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IICRC to Be Featured on "Designing Spaces" Airing on Lifetime Television


IICRC to Be Featured on “Designing Spaces™” Airing on Lifetime Television  

“Creating a Healthier Living Entertainment” segment highlights Certified Firms  

(Vancouver, Wash.) January 2, 2013 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announces it will be featured on the show “Designing Spaces” airing on Lifetime. The segment “Creating a Healthier Living Entertainment” will air on Jan. 4 and Jan. 31 at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT. The segment highlights the importance of choosing a professional, IICRC Certified Firm.

The IICRC partnered with “Designing Spaces™” to showcase to U.S. consumers how IICRC Certified Firms stand out from the competition. The show’s one million viewers provided an ideal opportunity for the IICRC to increase awareness and serve as a voice on behalf of the industry.

“Designing Spaces™” is the signature home improvement television series that travels all over the country redefining and redesigning space. The show provides real-life solutions to real-life problems for homeowners, representing a resource of learning and a trusted name in home remodeling, home decorating and home design that viewers know and respect.

“In this segment, the IICRC discusses professional carpet cleaning and its role in creating a healthier indoor environment,” said Hank Unck, chair of the IICRC Marketing and Communications Committee. “The show positions the IICRC as the leading resource for consumers looking to find reputable, professional and knowledgeable cleaning, inspection and restoration services.”

Rachel Adams, the president of Indoor Environmental Management, Inc., serves as the on-air spokesperson for the IICRC.  Word of Mouth Carpet Restoration, a Fort Lauderdale-based Certified Firm, represented the IICRC by demonstrating how a certified, professional firm cleans.

“Filming this segment helped me think about the IICRC from a different perspective, the consumer perspective,” said Adams. “Carpet cleaning technicians and companies are not all the same and it’s very important for a homeowner to know the difference in order to make an educated decision.”

Once the segment airs, it will be available for IICRC Certified Firms to download and use in their marketing materials.

“As a Certified Firm, we understand how important it is that consumers understand what it means to hire an IICRC certified professional,” said Eric Vander Wiede, owner of Word of Mouth Carpet Restoration. “This segment is one step the IICRC is taking to help promote our certifications.”

Tune into “Designing Spaces” on Jan. 4 and Jan. 31at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT.

About the IICRC

The IICRC is an international, ANSI-accredited standard-development organization (SDO) that certifies individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials, or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. To know if a technician has received proper education and training, consumers should look for the cleantrust patch and logo, the service mark of the IICRC. For more information, visit


ICRA Respone to Hurricane Sandy


October, 30, 2012

Restoration Association Response to Hurricane Sandy

The International Cleaning and Restoration Association (ICRA) has created a consumer website to help property owners recover from flood waters as a result of Hurricane Sandy and to help understand the restoration process.  

When returning to your home after a natural disaster, you need to be alert to various health and safety hazards that might exist. Flood waters can contain sewage related organisms, chemicals, organic and non organic soils and debris. As water remains in contact with your home and contents, molds can begin to grow. Animals and insects can present additional problems. Power to your home may or may not have been shut off. Electrical hazards are a major concern when working in a wet damp environment. If you have gas fired appliances that are operating, combustion gases may not be properly vented from the structure and can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or fire. For more information on how to restore your home after a flood, protecting yourself from electrical hazards, personal hygiene during flood cleanup, food and water safety go to

To learn more about restoration and disaster preparedness, go to

To find local qualified International Cleaning and Restoration professionals, go to


About the International Cleaning and Restoration Association

The International Cleaning and Restoration Association is a nonprofit organization of cleaning and restoration firms serving the United States and Canada.

Experience Events Press Release

Experience Events, LLC formed by the original founders of Connections Events and ICRA Announces New Conventions called “The EXPERIENCE” with 2 shows to be held in 2013 

Denver, CO — Experience Events, LLC announced that it will hold cleaning and restoration conventions and trade shows in 2013.  Experience Events, LLC was formed by the original founders of Connections Events and the International Cleaning and Restoration Association (ICRA) to bring advanced training and education to the programs along with the largest trade shows in the industry.

The newly founded conventions and trade shows, The Experience will be managed and produced by Jennifer Wilkinson who previously held a similar position with Connections Events. Jennifer has over 10 years of experience producing, directing and managing conventions and trade shows.  Ms. Wilkinson said that “A new convention committee is being formed from a partnership including ICRA, Industry Instructors and Textile Consultants.  The committee will work on a new platform of education utilizing a combination of written materials, classroom training and hands on demonstration.  The hands-on demonstrations will be expanded and used to further research, teach and instruct how to apply what is learned in the classroom.  We are really excited to bring The EXPERIENCE to the industry and look forward to working with all areas of the industry.”

