CRI Adds Deep Cleaning Systems to ‘Seal of Approval’ Program
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) added deep cleaning systems to its Seal of Approval testing and certification program. The certification means companies that offer complete carpet deep cleaning systems carrying the Seal of Approval can assure customers that their technique and products together really do work.

The new CRI “Seal of Approval for Deep Cleaning Systems” evaluates the effectiveness of the overall cleaning process and includes testing of equipment and cleaning solutions used together, which addresses those processes that incorporate a specific machine to be used with a specific cleaning agent following the manufacturer's recommendations. This latest component joins CRI's Seal of Approval testing programs already in place for deep cleaning extractors and cleaning solutions.

The Deep Cleaning Systems category will incorporate the same Gold-Silver-Bronze rating system that accompanied the launch of the Seal of Approval for deep cleaning extraction equipment. Systems that exceed average soil removal standards receive a bronze 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.

Trade Press Introduces Industry Search Engine
Trade Press Publishing, the parent company of Housekeeping Solutions magazine, has launched the industry’s first search engine, The search engine is designed specifically for in-house cleaning professionals, building service contractors and sanitary supply distributors.

Unlike general search engines, this vertical market search engine scours over 700,000 pages from approximately 900 cleaning and industry-related sites. The Web sites that are scanned include associations, government agencies, publications, manufacturers and service providers.

Green cleaning initiative takes over connecticut
The governor of Connecticut issued an executive order that requires the use of environmentally safe, “greener,” cleaning products in all state agencies. The changeover is expected to maintain sanitary conditions in state facilities, minimize the potential for harm to state employees and improve indoor air quality.

Purchasing guidelines for the cleaning products will be issued by the Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the departments of Public Health, Public Works and Environmental Protection.

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SDA Unveils Sustainability Online Resource
The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) unveiled a new Web page communicating the sustainable development activities of its member companies. Sustainable development in the cleaning product and oleochemical industries includes stewardship of products and other activities related to the development and marketing of products that are environmentally responsible and safe to use.

"‘SDA Sustainability Central’ will feature links to updated sustainable development and stewardship reports and documents issued by SDA's member companies," says Ernie Rosenberg, SDA president and CEO. "The Web page is an outgrowth of SDA's ‘Principles for Sustainable Development,’ which support the industry's contributions to enhance health and the quality of life through cleaning products and practices."

Sustainability Central will be updated continuously as member companies add new materials and reports to their own Web sites.

ISSA show seminars targeted to housekeepers
Chicago plays host to this year’s ISSA/INTERCLEAN USA conference, which will take place October 4-7. The annual conference will feature cleaning industry experts and consultants discussing solutions to some of housekeeping manager’s biggest challenges. Seminars, sponsored by Housekeeping Solutions, Contracting Profits and Sanitary Maintenance magazines, as well as, include:

• Get Motivated and Improve Communication to Impact Performance and Profits
• Reducing Slips, Trips and Falls
• From Paying Your Dues to Changing the Rules: Succession Planning and the New Generations
• The Total Cost of Facility Ownership & Stewardship
• Find & Keep the Right Employees Without Stealing from the Competition!
• The Financial Impact of Green Cleaning
• Staffing & Workloading For the Bottom Line
• Communication Bleeps and Blunders in Business
• Maintaining Quality While Reducing Costs

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