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Periodic cleaning is a thing of the past thanks to Residue Free Cleaning

What appears clean is not always clean. Cleaning companies used to get away with that in the past, but that is no longer possible today. Thanks to the Corona pandemic, cleaning has been put under the magnifying glass and thorough cleaning has now become the standard.

This means:  away with the biofilm and away with periodic cleaning. But this only works if you do it properly, for example with Residue Free Cleaning.

A good approach starts with a good cleaning process, combined with high-quality products. "Better cleaning with a lower carbon footprint," says Rekola’s senior consultant Stephan Arts via a video connection from Finland. “In fact, the process, Residue Free Cleaning, is nothing more than combining resources in a thoughtful way and using them differently. A lot can be cleaned with only microfibre and water. Where you cannot do without chemistry at all, use new types, such as microbiological cleaners and ozone water. This prevents the build-up of residue (biofilm). This allows you to clean more easily and better and as a result you avoid periodic cleaning. If you look at it that way, it is not even a matter of obtaining just one plus with this process, but of three or four pluses.”

Advanced cleaning

Residue Free Cleaning (RFC) is therefor not a product, but a success formula for good cleaning where quality comes first. “But it can also save time. Through process optimization, reducing traffic times to and from the cleaning trolley or from one cleaning job to the next and less or even no periodic cleaning. However, this time saving aspect is not interesting for some cleaning companies because they sell time. The more time, the higher the bill to the customer. You can't always blame them for that. After all, hours are turnover, but hours have nothing to do with quality ”, says Arts, who states that Rekola puts quality first and thus saves hours. “But in this way you also ensure that cleaners can perform their work better and that you can guarantee a really clean environment. That’s what we call advanced cleaning. ”

Arts continues: “Clean is a subjective concept. It is something someone experiences personally, based on senses. But to determine whether something is really clean, you have to use instruments: an ATP meter, a dust meter and a gloss meter. It is important to agree standards on this with the customer and measure at checkpoints to see whether the previously agreed level is being achieved. In this way you prove the value of cleanliness and you create trust based on objective quality standards. Once you meet the standards, you can further optimize to deliver even more added value. Moreover, you can demonstrate that you can achieve a better result with ultra-microfibre and water than with regular microfibre and chemicals because you don't build up biofilm. ”

Chemicals unnecessary with Residue Free Cleaning

According to the senior consultant, chemicals are used far too often. “In my opinion the use of chemicals is often superfluous. If it's not necessary, don't use it. Only if you want to create added value. For example with microbiological cleaners. These deliberately leave a temporary residue with good bacteria that feed on dirt and bad bacteria. As soon as the breeding ground has disappeared, the bacteria die. This is added value. But using chemistry while you can do without it will cause problems. ”

Arts explains: “surfactants like dirt. So I spray surfactants on a cloth and clean the surface. Surfactants pick up the dirt, the cloth retains it, but a certain amount of surfactants remain on the surface and will continue to attract dirt. In other words; in this way I do clean, but at the same time I apply an attractant of dirt to the surface that I’ve just cleaned. That is not what the customer is asking for, is it? Because in the end he has to pay again for periodic cleaning to remove the built-up biofilm. ”

Residue Free Cleaning, five times smarter than traditional cleaning.

Short-sighted

Arts states that this traditional method of working is shortsighted and that cleaning companies that use this vision are constantly lagging behind. “You should make it easier for the cleaner to deliver better results,” he says. “And you can do that with Residue Free Cleaning. That means that you have to involve everyone in the process. That goes much further than the trolleys and materials from Rekola. Also look at the machines, for example. At an airport in Norway, the scrubber driers are equipped with a GPS chip. The data that was generated showed that the machines were idle for most of the time, up to 80 percent. It is however possible to reduce the downtime to 20 percent, but in order to do that you are forced to look at the whole process. This can easily be done by taking smaller scrubbing machines on the trolleys instead of using large machines. In this way they can be used immediately and the downtime can be reduced to only 20 percent. Only if you are process-conscious, you will make progress. ”

