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|  In PractIce  |  Facade cleaning be set up anywhere. Water and electricity outlets are normally Company Profile unavailable during cleaning assignments of bus stops, motorcycle or bicycle parking spaces at train stations, or motorway noise bar- riers. The Waterkracht Colorado offers complete flexibility. Hans Haase emphasizes that it allows you to work “in the middle of Specialized in pressure cleaning nowhere”. All-round packages are increasingly popular with cus- Waterkracht, founded in Varsseveld, the Netherlands, more than 40 tomers. They want thorough, gentle cleaning even of hard-to-reach years ago, specializes in the development, manufacture and distribu- tion of high-pressure cleaning systems and related technologies. The spots, the best possible advice and a way of preventing future graf- German branch is located in Kleve, North Rhine-Westphalia. fiti, e.g. by applying a sealant with a repellent effect to the surface. Waterkracht’s product range includes industrial cleaning solutions, Built-in versatility including special cleaning products for the food industry, floor cleaning machines, vacuum cleaners, and equipment for cleaning the inside of Even though graffiti removal with the Waterkracht machine has fuel tanks. become an important work stream for R&W, the system’s mul- Waterkracht Colorado 350 specifications: ti-purpose setup is what tipped the procurement decision. “We cannot remove graffiti on 350 days a year, there’s just not enough 3 Maximum operating pressure: 350 bar demand,” Jan Wolfs explains. That is why it was crucial that the 3 Throughput: 1,020 liters per hour Waterkracht solution not only be the most efficient, but also as Maximum operating temperature: 102°C3 3 Diesel engine: Kubota 3-cylinder versatile as possible. 3 Fuel tank: 80 liters The Colorado 350 removes moss, algae, chewing gum, and can 3 Water tank: 1,100 liters be used for more general floor and faced cleaning and restoration 3 High-pressure hose: 15 meters (optional 25 meters) jobs. Acid rain, which leaves residual moisture even on vertical 3 Fingertip high-pressure pistil grip: standard surfaces, and alkaline dirt from the environment lead to the forma- 3 Stainless steel lance: standard tion of moss and algae. These plants grow in damp environments 3 Remote control: optional and eventually need to be removed. The Colorado 350 address- es the challenge brilliantly. While the acquisition costs for the machine were relatively high compared to a conventional pressure Jan Wolfs can always rely on his entire team. “When we make an cleaner, the investment pays off when considering the total cost investment, everyone backs our decision. From our first interac- of other procedures. “It is a long-term investment. Other cleaning tion with a prospect or client, to surveys and inspections, to bids companies do not have this machine, which will help us expand and tenders, to test cleaning and final execution and billing – into other application areas,” Haase adds. everybody at R&W gets involved and pulls in the same direction. The Dutch innovation fits in with the R&W concept perfectly. “We The goal is to have the customer say ‘Wow!’” Wolfs is counting want to offer solutions others can’t. This gives us a competitive on a chain reaction to keep up the positive momentum. “The best advantage and truly differentiates us in the marketplace,” Jan way to acquire new customers is through word of mouth. It’s not Wolfs says. “This new machine is another compelling argument always easy, but with the right people it can be done.” N for choosing to work with R&W.” Rüdiger Ey | peter.hartmann@holzmann-medien.de Top The boiling water technology removes graffiti with a constant water temperature of 102°C at the nozzle and relatively low pressure. Right Jan Wolfs, owner-manager of R&W The optional remote enables comfortable operation of the pressure Gebäudereinigung. cleaner from a lifting platform or scaffold. Photos: Waterkracht 58 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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