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Cleaning up the Hovis bakery

Published 12th August, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Cleaning up the Hovis bakery

Over one million Hovis loaves are produced each week at the Leicester based Premier Foods plant. Divided into three bread lines of white, brown and other, some 200 employees operate the 24 hour, 6.5 day week production line.

Kentucky mops were used to clean the floors of this substantial site until new site hygiene manager, Chris Bowen, was appointed in 2010. The Kentucky mops were messy, used a lot of water and operatives spent more time walking the length of the premises to fill up mop buckets than actually cleaning.

Taking the cleaning operation in house, Bowen wanted to utilise ultra microfibre cleaning to deliver high standards as well as potential time and cost savings. Having previously used and been very satisfied with the Vikan product range, he was keen to trial the Vikan ErgoClean system Following a site survey and closely monitored trials by the Vikan team, it became apparent that not only could 90% of the floor area be cleaned by ultra microfibre mops but also walls could be cleaned in less than a minute.

Bowen was particularly impressed with the ErgoClean trolley. Not only is it compact and easy to store but it can be instantly adjusted to suit all heights, aiding ease and speed of use. The trolley also contains such useful features as boxes with pre-prepared mops enabling the operator to move swiftly from one floor area to the other whilst also eliminating the risk of cross contamination. Pre-prepared mops also eliminate lifting and wringing of heavy buckets and mops.

The Vikan ErgoClean ultra microfibre system is designed and developed to be versatile and meet the demands of modern cleaning from floor to ceiling. In addition, one touch cleaning tools also reduce the risk of repetitive strain on muscles and joints.

Four Vikan trolleys, each with their set of different colour coded tools and equipment for food, non food, engineering and toilet areas, now form the basis of Premier Foods’ cleaning operation. Tools include ultra microfibre mops and cloths, scrapers and spray bottles.

Significant time savings have been achieved, confirmed Bowen, as the 16 cleaning staff no longer have to waste time filling and refilling buckets. “Rather than cutting the cleaning team, the ErgoClean system enables us to maximise the time saved by performing other cleaning tasks,” he said. It is estimated that cost savings on effluent, water, chemicals and materials amount to around £100 per week.

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