And if you look at the whole process, RFC turns out to be even more cost efficient. “You can save money with the right process. For example on chemicals, but on many other things too. This is mainly reflected in the Reflex mop system. Because you use ultra-microfibre mopcloths instead of flat mops, you realize a saving on washing costs of 60 to 80 percent. The nice thing about this is that laundry costs are management costs that are invisible to the customer. This directly benefits the profit-loss account of the cleaning company. Moreover, you ensure lower absenteeism, which can be reduced from 6 to 8 percent to 3 to 5 percent. Purely and solely by improving the working conditions by not using chemicals and making the work more ergonomical. ”

Residue Free Cleaning explained

Residue Free Cleaning is a cleaning process without method errors. This is due to the correct combination of high-quality ultra-microfibre materials and the correct use of minimal amounts of clean tap water. The RFC method saves on chemicals and plastic packaging and results in more sustainable cleaning. Because the cleaning result is better, there are structurally fewer method errors and there is less rejection and reinspection of work.

In addition, the RFC method ensures:

  • shorter preparation times
  • optimal reuse of washable hi-tech ultrafine microfibre materials
  • savings on textile washing costs, up to 80%

Fourth dimension

Finally, according to Arts, it is necessary to place cleaning in a broader perspective. “As a cleaning industry, we are responsible for a clean and hygienic environment. Too often the air is not included in it while this is the fourth dimension of clean. In my opinion, air control in a building should be part of the cleaning. A study in Germany, which we carried out, showed that cleaning was always carried out according to protocol in the evenings, but that in the morning during the inspection a lot of dust was found by the inspector. The reason? The air conditioning was turned off every night and was turned on in the morning, blowing the dust out of the air conditioning channel. It goes without saying that you want to prevent this at all costs. ”

Profit on all fronts

On a management level, RFC means approaching cleaning from a helicopter view, in which all facets are included. In combination with high-quality products and proper training of the cleaner, this results in fewer ergonomic complaints and therefore lower absenteeism. Moreover, an excellent cleaning result is guaranteed, which in turn makes the customer happy. Residue Free Cleaning provides pluses on many fronts and perhaps that's why the Dutch distributor Biofriends is doing well in the sometimes somewhat conservative cleaning world.

This article first appeared in Clean Totaal on 20 April 2021

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Reportage – Rekola Oy

“Cleaning is like Formula 1: everything needs to be in balance”

Rekola puts the cleaning operator first.

In cleaning, we often have fixed systems that are included in contracts and schedules. Daily floor cleaning with a dust mop, mopping every other day with a flat mop and deep cleaning of the floors in high-traffic locations once a year. With the right means, materials and training, an excellent cleaning result can be achieved. But there is always room for improvement, says CEO Petri Rekola of Rekola Trolley Systems and spiritual father of the Reflex floor cleaning system. According to him, we can learn a lot from Scandinavia, where they work from an all-encompassing idea in which everything is connected and in balance. Just like in the premier class of motorsport, Formula 1.

In Scandinavia, there is much more process-based thinking, Rekola opens his speech by telephone from Finland. “In cleaning, if you ask me, we don't look enough at the total concept. Everyone promotes their own products and that makes sense, but too often this brings too little for the customer. While every client has its own specific challenges where a different concept can work. ” Rekola likes to draw the comparison with Formula 1. “Also in the top class of motorsport you don't win all the races just by having the best engine. It is about the combination of the chassis, the fine-tuning, the team and the engine. In other words, all elements have to perform well separately from each other and when it comes together, you can go one step further. ”

The process as a basic philosophy

When a manufacturer of cleaning equipment and accessories is asked about the state of the cleaning industry, you will often receive product-related answers. That is not the case with Rekola. Again he refers back to the process. “Which is much more than a combination of means and materials. I often hear that it is difficult to do business in cleaning because of the low rates and ditto margins. But let's be honest: we all have to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what added value we all provide and whether the way in which cleaning is now organized is the most optimal. The basic condition is that we have to keep it simple, cleaning is not rocket science, but in the basic philosophy there is still something to be gained in terms of quality, ergonomics and efficiency. ”

