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:
Green Practices and Procedures
A “Green” 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 recycleable and reuseable machine components creating less environmental waste.
Green 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 following areas.
Environmentally responsible vacuum cleaners must meet certain requirements in regards to soil removal and dust containment. Typically this is accomplished through the use of HEPA filtration systems that trap more than 99 percent of all contaminants, and more advanced true-HEPA vacuum cleaners where the machine has been the casing is airtight and all dust and soils are contained within the machine. Less dust reduces cleaning needs, which can help reduce maintenance costs, and most notably reduces airborn allergens, thus improving human health.
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:
- 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