Upholstery cleaning may seem easy enough to do, but if a homeowner hires a group of amateurs to do it, the results may be disastrous. Deep sanitation and debris removal can’t be done with any vacuum, so any company that shows up to the home should have all of the equipment and expertise to do the job right. The best way for a homeowner to check this is to only take on a business that is certified.
There are dozens of sanitation services in every major metro, and finding the ideal fit can take some time. This can be made easier by checking out a database that keeps track of certified upholstery cleaning organizations. The go to place for this is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. The IICRC is the agency that monitors and updates all standards within the industry. They update the guidelines to proper sanitation regularly, and any group that follows them to the letter is doing their job right.
In addition, the IICRC runs many classes every year that are aimed at companies trying to improve their craft and earn the seal of approval. An upholstery cleaning business can benefit greatly from these classes, and they are easy to schedule in, as they only require a few days to complete. For any group that wants to prove their chops, though, they are extremely important, and by completing them, a company can improve their status in the industry.
A year after an organization is certified by the IICRC, it can apply for journeyman textile sanitation status by knocking out three classes, including a mandatory upholstery cleaning course. After an additional two years, the business can reach master status by taking another two courses, one of which is for color repair. This means that a master level group of professionals can do more than just make the fabric immaculate, they can also bring it back to its former glory.
Most organizations that have these advanced marks of achievement will advertise them proudly, so finding them should be an easy task. Also, a client looking for a company can use the IICRC’s website to get some handy advice on what to look for in an organization. The site also contains a database that can locate a member in the client’s area.
Another major reason to only take on a certified business is that they are more likely to have specialists that can handle other tasks common to an upholstery cleaning group. These may include carpet sanitation, fire or water damage repair, textile repair or carpet inspection. Often, a homeowner needs several of these services at the same time, so farming them all out to one operation can reduce the price dramatically and abbreviate the time it takes to get it done.
In short, it is best to stay from companies that look amateurish and lack proper certification. Those that are trained to take care of fabrics will have a cadre of workers that have all attended courses, and are equipped with top of the line machines that are also approved by the IICRC.