ATLANTA, July 21 --

- Industry’s best microfiber delivers on three critical components
helping to ensure optimal results

Newell Rubbermaid (NYSE: NWL) today announced the introduction of a
comprehensive microfiber cleaning program from Rubbermaid Commercial Products
(RCP), the leader in durable facility maintenance solutions. The Rubbermaid(R)
Hygen(TM) System features 100 percent premium quality split microfiber - the
industry’s best - and provides innovative solutions for proven performance
in maintaining healthy, safe environments - known as cleaning for health - in
facilities like schools, hospitals and airports.


Rubbermaid Hygen addresses public hygiene concerns, as well as workplace safety
and productivity needs, said Larry McIsaac, President of Newell
Rubbermaid’s Commercial Products global business unit. By providing a
complete solution set, the Hygen System helps ensure both those who clean and
those who utilize public facilities reap the full benefits of microfiber

The Rubbermaid Hygen System delivers three critical components - a complete
system, proven performance and ongoing training and support - to ensure optimal
results when cleaning for health.

Hygen is a comprehensive solution including innovative textiles for dry and wet
cleaning, unique hardware such as handles and frames that help maximize
productivity and value, as well as buckets and carts designed to enhance
productivity and cleaning power. With the patent-pending Flexi Frame(TM), which
conforms to the shape of a surface, and Quick-Connect Handles and Poles,
cleaning hard to reach areas is easier - saving time and money. Together, this
complete system of textiles and hardware helps reduce chemical consumption up to
95 percent, reduces water consumption up to 90 percent, cleans 45 percent faster
than traditional methods and is proven to reduce worker strain.

The Hygen System delivers proven superior performance with premium textiles
that are built around the industry’s best microfiber - 100 percent premium
quality split microfiber. They are bleach tolerant and extremely durable,
withstanding up to 500 launderings and even as many as 200 launderings with

Another element that differentiates the Rubbermaid Hygen System from
competitors is its extensive training and support structure. The implementation
of an effective microfiber cleaning program requires expertise in how to best
utilize textiles and tools in order to clean for health. Rubbermaid delivers a
results-driven, ongoing training and support program. Beyond online resources
and learning modules, it includes procedural videos and on-cart checklists that
list task-specific procedures for front-line staff members. These training
materials have been approved by the Association of periOperative Registered
Nurses (AORN) through its AORN Seal of Recognition(TM) program. A dedicated
field support team comprising Rubbermaid Healthcare Product Specialists and
local sales personnel is available to conduct site audits, lead seminars and
training classes and to assist with product implementation and best-in-class
cleaning practices.

The Rubbermaid Hygen System is available through RCP’s global distributor
network. For more information about Hygen, visit the Rubbermaid Commercial
Products Web site at

About Newell Rubbermaid

Newell Rubbermaid Inc., an SP 500 company, is a global marketer of consumer and
commercial products with sales of approximately US$6 billion and a strong
portfolio of brands, including Rubbermaid(R), Sharpie(R), Graco(R),
Calphalon(R), Irwin(R), Lenox(R), Levolor(R), Paper Mate(R), Dymo(R),
Waterman(R), Parker(R), Goody(R), Technical ConceptsTM and Aprica(R).

This press release and additional information about Newell Rubbermaid are
available on the company’s Web site,


SOURCE: Newell Rubbermaid

Nancy O’Donnell, Vice President, Investor Relations, +1-770-418-7723, or
Connie Bryant, Manager, Public Relations, +1-770-418-7516, both of Newell
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