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Chemical Free Cleaning In The News

January 27, 2012

As of late, the chemical-free cleaning movement has been gaining a lot of traction as a mainstream alternative to cleaning with harsh and potentially toxic chemicals.

As more adopt the principals of a chemical-free approach — both on a manufacturer and end user level — the coverage given to this noble effort naturally increases.

The following are some items recently highlighted in the media.

Register now for next month''s Chemical Free Cleaning Expo

DAVIE, FL — In less than four weeks, the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Chemical Free Cleaning Expo will be the primary location to learn all about how modern science can safeguard the health of all our building occupants, according to a press release.

The Expo will be held on February 21 on the campus of NSU in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the release stated.

According to the release, The NSU Chemical Free Expo, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., continues to build its array of leading manufacturers and distributors of chemical-free cleaning technologies who will be presenting invaluable information at the event, recently adding:

Activeion Cleaning Solutions LLC
Advanced Vapor Technologies LLC
Bed Bug Finders LLC
Falcon ProSolutions Inc.
Kaivac Inc.

Attendees can also benefit from various expert presentations, informative panel discussions and hands-on chemical-free, toxin-free cleaning product exhibits, displays and demonstrations, the release noted.

The first 200 attendees will receive a free copy of the Extreme Green Cleaning book, a $19.95 value, the release added.

To register for this event, click here.

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Procedure Trumps Chemistry

WASHINGTON — A U.S. prison administrator was interested in switching to a cleaning regimen that is less corrosive, less toxic and less of a respiratory irritant to staff and inmates, according to The Corrections Connection.

Suggestions given to the administrator by a leading authority on environmentally preferable cleaning solutions included: Searching for a safer disinfectant, limiting the use of chemicals and incorporating more effective cleaning systems, the story stated.

To kill bacteria and germs, custodial staffs often select more powerful chemicals and disinfectants; instead, safer cleaning products, systems and methods should be selected, which are effective without a negative human or environmental impact, the story noted.

Among other technologies, high-pressure indoor cleaning systems, often referred to as no-touch cleaning, have proven effective at removing contaminants without powerful disinfectants and cleaning agents, the story added.

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Steam Vapor Cleaning Marketed Towards Schools

LAKE FOREST, IL — A leading manufacturer of steam vapor cleaning systems recently announced that it will actively market its steam vapor systems to schools switching from toxic chemical cleaners to natural cleaning products, according to a press release.

Steam vapor systems can save schools money by cutting cleaning time by up to 50 percent while reducing the need for sponges, mops, buckets, paper towels and expensive chemicals, the release stated.

The simplified water-only protocol of steam vapor units clean, disinfect and deodorize almost any surface without the use of chemicals and are especially useful in maintaining restrooms, which some parents tell their children to avoid because they consider them a health threat, the release noted.

According to Benjamin Tanner, president of Antimicrobial Test Laboratories, "[Some steam vapor units] have shown extraordinary results in laboratory tests. A 99.9999 percent reduction of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) on surfaces within five seconds is a level of performance that chemical disinfectants may never achieve."

Cleaning with traditional chemicals can leave lingering smells for hours that can affect thinking and behavior and even cause cancer, the release added.

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HFI recommends examining the chemical-free cleaning movement

BOISE, ID — Sometimes controversial, even radical, positions bring great truths to light, according to a press release.

This is so with regard to the recently formed Chemical Free Cleaning Network (CFCN) which advocates the reduction or elimination of chemical products and processes that leave harmful residues in the environment, the release stated.

Highlighting the need, importance, and means to reduce or eliminate unnecessary chemicals from the cleaning process is a profound — and courageous — banner to wave in a sector dominated by consumable and lucrative chemical products, the release noted.

According to the release, the Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) thus encourages the cleaning industry to support this effort and ask the hard-hitting questions, including:

• In what situations can chemical-free interventions completely or partly replace petro-chemical based solutions?

• In what situations are petro-chemical based solutions (e.g., disinfectants) appropriate, safer and better supported by peer-reviewed science?

• Which manufacturers of chemical-free solutions have done their homework and can supply objective peer-reviewed science to support their claims?

For answers to these questions, consider attending the free upcoming Chemical Free Cleaning Expo, to be held at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL, February 21, the release added.

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Tennant Company rejects Kärcher''s charges of false advertising

MINNEAPOLIS — Tennant Company has strongly defended its advertising against recent claims filed by Germany-based Kärcher to affirm the effectiveness of its patented ec-H2O water-based cleaning technology, according to a press release.

"We are vigorously defending our company, technology and advertising against these baseless claims by a competitor," said Chris Killingstad, Tennant Company''s president and chief executive officer (CEO).

"We find it interesting that Kärcher would attack our ec-H2O advertising now, after we have been in the marketplace for three years, satisfied thousands of customers and have 2011 projected sales of $130 million to $140 million," Killingstad added.

Tennant''s innovative technology has been tested by independent third parties and by Tennant''s customers, who include many of the world''s largest professional facility services providers, the release stated.

According to the release, despite assertions in Kärcher''s own report that there is no "fully appropriate standard" for testing automatic scrubbers, Kärcher bases its claims against Tennant''s advertisements on flawed tests from one laboratory in Germany.

Its allegation that ec-H2O "does not have a cleansing effect" is refuted by Tennant''s testing and three years of customer testing and experience as well as by findings in Kärcher''s own report to the effect that ec-H2O performed identically to chemically based detergent in three out of four soil samples, the release added.

Moreover, the Kärcher-sponsored tests were applied to unrealistic soil samples and failed to control for certain key variables, the release noted.

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