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August 28, 2014
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Cleanfax announces staff changes

BIRMINGHAM, AL — Cleanfax, the leading media choice of cleaning and restoration professionals, has made recent adjustments to its editorial team.

Jeff Cross, who has worked for Cleanfax as the senior editor for more than 10 years, was promoted to executive editor of the Cleanfax brand. In addition to running the editorial team at Cleanfax, Cross is an industry trainer and an IICRC-approved instructor, spending much of his time with end-users. This allows Cleanfax to sharpen its editorial focus, ensuring all of its articles, features and technical tips are based on what the industry needs.

Additionally, Amanda Hosey has been hired as the publication’s new assistant editor. Hosey will play an integral role in developing, writing and researching news and online exclusive content for both the monthly print publication and each day on She has more than five years of experience in communications, with previous experience including editor-in-chief for Tower magazine and co-editor for the Cent Journal series. She also has experience as an adjunct instructor of English composition at Florida International University.  

These editorial changes are a sign of ongoing commitment from Cleanfax to meet the informational needs of readers.

RIA and ThermaPure settle lawsuit

WASHINGTON — The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and ThermaPure Inc. have successfully settled a patent lawsuit that RIA began in January 2013.

The agreement, in part, calls for ThermaPure to provide a covenant not to sue RIA members unless the member heats a structure to an ambient temperature in excess of 105 degrees Fahrenheit, while practicing the other limitations of claims of ThermaPure's U. S. Patent 6,327,812 ('812 patent).

The RIA, in turn, acknowledges the validity of the '812 patent and will encourage the adoption of the ThermaPure technology to its members when using temperatures in excess of 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

This '105°F safe-harbor' clause is exclusively for RIA members; current members, in good standing, receive immediate and automatic benefit from the terms of the settlement, while non-member restoration contractors receive benefits effective the date they join the association.

In Memoriam

The industry loses John Garger

John Joseph Garger, 53, of Chatsworth, GA, passed away on July 14, 2014.

John was a longtime employee of Tandus and devoted much of his time to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and to all cleaners he knew.

His dedication and loyalty was best seen through his acts of service to Georgia Concerns of Police Survivors and the Knights of Columbus. Throughout his more than 30 year career, he impacted countless lives around the nation by his diligence, attention to detail, his expertise in many aspects of the carpet and flooring industry, and his passion to always help others. He prided himself on excellent customer care and went the extra mile to ensure that clients were satisfied. 

John is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Ginny; amazing daughters, Jessi and Brittany; son-in-law Shane; parents John and Betty; sisters Denise and Annette and their husbands Dan and “Bert”; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

IICRC News and Updates

In early July, the IICRC began soliciting volunteers to serve on a consensus body for the development of the new BSR-IICRC S220 Standard on Hard Surface Floor Covering Inspection. Consensus body members will meet approximately once per year in person, with most of the work being completed online and via conference calls.

The new BSR-IICRC S220 Standard will include inspection of hard surface floor coverings, including stone, marble, laminate, wood, ceramic and resilient. The document will establish a procedural standard for professionally inspecting hard surface floor coverings.

Applications are still being accepted, so if you are interested in participating, contact Mili Washington, IICRC standards director, at

You may have noticed recently that some of the IICRC’s global offices have new names. In its ongoing effort to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries, the IICRC has restructured its four global regions to: The Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan. The IICRC’s previous regions included the U.S., UK, Oceana and Japan, and it currently has offices in each of those regions.

“We continually look for ways to advance our mission and enhance global recognition for our standards and certification programs,” added Jenny Boymal, International Vice President, IICRC. “By restructuring our regions, we will be better positioned to further the international scope of our efforts.”

                                                — Submitted by TonyWheelwright