, Happy, and Studying: Creating a Kid-friendly Space

Keep Them Home, Happy, and Studying: Creating a Kid-friendly Space CRI’s third feature story of 2014, Keep Them Home, Happy and Studying: Creating a Kid-friendly Space, gives ideas for a back-to-school project for your kids no matter what their ages. Would a great study space ease your child’s transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome […]

Angry Janitors: Fun and Education All in One Game

Angry Janitors: Fun and Education All in One Game Mobile gaming – games for smartphones and mobile devices – are growing in popularity, and with thousands of games available for free, it’s not hard to see why. Sports, racing, and puzzle games are just a few of the popular genres, but now there is a […]

Four Reasons to Attend a Carpet Cleaning Tradeshow

Four Reasons to Attend a Carpet Cleaning Tradeshow There are a number of carpet cleaning tradeshows across the country each year and if you’re a carpet cleaning professional, it can be a huge bonus to your business to attend the shows. If you have never made it to a carpet cleaning show and aren’t sure […]

How to Extend the Life of Carpet in Your Facility

How to Extend the Life of Carpet in Your Facility If you are a facility manager, keeping the carpet in your facility clean isn’t just about appearance. Regular cleaning extends the life of carpet, creates a healthy workplace for employees and reduces its environmental footprint. CleanLink.com recently released an article with four tips for carpet maintenance. […]

Sustainable Carpet: Installation and Maintenance

Sustainable Carpet: Installation and Maintenance Millions of people go in and out of schools, hospitals, retail establishments and office buildings every single day, not realizing how environmentally-sustainable the floors they walk on have become. There’s little doubt these days that being green is increasingly expected. Businesses and consumers alike want to be good stewards of […]

Sustainable Carpet: Selecting the Right Product

Sustainable Carpet: Selecting the Right Product Millions of people go in and out of schools, hospitals, retail establishments and office buildings every single day, not realizing how environmentally-sustainable the floors they walk on have become. There’s little doubt these days that being green is increasingly expected. Businesses and consumers alike want to be good stewards […]

Sustainable Carpet: Manufacturers

Sustainable Carpet: Manufacturers Millions of people go in and out of schools, hospitals, retail establishments and office buildings every single day, not realizing how environmentally-sustainable the floors they walk on have become. There’s little doubt these days that being green is increasingly expected. Businesses and consumers alike want to be good stewards of the environment, […]

The Importance of Carpet Cushion

The Importance of Carpet Cushion You are getting new carpet installed and you’ve done your research online, talked to your friends who have recently bought carpet, shopped and selected. Your new carpet is going to look great and there’s nothing left to do but wait for the installers, right? Actually, there’s something else we at […]

CRI President Joe Yarbrough Discusses His New Role and Shares His Insights for the Carpet Industry

Carpet and Rug Institute President Joe Yarbrough, who took over his new position in April, 2014, recently spoke with Floor Focus magazine publisher Kemp Harr about his first two months at the carpet industry trade group. The interview aired on the flooring industry news site, FloorDaily.net. The interview started with Joe discussing his history working in […]

Selling This Summer: 6 Upgrades to Secure a Speedy Sale

Selling This Summer: 6 Upgrades to Secure a Speedy Sale If you are selling this summer, our newest downloadable/printable feature story, Selling This Summer? 6 Upgrades to Secure a Speedy Sale, offers some great advice on upgrading your home to ensure a quick sale. When the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring […]

Study Shows Carpet is a Viable Choice for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers

Study Shows Carpet is a Viable Choice for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers Dust happens everywhere, no matter what kind of flooring you have. The difference is, when dust and allergens settle in a carpet, they stay there until you vacuum them away. That’s what we’ve always said here at the Carpet and Rug Institute, and this […]

The Importance of Vacuuming

The Importance of Vacuuming The Carpet and Rug Institute frequently promotes the best ways to care for and maintain carpet, and today we’re going back to basics by focusing on the importance of vacuuming. Vacuuming is one of the best ways for you to take care of carpet and get the most out of your […]

Preparing for Winter’s Wrath

Preparing for Winter’s Wrath We all know that winter can take a toll on our health and our spirits, and it can also wreak havoc on our homes, our cars, and our places of business. One of the most frequently asked questions posed to us at CRI is how we can best protect carpet when […]

Keep Carpet Beautiful Through the Holidays

Keep Carpet Beautiful Through the Holidays From digging out ground-in candy corn to sopping up soda spills, there is a right and a wrong way to remove carpet stains. Because we always want to be ready with the best carpet-cleaning info, the Carpet and Rug Institute is releasing its sixth feature story, Caramel to Cranberries: Holiday […]

Is Self-Cleaning Carpet a Possibility?

Is Self-Cleaning Carpet a Possibility? Despite what we may predict, technology in the future always has a way of surprising us. Long before the digital revolution, the thought of a phone that could transmit and receive calls from anywhere in the world was a laughable idea. Now mobile phones that can do just that are […]

Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Home

Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Home Have you shopped for new carpet lately? There are so many choices – finding the right one may seem tough. But one thing is certain: the right carpet choice can add a lot of personality to your home. There was a helpful article on choosing the right carpet on the […]

Designer Tricks for Creating a Stunning Master Bedroom

Designer Tricks for Creating a Stunning Master Bedroom We are excited to publish our fifth feature story of 2013 on how to design a great master bedroom.”Simple Designer Tricks for Creating a Stunning Master Bedroom” has been picked up by media outlets across the US and is available to you for a free download on the […]

