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Global Cleaning 2014

Cleaning up at the ‘Hippodrom’ during the Oktoberfest 16 nights no one will ever forget When the Oktoberfest is on in Munich, the party mood never dims for even a second in the ‘Hippodrom’ tent. Fresh beer on tap served in huge liter-sized glass mugs, Bavarian food specialties, traditional music, and of course all the waitresses dressed in their ‘Dirndl’. It all makes for a memorable experience if you are a visitor. If you are part of the clean-up crew every evening, too. It’s just before midnight on the last day of last year’s of the ‘Hippo drom.’ It’s a short but very intense mission. And it Oktoberfest beer festival. It’s been a long day and it shows in the starts over every day. For 16 days – the duration of the annual huge beer tent operated by Sepp Krätz. The crowds had just kept Oktoberfest. In other words: 16 days in a war zone, at least were on coming, filling every nook and cranny of Sepp’s famed dirt and litter are concerned. “It’s one giant party and well worth ‘Hippodrom’ festival tent. There is seating room for more than the effort,” says Michael Griem who coordinates the cleaning in the 3,000 patrons, and over the course of a single day, it’s a multiple festival tent. “There’s no way around the Oktoberfest, especially of that figure that goes in and out. Scrunched up paper napkins and if you’re from Bavaria,” explains CEO Michael Engel. And the other litter under the tables, crushed pretzels, all sorts of food that service provider is up to the job. “Not once did we get a call in the falls off plates...One look at the floor, and you realize that keeping morning from our customer wanting us to come back and do this place clean is a sisyphian task. It’s non-stop. During the day, something over.” All the inspections have been passed with flying Sepp’s crew takes care of keeping the premises clean. After hours, colors so far. And that makes not only the service provider happy. it’s the turn of the cleaning services company. By then, the servers For one thing, keeping the crew in line night after night is not an will have already done a good part of the job, collecting all the easy task. Today, or rather, tonight there are eight people on the litter, giving the place a quick sweep, wiping down the tables and roster and they have to cover more than 3,000 square meters of benches, and stacking up the furniture. Enough for today. The littered and soiled floors – wooden plank floors in the beer hall and cleaning crew is about to take over. poured concrete floors in the kitchen. There, and at various food stands, close to 100 chefs and their kitchen staff prepare several Cleaning up under the toughest conditions thousand schnitzels, Wagyu burgers and other fine dishes. The 2013 marks the second year that the crew of Munich-based Engel floors tell the whole story. Most of the dirt and grime comes from Facility Cleaning & Services is responsible for cleaning the floor fat and other organic combinations that need to be disposed of in It gets pretty busy at the annual Oktoberfest in Munich. Several thousand When the patrons are gone, the service staff does a quick wipe-down visitors come to the ‘Hippodrom’ for a cool beer every day. before stacking up the tables and benches. Photos: rationell reinigen GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014   15


Global Cleaning 2014
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