What does testing by
'The Carpet & Rug Institute' mean to you?
The Carpet & Rug Institute is an independent organization that tests the performace of machinery related to rug and carpet cleaning. They offer 4 levels of approval on the machinery they test: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum (the highest).
So, if you're in the market for a professional level carpet extraction machine then the CRI rating system could be a very useful tool for you. If you're currently weighing the features on several different machines to purchase then the CRI rating, if available, is a strong factor to consider.
The CRI Seal of Approval uses 3 areas to evaluate a carpet extraction machine on performance:
- Soil Removal - How well does the machine remove the dirt and soiling from a carpet? How much is left behind? They use a NASA-enhanced x-ray fluorescence technology to precisely measure the dirt left behind, so no subjective human evaluation is involved (ie. no personal judgement).
- Water Removal - How much water is left behind? The amount of moisture left in your carpeting will affect your drying time. In general it's better to have your just-cleaned carpets dry faster to avoid unpleasant odors from wetness. (Have you ever opened a washing machine after it's been closed and out of use for a week? Not pleasant.)
- Texture Rentention - Does the machine harm the carpet fibers in any way? Does the original texture of the carpet return after the cleaning and drying are complete?
Through the use of very precise testing procedures, equipment, and standards by The Carpet & Rug Institute you can be confident of their rating system. Taking into consideration their rating scale will help you with your decision making process in purchasing the best carpet extractor for your business needs.