FEATURE CLEANING risk. Nor do escalators need to be turned off and on again. For this reason, obviously, it is necessary merely to cordon off the entrance and exit platforms from use during cleaning. Spillages of drinks and other liquids present a greater risk both to building users and the working components of the escalator. This rapid cleaning system can be quickly deployed in emergencies. Specialist cleaning machines for escalators tend to suffer from significant drawbacks – such as being large and cumbersome to use, a tendency to clean aggressively or heavy water consumption. Alternatively, using general cleaning equipment intended for normal flooring risks serious damage to the asset or injury to the operative. The REN Clean system’s engineered pad removes soil from escalator treads without wear and tear, and its cleaning solution is specially formulated for use on escalators and travelators. Facility managers and cleaning contractors who have seen the system in action have also been impressed. The response so far to our REN Clean The REN Clean system’s engineered pad removes soil from escalator treads without wear and tear.” demonstrations in shopping centres, stores, banks and airports has been enthusiastic. It means that facility managers need no longer face the dilemma of watching cleaning costs go up – to pay for specialist contractors or equipment – or standards of cleanliness go down, as escalators are cleaned ineffectively or less frequently than other floors. Travelators and escalators may be a special case for treatment, but REN Clean means any cleaning team can easily rise to the challenge – within their daily cleaning routine and budget. 26 OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2016 CLEANING HYGIENE TODAY Important as these benefits are, above all, it is the cost-effectiveness of the system that is decisive. It is all too common in floor cleaning to see high-cost machines – sometimes overengineered for the task – providing a poor return on investment. That risk is higher for specialised kit used less frequently or just for short periods within the cleaning shift. The beauty of the REN Clean system is that the costs of acquisition, use and consumables are all modest by comparison. And crucially, this method of cleaning is highly effective. Maintenance and cleaning specialists who have tested REN Clean on some of London’s longest and busiest escalators have told us its cleaning performance is superior to that of specialist machines. TYPES OF PAD Choosing the right REN Clean pad is simple. There are two types to fit the tread grooves on any escalator or travelator. To identify the right pad to use, you can use a REN fit card or simply count the number of cleats per foot width. Escalators with 36 – manufactured by Otis and Fujitec – require the W-series REN Clean pad. The V-series pad is designed for escalators with 34 cleats, the design favoured by Schindler, Kone, Westinghouse, Mitsubishi, ThyssenKrup and Haughton/Peelle. Each pad is available in three lengths as escalators also vary in width. CLEANING SOLUTIONS The cleaning solutions used must be designed specifically for cleaning escalators and travelators. Tread Clean is the trade name of the liquid concentrate recommended for use with the REN Clean system. It has a special, non-corrosive formulation that ensures regular cleaning will not harm escalator mechanics, plastic parts, and aluminium or painted treads. Diluted 10 to 1, this solution dries quickly, leaving no sticky residue. Tread Clean is non-toxic, non-hazardous as waste and biodegradable. It also complies with clean air and VOC standards.
Cleaning Hygiene Today October-November 2016
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