The Benefits of the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval


Do you often see the labels above, but aren’t entirely sure what they mean? They actually a really important labels to have on your products because they mean you are striving towards implementing chemicals, carpeting, vacuums and extractors that meet a higher standard in performance – which just happens to be better for the environment and indoor air quality. For many professionals, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Seal of Approval has been a requirement when looking to purchase new commercial vacuums or deep cleaning extractors.

The Carpet and Rug Institute has created a Green Label and Green Label Plus program to evaluate a wide range of products to see if they meet high standards in performance and improving the indoor environment. CRI uses scientific testing to support their findings thus meeting the cleaning industry’s goal of making reliable, fact-based information available for evaluating cleaning equipment and products.

There are 7 performance attributes Seal of Approval (SOA) products are evaluated on: 

  1.  Soil Removal Efficacy: How effective is the product at removing soil? 
  2. Re-soiling: Does the cleaned sample attract soil at an accelerated rate or not? 
  3. Residual Moisture:  Does your extractor 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? 
  5. Colorfastness: Does the product cause a color change in the carpet fiber?
  6. pH Level: Is the pH level between 4 and 10 on the pH scale?
  7. Optical Brighteners: If the product contains optical brighteners, then they are not allowed to be SOA certified.

*Attributes provided by the Carpet and Rug Institute.

 Products that hold the CRI Seal mean improved cleaning results and efficiency. They promote healthier indoor environments, extend the life of carpets and support environmentally sustainable procedures. Talk about more than enough reasons to use CRI Seal of Approval Products as much as possible! Do the chemicals, carpeting, vacuums and extractors you use meet the standards? 

Introducing . . . Recon by Hillyard!!!



Recon is a revolutionary sports floor coating system that can eliminate the roller coaster effect of annual sports floor maintenance, and deliver new floor gloss and performance anytime you need it – for example, right before a mid-season tournament. It is a specially formulated, high-performance, high gloss, micro-layer sports floor coating that stands up to the rigors of athletic competition. Applying Recon takes just a little more time than a routine cleaning. A simple clean, apply, and dry process has your newly coated sports floor ready for play the next day!

  • 2 component cross-linked formula for enhanced durability
  • Ultra-thin profile – easily stack multiple coats throughout the year
  • Coat the whole floor, just the playing surface, or sections 
  • Perfect for mid-season tune-ups or replace your traditional annual recoat process (would need to apply 4-6 times per year)

 Contact us at 630.896.6373 for more information or to purchase! 

How Weather Affects Curing a Wood Floor


Often, in a world surrounded by concrete and man-made products, we don’t often stop to think about what is natural. Wood, being a natural product responds to humidity variations, expanding and contracting even when the wood is dried and placed in a floor. While often harder to schedule because of activity usage, winter is actually the more ideal time to recoat a wood floor. Dry, cold winter weather makes the wood contract, which sometimes causes gaps between planks, but this is more ideal than in summer when the humidity makes the wood absorb moisture from the air and expand as a result.

So what creates less than ideal drying conditions for your wood floor?

  • Temperature: The ideal temperature for application can vary depending on product, but the average temperature that is the most perfect for applying floor finishes is 75 degrees. The temperature of your gymnasium affects the viscosity of the floor finish, aka. how thick of a film the finish creates.  Thinner is always better so you can see why summer refinishing projects can pose challenges when temperatures get up over 80 degrees in a building without air-conditioning. 
  • Humidity: In the most ideal of settings, a buildings humidity levels would be around 50% for refinishing, however can still be applied properly up to 75%. Humidity affects the evaporation rate of the solvents and the length of time required to properly cure the floor. 
  • Air Flow: Good air flow is critical. After the solvent evaporates, the film is very weak. It must be strengthened by cross linking with oxygen. A good air flow determines how much oxygen will cross link with the finish to initiate the curing process. AIR CANNOT BE STAGNANT!  This ties back into the humidity in the air as well. In higher humidity situations, we can still achieve a positive outcome if the air flow is good.  By cycling fresh air through the room, the drying process will not be hindered as much in high humidity situations.  Another critical point worth mentioning is that we never want air blowing directly on a newly finished floor.  This creates a scab on the surface of the floor and prevents the floor from drying from the bottom up.  

To cure a floor completely can take several days, but 24 hours is usually enough for the topcoating. Floors will be 90% cured in 7 days and fully cured in 30.