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Sometimes floors not only need to be left hygienically clean, but the work has to be done discreetly and professionally under the critical gaze of customers. Harness the best technology and it can be done cost-effectively, says Gordon McVean, International Sales & Marketing Director of Truvox International.

All building environments pose their own challenges for floor cleaning teams. In the sports and leisure sector they are not unique. Routine cleaning must ensure floors not only look and smell clean, they should be hygienically clean too.

But that need is more pronounced and difficult to meet, in areas such as changing rooms and toilets, gymnasia and beside swimming pools. Usually, at least some of this cleaning must be performed under the noses of customers as well, so it must be seen to be fit and professional too. Premises managers also need delivery to be cost-effective. Fortunately, the latest cleaning technology is on their side. It’s just a question of how best to harness it.

For many clients it comes down to versatility. This is especially important where there is a variety of flooring. Tiles at the poolside, vinyl in foyers, wooden or laminate floors in gyms, not to mention rubber and safety / non- slip flooring and other permutations, including carpeted areas.

Often the most efficient setup exploits the abilities of a modern scrubber dryer to mop, wash, scrub and dry most hard floors in one pass. The gains in cleanliness and efficiency are clear, and most stark when compared with mopping, which still persists, especially in washrooms and canteen areas. Mopping is laborious as well as ineffective, causes greater disruption to building users, and poses a slip risk on damp floors.

By contrast, a Multiwash scrubber dryer can apply sufficient pressure to clean thoroughly in grout lines, where





soils lodge and bacteria can multiply. It can achieve reliably high standards of hygiene as its brush action propels the contaminated liquid into a holding tank so only clean solution is applied to the floor. The efficiency of the process reduces the volume of solution required dramatically, so there are valuable savings in chemical consumption as well as time and labour costs.

Where a specialist polishing machine is preferred for areas of hard flooring, the specific requirements of the building must be weighed against the different capabilities of burnishing and polishing machines.

A key factor in machine selection is the machine’s rotational speed. High-speed rotaries are designed to produce a sparkling, high sheen, rapidly and efficiently. What a lower- speed machine lacks in finishing finesse, it can make up for in versatility, from stripping floors and sanding wood to scrubbing, as well as buffing up floors to a passable shine. The same machine can even be used to shampoo and bonnet-mop carpets.

Other features to watch for, apart from build quality, are a centre wheel to aid manoeuvrability, up-to-the- edge burnishing, and a floating pad drive to adjust for uneven floors. Low vibration and noise are important; as is the option to fit a spray kit, which speeds up cleaning.

So whether in-house or contracted, properly equipped cleaning teams can turn in a consistently high, and competitive, performance.

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