How to Make Floors Safer During Winter

Wet and dirty floors can be a common occurrence during autumn and winter. Bad weather means building occupiers and visitors bring more water and soiling inside on their shoes. This increases the risk of the slips and trips which cause so many of the reportable accidents and injuries in the workplace and public spaces. The challenge facing anyone responsible for a building is to make floors safer during winter and ensure the floor retains its appearance and remains safe. Scrubber driers are effective and efficient at meeting this challenge.

Scrubber driers are ideal for keeping floors clean and dry to make floors safer during winter.

Slips and trip can be a significant problem. The latest figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) are for the year ending March 2019. These show that slips, trips, and falls from the same level remain the biggest cause of workplace injuries. The HSE says these accounted for 29 per cent of all reportable non-fatal workplace injuries during the year. This is equivalent to 20,000 reportable injuries or around one every thirty minutes. The HSE also says slips and trips are the most frequent cause of reported injury to members of the public. Broken bones account for about 90 per cent of reported injuries. The total cost to employers each year is around £500m, according to the HSE. The total cost to society overall is over £800m. These figures are improving, year on year, thanks to efforts by regulators and the various stakeholders. But there is more to do.

REMOVE CONTAMINATION ON FLOORS

One of the biggest causes of these accidents is contamination on floors. Improved cleaning and floorcare can make a big difference in reducing the risk of slips and trips. They will also remove soiling that can be unsightly and cause long-term damage to the floor. Inevitably it falls on building operators and owners to take responsibility for mitigating the risk to their employees, guests, and visitors.

In most buildings, the biggest problem is likely to be just inside the door. This is because this is closest to wet outdoor areas and intensely used by people entering the building. Floors in these areas are typically hard surfaces such as vinyl, ceramic or stone. These can be particularly susceptible to causing slips when they are wet or dirty. But they are easy to clean and maintain with the right equipment.

SCRUBBER DRIERS ARE IDEAL FOR MAKING FLOORS SAFER IN WINTER

For many cleaning teams, the equipment of choice is the scrubber drier. These advanced machines, which clean and dry the floor in a single pass, are also ideal for emergency clearing of puddles and spillages.

Scrubber driers can make floors safer during winter by keeping them clean and dry.

One of the big benefits of the scrubber drier is that it actively cleans the floor, picks up debris and removes the soiled water with a combination of squeegee and suction to leave the surface clean and dry. The machine should be used with the correct pads or brushes and an appropriate cleaning product. This will remove all of the dirt while helping to protect the flooring material for a long life of low maintenance. Choosing the right combination will save time, reduce any need for repeat cleaning, and minimise costs.

CHOOSE FEATURES FOR YOUR APPLICATION

Not all scrubber driers are the same. The best designs will remove all – or almost all – of the water or cleaning solution in a single pass. This will mean the floor is clean, dry, and safely back in use as soon as possible. Battery-powered machines offer the convenience of total independence from local power sockets. Many also have the added advantage of having no trailing power cables although some of the smallest machines are mains powered for speed of use and convenience. Look out too for machines that can reduce consumption of water, energy and cleaning solutions. These will promote sustainability and save costs.

Reputable suppliers will have an extensive range of scrubber driers and be able to advise on the right model to use.

Scrubber driers come in all shapes and sizes. The smallest are no bigger than an upright domestic vacuum cleaner. The largest are the size of a small car for cleaning the largest floors in places like hospitals, supermarkets, transport hubs, and shopping centres. It is important to match the size of the machine to the proposed application. Too large and it will probably be underutilised and unproductive, ultimately costing more to own and operate. Too small, and it could be overused, inefficient and prone to more unscheduled outages.

Suppliers with the largest ranges make it easy to specify a model that is closely matched to a particular application. A wider range also helps customers to choose all their machines from a single source. This enables greater deployment flexibility and can lead to significant purchase, operating and maintenance cost savings.