As an example, Rekola takes the i-Mop. “A real game changer. These types of machines will increasingly become the standard, but to my surprise it turns out that these machines are not always easily accessible. How did that happen? The storage room is located on the ground floor, while the machine must also be used on the fifth floor. One could walk twice with a vertical scrubber dryer and the other materials, but of course that makes no sense. And the solutions are simple. For example, with our Motion Trolley we offer a variant with which you can always take a compact scrubber dryer with you together with all the other equipment you need. It is the combination of processes that always ensures more efficiency and a better end result. Realistically, working with a scrubber drier is a kind of deep cleaning compared to mops. Cleaning the same space in this way every day is not necessary, but you do want to have the machine at hand when you need it. ”

Speed + efficiency = profit

Petri Rekola dares to speak up and likes to take a stand. He believes that the cleaning industry is one of the few professional groups that does not profit enough from new products and developments. “Even Kentucky mops are still used because they are so cheap. However, the material costs are only a fraction of the total costs. If you can do your job better and faster than your competitor, then you are the winner. ” He therefore calls for the opportunities arising from the corona pandemic to be tackled with both hands. “This can be a huge catalyst because building managers used to be not at all interested in cleaning, but now genuine questions are being asked. We were living in a bubble because our customers really didn't care if the bins were empty and the coffee stains removed. In the new normal, which I think is a very nasty term, cleaning takes on a completely different role than we are used to. And we have to grab that momentum if we want to change something. ”

Residue Free Cleaning

Pivotal in Rekola's cleaning philosophy is Residue Free Cleaning (RFC). This cleaning method prevents residue build-up caused by the overdose of cleaning chemicals, overuse of water and the use of ineffective cleaning methods and materials. And that is necessary because residue can be an optimal breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, among others. Moreover, this means that you have to clean more deeply and that the mops will experience more friction. The method combines the use of lightweight scrubber driers and manual high-pressure mopping by means of the famous Reflex system. With RFC, weekly cleaning times can be drastically reduced, no cleaning agents are used, less water is needed and it also results in savings on deep cleaning. This is due to the greater mechanical work that the method uses. As we know from the Circle of Sinner, higher mechanical work reduces the factors chemistry, time and temperature.

Scandinavian thinking

In Scandinavia, people are even more focused on cost efficiency. The question: "how can the work be carried out in a way that people are willing to pay for it" is often central. There are relatively few immigrants in Scandinavia, so that mainly means that a few years ago the work was carried out by "own people". According to Rekola, this results in this different vision of cleaning.

This is also reflected in the metal trolleys that the company produces. “We try to avoid plastic as much as possible. This has little to do with the production process, but because of the unhygienic nature of the material. After all, plastic has an open structure in which dirt accumulates. ” He is therefore surprised that in many European countries plastic is used in work trolleys in care environments. “The fact is that plastic is difficult to keep clean. That makes no difference to the office, but in critical care environments that is a factor to take into account. ”

This way of thinking also expresses itself in the design of the trolleys. “In central Europe, all trolleys are closed with doors and storage compartments. As the salaries here are relatively high, it is important to work faster and more efficiently, as I have already indicated. The Motion trolleys are therefore open, you can simply work faster. Moreover, a cleaning operator and the products he / she uses may be seen. ” Be proud of the cleaning and the cleaning operator! "And don't forget that every second that an operator gains in time might not seem like a big deal, but if you calculate that over a whole year within a cleaning contract, you will realize that it does save you a lot of money."

More information

Are you curious about what the Rekola Motion trolleys or the Scandinavian vision can mean for your organization? Please contact Karel-Jan Boel using the details below.

