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Daytime cleaning is far from a new idea, it has been normal for decades in many European countries and UK cleaning businesses have been promoting the idea of daytime cleaning for years, but with only limited success. This is probably because some aspects of daytime cleaning are perceived by British managers as presenting unwanted risks. Facilities Managers, and others concerned about safety issues, point to the possibility of customers or staff tripping over electric cables or slipping on wet floors.

British organisations, particularly those with a predominantly male white collar staff, have also experienced a determined ‘white collar lobby’ against daytime cleaning. The people who have decided policy in businesses, especially in the financial sector, have regarded

disruption of their schedule by people with cleaning machines as just not satisfactory.

However, things are changing. If, for example, a business wanted to reduce its energy usage (and who wouldn’t, at current energy prices), by introducing a daytime cleaning regime, this would significantly reduce its power requirements at night and thereby reduce overall energy consumption. Daytime cleaning, in many ways, puts cleaning operations on a more sustainable footing. As well as environmental benefits, it enables cleaners to work day shifts and cleaning contractors to provide a greater range of services, outside the building as well as inside.

Large retail organisations have led the way in accepting daytime cleaning, particularly the major

Introducing a daytime cleaning regime may seem alien to some, but what people don’t realise is that it can actually benefit your workforce and reduce energy consumption, inevitably making your environment both healthier and safer.

supermarkets. As we all know, it is common to see cleaning in progress when doing the household shopping. But, of course, this does introduce health and safety issues, and it is more or less essential that daytime cleaning is done with cordless, battery powered machines, and that no wet, or even damp floors are left as a potential cause of accidents.

An example of a UK machine manufacturer seeking to lead the market in machines for daytime cleaning is Truvox International. Already a leader in battery-powered high-speed single-disc burnishing machines for hard polished floors, with its Orbis UHS 1500 Cordless Burnisher, Truvox has introduced the compact Orbis Battery Scrubber powered by two quickly interchangeable minimum- maintenance rechargeable batteries.

A scrubber dryer for small or middle sized areas, the unit has a 17 litre solution tank with adjustable solution flow and a 22 litre used water tank, probably the largest capacity on the market for a scrubber drier of this size. It is therefore capable of longer continuous spells of work than other competitive compact machines.


Importantly, and with

daytime cleaning in mind, the Orbis Battery Scrubber has a swinging suction beam that leaves hard floors virtually dry and slip-free as it passes over each area. With no trailing lead, it eliminates the most important hazards that deter companies from committing to daytime cleaning.

Truvox International invests in the research and development of introducing new and improved floorcare machines capable of reducing health and safety hazards. A further example is the latest range of Truvox vacuum cleaners. The Truvox Valet Tub Vac, for example, has four-stage filtration including a HEPA 10 filter, and keeps hold of all dust of 0.3 micron or larger, preventing it from escaping into the workplace air where it might exacerbate the symptoms of asthma or hay fever sufferers or cause problems for people with other chronic respiratory conditions.

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