Reducing Vacuuming Ruins Carpets

Reducing Vacuuming Ruins Carpets We all know how important getting an oil change every three or four months is to the life of our vehicles. And I venture to say that very few of us deliberately ruin the engines of our cars by skimping on this regular act of maintenance. And yet it’s become a […]

Modern Carpet Trends

Modern Carpet Trends The vast number of carpet types and styles can make it hard for a consumer to decide on the best option for them. CRI’s CEU 201-203 on Carpet “Basics” provides a detailed overview of how carpet is made, but what about color, texture, and style? What are the hot carpet trends now? Home decorating network HGTV published […]

The Benefits of Carpet for Seniors

The Benefits of Carpet for Seniors A story I read recently in a building trade magazine that said hardwood was the best flooring choice for senior living facilities. The authors reasoned that hardwood was easier to clean and had fewer “allergenic effects”, but even if these two points were true, their supposed benefits would still […]

Why Carpet is the Superior Choice for Indoor Air Quality

Why Carpet is the Superior Choice for Indoor Air Quality It seems that certain urban legends never go away. The one about hard surface floors being more hypoallergenic than carpeted flooring is a case in point. There have been dozens of studies performed over the past decade that debunk this myth and that show that […]

Cornrows in Carpet: How to Identify and Avoid Them

Cornrows in Carpet: How to Identify and Avoid Them Carpet cleaning and maintenance are important topics on our blog for a number of reasons, not the least of which is because keeping carpet clean and well-maintained allows it to last longer and thereby maximize your investment in your home or office. Here is a case in point: […]

The 2500 Year History of the Pazyryk Carpet

The 2500 Year History of the Pazyryk Carpet Here is a look back at the history of carpet, but not just any history: Ancient History. Carpet has been around for centuries and the specific origin has never been verified, but it is known that the floor covering has been used in ancient times, including in […]

Carpet Stains 4-1-1: Best Practices for Removing Stains

Carpet Stains 4-1-1: Best Practices for Removing Stains There are many urban legends on how to get up stains with certain techniques and some household supplies. Truthfully, many of these legends should be forgotten. Thankfully, Best Pick Reports published an article debunking a lot of the misinformation about getting stains out of carpet. Along with the help […]

The Benefits of CRI Membership

The Benefits of CRI Membership Who hasn’t heard that famous American Express slogan: “Membership has its privileges”? At the Carpet and Rug Institute, membership certainly does have its privileges. CRI membership provides a full list of benefits, but the most important one is our role of being a source of credible information about the carpet industry. […]

Top 10 Reasons to Have Carpets Professionally Cleaned

Top 10 Reasons to Have Carpets Professionally Cleaned Cleanfax Online recently released a “top ten” list from CFR (Continuous Flow Recycling) of reasons to have carpets professionally cleaned throughout the year. Here is the list: Prolongs the life of carpeting. Regular carpet cleaning using the extraction method can increase the life of carpets significantly, protecting your floor covering investment. […]

Choosing the Right Carpet for the Right Application

Choosing the Right Carpet for the Right Application We all know the importance of getting the right product into the right place. That’s true for almost every purchase we make, including carpets. It’s interesting to note that the biggest complaint from consumers about our product is not that the installation turned out to be faulty […]

Tips for Housetraining Your Puppy and Keeping Your Carpet Clean

Tips for Housetraining Your Puppy and Keeping Your Carpet Clean If you have a new puppy, it can be difficult to know where to start on housetraining. Thankfully, Georgia-based veterinarian Dr. Chris Stearns and professional dog behaviorist Stephanie Daughtrey are here with some helpful tips. The experts advise owners to be patient and stay upbeat and, armed with a […]

Four Steps to Removing Gum from Carpet

Four Steps to Removing Gum from Carpet Have you ever gotten gum stuck in your carpet? Here are some tips we found in an article on the ICS Cleaning Specialist website about removing gum and adhesives from carpet. The tips come from Doug Berjer, Marketing Manager for CFR, a manufacturer of commercial carpet cleaning equipment and solutions. This information is […]

Keep Your Workplace and Home Free of Asthma Triggers

Keep Your Workplace and Home Free of Asthma Triggers It is very important to understand how asthma affects an increasing percentage of the population. ICS Magazine has published its own list of tips in an effort to help facility managers have a cleaner environment for their workers. Here are some excerpts: Don’t rely on disinfectants: Often, facility managers […]

Swedish Study Shows Carpet is Better for Your Feet

Swedish Study Shows Carpet is Better for Your Feet Let’s look at one obvious benefit of carpet – it feels better on our feet. A recent study from Sweden indicates the ergonomic benefits of carpet are significant. We’ve always known it: carpet is better for our feet, ankles, knees, and back. The Swedish study was initiated by the Swedish […]

CRI Technical Bulletin: Vacuums for High Pile Carpet

CRI Technical Bulletin: Vacuums for High Pile Carpet Recommended Vacuum Cleaner for High Pile Carpet Technical Bulletin Proper carpet care is essential to long-term consumer satisfaction with their floor covering purchase. The use of the correct vacuum cleaner can extend the life of carpet; contain the respirable particles generated by the vacuuming process, not damage […]

New Carpet Adds Value and Other Tips for Quick Home Sales

New Carpet Adds Value and Other Tips for Quick Home Sales Even with the real estate market improving, homeowners are in a competitive market and it can be difficult to make a quick sale, so there is added importance in creating an appealing atmosphere for potential buyers. ‘You can’t be too tidy or too well-scrubbed,’ says […]

Technical Bulletin: Pet Urine and Carpet

Pet Urine and Carpet Technical Bulletin Owners of even the best-trained pets will occasionally encounter pet urine accidents and leave urine stains on carpet. Often, the urine is not discovered until long after the accident. The types of damage from pet urine can be diverse and are dependent upon the makeup of the urine. Urine content […]

