ISSA/Interclean is an annual tradeshow hosted by ISSA - The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association - at multiple cities across the world. Their 2013 North American tour stop came on November 19-21 in Las Vegas, NV. I attended as part of my job duties with the Carpet and Rug Institute and its Seal of Approval testing and certification program for carpet cleaning products and equipment.
It’s hard to completely describe the show other than mind-blowingly massive with a side of awesome.
This was my first trip to ISSA/Interclean and I was overwhelmed by the experience of seeing so many different cleaning products with such diverse applications. I never considered the fact that escalators needed to be cleaned, but there is a machine that does it. I also never considered how many different ways you can design a hand soap dispenser. I had to resist the temptation to put on a commercial backpack vacuum and run around like a Ghostbuster. (Who you gonna call?)
One of my favorite exhibitions from the show was the Intellibot (pictured above), an automated robotic deep cleaning system. After seeing it first hand, I was thoroughly impressed and glad to hear that it will soon be submitted for testing in the CRI Seal of Approval program.
Another positive of the show was to see the Seal of Approval logo so prominently displayed on many of the products at the show, including new SOA products from HOS-USA, SquareScrub and VersaClean.
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to float on the air from the fan.
Pat Jennings, CRI’s Director of Standards and Specifications, and I heard an impressive number of success stories from equipment manufacturers and end-users who participate in the SOA program, including a facility manager at a small regional airport who won a green award by utilizing only SOA-certified products.
Overall, it was a great experience and I am looking forward to returning to next year’s event. If you have the chance, I would encourage you to attend as it is a great event with a lot of opportunities for networking and education. If attending a commercial cleaning tradeshow is not and never will be on your bucket list, then maybe just give a thought to the men and women and the companies who spend their careers and resources finding new and better ways to keep our public spaces clean. When you think about what the world would be like without them, it makes me appreciate their efforts even more.