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A Tight Spot?

The Psychiatry Building at Uppsala University Hospital proved to be quite a challenge for the ISS team, until they chose cordless scrubbing for those hard-to-reach hospital spaces.

In the recently built Psychiatry Building at Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, the choice of fl oor surfaces turned out to be quite a challenge to the ISS cleaners. After no more than six months in the new building, the cleaners noticed that getting the bathroom fl oors clean was no easy task.

When the Psychiatry Building in Uppsala opened in March 2013, the fl oors had built-in anti-slip protection, and this kind of fl oor can be found in all bathrooms – close to 200 rooms. The new-build fl oors get their anti-slip properties from the surface being covered with little cavities which capture any dirt particles. The only possible way of deep cleaning the fl oor is by using a scrubber machine, but the rooms are too small to use a normal-sized machine in an effi cient way. For this reason, ISS chose Qleeno Cordless – a battery driven scrubber machine developed specifi cally to get cleaners out of a tight spot.

Dedication To Standards Rickard Lans, Production Manager at ISS Facility Services, is wholly committed to establishing a method for achieving the best results in healthcare environments, and understanding how cleaning affects the risk of contagion. After his involvement with the ISS in the establishment of a measuring model for the quality of cleaning work, the ISS are now one of the partners of the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS), and the new Swedish standard for measuring the quality of cleanliness within healthcare environments.


As soon as the fl oors of The Psychiatry Building showed signs of diffi culty, Rickard turned to Qleeno to discuss a solution, who provided the workforce with the Qleeno Cordless machine. “This proved to be the only machine able to do the job,” Rickard commented. “We also tried Qleeno Standard, which is essentially the same machine but mains-operated. With regards to their features, they are more or less the same, apart from the fact that the same machine was available as a battery powered unit – this made the decision for us. Cordless has good reach and is very fl exible when it comes to small spaces, and the many tight rooms made it necessary to move the cord around the machine quite often.”

“Scrubbing by hand is the only alternative in these small spaces, but this machine achieves a much better result, in a much shorter time”

Quicker, Quieter Cleaning Rickard also stresses the time savings gained; cleaning the fl oors of a ward often requires the movement of patients by nursing staff, as large machines don’t reach the entire surface-area until the fl oors are completely empty. Plus, the machines are often too noisy to use without the patients feeling disturbed. Qleeno's machines reach all areas with the beds still in place while the noise levels are modest enough not to be disturbing, meaning cleaning becomes quieter and more effi cient.

Brook Cresswell, one of the users of the Cordless machine at the hospital, described how happy he is with it after having used it for just a couple of months. He said: “We scrub each bathroom in this house using this machine at least once a month, and you can really see the difference. Considering there are 196 bathrooms with this type of fl ooring, the machine is a very useful addition to our toolbox.”

The really unique feature of these machines is their ability to scrub in all directions while leaving no liquid behind. Other machines often have a rear suction scraper, which is enough when pushing the machine forwards until you change direction and it leaves traces of dirt and liquid on the fl oor.

“With a machine this low, it is possible to thoroughly clean the fl oors of tight spaces,” said Fredrik Lindholm, Sales Director at Qleeno. “An independent study has found that, on average, 80% less organic particles are left behind after using a Qleeno machine when compared to mopping. Scrubbing by hand is the only alternative in these small spaces, but this machine achieves a much better result, in a much shorter time, so that cleaning gets measurably more effi cient in a way that minimising the risk of contagion in healthcare environments.”

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