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CFI Chapter News and Education Update

January 21, 2009
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Chapter Director Rick Lewis and instructor Steve Marsh at the Advanced hands-on Upholstery Cleaning class

The Carpet and FabriCare Institute kept up its usual busy schedule all the way through 2008, and shows no sign of letting up in 2009, as recent and upcoming events show.

Jill Workman, Wicked-Wicker; Pam Godfrey, Child Crisis Center; and Norma McCormick, owner of Guaranteed Clean Carpet

Chapter News

Los Angeles
President Matt Sanders was a featured instructor on the subject of CO-2 surfacing cleaning at the Abatix Awareness Day event. The session was well received, and Matt provided the eager attendees with both classroom time and hands-on demonstrations. Abatix is a valued supporter of the CFI.

Orange / Inland Empire
Chapter Director Graham Bedwell announces that on February 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm there will be a chapter meeting held at CTS Pro Cleaning Products, 2491 Rubidoux Blvd Riverside, CA. The featured speaker will be former CFI President Jim Smith, who will enlighten the attendees on "Surviving In This Economy." For information call Graham at 909-628-3328.

There is a water restoration class planned for April. Stand by for details.

Central Coast
Director Rick Lewis reports that the intensive "Advanced Two-Day Hands On Upholstery Class" instructed by Steve Marsh was a huge success. This class was a CFI member benefit held at Rick`s new facility in San Mateo, and will be offered again soon.

The annual members “GIVE BACK” volunteer carpet cleaning and Bar-B-Que will be at the Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto on February 21 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. CFI has made a tradition of supporting Ronald McDonald Houses and would appreciate your participation in this worthy event. Call Rick for more information at 650-766-5630.

The Cleaners Coffee Club" invites everyone to join in with a new CFI member benefit at Pro Line Carpet Maintenance Supply on the first Tuesday of every month. There is no cost for this monthly get together, and this month will feature Tim Baker, who will give tips and hands-on tricks for cleaning upholstery. Pro Line is located at 1033 Center St. San Carlos, CA.

Director Norma McCormick reports that Guaranteed Clean Carpet Systems did a Holiday Boutique to benefit the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, Arizona and raised $400 for the non profit organization. In January Kjell Andreassen with Acceler8 will be discussing taking small businesses to the next level. Kjell is an experienced entrepreneur, business executive and business advisor. He has an MBA from ASU and is an Accredited Executive Associate of the Institute for Independent Business and an associate professor at Western International University.

The CFI Master Mind group invites everyone to our breakfast meeting at the Roadhouse on 24th Street and University in Phoenix are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 am. Any and all are encouraged to attend for brainstorming on any issues or problems they might be encountering. For information call Norma at Guaranteed Clean Systems 480-821-1481 or e-mail

San Diego
Director Gabe Mathews is planning a meeting on Tuesday January 27, 2009. The topic will be an open discussion on "Sewage vs. Mold, Which Is Worse?" Call Gabe for details at 619-454-0497.

The San Diego Chapter invites everyone to its regular breakfast meeting, held on the first Tuesday of each month, 7:30 am, at The Original Pancake House, 3906 Convoy St. San Diego, CA. Beginners or veterans are invited, just pay for your own breakfast and network with other cleaners, restorers, rug cleaners and suppliers. You can gain knowledge on what works and what doesn't in chemicals, marketing, procedures, machinery, etc. If you are new, come and learn from the pros. Call Gabe at 619-454-0497.

Northern California
Don`t miss this opportunity to have your fondest dreams fulfilled. We need a Chapter Director, and that person could be you. Call Matt Sanders at 1-800-CARPET-9.

"The Cleaners Coffee Club" invites everyone to join in with a new CFI member benefit at Pro Line Carpet Maintenance Supply on the first Monday of every month. There is no cost for the monthly get together, and this month will feature Tim Baker, who will give tips and hands-on tricks for cleaning upholstery. Pro Line is located at 4061 Palm Ave. Sacramento, CA.

CFI President Matt Sanders teaching at the Abatix Awareness Day class


Education Director Peter Sierck will be instructing upcoming IICRC classes to be held at A+Plus Environmental Supplies, 13535 Marquardt Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670. To register, call 888-286-8878.

Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT ) March 3-6
Our mold and sewage back flow remediation technician class includes a hands-on section and the exam for IICRC certification. The course provides the necessary training to conduct or evaluate remediation projects. Course prerequisite is the attendance of a water damage restoration technician (WRT) class. This AMRT class also qualifies for IICRC continuous education credits (CEC). Future class dates are June 23-26 and October 27-30.

Health and Safety Technician (HST) March 17-18
This 2-day course provides the necessary OSHA health and safety training for the construction industry. OSHA Construction Industry Regulations apply to all microbial remediation projects and are often overlooked by contractors. Completion of the health and safety course is a requirement for the AMRT/S certification through the IICRC. Participants will receive your OSHA 10-hour Health and Safety Card upon completion of the course.

Moisture Mapping Workshop - April 2
What you always wanted to know about your meters and instruments. This comprehensive moisture testing workshop takes you from beginning levels through advanced skills. Most technicians are familiar with the basic use of moisture meters. However, many are not aware of the underlying physical principals, their limitations, the do’s and don’ts, and when not to believe your measurement results. We will address the physical principles, techniques, methods, applications and limitations of the different tools and instruments. Industry standards and their important documentation requirements will be reviewed. CEC credit from IICRC, RIA and IAQ Council.

CFI Address

The new CFI mailing address is P.O. Box 758 Escondido, CA 92033. There is also a new fax line: 760-746-7891. The main phone and message number remains: 800-CARPET-9 (800-227-7389) and the e-mail address remains

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