Karel-Jan Boel

Sales Director Rekola

+32 477 787820

kj@rekola.com

www.rekola.com

Rekola Motion excels in simplicity

The Motion trolleys from Rekola can be set up and customized according to everyone's wishes. A hotel trolley, mop trolley, transport trolley or  a trolley for waste management can easily be made from various basic models. Easy-to-use add-ons make it possible to transport floor mopping equipment or even a light weight scrubber dryer. Discover them all: https://www.rekola.com/products/rekola-motion-trolleys

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17th August 2020 Laundering of cleaning textiles and recommendations for cleaning laundry facilities.

17th August 2020 Laundering of cleaning textiles and recommendations for cleaning laundry facilities.

With current technology including machines, laundry detergents/solutions and processes are high temperature washes still necessary? The suggestion that 90 degree or boil washes are the best is based on the idea that `hot water cleans better than cold water´. However advances in cleaning cloth material, detergents/solutions and alternative laundry processes means we must challenge the 90 degree wash practice.

There is little evidence regarding laundering of cleaning cloths other than the manufacturers instructions but it must be noted that in order to clean, a cloth must be clean. Cleaning cloths are designed to be used in dirty, wet and infected areas to remove physical dirt, protein matter (including bacteria and viruses) and general dust.

There are no national or international standards on the laundering of cleaning cloths/products other than what manufacturers recommend with their product.

I searched the internet with key words including cleaning cloths, low temperature, laundry, economical, ecological and reduced water and energy consumption. I do not endorse any of the products named in this document as it is solely on the user to decide which laundry system is most appropriate for their use. The results generated hundreds of sites of which I randomly chose 3.

Ecolab laundry offers a low temperature laundry detergent – Eltra, which according to Ecolab is a biocidal detergent for use in the disinfection washing of textiles including cotton, mixed fabrics and synthetics. It is recommended for use in healthcare, hospitality, catering and multiple hygiene sensitive areas for laundering a multitude of materials including cleaning cloths and mops. Eltra is listed for thermo-chemical laundry disinfection at 60 degrees as per the Robert Koch Institute and Ecolab states that Eltra is effective against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), hepatitis, Norovirus and other pathogenic viral diarrhoeas.

By the same token Kreussler Laundry produce Trebon SI – a chemothermal laundry disinfection powder detergent used with peracetic acid Ottalin Peracet (peroxyacetic acid better known as peracetic acid is an antimicrobial but mild bleaching agent which also prevents biofilm formation). With a reaction time of no more than 10 minutes at 60 degrees it also meets the requirement for a listing in the disinfectant list of the Robert Kock Institute (RKI) according to Type A (bacteria) and Type B (viruses) in washing machines.

Another laundry wash system is the use of ozone, however this is a specialist system which requires specific machine installation. Ozone carries an electrical and chemical charge in the washing solution which dissolves soil and dirt on contact and is achieved in cold water. Ozone also increases the life span of textiles, reduces energy and water costs, offers shorter wash cycles and shorter drying times. This process however can be expensive to purchase and/or install, but highly effective and cost saving during operation as cold water is used throughout.

Whichever laundry solution is preferred by the user there are other things to consider including location, type of machine and use. Domestic laundry is not considered in this paper; hospitality and healthcare are considered.

In my previous job role as an Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist, I had responsibility for both an on site and off site laundry. Both sites had industrial front loading washing and drying machines situated within 1 room. This set up posed several issues including segregation of laundry and laundering both infected and non-infected laundry.

In 2013  Health Technical Memorandum 01/04 included the segregation of laundry within healthcare but the principles of this document can be applied to any and all laundry facilities. Laundry must be sorted and segregated accordingly. Soiled textiles  must be segregated from non-soiled, infected laundry must be segregated from non-infected laundry and overall, clean laundry must be segregated from dirty laundry but this can be difficult to achieve in one room.

A one room laundry facility must utilize a pathway system of designated and visibly marked areas working from dirty to clean so there is a reduced risk of contamination from dirty to clean. However it is not just about segregation of laundry, other factors to consider are the type of machine and having a cleaning schedule of not just the area but also the laundry equipment.

