The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is a national trade association for carpet and rug manufacturers. CRI's goal is to educate consumers and those working in the industry from manufacturers to retailer and installers, about carpeting and rugs. This education covers things like health benefits and manufacturing efforts to reduce the impact on the environmental, to industry trends.
Carpeting accounts for 51% of the total U.S. flooring market, and CRI members account for more than 90% of the carpeting produced in the US. Research initiatives look for ways to protect air quality, extend the life of a carpet and enable consumers, businesses and industry participants to make smarter buying decisions.
The Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval
CRI's “Seal of Approval” tests the effectiveness of carpet cleaning products and certifies products that remove difficult stains or a sufficient amount of soil without damaging the carpet. Not every product cleans well enough to earn the seal, so consumers know they're getting quality products with the seal. Testing is done on cleaning solutions and deep cleaning machines, at an independent laboratory . They test spot removers, deep cleaning extractors, deep cleaning systems, vacuums and more.
Fact Sheets from the Carpet and Rug Institute
If you've got specific questions about carpeting or area rugs, these CRI fact sheets might have the information you're looking for.