CDF 18-6 Flat Mat Washer

Reducing our Carbon Footprint with the CDF 18-6 Flat Mat Washer

In order to avoid climatic disaster, firms are now getting serious about reducing their carbon footprint. According to the Carbon Disclosure Project (GDP), a firm’s Supply Chain accounts for up to 4x the carbon footprint of a firm’s direct operations. Firms are increasingly pushing suppliers to become more carbon efficient in order to earn their business.  The floor mat service industry is utilized by most businesses, however, the services typically come with a large carbon footprint, 2 billion lbs. of CO2 emissions in Canada each year.


Swan has been paying close attention to this and is dedicated to using environmentally-friendly processes to clean and treat our products.  That is why we have decided to incorporate new low carbon cleaning technology that aims to lower its carbon emissions by 9 million pounds annually.


We will be installing the CDF Flat Washer, which is a mat cleaning technology developed by a Canadian firm in Piney Manitoba. 


Some of the many benefits include:

  • Decrease in water consumption

    • ​The CDF Flat Mat Washer uses less water than a traditional tunnel or front load washer. It requires only 900 US gallons first thing in the morning.  The water is then recycled all day through our washing process until the clean up at the end of the day

  • Top-notch customer service and quality product

    • ​This process washes more mats in less time

    • Improves the life span of our mats.  The current process of tumbling washers often results in having to tug and pull tangled mats apart from the pile created by traditional washing machines, which can be hard on a floor mat

    • The CDF flat washer washes and dries the mat flat, which eliminates any potential damage

    • The CDF-Flat Mat Washer also can process a wide range of mat types, including waterhog, bristle, logo, plush, vinyl, anti-fatigue, and scrapers

    • Provides superior wash quality

Swan is excited to see the positive changes that will come from the CDF Flat Mat Washer.  For more information, click the link below to watch a video on how the CDF Flat Washer works.

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Swan Is Dedicated To A Cleaner Environment

How Is Swan More Environmentally Responsible?

Over the last four years Swan has invested a great deal into our plant and equipment. This has resulted in a 7% decline in our electricity usage, 10% decline in our water usage and 17% decline in our gas usage.

First working with IESO we upgraded the lighting throughout the plant. Then we upgraded our hot water tank, water heater and water softeners, allowing us to be more efficient and reduce our energy costs in heating and treating our water. We removed four of our oldest washing machines and installed two new state of the art machines. On our other four washing machines, working with Gulter Industries, we invested heavily in a water recycling process. With this process, we are able to reduce our water usage when washing our mats and mops. We are proud of our team and the work they continue every day to be environmentally responsible.



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Swan's 1947 Hot Rod

Hot Rod Delivery Van Hits The Road 



Watch car shows in Southern Ontario for our remodeled 1947 Ford delivery van.  We had a lot of fun restoring this beauty and can't wait to show it off at summer cruise nights and car shows.  

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Swan mats for animal shelters

Animal shelters benefit from Swan mat donations


Where do Swan's old mats go when we determine they are no longer a suitable quality for our customers? The garbage, the land-fill? - No. We always donate to causes that can use the mats. In an earlier Blog post I write about the mats being shipped to third world nations, where they line dirt floors in some schools, and provide non-slip protection in hospitals and other places.


Now Swan is happy to provide some of these mats to animal shelters that rescue and shelter animals in need. These mats will be used in a number of ways, Some mats will be used to cover crates, line crates, or provide pathways for disabled dogs that can slip on a bare floor.

We hope our mats can make each day just a little better for those animals that need it.


terrier with stethoscope in his mouth



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Toy Drive for Waterloo region

2017 official kick-off of Toy drive, crowd of supporters and firetruck
   Official kick off of the Knights of Columbus Toy Drive

Swan is proud to support this important initiative each year, alog with Morty's Pub, and the loca firefighters and Knights of Columbus. The tuck that is to be filled with toys sits at Morty's pub parking lot, on King St. in Waterloo. New Unwrapped toys for children of all ages are greatly appreciated. These toys make their way to many children that are less fortunate, thanks to the many volunteers that sort and deliver the donated toys. Help to make the holidays a little brighter for a child that would otherwise have little at this special time of year.

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Waterloo Park hosts Wonders of Winter

Not to be missed if you live in Waterloo Region

Looking to put a little "old fashion" Christmas feeling back in your December? Waterloo Park has a Free festival of lights with over 100 light displays. It opens Dec. 2 at 5:30 with candle lighting, and then 6:00 pm fireworks, which is also when the lights come on.

It is free to enjoy, along with Free Horse Drawn Trolley Rides. The hours are 5:30-10:30 pm every night until closing, which is Sunday Dec. 31 at midnight.


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Swan Dust Control is a proud sonsor of this event every year.

Santa with sun glasses driving car

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Washing 1000 pounds of knitted fabric

Canada 150 project becomes a big washing project for Swan


Cambridge Textile artist Sue Sturdy created a Canadian Flag from donated knitted fabrics and textiles. It was vast, hundreds of feet across.  Nearly 100 canoes and kayaks delivered the knitting to the park from Linear Park. Grand Woolly River Ride was designed to honour the importance of textiles and the river to the city’s history, while creating a fun event involving as many people as possible.

It was a thing of beaty for all of Cambridge to enjoy. The Flag's materials will then be it will be cut up, washed and repurposed into scarves, blankets and other items for people in need in the community.

Enter Swan Dust Control. Sue called and asked if Swan would pick up and wash all of the materials, which were about 1000 lbs. Always up for a challenge, Swan agreed. Happy to help. Wow, what a challenge it was. Knitted fabrics are much more deleicate than rubber backed entry mats. They all had to be put in "delicates" bags and washed in cold water, on a gentle cycle. 

Well, it is done, and the fabrics can now begin a new life, helping those in need. 

washing machine with knits insidelarge pile of knitted fabric in cart

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Swan cares about the community

Food 4 Kids Provides food on weekends to hungry kids

                                               food for kids Waterloo Wellington logo

Swan believes in supporting organizations that support those that need it within our community. The most food insecure children that may not have access to food on the weekend. Many children particiapte in breakfast programs at theri schools, but can go hungry on the weekend. 

For just $10 a child can be fed for a weekend. Please follow Swan Dust Control's lead and look around your community to see who needs some  help. Children need food to thrive, to learn and to grown. You can learn more


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