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June 06, 2011
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CRI Seal of Approval (SOA) Program Continues to Advance

Dalton GA - The Seal of Approval program has grown significantly in recent weeks, adding two pre-sprays and one spot remover to its Solutions category, three Extractors, 16 Vacuums and one new Cleaning System, bringing the current total of approved products and systems to 766.

Vacuums Join Seal of Approval Program

New to the SOA program, Mercury Floor Machines of Englewood, New Jersey adds its Mercury Ace 10 commercial backpack to the SOA list at the Silver Level.

The Oreck Manufacturing Company of Cookeville, Tennessee, has added an even dozen new models to the SOA list. Three household upright models, the U4180 XL Signature Plus II, U4180 XL Pro Plus II, and U3774HH Legacy Series all passed at the Energy-Efficient Rated Gold Level. Certified at the Gold level are: the U2000R household and commercial upright and the U7010 XL Insight household upright.

Household upright models U8200 XL Edge, U8100 XL Edge and U 8000 Edge earned Silver-Level approval and household upright models U7220 XL Pilot, U7230 XL Pilot, U 7060 Gold and 7210 David Oreck Aviator all earned Bronze-Level approval.

The Hoover Company of Glenwillow, Ohio brings its total of SOA-approved vacuums to 15 with the addition of two models. Hoover''s commercial backpack C2401-010 with 8695 Powerhead and Commercial upright C1800-020 Conquest 14 Bagged models both earned certification at the Bronze Level.

Sanitaire, based in Bloomington, Indiana earned Bronze-Level approval for its Sanitaire Quiet Clean Model SC5745A commercial upright.

To earn the CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label certification, vacuums must pass the following independent laboratory tests:

• Soil removal - CRI uses NASA-enhanced x-ray fluorescence technology to measure the precise amount of soil removed from carpet.
• Dust containment - The vacuum must release no more than 100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meter of air, keeping dirt and dust locked in the vacuum - not escaping back into the air where it can be breathed.
• Carpet texture retention - The vacuum must not affect the texture of the carpet more than a one-step change based on one year of normal vacuum use.

There are now a total of 264 certified vacuums in the program.

For a complete list of SOA-approved products, click here:
http://www.carpet-rug.org/commercial-customers/cleaning-and-maintenance/seal-of-approval-products/index.cfm

New Extractors Join SOA

U.S. Products of Coeur d''Alene, Idaho has won approval for its ninth and tenth machines. Both portable models, the PEX 200 with Evolution wand achieved approval at the Silver Level and PEX 500 with Evolution wand won Gold-Level approval.

NSS Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, adds its NSS Stallion 818SC self-contained extractor to the SOA list at the Bronze Level, making it the company''s fourth SOA-approved extractor.

The CRI Seal of Approval program tests the effectiveness of carpet cleaning equipment and certifies deep cleaning extractors that effectively remove soil without damage to the carpet. Not all extractors are good enough to earn this distinction; the blue and green seal helps customers recognize they are buying quality products.

An independent laboratory administers the CRI Seal of Approval testing for extractors. To qualify for the Seal, extractors must meet stringent standards in all three-test categories:
• Amount of soil removed from the carpet;
• Amount of residual moisture removed from the carpet from a wet cleaning process;
• Impact of the equipment on carpet fibers and appearance.
In addition, soil removal efficiency is rated on three levels. Extractors that exceed average soil removal receive a Bronze Seal rating. Those achieving higher soil removal receive a Silver rating and those receiving the highest level of measurable soil removal are awarded a Gold level Seal of Approval. A total of 93 extractors have earned SOA certification.

For the complete list of SOA approved extractors, click here:
http://www.carpet-rug.org/commercial-customers/cleaning-and-maintenance/seal-of-approval-products/deep-cleaning-extractors.cfm

Three New Solutions in Category

Bridgepoint Systems of Salt Lake City, Utah earned approval for its Encapuclean Green DS pre-spray, making it the company''s sixth approved product.

Home Care Industries of Clifton, New Jersey, manufacturer of Febreze brand products, adds its third pre-spray, Febreze Allergen Removal carpet, rug & upholstery cleaner, to the SOA list.

One spot remover, On the Spot Carpet Cleaning, won approval. This is the first SOA approval for the company, which is headquartered in Wyoming, Michigan.

Each product passed a series of stringent tests performed by an independent laboratory in order to make the list of cleaning solutions. The tests for spot removers, pre-sprays and in-tank solutions include protocols for efficacy (removing stains), resoiling (whether the product attracts soil at an accelerated rate), pH (excessively acid or alkaline products can affect dyes and fibers), optical brighteners (can adversely affect color, appearance and performance) and colorfastness to light (residues on pile yarn can accelerate color change). There are currently 330 solutions in the SOA program.

New Systems Announced

Congratulations to Carpet Cleaner America of Cowpens, South Carolina on having earned SOA certification for its Carpet Cleaner America System at the Bronze level.

The SOA deep cleaning system testing is based on the combination of a particular machine and a cleaning solution, following a set procedure. The cleaning solution is tested under the protocol for the solutions testing and then a set procedure is designated and followed. The product is then tested, like the extractors, for soil removal, water retention and texture retention. The Rug Doctor system earned Gold-Level certification. There are now a total of 79 systems earning certification in the category.

For a complete list of SOA-approved products and equipment, click here:
http://www.carpet-rug.org/commercial-customers/cleaning-and-maintenance/seal-of-approval-products/index.cfm

Contact Pat Jennings at pjennings@carpet-rug.org or 706.428.2123
Source: CRI News - Volume XIII, Issue 6, May 20, 2011