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Dirty into clean29th of June 2011
New from Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) is the HYGEN Clean Water System, a mopping system with integrated water filter that cleans water as the operator works, as well as cleaning the mop head using built-in agitation blades.
The system consists of a filter bucket and wringer, with eight accompanying microfibre mops. Designed to promote more environmentally conscious cleaning and improve cost efficiencies, Rubbermaid claims HYGEN is the first product of its kind to incorporate a water filter. This eliminates the problem of cleaning operators working with water that becomes more and more dirty over the length of the shift.
When water becomes dirty, the operator simply tilts the 15-litre bucket backwards in order to get it from the dirty water chamber to the back chamber. It takes between three and four minutes for filtering to take place, saving on time needed for the operator to go back to the sink and refill.
Rubbermaid says the same bucket of water can be used for an entire shift, and there is no need to add more chemical after filtering - resulting in savings of up to 75 per cent on water and chemicals. The filter is back-flushable and should be changed every three to six months.
For cleaning the mop, the bucket has built-in agitators while the wringer features four adjustable settings.
A new double-sided folding mop frame has been launched, which makes mop attachment and removal easy and safe for the operator, says Rubbermaid.
And HYGEN is compatible with new Pulse microfibre mopping system, which enables dusting and damp mopping with one tool when used with the double-sided frame. Its high capacity refillable reservoir holds enough solution to clean up to 80 square metres and the ergonomic trigger handle dispenses three streams of cleaning solution with each press.
To coincide with the launch, Rubbermaid has signed an agreement to support WaterAid, an international non-governmental organisation which uses sustainable solutions to improve access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Under the terms of that agreement RCP will donate a minimum of one per cent of the value of sales of HYGEN to WaterAid for at least three years.