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Special Report The case for microfibre

Recent innovations in microfibre mean that more building care and cleaning teams can take advantage of the performance, productivity andsustainability benefits on offer. Cloths, mops andother tools made from these advanced fabrics are now available in a wider choice whichmakes it easier to specify the right tools andbuilda cost justification for more applications. Deborah Bland, BSC marketing manager, UK & Ireland, at Diversey reports.

tracts andwill last aroundthree years basedon a 300 wash lifetime. For even more demanding applications, Taski JM Ultra - with its 800 wash lifetime - can last even longer. When usedwith water alone, microfibre

is ideal for public areas with reduced risk to occupants and bystanders because the absence of chemicals eliminates any risk of exposure. There is also reduced risk of slips on floors comparedwith wet mops because tools are used dry or damp with no needfor large amounts of water. This can promote better hygiene andhigher perceptions of cleanliness that protect and enhance an operator’s reputation. Reducing or removing chemicals from

SealedAir’s Diversey business offersmi- crofibre in its two key ranges - Taski JM Ultra (premium) and Taski Standard (mid- range). These can be usedon their own, in combination, or as part of an integrated cleaning systemwith chemicals or water alone. This provides operators with com- plete flexibility to choose the combination uniquelymatchedto their own specific re- quirements and which delivers the best value andreturn on investment. We shouldremindourselves of the key

benefits ofmicrofibre. The first is sustain- ability. Microfibre is often used dry or dampened with water alone which makes cleaning hardsurfaces simpler, safer and more sustainable. Even if chemicals are usedfor some tasks, the simpler processes before, during and after cleaning help to promote productivity and efficiency. This means microfibre often represents an ex- cellent investment which reduces the over- all cost of cleaning. Microfibre is durable and will last well if

lookedafter in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Although standard mi- crofibre is ideal for many applications, the superior performance, finer filaments and added durability of ultra microfibre make it the ideal choice for applications and areas where the very highest standards in hy- giene and long working life are demanded. For both versions, in simple terms the fibre collects dirt through a combination of static charge andcapillary attraction as it passes over the area being cleaned. The structure of the fibres helps to retain any soil which promotes cleaning efficiency. Finer fibres, and more of them, produce the best clean- ing results because there is a larger sur- face area to attract and retain dirt. Equipment is often bought in sets to sup-

port a three day rotation regime (in use, ready, in laundry). The Taski Standard range is ideal for many building care con-

some or all tasks simplifies cleaning processes andeliminates costly andtime- consuming training andcompliance processes. There is reducedneedto pre- pare solutions andless time is wastedvis- iting storerooms and cupboards to fetch replacement chemicals or buckets of water. This also means there are fewer heavy items to lift andcarry. Purchasing andsupply chain costs are reducedif fewer chemicals are needed while valuable stor- age space can be put to more productive uses. Costs are predictable and easier to control. Sometimes, however, cleaning without

chemicals is not enough. This might hap- pen, for example, on floors susceptible to soiling or where there is heavy throughput during bad weather which leads to dirt being brought inside the building. In these circumstances microfibre can andshould be usedwith chemicals, as long as every- thing is selectedandusedin line with man- ufacturers’ recommendations. Diversey offers practical advice on suitable combi- nations of products and equipment from across its extensive range. A further benefit ofmicrofibre is er-

gonomic andefficient cleaning, whether or not chemicals are used. Cloths, pads and mops glide across surfaces more easily than a traditional wet mop or cloth so less effort is required. Cleaning staff can cover larger areas in shorter times, which means they are more productive and can spend time on other tasks. Using tools pre-damp- enedbefore use eliminates the needto handle buckets, water and chemicals to the working area. Many operators choose to use ultra mi-

crofibre in conjunction with integratedtrol- ley systems such as the Taski Trolley. The trolley is configuredto match the applica- tion andequippedwith the appropriate colour-coded cleaning tools to ensure staff have everything close at handandin the ideal position. This reduces unnecessary movements whichminimises the time re- quiredto complete a specific task. In this way trolley systems andmicrofibre work together to deliver the pinnacle of cleaning productivity and efficiency.

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Wherever you are in the UK and Ireland, there’s an authorised Prochem distributor nearby to help you. Whether it’s topping up your cleaning solutions, equipping you with new cleaning machines, supplying you with spare parts or assisting with repairs, our network of distributors ensures you have minimum down time, and are generating maximum profits for your business.

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