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|  Main Topic  |  Hygiene inHospitals and retirementHomes Floor stripping with a vacuum scrubber: not a problem with a purpose- The crew at work in the dining room: Everything needs to be done between formulated basic cleaning solution. Photos: rationell reinigen dinner and breakfast. Reconditioning floors in senior care and assisted living centers meeting the need for speed Stripping floors with a scrubber drier? Absolutely doable: thanks to a non-slip, pH-neutral basic cleaning solution developed specifically for this purpose. It saves time, money, and more. Let’s take a look at how it’s done at the Haus Elisabeth residential care center in Herford, Germany. Now in its fifteenth year, the linoleum flooring of the Evange- Four years ago, RWS was contracted to take care of maintenance lical deaconry’s senior care and assisted living facility – 47 single cleaning at Haus Elisabeth, whose three residential sections rooms and ten double rooms – in Herford has no doubt seen better accommodate approximately 70 seniors of all care levels. Six days days. Manager Monika Kolbe understandably has no difficulty a week, it’s 3,500 square meters that need to be kept ship-shape. finding fault with floors looking greasy, milky, as if covered by a Practically the entirety of the flooring at the facilities consists of dull gray film, but shiny at the same time. The residents all feel linoleum, including the bedrooms, corridors, dining rooms, com- similarly uneasy about the strangely glossy floor. How can it be mon rooms, and the function room with its café. safe to walk on that? Age and wear are not the only issues, either. The floor looks like Patent pending it’s never been coated or stripped or otherwise properly cleaned Like everyone around her, Monika Kolbe just wanted a floor that according to the manufacturer’s instructions. All attempts to re- looks good and stays looking good, with just a hint of a sheen move the stubborn film layers and residue from acrylic and high to give it that freshly cleaned appearance. It seemed this would gloss polymer dispersions, even switching over to a different remain wishful thinking until the cleaning contractor took an- service provider, have failed to revive the linoleum. other crack at the challenge, this time with a high-performance “Our goal was to completely remove the inherited dirt and re- stripping agent for PVC and linoleum flooring developed by store the floor to its original condition. To achieve this, the plan Wetrok: Speedclean. Oliver Beetz, Product Manager at the Swiss was to apply a water-soluble polymer cleaning polish and perma- cleaning solutions company, attests to its ideal wetting proper- nently condense it with a high-speed machine. Essentially, to do ties and many other benefits. For instance, it is non-hazardous, just what the manufacturer recommends,” Hartmut Hagedorn, pH-neutral and formulated (low-foam and non-slip) for use with Technical Manager of the RWS janitorial service company in a vacuum scrubber rather than a single-disc scrubber and wet Enger, explains. “But then we hit a wall. We just couldn’t get vacuum cleaner combo. This means the floor can be stripped in rid of all the residue.” one go and it takes just one person to get the job done – in much 16 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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