One option is the tunnel washer which utilizes an Archimedes screw mechanism to propel the dirty laundry through the machine towards a clean end. The machine in itself is designed that dirty and clean segregation of laundry is possible without the risk of contamination. Although considered to be the best this type of washer is considered quite aggressive for the laundering of cleaning textiles.  A “pony barrier washer” also achieves total segregation as it is built into a wall accessible from both a clean and dirty side.

These 2 systems can be costly to purchase, install and the user may not have the space or room design to accommodate such a system.

The majority of professional or industrial laundry users still have front loading washing and drying machines. This system is challenging as dirty laundry is loaded into same machine as clean laundry is removed.

A stringent cleaning schedule must be utilized including the user/operator wearing gloves and apron when loading and unloading the machine. Cleaning laundry equipment must also include the wiping of the washing machine door portal inclusive of the inside of the door and rubber seal with detergent or alcohol hard surface wipes every time the machine is loaded with laundry, this prevents the cleaned laundry touching the dirty portal on removal and reduces the risk of contamination. The control panel of the machine must also be cleaned using a separate detergent or alcohol hard surfaces wipe after every loading of the machine as the operator/user has to touch the panel in order to operate the machine. It is also advisable to run an empty cycle at the end of the day so that all dirty water is removed from the machine.

Helen Levers

Retired Registered General Nurse,

Bachelor of Science Honors Degree.

Independent Infection, Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist

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Interview mit Raymond Olofsen, Operational Manager bei Van den Brinks (English)

Van den Brinks is a contract cleaner that operates predominantly in the very centre of The Netherlands (The Veluwe). The company was founded in 1965 and offers the following services: general cleaning, window cleaning, floor maintenance, house clearances and façade cleaning.

The majority of their customer base consists of offices, schools and appartement blocks (staircases).

Van den Brinks has been an early adopter of our Reflex system and has been using it every since the first generation of Reflex was launched.

Olofsen: “We used to use a traditional double bucket + wringer system with flat mops but this led to too many “methodical” errors and poor cleaning results in general.”

“The moment we switched to the Reflex system we also stopped using cleaning chemicals altogether. This helped our cleaning operators in reducing methodical errors but it is also better for their health in particular and the environment in general.”

“The cleaning results were vastly improving and our operators can work far more efficiently with less water and no chemicals. This means that they can attend to a wider variety of tasks in the foreseen timeframe.”

Olofsen: “The Reflex system is also much lighter in use than the traditional flat mopping systems we used to use. Our cleaning operators no longer have to wring out mops or use heavy mop presses. The mop handle, squeegee and pre-impregnated mop cloths are very light in use and easy to transport.”

Thanks to these ergonomical features of the Reflex system, Van den Brinks saw a significant reduction of their absenteeism numbers as staff no longer suffers from RSI complaints.

Olofsen: we also almost don’t do any mechanical deep cleaning anymore because the Reflex system prevents any build-up of residu on the floors.

In summary, Van den Brinks is very pleased with the Reflex system because it significantly improves the quality of the work which in its turn results in happier customers. Their customer satisfaction scores have been going up every since they started with Reflex! In addition, they also have happier ánd healthier cleaning operators who enjoy working with our system.

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Extremely effective cleaning without chemicals thanks to Rekola Reflex

In times when cleaning and hygiene seem more important than ever, it is imperative to opt for a robust cleaning system that delivers results time after time. Reflex from Rekola proves that this can also be done in an environmentally friendly and time saving manner. We are now ready for the third generation of this mopping system that proves that residue is a thing of the past.

