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Small helpers, big impact Where machines are the better option Retirement homes are becoming smaller and more personal. Where the focus is on resident wellbeing, individual care takes the experience a step further. With hygiene alwaysplaying a central role, the question is how to maintain it at the highest standards with minimum constraints for residents. Here are a few pointers. When the topic turns to hygiene in the facilities cleaning Quick-charge systems also allow for charging whilst other jobs business, it doesn’t take long for the word “disinfection” to come are being carried out and cleaning assignments are being set up, up. Fact is, hygiene begins with actual cleaning and that means and, of course, during breaks. This is an important benefit and it much more than just disinfection. puts manual cleaning at a disadvantage, especially if one considers The process of cleaning the premises should be as thorough and that a large number of cleaning machines can be equipped with effective as possible to achieve a result that satisfies hygiene supplemental manual cleaning equipment and supplies (sprays requirements and doesn’t disturb the residents in their daily lives. and scrubbers) for peripheral areas. Keeping setup times to a But what does effective mean? In retirement homes, as well as minimum is key. everywhere else, really, effective cleaning ultimately depends on the following factors: The space to be cleaned, the way it is used and the realities of cleaning. 45 dB Quiet apartment The factors that influence hygiene levels in retirement homes certainly also depend on matters of economic efficiency and are 50 dB Soft music thus subject to cost pressures – whether the facility is public- Bird song Non-dangerous noise levels ly or privately owned or operated. That is why the tenet “Where 55 dB Radio or television possible, get the work done with machines rather than people” Room noise level is even more pertinent in retirement homes than in other areas. Machines? The noise, setup and travel times, loading times and all 60 dB Conversation those hard-to-reach places that need thorough cleaning. These are 65 dB Lawn mower just some of the issues that constantly come up when the subject The sound level doesn’t lead is hygiene – and how to improve it. 70 dB Vacuum cleaner to hearing damage but does That is why choosing the right brand and the right type of cleaning put the body under stress machine is so important at the outset. Here, we look at the criteria 75 dB Car passing by that will narrow down the search and point to the equipment that 80 dB Heavy traffic is best suited to achieving the desired cleaning and hygiene results in a retirement home. 85 dB Lathe 33Site specifics (cleaning room, supply stations, materials and 90 dB Hand-held grinder surfaces) Heavy truck As retirement homes get smaller, space for cleaning rooms and Extended exposure to noi- storage facilities tends to shrink as well. Since the idea is to 95 dB Music on headphones hearing damage can lead to permanentse maximize general utility but also to take care of quick and easy in-between cleaning jobs, battery-powered vacuum scrubbers 100 dB Buzz saw, disco machines are at an advantage. Today’s innovative quick-charging 105 dB Impact wrench systems also ensure that the cleaning unit is always ready for use. Shorter charging intervals also mean greater availability. 110 dB Chain saw, rock concert Noticeably longer running times can be achieved, even with a low battery capacity. Different noise levels and their impact. Table: Hintze GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016 13


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