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It takes a village...

September 19, 2010
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The principle “It takes a village to raise a child” might play out for the cleaning industry.

Recently, nearly 50 cleaning industry leaders met in New Orleans and laid the groundwork for the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) — a not-for-profit research entity for the facility cleaning profession.

This isn’t just an “idea”. This is a concept embracing the idea that, in fact, “It takes a village to raise a child”.

The child? Let’s call it “Awareness and Understanding”.

That’s right. This new institute, in its birth stages right now, is being launched to support all areas of the cleaning industry. (See complete information in related article on page 44.)

It will gather information, organize research, and lead scientific inquiry to prove that cleaning is important. It will promote awareness and the understanding of how important you are.

It will work to establish cleaning standards. There are already many out there that cleaning pros are using, but the strength will be in how CIRI brings them together for the entire cleaning industry.

Yes, standards for restroom cleaning, carpet cleaning, proper hard floor care (and the list goes on and on) will be part of this institute and the information used to promote the importance of concentrating on cleaning for health.

CIRI’s mission will be to educate people with evidence, not emotion.

Stay tuned, and CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management magazine will keep you current on the development and influence of the Cleaning Industry Research Institute.

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