I-mop in action at Willetton Senior High School

We recently visited a large public secondary school to see the i-mop in action on a range of flooring areas.

Cleaning of floors in schools is one of the largest parts of the job for school cleaners. Head Cleaners at schools are faced with a broad range of floor surfaces; Tiles in bathrooms, timber floors in gyms and other areas, vinyls, concrete and polished concrete floors, epoxy/resin floors, carpeted and flotex floors – almost every common flooring variant!

Then there is the different soiling types found on schools floors. Clay and crayon marks in the artroom. Trafficked soil in entries and hallways. Oily soil in entries and areas around the canteen and home economics area. Uric acid and body soils in bathrooms.

Focussing our attention on the hard floors, this combination of flooring types and soils is then made more complex for the cleaners due to the distributed nature of school floors. Most schools are made up of a lot of small to medium sized areas. Lots of hallways, classrooms and traffic areas with some larger multipurpose and Gymnasium types areas. This means that while floor cleaning machines or autoscrubbers may be in use for Gymnasiums and large school halls, they are not normally used in the smaller areas as their bulky size is completely impractical for cleaning in a classroom, the toilets or the many other smaller floor areas of the school.

This means that for years in most schools these smaller floor spaces of 10 to 200 square meters have always been mopped by hand, as there has simply not been a viable mechanical alternative. Manual mopping is slow, poses manual handling and slip and fall safety risks, and gives very poor hygiene results compared to the mechanical cleaning action of an autoscrubber. The i-mop eliminates these challenges, combining the agility and small space cleaning ability of a manual mop with the mechanical scrubbing power and fast cleaning speed of an autoscrubber. As someone called it the i-mop is an “Autoscrubber on a mop stick!”. The i-mop is proven to drastically reduce time spent cleaning floors in both small and large areas, while delivering vastly superior cleaning, environmental and safety performance.

We recently visited a large public school in Western Australia to see the i-mop in action and hear from the Head Cleaner on his thoughts on the i-mop!