By Sue Minichiello
The patented Lotus PRO High Capacity Cleaning System from Tersano “transforms ordinary tap water into the world’s most effective toxin-free commercial cleaner,” according to the company. And their claims are backed up by Green Seal, EPA and FDA certifications, not to mention several awards.
Considering that kind of validation, AffinEco decided to test the system in a Class A corporate headquarters in Westchester County, New York.
“With our tradition of being at the forefront of green cleaning, this technology offers another way for us to stay ahead of the curve and continue our longstanding commitment to the environment as well as this particular customer’s emphasis on green practices,” says Carlos Cancel, AffinEco Vice President and General Manager.
Tersano’s Lotus Cleaning System infuses water with “Stabilized Aqueous Ozone” that removes odors and stains, and kills viruses, bacteria (including E.coli and Salmonella) and hundreds of other common germs. The big advantage is doing all of that without any toxins, carcinogens or chemical residue. The technology has long been used in water treatment, food sterilization and medical therapies for its remarkable anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
Here’s a simple rundown of the process:
- Inside the Lotus unit, oxygen from the air is safely turned into ozone and infused into ordinary tap water.
- The ozone is attracted to germs, stains and bacteria.
- Harmless to people, the ozone quickly attacks and eliminates contaminants it comes in contact with.
- Only pure oxygen and water remain after the ozone cleans and sanitizes.
For more detail, check out this brief video on how it works.
Tersano’s Lotus PRO Cleaning System offers social, financial and environmental benefits–all of which contribute to sustainability. For example, the transformed tap water promotes a healthier working environment for both building occupants and cleaning staff. It is a non-irritant and won’t contribute to respiratory problems and allergies; it eliminates exposure to cleaning chemicals; and it prevents slip and fall accidents, because, unlike conventional floor cleaning solutions, it leaves no residual soaps or film behind. The system provides an all-in-one solution–drastically reducing the inventory of multiple cleaning mixtures–and lowering maintenance costs related to cleaning equipment. It reduces a building’s carbon footprint and is completely harmless to the environment when disposed.
“The advantages this system offers are pretty remarkable. We’re only about three weeks into the testing, but we feel it has great potential and have high hopes for it,” says Cancel. “The way it’s going so far, I fully expect to remove most, if not all, chemicals from the building after about a month. And if that works well, we can prove the system’s worth to other customers and hopefully convert more buildings.” It should be noted that this system’s value proposition is more meaningful in larger facilities due to economies of scale, but Affineco will pursue options to offer this system to as many sites as feasible moving forward.
According to Tersano, commercial cleaners can save up to 50 percent of what they would spend on chemicals. And that figure takes into consideration all costs of equipment. There is normally an immediate savings compared to using conventional chemicals on a cost per gallon basis. In addition, there are the “soft cost” benefits of reduced work time and cleaning supplies, and even a decrease in sick days resulting from worker exposure to conventional chemicals.
“We constantly hear from custodians how thankful they are to be using a healthier cleaner that does not give them headaches and coughs, and that it makes their jobs easier. Building occupants appreciate the elimination of chemical smells and the system’s green benefits,” says Brad Lucas, Tersano National Sales Manager. “We are hopeful AffinEco and its customer will recognize these benefits and that the company will opt to implement the system in more locations.”
The Lotus system, which AffinEco will unveil in Westchester County, is a 2-foot by 2-foot compact device mounted on a wall in a custodial closet. It hooks up to water using a standard garden hose bib connection. A local Tersano representative provided hands-on training to AffinEco’s manager and lead porter/night supervisor at the building. The lead porter/night supervisor then trained the rest of the cleaning staff.
“The installation and training were quick and straightforward,” Cancel says. “And now we’re cleaning with water–not using any chemicals at all– how much more green can you be?”
(image courtesy of Tersano)