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Promoting best practice

Published 26th November, 2013 by Neil Nixon

Promoting best practice

Cleaning expert Delia Cannings has formed a partnership with Altro to promote cleaning best practice, and is showcasing a wide range of the company's floors and walls in her new cleaning training centre in Birmingham.

Delia Cannings is one of the UK's leading experts on cleaning science, and is the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP) lead for education and training. She now runs her own training consultancy, Environmental Excellence Training & Development Ltd, and has over 30 years' experience in the cleaning industry, including most recently in the education sector where she was business development director for a Birmingham college.

The new training centre has been built to support, deliver and assess a range of Delia's educational programmes specialising in cleaning and environmental science. She said: “In setting up the cleaning training centre, my vision was to create an environment where cleaning professionals from industries such as hospitality, sport, education and healthcare, could see first-hand the inspired scenarios they could develop in their own premises, and learn how to clean and maintain them for optimum results. I wanted to create a number of real-life settings where we use ideal fixtures and fittings to demonstrate ease of maintenance, and stylish, colourful and attractive bedrooms, bathrooms, boardrooms and hospital wards. Inspirational places that would promote wellbeing, make people feel safe, relaxed and cared for. Working with Altro was a key part of my vision. I have worked with Altro for many years and their products are absolutely at the cutting edge of professional flooring and walling solutions.”

The training centre features a showroom of a broad range of room scenarios where Altro products have been fitted. These include a bathroom, hi-spec kitchen, sluice area, bedroom, toilet, offices, conference room, storage area, and a dedicated space which showcases a number of different Altro floors.

Lucy Bilotto, marketing manager at Altro, said: “We are delighted to support Delia by providing products for her new training centre. Like all manufacturers of safety flooring we know that these products require a different approach to cleaning and by working with Delia we can reach more people with information on how to care for the floor throughout its life. Major injuries resulting from slips, often on wet floors, affect around 10,000 people each year. Safety flooring can help reduce that risk of a slip to one in a million so we want to work with Delia and others in the cleaning industry to promote best practice on how to maintain safety floors so that they look good and continue to keep people safe from slips and falls.”

Cannings concluded: “The centre looks wonderful. Everyone who comes here is amazed at what can be achieved with flooring and walling, in terms of colour, style, mood, texture and overall effect. They are so impressed. For example the purple walls in the toilet are fantastic, and the bright red Altro Whiterock Splashbacks in the hi-spec kitchen are gorgeous. Also, people cannot believe that the Altro flooring isn't real wood; it is so realistic. I am hoping that by working with Altro we can help the cleaning industry to raise its game in terms of delivery of cleaning standards and creating ideal environments that are easy to clean and maintain, yet look stylish, funky and appealing.”

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