Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Solutions Use Electrically Activated Water Instead of Chemicals

Aramark, a leader in providing professional services, is introducing an environmentally friendly "Blue Cleaning" program to its custodial management customers across North America. Tested in several universities and school districts, convention centers and businesses across the country, this innovative program uses electrically activated water in place of chemicals to safely clean most floors, carpets and hard surface areas.

"We are committed to finding sustainable solutions that provide optimal safety for our employees and customers, while reducing the overall impact on the environment," says Chris Hackem, president and chief operating officer for Aramarks Higher Education, K-12 Education and Correctional Services businesses. "By leveraging the power of electrically activated water, our Blue Cleaning program can help our custodial clients minimize their environmental footprint and increase safety, productivity and convenience."

Aramarks "Blue Cleaning" program employs multiple technologies, which apply a low-level electrical charge to tap water, transforming it into an electrically activated water (EAW) cleaning solution that breaks apart and lifts dirt from surfaces like a magnet. Hard surfaces can then be wiped clean quickly, without leaving a surface residue like chemical-based agents.

In partnership with Orbio Technologies, a Tennant Company Group, and Activeion Cleaning Solutions, Aramark tested the "Blue Cleaning" program at several of its client locations across the country.

"Our testing found that the ARAMARK process was highly effective in a variety of routine cleaning applications, including spray-and-wipe cleaning, hard floor scrubbing, and carpet cleaning," says Matt Judge, Aramarks senior director of facilities innovation. "Even in large venues, such as universities, schools and convention centers, the Blue Cleaning program proved to be comparable, if not better, than conventional chemical cleaners."

ARAMARK tested the hand-held Activeion® Ionator EXP with Orbio Electroporation technology which uses a low-level, externally applied electrical field to permanently disrupt and destroy bacteria. The company also collaborated with Orbio Technologies on the development and testing of the Orbio® 5000-Sc, the first product to utilize Orbio Split Stream technology, which electrically restructures water and salt to create, store and dispense an environmentally friendly general purpose cleaning solution right on the customers site.

The custodial operators who participated in the testing across all of the different venues reported positive findings, including that there was no odor compared to chemical cleaning; carpets were softer; and there was no streaking on glass surfaces or degradation on wood or terrazzo flooring. In addition, operator safety increased because there was no need to mix general purpose chemicals.

For more information about Aramarks "Blue Cleaning" program, visit www.aramarkhighered.com.

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