Van den Brinks is a contract cleaner that operates predominantly in the very centre of The Netherlands (The Veluwe). The company was founded in 1965 and offers the following services: general cleaning, window cleaning, floor maintenance, house clearances and façade cleaning.
The majority of their customer base consists of offices, schools and appartement blocks (staircases).
Van den Brinks has been an early adopter of our Reflex system and has been using it every since the first generation of Reflex was launched.
Olofsen: “We used to use a traditional double bucket + wringer system with flat mops but this led to too many “methodical” errors and poor cleaning results in general.”
“The moment we switched to the Reflex system we also stopped using cleaning chemicals altogether. This helped our cleaning operators in reducing methodical errors but it is also better for their health in particular and the environment in general.”
“The cleaning results were vastly improving and our operators can work far more efficiently with less water and no chemicals. This means that they can attend to a wider variety of tasks in the foreseen timeframe.”
Olofsen: “The Reflex system is also much lighter in use than the traditional flat mopping systems we used to use. Our cleaning operators no longer have to wring out mops or use heavy mop presses. The mop handle, squeegee and pre-impregnated mop cloths are very light in use and easy to transport.”
Thanks to these ergonomical features of the Reflex system, Van den Brinks saw a significant reduction of their absenteeism numbers as staff no longer suffers from RSI complaints.
Olofsen: we also almost don’t do any mechanical deep cleaning anymore because the Reflex system prevents any build-up of residu on the floors.
In summary, Van den Brinks is very pleased with the Reflex system because it significantly improves the quality of the work which in its turn results in happier customers. Their customer satisfaction scores have been going up every since they started with Reflex! In addition, they also have happier ánd healthier cleaning operators who enjoy working with our system.
In times when cleaning and hygiene seem more important than ever, it is imperative to opt for a robust cleaning system that delivers results time after time. Reflex from Rekola proves that this can also be done in an environmentally friendly and time saving manner. We are now ready for the third generation of this mopping system that proves that residue is a thing of the past.
Why would you improve a product that already provides excellent cleaning results? The answer is as simple as it is logical: to make things even easier for the user. “It is actually a further perfection of the system that is already known for its good cleaning results ”, says Sales Director at Rekola Karel-Jan Boel. “The mop cloths of the Reflex Generation 3 or G3 have a plastic edge that simplifies changing the mopcloth. Nothing has changed in the microfibre as it is already exceptionally good. ”
The Rekola mopcloths are made of UMF, UltraFine Microfibre. This is a super fine split microfibre, which ensures better capillary action. Sometimes with amazing results. “With the Reflex system, dirt is literally removed from surfaces, without the use of any cleaning chemicals. We experienced this at a healthcare institution where we cleaned a shower cubicle in a patient room without chemicals. The original colour of the tile became visible again after removing years of accumulated residue caused by incorrect cleaning methods. ”
The mopcloth already does such an efficient job that it is not necessary to use any cleaning chemicals. The cloths must be pre-moistened in a box and are then ready for use. By eliminating chemicals, environmental gains can be achieved, job related health complaints from staff are prevented and you avoid system errors. After all, there is no question of overdosing, because you do not use any cleaning chemicals in the first place. “Incidentally, the results when used in combination with natural products such as ozone water and osmosis water can be called extra good. An optimal work programme according to the Residue Free Cleaning philosophy is as follows: daily cleaning with Reflex, periodic floor maintenance with machines, in combination with (eg ozone) water. A guaranteed clean result, without chemicals. ”
The strength of the Reflex system is the combination of the Power Squeegee and the mop cloth. The Power Squeegee allows to selectively apply pressure to a limited part of the fabric. This provides an increase in surface pressure that is as much as eighty times higher compared to a traditional flat mop system. Boel: “This ensures more efficient cleaning with less effort in less time. Because the contact with the surface to be cleaned is limited, the user does not have to exert additional force. This offers ergonomic advantages and contributes to the prevention of RSI. It reduces complaints of the back, shoulders and arms. ”
The system saves time because of the large surface area of the mop cloth that can be used. The mop cloth can be used on two sides. By lifting the squeegee and placing it on a clean part of the cloth, you can work with a fresh and clean part. In this way, users can cover a gigantic surface with just one mop cloth. “Because the mop cloth is also very light, without sacrificing dirt absorption, many can be washed at the same time. “This way you can do the laundry 40 to 80 percent more efficiently than with traditional flat mops. After all, you can put a larger volume of cloths in the same washing machine. Research by Weber & Leucht also shows that the Reflex mops score well on the microfibre shedding, ”says Boel. He continues: “Every mop, large or small, leaves behind microplastics during use and washing. Depending on the quality of the mop cloth, that is either a lot or a little. If you care about the environment, choose a high-quality cloth. If you also clean without chemicals, the environmental benefit is double. ”
Research results tell us that the Reflex system cleans very well. Independent tests indicate that 99.9% of the bacteria are removed and 93.8% of all dirt or extremely contaminated floors are removed in only one movement. Ultimately, the practical applicability, the cost and the effectiveness are the main factors that determine why people choose a specific cleaning system. Boel: “It is no coincidence that the Rekola system was developed in Scandinavia and is used a lot there. You could almost see that as a kind of quality label. ” The fact is that hygiene standards in the Nordic countries are considered to be very high. Reflex can contribute to raising the standard across Europe. “That is why Generation 3 was also developed together with our users. We can research and implement it, but if it doesn't work in practice, we will miss our target. ” And with that, Boel says that an excellent cleaning result is always an interaction between man and material.
