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Cleaning Laboratory

What We Do

The Cleaning Laboratory tests the performance of both industrial and janitorial cleaning products to encourage companies, institutions, and product formulators to choose and develop safer substitutes. Whether you're a metal finishing company, product formulator, facility manager or any organization looking for safer cleaning products and processes, the TURI Laboratory can help.

The Cleaning Laboratory's mission since its inception in 1994, is to focus on cleaning methods and chemistries to evaluate the effectiveness of different cleaners and equipment for a variety of substrates and soils.

EPA's Design for Environment, now Safer Choice,  recognized the Cleaning Laboratory's work by designating the Laboratory as a champion in its Safer Detergents Initiative.
The laboratory works on such sectors as:

How We Do It

The Cleaning Laboratory uses standardized testing procedures for testing both industrial cleaning and janitorial cleaning products. We work with your existing conditions -- substrates, soils, contaminants, and cleaning equipment, in the lab and at your site. We offer performance validation testing for label certifications such as Green Seal or government purchasing programs. And, we can work with your product to identify an effective alternative formulation when necessary to fully meet the green certification that you seek.

We provide on site piloting with your equipment and your staff to make sure that the product and the process work well together.

Search our CleanerSolutions Database for performance data on thousands of cleaning products for manufacturing and food processing. 

The Cleaning Lab also offers housekeepers and janitorial service providers the knowledge and expertise it has gained over two decades of testing green product performance for manufacturing plants.

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The TURI Lab and the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences at UMass Lowell are working together to evaluate the effectiveness of sanitizing and disinfecting products and equipment, with a focus on newer, less toxic products. The goal of this collaboration is to promote the health and safety of the workforce and the general population, especially in critical settings, like medical facilities, schools, public buildings, and food service.