CLEAN PROPERLY, CLEAN OFTEN

It is important to cleaning regularly throughout the day to remove the build-up of dirt that can increase the risk of slips and trips. It is also vital to clean up puddles or patches of water as quickly as possible because these often present the biggest risk of all. Reputable cleaning suppliers will work with end-users to identify the most appropriate products, tools and processes. They will provide advice on the best ways to make floors safer during winter and keep a building in tip-top condition.

Diversey Returns To Cleaning Show

Diversey returns to the Cleaning Show (Stand C37) for the first time in over a decade to discuss with customers how its innovations and full solutions capabilities offer cleaning teams new ways of working that are more effective, affordable and sustainable.

Internet of Clean: our innovative platform offers new ways to support interactive remote monitoring of laundry equipment, floor care machines and dishwashers. It also enables expert advice to be provided direct to end users on a range of devices to enhance their understanding and productivity, with new improved analytics. Remote guidance feature offers an innovative way to manage breakdowns and issues quickly, remotely and with minimum fuss.

Healthcare Infection Prevention: recent innovations include additions to the Oxivir range of broad-spectrum disinfectants, cleaner-disinfectants and related products for superior, simpler and faster surface disinfection. These are tested to relevant EN standards and effective against bacteria, viruses and yeasts in demanding environments such as hospitals and care homes. Diversey has recently introduced fast and powerful UV-C capabilities into its infection prevention portfolio. New Moonbeam3TM Disinfection Technology© for rooms and equipment provides adjunct disinfection against a wide range of pathogens on frequently-touched, hard-to-clean surfaces which complements and enhances existing cleaning and hygiene processes.

TASKI Machine Innovations: update to Diversey’s next-generation, hands-free TASKI SWINGOBOT 2000 robotic scrubber drier, which works on its own to enhance floor cleaning productivity and frees operatives to focus on additional value-added and profit-generating tasks. The company’s latest TASKI aero tub and backpack vacuum cleaners are among the quietest and most energy-efficient commercial machines on the market.

TASKI Tool Innovations: new enclosed trolley and tools including the innovative diamond-impregnated Twister by Diversey pads.

As part of our commitment to the event we are supporting the Cleaning Show’s VIP lounge.

We also plan to host our own special event during the exhibition to promote opportunities for networking between customers, industry experts and thought leaders.

Innovations Support Cleaning Improvement

As a market leader we work with our customers to devise, configure and implement fully-integrated solutions that are fine-tuned to their business and operational requirements. We have a unique ability to provide a complete set of products, tools, machines and services to support every aspect of a cleaning operation. 

This concept of a total solution from a single vendor is not new but it does require that we adapt to business and regulatory pressures and take advantage of new technologies. Innovation is a key requirement in many cleaning operations because it can support other objectives such as improving results or reducing costs.

But integration is about more than simply making existing products work with one another. Our approach is to introduce innovations and unique technologies across our portfolio to ensure customers can benefit from new ways of working while still dealing with a single market-leading supplier. 

When we were planning for the forthcoming Cleaning Show in London we decided to focus on ten of the many innovations that we have introduced in the decade since we last exhibited at the event:

TASKI swingobot 2000: the latest-generation “hands-free” scrubber drier is 25% more productive than the previous model. It gets on with automatic floorcare and liberates cleaning staff to focus on more important and value-added tasks.

Internet of Clean (IoC): our growing set of web-enabled and smart tools for this rapidly emerging business platform provide enhanced insight, oversight and management of cleaning operations.

Oxivir Excel and Oxivir Sporicide: a unique set of fast-acting, broad-spectrum infection prevention products with unique, patented Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide as the active ingredient. They are effective against a wide range of pathogens including bacteria, viruses and yeasts.

Moonbeam3TM Disinfection Technology©: delivering powerful UV-C light to provide fast broad area disinfection of high-touch surfaces in hospitals and care homes in as little as three minutes when used in conjunction with normal daily cleaning and infection prevention processes. This offers facilities a completely hands, chemical and fume-free way to complement existing processes with safer high-performance disinfection.

