In a recent conversation with Erik Cagle, the Custodial Programs Manager at Penn State, whom I met at ISSA/Interclean, we discussed the benefits of carpet, how the SOA program has helped the cleaning operations at Penn State, and, of course, Nittany Lions' football.
Cagle is in charge of maintaining over 260 buildings and 14 million square feet of space on the Penn State campus. It’s quite a daunting number when you consider it, but he is very open about his appreciation of the SOA program and how it has helped Penn State.
“We used [the SOA Program] to write our own guidelines for cleaning and maintenance,” Cagle said. “If equipment or a cleaning solution is in SOA, it’s approved for us to use.”
When asked about what he likes about the program, he was concise in his answer.
“It’s good that there is a science to cleaning and that it’s not arbitrary,” he said. “It’s important for an organization like CRI to exist because they can establish standards through objectivity.”
Cagle recalls that when the green movement began, many companies would declare their products to be sustainable and effective at cleaning. However, the SOA program gives a credible certification to cleaning equipment, which helps a facility manager such as himself.
He sees major benefits in using carpet and encourages its use on the Penn State campus. He believes the biggest benefit of carpet is in indoor air quality, which is an important issue to him when you consider the size of the space and number of people who occupy the buildings on Penn State’s campus.
“We have 40-50,000 students and faculty and staff in our buildings each day. Carpet acts as a sink to keep dust from recirculating into their breathing zone,” Cagle said.
CRI is always happy to hear about how the Seal of Approval program has helped people, businesses and organizations keep their facilities clean.