Technical Bulletin: Dust Mites

Dust Mites Technical Bulletin Dust mites are found in almost every high humidity environment that is capable of supporting plant life. In a survey of homes with dust mites, 60% of the dust mite population is found in the bed, mattresses and pillows, 30% in upholstery, and 10% in carpet. There are two species of […]

Easy Carpet Cleaning Tips for Your Home

Easy Carpet Cleaning Tips for Your Home Carpet provides good traction, absorbs noises, and saves homeowners money because it naturally insulates a room. And, contrary to popular misconceptions, carpet that is cleaned regularly is fine for people with allergies, and even asthma.  The best practice for keeping carpets consistently clean is having a regular maintenance […]

You Can Have Allergies and Keep Your Carpets

You Can Have Allergies and Keep Your Carpets Carpet isn’t just comfortable and stylish, it’s a safe flooring option too, reducing slips and softening falls if they do occur – ideal for both the elderly and very young. Carpet also improves a home’s acoustics because it absorbs noise rather than reflecting it back into the […]

Carpet Spot Removal Procedure for Fruit Flavored and Sports Beverages

Carpet Spot Removal Procedure for Fruit Flavored and Sports Beverages While no carpet is completely stain-proof, new stain-resist carpet treatments allow most spills to be removed when immediate action is taken and directions are followed carefully. 1. Immediately blot the spill with a dry, white towel, absorbent plain paper towel, or cloth. Do not scrub the area. […]

5 Benefits of Choosing Carpet

5 Benefits of Choosing Carpet In Great Britain, a government study uncovered an alarming fact: between 1998 and 2003, slip and fall accidents on hard surface flooring increased by more than 300%. Coincidentally, (or perhaps not so coincidentally), during that same time period a great many folks in Britain had been removing their carpets and replacing […]

Holiday Spot and Stain Removal Guide for Carpets and Rugs

Holiday Spot and Stain Removal Guide for Carpets and Rugs The very best part of the holidays is being together with family and friends. The problem is, of course, that all the fun and cheer can make quite a mess. So, as our gift to you this season, CRI offers some fantastic advice on how […]

Top Reasons Why Carpet is the Number One Flooring Choice

Top Reasons Why Carpet is the Number One Flooring Choice Carpet offers a number of benefits for your home and today we’ve gathered several reasons why carpet is still the #1 flooring choice. 1. Carpet Provides Safety First and foremost, a carpeted floor is a safer floor. The soft surface and cushioned under-padding not only reduce […]

How To Choose the Right Entryway Mat

How To Choose the Right Entryway Mat Keeping Floors Clean, Safe Means Taking It to The Entrance Mat Commercial facilities managers are in charge o keeping their facility in tip-top shape and a big part of maintenance is prevention. For carpet maintenance, it’s about finding an adequate entry mat: 12 to 15 feet for an office building […]

3 Steps To Consider When Shopping for New Carpet

3 Steps To Consider When Shopping for New Carpet CRI is the source for science-based information on carpet and rugs, but today we’re focusing on some considerations you should make when shopping for new carpet. Carpet Color  While beige is always a popular choice and can make a room look spacious, bolder colors make a statement, […]

Consider Professional Carpet Cleaning

Consider Professional Carpet Cleaning Professional Carpet Cleaning Makes Life Easier for You and Your Carpet While there are plenty of do-it-yourself cleaning methods on the market, hiring a professional is among the safest, fastest and easiest options. Cleaning professionals who utilize CRI-certified carpet cleaning products as part of their cleaning process are recognized as Seal of […]

Simple Stain Removal Tips and Tricks

Simple Stain Removal Tips and Tricks Carpet maintenance may not seem like something that your carpet needs regularly, but it’s important to properly care for your carpet to keep it looking great for its intended life. Regular vacuuming, consistent spot removal, and deep cleaning every 12-18 months are necessary to keep your carpet in its […]

Carpet in Schools: Safer, Quieter, Easier to Clean

Carpet in Schools: Safer, Quieter, Easier to Clean CRI has long espoused the benefits of carpet in schools. Many of the benefits in schools include noise reduction, fewer slip and fall injuries, and greater sound and energy insulation qualities. Plus, CRI research shows the cost to properly maintain carpet is less than for hard surface floors. Carpet […]

Allergies and Carpet. Do They Mix?

Allergies and Carpet. Do They Mix? Carpet Q&A – “I’ve Heard Allergies and Carpet Don’t Mix. Is That True?” ​ There’s a popular myth that carpet makes asthma and allergy symptoms worse. But in reality, the opposite is true. Research has shown that carpet actually acts as an air filter, trapping allergens so they can’t circulate […]

Why Carpet is a Great Flooring Choice for Schools

Why Carpet is a Great Flooring Choice for Schools For All the Right Reasons, Carpet is a Great Choice for Schools Carpet scores high on health and safety, acoustics and comfort, and environmental benefits. And, new research shows carpet no more likely to transfer bacteria than hard surface floors. Titled, “These Factors Drive School Carpet […]

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United Way Sacramento Gets a Bright & Inspiring Makeover with Carpet

United Way Sacramento Gets a Bright & Inspiring Makeover with Carpet This post is part of our 2018 Blogger campaign featuring Design Sponge and the United Way of Sacramento.  By incorporating functional, but playful elements like pennants, felt signboards and bright yellow chairs, the room became a light space filled with reminders of why everyone who passed through […]