Optimal cleaning made easy

Why would you improve a product that already provides excellent cleaning results? The answer is as simple as it is logical: to make things even easier for the user. “It is actually a further perfection of the system that is already known for its good cleaning results ”, says Sales Director at Rekola Karel-Jan Boel. “The mop cloths of the Reflex Generation 3 or G3 have a plastic edge that simplifies changing the mopcloth. Nothing has changed in the microfibre as it is already exceptionally good. ”

RESIDUE FREE CLEANING

The Rekola mopcloths are made of UMF, UltraFine Microfibre. This is a super fine split microfibre, which ensures better capillary action. Sometimes with amazing results. “With the Reflex system, dirt is literally removed from surfaces, without the use of any cleaning chemicals. We experienced this at a healthcare institution where we cleaned a shower cubicle in a patient room without chemicals. The original colour of the tile became visible again after removing years of accumulated residue caused by incorrect cleaning methods. ”

The mopcloth already does such an efficient job that it is not necessary to use any cleaning chemicals. The cloths must be pre-moistened in a box and are then ready for use. By eliminating chemicals, environmental gains can be achieved, job related health complaints from staff are prevented and you avoid system errors. After all, there is no question of overdosing, because you do not use any cleaning chemicals in the first place. “Incidentally, the results when used in combination with natural products such as ozone water and osmosis water can be called extra good. An optimal work programme according to the Residue Free Cleaning philosophy is as follows: daily cleaning with Reflex, periodic floor maintenance with machines, in combination with (eg ozone) water. A guaranteed clean result, without chemicals. ”

THE POWER OF SIMPLICITY

The strength of the Reflex system is the combination of the Power Squeegee and the mop cloth. The Power Squeegee allows to selectively apply pressure to a limited part of the fabric. This provides an increase in surface pressure that is as much as eighty times higher compared to a traditional flat mop system. Boel: “This ensures more efficient cleaning with less effort in less time. Because the contact with the surface to be cleaned is limited, the user does not have to exert additional force. This offers ergonomic advantages and contributes to the prevention of RSI. It reduces complaints of the back, shoulders and arms. ”

The system saves time because of the large surface area of the mop cloth that can be used. The mop cloth can be used on two sides. By lifting the squeegee and placing it on a clean part of the cloth, you can work with a fresh and clean part. In this way, users can cover a gigantic surface with just one mop cloth. “Because the mop cloth is also very light, without sacrificing dirt absorption, many can be washed at the same time. “This way you can do the laundry 40 to 80 percent more efficiently than with traditional flat mops. After all, you can put a larger volume of cloths in the same washing machine. Research by Weber & Leucht also shows that the Reflex mops score well on the microfibre shedding, ”says Boel. He continues: “Every mop, large or small, leaves behind microplastics during use and washing. Depending on the quality of the mop cloth, that is either a lot or a little. If you care about the environment, choose a high-quality cloth. If you also clean without chemicals, the environmental benefit is double. ”

SCANDINAVIAN QUALITY

Research results tell us that the Reflex system cleans very well. Independent tests indicate that 99.9% of the bacteria are removed and 93.8% of all dirt or extremely contaminated floors are removed in only one movement. Ultimately, the practical applicability, the cost and the effectiveness are the main factors that determine why people choose a specific cleaning system. Boel: “It is no coincidence that the Rekola system was developed in Scandinavia and is used a lot there. You could almost see that as a kind of quality label. ” The fact is that hygiene standards in the Nordic countries are considered to be very high. Reflex can contribute to raising the standard across Europe. “That is why Generation 3 was also developed together with our users. We can research and implement it, but if it doesn't work in practice, we will miss our target. ” And with that, Boel says that an excellent cleaning result is always an interaction between man and material.

EXCELLENT IN SIMPLICITY

Taking all of the above into consideration, you could say that Reflex excels in simplicity. That also seems to be the key concept when considering the entire Rekola range. Rekola is already a well known brand for work trolleys for well over 30 years. It is therefor logical that the development in this product group is also not standing still. “The materials remain durable and can take a beating. Nothing changes there. What distinguishes us more and more is the multi-usability of the vehicles, ”says Boel proudly. “We believe that the trolley should be tailored to the customer's cleaning process, not the other way around. The cart is configured on the basis of the work programme. You only want to bring mops and cloths? No problem. You also want to take a compact scrubber drier with you? Even that is possible. ” The modular trolley is the trolley of the future, that much is clear.

