We’ve all heard on radio, or television ads the phrase, “IICRC trained and certified.” Sounds impressive doesn’t it? But do you even know what that means? Well, we here at Tobin Restoration, an IICRC trained and certified company, would like to explain why that is such a big deal.
IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. “The mission of IICRC is to identify and promote an international standard of care that establishes and maintains the health, safety and welfare of the built environment.” (http://iicrc.org/about-us/) Basically, that just means that they set the standards for restoration and cleaning services.
In order for a company to display that cleantrust logo, they have to meet a rigorous set of standards set forth by the IICRC. The following is an excerpt from the IICRC website describing why it is important to hire a company that has been IICRC trained and certified:
Look for the cleantrust logo. IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the cleantrust logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise. All IICRC Certified Firms must:
Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC actively has relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of cleantrust service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.
When it comes to cleaning, restoration and inspection, the IICRC writes the books.
As an ANSI-accredited standard-development organization, the IICRC has led the way in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, upholstery and fabric cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.
Each IICRC standard takes years to develop and the coordination of several experts in the field, including allied tradespersons; manufacturers; international, national and regional trade associations; individual or franchise professionals; cleaning, inspection and restoration industry organizations; insurance industry; training schools; contractors; and public health professionals.
These standards are reviewed and updated at least every five years. Many of these fields, such as the water damage restoration field, change rapidly and those who are certified keep up with the advancement of the science and generally accepted practices of the industry.
The IICRC helps keep homes and businesses healthful.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average person spends 90 percent or more of their time indoors, where levels of pollutants may be two to five times (and occasionally more than 100 times) higher than outdoor levels.
This makes it extremely important to perform regular maintenance inside your home or business. In addition to vacuuming, cleaning and checking for water damage on a regular basis, using a certified technician for cleaning will help extend the life of your flooring and upholstery and ensure that your home or business is healthful for those who live and work there.
You can trust Tobin Restoration, an IICRC trained and certified company, to take care of your Southeast Idaho restoration and cleaning needs. Whether it’s as simple as cleaning your carpets, or as complex as cleaning up a flood, or restoring after a fire, we can be trusted to do the job to the highest standards. We are proud to display the cleantrust logo. We are there when you need us, with experience you can trust!