Taking all of the above into consideration, you could say that Reflex excels in simplicity. That also seems to be the key concept when considering the entire Rekola range. Rekola is already a well known brand for work trolleys for well over 30 years. It is therefor logical that the development in this product group is also not standing still. “The materials remain durable and can take a beating. Nothing changes there. What distinguishes us more and more is the multi-usability of the vehicles, ”says Boel proudly. “We believe that the trolley should be tailored to the customer's cleaning process, not the other way around. The cart is configured on the basis of the work programme. You only want to bring mops and cloths? No problem. You also want to take a compact scrubber drier with you? Even that is possible. ” The modular trolley is the trolley of the future, that much is clear.
Appeared first in Clean Totaal on the 7th of May, 2020:
Coronavirus COVID-19, which is still spreading globally, has been stimulating the discussion on how to stay protected from it. Without belittling the effects of the coronavirus, there is seasonal influenza spreading globally every year and proper hand hygiene should not be forgotten even under normal conditions. In addition, hospital bacteria are a constant problem in Finland and elsewhere. The question for everyone in our industry is what we can do differently so that it would have a positive impact on preventing such pandemics today and in the future. Unfortunately, the quality and processes of cleaning vary greatly from country to country, which means that it is very difficult or even impossible to come up with only one "best practice" solution.
The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person through droplet transmission (coughing and sneezing) in close contact, like many other viruses. The Finnish institute for health and welfare recommends public areas to be disinfected. This kind of activity might involve a risk to service buyers and subsequently producers to respond only to an individual problem and thus the bigger picture may be forgotten. Instead, companies working in the cleaning industry should think about the following questions:
Even now in these struggling times against the COVID-19 virus, cleaning scenarios often tend to revert back to “traditional” chemicals and disinfectants. We do understand the sometimes desperate “let’s play it safe” mentality, but wasn’t that one of the reasons for the emergence of antibiotic-resistance, mutations and cross-contamination? Our products function well with “old” but also with new concepts, which are more focused on the process and the end result as a total, rather than a sum of products.
Nowadays, there are methods, e.g. RFC = residue free cleaning, which simultaneously reduce the physical burden on cleaners as well as the costs for the service provider by facilitating orientation and reducing manual rubbing. The latter in turn can reduce sick leave. All this can be achieved through simple changes in our practises. At the same time, the cleaning result improves and surfaces stay more presentable for a longer time.
Our company's RFC concept is based on the Reflex floor mopping method, which is a combination of a high quality 100% Ultra-microfiber cloth and a squeegee that achieves 80 times higher surface pressure than other manual floor mopping tools. Therefore, this combination obtains the highest level of dirt removal on floor surfaces compared to alternative methods.
Combining the Reflex method with either H2O Ultra clean water or ionized Tersano water, which also acts as disinfectant, results in a very clean residue free surface. As a new product, we are also offering disposable microfiber cloths for floor cleaning. The disposable cloths are also suitable for the RFC process and they work particularly well in the fight against coronavirus, as used and potentially contaminated cloths are disposed of after use. But again, all these products can also be used effectively with traditional chemistry.
The cleaning industry acknowledges the undesired residual deposit of chemicals that remain on hard surfaces and the problems that are caused. However, the reason for this are not the chemicals themselves but the process, how these chemicals are dosed and used. By switching to a RFC process, the actual cleaning work can be simplified, quality level improved, and less or even no residue at all left on the surfaces. It reduces the need for training of the cleaners and increases occupational safety as the chances for error are reduced. The result is more consistent and, above all, more environmentally friendly. From the perspective of cost-cutting for companies, the RFC concept generates significant annual savings already by lowering washing, logistics and training costs.
