Reduce the spread of infection

27th of November 2018 Article by Gordon McVean
Reduce the spread of infection

Gordon McVean of Truvox International explores how versatile floorcare machinery can stop viruses in their tracks.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most catastrophic public health crises in modern history, the 1918 influenza pandemic known colloquially as "Spanish flu". Flu spreads at this time of year, when temperatures fall. The World Health Organisation recently launched a spotlight on seasonal flu, what we can learn from previous outbreaks and how prepared we are for another one.

For most people, seasonal flu infection is unpleasant but relatively harmless. But for some, including the elderly and the very young, and those with asthma, diabetes or heart disease - flu can prove fatal.

Healthcare settings are particularly susceptible to their spread as viruses thrive in places where people come into close contact with each other, particularly during the winter months.

While visible cleanliness may be reassuring to patients and public, an effective healthcare cleaning regime can't be judged on appearances alone. The invisible microbes and toxins that can harm the health of patients must also be eliminated. Attention to floors is critical as spillages and feet and trolley wheels can track soils around a building and transmit germs to clothes, hands and surfaces we touch.

Sustaining a high standard of cleaning performance requires operatives who are well-trained and equipped with the most efficient and effective cleaning technology. While there are various combinations of equipment types available, the experience of our clients in the healthcare sector shows that scrubber dryers often become the indispensable players in the cleaning team.

This is mainly down to the versatility and manoeuvrability of a multi-purpose floor cleaning machine that washes, mops, scrubs and dries hard and soft floor coverings in a single pass. Counter-rotating cylindrical brushes clean deep into grout lines where bacteria can quickly multiply. You can easily change and colour code the brushes for different cleaning areas - preventing cross contamination whilst providing outstanding cleaning results. The right machine can perform to the same high standard across a wide range of types of flooring - including safety flooring, now increasingly common in healthcare settings.

Yet hand mops are still used, and not only in toilets and wet rooms. While microfibre mop-heads are an advance on string mops, cleanliness is still compromised when soiled solutions in buckets are re-applied to a floor. Embedded dirt - which can provide a fertile breeding ground for micro-organisms in crevices and the grout lines of tiled floors - also defeats mopping. As manual mopping is also time-consuming, even in cramped spaces and cubicles a compact scrubber dryer is a more cost-effective alternative.

The correct cleaning and maintenance of flooring not only prolongs its life - saving healthcare settings time and money - but also ensures consistently high standards of efficiency and hygiene when cleaning floors.


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