Step 5 - Finding
Replacement Equipment and Cleaning Tools
This is a little bit trickier as there aren't too many 3rd party
certifications in place yet for helping you evaluate replacement
equipment and cleaning tools.
Capital Supply carries many Green Seal certified products,
click here to find a list.
Click below to find out more about Hillyard Green Seal Certified
The Carpet & Rug
Institute (CRI) does evaluate and gives CRI’s Green Label and Green
Label Plus seals to vacuums and other machinery that meet their
You can read
more about their certification process here:
CRI - Green Label and Green
To qualify, a vacuum must pass performance tests that
Sound levels when
operating a vacuum should be less than 70dBA and capture at least 96% of
particulate 0.3 microns in size.
Carpet Extractors you should make sure it is capable of removing
sufficient moisture to enable the carpet to be dry within 24 hours.
Burnishers should be equipped with guards and vacuums designed to
capture fine particulate and operate at less than 70dBA sound levels.
should be equipped with variable-speed pumps to optimize the use of
cleaning solutions. They should operate at less than 70dBA sound level
and preferably use gel batteries.
strategies can help reduce the need for cleaning with harsh chemicals.
These include removing absorbent materials like carpet from areas that
have moisture present to reduce the risk of mold contamination.
Installing a walk off mat at all entrances can reduce the need for
cleaning floors with harsh chemicals.
In fact, installing mats at entrances can stop contaminates at the door.
You can consider entrance mats your first line of defense for protecting
interior flooring. It's been estimated that as high as 85% of the soil
entering a facility has been "walked" in by the soles of people's shoes.
Installing 12 to 15 feet of entrance matting will help trap this dirt
and can be removed later on with vacuuming.
Benefits of installing entrance matting include:
Removes wet soils and dust at the door which
minimizes the amount of contaminants that enters the building
Reduces the wear and tear on interior surfaces
You will not need to clean as
often and you'll use less chemicals
Reduces the risk of trip and fall caused by water
and dust on slippery floors
Improves air quality by holding dust
Switching to pour
and wipe products as opposed to spray applications can significantly
reduce airborne contaminants.
Using a vacuum
attachment on buffing equipment can help minimize respiratory problems.
Tools such as
microfiber mops and automated equipment such as auto scrubbers can also
significantly reduce chemical and water usage.
switched over the first area, move on to the next and keep going until
you've implemented all the changes required to make your building go
Capital Supply carries
an assortment of "Tools & Equipment" designed to help you go "green",
click here to find a list.