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Keeping GRI floors clean

Published 10th December, 2012 by Neil Nixon

Keeping GRI floors clean

If you were to rank the locations where regular hygienic cleaning and maintenance are must haves, then hospitals would certainly be serious contenders for the number one spot. Ensuring that healthcare settings are clean and tidy is not only important from an aesthetic point of view - creating a good impression for patients and visitors, and raising staff morale - it is also essential from a treatment perspective. A hygienically clean hospital is a fundamental part of helping patients to recover, and keeping infections at bay.

Hospitals are busy places that never sleep. They welcome huge numbers of people through their doors, all day, every day, so floors in particular have to stand up to pretty harsh treatment. This means that the right cleaning machines are essential - and Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) has found its perfect solution in the Truvox Multiwash.

The Truvox Multiwash is a multi-purpose floor cleaning machine that washes, mops, scrubs and dries on both hard and soft floor coverings in one single pass. This versatility makes it ideal for use in hospitals and healthcare settings, where different locations - from reception areas, offices, wards, clinics, treatment rooms and canteens - will have different types of flooring. Safety flooring in particular is on the increase in hospitals, and this poses no problems for the Multiwash. Lesley Davis, Truvox’s regional account manager for Scotland and Ireland, said: “Hospitals have to adhere to very strict infection control rules, which favour the use of natural detergents and taurine-based products. However, for these chemicals to be properly effective on safety flooring they need to be applied by a machine that provides thoroughness through its continuous brush agitation and consistent pressure contact with the floor. The Multiwash performs exceptionally well in both these respects, and it also allows the chemical sufficient contact time with the floor, enabling it to be even more effective, before the area is rinsed and dried.”

A choice of brushes is available, for normal, maintenance cleaning or intensive scrubbing. “The brushes run at an effective speed and pressure, and don’t cause too much friction, which can sometimes cause damage to specialist flooring,” continued Davis. “They can be colour-coded to prevent cross contamination, and being made from poly-propylene they are easy to disinfect, and don’t harbour bacteria like natural fibres can.”
Margaret Scott, assistant domestic services manager at the GRI, said: “The Multiwash gives us great results, at a good price, and with excellent back-up service. The rotary brushes are particularly effective for tiled floors as they get deep into the grout lines. The Multiwash also helps us clean hygienically in quick time - something that is essential in the very busy labour ward birthing rooms!”


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