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|  In PractIce  |  SpoRtS and leiSuRe facilitieS Photo: rationell reinigen Keeping water parks and leisure centers clean Reality check Getting the job done right is no easy task when your customer is a water leisure facility. It shows in the difficulty of achieving an optimum cleaning result and the kinds of damage typically encountered in this environment. Here, we review the specific challenges posed by the various materials used as well as the right mix of cleaning personnel, chemicals and equipment to meet them. Before getting to work on a cleaning contract, it behooves the Compounding the problem is the fact that manufacturers are often service provider to first get a clear and comprehensive picture of unwilling to share practical cleaning and maintenance guidelines. the job at hand. Here, particular attention must be paid to the vari- Truth be told, it takes more than a dry cloth to remove limescale ous materials on the premises. This initial walk-through quickly and tough stains. In these cases, despite the care instructions, reveals any potential pitfalls or special challenges that will have the expert facility cleaner’s creativity comes into play to develop to be addressed come cleaning time. That is why it is not only solutions that meet the client’s need. Depending on the facility, the advisable, but actually the facility cleaner’s responsibility to obtain contractor may have to deploy a particular set of skills. Permanent all meaningful cleaning and maintenance recommendations from structures usually pose the most daunting challenges, such as in the respective manufacturers. In some circumstances, these can places where, for instance, marble partitions meet safety tiles on fill entire binders. Still, there is no guarantee that each material to the floor. Here, experience and an ability to improvise can make be cleaned will be addressed. If information is missing, the facility the difference. Cleaning just the tiles with an acid-based cleaner, cleaner’s experience and knowledge of materials is an important and carefully avoiding the marble surfaces, is one way to go. asset in adapting the equipment/chemicals mix to achieve the The safety glazing, fittings and various stainless steel and metal desired results without damaging what is to be cleaned. installations – which are often easily damaged – need to be taken 46 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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