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|  In PractIce  |  Flooring Cleaning diverse flooring types at the Gewandhaus Leipzig Clean. Maintain.repeat. Cleaning the floors in cultural institutions such as the Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig is a challenge for service providers. The various types of flooring require not only professional cleaning and care, but also quick and flexible response to last-minute schedule changes. Commuters on the first tram that lumbers across the world-famous concert hall – and knowing that their work contrib- Augustusplatz square in Leipzig at dawn are always in for a treat: utes to the magnificent reputation of the institution naturally fills the gigantic mural in the foyer of the Gewandhaus lounge can the team with pride. “Both concert halls and the choir rehearsal actually be seen in all its glory from the outside. As the city slowly area feature parquet flooring, which absorbs sound waves and wakes up, this temple of the arts is already brightly illuminated. reduces reverberation – provided it is maintained properly. In “On 365 early mornings a year, our team is fully stretched that sense, you could say that our cleaning staff also contributes preparing the entire building for that evening’s event,” industrial to the quality of the concerts,” Steffen Schmidt shares with a wink. engineer Steffen Schmidt tells us. The great hall is the heart and soul of the Gewandhaus. Up to 1,900 The CEO of Ostrei Dienstleistungen und Umwelttechnik GmbH music aficionados fit comfortably in the stalls, balconies, in the in Leipzig knows that he can rely on the team around Detlef two galleries above the orchestra podium, and on the additional Schmiedgen, the facility manager. Since the contract was signed balcony directly underneath the hughe Schuke organ. The stage is in 1991, his company has been deploying permanent staff to the large enough for enormous line-ups. In addition, the Gewandhaus’ Mopping keeps dirt from digging in. Dirt dragged in from the streets is carefully vacuumed off the floor, one row at a time. 40 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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