SURE: a unique and innovative range of plant-based, 100 per cent biodegradable cleaning products covering all routine and daily cleaning requirements in kitchens and washrooms including personal care.

SmartDose & QuattroSelect: the portable SmartDose and wall-mounted QuattroSelect platforms are popular with cleaning teams who want to introduce highly sustainable ultra-concentrates into their operations. Both allow fast and accurate preparation of cleaning solutions.

TASKI swingo micro 2100: ideal for busy and confined areas, this high-performance scrubber drier has an ultra-compact design and tight turning circle. Its offset mechanism capability allows it to clean right up against a wall or obstruction to remove the need for secondary and detailed cleaning.

Twister by Diversey: an innovative set colour-coded floor care pads made from recycled plastics impregnated with billions of microscopic diamonds on the working side. They are ideally used with advanced TASKI swingo scrubber driers or rotary-disc machines and water alone to deliver excellent results while making floor care operations more sustainable.

TASKI AERO: this tub vacuum cleaner is believed to be the quietest and most energy-efficient machine currently available on the professional market. The four models in the range produce only 53dB(A) of sound and utilise just 585W of electrical power in standard mode yet produce as much cleaning suction as machines rated at 1000W or more. On energy savings alone, they can pay for themselves in under three years.  Also new is the TASKI AERO BP, a unique 3-in-1 solution that can be used as a backpack vacuum, tub vacuum or blower. The backpack vacuum is ideal for cleaning areas that are difficult to access with a conventional vacuum cleaner. It is among the lightest backpack vacuums, with its ultra-slim profile and high-quality rucksack material making it extremely comfortable to carry.

TASKI Trolley: modular trolley system with wide range of components and accessories that enable millions of potential configurations to support any cleaning operation. Additions to the range planned for 2019.

We’ll be posting separate blogs about each of these in the run up to the Cleaning Show.

As a business we commit considerable investment and resources to developing and supporting our products. With approximately 8,600 employees across 175 countries and 180 dedicated researchers in 20 advanced facilities, we offer unrivalled documentation, technical support, applications expertise and insight that helps our customers achieve the best possible outcomes.

Having such a comprehensive and innovative range means we and our customers can create highly focused solutions by choosing the very best products for the specific application and contract. Everything is designed and configured to work together seamlessly in order to deliver the maximum benefit in terms of performance, innovation, cost-control or any other criteria our customer specifies.

Vote Now for Diversey’s Innovations

Five of our innovations have been shortlisted for this year’s “Tomorrow’s Awards” and we need your help to ensure they win. It’s now time to vote for them but you must do this before 15 March.

You can place your vote at the links below using your phone, tablet or desktop PC. Please forward this email to colleagues, customers and friends – they can all vote too!


Tomorrow’s Cleaning – TASKI Aero: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TCAwards19


Tomorrow’s Contract Floors – TASKI Aero BP: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TCFawards2019


Tomorrow’s FM – Twister by Diversey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TFMawards2019


Tomorrow’s Health & Safety – TASKI Leak Lizard: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/THSawards2019


Tomorrow’s Care – Moonbeam3TM Disinfection Technology©: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3P7C6NY


These awards are great for promoting our business and raising awareness of our innovations. We’ve been really successful in the past and we can win again this year with your help.

Don’t forget to vote and forward a link to this page (or the individual voting links) to colleagues, customers and friends. Remember, you can use your phone, tablet and PC to vote but you must do so by Friday 15 March.

Cleaning Show Success

We’ve had a wonderful week at The Cleaning Show, welcoming visitors to our stand and discussing with them how our total solutions capability can help them deliver innovation, performance and sustainability across their cleaning operations. Throughout the week our team members met dozens of cleaning professionals seeking advice on the very latest cleaning products.

