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| MAIN TOPIC | FLOORING SERVICE PROVIDER PROFILE the tent. Michael Engel’s nightly ‘To Do’ list also includes the out- door areas and the beer garden with over 1,000 seats. “Sepp Krätz Engel Facility Cleaning & Services is a stickler for cleanliness and he sees our work as a sensible investment,” emphasizes certified facility cleaner Engel. This also The company was founded by Michael Engel. Its core business: includes having a special storage area built to accommodate the cleaning and maintenance of properties and buildings. This includes heavy-duty cleaning equipment that has to be rolled out on the traditional maintenance cleaning as well as glass and frontage first floor every night. Each member of the cleaning crew has a cleaning and winter maintenance. predefined task in the ‘Hippodrom,’ a huge tent that measures 65 Engel’s portfolio also covers technical services around real estate. by 35 meters. A maze of main aisles, private booths for smaller Engel Facility Cleaning & Services has been responsible for keeping groups, a central nave where most of the tables and benches are the floors clean at the ‘Hippodrom’ beer hall during the annual set up, and a gallery that runs around it the whole thing... Phase Oktoberfest since 2012. one: a thorough sweeping of every square inch of floor space, carefully around the precisely positioned tables and benches. They only get pushed aside if it’s absolutely necessary to clear a passage for easier sweeping. And when that’s done, everything has to be brush pressure consistently proves to be up to the task – it’s an old- put back into place at the exact same spot. er model, but still a dependable workhorse at the ‘Hippodrom.’ To prevent patrons from slipping, saw dust gets spread on the floor, Scrubber drier trumps pressure cleaner mostly close to the kitchen and in the main aisles. When it gets In the ‘old’ days, the way to clean the floors was to blast them with mixed with the beer and grease and everything else that finds its a pressure cleaner. “But that wasn’t ideal because we’d end up way to the floor, the result is a millimeter-thick film that feels with spray marks on the walls, tables and benches,” admits Michael almost like linoleum. Griem. That is why the floor first gets spayed down with water before the At the ‘Hippodrom,’ he and Michael Engel bank on scrubber driers. Duomatic 550/700 does its rounds with a slightly alkaline universal The advantage: “It gets rid of the dirt and grime. All of it,” says cleaning solution in the tank. Wetrok’s Polex product is suited for Griem. “Cleaning is always done with clean water. For hygiene,” food manufacturing and processing environments, and it’s the adds Michael Hartjes, sales consultant with Wetrok. This year, product of choice for the kitchen at the ‘Hippodrom’. For the four of the manufacturer’s large machines are in use at the ‘Hip- narrower center aisles, the crew depends on a Duomatic C 50 podrom,’ including the brand new Discoma tic Mambo with a work- (50 centimeter working width, 30 liter tank capacity). ing width of 43 centimeters for small and medium-sized areas. With a working width of 38 centimeters and a 15-liter tank, the This way, every space that needs cleaning is covered, especially the compact and agile Discomatic Samba XT really shines in constric - wide aisles and the narrower passages between tables. ted spaces, such as between tables in the central nave. Manual mopping is only necessary in the private booths and under the Four machines for different areas tables. For the main aisles and around the central nave, the big Duo matic 550/700 with a working width of 70 centimeters and adjustable Stairs and steps are no obstacles The 1,300-square meter gallery with the champagne bar is the Wetrok Discomatic Mam bo’s preferred hangout. This machine does 6.4 million visitors and 6.7 million liters of beer. on its own what it took two machines to do the previous year. “And The Oktoberfest on Munich’s Theresienwiese meadow is the world’s with stronger brush pressure and a better cleaning result,” assures largest annual festival. It was held for the very first time in 1810, at sales consultant Michael Hartjes. The lithium-ion battery provides the time with a horse race to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig a charge for up to two-and-half hours – perfect for getting the job of Bavaria with Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Today, done in the gallery. And the 30-liter tank doesn’t need refilling the commemorations include fairground rides and huge party tents. that often, either. The other advantage of the Samba is that, at 63 In 2013, the ‘Wiesn’ as it is also called, mostly by Bavarians, kilos, it isn’t too unwieldy for the ramp that was built especially for attracted 6.4 million visitors. 6.7 million ‘Mass’ of bier were tapped – the machine to get over stairs and steps. It’s a one-person job. a ‘Mass’ is a huge glass mug that holds exactly 1 liter of the amber The machines are busy cleaning until four in the morning. By that nectar – in the 14 large festival tents like the ‘Hippodrom’ as well as time, the kitchen has to be spotless, too. Here, the cleaning solution at numerous smaller and medium-sited tents and stands. is dispersed manually and then removed with a wet vacuum. And The ‘Hofbräu’ beer hall, which seats over 10,000 people inside and then the stairs have to be cleaned, the carpets vacuumed and the out, is among the largest. At 3,300 seats inside and over 1,000 in the beer garden, the ‘Hippodrom’ is much smaller, but always crowded. trash cans emptied. Day 16 of the Oktoberfest is about to dawn – The ‘Hippodrom’ first opened in 1902; famed Munich restaurateur the last for this year. Next October, it starts all over again. Sepp Krätz took over its management in 1995. Heike Holland | heike.holland@holzmann-medien.de 16 GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014  


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