CRI: The Carpet and Rug Institute


The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval (SOA) program evaluates how effectively vacuums, extractors and cleaning solutions clean carpets. They have developed the carpet industry’s only scientific program to test and measure the effectiveness of cleaning products and equipment. The results help consumers make informed decisions and manufacturers improve their products. Carpets are cleaner, healthier and last longer. Everyone benefits.

The Dustbane equipment that currently boasts the seal are:

  • Fast Track Back Vac
  • Fast Track Kit
  • Tracker
  • Power Clean Box Extractor 1200 XT
  • Targa Eco Series

These are the performance attributes SOA products are evaluated on:

1. Soil Removal Efficacy

How effective does the product remove soils?

2. Resoiling

Does the cleaned sample attract soil at an accelerated rate or not? (solutions and systems)

3. Residual Moisture

Does the extractor or cleaning system remove most of the moisture that results from a wet cleaning process?

4. Surface Appearance Change

Does the product leave the carpet minimally changed after multiple cleanings? (vacuums and extractors)

Look for this symbol to know if a product is approved by the CRI.

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