PUR Technology: Cleaning Up The Mystery
Emma Goulding of Altro explains the benefits of PUR technology: EASYCLEAN safety flooring ranges
featuring PUR technology have been around for a few years, allowing customers to save time, money, chemicals and energy.
But whilst the benefits are clear, customer awareness of the potential of PUR remains rather patchy. So how can contractors explain this innovation? How much improvement can flooring specifiers offer customers with confidence?
And what tips can we give for customers to benefit fully from the advantages of this flooring after installation?
Firstly, customers need understand how PUR technology works. Product names vary, but the principle of PUR technology is the same. An additional polymer component (usually polyurethane) is incorporated in the surface layer or throughout the wearlayer of the flooring. The aim is to increase dirt pick-up and prevent dirt retention around the slip resistance particles during cleaning for quicker and easier maintenance.
Potential savings vary, but reputable manufacturers of PUR safety flooring give their products rigorous independent testing, giving guidelines on potential savings you can quote to the customer.
At specification stage you could do a calculation to quantify cost benefits of the flooring throughout its lifetime in financial terms. A small daily time and cost saving can add up to a significant benefit during the whole life of the flooring, or when scaled-up across a large building or multiple sites. Some potential customers, for example NHS Trusts, analyse lifecycle costs as a matter of course and it helps secure contracts if you can ‘speak their language’.
At installation stage make the customer aware of the easyclean regime. Sometimes the cleaning card provided by the manufacturer is not passed on to the customer when the flooring is installed. Or in a large site, it may be tucked away in an estates depar tment M & E manual.
The flooring is easier to clean than a standard product, whether its properties are fully understood or not. If the cleaning regime is wrong however, chances to save time, money and chemicals vanish. More impor tantly the performance of the flooring might be reduced. For example, applying a polish or seal to safety flooring will reduce its slip resistance. Or applying an alkaline cleaner to a PUR surface for deep cleaning without neutralising after wards, could reduce or remove its easyclean properties.
Here’s advice you could give customers:
• Keep the manufacturer’s cleaning card where everyone involved in floor cleaning can refer to it. I Cleaning information can often be accessed
online, even if the original document is missing.
• Pilot test the easyclean regime recommended by the manufacturer in one area first and judge the
results. Cleaning resources may then be freed up and redirected elsewhere.
• Note the cost and time savings achieved for future reference.
• A model for calculating lifecycle cost-savings for Altro ranges featuring Altro Easyclean Maxis PUR is featured on the website.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.