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The centrepiece of our stand was the innovative Moonbeam3TM Disinfection Technology© device that delivers powerful UV-C light for fast broad area disinfection of high-touch surfaces in hospitals and care homes in three minutes when used in addition to normal daily cleaning & disinfection practices. With the device positioned in the centre of our stand, visitors could easily see how its arms can be moved to direct the maximum amount of UV-C light to target surfaces to ensure the best possible disinfection.

Another popular product on our stand was the TASKI AERO BACKPACK vacuum cleaner. This compact model offers the ultimate in portability and performance which makes it ideal for areas that are difficult to access with conventional equipment such as congested schools, office buildings or public transport. It offers ultimate performance in high circulation areas, or anywhere the presence of the public makes safety a priority, because there are no trailing power leads.

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Elsewhere, our TASKI swingobot 2000 robotic floorcare machine spent the week going through its paces on our second stand.  This latest-generation “hands-free” scrubber drier is 25% more productive than the previous model. It gets on with automatic floorcare and liberates cleaning staff to focus on more important and value-added tasks.

In addition to our demonstration areas, we sponsored the event’s VIP area. We used the area to host a special event on the Wednesday afternoon to meet selected guests and visitors. 

Thanks to everyone from Diversey who helped make the event such a success. But an even bigger thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our stand, meet our team and see our products.

Spring Cleaning: Practical Advice

Our Spring Cleaning series offers practical advice on how to solve some common cleaning problems. The tasks (and products) we suggest can be done at any time of the year but they are always a good idea during Spring Cleaning.

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Robotic Cleaning Enhances Floorcare

The first generation of robotic cleaners were exciting because they offered new ways of working, powered by technologies that had never been seen in the professional building care sector. Their ability to operate on their own and liberate cleaning staff for more important and productive duties were compelling reasons for many cleaning teams to adopt them. But the second-generation machines – typified by Diversey’s TASKI SWINGOBOT 2000 scrubber drier – go further by adding enhanced cleaning performance to the undoubted benefits of robotic autonomy. This revolutionary robotic floorcare machines in one of our Top Ten Products which we’ll be highlighting in the run-up to The Cleaning Show in March.

With the TASKI SWINGOBOT 2000, the company’s engineers have introduced many of the tried-and-tested performance-boosting and sustainability-enhancing features that are established on its award-winning conventional scrubber drier range. At the same time the technologies at the heart of its robotic capabilities have been upgraded and improved. The result is a machine that is at least 25 percent more productive than the first-generation model it replaces, enabling facilities to effectively and consistently clean floors in less time.

The machine operates autonomously via sonar, 2D LIDAR, touch shield sensors and floor-detector sensors that work in harmony with the robot’s computer software. It avoids obstacles in its path and will intelligently stop as soon as any change in its environment is detected.

Numerous intelligent TASKI functions are included as standard on the TASKI SWINGOBOT 2000. These include Intelli-Trak which measures the on-site performance of the machine and enables remote software updates.
Cleaning performance enhancements include TASKI IntelliDose. This closed-pouch dilution control system enables the use of highly-sustainable ultra-concentrate formulations for all common floorcare tasks. Solutions are always prepared automatically onboard the machine to the correct specification for optimum performance with no wastage. At the same time the machine’s TASKI IntelliFlow technology ensures the correct amount of solution is applied to the floor according to the speed of travel, reducing wastage and helping ensure the floor is dry after cleaning and ready for immediate use. Finally, the machines can be equipped with the most suitable cleaning pad for the type of floor and application selected from the extensive TASKI range. This includes Twister by Diversey, an innovative set of thirteen floor care pads made from 100 per cent recycled PET that deliver exceptional results with water lone, helping to enhance the sustainability of the cleaning operation.

TASKI IntelliDose and TASKI IntelliFlow control the amount of cleaning product and water used by TASKI machines.

