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Major sporting events make big demands, and not just on the players. For an iconic golf tournament that meant pulling a variety of cleaning machines out of the bag to cope with the weather and the dirt from outdoors, as Stephen Pinhorne, UK National Sales Manager of Truvox International Limited reports.

Every cleaning situation has its challenges, which tend to be largely predictable. Major sporting and entertainment events, however, have a way of throwing a curve ball at facilities managers and their cleaning teams.

There’s the weather, for starters, not to mention the pressures of working around large crowds and under the media spotlight. Clean successfully and no-one notices; fall down in any way and your failure will attract the glare of countless spectators and TV viewers.

A recent international golf tournament was a classic example. The organisers jealously guard their reputation, demanding the highest standards of service (and that service providers do not name their brand). The event in question welcomed tens of thousands of spectators over the course of a week, along with the players and support staff, sponsors and TV crews.

Spectrum Service Solutions, a leading provider of contract cleaning and facilities management services in the UK, needed to ensure it had the best floor cleaning equipment to cover every eventuality – including the unpredictable British weather.

The company covers a wide range of industry sectors, but also specialises in event cleaning, including venues such as Hampden Park, Scotland’s national stadium. With a capacity of 52,000, it has hosted Champions

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League finals, Scottish Cup Finals and concerts from artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Take That and U2.

Golf tournaments present a different challenge in the number and nature of facilities that need to be kept clean – hospitality pavilions for sponsors; large expanses of event carpet on open areas and walkways; a ‘village’ with big screens, bar and food areas; external carpeted balconies, and internal carpets and flooring. As well as the conventional dry dirt you’d expect on carpets, flooring also has to contend with wet grass and mud, fallen leaves, litter, spilt food and drinks.

This global sporting event was under the media spotlight – so a robust and regular cleaning regime was required to ensure the five-star venue, and its carpets in particular, remained immaculate at all times.

Like a pro golfer with his trusty caddy, Spectrum Service Solutions needed a range of floor cleaning machines at hand to respond to every eventuality. Models from the Truvox range included the Valet Single Motor Upright and Wide Area Vac, the Valet Aqua 20 Heavy Duty vacuum and Backpack II portable vacuum, as well as the TruSweep 460 manual sweeper and Hydromist 35 self- contained carpet extractor.

Sara Speirs, Managing Director of Spectrum Service Solutions, was impressed with the results: “The

Truvox machines were perfect for this contract, radically cutting down the time needed to clean large areas. Our staff found the machines extremely easy to use, and full training was given to enable them to achieve maximum productivity in an unobtrusive way.”

Having a wide range of different machines to deal with all kinds of weather was crucial, according to David Speirs, Technical Director of Spectrum Service Solutions: “We needed a good contingency plan for every eventuality. We had to have access to a range of machines that could handle both wet and dry cleaning, and pick up more bulky materials such as leaves and more awkward material such as wet grass. This is where the TruSweep 460 came into its own, cleaning safely and efficiently, thanks to slight set-up adjustments that allowed it to work on external carpeted areas as well as conventional external surfaces.”

Stephen Pinhone concluded: “Being involved in such a high-profile event was a source of great pride for the Truvox team. Our machine range provided successful solutions for the varied floor cleaning tasks this event demanded, helping to save time and costs while achieving the immaculate finish required.”

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