The trade shows will feature the manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, educators, associations, organizations and others who provided goods and services to the cleaning and restoration industry.  The show will feature carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, area rug cleaning, hard surface floor cleaning, sealing and restoration, inspections, water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, trauma scene clean-up, duct cleaning, maintenance type services, basic construction practices, business management, and marketing, training in operations and services and sales training.  The goal of these conventions and trade shows is to offer tools and training that individuals and businesses can immediately incorporate into their businesses for growth and greater profits.

“The Experience” shows are scheduled April 18, 19 and 20, 2013 on the beach in Clearwater Beach Florida, and Las Vegas Nevada September 4, 5 and 6, 2013. 

Craig Kersemeir, President of ICRA stated, “’The Experience’ will include advanced training modules from ICRA in cleaning and restoration.   ICRA will offer these programs at both locations annually.” 

For more information go to: or call at 888-881-1001 x10. 


IICRC Continues to Seek Volunteers for S210 and S300 Standards Updates


IICRC Continues to Seek Volunteers for S210 and S300 Standards Updates 

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) June 21, 2012 – The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is continuing to seek volunteers to serve on the consensus bodies for the development of a new BSR-IICRC S210 and the revision of IICRC S300.

The BSR-IICRC S210 Standard and Reference Guide on Dimension Stone Maintenance and Restoration is expected to be completed in 36 months. The updated IICRC S300 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning is set to be completed in approximately 24 months.

“As our industry continues to evolve, our standards ensure that the IICRC is providing the most relevant and consistent information,” said Mili Washington, IICRC standards director. “But our standards are only as good as our volunteers; we need their expertise and knowledge.”

The consensus bodies will meet approximately two times per year, with most of the work being completed online and via conference calls. Those interested in serving on the BSR-IICRC S210 or IICRC S300 consensus bodies should contact Mili Washington at ">. The IICRC will be accepting applications through the end of July.

To learn more about IICRC standards, please visit


The IICRC is an international, ANSI accredited standard development organization (SDO) that certifies individuals in 20+ categories within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Representing more than 54,000 certified technicians in 22 countries, the IICRC, in partnership with regional and international trade associations, represents the entire industry. The IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials, or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. To know if a technician has received proper education and training, consumers should look for the cleantrust patch and logo, the service mark of the IICRC. For more information, visit     


What is ICRA

Q: What is ICRA?

A: ICRA is a non-profit industry trade association created by an affiliation of regional trade associations. They are:

CRA- Cleaning and Restoration Association

MCRA- Midwest Cleaning and Restoration Association

MSPCA- Midsouth Professional Cleaners Association

NEIRC- New England Institute of Restoration & Cleaning

PACR- Professional Association of Cleaning and Restoration

SCRT- Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians

*NYRCI- New York Rug Cleaners Institute (pending final vote and Board approval)

Other associations may join in the future.


Q: What is the purpose of ICRA?

A: The affiliated associations have united to streamline their administrative organizations, share resources and help free the regional associations to provide more benefits to their Members.


Combined under ICRA, the regional trade associations can deliver far more value to the industry than any one of the associations alone. ICRA is a national trade association of significant size and strength with over 800 Member companies, comprising an estimated 2300 professionals in the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.


Q: Will ICRA eliminate the existing trade associations?

A: No. ICRA is an affiliation of trade associations. Each association keeps its own identity, membership, finances, programs and benefits.


Q: How will ICRA be funded?

A: A portion of all Member dues (currently $50 per Member) from each association go to ICRA. In return, ICRA promotes the affiliate associations and helps reduce overall costs by consolidating and streamlining much of the administrative, marketing and educational expenses.


Q: Will ICRA compete with IICRC for educational programs and certification?

A: No. ICRA and its affiliate associations support IICRC education, certification and standards programs. (All but one of the affiliated associations are IICRC shareholders.)

ICRA will offer or sponsor IICRC-approved training programs. ICRA will also offer more advanced and specialized technical training to supplement IICRC certification.


In addition, training in non-technical subjects such as marketing, administration, financial and strategic planning for business owners will be offered in ICRA sponsored classes and workshops.


Q: What are the benefits of being an ICRA Member?

A: Members of ICRA receive benefits and services that give them a greater advantage in the cleaning and restoration industry. ICRA meetings, training programs and online services create an opportunity to network and share information that supports and enhances Member businesses. Discounts on programs and purchases more than cover the cost of membership.


Additional benefits of membership include:

Online Technical Bulletins and Technical Library

Scholarship Program- Up to $500.00 per calendar year 

Convention and Workshop Discounts 

Support for management, technical, marketing and other business needs.

ICRA Newsletter- up-to-date news, program schedules and announcements. 

Website Presence and Referrals- Consumer referral listing on the ICRA website.

Press Releases that direct consumers to ICRA members.

Lab and Testing Facilities provide discounted pricing to ICRA members.


For a complete description of ICRA Member benefits, visit on the web.

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