Green Label Vacuum Cleaners Are the Envy of Other Models; Manufacturers Join CRI Program to Clean up the Indoor Environment

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Carpet and Rug Institute

    DALTON, Ga., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- When it's time to clean, nothing is
 more discouraging than realizing dirt is simply being moved around or thrown
 back into the air rather than removed.  Vacuum cleaner manufacturers are doing
 their part to make cleaning easier and more effective by joining The Carpet
 and Rug Institute's Vacuum Cleaner Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing Program.
     Select Royal Appliance Dirt Devil uprights and Castex backpack models,
 recognized as leading consumer and industrial brands, are among the most
 recent to receive the Green Label designation.
     Under the voluntary testing program, vacuum cleaners can be approved by
 The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) as models that have efficient soil removal,
 keep dust in the machine and out of the air, and keep carpet looking good.
 Vacuum cleaners, both residential and commercial, are included in the program
 because they are extremely important for maintaining the indoor environment
 and carpet.
     The year-old program now includes A-1 Built-In Vacuums, Alfred Karcher,
 Broan-NuTone LLC and Canada, Home Environment Systems, Lindsay Manufacturing,
 LynMac Co., Miele, Nilfisk-Advance, Nobles Industries, NSS Enterprises,
 Nu-Tone, Oreck Corp., PowrFlite, Pro-Team, Inc., Regina Home Care,
 ServiceMaster, Tacony, Tennant Co., Tornado Industries Unisource, and Windsor
 Industries.  All types of units are in the program, including: uprights,
 canisters, backpacks, and central vacuum systems permanently installed in the
 home.
     Consumers and professionals should look for the bright green IAQ program
 labels on the vacuum cleaner packaging and merchandise displays when selecting
 a model.
     "The industry recognizes the continuing concern among consumers and
 maintenance professionals about the indoor environment and supports CRI's
 testing program to bring to the marketplace vacuum cleaners that keep the
 floor coverings and the indoor air cleaner," said Rick Coombs, design
 engineering specialist, Pro-Team, Inc.
     To ensure the carpet industry standard, vacuum cleaners are tested
 following a procedure developed by industry manufacturers and peer-reviewed by
 scientists with expertise in maintenance and indoor air quality.  Vacuum
 cleaners earn the Green Label designation after passing the CRI test criteria
 for soil removal, dust containment, and carpet appearance retention.  These
 vacuum cleaners deliver:
 
     *  Soil Removal -- must remove a satisfactory quantity of soil in four
        passes.
     *  Dust Containment -- evaluation of the amount of dust particles released
        into the air by the action of the brush rolls, through the filtration
        bag, and any air leaks from the cleaner system.
     *  Carpet Appearance Retention -- should keep the carpet looking good.
 
     The CRI strives to assist consumers and professionals with vacuum cleaner
 buying decisions and help keep the indoor environment -- surfaces and the
 indoor air -- cleaner.
     For a full listing of approved vacuum cleaners, visit www.carpet-rug.com
 or call (800) 882-8846.
 
 

SOURCE The Carpet and Rug Institute
    DALTON, Ga., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- When it's time to clean, nothing is
 more discouraging than realizing dirt is simply being moved around or thrown
 back into the air rather than removed.  Vacuum cleaner manufacturers are doing
 their part to make cleaning easier and more effective by joining The Carpet
 and Rug Institute's Vacuum Cleaner Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing Program.
     Select Royal Appliance Dirt Devil uprights and Castex backpack models,
 recognized as leading consumer and industrial brands, are among the most
 recent to receive the Green Label designation.
     Under the voluntary testing program, vacuum cleaners can be approved by
 The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) as models that have efficient soil removal,
 keep dust in the machine and out of the air, and keep carpet looking good.
 Vacuum cleaners, both residential and commercial, are included in the program
 because they are extremely important for maintaining the indoor environment
 and carpet.
     The year-old program now includes A-1 Built-In Vacuums, Alfred Karcher,
 Broan-NuTone LLC and Canada, Home Environment Systems, Lindsay Manufacturing,
 LynMac Co., Miele, Nilfisk-Advance, Nobles Industries, NSS Enterprises,
 Nu-Tone, Oreck Corp., PowrFlite, Pro-Team, Inc., Regina Home Care,
 ServiceMaster, Tacony, Tennant Co., Tornado Industries Unisource, and Windsor
 Industries.  All types of units are in the program, including: uprights,
 canisters, backpacks, and central vacuum systems permanently installed in the
 home.
     Consumers and professionals should look for the bright green IAQ program
 labels on the vacuum cleaner packaging and merchandise displays when selecting
 a model.
     "The industry recognizes the continuing concern among consumers and
 maintenance professionals about the indoor environment and supports CRI's
 testing program to bring to the marketplace vacuum cleaners that keep the
 floor coverings and the indoor air cleaner," said Rick Coombs, design
 engineering specialist, Pro-Team, Inc.
     To ensure the carpet industry standard, vacuum cleaners are tested
 following a procedure developed by industry manufacturers and peer-reviewed by
 scientists with expertise in maintenance and indoor air quality.  Vacuum
 cleaners earn the Green Label designation after passing the CRI test criteria
 for soil removal, dust containment, and carpet appearance retention.  These
 vacuum cleaners deliver:
 
     *  Soil Removal -- must remove a satisfactory quantity of soil in four
        passes.
     *  Dust Containment -- evaluation of the amount of dust particles released
        into the air by the action of the brush rolls, through the filtration
        bag, and any air leaks from the cleaner system.
     *  Carpet Appearance Retention -- should keep the carpet looking good.
 
     The CRI strives to assist consumers and professionals with vacuum cleaner
 buying decisions and help keep the indoor environment -- surfaces and the
 indoor air -- cleaner.
     For a full listing of approved vacuum cleaners, visit www.carpet-rug.com
 or call (800) 882-8846.
 
 SOURCE  The Carpet and Rug Institute