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hospitals, supermarkets and shopping centres. There is probably a size suited to every application but it is important to match the machine, in terms of size and performance, to the job in hand for it to be economical and effective. Battery powered machines offer the convenience of total independence from local power sockets with the added advantage of having no trailing power cables although the smaller machines tend to be mains powered for speed of use and convenience. With all machines the objective should be to leave the floor dry, or almost dry, so that it can be walked on as soon as possible.

Not all scrubber dryers are the same so anyone in a position to choose their machine should look out for various features. It should be a given that the machine will clean the floor. However, the ability to clean and dry the floor will depend on the design of the brushes, squeegees and suction or pickup mechanism. The design of the squeegee and pick up is critical. The larger walk-behind and ride- on machines such as the ones in the TASKI by Diversey range, for example, have a unique and patented W-shaped squeegee 35

optimised for removing water and cleaning solution. Direct suction from the pick-up mechanism to the collecting tank optimises performance and reduces the risk of blockages caused by small pieces of debris. The result is that these machines routinely remove 99% of the water or solution from the floor in a single pass.

In smaller buildings an alternative solution is to use a mopping system. Its advantage is simplicity and convenience but anyone still using the traditional mop and bucket should really think again.

At best these will leave the floor wet. At worst, and this is perhaps more common, they spread as much dirt as they remove. Both instances might actually increase the risk of slips. The latest modern mopping systems are far better at cleaning, more economical and offer many sustainability benefits. Systems such as Diversey’s Versamop are ergonomically designed for ease of use and incorporate an integrated container that will dispense a controlled amount of cleaning solution onto the floor. This saves time and reduces wastage and, just as important, ensures that cleaning performance is optimised, all of which supports improved sustainability and cost control. Systems like these are ideal for frequent and quick cleaning of high traffic areas because they are convenient and easy to use. They can typically be used with reusable or disposable mopping pads to suit the specific application.

For the ultimate in floorcare some operators go even

further and utilise reusable ultra microfibre systems, such as the TASKI Standard range, which allow them to clean floors and other hard surfaces without chemicals. This can promote even better productivity, sustainability and overall lifetime cost control.

Whichever method of floorcare is employed it is important to make sure that cleaning is done regularly throughout the day to remove the build up of dirt that can increase the risk of slips and trips. It is also vital to clean up puddles or patches of water as quickly as possible as these often present the biggest risk of all. Reputable cleaning suppliers will be able to work with end users to identify the most appropriate products, tools and processes and provide advice on the best ways to keep a building in safe and tip-top condition.

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