not to repeat this and so the decision was made to limit the moisture in the buildings.

Carpets, when properly maintained with a scheduled programme of cleaning via the Host System, are often easier to maintain than other hard flooring options. The Host System extends the life and appearance of carpet by ensuring that all dry soil embedded deep in the carpet pile is removed.

By using the Host System in a ‘little but often’ manner and not just leaving it until it becomes noticeably dirty, the cleaning of carpets becomes an easily managed part of the school’s overall cleaning programme, and negates the need for expensive replacement and ‘blitz panic’ cleaning.

The Host System now means that school caretakers need not dread carpeted flooring. They can fit the cleaning of it into their daily or weekly regime; the Host machines are light and easy to use by all cleaners – big or small, young or old – and of course the carpet is ready for use immediately after cleaning, so no downtime loss is incurred and there is no disruption to busy school activities.

THE METHOD HOST ‘Dry’ Extraction Carpet Cleaning System is formulated to dissolve both water soluble and solvent soluble soils, and then to absorb these soils: it is a modern- day product that has evolved after more than 50 years of

research. Whilst Dry Extraction cleaning isn’t as well known as traditional wet cleaning methods, its advantages are well worth investigating further. The Host system means that carpet is dry immediately after cleaning and ready for use, therefore allowing carpet to be maintained and cleaned during the daytime without the need for conventional night time cleaning regimes.

“Implementing great innovation that is both efficient and saves money should

be the focus of any facilities manager or cleaning contractor.”

Effective carpet maintenance requires a cleaning system that firstly vacuums effectively and, secondly, dissolves and simultaneously removes soil. Host’s new generation equipment such as the Host Freestyle and Host Liberator machines have an in-built vacuuming capability coupled with brushes that ensure maximum dry soil removal. The cleaner itself is a soft organic, natural product consisting of millions of absorbent sponges. These are moistened with a unique emulsion of water, detergent and cleaning agent.

These tiny sponges carry cleaning chemicals to the carpet fibres controlling the amount of moisture released. The Host machines brush the moist cleaning sponges onto the fibres and as brushing continues, the sponges wipe the dissolved soil away from the fibres. The sponges then hold the dissolved soil until they are removed by vacuuming.

Carpets will not re-soil as quickly as normal because there is now no sticky residue for dirt to grab and hold onto. Because the Host system does not contribute to re-soiling, regular and frequent vacuuming will keep the carpet cleaner for much longer. Importantly, it is the only fully integrated carpet cleaning system available in the UK today that also satisfies businesses’ environmental and sustainability concerns – it uses none of the facilities’ water and all residues, including the soiled Host sponges, are fully biodegradable.

Outstanding vacuuming and cleaning rates ensure the system remains extremely productive with little time wasted in setting up and storing the system following use.

THE POINT If such a large school district can stay faithful to one system and see brilliant results, it’s certainly worth testing for yourself, particularly if you work in or manage busy facilities such as schools or leisure establishments.

Regardless of this current financial climate, implementing great innovation that is both efficient and saves money should be the focus of any facilities manager or cleaning contractor. The focus should ultimately be on the maintenance, rather than the replacement of floor coverings. And working little and often makes sure that you see the benefit of every square metre underfoot. EDUCATIONAL & SCHOOL FACILITIES | 45

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