Category: Cleaning and Maintenance

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 you carpet looking great all year. 1.      Vacuuming Vacuuming is the simplest and easiest way to keep carpet clean and lasting. Regular vacuuming, at least once a week, is imperativ [...]


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 aware of everything there is to know about allergies and the allergens that trigger them. You may actually “know” much less than you think. Misconceptions about allergies and what [...]

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. We have some tips for cleaning the severe and heavy traffic areas at your office or facility. Foot traffic wears on carpet and can grind in dirt, therefore higher traffic areas need more attention. Here ar [...]

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 game with a new and perhaps unexpected set of characters – professional cleaners. ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, has developed and released its own game called Angry Janitors. A ta [...]

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 about attending, we have teamed up with Craig Kersemeier of K-Tech Kleening, a Seal of Approval-certified Service Provider, to bring you the top four reasons you should attend a cleaning tradeshow [...]

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. recently released an article with four tips for carpet maintenance. Here are their tips, with some added advice from CRI: 1. Use entryway matting When it comes to entryway matting, the bigger the better. Th [...]


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 the environment, to conserve natural resources, to create more healthy indoor environments and to benefit from produc [...]

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 and summer are traditionally the seasons when both home buyers and sellers are most active across the US. If you’ll be putting your home on the market this year, simple [...]

Vacuum Cleaner

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 investment in carpet. This is something we teach a lot at the Carpet and Rug Institute because vacuuming is also one of the easiest ways to take proper care of carpet. Vacuuming carpet is very similar [...]

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 the weather turns wet, slick, and messy. Specifically, business owners and retailers are concerned about this issue, as most of them have very heavy traffic flow through their public entryways. The most important thing [...]