Bus and Coach related products at industry leading trade show
Cleaning, it’s an unavoidable necessity, but one that if not done properly can lead to a damaging view of your operation by passengers. Nobody really wants to board a filthy vehicle. At the worst, neglecting cleaning can prove a risk to health and licences. This is why Chris Peat swept his way through The Cleaning Show, picking out standout products that would be of most use to anyone running buses and coaches. Here’s what he found.
One of the first stands to draw my attention, with its wonderful fragrance wafting its way to the show hall’s entrance, was Oxy-Gen. The company provides wall mounted air fresheners that fill a space with a pleasant aroma. Its unique selling point is that it uses an oxygen delivery method, which it says gives it an advantage over its competitors.
Of particular interest is Oxy-Gen’s Shield device. This air freshener has a stainless steel case, which is intended to make it vandal resistant. It has vented sides and top for effective fragrance dispersal, as well as smooth anti-grip contours. Sales people at the show said this would be ideal for mounting by coach toilets, for instance, where a more rugged design might be beneficial. The company also offers the Viva!E, which it describes as the world’s most environmentally friendly air freshening system. Its fragrance intensity should be consistent and continuous throughout the refill life. The dispenser can be set to 30 days setting for booster intensity or 60 days setting for everyday intensity.
Henry and his sister Hetty, are known by many. However, when it comes to cleaning at bus and coach depots, the cheerful vacuum cleaners are not all Numatic can provide. It provides a range of cleaning devices ideal for all industrial applications, inside and out.
For depot floors, Numatic offers a range of either sit on or push round cleaners, which wet the floor, scrub it and suck the moisture and dirt up. They are available in a range of sizes, with cordless options, to suit whatever size floor they are cleaning.
For on vehicle use, it has the Ruc-Sac back pack style vacuum cleaner. This device sees the main body of the cleaner strapped to the cleaners back, much like a rucksack. It is available with a mains cable or alternatively, can run on a battery. Its harness has been designed to be strong and comfortable. This style of vacuum cleaner is a popular option on the Continent and in the United States, but that is not so much the case in the UK. Either way, the product is available in this country and would be ideal for cleaning coach carpets in narrow aisles.
Aiming to bring the popularity of rucksack style vacuum cleaners to the UK is America’s ProTeam. According to its marketing documents, in five passes its backpack vacuum is 30% more efficient than a traditional canister variant in removing soil. Its Super QuarterVac HEPA was demonstrated at the show. It weighs 4.5kg. I was told it is an ideal model for use on buses and coaches and is designed for easy use around stairs, improving mobility. According to its marketing material, the device makes cleaning easier due to a side to side cleaning motion being used rather than front to back. A number of attachment kits are available too, which include dust brushes, curved hoses, alternative heads and specialist cleaning nozzles. Different filters are available too, such as micro cloths, sound mufflers and foam filters.
Another backpack style device was displayed by Ecoremoval Systems. However, instead of being a vacuum cleaner, this device is a chewing gum remover. The Ecogum pack is attached to a lance designed to ensure fast, reliable and easy operation. A solution is sprayed onto the gum via the lance. The safe vapour produced by the machine ‘evaporates’ the gum, which can then be brushed away. It eliminates the need for high pressure hoses, unfriendly chemicals and overspray into unwanted areas.
Ecoremoval Systems also showed the ERS Blaster, a low pressure blaster dry cleaning system. Its pressure is fully adjustable, enabling users to clean and renovate different substrates without damaging the surface. It is suited to cleaning oil slicks, graffiti and blackened fire damage. It uses fine dry granules, which should have very little impact on the surrounding environment.
Another gum removal system was displayed by GumBusters. The company’s range is built in Great Britain and is described as the ‘world’s first battery powered, dry steam based’ gum removal systems. Operated by a 12v power cell, they are self motorised and have a one touch operation for better manoeuvrability.
Despite the name, Urine Off does not just provide solutions for cleaning up urine stains, although that is one of its applications. Urine Off odour and stain remover removes old and fresh urine stains and odours from virtually any surface by using specialised enzymes and bacteria to break down the components of urine. Used as part of a regular cleaning regime, the product should permanently remove all traces of urine and prevent any stains or odours from building up again. I was told it would be useful for community transport services, school trips or indeed any coach or bus service.
Zorb it Up is a new product from Urine Off and was demonstrated at the show. The product is a powder, which is sprinkled onto urine or other liquid spills (including diarrhoea or vomit). It solidifies fast, mixing with the spill and forming into crystals. This enables an easier removal of the spillage. As well as a powder, it is also available as pads, which absorbs the mess and can then be thrown away. A kit is available, including four Zorb it up sheets, an odour and stain remover spay and a plastic bag for disposal.
Suitable for depot cleaning, Industar had a range of Verhagen Leiden BV heavy duty vacuum cleaners on show. Its products are ideal for lifting not just dust and soil, but more heavy weight substances too, making them ideal for depot and workshop cleaning. All components on the products are manufactured to be robust and offer long service life.
We may know Karcher in the industry as a provider of large gantry wash systems for buses and coaches, however the company has various cleaning products, many of which were displayed. The company offers industrial high pressure washers, floor cleaners and vacuum cleaners to name a few. It also offers ride on sweepers and cleaners for floors including depots and yards.
Trademark Clothing Ltd
Supplier of Lucketts Travel’s entire range of uniforms and workclothes, Trademark Clothing, was exhibiting their wide variety of off-the-peg garments (polo shirts, safety shoes, fleeces, to name a very few), which can be customised with logos and other graphics. In addition to clothes, the workwear specialist has moved into promotional gifts, including pens and bottle openers amongst a plethora of other objects featuring company insignia, to promote its customers’ services. It does this for Lucketts Travel too.
Above are just some of the companies that displayed at the The Cleaning Show. As well as more specific products, there was also a vast array of general cleaning products on show, including mops, dusters and floor cleaning fluids to name but a few. For anyone interested in ensuring vehicles, workshops, depots and offices are exceptionally clean, then this exhibition is the place to be.