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|  In PractIce  |  School cleaning Basic cleaning in school buildings PVc stripping made easy A service provider from Kamen, just outside Dortmund in Germany’s Ruhr region, is focusing on innovative, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions. The company adopted anAmerican system with a completely new approach to stripping, special cleaning, and maintenance cleaning. The new procedure is especially effective in school buildings. It is ten o’clock in the morning on a warm July day in North classrooms in the next hallway with liters of cleaning chemicals. Rhine-Westphalia. Around this time on normal days, the hallways Instead, we see just two machines. One of them is not unlike a of the school fill up with pupils who are hustling and bustling to conventional single-disc machine, except for its rectangular plate. their next class. For the past weeks, however, the building has The other is a classic trailer machine, fitted with the same rectan- been eerily quiet. No pupils, no teachers, no substitute schedules gular scrubber system. displayed on the bulletin board – the only people around are from aktiv Gebäudedienstleistungen GmbH, the cleaning company con- An innovative solution from the US tracted for the school building’s annual basic cleaning during the We are talking about the Edge system developed by the US clean- summer vacation. ing brand Tomcat. The brand and the system have been available But wait – not only is the situation unlike the usual term-time on the German market for three years, distributed by Rebi GmbH routine, there is something else going on here, too. In previous in Solingen. This innovation has changed the day-to-day work of years, the six weeks of summer silence used to be interrupted Klaus Peter Kaldenbach, CEO of aktiv Gebäudedienstleistungen, by countless single-disc machines working tirelessly in unison. more radically than any system before – especially during the This year, the cleaning scene is different – and quite unexpected. school holidays. No rotating single-disc machines, no scrubbing employees trying Kaldenbach learned about the Edge system in the course of a to clean all those hard-to-reach places, and nobody prepping the seminar held by Keppel GmbH, a company based in Steinhagen. Klaus Peter Kaldenbach with the heavy-duty scrubber. Photos: Rebi The Tomcat Edge system is ideal for getting into corners and right up to the baseboards. 32 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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