Indoor Environmental Quality

The Field Museum is concerned about the health of our staff and visitors as well as the environment.  Housekeeping is performed in accordance with the LEED-recognized Green Cleaning program.  This is a comprehensive approach to cleaning that combines chemicals, equipment, tools, disposables, and most importantly, process, training and communication to produce an effective and safe cleaning program.   One of the hallmarks of the program is the usage of Green Seal-certified cleaning products.  Green Seal is a non-profit organization with over 20 years of experience certifying healthy, green products and services that reduce impact on our health and the environment.  It’s a great resource for learning how to apply green cleaning methods in the home.    

Microfiber Cleaning

The use of Microfiber Cleaning Cloths reduces waste by eliminating paper towels for cleaning.  Microfiber mops are used as well, as a more effective way to clean floors. 

Chemical-Less Cleaning

The Field Museum’s cleaning program employs a technology called On-Site Generation (OSG), which applies a low-level electrical charge to salinized tap water, transforming it into effective cleaning and antimicrobial solutions. 

• Orbio 5000c

This device combines softened tap water and salt and passes it through an electrolytic cell.  This electrolysis process creates two separate streams – a cleaning solution and an antimicrobial solution.  The solutions can then be dispensed into spray bottles, automatic scrubbers, all-surface cleaners and carpet extractors.  This electrically activated water (EAW) breaks apart and lifts dirt from surfaces like a magnet.  Hard surfaces can then be wiped clean quickly, without leaving a surface residue like chemical-based agents.

• Activeion® Ionator EXP

This handheld cleaning device converts tap water into a 99.9% bacteria* free ionized cleaning solution.  It eliminates the use of ammonia-based glass cleaners and most all-purpose cleaners.  It is used to clean desks, doors, glass and miles worth of Field Museum exhibit cases.

*Salmonella, MRSA, E. coli, Listeria, E. coli 0157:H&, VRE, Pseudomonas

Staff Training

The Field Museum’s housekeeping staff is trained quarterly on green cleaning procedures.  Whenever a new product is purchased, it is reviewed in staff meetings and tested by a team to report the effectiveness of the product.

For More Information on the cleaning products and practices at the Field Museum, please contact Marty Mahan at (312) 665-7920