The important role that cleaning and hygiene products play in the world of executive housekeeping was reinforced at the Professional Housekeepers Association of NSW’s (PHAN) ‘Innovative Products and Innovations Workshop’ evening. Held at the Radisson Blu (Sydney) on 3 February, it was a great opportunity to learn more about the latest ‘labour-saving’ offerings.
“These events are among our most popular,” noted PHAN president Maureen Jolowicz. “There’s constant time pressures on hotel housekeeping teams as well as growing safety imposts to meet… innovative hygiene products greatly assist.”
As with all PHAN events, the evening was also an ideal networking scene. The various product presentations were followed with canapes and cocktails.
First off in the presentation line-up was Air Aroma’s national sales manager Michael Plugge. In covering both Air Aroma and Rapelle branded products, he talked about ‘issues’ close to executive housekeepers’ hearts including dealing with bed bugs; odour control; surface protectors; and antibacterial fragrance diffusers.
Plugge revealed one system of note being Arologic, said to be the world’s first complete online scenting solution. It works anywhere, on any site, using 3G.
Hospitality sites command a wide array of cleaning and hygiene tasks, many being ‘fiddly’ time consuming jobs. Steam Australia’s Mark Rosenberg gave an interesting demonstration of steam cleaning and sanitising, highlighting its suitability for eradicating bed bugs; cleaning curtains in place; removing chewing gum; cleaning air vents; cleaning grout; and tackling floor, wall and window cleaning.
Rosenberg explained how the steam cleaner can be complemented with a vacuum, chemicals and microfibre to deliver comprehensive hygienic and safe solutions.
Ozone is a well accepted technology and BioZone’s Andrew Gibson brought his audience up-to-date with a presentation on the Mini PowerZone. He pointed out that PowerZone offered a “quicker and safer option to ozone” for dealing with commercial and residential odours by eliminating odour causing bacteria.
Gibson said that Rentokil Initial had banned the use of traditional ozone machines as there were safety issues due to residual ozone levels left in treated rooms for unacceptable times. Rentokil Initial was now using Mini PowerZones.
Also discussing ozone technology was Allan Hayles from cleaning products’ distributor A L Hayles. Ozone machines need regular maintenance and many in operation today are simply not functioning properly as a result of poor servicing practices, he emphasised.
Hayles also talked about leather and vinyl cleaning and carpet and fabric spotting.
“PHAN is always keen to support its preferred suppliers and events such as the ‘Innovative Products and Innovations Workshop’ give us such an opportunity, said Jolowicz.