Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.
Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, and that permit fulfillment of the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.
Shaw Industries Chooses Quality over Quantity
Only IICRC Certified Firms Permitted to Work on Warranted Products
Look for the IICRC logo when choosing a carpet and textile cleaning service provider.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an international, independent, non-profit certifying body. It promotes high standards and ethics; while advancing communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industry.
The IICRC writes the industry standards and guidelines for the Carpet and Textile Cleaning & Restoration, Water Damage Restoration, Structural Drying and Mold Remediation industries.
Sustainability Plan Basics
Walk-off mats and chair mats
80% of dirt is walked off within the first 12 feet of carpet or matting.
• Be sure that mats are constructed of material that will trap soil and moisture.
• Clean the mats often. If allowed to soil to the point of saturation, they will become a source of dirt for the carpet instead of protection.
• The carpet mat should be large enough to ensure that people entering the building will take enough steps on them to remove the soil from their shoes. This normally will require three to five steps.
Every Facility is Unique
Many factors are evaluated to help determine your facility's individual needs.
Although many facilities have similarities, such as building style, business, or location, each of them has a unique set of needs. These may include:
• Method of carpet installation
• Carpet construction and fiber content
• Use of the facility (law firms, high rise office building, retail space, medical offices, etc.)
• Number of occupants
• Foot traffic patterns
• Weather factors
• Soil type (outside soil tracked in, food and drink spills)
• Management expectations
How to prepare for our visit
Please read this list in preparation for our arrival:
Please pick up things around your desk such as wastebaskets, filing boxes, chair mats, knickknacks and breakables.
You know LEED—the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
It's the point-based system designed to encourage green initiatives and reward those who take action.
If you work in a LEED certified building, your organization has spent an incredible amount of time, energy, and money to ensure your facility meets the standards. It's a huge responsibility to maintain an environmental initiative.
Environmentally Responsible Cleaning
A typical "steam cleaning" carpet cleaner consumes over a gallon of water per minute.
To clean 1,000 square feet of carpet, a typical steam cleaner will use approximately 60 to 120 gallons of water. This means that for every minute of cleaning, a gallon of water will be removed from the municipal water supply. A variety of cleaning chemicals and solvents will be introduced to the water during the cleaning process. The water that is recovered from the carpet will thereby contain soil and contaminants from the carpet as well as a host of chemicals. This concoction of "black" water (in many cases it literally is black) will then be discharged into the municipal sewage system as "spent" water. In other words at a rate of a gallon of water per minute, clean water is consumed, contaminated, and discharged as sewage. This is an unconscionable waste of a natural resource.
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Commercial carpet cleaning presents a set of challenges that would and should frighten even the most savvy residential carpet cleaners.
Commercial carpet receives many times the foot traffic of typical residential carpet. The carpet is usually made of a synthetic blend of fibers, often a fiber called olefin, which can be very difficult to clean. It's also exposed to a litany of contaminates, including beverage spills, food, grease, tar, gum, or blood. Correcting the wide array of problems found in commercial carpet requires specialized training. If the right equipment or cleaning solution is not used, small problems can become permanent damage.
There is no silver bullet when it comes to cleaning commercial carpet. Our experienced technicians will analyze each facility's unique situation to determine which cleaning process will provide the highest quality results. This could be truck-mounted or portable hot water extraction, dry compound cleaning, bonnet cleaning, or even high flow extraction cleaning. We have both the equipment and capability to use any and all of these methods.
Indoor Air Quality
What does Indoor Air Quality have to do with carpet cleaning?
According to the EPA -"INDOOR AIR POLLUTION is one the top 5 most serious environmental problems affecting the health of humans in America."
People spend an estimated ninety percent of their time indoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") studies of human exposure to air pollutants, indoor air may have between two to one hundred times the amount of pollutants found in outdoor air. EPA's Indoor Air Quality Home Page.
Of the 90% of time spent indoors, many people spend 40 hours a week 50 weeks a year at work.
According to the World Health Organization- 40 percent of all BUILDINGS, pose a "serious health hazard" due to indoor air pollution.
Properly and adequately licensed and insured (three million dollar aggregate)- Liability insurance, Worker Compensation insurance, and commercial vehicle insurance
Owners and employees are criminal background checked and Sex Offender Registry checked, both locally and nationally on an annual basis.
CRI Carpet and Rug Institute Approved Service Provider, one of less than 200 nationwide
IICRC certified firm
Professionally trained and IICRC certified cleaning technicians in multiple specialties
Floor Care Solutions is an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) Certified Firm.
The IICRC is the non-profit certification and standard-setting organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.
IICRC certified firms have earned the right to display the IICRC logo by sending their technicians through comprehensive training programs. Each category of certification has its own unique requirements and certification process, covering a specific area of expertise. In all cases the individual must attend an IICRC approved school and successfully complete college level courses and written examinations. In addition they must have actual field experience for specific lengths of time, sometimes years, and be able to document his or her skills in the subject.
Commercial Upholstery Cleaning
Office furniture is often overlooked when cleaning.
Yet it too plays an important role in the overall health of your facility, as well as your corporate image.
Typically office furniture is exposed to far more contaminates than the furniture in your home. It is most often constructed of synthetic fibers that are oleophilic - having a strong affinity for oils rather than water. These fibers actually attract and hold body oils. When left untreated, they oxidize and become a permanent part of the fiber, leaving a yellow or brown stain along the arm rest and chair back. The truth is most of the time spent in an office is in a chair. In that chair there are dead skin cells, bacteria, food and drink spills, and body oils that have accumulated, usually over years. This is not the clean image successful business wants to project.
Ask the Seal
Why Ask the Seal of Approval?
• Many companies who claim to be licensed and insured are not.
• Many companies who claim to perform criminal background checks on their employees do not.
• If you hire an unlicensed, uninsured company and an employee is injured on your property or your property is damaged, your insurance company may deny the claim.
• You can be fined up to $5,000 for hiring an unlicensed contractor whether you knew it or not.
• Every day companies large and small introduce dangerous felons and registered sex offenders into unsuspecting consumers lives.
• Criminals often use their employment to find their next victim.
• Many consumers think they are safe as long as someone is there with them when the service person is there. In fact, many crimes are committed up to six months or more after the service call.