DIY Floor Pillows + Benefits of Carpet

DIY Floor Pillows + Benefits of Carpet This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2017. We love cuddling up on soft, warm carpet and enjoying family time together with these fun DIY floor pillows! Did you know carpet actually is GOOD for allergy sufferers? This came as news to me […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Have Carpet in Your Home

4 Reasons Why You Should Have Carpet in Your Home This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2017. Aside from adding style and comfort to our house, carpet has so many other purposes such as improving indoor air quality and even allergies! I always believed that hardwood floors and […]

Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Read

Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Read This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2017. I know that for some kids, books don’t hold the same appeal, and, for some, they may even be a source of frustration. After talking with friends and looking at what has been working […]

Designing with Carpet and Rugs at Home

Designing with Carpet and Rugs at Home This post is a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign for May 2017. Read the full post from Studio McGee. If you have kids, wall-to-wall carpet makes it a great, healthy, cozy spot to run around on, and they can crawl and jump around with a soft place […]

CRI 104/105 Now Include Videos and Spanish Translation

CRI 104/105 Now Include Videos and Spanish Translation The Carpet and Rug Institute recently added instructional videos to its CRI 104 and 105 Carpet Installation Standards along with a Spanish translation of the standards. In a statement, CRI President Joe Yarbrough expressed pride in the success of the standards and hopes the new additions will […]

Holiday Traditions to Create & Share with Your Kids

Holiday Traditions to Create & Share with Your Kids This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in December 2016. Read the full post from Frosted Events. Carpet adds a number of great benefits and is a great place for family gatherings, especially during the holidays. Misty Nelson highlights a few reasons great […]

Carpet Provides Comfort for Your Home and Family

Carpet Provides Comfort for Your Home and Family This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in December 2016. Read the full post from Rachel Teodoro. The mood of the house can definitely be felt by all its members. If I am in a bad mood and greet my husband when he comes […]

Choosing the Right Carpet and Rugs for Your Living Space

Choosing the Right Carpet and Rugs for Your Living Space This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2016. Read the full post from Modern Day Moms. Believe it or not, carpet and rugs can act as a filter, trapping allergens and keeping them out of the air we breathe. Allergens […]

Improving Indoor Air Quality for Your Family

Improving Indoor Air Quality for Your Family This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2016. Read the full post from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles. Carpet is the lowest emitter of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hardwood floors typically contain a high amount of formaldehyde and VOCs. Of course, […]

Indoor Activities for When It’s Cold Outside

Indoor Activities for When It’s Cold Outside This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2016. Read the full post from A Million Moments. Most of our floors are carpet, and it’s a good thing because a properly cleaned carpet can help improve air quality by reducing airborne allergens, which means I don’t […]

How to Design a Shared Family Room and Playroom

How to Design a Shared Family Room and Playroom This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in 2016. Read the full post on the Blue i Style blog. Choose Soft Surfaces Choosing furniture and flooring that will keep kids safe and comfortable is obviously of primary concern. Since kids spend lots of time […]

Why Carpet is Your Best Friend

Why Carpet is Your Best Friend This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2016. Read the full post from A Blissful Nest. Wall-to-wall carpeting adds warmth to a room that otherwise would feel very… well cold. When in a complementary and neutral color to the walls, can be a great backdrop […]

Carpet’s Clean Bill of Health

Carpet’s Clean Bill of Health In any healthcare setting, patient care comes first. That’s why maintaining indoor air quality is paramount. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has conducted scientific research and gathered independent data that show carpet is not only a viable choice for the healthcare industry, it’s the best choice. What You Should […]

Green Label Plus Sets a Higher Standard for Indoor Air Quality

Green Label Plus Sets a Higher Standard for Indoor Air Quality There is a growing demand to make indoor environments as healthy and “green-friendly” as possible. Choosing the right materials is a critical step. To assist in the process, CRI has created Green Label Plus for carpet, adhesives, and cushion to raise the bar on […]

Why are Seal of Approval Products Right for Your Home?

Why are Seal of Approval Products Right for Your Home? A Guide To CRI’s Seal of Approval Program What’s the Carpet and Rug Institute? Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is the national trade association representing carpet and rug manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials and services to the industry.  CRI […]

Better Education Starts with Healthier Students

Better Education Starts with Healthier Students To learn the most, students need to be at their best. Research has shown that carpet in educational institutions can reduce asthma and allergy symptoms of their students and staff. So, not only is your educational facility a great place to learn, it also becomes a better place to […]

A Lesson on Carpet and Fresh Air

A Lesson on Carpet and Fresh Air It’s a simple idea: Take care of your carpet and it will take care of you. Not only does it look great and offer health and safety benefits, properly maintained carpet offers a host of savings opportunities. Research proves that over time, no other flooring option offers you […]

Clean Your Carpet and You’ve Got Savings Covered

Clean Your Carpet and You’ve Got Savings Covered It’s a simple idea: Take care of your carpet and it will take care of you. Not only does it look great and offer health and safety benefits, properly maintained carpet offers a host of savings opportunities. Research proves that over time, no other flooring option offers […]

Carpet Comes with Responsibility Built In

Carpet Comes with Responsibility Built In Carpet is designed to look great and last for years. The carpet industry is also designing ways to reduce its carbon footprint. Manufacturers voluntarily address this problem by recycling old carpet materials into new carpet production or alternative uses such as building materials, auto parts, and carpet tile. Because […]

Why Carpet is the Best Option for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers

Why Carpet is the Best Option for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers For a long time, there’s been a misconception that carpet exacerbates asthma and allergy symptoms. In fact, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that properly cleaned and maintained carpet not only reduces asthma and allergy problems, it’s actually the best flooring for people […]

