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    Green Label Vacuums

    High-performance vacuum cleaners have a significant impact on improved indoor air quality (IAQ). At the same time, vacuums that effectively remove and contain soil while keeping the carpet looking good will help carpet last longer. Ultimately, better performing vacuums provide a greater return on your investment and ensure a healthier indoor environment.

    Recognizing the need to identify superior cleaning equipment, CRI combined the indoor air quality benefits of its Green Label program with the cleaning benefits of its Seal of Approval as a voluntary enhancement to its vacuum cleaner testing and certification program.  This updated program tests two general categories of vacuums:

    • General-purpose vacuums approved for use on all conventional carpet styles
    • Vacuums specifically approved for use on carpet with a low pile, or surface texture, measuring approximately a quarter inch or less.

    To earn the CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label certification, vacuums must pass the following independent laboratory tests:

    • Soil removal — CRI uses NASA-enhanced x-ray fluorescence technology to measure the precise amount of soil removed from carpet.
    • Dust containment —  The vacuum must not release more than 100 micrograms of dust particles per cubic meter of air, keeping dirt and dust locked tight in the vacuum — not escaping back into the air where it can be breathed.
    • Carpet texture retention — The vacuum must not affect the texture of the carpet more than a one-step change based on one year of normal vacuum use.

    Ultimately, using high-quality vacuums certified by the CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label program assures proper and easy carpet maintenance.  This important testing program has raised the bar for all vacuum cleaners on the market, resulting in cleaner, longer-lasting carpet and improved indoor air quality. So look for the Seal of Approval/Green Label logo or label on packaging, displays and on the machine itself.