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News Sponsored by Prochem – Revived 45


45 years since the company started supplying carpet and upholstery cleaning solutions and equipment, Prochem Europe standards as one of the UK market’s principal innovators.


2019 saw the company open new research and development laboratory facilities at Chessington, along with an investment in new labelling and filling technology.


Managing Director, Alan Tilley, said: “The extra lab space means we can work on a growing number of new formulations and increase our work on environmental and sustainable product development.”


Back in 1974, the carpet and upholstery cleaning industry as we know it was just getting off the ground. Alan’s father, Prochem founder Ron Tilley, spotted an opportunity and started providing courses on carpet, upholstery and floor cleaning in London. This led to sales of hot water extraction equipment from the USA. The Steemeasy machine was one of the first to appear on the UK market, and later that year the ‘Prochem’ name was trademarked.


Prochem developed formulations and cleaning systems to suit the UK carpet cleaning market, including the now widely-used concept of pre-spraying and acidic rinsing. At the same time, the company developed specialised training courses for the new extraction process while advising cleaners how to improve on the traditional ‘shampoo’ methods.


Ron’s enterprise went from strength to strength. In 1978, Prochem introduced a new generation of engine-driven, truck-mounted carpet cleaning machines to the UK market, and in 1994, the business re-located to much larger premises in Chessington, including a dedicated two-storey training facility.


Today, Prochem Europe has grown into one of Britain’s foremost providers of specialist cleaning technology and solutions as well as being one of the largest commercial providers of training to the cleaning industry.


In 2012, the company was granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen for the supply of carpet cleaning products. In 2015, the company was accredited to British Standard EN ISO 14001: important to the business as well as reassuring for customers to know they are procuring cleaning solutions from a manufacturer with certified levels of environmental awareness.


Alan concluded: “I do feel our continued focus on the values that resulted in the Award measure why we are successful: developing safe and effective products for cleaning and maintenance for now and the future.


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