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There will be no more slips, trips and falls for customers of thecentre:mk, Milton Keynes, thanks to 3M and their latest floorcare creations.


The trusty fl oor pads from 3M have put an added gloss on the experiences of shoppers at thecentre:mk, by restoring the shine to the centre’s Grade Two Listed travertine stone fl oors. By specifying 3M, contract cleaner Europa has also made the fl oors quicker, easier and cheaper to maintain, to the delight of thecentre:mk’s management company, CBRE.


With 1.3million square foot of retail space, and over 27 million visitors each year, thecentre:mk is one of the UK’s busiest shopping centres. “Enhancing the experience for visitors and tenants is a critical part of our future strategy,” said CBRE Operations Manager, Brad Curcillo. “Additionally, with the Travertine Stone Floor being Grade Two Listed, we have an obligation to enhance and protect it.”


CBRE challenged Europa to restore the shine to the dull stone fl oors and create an ambience worthy of a top 10 retail destination. Previously, Europa had been employing a general scrubbing and buffi ng process to keep the fl oors clean; they looked at a number of different systems and processes to get the deep clean and shine they wanted before settling on


the 3M solution. “Not only did they deliver the best results, but they also proved to be the most cost-effective” added Europa’s Environmental Services Manager for thecentre:mk, Jason Buckley.


The 3M™ Scotch-Brite™ Surface Preparation (SPP) fl oor pads were used to deep-clean the fl oor and remove stains without the need for any chemical strippers. Two grades of 3M™ Trizact™ HX Discs were then used to grind and polish the dull and scratched fl oor to a


smooth sheen, without reducing slip resistance. Finally, 3M™ Scotch- Brite™ High-Shine Purple Pads were used to buff and polish the fl oor to a brilliant shine.


Having restored the fl oors, Europa is now able to maintain them all year- round at a lower cost, with minimal mess and operational downtime. The 3M fl oor pads strip and clean with fewer passes than the previous system, signifi cantly increasing productivity, but they also clean deeper so that the fl oors don’t need to be revisited as often, reducing labour costs. Furthermore, because they require only water to effectively remove the fl oor fi nish, the fl oor pads are safer and more environmentally friendly to use.


These fl oor pads are only a small part of 3M’s innovative range of fl oorcare and maintenance products, which are designed to deliver cleaner, safer and better looking fl oors which cost less to maintain.


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