Selecting the right vacuum for cleaning office, school, healthcare or hospitality facilities can be a challenging experience. Third-party certification programs from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), U.S. Green Building Council (LEED program) and the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA) test performance to help you select machines that best fit your cleaning priorities and contribute to healthier and more comfortable learning, healthcare and work environments.
The CRI Seal of Approval program offers three levels of certification for vacuums — gold, silver and bronze. Each level establishes a threshold for determining a vacuum’s soil removal, dust containment and carpet preservation capabilities. A CRI gold-rated machine, for example, removes more than 55 percent of soil from carpet and emits less than 35 micrograms of dust per cubic meter of air. A CRI silver-rated vacuum removes 50 percent or more of soil and emits less than 100 micrograms per cubic meter. To earn a bronze rating, a vacuum must remove 40 to 49 percent of soil and emit less than 100 micrograms of particles per cubic meter of air.
If your priority is to help a building achieve or maintain LEED Green Cleaning certification, a vacuum must hold a CRI gold rating and emit less than 70 decibels of operating sound.
To help the estimated 30 percent of people who suffer from allergies or asthma, the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America offers the highest level of certification. An AAFA asthma & allergy friendly® vacuum must be CRI gold-certified and meet HEPA standards. It also must pass a rigorous series of third-party laboratory tests proving it helps reduce exposure to allergens and irritants, provides increased environmental control and withstands routine cleaning and care.
The new Sanitaire® EON™ ALLERGEN, introduced this spring, is the first commercial vacuum to earn asthma & allergy friendly® certification. The EON™ ALLERGEN is 99.97 percent effective at capturing particles. It is ideally suited to reducing absences of students, teachers, office and retail employees and to making healthcare facilities healthier for patients and clinicians.
The EON™ ALLERGEN is built from the same platform as the CRI gold-rated EON™ QuietClean® upright introduced by Sanitaire in 2017. Both vacuums emit only 68 decibels of operating sound, meeting LEED Green Cleaning standards. They offer reliable, durable performance and easy, low-cost maintenance. Side-mounted compartments allow easy, tool-free removal of clogs and replacement of brushrolls. A quick-change pigtail power cord prevents downtime and repair costs for power cord replacement.
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The CERTIFIED ASTHMA & ALLERGY FRIENDLY Mark is a Registered Certification Mark of the ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA and ALLERGY STANDARDS LTD.