The new CFCRA

Lee Senter (left), the incoming president of the CFCRA, presenting Ted Harding, president of Kleen Kuip Supply Mart with the association’s Jim Darling lifetime achievement award.
Lee Senter (left), the incoming president of the CFCRA, presenting Ted Harding, president of
Kleen Kuip Supply Mart with the association’s Jim Darling lifetime achievement award.
The CFCRA has a new board of directors and with the change we have developed a new focus.

Our revised mission statement and vision statement guide us to our goal, which is “to engage, inspire and strengthen our related industries through services, best practices and events. To make available floorcovering information, such as cleaning and inspection services to the consumer and information on installation related failures of the same.”

We started on this new path by attending IIDEX 2016 as an exhibitor and made direct contact with a couple hundred attendees. We provided our new contacts with lists of our retailers, flooring distributors and carpet/floor cleaning professionals. We were pleasantly reassured by the professional decorators, designers and specifiers that we spoke to, that there was a need for a resource to find floorcovering and floor cleaning professionals.

The IIDEX attendees stated they were especially interested in finding wood refinishing professionals and hard surface polishing professionals on the cleaning side. On the installation side we heard a lot about the need for wood flooring installers and there was a lot of talk about where to find moisture testing professionals.

This feedback from the conference attendees was most welcoming because it showed that our vision is on track with the wants of the end users and specifiers of floorcoverings as shown by our next three sponsored events: Wood Floor Maintenance Technician with Roy Reichow, Introduction to Substrate and Subfloor Inspection with Paul Pleshek and Resilient Floor Inspector with Claudia Lezell. All three classes hold an optional IICRC certification examination following the presentation.

Looking ahead the association wants to hold complementary moisture control and moisture testing classes for our retailer and distributor members. This is so important with so many of the popular floorcovering choices by consumers being inherently resistant to moisture vapour escaping from the substrates they are being installed on. We will make available lists of our water mitigation professionals to dry out wet slabs.

We also plan on having a cross country road show on moisture mitigation/moisture testing of concrete slabs. We will include a seminar on the new ANSI/IICRC S600 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Installation that is going to change the standard of care for carpet installations both on the residential and commercial side of the business.

The association also wants to congratulate and thank the latest winner of the Jim Darling Award, Ted Harding, for all he has done for the industry. Ted has long been known as “The Carpetologist.” He has helped so many manufacturers, distributors, retailers, facilities and carpet cleaners remedy problems with their carpets over the last forty years. It was wonderful to see his peers and competitors fly in from all over the country to pay their respects at Chateau Le Jardin banquet hall in Woodbridge, Ont.

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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