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The Carpet and Rug Institute Publishes New Carpet Cleaning Standards

The Carpet and Rug Institute Publishes New Carpet Cleaning Standards

Standards include cleaning guidelines for commercial and residential environments.

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March 12, 2019 – Dalton, GA – The Carpet and Rug Institute, Inc. today announced the publication of the CRI 204 Commercial Carpet Standard for Maintenance and Cleaning and CRI 205 Residential Carpet Standard for Maintenance and Cleaning.

The standards highlight necessary carpet cleaning protocol to ensure the appearance of carpet and maximum useful life of the product.

“At CRI, we are the foremost source for the best information on carpet,” CRI President Joe Yarbrough said. “Proper carpet cleaning is vital to the end user’s experience and satisfaction. CRI 204 and 205 highlight the best ways to maintain carpet and its appearance.”

The 204 and 205 standards are available as a free download on the CRI website,, in multiple formats for access on all mobile devices. The standards also have permanent, mobile-friendly websites at and, respectively.

The standards were developed by the Cleaning Maintenance Standards Task Group through 2018 and 2019 with the guidance of representatives from the carpet manufacturing and carpet cleaning industries to develop the best standards for cleaning and maintenance.

“Our task group developed these standards from scratch through their knowledge and expertise on cleaning and maintenance,” Yarbrough said. “We are thankful for their commitment and diligence in this project.”

The CRI 204 (Commercial) standard will have added significance as it will be submitted for inclusion in NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet, a sustainability standard developed by the carpet industry in collaboration with the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) and certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The standards will also have a Spanish translation available later in 2019.

The cleaning standards are the next step of standard development for The Carpet and Rug Institute following the highly successful CRI 104/105 Carpet Installation Standards released in 2015.

For more information on the CRI 204 and 205 cleaning standards, visit  

About The Carpet and Rug Institute

CRI is the leading industry source for science-based information and insight on how carpet and rugs create a better environment for living, working, learning, and healing. CRI’s mission is to serve the carpet industry and public by providing facts that help people make informed choices. Its best practices promote a balance between social, economic, and environmental responsibility for the long term. CRI does this for its industry, yet it strives to be a model corporate citizen for all industries.