CRI FACT SHEET
Save Money & Save The Planet
THE WRONG CARPET CLEANING PRODUCTS CAN BE A COSTLY MISTAKE
Commercial or residential carpet is durable and will keep its top quality appearance, as long as you use the right cleaning products and equipment. Use the wrong products, however, and you will substantially shorten the life of your carpet and waste your investment. Consider these 5 “real life” examples.
MISTAKE EXAMPLE 1: Commercial Building
Customer purchased 4,400 square yards of carpet at an installed cost of $183,000
|+ Carpet Design Life was 11 Years— Carpet “uglied out” in 4 Years||Customer Lost $116,000 in Value!|
MISTAKE EXAMPLE 2: Hospitality
Customer purchased 5,500 square yards of custom patterned cut pile carpet in a five-star hotel at $30 per yard for a total installed cost of $242,000
|+ Carpet Design Life was 7 Years— Carpet “uglied out” in 4 Years||Customer Lost $103,000 in Value!|
MISTAKE EXAMPLE 3: Financial
Customer purchased 4,000 square yards of high-end nylon cut and loop carpet at $32 per yard for a bank on two floors of a high-rise building in a major city for a total an installed cost of $227,000
|+ Carpet Design Life was 7 Years — Carpet “uglied out” in 2 Years||Customer Lost $162,000 in Value!|
MISTAKE EXAMPLE 4: Residential Building
Customer purchased 100 square yards of carpet at an installed cost of $3,100
|+ Carpet Design Life was 7 Years— Carpet “uglied out” in 2 Years||Customer Lost $1,500 in Value!|
MISTAKE EXAMPLE 5: Educational Building
Customer purchased 4,800 square yards of carpet at a cost of $67,200 less installation
|+ Carpet Design Life was 12 Years— Carpet “uglied out” in 2 Years||Customer Lost $56,000 in Value!|
The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval program certifies cleaning products that are safe for your carpet. Visit carpet-rug.org or you could be the next horror story.
MONEY & THE PLANET
Many of today’s consumer products have a long life, especially if they are properly cared for and maintained. This is true for carpet, which can last from 7 to 12 years. Helping to extent the life of products not only saves money but also is a good for the planet because it avoids unnecessary production and consumption. When carpet wears out or “uglies out” well before its time, that can double or triple the products’s environmental footprint.
|Environmental Impact||Tripled Footprint||Doubled Footprint||Tripled Footprint||Tripled Footprint|
YOUR INVESTMENT WITH CRI SEAL OF APPROVAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) puts spot removers, in-tank pre-spot solutions, deep cleaning extractors and systems (products combined with extractors) and commercial and residential vacuums through rigorous independent testing that meets international standards. Products certified by the CRI Seal of Approval have demonstrated they are effective at removing soil and do not harm the carpet’s appearance like some other products. Some large carpet companies also tie their warranties to exclusive use of the Seal of Approval products. Also, use professional carpet cleaners who are Seal of Approval Service Providers to ensure your carpet is being cleaned with quality products.
Visit Carpet-Rug.org to Learn More
Spending a few dollars on the right cleaning product can extend the beauty and life of your carpet for years to come.