Today We Clean for Health
The professional cleaning industry has evolved from simply cleaning for appearance
to cleaning for health. Many of the industry's products and practices have had a
tremendous impact on human health and the environment. At Tornado, environmental
responsibility is not a new concept or recent practice. Tornado's commitment to
developing and practicing responsible and sustainable cleaning has grown to become
a core value of our company. Our approach to sustainable cleaning includes:
Sustainable Practices and Procedures
An environmentally responsible cleaning program must work to:
- Conserve valuable resources, especially water;
- Reduce the use of harsh cleaning solvents;
- Improve Environmental Health and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ);
- Increase Worker and Occupant Health and Safety;
- Reduce Noise;
- Use recyclable and reusable machine components creating less environmental waste.
Responsible Selection of Equipment and Chemicals
Through innovative product development, Tornado fully supports green and healthy
cleaning practices that provide environmentally sustainable benefits to end-users
across many market segments including office buildings, schools, hospitals, hotels,
retail and other facilities. Our "green" line of cleaning equipment fall into the
Environmentally responsible vacuum cleaners must meet certain requirements in regards
to soil removal and dust containment. Typically, this is accomplished through the
use of filtration systems that trap dust and contaminants, and more advanced HEPA
filtration systems which help to improve indoor air quality. Less dust reduces cleaning
needs, which can help minimize maintenance costs, and most notably reduces air-born
allergens to help improve the health of building occupants.
Green Carpet Cleaning
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), has developed a testing and "Seal of Approval"
certification program for evaluating carpet cleaning extractors. The tests measure
soil removal as well as the extractor's effectiveness in recovering water from carpets
because of the potential for mold to develop. Additionally, the extractor must not
harm the carpet pile, helping extend the life of carpets.
Green Floor Cleaning
The reduction of water and chemical use, sometimes referred to as low moisture floor
care, is crucial to Green floor care. Floor care equipment that has a reduced impact
on the user and the environment and is also important. One example of this is the
development of cylindrical brush technology. Independent tests have found that cylindrical
brush technology uses as much as thirty percent less water than conventional rotary
machines, and this usually means that less chemical is used as well.
In addition to using cylindrical brush technology equipment you should look for:
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- Powered floor maintenance machines (including electric and battery-powered floor
buffers and burnishers) equipped with vacuum systems, guards, and/or other devices
for capturing fine particulates
- Machines with sound levels of less than 70 decibels
- Automated scrubbing machines equipped with variable-speed feed pumps.
- Battery-powered equipment that uses environmentally preferable batteries
- Equipment that is ergonomically designed in order to minimize vibration, noise,
and user fatigue