Although robotic cleaners can be used in many settings, they deliver maximum efficiency when able to roam freely in large and open areas with few obstructions for the majority of the time. This makes them ideal for applications such as hospital corridors, airports, sports halls, conference centres and other areas where regular cleaning is needed to maintain high standards of hygiene or the appearance of the facility.

This is where the TASKI SWINGOBOT 2000 scrubber drier offers significant advantages over conventional cleaning techniques. Once programmed using simple instructions it can work on its own, with minimal direct supervision, to cover large areas quickly and efficiently following a predetermined path. Its in-built routines ensure that it covers the entire area in the minimum amount of time without any undue overlapping or missing any parts of the floor.

The same systems continuously monitor the status and performance of the machine and, with their connectivity to the Internet of Clean, can automatically alert managers to a wide range pre-determined incidents. This can include reporting a collision, a low battery or some other diagnostic event. Managers can then intervene proactively and take remedial action before the machine’s performance impacts on the operation or leads to an outage.

The market for robotic floorcare machines continues to grow as more customers recognise the powerful benefits they can bring to their cleaning operations. No doubt, as yet unforeseen advances in robotic and cleaning technology will continue to drive this significant trend in the industry.

TASKI Swingo Micro Scrubber Drier Upgraded

Our UPGRADED TASKI SWINGO 2100 MICRO SCRUBBER DRIER has been shortlisted for the Tomorrow’s CONTRACT FLOORS Awards 2020.

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The updated TASKI swingo 2100µicro (micro) ultra-compact ride-on scrubber-drier from Diversey adds value and extra performance by building on the success of the original award-winning model. This latest-generation machine has been redesigned to include an innovative digital electric motor that delivers more cleaning power and uses less energy, an improved seat for better comfort, and an adjustable lockable steering wheel for enhanced ergonomics.

This ultra-compact ride-on floorcare machine offers better performance and productivity with its unique narrow-space and up-to-the-edge cleaning capabilities. The 55cm working width, 138cm overall length and less-than-180cm turning circle mean it can operate productively and safely between obstacles, pass through normal doors and be transported in standard lifts.

The offset feature – unique in the micro ride-on category – allows the machine to clean right up against walls in a single pass with no need for unproductive secondary cleaning such as wet mopping. The mechanism can project up to 14cm to the side of the machine. This capability remains under patent and is therefore unavailable on any other micro ride-on.

An all-new seat is more comfortable while being less sensitive so it can be used by lighter operatives. It now has a convenient storage tray for a mobile phone and personal items.

Power is supplied by a new brushless electric motor with digital control. This is smaller, more efficient and more reliable than conventional motors. It uses less energy which can mean longer intervals between battery charges for extended uninterrupted working times and higher productivity. The additional power has enabled brush pressure to increase significantly by 62% for superior cleaning performance. The brushless design promotes reliability and reduces servicing: there are no brushes to fail which eliminates the need to replace them or the whole motor.

The operator console has been improved with all-new steering wheel height adjustment for enhanced ergonomics.

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Make Time for the Little Things

School buildings can take a bit of a bashing during the year and keeping them clean can be pretty tricky. Daily cleaning is key but alongside their usual tasks, school cleaning teams will need to deal with a whole range of other problems caused by accidents, deliberate acts or the sheer volume and throughput of pupils and students. Fortunately, Diversey has a complete range of specialist products designed to deal with all manner of cleaning problems and make the life of the hard-pressed cleaning team just a little bit easier:

Sprint Spitfire: a powerful ready-to-use heavy duty spray cleaner that is ideal for removing graffiti and other stains from most alkaline resistant hard surfaces. Its powerful formulation is based on a mix of detergents and solvents that quickly and efficiently removes mineral and vegetable oils. It is particularly efficient for removing stains such as ink, marker, pencil, lipstick, black heel marks, smoke films, greasy food and other tenacious marks.

