HOST’S ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS…no other carpet cleaning method can compare.
HOST is the only dry carpet cleaner to receive the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred Certification (ASTM test method D6866-05). USDA BioPreferred products are composed in whole or in part of biological products or renewable agricultural materials, including plant, animal or marine materials. Products made from renewable resources reduce the demand for finite resources and are usually biodegradable or recyclable. HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner requires no special disposal.
IMPROVES INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Prevents Mold & Mildew Growth
According to the EPA, “moisture control is the key to mold control.” The HOST System uses less than one teaspoon of liquid per square foot, so unlike wet cleaning methods, HOST does not leave carpets wet with dirty wastewater that can lead to mold growth if it isn’t dried quickly enough. In fact, HOST helps remove mold and mildew from carpets.
Reduces Indoor Allergens
The HOST System of applying HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner to the carpet, brushing it through the carpet and then vacuuming up the HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner removes dirt and reduces allergens. Research studies have shown that one cleaning with the HOST System using HOST Machines reduces:
- Dust mites by 78%
- Cat allergen by 85%
- Dust mite allergen by 75%
- Mold spores by 85%
Additional tests with the HOST Liberator® & Freestyle® machines show even greater allergen extraction:
- Dust mite allergen by 89%
- Mold spores by 97%
CONSERVES NATURAL RESOURCES
Many environmental organizations recognize that it takes quite a bit of energy to heat water used in wet extraction cleaning methods. In an effort to lower costs and energy use, such organizations are supporting cleaning systems that do not use water. With HOST there is:
- No water to heat
- No need to run dehumidifiers and air conditioners
- No need to use blowers to dry carpet to remove moisture from the carpet and air
This point is often overlooked: wet extractors use large amounts of water. Further, they generate large amounts of wastewater which burdens sewers and water treatment facilities. Also, wastewater left in the carpet evaporates, humidifying buildings and forcing air conditioners and dehumidifiers to run harder and longer.
Using HOST saves water. In fact, the HOST System deep cleans carpet with 97% less water than typical high-flow wet extractors. However, as HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner is ready-to-use, the actual water savings in any building using it is 100%.
CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE
EPA’s Design for the Environment Program (DfE): Safer Detergent Stewardship Initiative (SDSI)
Racine Industries is a formal Partner in the DfE’s SDSI Program. This reflects our ongoing, corporate commitment to formulating safer and more biodegradable products.
Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
HOST’s environmental scores via LCA are the best in the carpet cleaning category, leaving HOST with the smallest environmental footprint around. We intend to keep it that way. (Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology’s [NIST] Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability [BEES] Life Cycle Analysis.)
Environmental Management Approach
Many small efforts add up to making a big environmental impact. For instance, we give shipping preference to those using renewable resources. We use point-of-use water heaters to minimize heat loss through pipes and reclaim heat elsewhere to be reused. We source locally and recycle extensively. We are on the constant lookout for other such opportunities.
The US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® “is a voluntary, consensus-based, national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.” Using the HOST Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning System contributes to earning credits to achieve and maintain building certification. Unlike other green cleaning systems, the HOST System goes beyond green cleaning and may contribute to credits regarding water and wastewater conservation, energy conservation, and Integrated Pest Management.
HEALTH & SAFETY
In accordance with Consumer Products Safety Commission and Federal Hazardous Substances Act regulations, HOST is not an eye irritant nor a primary skin irritant and is nontoxic by oral ingestion or by inhalation. HOST is not a WHMIS Control Product. HOST contains no dyes, contains no heavy metals, does not become airborne and has low VOCs. HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner’s Hazardous Materials Information System (HMIS) rating is: Health = 0; Flammability = 0; Reactivity = 0; Personal Protection = none required.
The WoolSafe Organization is an international certifying body focused on carpet cleaning and maintenance products for wool and wool blend carpets. Its purpose is to indicate that products have been tested and approved as being suitable for these carpets. Products are tested on a range of characteristics in two categories, defensive tests and performance tests. WoolSafe Approved means that the product is effective, has low resoiling characteristics, is low in alkalinity, has no bleaching agents, no optical brighteners, is nonflammable, nonhazardous, environmentally responsible and has clear and concise use directions.
HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner is also approved by the Florida School Plant Managers Association (FSPMA) for carpet cleaning products based on performance, safety and environmental criteria.