Cintas Tile and Carpet Deep Cleaning Service Receives Stamp of Approval from the National Floor Safety Institute
Program certified as “high traction” after nearly doubling floor slip resistance in field testing
CINCINNATI — [Feb. 12, 2013] – A nationwide leader in safe floor solutions, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today announced its tile and carpet deep cleaning service received certification from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) as a “high traction” service. The first cleaning service to receive the certification, Cintas’ deep cleaning service restores floors to their original luster and traction by up to 35 percent, providing restaurant owners and operators with an easy way to keep floors clean and safe.
“Dirty, unsafe floors are the leading cause for slip-and-fall accidents,” said Fred Wehby, Senior Director of Deep Clean Services, Cintas Corporation. “While independent testing has shown our service improves floor safety, this certification validates the fact that Cintas’ tile and carpet deep cleaning service enhances slip resistance, improves traction and reduces the opportunity for a slip and fall accident.”
To qualify for the certification, Cintas’ deep cleaning system underwent extensive testing to assess compliance with slip-and-fall standards set forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and NFSI. The first phase of the B101 testing requires a prescreening using a NFSI-approved tribometer, which measures standing coefficient of friction, or slip resistance of the floor surface before treatment. The second phase requires independent field testing over a 30-day period to measure the change in slip resistance after cleaning.
Testing results showed that Cintas’ deep cleaning service provided static coefficient of friction (SCOF) values of greater than .6 or greater (the minimum standard for a safe floor) in all areas tested, including the dining room, kitchen and food preparation areas. Floor surfaces tested included glazed ceramic and quarry tile—flooring types present in many foodservice operations. Testing results qualify the system as “high traction” based on the ANSI/NSFI B101.1 standard.
“The certification provides an easy way for businesses to identify floor care practices and programs that improve floor safety,” added Wehby. “Restaurants that use Cintas’ tile and carpet deep cleaning service will not only experience a significant improvement to the image of their floors, they will also reduce their risk for a slip-and-fall accident.”
For more information on how restaurants can reduce slips and falls with a safe floor program, please visit http://www.cintas.com/FacilityServices/Solutions/Floor-Safety/.
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for more than 1 million businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.