'Today Show' Segment Prompts More Information on Vacuums, IAQ
November 16, 2008
Nov 14, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A "Today Show"
segment that aired on November 13 alerted consumers about how vacuuming helps
remove bad contaminants and allergens from the home, but it failed to mention
that not all vacuums perform equally well, says the Carpet and Rug Institute
recommends that consumers and businesses purchase vacuums that have been tested
and certified through its Seal of Approval Program to ensure that buyers are
receiving highest quality. For example, the Oreck U7000 vacuum featured in the
Today segment has received a Seal of Approval Gold level certification.
is it important for vacuums to remove dust and allergens from carpet, but they
must also trap the particles they extract inside the vacuum and keep them from
recirculating into the air," said Werner Braun, CRI president. "The
Seal of Approval was created because independent testing proved that not all
cleaning products are equally effective, and some even damage carpet
Approval vacuums are given Gold, Silver, and Bronze ratings and can be found at
www.carpet-rug.org. In addition to vacuums, CRI's Seal of Approval rates
cleaning machines and solutions.
The Seal of
Approval program has tested and certified nearly 400 carpet-cleaning agents and
equipment. These include spot removers, pre-spray and in-tank solutions, deep
cleaning extractors and deep cleaning systems. The new vacuum category combines
the indoor air quality standards of CRI's Green Label program with the higher
soil removal standards of Seal of Approval.