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|  In PractIce  |  Flooring The great hall with its 1,900 seats is the heart and soul of the Upper lobby carpets are cleaned daily with a wide-area vaccuum cleaner. Gewandhaus. All parquet and textile floorings in the offices must be cleaned In summer, the thick carpeting in the lobbies and offices also before the administrative staff arrives. Finally, the porcelain stone- receives some much-needed attention. Carpet shampoo is used in ware stairs and the linoleum floors in the dressing rooms for the conjunction with spray extraction for deep cleaning. The textile dancers, musicians and singers are cleaned using a product for floors are then impregnated to prepare them for the stresses of the wet mopping. coming season. The entrance lobby must remain accessible during the summer. For this purpose, the wide granite area is divided into Summer time is floor stripping time grid squares that are mechanically stripped one by one. Cleaning Every summer, when the artists and most of the administrative staff staff then work on the edges with a hand-held single-disc machine are on leave for their well-earned holidays, the entire Gewandhaus equipped either with brushes or pad discs. An alkaline stripping undergoes a complete makeover, which includes floor stripping. agent is used here to dissolve any dirt and accumulated layers. “We’re not the only ones to shift in high gear when everybody In the sanitary facilities, the stripping process is also carried out else is off on holiday. The place is bustling with all sorts of other with a hand-held single-disc machine and a melamine pad. Dirt trades called in for renovations and repairs,” Steffen Schmidt particles in the joints are removed with power tools or manually explains. The summer break isn’t endless and careful planning with special brushes. The marble floors are cleaned manually, and organization is indispensable for all the work to be completed too, with a scrubbing brush and an alcohol-based cleaning agent. in time. “If we don’t coordinate everything precisely and have the Scrubbing pads are used to strip the linoleum in the dressing support from the general service team, nothing will get done. The rooms. For this purpose, an Igefa express stripping agent with a occasional summer guest performance can complicate matters as pH value of up to ten is the cleaning chemical of choice. N well,” Steffen Schmidt emphasizes. Reinhard Wylegalla | markus.targiel@holzmann-medien.de Stain removal is sometimes a challenge, especially in the areas of the The granite floor is cleaned to a silky shine using a scrubbing machine lobby where food is served. and an alcohol-based cleaning agent. Photos: Reinhard Wylegalla 42 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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