Showcasing Innovations and Advances in Cleaning Technology

December 10, 2002
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Professional cleaning and restoration technicians are always searching for equipment and technology to help them do their jobs better and more efficiently. ICS Cleaning Specialist introduces the first in a series of showcase looks at some of the innovative machines and technologies making their way into the industry.

This is not a “Best of the Best” list; it is a snapshot of some of what is happening in the industry. To try and include every single process, development and piece of equipment that has had an effect on the industry in a single feature would be impossible. Keep your eyes open for more of this special series in 2003.

Remember what innovation is. Principles and long-accepted methodologies need not be shattered in order for something to be innovative. Webster’s II New College Dictionary defines innovation as “1. The act of innovating. 2. Something new or unusual.”

Innovation inspires the double-take glance by the passer-by, the pursed lips and creased forehead of the ponderer, and the audible “hmm…” of the curious.

FaST Technology

FaST Foam Scrubbing Technology from Nobles is formulated on the premise that productivity in any cleaning operation can be greatly increased when dump/fill cycles, a standard part of the cleaning process when auto-scrubbers are involved, can be reduced or even eliminated.

The FaST system uses a surfactant mixed with water and air to produce a scrubbing foam, using up to 70 percent less water in the process than conventional scrubbers, according to Nobles. The engineered, self-collapsing foam returns to a liquid state before the scrubber recovers it, eliminating foam in the recovery tank.

The on-board FaST-PAK system eliminates detergent mixing, measuring and pouring, replacing the process with a 1/2-gallon, disposable cartridge that feeds concentrated detergent into the machine at predetermined levels.

Advance Advenger

The Advance Advenger line from Nilfisk-Advance, introduced at the ISSA-Interclean show in Las Vegas, Oct. 15-18, is built on a modular design that allows one basic machine platform to be transformed into 10 different configurations. Included in those configurations are what the company says are the industry’s first 24-inch rider scrubber, the first rider carpet extractor and the first rider carpet sweeper extractor.

The Advenger features a one-touch scrubbing system, no-tools interchangeable decks, a breakaway rear squeegee and self-sensing scrub system. The modular design enables the machine to clean any surface, presenting what the company describes as “the ideal solution for multiple floor applications.”

“With the revolutionary new Advance Advenger line, we’re able to assist our customers in driving down the cost to clean,” said Joe Carotenuto, sr. vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s just another example of innovative excellence that our customers have come to expect.”

High Heat 860 Slide-Forward Service Panels

Well-known as a chemical manufacturer, Chemspec recently began introducing a full line of portable carpet extractors, low- and high-speed buffers, wet/dry vacuums and other equipment for the cleaning and restoration industry.

One of the more high-profile entries is the High Heat 860 truckmount. Besides featuring a 46 Nissan water-cooled engine, 5009 Tuthill Tri-Lob blower and a 100-gallon recovery tank, the High Heat 860 is defined by its slide-forward service panels. This feature provides the operator with easy access to the inner workings of the truckmount.

The High Heat 860 also includes a stainless-steel chemical pump with last-stage injection multi-stage high pressure heat exchange technology, a 250-foot, 3,000-psi pressure hose and a built-in drip pan.

No-Touch Cleaning System

No-Touch Cleaning from Kaivac, Inc. is a process designed for complete soil removal. The system combines an indoor pressure washer, chemical injection and wet/dry vacuum technologies onto a single platform.

No-Touch Cleaning is built around the idea that traditional cleaning methods are rapidly becoming inadequate for challenges presented today. Instead of having to wipe down or otherwise touch contaminated surfaces, workers simply spray cleaning solutions on fixtures and floors and blast the soils to the floor with a high-pressure water spray. The floor is then vacuumed dry to completely remove soils and bacteria.

A variety of different platforms employ the No-Touch Cleaning system, providing options for facilities of different sizes and needs. Built with a design and engineering process the company calls “ergoneering,” each platform’s foundation is based on the needs of the worker, including comfort, ease of use and learning, transportation and operation.

Dual-Purpose Rotary Floor Cleaning

CleanMaster’s Express is a rotary, dual-purpose floor cleaning system, combining carpet cleaning and hard floor scrubbing in one machine by introducing a water injection/vacuum extraction system to the rotary cleaning method.

The Express features five injection spray heads, followed by five cast stainless-steel vacuum extraction heads, that are designed to clean all sides of a carpet fiber in a one-step process, making 650 cleaning passes per minute and allowing cleaning to be performed in both directions.

For hard surface cleaning, the rotary carpet cleaning head is replaced with an optional rotary brush or pad driver and a squeegee attachment, and is good for use on ceramic tile, marble, vinyl and other hard surfaces, cleaning and vacuuming in one pass.

High-Flow Extraction

High-flow extraction is based on the concept that if one cup of water could remove one tablespoon of dirt, then three cups of water could remove three tablespoons of dirt. The Steamin Demon II High Flow Extraction System from the John Downey Co. operates on this principle.

High-flow extraction presupposes that, in carpet extraction, the dirt is removed by water, and that the flow rate is the most important element of extraction. The Steamin Demon II has a flow rate of 3-plus gallons per minute, depending on external water capabilities.

By combining extremely high water flow with an appropriate level of extraction, the company says the Steamin Demon II provides performance characteristics that “will transform the carpet cleaning industry.”

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