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The saving of water and the ecological products, keys for a sustainable cleaning

The rationalisation of the resources centres the debate on professional hygiene

Esther Güell21/03/2012

21 March 2012

The I edition of Hygienalia + Pulire knew to combine the exhibition of novelties and products with the celebration of a good number of parallel acts devoted to the different branches of the professional cleaning; from automotive sector until sanitary ware sector and chemist, Horeca, feeding, tintorería and lavandería, environingingment or logistical and industry, in addition to the cleaning vial and the waste management. Between them, the day ‘Hygiene and cleaning to the service of the industry and the environingingment', presented by Ángel Hernández, director of the Industrial Area of Interempresas, put on the table the still existent lacks in this sense.

More than 20 assistants assisted to the session, in which they participated Albert Puxant, commercial director of Group Mimasa, Juan Antonio Vicente and Raúl Arreal, of Deb Iberian, Rafael Creases, general director in Europe of Tennant, and Manuel Vega, of Nou Colors (Group Waters), that explained the details of the work of a consultora in professional cleaning. “At present the greater part of the business of Nou Colors is the section of industrial cleaning, with the majority of customers of this segment. Our work consists in analysing his needs and orient him to the hour to choose the products and equipment that more suit them”.

The day on hygiene in the industry tackled all the points of view, from the equipment until the prime matter and the logistics.

By a culture of saving of water

Albert Puxant, commercial director of Group Mimasa —skilled company in the design, manufacture and commercialisation of machinery for the alimentary industry, especially for the wash and dried of all type of boxes, containers, tanks, shelves, etc.— did special upsetting in the need to save water during the processes of cleaning. “But the importance no recae only in the water, in the cost also incide the power consumed to heat it, treat it for his use in the alimentary industry... It is necessary to take into account that the costs of the water like prime matter vary a lot in function of the geographic zone”. Puxant Exposed also another factor as it is the hardness of the water to treat, that incide directly in the consumption of detergents, maintenance of equipment, amongst other. “And even the own design of the plants of production affects to the consumption of water”. If embargo, Puxant aimed that, at the end, the human factor is on which “more can influence, incentivando the saving in the consumption, controlling it. It is a question of culture of personal saving, and is necessary to analyse and review the installations in research of losses of water, bad use, etc.)”. In this sense, the director of Mimasa bet by the monitoring to collect the necessary information for racionalizar and optimise the consumption. “Another factor is racionalizar the use of foams and detergents that afterwards require of enjuague. Besides, use tanks, cabinets or tunnel washers allows also reduce so much the the water used like the temperature of this and the quantity of detergent”.

One of the main challenges posed in the table is to prioritise the sustainability of the service above his price.

Soap for hands, more than a simple chemical product

Possibly is one of the factors of which less speaks to the hour to pose the problematic of the cleaning in the industrial surroundings, but the true is that the hygiene of hands is a vital factor in the labour environingingment. “Avoid drops by illness, compensations, fines and bad advertising can solve with a good wash of hands”, aimed Juan Antonio Vicente, of Deb Iberian. The soaps and geles for professional hygiene “have to guarantee the maximum cleaning for some levels of optimum hygiene”, added Vicente, “and that do not cause back problems by too much abrasion or excess of pH”. In this sense, bet by the neutral soaps, with agents hidratantes. “It is necessary to treat them like cosmetic agents, are not only chemical products”.

The sustainable cleaning like competitive advantage

In his turn of word, Rafael Creases, of Tennant, spoke on the relation between logistics and sustainability, “a factor in which it still remains a lot of way for visiting and in which the own company are betting strong”. In this sense is worthwhile to remember that Tennant has a study in which evidence that the majority of the companies of cleaning bet for having a sustainable logistics and the majority explain already with the ISO 14001 and even some with the 18001. The results of the study are clear: 61% admit that the sustainable logistics is a competitive advantage and 67% that the sustainable cleaning is an important factor to the hour to choose his provider.

“Nowadays the sustainable cleaning is already a reality in the majority of the companies like internal strategy”. But, how it can help the sustainable cleaning to attain a greater sustainable logistics? For this in Tennant —specialists in sustainable cleaning and of floors of warehouses that bets for attaining a hygiene without detergents— analysed three real cases in companies of logistics. However, it Creases puntualizó that “does not be necessary to confuse the ecological cleaning with sustainable cleaning. Perhaps the first form splits of the second, taking into account that sustainable cleaning incide in several appearances: environingingmental, social (hygiene of the personnel) and economic”.

And all this, how values in the company?

From the table of debate admitted that, in spite of that exists a consciousness of the need to bet by a sustainable cleaning, “the true is that they still do not value his cost as in the balance”. In this sense, aimed that “before yes had to evangelizar. Now already they understand it like a standard, but lacking see it like a factor of value”.

On the other hand, the assistants aimed also the merely economic question to the hour to choose to the provider, before that the environingingmental factors, “because, without generalising, the price is one of the most important factors that influence in this election. And alas the Public Administration and the sector distribution are the first that look for price”. Instead, sectors more related with the feeding already take into account other factors, signalling the way.

The fair congresó more than 130 companies expositoras, with 30% pertinent of the foreigner.

Hygienalia + Pulire closes his first edition with a balance more than positive

The organisation stands out the excellent received that the sector of the hygiene and professional cleaning has dispensed to the fair during three days. The visitors that attended to the fair represented to all the sectors, from the distributors until the service companies of cleaning, without forgetting a big number of final customers between innkeepers, sanitary ware centres, formative, big surfaces, etc. Said visitors stood out during the celebration of the living room that “Hygienalia+Pulire has been worth it” and that “the fair is very organised and is quite complete, besides is a good forum to achieve new contacts”. Others attended “to see how breathes the sector of lavandería”, one of the stood out with an own day. In total, participated 138 display units, of which 30% were foreign, data that confirm the “optimism” showed by the coordinator Ferial of Hygienalia+Pulire, Leila Mansouri with regard to the celebration of the second edition of Hygienalia+Pulire. Mansouri Added that “the most difficult, that has been to launch the fair and open the doors, already has realised ” and showed satisfied with the number of visitors “regarding the quality and quantity”, besides “the offer expositiva was interesting so that afterwards the visitors can go back in a second edition”.

A fair that knew to develop specific activities for two of the sectors that contribute a fundamental value in the industry of cleaning and that form part of the products with more demand: lavandería and urban cleaning. For them, the living room had a space designated Zone ADV where several companies realised of skilled machines in cleaning vial. Likewise, it included the I Forum of Lavandería Professional, an interesting meeting, with a zone of exhibition and technical days especially devoted to this sector.

The miscellaneous sample of products and solutions for the sector of the professional cleaning did not disappoint to the public assistant to this first edition.

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