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Cleanlink News | 5/13/2009
Study: Spray-And-Squeegee System Prevails Over Mops In Restrooms
A report titled “Cleaning Effectiveness of the Spray-and-Squeegee Touchless Cleaning Systems Versus Conventional Mopping,” was conducted by Advanced Testing Laboratory, an independent laboratory based in Cincinnati, Ohio, to test the effectiveness of spray-and-squeegee touchless cleaning technology against string and flat mops.
The results of the study found that spray-and-squeegee touchless cleaning technology showed dramatically cleaner tile and grout surfaces in restrooms when compared to cleaning those surfaces with string or flat mops.
Specific key results show that using spray-and-squeegee touchless cleaning technology:
• Reduced the amount of microbial residue on tile by 99.9% (compared to 81% when using a string mop and 82.2% when using a flat mop)
• Reduced the amount of microbial residue on grout by 98.1% (compared to 43.1% when using a string mop and 56.8% when using a flat mop)
• Reduced the amount of simulated-urine residue on tile by 97.4% (compared to 53.1% when using a string mop and 57.4% when using a flat mop)
• Reduced the amount of simulated-urine residue on grout by 98.3% (compared to 38.5% when using a string mop and 21.6% when using a flat mop)
In other words, the string mop left 36 times more microbial bacteria on the grout surface, while the flat mop left 40 times more simulated-urine residue on the grout surface when both were compared to spray-and-squeegee touchless cleaning technology.
The testing took place in a restroom on a typical tile floor where specific sections were marked off for use by the spray-and-squeegee touchless cleaning unit, a cotton-string mop and a polyester microfiber flat mop. Equal amounts of microbial bacteria and a chemical solution representing human urine were applied to each area before each cleaning tool and process was applied to the designated area. Freshly opened, never-used mop heads were used for each trial and a battery-powered, self-contained portable cleaning system as the spray-and-squeegee touchless cleaning technology.
The study’s conclusion states, “The data in this cleaning study clearly shows that the Hydro Systems spray-and-squeegee touchless cleaning equipment does a superior job in removing both microbiological and chemical soils, as compared to conventional mopping. Overall, the spray-and-squeegee touchless cleaning technology removed 36 times more bacteria and 40 times more chemical residue then the string and flat mops on the hardest-to-clean grout surfaces. Therefore, the use of spray-and-squeegee touchless cleaning technology instead of conventional mops should result in cleaner, more sanitary and fresher-smelling bathrooms.”
The entire report can be downloaded by clicking here.