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TOMORROW’S CLEANING FEBRUARY 10
Chew on that!
QSS OFFER A PREVENTATIVE SOLUTION FOR THE
DREADED CHEWING GUM.
While we all love to be minty fresh, chewing
gum can be one of the most stubborn things
to remove from many surfaces. Not only is it
unhygienic and a rather grim habit, but it is
incredibly unsightly too.
Chewing gum continues to be a scourge that
impacts heavily on local authority budgets
nationwide. As budgets tighten those
accountable must look into whole life costs,
taking cleaning, renovation and replacement
costs into the equation. No one wants to be
stuck with the gruesome gum, but it can be
costly to remove.
Thankfully, technological advances have
resulted in products that can significantly QSS developed specialist equipment to material is guaranteed for 5 years.
improve the chewing gum problem. remove and disintegrate the gum. Extremely
Ongoing trials have confirmed QSEAL’s
In the days where prevention is the best cure,
high temperature steam equipment was
jointing sand retention properties and
QSEAL a block paving protective treatment
utilised, thereby negating the use of chemicals.
demonstrated its ability to both inhibit gum
supplied and applied by QSS UK Ltd is
Gum was consequently removed at circa 1
adhesion and reduce the cleaning effort
piece every 2 seconds.
certainly the solution. The product has been
required thereafter.
proven to reduce gum adhesion by 60%.
Following gum removal the paving was washed
Bedford Town Centre now benefits from a much
using high pressure rotary machines.
The original product was developed some 20
reduced cleaning effort on these areas saving
years ago for Aircraft pavements to prevent
Cleaned 500m
2
sections were then protected, both money and valuable resources. It has been
joint erosion from jet blast and still complies
vacant joints were re-sanded with kiln-dried confirmed that clean up costs have fallen by
with MOD specifications today.
sand and overall 4 tons of QSEAL was applied approximately 50% and the unsightly scourge
to penetrate the joint material and impregnate of chewing gum has been more than halved.
Bedford Borough Council contracted QSS to
the paving surfaces.
clean, re-sand and treat 12,300 m
2
of concrete
The Department for the Environment, Food and
block paving in high profile areas within
The whole process took 60 shifts to complete, Rural Affairs (DEFRA) rewarded this initiative by
Bedford Town Centre.
the work was carried out at night to minimise releasing funding for anti gum campaigning.
health & safety risk to the public and
Continuous mechanical sweeping had removed
QSS UK Ltd provide a ‘one stop shop’ for
disturbance to adjacent shops. All adjacent
sand from paving joints and chewing gum
specialist cleaning of paved surfaces and the
businesses were provided with Customer Care
residue was a major issue.
sealing of small element paving systems in
letters explaining the processes, reasons and
both domestic and commercial applications.
QSS provided a one stop solution, which
schedules. No complaints were received.
began with deep cleaning and removal of
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Test measuring was undertaken jointly between
approximately 24 pieces of gum per square
QSS & Bedford BC both before treatment and
metre within the Town Centre. This totalled an over 1 year later in 9 separate zones. Tests
incredible 288,000 pieces of chewing gum in prove a 60% chewing gum reduction in all
addition to general detritus. Chew on that! areas. Additionally stabilisation of jointing
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