A Great Investment for the Future

A Great Investment for the Future The carpet industry is not only designing a way to make carpet last longer, it’s also designing ways to reduce the environmental footprint. Manufacturers are voluntarily addressing this problem by recycling old carpet materials into new carpet production or alternative uses, as well as refurbishing old carpet into new […]

Carpet Improves Indoor Air Quality in Facilities

Carpet Improves Indoor Air Quality in Facilities When it comes to air quality, you can breathe easier with carpet. Despite misconceptions, carpet emits less and filters more compounds than any other flooring option. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has conducted scientific research and gathered independent data that show carpet delivers the better air quality […]

Right at Home with Indoor Air Quality

Right at Home with Indoor Air Quality There is a perception that carpet is a poor choice for maintaining good air quality. In fact, the opposite is true. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has conducted scientific research and gathered independent data that show carpet is not only a viable flooring choice, it’s the best […]

6 Reasons to Choose Carpet for Your Next Remodel Project

6 Reasons to Choose Carpet for Your Next Remodel Project Spring can be a great time to remodel your home and if you want to give your interior space a facelift, carpet can be a great addition to any home. If you’re considering remodeling your home, there are a number of decisions you need to […]

How Carpet Cleaning Reduces Asthma and Allergies

How Carpet Cleaning Reduces Asthma and Allergies The U.S. EPA reports that Americans spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors which means that indoor air quality is of the utmost importance. ​ Many urban legends state that carpet reduces indoor air quality, but the facts support quite the opposite in that carpet is better for indoor air quality […]

The Benefits of Carpet for Your Home

The Benefits of Carpet for Your Home With so many flooring choices in the market these days, it can be difficult to decide which flooring is best for your home. Carpet offers a number of attributes that can enhance and add to your home. These include: Indoor Air Quality Carpet aids Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) […]

Home Carpet Installation Checklist

Home Carpet Installation Checklist Proper installation of carpet is vitally important to the life of your carpet. If carpet is not correctly installed, it can cause a number of issues that can affect the look and useful life of the carpet. 1.    Check for Carpet Recycling Options in Your Area Before getting your new carpet installed, […]

CRI Unveils Important Changes to Installation Standards

CRI Unveils Important Changes to Installation Standards The Carpet and Rug Institute, the best source for science-based information about carpet, today announces important updates to the gold standard guidelines for commercial and residential carpet installation. Developed by a team of industry leaders, changes to CRI’s 104 and 105 carpet installation standards address industry innovations that require new approaches […]

Back to Basics: How to Keep Carpet Clean in Your Facility

Back to Basics: How to Keep Carpet Clean in Your Facility Keeping carpet clean is an easy way to add to the overall appearance of your facility’s interior and CRI is here with some tips to help you keep carpet fresh, clean and lasting, especially with Seal of Approval-certified products. The following tips cover the […]

Back to Basics: How to Keep Carpet Clean in Your Home

Back to Basics: How to Keep Carpet Clean in Your Home Keeping carpet clean is an easy way to add to the overall appearance of your home and these tips will help you keep carpet fresh, clean and lasting, especially with Seal of Approval-certified products. The following tips cover the different aspects of how to keep […]

CRI President Joe Yarbrough Talks Annual Meeting, Goals for 2015 on FloorDaily

CRI President Joe Yarbrough Talks Annual Meeting, Goals for 2015 on FloorDaily The Carpet and Rug Institute’s 2014 Annual Meeting was Joe Yarbrough’s first as president of the trade association and afterward, he spoke with Kemp Harr of FloorDaily.net about the meeting and some goals CRI has for 2015. Yarbrough spoke about the different goals of […]

Carpet and Capitol Hill: What the Mid-term Elections Mean for the Carpet Industry

Carpet and Capitol Hill: What the Mid-term Elections Mean for the Carpet Industry FloorDaily.net’s Kemp Harr recently discussed the new political landscape in Washington with Tracy Hammond, Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli. Tracy and Polsinelli have worked with the Carpet and Rug Institute’s lobbying efforts for a number of years. The 2014 mid-term elections saw a […]

Nylla: Recycling in Virtual Reality

Nylla: Recycling in Virtual Reality Not that long ago, the CRI Blog featured a post about the mobile game Angry Janitors, which is based on the importance of clean facilities. We at CRI were big fans of the game because of how much fun it was and because of the emphasis it put on carpet cleaning. Now, […]

CRI President Yarbrough Discusses Business Environment, Carpet Cleaning on TalkFloor

CRI President Yarbrough Discusses Business Environment, Carpet Cleaning on TalkFloor Carpet and Rug Institute President Joe Yarbrough has served as leader of the carpet industry trade association for six months and he recently sat down with TalkFloor’s Dave Foster to discuss his new role and some of the issues facing the industry. Foster opened with a […]

5 Totally Bogus Things You Only Think You Know About Allergies

5 Totally Bogus Things You Only Think You Know About Allergies You sneeze when a cat walks by, wheeze through the spring and summer, and can’t even get close to a Christmas tree. As one of the 60 million Americans who suffers from allergies, according to the Allergy and Asthma Association, you may think you’re already […]

Paws on Carpet: What is the Best Carpet for Pets?