Tapi Gum: a fast and effective ready-to-use aerosol freeze spray. It quickly freezes the gum and allows safe and easy removal from most hard surfaces, carpets and upholstery. 

Sani Mould Out: a powerful ready-to-use grout cleaner that removes mould, mildew and fungus from ceramic and tiled areas in cloakrooms, washrooms and changing rooms. Its highly alkaline formulation also removes body fat and soap scum which helps to prevent bad odours and promotes better hygiene.

Good Sense Breakdown: removes unsightly organic residues and sources of smells in washrooms and similar areas. Can be used dilute for regular preventative cleaning or poured neat down sinks and drains for rapid results. Suitable for carpets and upholstery. Contains ONT Odour Neutralising Technology. Available in 5 litre and (coming soon) 1 litre containers.

These are just a few of Diversey’s problem-solvers and specialist products. School cleaning teams can use them alongside their daily cleaning products, tools and equipment to keep their facilities clean, hygienic and safe for pupils, staff and visitors.

Summer Carpet Care

Schools and colleges often have carpets in meeting rooms, corridors, libraries, staff rooms, or offices. A three-stage approach to keeping these areas clean – daily vacuuming, intermittent encapsulation cleaning and periodic deep extraction cleaning – will pay dividends in the long run. It can protect and refresh the carpet and prolong its life to avoid the need for expensive replacements.  

Intermittent and deep cleaning are essential because – even with daily vacuuming – schools and colleges are busy places so soiling will inevitably work its way into the fabric of the carpet. Interim cleaning helps keep carpets looking better for longer and extends the interval between deep cleaning which generally requires more drying time. Summer is the ideal time for schools and colleges to undertake these vital tasks because there is more time to remove furniture and other obstructions to get the work done efficiently.

Diversey’s innovative TASKI procarpet machine is ideal for both these tasks because it incorporates interim encapsulation and deep extraction capabilities in a single design. This removes the need to purchase separate machines for these two core tasks, saving capital, supply chain and storage costs.  Operators also retain the flexibility to undertake the application that best suits their needs based on turnaround time and soil levels.

The machine is available in two versions – the TASKI procarpet 30 and TASKI procarpet 45 – which are simple to use. This promotes productivity and offers lower total cost of ownership while delivering excellent performance and results.

The encapsulation function supports fast and efficient intermediate carpet care. Operators simply add Enhance Foam Shampoo to the built-in solution tank. The machine is then run back and forth over the carpet in its encapsulation mode. Soiling is broken down and captured by the product which dries quickly to form a powder which is picked up using a conventional vacuum cleaner. The carpet is out of commission for a minimal time and can be returned to use as soon as it has dried and vacuuming is complete, typically within around half an hour.

When deeper cleaning is required, the TASKI procarpet is simply switched into its extraction mode. A suitable product from Diversey’s extensive range is added to the tank. Enhance Extraction Cleaner – a low-foaming Woolsafe-approved extraction cleaner with a fresh fragrance – is an ideal choice for schools and colleges because it can be used on all types of carpet. Agitation by the machine promotes soil breakdown and ensures excellent penetration of the product into the pile to reach and remove even the deepest soiling. The machine’s suction pick-up mechanism extracts the soiled solution and the carpet is left to dry before it can be used again the following day.

The three-stage approach to carpet care is always advisable but sometimes a little extra is required. Stubborn stains can be removed with a suitable product such as Enhance Spot and Stain Remover. Chewing gum – which may be a particular problem in schools and colleges – can be removed with Enhance Anti Gum.

Diversey can advise on the right combination of products, tools and equipment to achieve optimum cleaning results. Cleaning floors in schools and colleges should not be overlooked but nor does it need to be onerous. Choosing the right products and equipment and using them correctly will keep processes simple while ensuring carpets remain as good as new for years and delaying the time when a replacement is required.

For more information about how to care for your carpets, please download our comprehensive Guide to Carpet Care below.