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  1. 1. Get Out More DirtThe most important part of carpet maintenance isremoving and disposing of accumulated dry soil. Theremoval of dry soil will improve the air qualityindoors, extend carpet life, and help to maintainthe carpet. Keeping regular maintenance on yourcarpet is one thing, although being sure you havethe right equipment on the job is another.The Green LabelFor vacuum cleaners, the CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute)has developed a Green Label testing program. TheCRI developed the performance protocol with thegoal of protecting indoor quality, keeping allsurfaces as clean as possible, and all withoutputting dust back into the air.The Green Label program helps to identify vacuumcleaners that meet three different types of criteria:1. Removing soil.2. Keeping dust out of the air bycontaining it within the filtration bag and themachine itself.3. It doesnt damage the carpet and helpsto keep the appearance looking good.The tests for determining the certification of avacuum cleaner were developed by carpet and vacuumexperts and reviewed by scientists with experiencein maintenance and the quality of indoor air.Soil removalThe soil removal protocol will require that thevacuum cleaner remove a specified quantity of soilfrom the test carpet in four passes.Dust containmentThe protocol for dust containment will dictate thetotal amount of dust particles that are releasedinto the surrounding air by the action of the
  2. 2. brush rolls, through the filtration bag, and anyleaks that come from the vacuum system. with thistest, the vacuum cleaner cant release more than100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meterof air.Carpet retentionThe testing protocol for appearance retention willrequire that the vacuum cleaner not adverselyaffect the appearance of the carpet, based ona year of normal usage.If a vacuum cleaner meets all three of the aboverequirements, the manufacturer may then displaythe official CRI Green Label on its brand ofvacuum cleaner. The CRI tests canister and uprightvacuums, wide area vacuums, and even walk behindtypes as well.Matching machinesLooking for that important Green Label is the firststep to providing longer carpet life and cleanerair for your home or office. The next step isselecting the proper vacuum cleaner for a specificarea. You can think of vacuum cleaners likescrewdrivers, as you wouldnt want to use a Phillipshead screwdriver to remove a flathead screw.In the bigger, more open areas, a wide are vacuumcleaner or sweeper can produce excellent results,as well as an increase in productivity. Theaverage 14 inch upright vacuum can clean at a rateof 3,000 square feet per hour, while the averagewalk behind can clean at a rate of 40,000 squarefeet per hour, and also lift the pile of carpet inhigh traffic areas where the carpet fibers aresubject to crushing and matting.The two motor upright vacuum cleaner is an excellentchoice in areas such as executive offices, lobbies,conference rooms, and break areas. A two motor
  3. 3. upright can provide grooming of the fibers in thecarpet and removal of the dry soil. Most uprightswith two motor setups will also have a removablehose and on board accessories for cleaning otherareas as well, such as vents and chairs.Along with the type of area, you should also givesome thought to the needs of the operator. Ifyou are a manager, you should look for vacuumswith ergonomic features, especially if the vacuumwill be used for long periods of time.If it isnt ergonomically designed, it could resultin injury to the operator. At the very least, thecleaning operator might want to avoid usingvacuum cleaners that could result in injury.PPPPP(word count 629)online marketing company