Housekeepers To Promote CRI Certified Products
Dalton, GA, Jan. 6, 2009--The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) and the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding designed to help executive housekeepers protect their facilities' long-term carpet investments by increasing IEHA members' involvement with CRI's Seal of Approval programs for cleaning products and service providers.
CRI's Seal of Approval program evaluates cleaning solutions, deep cleaning extractors, deep cleaning systems, and commercial and residential vacuums through rigorous independent testing that meets international standards.
Products certified with the CRI Seal of Approval demonstrate the ability to clean effectively while maintaining and protecting carpet's long- term appearance.
In the joint memorandum, IEHA agrees to promote the use of SOA-certified products and equipment to its 3,800 members and to incorporate CRI's library of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) into the curricula for IEHA's Certified Executive Housekeeper (CEH) and Registered Executive Housekeeper (REH) designations.
CRI's CEUs are recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). In return, CRI will offer IEHA members the opportunity to become SOA-certified Service Providers, and to provide marketing support to those who achieve SOA Service Provider status. Both groups agree to participate in cooperative cross-promotional activities, including joint projects, public relations, and events.
"We see this as an excellent opportunity for our members to achieve additional professional recognition as CRI SOA Service Providers," said IEHA CEO/executive director Beth Risinger. "CRI's Seal of Approval is a valuable program based on independent, third-party scientific testing that reflects IEHA's goals of increased measurement and accountability in housekeeping and facility maintenance."