New partnerships

Alliances promote education and value

Lee Senter, CFCRA president

We may not have been able to bridge our connections in Canada completely yet, but the CFCRA has been making great inroads with many other organizations locally and around the world.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification, also known as the IICRC, has been asked to team up with the ISSA Canada show. The ISSA is the world’s largest cleaning association and has recently acquired the Canadian Sanitary Supply Association (CSSA).

Their first trade show in Canada will be June 11-13 in Toronto. The CFCRA is a shareholder of the IICRC and is one of the sponsors of the show. The joint venture trade show is a joint venture of with the International Facility Management Association and the REMI network.

The education offered by ISSA is not limited to cleaning of floorcoverings but they do cover a lot of it in their various basic skills classes and CIMS classes. The ISSA recently became a shareholder of the IICRC and the hope is that the ISSA classes will be stepping stones into the IICRC’s certification classes.

The IICRC Resilient Floor Maintenance Technician (RFMT) class has not been released yet for beta testing. This class is the work of many volunteers including representatives from some of the major resilient manufacturers like Tarkett, Mannington and XL North. The rest of the committee is made up of individuals and service provider organizations that offer a complete view of how this class should be carried out. It was our hope that we would preview this class at the ISSA Canada event but the RFMT technical advisory committee is not quite finished and wants it perfect first.

The IICRC Wood Floor Maintenance Technician (WFMT) class was recently held in Dalton, Ga., with several manufacturer’s reps represent. We hope to put this class out for review soon. If anyone is interested in participating in this revision please contact the writer of this column.

The CFCRA will also be present at the Canadian Sustainability Conference at the Congress Centre in Toronto. We will be promoting our members that provide green, sustainable floor cleaning processes. Our members get significant discounts on admission to the show.

The previous paragraphs lead into the announcement that the CFCRA is working with the My Flooring Warranty program. My Flooring Warranty is supported by the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and Shaw Industries. What the program does is provides flooring warranty information to purchasers of flooring.

It also provides reminders on when your flooring should be professionally cleaned so that your warranty will not be voided. Typically, flooring retailers associate themselves with floor cleaning contractors who in turn provide free spot removal services to their customers for the first year. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

My Flooring Warranty is providing services for purchasers of carpets right now. The problem with providing the service for resilient and wood has been that many manufacturers do not tell the end user how to clean the floor, instead they tell the client what not to use. We are hoping that the development of the ISSA and IICRC classes will finally offer guidance on how to properly maintain floors. This is an important step forward for our industry.

Finally, we held Certified Flooring Installation classes again in Toronto. We hope that our friend Drew Kern will be approved as a CFI instructor. We also had Richard Deamude up from New Brunswick to start the process to become a Canadian resilient floor CFI trainer. We will be announcing new CFI class dates soon.

Lastly, it’s renewal time. You will be receiving renewal offers with some significant benefits. If you are not a CFCRA member we have some great offers to ask you to join. Feel free to contact me at lsenter@cfcra.ca for more information.

Without your membership we cannot afford to bring the required training on the installation and maintenance of floorcoverings to Canada for your employees!

The Canadian Flooring Cleaning and Restoration Association (CFCRA) was preceded by the Flooring Institute of Ontario (FIO), a not-for-profit organization which proudly served the needs of flooring industry professionals in Ontario since 1962.

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