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Hygiene Group Invests in New Breakthrough Mop Technology

Hygiene Group has announced ground-breaking plans to phase out the traditional mop and bucket from all its operations following a significant investment in the new and world-leading ‘i-mop’.

Described as a revolutionary game changer, the Dutch born i-mop has proven itself to be a successful and unique replacement for traditional mopping, thanks to many pioneering benefits, including enhanced productivity and reduced contamination and waste.

Hygiene Group, whose customers include Unilever, Intersnack, and Bakkavor have already invested more than £150,000 in the new technology, with plans to invest the same amount over the next three years.

In contrast to a traditional string mop, the i-mop is a full-size scrubber dryer deck with the flexibility of a flat mop. Weighing just 40 lbs, it can be operated single-handedly and deliver robust cleaning solutions through specially designed high-performance scrubbing brushes, followed by a powerful vacuum drying system.

The i-mop uses different tanks for different chemicals and separate tanks for clean and recovered water.  Unlike more traditional mops this method of water collection and dispersion is an extremely efficient way to clean, leaving little room for error.  Not only does it help reduce contamination by ensuring the clean water doesn’t get polluted with dirt, it also saves valuable man hours as the water doesn’t have to be changed mid-clean.

Significantly, effective cleaning can be effortlessly undertaken on any floor type and even in tight and congested areas, as the cordless i-mop has a 360-degree turning circle, thanks to innovative ball and socket hinge technology.

 Steve Bailey, MD at Hygiene Group comments:

 “Failure to achieve the highest standards of cleanliness may endanger products, staff, reputation, revenue and public health, which is why reputable facilities take great care over their hygiene management. As an early UK adopter of the i-mop we are therefore proud to be investing in game-changing cleaning technology that has been perfectly engineered to ensure our customers can effortlessly achieve these standards through even cleaner, safer and more hygienic floors.”

Already well documented, a traditional cotton string mop is the ideal breeding ground for dangerous germs and bacteria. This is because mops can spread as many, if not more, germs as they become dirty and used. In fact, recent research into mop heads, found that some contained more than 8 million bacteria per 100cm2.

However, as Steve Bailey, concludes an effective cleaning regime is not just about eliminating germs and bacteria.  He comments: “Overall, cleaning is also about ‘doing more for less’ – a key driver of the sustainable, ‘Circular Economy’. The new i-mop can clean over 1,000 square metres per hour.  It’s a perfect example of how ‘more can be done for less’, as equipment, processes and people work to optimal effect. Our ongoing investment in this new technology has therefore enabled us to not only upgrade our productivity, but also clean faster, better and easier. It really is a win-win for everyone.”