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Using high quality materials and parts, manufacturers ensure a solid construction that extends the performance life of the machines. Durability and reliability pay off in the long run as they avoid damage to the equipment and subsequent repair costs.


Opting for larger tanks not only lowers operating costs by reduced fill cycles but easy-to-clean tanks also offer the benefit of fast clean out and the reduced possibility of mould and bacteria growth, making the cleaning operation less time consuming. Choosing the right squeegee then ensures excellent water and residue pick-up, resulting in fewer passes but also in less slippery floors ready for high footfall in the shortest possible time. No tool change of squeegees, brushes or pads also increases productivity.


With intuitive controls and easy-to- operate machines, the risk of abuse or incorrect operation is reduced considerably and the operator can fully focus on the cleaning task at hand. Enhancements in ergonomics both on ride-on machines and on walk-behind models will offer clear visibility lines and reduce operator fatigue.


HEALTH AND SAFETY The implementation of an effective


floor maintenance programme is a very important step in the prevention of various health and safety issues. Not only do slippery floors present hazards but indoor air quality and noise can affect the well-being of operators, staff and residents as well.


Slip and fall accidents can account for a large number of lost days of work, high medical costs and even higher insurance rates. Besides actually cleaning, ensuring the floor is slip-resistant is one of the additional aims of a floor maintenance programme. Obviously, it starts with daily cleaning that should include dust sweeping, wet cleaning and spot cleaning. In most cases, a walk-behind or ride-on scrubber-dryer is used for the wet cleaning. Very often, chemicals are used to remove dirt from the floor. However, these chemicals involve a


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number of extra steps in handling them that can have an impact on the health and safety of the cleaning staff and the facility residents. Chemical overdosing can leave a residue that can make the floor slippery. Mixing and manual dosing of chemicals will also present the operator with the risk of spillage and hand and/ or eye contact if proper procedures are not followed. Thorough training of operators is very important in these circumstances, which in itself can be a challenge due to language problems and high personnel turnover. Some recent chemical-free technologies offer the advantage that little or no training is required, thus increasing operator confidence, productivity and safety.


Today, sustainability is on most professionals’ plates as well. How to balance the cleaning requirements with the environmental aspects can be a tough exercise. Recent developments now offer cleaning solutions that save natural resources by reducing energy consumption and water usage and by diminishing the need for detergents, thus also reducing the waste stream.


SHORT TERM RENTAL Tennant has a nationwide


Short Term Rental option available within its overall package of cleaning solutions. This Rental option provides a solution to customers who have temporary need for a scrubber- dryer, sweeping machine or outdoor sweeper for cleaning and maintenance of factories, warehouses, retail facilities, car parks, and other environments.


Equipment available for the Short Term Rental includes Tennant machines equipped with the latest floor cleaning technology, serviced and maintained by Tennant expert Service Technicians who deliver and collect the machines at the user site. Full operator training is carried out upon delivery and different hire terms are available from one week onwards.


SUMMARY Although faced with a plethora of


challenges in hard floor cleaning, FMs nowadays can choose from a wide range of flexible solutions tailored to their specific cleaning applications. These allow them to still live up to rigorous expectations of cleanliness, effectiveness and budget constraints all while not sacrificing image and safety.


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