A NEW floor cleaner which digests the greasy build up on floors and is proven to increase the friction of slippery kitchen quarry tiles is set to revolutionise floor cleaning and could help avoid accidents caused by slipping.
Wash ‘n Walk eliminates the ingrained cause of slippery floors with a continuous enzyme action which builds up after each application. Based on patent-pending technology, Wash ‘n Walk degrades deep down grease deposits making floors clean and safe.
Cleaning is carried out with cold water and rinsing is not necessary as Wash ’n Walk continues to work breaking down even the most tenacious grease and grime.
The UK launch of Wash ’n Walk is timely as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has just initiated the “Shattered Lives” campaign targeting people working in and managing kitchens.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks and help those involved to take action to prevent slips, trips and falls.
Effective floor cleaning is a major component of the campaign and the HSE says: “Most slips happen on wet or dirty floors, anything that gets onto the floor needs to be removed quickly and effectively.
"Ensure cleaning is carried out in the correct manner using the right products and equipment.”
According to Nick Burchell, Marketing Manager at ECOLAB, said: "Wash ‘n Walk is the right product as its unique formula combines biological ingredients with traditional cleaning agents to eat away the build-up of grease commonly found in restaurants and food service operations.
"It is pH neutral so there is no chemical damage to the floor. Application is with a mop so minimum investment in cleaning equipment is needed.
"And with no rinsing required, there is a potential 90% reduction in water usage.”
Ruth Nattress, Hospitality Manager at De Vere Hotel, Slaley Hall, Northumberland was a Wash ‘n Walk triallist and said: “There has been consistent progress in the cleanliness and appearance of the whole floor since we began four weeks ago.
Feedback from the kitchen staff is very positive. The floor has definitely improved and is now less slippery. The grout and tiles are much cleaner."
HSE statistics show that slipping and tripping are the single most common cause of major injury in UK workplaces, with around 11,000 major injuries each year.
People working in foodservice are more likely to be injured through slips and trips than anything else. The costs to industry are substantial in both financial and human terms.
Ecolab is supporting the HSE “Shattered Lives” campaign and distributing HSE “Stop Slips in Kitchens” posters to customers.
ECOLAB, David Murray John Building, Swindon Wiltshire SN1 I NH