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Cleaning Performance Leaders

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Few companies have epitomized and promoted Cleaning Performance as has Kaivac, founded by Bob Robinson, Sr., with the skillful, savvy assistance of the company’s marketing vice president, Tom Morrison.


In a semi-break from our policy to never endorse (or appear to endorse) products, The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) dedicates this “Cleaning Performance Leaders” area to Kaivac and includes links to its high-performing technologies below.


Kaivac embodies Cleaning Performance leadership and was one of the first promoters of cleaning science and outcome measurement. Please support them with your patronage.




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Research Champions

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The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) recognizes Advanced Vapor Technologies (AVT) as a Research Champion

HFI's Research Champion criteria include:

  • Company must have peer-reviewed research supporting efficacy claims;
  • Company must demonstrate that protecting public health is a key part of its operations or mission statement;
  • Company must have at least two public health scientists supporting its claims and providing a reference or testimonial.

“AVT manufactures and markets to the facilities community a steam vapor sanitation device with extensive supporting science showing efficacy, including peer-reviewed research," said Allen Rathey, president of HFI. "In addition to field measurements showing efficacy in ATP reduction, the independent scientific data supporting AVT's marketing claims are freely available on their website,”

"Advanced Vapor Technologies sets a good example in testing to prove its claims for healthier surface sanitizing and disinfecting," said Benjamin D. Tanner, Ph.D., President, Antimicrobial Test Laboratories.

"The data indicate the TANCS® Steam Vapor System is more effective and faster than topically applied chemical disinfectants without the associated risks for people," said Dr. David Mudarri, former EPA senior scientist.

“Research indicates that steam vapor sanitation (SVS) can be an effective intervention in critical environments such as healthcare,” said Dr. Charles P. Gerba, an internationally recognized environmental microbiologist and Professor of Environmental Microbiology in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, and Soil, Water and Environmental Science, at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Gerba was one of the scientists that participated in peer-reviewed research on steam vapor published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC).

Contact information:

Advanced Vapor Technologies
Rick Hoverson
5901 - 23rd Drive W Suite 103
Everett, WA 98203
Voice: 800 997-6584
Fax: 425 775-1993
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Cleaning Performance Center


Cleaning Performance Center (CPC) – 17 Point Mission

  1. The Cleaning Performance Center’s (CPC’s) mission is to drive a deep commitment to – and knowledge of – Cleaning Performance (CP) as it relates to health.
  2. Definition of Cleaning Performance – the ability to remove unwanted matter through a process factoring in rate of soil removal versus resource investment, undesired residue or byproducts remaining with impacts on health.
  3. Help others become Cleaning Performance Subject-Matter-Experts (SMEs), and assist them with developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) - hitting the sweet spot where customer and provider definitions of performance align.
  4. Provide actionable facts and data, including ISSA’s Cleaning Times and other productivity metrics, to constitute a unique take on Cleaning Performance through several lenses.
  5. Establish a regular Cleaning Performance (CP) “Top Ten” List (of factors to look for to define cleaning performance in various types of cleaning)
  6. Work with educational-marketing clients to showcase Cleaning Performance
  7. Develop a Cleaning Performance Podcast (CPP) (audio and video)
  8. Show how Cleaning Performance relates to, and drives, the Value of Clean
  9. Master stopwatch use for CP Task Measurement
  10. Show how Cleaning Performance relates to Soil Removal Over Time or SROT
  11. Author a Cleaning Performance column
  12. Show how Green Cleaning connects to Cleaning Performance
  13. Show how a Clean for Health approach connects to Cleaning Performance
  14. Show how Sustainability connects to Cleaning Performance
  15. Show why Systems are important to Cleaning Performance
  16. Establish a Cleaning Performance Assessment™ (CPA) to determine Cleaning Performance Metrics
  17. Establish a Cleaning Performance Expert (CPE) certificate

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