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COVER STORY


Discover The Power Of Steam Cleaning


The care sector treads a difficult line, required to provide superior hygiene 24/7 in an


inviting home-from-home setting, all the while keeping operating overheads low. Here, Kärcher explains how care facilities can achieve both.


Care homes include many different functional areas with differing cleaning needs; while hygiene may be critical in treatment and catering areas, front of house needs to deliver appealing levels of cleanliness from the kerbside, beyond the front door, through corridors, and into residents’ bedrooms and bathrooms. With purpose-built care homes housing miles of straight corridors, liſts between floors, identical rooms and lots of hard flooring, it can be challenging to keep on top of cleaning. In contrast to this, keeping a bespoke and oſten character property pristine and inviting poses all manner of cleaning challenges.


Steam cleaning is still a relatively new kid on the block and, while domestic machines are now prevalent, the benefits of their tougher, commercial counterparts are not so widely known. Steam cleaners are excellent multitaskers for cleaning hard floors, tiles, stainless steel, chrome, kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures and glass. They leave surfaces hygienically clean; Kärcher’s SG 4/4 steam cleaner is certified to kill 99.999%* bacteria, without the need for chemicals.


Steam enables chemical-free and odourless cleaning, it restores original finishes and surface textures, as well as reducing slip hazards on floor surfaces. With commercial models being no bigger than a standard vacuum cleaner, they are easy to manoeuvre in en suites and compact kitchens. Steam can even be used to rejuvenate upholstery and curtains.


“Steam enables chemical-free and odourless cleaning, it restores original finishes and surface textures, as well as reducing slip hazards on floor surfaces.”


Introducing efficient cleaning technology can completely overhaul your cleaning plans, reducing manual effort, freeing up time and opening up longer cleaning windows due to the machines’ quiet running, discrete appearance and rapid drying times. While the thought of an expensive price tag on a cleaning machine can be off-putting, it’s worth considering the value you place upon your own and your cleaning team’s time – labour costs can represent up to 90% of total cleaning costs in manual settings, so the productivity gained by mechanisation quickly offsets the upfront investment.


Multitasking machines deliver productivity savings even faster; pressure washers, with addition of a hard surface tool to extract the water, are equally at home in the kitchens as they are in the car park; a compact outdoor sweeper will keep your paths, drive and carpark clear of leaves (and can also be used for gritting). In more extensive grounds manual litter picking, sweeping and mowing duties can all be replaced by a single compact all-season vehicle. For occasional deep cleaning or once-a-season tasks, it’s also possible to hire specialist cleaning equipment in.


Kärcher works with hotels, care homes and hospitals all over the world, providing practical advice, cleaning machines and comprehensive user training to help drive up hygiene and cleanliness standards, and positively influence your residents’, employees’ and visitors’ experience.


Model shown: Kärcher SGV 8/5 - 12 -


To find out how Kärcher can make a difference to the efficiency, productivity and cleanliness of your business, or to book a free site survey, contact us on: 01295 752142, email cleaning@karcher.co.uk or visit www.karcher.co.uk


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