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WALDEN’S CONVENTION DAILY ISSA/INTERCLEAN® 2013
Green Cleaning Starts with a Source Control Strategy
When it comes to Green cleaning, an often underemphasized area is the need for matting at all building en- tries. Stopping dust, soils, and contaminants before they ever enter a facility helps reduce the need for cleaning and en- hances indoor environmental quality. This is why it makes sense to place effective mat- ting systems at the heart of any Green cleaning program. The most effective type of mats are referred to as high- performance mats, which are higher-quality mats that have a perfor- mance life of several years. These mats are often part of what is called in Green cleaning a soil “source control” strategy. Often, facility managers, even cleaning professionals, overlook the immense im- pact that sidewalks, parking lots, entries, and other surrounding areas can have on the health and appearance of the indoor environment. But, as much as 90 percent of the dust and dirt that enters a facility “walks in” through building entries. Fur- ther, studies indicate that up to 24 pounds of dirt can be tracked in by just 1,000 people coming through an entrance over a 20-day work period. Facility managers that successfully implement a high-performance matting
system as part of a Green cleaning pro- gram can keep their facilities cleaner and healthier for longer pe- riods of time, which can keep chemical use, Green or conventional to a mini- mum. However, to better understand how this source control strategy works and why mats are so much a part of Green cleaning, an education on high-perfor- mance matting systems is required.
Steps to Success Building entry mats have been around for decades. In many ways, however, it has been just in the past ten years that they have been recognized as an effective source control system. They are, in effect, a facility’s chief line of defense against outdoor contaminants. Following this analogy, the line of de- fense can be broken into three core regi- ments: scraper mats, wiper-scraper mats, and wiper mats. · Scraper Mats: These are the first line of defense. Scraper mats should be placed outside a facility and at all major entry points. Approximately five feet of scraper matting is required to effectively trap as much as 50 percent of the soil and mois-
ture found on shoes. Scraper mats serve as the first five feet of matting. · Wiper-Scraper Mats: These mats are the second line of defense to further remove soils and moisture that are not cap-
The Dirt on Dust
· It is estimated that 9 out of 10 computers fail due to indoor dust.
· At least one in five Americans is allergic to some component of dust.
· A buildup of less than a tenth of an inch of dust in a heating and cooling system can decrease effi- ciency by more than 20 percent.
· Eighty-six billion pounds of dust settle on the United States every year.
· Studies show that one square yard of commercial-grade carpeting can accumulate one pound of dust in one week.
· The estimated cost to remove one pound of dust is $500.
· Studies indicate that people
working in dusty environments have a greater risk of lung cancer, heart attack, chronic asthma, allergy prob- lems, depression, nervous problems, and skin problems.
· Dust particles on floors and other surfaces absorb or can react to many toxic gas matters, which cause the transfer of these toxic materials.
tured by the scraper mats. They are typi- cally found directly inside entry doors of a facility. These can be used alone, without a scraper mat, but they need to be of greater length in order to be effective. Approxi- mately five feet of wiper-scraper matting is required when used with scraper mats. · Wiper Mats: The final line of defense
is the wiper mat, which further removes light soils and dust and helps to dry mois- ture from shoes. Wiper mats make up the last five feet of matting. Altogether, this is 15 feet of high-per-
formance matting and there is a reason this amount of matting is required for an effec- tive source control program: · Fifteen feet of matting allows each foot to contact the mat at least three times. · Fifteen feet of matting helps prevent the majority of soils from entering a facil- ity.
· Fifteen feet or more of matting helps ensure that soil and moisture are stopped at the door.
It is also important to note that for mat-
ting to work effectively and be a key com- ponent in a Green cleaning program, it must be properly cleaned and maintained. Once installed, matting must be regularly vacuumed—often several times per day in heavily trafficked areas—to keep them working effectively. Periodically, they should also be cleaned with a carpet ex- tractor to remove deeply embedded soils. Disposal Issues
One of Green cleaning’s goals is to pro- tect the environment, not only regarding the use of cleaning chemicals and prod- ucts, but disposal of these items as well. The key issue with mats is a performance life. High-performance matting systems, such as those described here, can have a performance life of many more years than conventional “rental” mats. Some manufacturers of high-perfor-
mance products have extended warran- ties of up to six years. This compares to conventional
and means some less-expensive
mats that may have only a 90- to 180-day performance life, and when these mats are replaced, they usually end up in landfills. This
systems not only help facilities stay clean- er and healthier, but also help reduce the amount of building materials sent to land- fills each year. And what could be more Green than that?
Dennis Knapp is director of Sales and
Marketing for Crown Mats, one of the old- est and largest matting companies in the United States. n
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U.S. based Crown Mats and Matting and Canadian based Mat Tech, two of the oldest and largest matting manufacturers in North America, announce that indus- try veteran Vince DePhillips is now the president of both companies. Vince is a long-time mat-
ting veteran with over 25 years of experience in the industry.
Prior to joining
Crown and Mat Tech, Vince served as the Vice Presi- dent of Sales and Marketing for Superior Manufacturing Group for approximately 8 years and later became pres- ident of the company. Superior Manufacturing
and Mat Tech’s sales, marketing, and manufacturing organization,” says Dennis Knapp, Director of Sales for Crown Mats and Matting. “Bringing Vince onboard is part of our strategy for main- taining and growing the posi- tions of both of our companies as the premier matting manu- facturers in the industry.” According to Andrew Bo-
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Group is also manufacturer of matting systems. “Vince brings with him a strong cus- tomer orientation and a firm belief in ser- vice and quality. With Vince at the helm, we will further build and enhance Crown’s
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hutinsky, Managing Director of Desco Capital, which now owns both companies, there is considerable excitement about having someone of Vince’s cal- iber head our two firms. “Vince represents one of
the many long-term invest- ments that we are making in
the business to provide our customers with the best products and service possible and build upon our company’s over 70 year history. We look forward to partnering with Vince and the entire Crown and Mat Tech team to achieve these goals.” n
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