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
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
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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