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Help Guests and Pets Enjoy Their Stay with Sanitaire

Selecting the right vacuums can make a significant difference on your guests’ stay, especially for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children suffer from some form of respiratory allergies and asthma.

That means three of every 10 guests who check into your hotel may be susceptible to dust, dust mites, breathable irritants or pet dander at a time when hotels are rapidly embracing pet-friendly accommodations. Susan Smith, the founder of Pet Travel, Inc., estimates there are more than 35,000 hotels, bed and breakfasts and other lodging facilities in the U.S. that accept pets.

Fortunately, there are programs that can help guide vacuum selection that rates vacuums on the basis of soil removal and dust retention. The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Seal of Approval program offers three levels of certification for vacuums — Gold, Silver and Bronze, with each level determined by third-party test results for soil removal, dust containment and carpet preservation capabilities. A CRI Gold certified machine removes more than 55 percent of soil from carpet and emits less than 35 micrograms of dust per cubic meter of air. A CRI silver-rated vacuum removes 50 percent or more of soil and emits less than 100 micrograms per cubic meter. To earn a Bronze rating, a vacuum must remove 40 to 49 percent of soil and emit less than 100 micrograms of particles per cubic meter.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) also sets a limit of 70 decibels for operating sound and a CRI Gold rating for vacuums to be approved for LEED Green Cleaning.

The Sanitaire® EON™ QuietClean® is a reliable, durable vacuum that meets both CRI Gold and LEED standards, delivering an exceptional clean without disturbing guests. It includes a top-mounted, easy-access, washable HEPA filter and numerous user-friendly features, like side-mounted compartments for easy, tool-free removal of clogs and replacement of brushrolls. A quick-change pigtail power cord prevents downtime and repair costs for power cord replacement, ensuring a low cost of ownership.

Operating at just 68 decibels, the CRI Gold certified Sanitaire® EON™ ALLERGEN upright also allows for quiet daytime cleaning that meets LEED standards. In addition, this machine is the first commercial vacuum to be certified asthma & allergy friendly® by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, which means it’s been scientifically proven to reduce exposure to allergens and irritants, including pet hair in pet-friendly lodgings.

For cleaning stairs, elevators, window coverings, vents, upholstery and other above-the-floor surfaces, consider Sanitaire’s QuietClean® HEPA backpack vacuum. It includes a sealed HEPA filtration system and holds a CRI Gold rating. Its 63 decibels of operating sound also meet LEED standards for day cleaning. Together, these products can help you deliver a pleasant experience for your guests.

Visit sanitairecommercial.com/eon to learn more about the EON™ QuietClean® and EON™ ALLERGEN.

 

All information listed in this section was submitted by Sanitaire®.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Outbreaks

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is common in infants and young children. It usually causes fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash on the hands and feet. Most infected people recover in a week or two. 

There are many reports of the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) outbreaks across

the country (NJ, FL, CA). HFMD is caused by the Coxsackie Virus which is a member of a family of viruses called (non-polio) enteroviruses. Surface disinfection and hand hygiene are paramount during these outbreaks. Hard surfaces should be treated with a disinfectant. School buses should also be part of a school’s cleaning and disinfection plan. For more information on the disease visit the CDC Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease web page.
The following Triple S brand products are effective against non-polio enteroviruses:

Reminders from the CDC to schools and day care providers:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers, and help young children do the same
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who have HFMD
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, and other high-touch surfaces, especially if someone is sick