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About Rug Lady Seminars

With the unique perspective of a small fiber care and rug store business owner, and flooring inspector, Ruth Travis has over 25 years experience in maintenance, restoration and inspection of carpet, rugs and upholstery.
In 1988, Ruth and her her partner, Ginger started their fiber care service in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she performed fabric cleaning, protection, and inspection and color correction services for her clients, interior designers and carpet mills.
In 1995 she opened a retail rug store, The Rug Exchange. After selling her share of the business to her partner in 2001, Ruth shifted her focus to training and instructing others in the fiber care industry.
Ruth is the Director of the WoolSafe Program in North America, and an IICRC-Approved Instructor for Rug Cleaning and Color Repair. She is also an IICRC-Certified Carpet Inspector specializing in cleaning related issues and color correction.  She also works as a consultant for Chase Carpet and Rug Care in Denver where she oversees their rug cleaning operation.  



Ruth Travis was President/Chairmen of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification from 2006 to 2008.  After fulfilling her responsibilities as President of the IICRC, Ruth was named the Director of the WoolSafe Organization in North America.

Ruth has a B.S. degree in Textiles from the University of Tennessee and has attended most of the major cleaning and restoration industry courses.           

She shares with her students and peers the unique perspective of a small carpet cleaning business owner, retail rug store owner and carpet inspector. She has over 25 years experience in maintenance and restoration of carpet, rugs and upholstery. In addition, she is a flooring inspector and performs corrections for some of the major carpet mills. She has traveled throughout the US and abroad sharing her knowledge with other cleaners, inspectors and restorers.

Ruth is an active volunteer in the cleaning, restoration and inspection industry. She served as the IICRC as Marketing Committee Chairman and President/Chairman of the Board of Directors for two years and is the past Chairman of the IICRC's Color Repair Committee. She is also on the IICRC Rug Cleaning Technician Committee and was one of the editors of IICRC S-100 Carpet Cleaning Standard and S-300 Upholstery Cleaning Standard. She was a member of the S520 Mold Remediation Standard Committee.

Ruth also serves as Past President of the Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians.


To help my peers learn more about the cleaning, restoration and inspection industries through education, hands-on demonstrations and training, and personal experience.

To help the consumer better understand the relationship between a clean environment and their health and well being.

Employment History

  • 2001 to present - RL Seminars, Inc., IICRC-Approved Rug Cleaning and Color Repair Instructor
  • 2000 to 2003 - CTI Instructor and Account Manager
  • 1988 to 2001 - Owner of Interior Care, Inc., - A carpet, upholstery, rug and drapery cleaning and fabric protection service.
  • 1996 to present-Interior Inspections and Corrections - A carpet inspection/side match correction/color repair service.
  • 1995 to 1999 - Owner of The Rug Exchange and Gallery, Inc. - A retail rug store.
  • 1987 to 1988 - Interior Design Consultant for THPayne - Office Furniture sales and design consultant.
  • 1985 to 1987 - Manager of Fiberseal office in Chattanooga, TN
  • 1984 - Design Consultant for Ceramic Tile Supply in Chattanooga, TN

Bachelor of Science - The University of Tennessee, 1972

Major - Textiles | Minor - Business

IICRC Board Member or Committee Chairman from 1993 to 2008

  • Chairman/President - 2006-2008
  • Vice-Chairman
  • Secretary
  • Marketing Chairman
  • Long Range Planning Chairman
  • Color Repair TAC Chairman
  • Paid President's Task Force
  • S100 Carpet Cleaning Standard Editing Committee
  • S300 Upholstery Cleaning Standard Editing Committee
  • S500 Water Damage Restoration Standard Committee
  • S520 Mold Remediation Standard Committee
  • Rug Cleaning Technician Committee

Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians (SCRT)

Board member 1991 to 2008

  • President - 2002 to 2006
  • President - 1994 to 1996
  • Membership Chairman
  • Convention Chairman

Carpet and Rug Institute

  • CRI 104 Revision Committee
  • CRI-Seal of Approval Committee
  • CRI Cleaning and Maintenance IMT
  • Senior Carpet Inspector
  • Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • Commercial Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Repair and Re-installation Technician
  • Color Repair Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Floor Care Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Master Textile Cleaner
  • Master Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Journeyman Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Health and Safety Technician
  • ARCS Certified Rug Specialist
  • Master Rug Cleaner
  • PRISM, Dyco and Flying Colors Side Match Color Correction
  • Mannington Vinyl Flooring Claims Adjuster
  • Pergo Laminate Flooring Inspector
  • Universal, Award, Pickering and Formica Flooring Inspector
  • Indoor Air Quality - Clean Care Seminars
  • Hardwood Floor Refinishing
  • Oriental Rug Cleaning
  • Leather Master - Leather Cleaning and Repair
  • Advanced Flooring Specialists-Commercial Carpet Inspection
  • Advanced Flooring Specialists-Laminate Flooring Inspection
  • Mold Remediation Technician - Restoration Consultants
  • Emergency Structural Drying - East Tennessee Restoration
WoolSafe North America
Master Rug Cleaner

Contact Ruth

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R. L. Seminars, LLC
WoolSafe North America
437 Alfred Ladd Road East
Franklin, TN 37064

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