Paws on Carpet: What is the Best Carpet for Pets? Many pet owners who are in the market for flooring might think that carpet is not an option for their homes and four-legged friends, but nothing could be further from the truth. We found the “Carpet Shopping for Pets” Checklist to make carpet work for your […]

Carpet Cleaning: Heavy and Severe Traffic Areas

Carpet Cleaning: Heavy and Severe Traffic Areas Cleaning is paramount for keeping the carpet in your facility looking fresh and fulfilling its useful life. It can be confusing to know which cleaning needs to be done, and when, in your facility, but the Carpet and Rug Institute is here to help. Doyle Bloss, marketing manager […]

GreenStep Awards Honor CRI Member Manufacturers

GreenStep Awards Honor CRI Member Manufacturers The 6th Annual GreenStep Awards honored the best in sustainability work from around the carpet industry on August 5, 2014. CRI member companies Engineered Floors, J+J Industries, Mannington Commercial, Mohawk Industries and Shaw Industries were all recognized for their dedication to the environment and sustainability at the awards presentation. […]

Keep Them Home, Happy, and Studying: Creating a Kid-friendly Space

Keep Them Home, Happy, and Studying: Creating a Kid-friendly Space CRI’s third feature story of 2014, Keep Them Home, Happy and Studying: Creating a Kid-friendly Space, gives ideas for a back-to-school project for your kids no matter what their ages. Would a great study space ease your child’s transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome […]

Angry Janitors: Fun and Education All in One Game

Angry Janitors: Fun and Education All in One Game Mobile gaming – games for smartphones and mobile devices – are growing in popularity, and with thousands of games available for free, it’s not hard to see why. Sports, racing, and puzzle games are just a few of the popular genres, but now there is a […]

Four Reasons to Attend a Carpet Cleaning Tradeshow

Four Reasons to Attend a Carpet Cleaning Tradeshow There are a number of carpet cleaning tradeshows across the country each year and if you’re a carpet cleaning professional, it can be a huge bonus to your business to attend the shows. If you have never made it to a carpet cleaning show and aren’t sure […]

How to Extend the Life of Carpet in Your Facility

How to Extend the Life of Carpet in Your Facility If you are a facility manager, keeping the carpet in your facility clean isn’t just about appearance. Regular cleaning extends the life of carpet, creates a healthy workplace for employees and reduces its environmental footprint. CleanLink.com recently released an article with four tips for carpet maintenance. […]

Sustainable Carpet: Installation and Maintenance

Sustainable Carpet: Installation and Maintenance Millions of people go in and out of schools, hospitals, retail establishments and office buildings every single day, not realizing how environmentally-sustainable the floors they walk on have become. There’s little doubt these days that being green is increasingly expected. Businesses and consumers alike want to be good stewards of […]

Sustainable Carpet: Selecting the Right Product

Sustainable Carpet: Selecting the Right Product Millions of people go in and out of schools, hospitals, retail establishments and office buildings every single day, not realizing how environmentally-sustainable the floors they walk on have become. There’s little doubt these days that being green is increasingly expected. Businesses and consumers alike want to be good stewards […]

Sustainable Carpet: Manufacturers

Sustainable Carpet: Manufacturers Millions of people go in and out of schools, hospitals, retail establishments and office buildings every single day, not realizing how environmentally-sustainable the floors they walk on have become. There’s little doubt these days that being green is increasingly expected. Businesses and consumers alike want to be good stewards of the environment, […]

The Importance of Carpet Cushion

The Importance of Carpet Cushion You are getting new carpet installed and you’ve done your research online, talked to your friends who have recently bought carpet, shopped and selected. Your new carpet is going to look great and there’s nothing left to do but wait for the installers, right? Actually, there’s something else we at […]

CRI President Joe Yarbrough Discusses His New Role and Shares His Insights for the Carpet Industry

Carpet and Rug Institute President Joe Yarbrough, who took over his new position in April, 2014, recently spoke with Floor Focus magazine publisher Kemp Harr about his first two months at the carpet industry trade group. The interview aired on the flooring industry news site, FloorDaily.net. The interview started with Joe discussing his history working in […]

Selling This Summer: 6 Upgrades to Secure a Speedy Sale

Selling This Summer: 6 Upgrades to Secure a Speedy Sale If you are selling this summer, our newest downloadable/printable feature story, Selling This Summer? 6 Upgrades to Secure a Speedy Sale, offers some great advice on upgrading your home to ensure a quick sale. When the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring […]

Study Shows Carpet is a Viable Choice for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers

Study Shows Carpet is a Viable Choice for Asthma and Allergy Sufferers Dust happens everywhere, no matter what kind of flooring you have. The difference is, when dust and allergens settle in a carpet, they stay there until you vacuum them away. That’s what we’ve always said here at the Carpet and Rug Institute, and this […]

The Importance of Vacuuming

The Importance of Vacuuming The Carpet and Rug Institute frequently promotes the best ways to care for and maintain carpet, and today we’re going back to basics by focusing on the importance of vacuuming. Vacuuming is one of the best ways for you to take care of carpet and get the most out of your […]

Preparing for Winter’s Wrath

Preparing for Winter’s Wrath We all know that winter can take a toll on our health and our spirits, and it can also wreak havoc on our homes, our cars, and our places of business. One of the most frequently asked questions posed to us at CRI is how we can best protect carpet when […]

Keep Carpet Beautiful Through the Holidays

Keep Carpet Beautiful Through the Holidays From digging out ground-in candy corn to sopping up soda spills, there is a right and a wrong way to remove carpet stains. Because we always want to be ready with the best carpet-cleaning info, the Carpet and Rug Institute is releasing its sixth feature story, Caramel to Cranberries: Holiday […]

Is Self-Cleaning Carpet a Possibility?

