CRI releases new carpet cleaning standards

Standards include cleaning guidelines for commercial and residential environments.

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has published new cleaning standards for commercial and residential carpeting.

The standards – CRI 204 Commercial Carpet Standard for Maintenance and Cleaning and CRI 205 Residential Carpet Standard for Maintenance and Cleaning – highlight necessary carpet cleaning protocol to ensure the appearance of carpet and maximum useful life of the product.

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 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. We are thankful for their commitment and diligence in this project,” Yarbrough said.

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 CRI 104/105 Carpet Installation Standards released in 2015.

The 204 and 205 standards are available as a free download on the CRI website,, in multiple formats for access on all mobile devices.

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