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COST-EFFECTIVE FLOOR SOLUTIONS


Floorcare standards become more stringent every day. So how do you choose the best solution and what challenges play a crucial role in the decision? Floorcare solution manufacturer, Tennant, offers an overview.


Faced with cleaning requirements that become stricter every day, FMs are under pressure to find effective cleaning solutions that also save money. On top of that, the environmental aspect is playing an increasingly important role as well. So, finding a cleaning solution that offers productivity, effectiveness and sustainability benefits seems to be something like the Holy Grail of cleaning. Today, cleaning equipment suppliers like Tennant offer different products and technologies that allow cleaning professionals to achieve these goals, ranging from chemical-free cleaning to cleaning path extension and multi-purpose cleaning machines.


EFFECTIVENESS Image in high visibility areas is


important of course, but in terms of effectiveness, a number of elements play a role in achieving the expected cleanliness on hard to clean floors. Floors without a protective layer or coating are generally harder to clean because their open structure allows dirt and grime to set in. Luckily, cylindrical brushes on scrubber- dryers can deal with this tough task. Sometimes, however, double- scrubbing may be necessary in which the cleaning solution is allowed to work on the dirt before pick-up.


With industrial floors, cleaning involves dealing with industrial dirt as well, such as tough oils and fats. In food and beverage production or handling environments this will mean stubborn sugary or syrupy spillage. These challenging cleaning applications require robust and heavy-duty cleaning equipment such as scrubber-dryers or scrubber-


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sweepers. Essential however, is systematic maintenance in order to avoid the build-up of tough dirt. Cleaning regularly is always a better option than having to do a deep scrub and restore in terms of time and labour savings.


PRODUCTIVITY AND BUDGET Productivity and cost savings go


hand in hand for FMs. In addition to the above effectiveness benefits, innovative technologies and product enhancements will create opportunities for reductions in cost of operation.


In more commercial flooring, grout cleaning is a challenge because residual detergents will build up in the grouts and retain dirt. Also, old tile floors from which the top layer has been worn off, allow dirt to infiltrate the porous surface making it very hard to remove. Very often a protective wax or finish coating is applied, but that only seals the dirt underneath a transparent layer and does nothing to make it look less old and worn. New chemical-free technologies are available now that don’t leave behind chemical residue and so can help restore the floor’s original clean and bright aspect.


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