Is Self-Cleaning Carpet a Possibility? Despite what we may predict, technology in the future always has a way of surprising us. Long before the digital revolution, the thought of a phone that could transmit and receive calls from anywhere in the world was a laughable idea. Now mobile phones that can do just that are […]

Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Home

Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Home Have you shopped for new carpet lately? There are so many choices – finding the right one may seem tough. But one thing is certain: the right carpet choice can add a lot of personality to your home. There was a helpful article on choosing the right carpet on the […]

Designer Tricks for Creating a Stunning Master Bedroom

Designer Tricks for Creating a Stunning Master Bedroom We are excited to publish our fifth feature story of 2013 on how to design a great master bedroom.”Simple Designer Tricks for Creating a Stunning Master Bedroom” has been picked up by media outlets across the US and is available to you for a free download on the […]

Reducing Vacuuming Ruins Carpets

Reducing Vacuuming Ruins Carpets We all know how important getting an oil change every three or four months is to the life of our vehicles. And I venture to say that very few of us deliberately ruin the engines of our cars by skimping on this regular act of maintenance. And yet it’s become a […]

Modern Carpet Trends

Modern Carpet Trends The vast number of carpet types and styles can make it hard for a consumer to decide on the best option for them. CRI’s CEU 201-203 on Carpet “Basics” provides a detailed overview of how carpet is made, but what about color, texture, and style? What are the hot carpet trends now? Home decorating network HGTV published […]

The Benefits of Carpet for Seniors

The Benefits of Carpet for Seniors A story I read recently in a building trade magazine that said hardwood was the best flooring choice for senior living facilities. The authors reasoned that hardwood was easier to clean and had fewer “allergenic effects”, but even if these two points were true, their supposed benefits would still […]

Why Carpet is the Superior Choice for Indoor Air Quality

Why Carpet is the Superior Choice for Indoor Air Quality It seems that certain urban legends never go away. The one about hard surface floors being more hypoallergenic than carpeted flooring is a case in point. There have been dozens of studies performed over the past decade that debunk this myth and that show that […]

Cornrows in Carpet: How to Identify and Avoid Them

Cornrows in Carpet: How to Identify and Avoid Them Carpet cleaning and maintenance are important topics on our blog for a number of reasons, not the least of which is because keeping carpet clean and well-maintained allows it to last longer and thereby maximize your investment in your home or office. Here is a case in point: […]

The 2500 Year History of the Pazyryk Carpet

The 2500 Year History of the Pazyryk Carpet Here is a look back at the history of carpet, but not just any history: Ancient History. Carpet has been around for centuries and the specific origin has never been verified, but it is known that the floor covering has been used in ancient times, including in […]

Carpet Stains 4-1-1: Best Practices for Removing Stains

Carpet Stains 4-1-1: Best Practices for Removing Stains There are many urban legends on how to get up stains with certain techniques and some household supplies. Truthfully, many of these legends should be forgotten. Thankfully, Best Pick Reports published an article debunking a lot of the misinformation about getting stains out of carpet. Along with the help […]

The Benefits of CRI Membership

The Benefits of CRI Membership Who hasn’t heard that famous American Express slogan: “Membership has its privileges”? At the Carpet and Rug Institute, membership certainly does have its privileges. CRI membership provides a full list of benefits, but the most important one is our role of being a source of credible information about the carpet industry. […]

Top 10 Reasons to Have Carpets Professionally Cleaned

Top 10 Reasons to Have Carpets Professionally Cleaned Cleanfax Online recently released a “top ten” list from CFR (Continuous Flow Recycling) of reasons to have carpets professionally cleaned throughout the year. Here is the list: Prolongs the life of carpeting. Regular carpet cleaning using the extraction method can increase the life of carpets significantly, protecting your floor covering investment. […]

Choosing the Right Carpet for the Right Application

Choosing the Right Carpet for the Right Application We all know the importance of getting the right product into the right place. That’s true for almost every purchase we make, including carpets. It’s interesting to note that the biggest complaint from consumers about our product is not that the installation turned out to be faulty […]

Tips for Housetraining Your Puppy and Keeping Your Carpet Clean

Tips for Housetraining Your Puppy and Keeping Your Carpet Clean If you have a new puppy, it can be difficult to know where to start on housetraining. Thankfully, Georgia-based veterinarian Dr. Chris Stearns and professional dog behaviorist Stephanie Daughtrey are here with some helpful tips. The experts advise owners to be patient and stay upbeat and, armed with a […]

Four Steps to Removing Gum from Carpet

Four Steps to Removing Gum from Carpet Have you ever gotten gum stuck in your carpet? Here are some tips we found in an article on the ICS Cleaning Specialist website about removing gum and adhesives from carpet. The tips come from Doug Berjer, Marketing Manager for CFR, a manufacturer of commercial carpet cleaning equipment and solutions. This information is […]

Keep Your Workplace and Home Free of Asthma Triggers

Keep Your Workplace and Home Free of Asthma Triggers It is very important to understand how asthma affects an increasing percentage of the population. ICS Magazine has published its own list of tips in an effort to help facility managers have a cleaner environment for their workers. Here are some excerpts: Don’t rely on disinfectants: Often, facility managers […]

Swedish Study Shows Carpet is Better for Your Feet

Swedish Study Shows Carpet is Better for Your Feet Let’s look at one obvious benefit of carpet – it feels better on our feet. A recent study from Sweden indicates the ergonomic benefits of carpet are significant. We’ve always known it: carpet is better for our feet, ankles, knees, and back. The Swedish study was initiated by the Swedish […]

CRI Technical Bulletin: Vacuums for High Pile Carpet

CRI Technical Bulletin: Vacuums for High Pile Carpet Recommended Vacuum Cleaner for High Pile Carpet Technical Bulletin Proper carpet care is essential to long-term consumer satisfaction with their floor covering purchase. The use of the correct vacuum cleaner can extend the life of carpet; contain the respirable particles generated by the vacuuming process, not damage […]

