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Cintas achieves NFSI certification

February 13, 2013

CINCINNATI — Cintas Corporation has announced that its tile and carpet deep cleaning service received certification from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) as a "high traction" service, according to a press release.

national floor safety institute logoThe first cleaning service to receive the certification, Cintas' deep cleaning program restores floors to their original luster and traction by up to 35 percent, providing facilities managers and operators with an easy way to keep floors clean and safe, the release stated.

"Dirty, unsafe floors are the leading cause for slip-and-fall accidents," said Fred Wehby, senior director of deep clean services at Cintas Corporation.

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"While independent testing has shown our service improves floor safety, this certification validates the fact that Cintas' tile and carpet deep cleaning service enhances slip resistance, improves traction and reduces the opportunity for a slip-and-fall accident," Wehby added.

Image courtesy of Cintas CorporationAccording to the release, to qualify for the certification, Cintas' deep cleaning system underwent extensive testing to assess compliance with slip-and-fall standards set forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and NFSI.

The first phase of the B101 testing requires a prescreening using a NFSI-approved tribometer, which measures standing coefficient of friction, or slip resistance of the floor surface before treatment; the second phase requires independent field testing over a 30-day period to measure the change in slip resistance after cleaning, the release noted.

Testing results showed that Cintas' deep cleaning service provided static coefficient of friction (SCOF) values of .6 or greater (the minimum standard for a safe floor) in all areas tested, including the dining room, kitchen and food preparation areas, the release added.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.