As it was announced by the Interclean organisation, the show has been rescheduled from spring to autumn. Our company will be there in Amsterdam from the 3 rd until the 6 th of November. At our stand we will introduce the new G3 Reflex product family and an innovative range of cleaning trolleys that enable machine cleaning to be integrated into the daily RFC process. Meanwhile, I encourage everyone in our industry to familiarize themselves with process cleaning and to start discussion on how it enables more hygienic cleaning results.
CEO, Rekola Oy Trolley Systems
Next month, May 2018, the Interclean show in Amsterdam will take place again, which reminds us that another two years have passed by. This is always a good moment to reflect about the changes our industry has undergone and the new directions we have travelled over the last few years.
Personally I feel, that over the last two years more things came into the spotlight that were not so much discussed in the past. To move forward the discussions about these themes, we changed our communication more to the direction of cleaning “process”. The questions about utensils should not only be individual performance related, but related to the whole cleaning process at an object. Much can be said about the cleaning process, but the binding factor is that new utensils and work-operating methods will be needed.
Rekola will also this year again be participating at the Interclean show. Our booth will be at the same location as before hall 1 booth 338 (1.338)
From our Motion trolley department we will show you the new concept trolley, which we named service trolley. The trolley was created for larger projects, where for example trash collection, transport of service goods or sanitary paper and or textiles, require more transport volume.
From our Reflex utensils department we will be launching a generation of disposable wipes. Two different type of wipes will be presented, which will clean larger surfaces than is currently available on the market. Our Duster wipes can dust up to 1000m2 and our Duospeed wipe can damp-mop up to 60m2 without being replaced or touched by hand.
We also invited to our booth our Reflex partners from Sweden and Finland to show their UltraH2O concept. All Reflex hand and floor cloths proved to perform even better with this Ultra H2O, than with normal tap water.
All the new and interesting products we show are developed for a more effective approach to the cleaning process.
You are welcome to visit us at the Interclean Amsterdam show 15.-18. May 2018 booth 1.318 and we look forward to seeing you there.
On 23 February, Benelux distributor Nordic Cleaning from the Netherlands organized the Rekola Business Partner Day. A personal meeting day for dealers from the Netherlands and Belgium. They discussed cooperation, shared knowledge and talked about innovative market and product developments. "The reactions of the dealers were constructive and positive. How can we better cooperate, communicate and strengthen each other. That is already the noticeable result of this day”, says Jan van Triest, Creative Cleaning Consultant at Nordic Cleaning.
As of 1 January 2017, Nordic Cleaning is importer / distributor for the Benelux of the Finnish brand Rekola, which consists of the Reflex Cleaning concept, Rekola Motion Trolleys and Addon Accessories. Nordic Cleaning is a relative new in the market with Rekola, but the person behind the company; Jan van Triest already has extensive experience in and knowledge of the cleaning industry.
Nordic Cleaning wants to start a revolution in the cleaning industry with Rekola, looking at all aspects of the total cleaning process and making their dealers and customers aware of it. Responding to ergonomics, environment, sustainability, quality improvement, efficiency and minimal use of raw materials. Innovation from the human aspect point of view. No hard selling but heart selling.
Physical overload and in particular repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a common and recurring problem with manual cleaning. Handling (flat) mops is physically heavy and with the product line of Rekola, Nordic Cleaning provides more cleaning power against lower physical effort. "Very sensitive, literally feeling, and more consciously cleaning. With Rekola we enable people to get rid of their RSI complaints in most of the cases", according to Jan.
The Rekola system is now practically experienced and well accepted by thousands of users. Nordic Cleaning is expanding successfully and is looking for more partner wholesalers in Belgium and in the Netherlands. Dealers are fully supported with, among other things, introductions and sales support. "We help our dealers search for truly innovative solutions. With calculation tools we can compare the advantages of Rekola with existing product lines or competitors. We offer clear added value by thinking about how to facilitate processes and make employees physically healthier. "We are looking for added value and quality for the customer; personal value instead of price fighting only".