New Carpet Adds Value and Other Tips for Quick Home Sales

New Carpet Adds Value and Other Tips for Quick Home Sales Even with the real estate market improving, homeowners are in a competitive market and it can be difficult to make a quick sale, so there is added importance in creating an appealing atmosphere for potential buyers. ‘You can’t be too tidy or too well-scrubbed,’ says […]

Technical Bulletin: Pet Urine and Carpet

Pet Urine and Carpet Technical Bulletin Owners of even the best-trained pets will occasionally encounter pet urine accidents and leave urine stains on carpet. Often, the urine is not discovered until long after the accident. The types of damage from pet urine can be diverse and are dependent upon the makeup of the urine. Urine content […]

Technical Bulletin: Dust Mites

Dust Mites Technical Bulletin Dust mites are found in almost every high humidity environment that is capable of supporting plant life. In a survey of homes with dust mites, 60% of the dust mite population is found in the bed, mattresses and pillows, 30% in upholstery, and 10% in carpet. There are two species of […]

Easy Carpet Cleaning Tips for Your Home

Easy Carpet Cleaning Tips for Your Home Carpet provides good traction, absorbs noises, and saves homeowners money because it naturally insulates a room. And, contrary to popular misconceptions, carpet that is cleaned regularly is fine for people with allergies, and even asthma.  The best practice for keeping carpets consistently clean is having a regular maintenance […]

You Can Have Allergies and Keep Your Carpets

You Can Have Allergies and Keep Your Carpets Carpet isn’t just comfortable and stylish, it’s a safe flooring option too, reducing slips and softening falls if they do occur – ideal for both the elderly and very young. Carpet also improves a home’s acoustics because it absorbs noise rather than reflecting it back into the […]

Carpet Spot Removal Procedure for Fruit Flavored and Sports Beverages

Carpet Spot Removal Procedure for Fruit Flavored and Sports Beverages While no carpet is completely stain-proof, new stain-resist carpet treatments allow most spills to be removed when immediate action is taken and directions are followed carefully. 1. Immediately blot the spill with a dry, white towel, absorbent plain paper towel, or cloth. Do not scrub the area. […]

5 Benefits of Choosing Carpet

5 Benefits of Choosing Carpet In Great Britain, a government study uncovered an alarming fact: between 1998 and 2003, slip and fall accidents on hard surface flooring increased by more than 300%. Coincidentally, (or perhaps not so coincidentally), during that same time period a great many folks in Britain had been removing their carpets and replacing […]

Holiday Spot and Stain Removal Guide for Carpets and Rugs

Holiday Spot and Stain Removal Guide for Carpets and Rugs The very best part of the holidays is being together with family and friends. The problem is, of course, that all the fun and cheer can make quite a mess. So, as our gift to you this season, CRI offers some fantastic advice on how […]

Top Reasons Why Carpet is the Number One Flooring Choice

Top Reasons Why Carpet is the Number One Flooring Choice Carpet offers a number of benefits for your home and today we’ve gathered several reasons why carpet is still the #1 flooring choice. 1. Carpet Provides Safety First and foremost, a carpeted floor is a safer floor. The soft surface and cushioned under-padding not only reduce […]

How To Choose the Right Entryway Mat

How To Choose the Right Entryway Mat Keeping Floors Clean, Safe Means Taking It to The Entrance Mat Commercial facilities managers are in charge o keeping their facility in tip-top shape and a big part of maintenance is prevention. For carpet maintenance, it’s about finding an adequate entry mat: 12 to 15 feet for an office building […]

3 Steps To Consider When Shopping for New Carpet

3 Steps To Consider When Shopping for New Carpet CRI is the source for science-based information on carpet and rugs, but today we’re focusing on some considerations you should make when shopping for new carpet. Carpet Color  While beige is always a popular choice and can make a room look spacious, bolder colors make a statement, […]

Consider Professional Carpet Cleaning

Consider Professional Carpet Cleaning Professional Carpet Cleaning Makes Life Easier for You and Your Carpet While there are plenty of do-it-yourself cleaning methods on the market, hiring a professional is among the safest, fastest and easiest options. Cleaning professionals who utilize CRI-certified carpet cleaning products as part of their cleaning process are recognized as Seal of […]

Simple Stain Removal Tips and Tricks

Simple Stain Removal Tips and Tricks Carpet maintenance may not seem like something that your carpet needs regularly, but it’s important to properly care for your carpet to keep it looking great for its intended life. Regular vacuuming, consistent spot removal, and deep cleaning every 12-18 months are necessary to keep your carpet in its […]

Carpet in Schools: Safer, Quieter, Easier to Clean

Carpet in Schools: Safer, Quieter, Easier to Clean CRI has long espoused the benefits of carpet in schools. Many of the benefits in schools include noise reduction, fewer slip and fall injuries, and greater sound and energy insulation qualities. Plus, CRI research shows the cost to properly maintain carpet is less than for hard surface floors. Carpet […]

Allergies and Carpet. Do They Mix?

Allergies and Carpet. Do They Mix? Carpet Q&A – “I’ve Heard Allergies and Carpet Don’t Mix. Is That True?” ​ There’s a popular myth that carpet makes asthma and allergy symptoms worse. But in reality, the opposite is true. Research has shown that carpet actually acts as an air filter, trapping allergens so they can’t circulate […]

Why Carpet is a Great Flooring Choice for Schools

Why Carpet is a Great Flooring Choice for Schools For All the Right Reasons, Carpet is a Great Choice for Schools Carpet scores high on health and safety, acoustics and comfort, and environmental benefits. And, new research shows carpet no more likely to transfer bacteria than hard surface floors. Titled, “These Factors Drive School Carpet […]