S600 Carpet Installation Standard Officially Approved
Anaheim, CA, April 17, 2015—The S600 Carpet Installation Standard,
developed under the guidance of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning
and Restoration Certification (IICRC), has been officially approved.
S600 is not written to teach installation procedures. Numerous
installation organizations, both union and non-union alike, offer appropriate
Instead, the standard was created for use primarily by professional
carpet installers, and secondarily for carpet manufacturers, product suppliers,
building contractors, architects, specifiers, designers, distributors, flooring
retailers, end-users, facility managers, institutions and others involved in
the carpet industry to determine appropriate accepted procedures that will ensure
a flawless carpet installation.
S600 identifies techniques for evaluating: carpet types, characteristics
and conditions; specifications, site conditions, floor preparation and various
types of installation procedures.
The Standard is broken down into twelve chapters. ANSI S600
certification allows industry members to:
• offer universally accepted installation procedures for
residential and commercial grade carpet making them preferred vendors;
• provide a clear standard for future teaching and certification
of carpet installation;
• save money by adopting universally accepted operational
practices and business approaches; and
• use the ANSI S600 Certified mark on their products and
services and in their advertising.
S600 started as a collaboration between The Carpet and Rug Institute
(CRI) and the WFCA, which co-funded the initial investment, with the IICRC
tapped to develop the standard and put it through the consensus process.
S600 replaces CRI 104 and 105—relatively short documents—but Mili Washington,
standards director for the IICRC, reported in a 2014 FloorDaily interview that
the standard took on a life of its own, offering a depth of information not
covered in the original CRI standards.
In 2014, the CRI pulled out of process, and the IICRC stepped in as
cosponsor of S600.
Because S600 is a consensus document, it was put through public review
in which all stakeholders were invited to review and offer opinions. This
inclusive process is time consuming and, as such, accounts for the lengthy
timeline of creating the document.