Tekst en foto: Sandra Bonestroo | SB Consaletancy
Op 23 februari jl. organiseerde Benelux distributeur Nordic Cleaning uit Nunspeet de Rekola Business Partnerdag. Een persoonlijke onderlinge kennismakingsdag voor de dealers uit Nederland en België. Daarbij werd gebrainstormd over samenwerking, kennis gedeeld en gesproken over innovatieve markt- en productontwikkelingen. “De reacties van de dealers waren constructief en positief. Hoe kunnen we onderling nog beter samenwerken, communiceren en elkaar versterken. Dat is nu al het merkbare resultaat van deze dag”, aldus Jan van Triest, Creative Cleaning Consultant van Nordic Cleaning.
Nordic Cleaning is per 1 januari 2017 importeur/distributeur voor de Benelux van het Finse merk Rekola dat bestaat uit het Reflex Cleaning concept, Rekola Motion Trolleys en Addon Accessoires. Nordic Cleaning is met Rekola een relatieve nieuwkomer op de markt maar de persoon erachter; Jan van Triest, heeft al meer ervaring in de schoonmaakbranche.
Nordic Cleaning wil met Rekola een ommekeer in de schoonmaakbranche teweeg brengen waarbij ze kijken naar alle facetten van het totale schoonmaakproces en hun dealers en klanten daar ook bewust van willen maken. Inspelend op ergonomie, milieu, duurzaamheid, kwaliteitsverbetering, efficiëntie en minimaal gebruik van grondstoffen. Innovatie vanuit het menselijke aspect. Geen hard selling maar heart selling.
Fysieke overbelasting en met name klachten in het bewegingsapparaat (RSI) is een veelvoorkomend en recidief probleem bij manuele schoonmaak. Het hanteren van (vlak)moppen is fysiek zwaar en met de productlijn van Rekola levert Nordic Cleaning meer schoonmaakkracht tegen lagere fysieke inspanning. “Heel sensitief, letterlijk op gevoel, en bewust(er) schoonmaken. Wij stellen met Rekola mensen in staat om, in vrijwel alle gevallen, van hun RSI klachten af te komen”, aldus Jan.
Het Rekola systeem is inmiddels praktisch ervaren en geaccepteerd door duizenden gebruikers. Nordic Cleaning breidt hierdoor succesvol uit en is op zoek naar meer partnergroothandels in België en Nederland. Dealers worden volledig ondersteund met o.a. introducties en sales support. “Wij helpen onze dealers zoeken naar werkelijk innovatieve oplossingen. Met rekentools kunnen we samen voordelen van Rekola vergelijken met bestaande productlijnen of concurrent(en). Daarin bieden wij een duidelijke meerwaarde door mee te denken hoe processen te vergemakkelijken en medewerkers fysiek gezonder te maken. “Wij zoeken onze toegevoegde waarde in meerwaarde voor de klant; de prijzenslag laten we over aan de rest”.
Tekst en foto: Sandra Bonestroo | SB Consaletancy
We used the Christmas break to get better understanding of some of the key questions related to the production processes of cleaning.
How much are we aware of the optimal relation between cleaning ingredients like water and chemicals, cleaning tools and machines?
Do we use the right products and concentrations of chemicals, or do we use the right mops, and do we impregnate them at the right moisture? Does this have an impact on the fact that floor mopping takes more energy, even though we clean them every day?
Do we wash the dirty cloths and mops without destroying them in the laundry machine?
All these are relevant questions that have consequences on our daily working processes.
We think answers to these questions will put us in the position of controlling and dealing with the cleaning processes in a more efficient, ergonomic and environmentally friendly way.
Suppliers offer their products and cleaning organizations select their purchase products with the expectation and intention to get the level of cleanliness they agreed with their clients, however often without detailed and substantiated knowledge of the on the market available products. This is a bit like buying construction material and start building, without having thorough knowledge if the material suits the construction type. Not the optimal way of doing it right.
Take for example mopping the floor.
Friction is an important element at removing dirt from the surface. Adding liquid is a necessary element at removing sticky dirt and improves the result. This is mostly common knowledge. What most of us do not realize is that in time the friction may increase. The mop or floor cloth starts generating friction, because of the daily build-up layer of residual chemicals, proteins and occasional dirt (biofilm) left behind after the water has evaporated.
It is not the usage of chemicals on itself. An example would be over-dosing of cleaning agents as one of the most often and basic reasons of biofilm build-up. But also the laundry process. If the mop or hand wipes are not thoroughly cleaned, this can cause build-up of dirt and chemicals inside that get irreversibly fixed, reducing performance and increasing contamination.
Indication for not being properly washed, is the familiar bad smell of wipes and mops when stored impregnated on the cleaning trolley.
