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|  In PractIce  |  School cleaning helpful in achieving this. We can ensure a sterling spare parts basic stripping all the way to total refurbishment.” It is, however, service and on-site maintenance.” As the hub for Germany, Rebi important to take a long hard look at the numbers to ensure the supplies the necessary machines and parts to the entire network. investment pays off. A range of larger initial investments were necessary to achieve The results speak for themselves. “Look at this floor,” says Kalden- this, but Billigmann insists that they have already paid off. “Over bach. “No single-disc machine in the world could have restored the past three years, the business with Tomcat has been on a it this quickly.” And he’s right: The floor, which was still covered strong growth trajectory.” with a yellowish coating residue just a few minutes ago, looks The Solingen-based company further benefits from the pioneering smooth and fresh again after the MiniMag treatment, both in terms status of its American partner. Imitations have already entered of its coloring and its surface texture. “We just need to apply the the market, “but they just can’t match the quality of the original,” new finish, and we’re done here,” Kaldenbach happily adds. says Billigmann. “Simply because Tomcat is already selling the But what is it that makes the combination of these two machines third generation of the Stick Edge, and there have been significant work so well? “Simple,” Knicker explains, “the Stick Edge is great developments between the individual generations.” Except for the for those areas where access is a challenge, like narrow corridors, largest ride-on scrubber, the entire Tomcat product range can be small rooms, or sanitary areas. The MiniMag is for wider corridors equipped with the Edge system. This makes the products popu- and spacious rooms because it enables us to be particularly effi- lar not only with janitorial service providers, but also large-scale cient. Depending on the layout, of course, just one of the machines industrial customers, hotels, and car dealerships. may well be enough.” Klaus Peter Kaldenbach knows one thing for sure: He will be get- Convincing results, compelling flexibility ting more and more use out of his Tomcat Edge machines as school The machines of the American partner company are located in cleaning contracts keep coming in. “The system has completely a somewhat higher price bracket, but according to Knicker, this changed the way we work in schools. It really enables us to deliver is entirely justified considering the extensive scope of treatment an outstanding cleaning result in places that were very difficult if options and significant savings potential. not impossible to reach before.” “On top of saving water, chemicals, and personnel costs, you get It is safe to say that this school won’t be the only one to see a a technology that allows you to treat a large number of different change in its summer routine, besides the absence of pupils and floor coatings in a multitude of ways – using just one system. faculty. No more rotating disc machines or foaming water. Instead, Not only linoleum, PVC, and elastomer, but also wood, porcelain just the hum of oscillating, rectangular Edge machines. N stoneware, and natural stone floors. Anything is possible, from Thomas Billigmann | peter.hartmann@holzmann-medien.de The MiniMag at work – the first stripping phase is dry and does not Maximilian Knicker presents the Stick Edge and the various types of pads involve any cleaning chemicals. and implements. Photos: Rebi 34 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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