Carpet and Rug Institute CRI Certified Vacuums

Monday May 04, 2009
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What does it take for a vacuum to become a Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) certified vacuum and why is this CRI certification important? This is a great question that was received by one of our members, which sparked a need for this blog.

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is in existence to educate the world on how our living, learning, and working environments can be improved with the use of carpets and rugs, and their supporting items such as carpet padding and CRI certified vacuums. CRI also works with those in the carpet industry, providing educational information, certifications, and more, to help carpet retailers with the same goal in mind. Through years of research along with environmental stewardship, customer advocacy, and consensus building, CRI has become a trusted source for information on healthy, safe, eco–friendly carpet and area rugs. CRI offers several certifications including those for eco–friendly carpet, carpet padding, and adhesives which can receive either the CRI Green Label or Green label Plus. CRI also certifies safe and effective carpet cleaning solutions, deep cleaning extraction machines, and vacuums, which brings me to the question at hand.

The Carpet and Rug Institute has merged their Green Label vacuum requirements, which sets strict standards for indoor air quality (IAQ), with the CRI Seal of Approval program. This created a rigorous set of vacuum certification standards which identify vacuums that are not only certified as safe for the environment, but also proven to be effective in cleaning dirt, dust, and other allergens.

CRI–certified vacuums under this program can be certified at bronze, silver, and gold levels, with gold meeting the highest CRI Green Label and Seal of Approval certification standards. Under this new Carpet and Rug Institute vacuum certification program, you can rest assured that CRI certified vacuums will clean your carpet while helping to create a healthy indoor air quality in your home.

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