DALTON, GA — In a significant new development for its Seal of Approval (SOA) testing and certification program for carpet cleaning products and equipment, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has introduced a new category for interim carpet maintenance systems, according to a press release.

The addition of an interim maintenance category will help "fill the gap" between vacuuming and deep-cleaning systems, the release stated.

"It will be a positive addition to the existing SOA testing protocols for vacuums, cleaning solutions, extractors and deep cleaning systems. Interim systems are here to stay. They serve an important role in commercial settings in that they are designed not for restorative cleaning, but for the 'appearance refresher' between cleanings," said CRI President Werner Braun.

"We've thought for some time that an interim category would enhance the CRI's SOA program. I am very pleased with what we have to offer in this new interim testing program," Braun added.

According to the release, interim maintenance focuses on making carpet look good, removing soil, which improves the appearance of carpet, and, in turn, prolongs a carpet's useful life.

The new SOA interim maintenance category was developed by the Interim Maintenance Task Group, a subgroup of CRI's Product Performance and Standards Panel, the release noted.

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