Appeared first in Clean Totaal on the 7th of May, 2020:

https://cleantotaal.nl/artikelen/optimaal-reinigen-makkelijk-gemaakt-met-rekola-reflex/

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Newsletter 03/2020

Coronavirus COVID-19, which is still spreading globally, has been stimulating the discussion on how to stay protected from it. Without belittling the effects of the coronavirus, there is seasonal influenza spreading globally every year and proper hand hygiene should not be forgotten even under normal conditions. In addition, hospital bacteria are a constant problem in Finland and elsewhere. The question for everyone in our industry is what we can do differently so that it would have a positive impact on preventing such pandemics today and in the future. Unfortunately, the quality and processes of cleaning vary greatly from country to country, which means that it is very difficult or even impossible to come up with only one "best practice" solution.

The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person through droplet transmission (coughing and sneezing) in close contact, like many other viruses. The Finnish institute for health and welfare recommends public areas to be disinfected. This kind of activity might involve a risk to service buyers and subsequently producers to respond only to an individual problem and thus the bigger picture may be forgotten. Instead, companies working in the cleaning industry should think about the following questions:

  • IS THE WHOLE CLEANING PROCESS THOUGHT THROUGH?
  • ARE CLEANING FREQUENCIES AT THE RIGHT LEVEL?
  • ARE PURITY LEVELS OF THE DIFFERENT SURFACES PRIORITIZED CORRECTLY?
  • DO OUR PROCESSES HAVE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS FOR: optimal cleaning results, level of proficiency and for overall sustainable development?

Even now in these struggling times against the COVID-19 virus, cleaning scenarios often tend to revert back to “traditional” chemicals and disinfectants. We do understand the sometimes desperate “let’s play it safe” mentality, but wasn’t that one of the reasons for the emergence of antibiotic-resistance, mutations and cross-contamination? Our products function well with “old” but also with new concepts, which are more focused on the process and the end result as a total, rather than a sum of products.

Nowadays, there are methods, e.g. RFC = residue free cleaning, which simultaneously reduce the physical burden on cleaners as well as the costs for the service provider by facilitating orientation and reducing manual rubbing. The latter in turn can reduce sick leave. All this can be achieved through simple changes in our practises. At the same time, the cleaning result improves and surfaces stay more presentable for a longer time.

Our company's RFC concept is based on the Reflex floor mopping method, which is a combination of a high quality 100% Ultra-microfiber cloth and a squeegee that achieves 80 times higher surface pressure than other manual floor mopping tools. Therefore, this combination obtains the highest level of dirt removal on floor surfaces compared to alternative methods.

Combining the Reflex method with either H2O Ultra clean water or ionized Tersano water, which also acts as disinfectant, results in a very clean residue free surface. As a new product, we are also offering disposable microfiber cloths for floor cleaning. The disposable cloths are also suitable for the RFC process and they work particularly well in the fight against coronavirus, as used and potentially contaminated cloths are disposed of after use. But again, all these products can also be used effectively with traditional chemistry.

The cleaning industry acknowledges the undesired residual deposit of chemicals that remain on hard surfaces and the problems that are caused. However, the reason for this are not the chemicals themselves but the process, how these chemicals are dosed and used. By switching to a RFC process, the actual cleaning work can be simplified, quality level improved, and less or even no residue at all left on the surfaces. It reduces the need for training of the cleaners and increases occupational safety as the chances for error are reduced. The result is more consistent and, above all, more environmentally friendly. From the perspective of cost-cutting for companies, the RFC concept generates significant annual savings already by lowering washing, logistics and training costs.

As it was announced by the Interclean organisation, the show has been rescheduled from spring to autumn. Our company will be there in Amsterdam from the 3 rd until the 6 th of November. At our stand we will introduce the new G3 Reflex product family and an innovative range of cleaning trolleys that enable machine cleaning to be integrated into the daily RFC process. Meanwhile, I encourage everyone in our industry to familiarize themselves with process cleaning and to start discussion on how it enables more hygienic cleaning results.

Best regards,

Petri Rekola

CEO, Rekola Oy Trolley Systems

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