One of the ways to avoid these problems is the combination of our Reflex floor concept in combination with Ultra H2O (demineralized water). Depending on the project of course, this can create multiple advantages.
In the process above we perform the same cleaning task as with traditional products. Though Reflex and UltraH2O work together, optimize each other and make the job easier and effective.
Risks on mistakes become less and quality of the end result will be better.
A win-win situation for cleaning companies, its employees and clients.
ISSA – is a global cleaning organization which has its roots in the USA. Today the organization is not only covering America and Europe but also extending to South America, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. Regardless of global extensions, the organization’s activities are not very well known in the Nordic region.
Many who visited the ISSA-Interclean conferences in Amsterdam may be aware of the continued cooperation with the exhibition organizer through the years. However, the activities of the ISSA include much more than cooperation with trade fairs around the world only. The ISSA organizes on regular basis activities involving training, research and much more. They provide regional seminars and other events where visitors can access the network with industry influencers from around the world. The total organization has globally 26000 business members.
In the Nordic region, however only 26 members are found: 11 in Denmark, 10 in Sweden, 4 in Finland and 1 in Iceland. Unfortunately few, as Nordic cleaning industry companies may have to offer so much more to this area. Nordic countries are considered to be innovative and pioneering, and that should be reflected to the ISSA Nordic activities. That is why the President of the ISSA European Union, Mr. Michel de Bruin approached me, Petri Rekola as representative for the Nordic countries to complement his team.
I have been in business with Michel de Bruin for years and I possibly would not have thought about actively representing ISSA if the European team would have had been led by someone else other than Michel. I think he is very committed to bringing the European Cleaning perspective to the global organization. Of course it is a long road, but only by being involved we can positively influence the development of this sector in a broader forum.
My personal focus will be on contributing to Nordic Companies by using ISSA services and networks; not only for manufactures but also for those who work daily in this sector. It would be great if more companies would join us in this global organization so that we can create more visibility for our Nordic industry.
Next May 2018 the Interclean fair will again be in Amsterdam the Netherlands and offering the opportunity familiarizing yourself with the ISSA and their networks. You might be interested to spend a few hours at the ISSA evening-event near the exhibition center. Rekola Oy will again participate at the Interclean show this year and also this time we try to bring new and innovative products to the show. In the spring we may be able to tell you more about our developments.
If the contents of this newsletter has raised questions, discussions or if you would like to join the ISSA organization, then please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Microfiber products are already for years used in the professional cleaning industry. Their superior cleaning performance compared with e.g. cotton goes beyond doubt. But even though Microfiber products have been available for decades, their share in the worldwide cleaning industry is still very marginal
Also the knowledge of Microfibers in our cleaning industry is still limited. We talk about Microfiber mops and cloths even without really knowing what their composition is.
Microfiber is used in combination with words like decitex, denier, ultra, split and blend. Microfiber is a plastic compound, processed to different thickness of yarns. The thickness of the yarn/filament and material define if we have just normal yarn, Microfiber or Ultra-Microfiber (UMF).
Ultra-Microfiber is a two component yarn that is split after weaving, during dyeing process. The filament of UMF is many times thinner than one component Microfiber and therefore cleaning is better and safer.
100% UMF for damp floor cleaning cannot be applied to flat-mops as it would cause too much drag.
For that reason Microfiber mops are often made out of one component microfiber, or made of blended textiles such as Polyester yarn and Microfiber or Polyester and a minor share of Ultra-Microfiber.
All Reflex hand cloths and pads PLUS all Reflex cloths for damp floor cleaning are made from 100% Ultra-Microfiber. This is only possible in combination with the Reflex floor cleaning tool and has a direct impact on the result of floor cleaning.
Our squeegee is 50 cm; however the sharp rubber blade touching the top of the cloth is less than 1 mm thick. The downward pressure “cleaning edge” is 80 to 120 higher but at the same time the generated drag is a. 50 times less compared to flat mops, when used with same damp UMF material.
That makes the two products a winning team when it comes down to removing small dust particles, proteins, bacteria and spores. The woven pockets on our cloths pick up the larger particles; even they are less of a health threat, they are commonly the trigger for the visible experience that the area has to be cleaned.
Our hand cloths are lighter and smaller than floor cloths but made of the same UMF and pocket structure.
Our Reflex Ultra Microfiber cloths carry Swan Nordic Ecolabel, which indicate their sustainability and quality. According independent tests (Weber & Leucht) Ultra Microfiber cloths remove 99,9% of bacteria from a surface.
With our Reflex concept, this excellent quality is also available for cleaning your floors.