Daily sparkle at the Verkehrszentrum of the Deutsches Museum

Integrated approach to cleaning and maintenance by DR.SCHNELL Chemie GmbH The Trade Fair in Munich resided at the Schwanthaler Höhe until 1998. Since 2003, one of the most attractive "technology places" in Munich attracts thousands of visitors to the historical exhibition halls: the German Museum Transportation Centre, a branch museum of the Deutsches Museum.

The Trade Fair in Munich resided at the Schwanthaler Höhe until 1998. Since 2003, one of the most attractive "technology places" in Munich attracts thousands of visitors to the historical exhibition halls: the German Museum Transportation Centre, a branch museum of the Deutsches Museum. On display are historical bicycles, motorcycles, and classic cars as well as the latest creations of mobility. Also on display are the milestones of Transportation Technology of the 19th and 20th centuries and futuristic innovations. Anyone who wants to fulfil a childhood dream, climbs in the cab of a steam locomotive. How can such a museum, which is enthusiastically taken under attack seven days a week by the young and old, be appropriately cleaned and maintained? Portrait of a task that simply just needs the right "ingredients".

The surface to be cleaned in the transportation centre covers a total 14,165 square metres, of which approximately 1,790 sq metres are sealed parquet. The bulk is industrial flooring with a wear-resistant coating, plus quartz pebble flooring on the platform on which the locomotives and wagons are located, tile flooring, stone flooring, various stone floors and elastic floor coverings and tiles in the washrooms. The German Museum of traffic wrote out the cleaning and maintenance of the entire building, including the cultivation of prestigious entrance area. uniputz Facility Services GmbH & Co. KG based in Munich received the contract.

»FLOORTOP is a high-performance cleaning product, which achieved the best results in various floors and cleaning systems.«

The first impression already counts

"We have a 7 day week in the transportation centre," says uniputz project manager Eva Dakic, "our task is to keep the rooms clean every day. Our team starts at 7 am, so the rooms sparkle by 9 am when the museum opens. During the day, a three-to four-person mobile task force maintains the museum; they remove the marks left by the heels of visitors' shoes, mop, if a beverage bottle falls over or is left in the trash, clean entrance areas and restrooms four times daily. While visitors are there between 9 and 5, cleaning takes place regularly by using a selective cleaning process, and the floors are polished. This is done because, if the rooms are outright clean, then the exhibits are even more fun."

The transportation centre has a variety of floors: uniputz uses various cleaning techniques in the transport centre, depending on the surface: manual cleaning with a mop fixture for classic floors, spray cleaning, including interim cleaning for sealed parquet floors or battery powered cleaning machines.

A product for every need

As a universal cleaning and maintenance product for the various flooring, the transport centre suggested the product FLOORTOP from DR.SCHNELL Chemie with care instructions. The reason: "FLOORTOP is a high-performance cleaning product, which achieved the best results in various floors and cleaning systems," said Daniel Minchilli, senior consultant at DR.SCHNELL: "The combination of micro-Tens formula and mineral protect is unique to FLOORTOP. The micro-Tens formula reduces the surfactants use and hence CO2 emissions. The patented DR.SCHNELL active formula provides an instant polish film in ONE operation; Mineral Protect does away with the conventional, biologically difficult to degrade surfactants with dissolving agents, where re-soiling, rapid yellowing and interim cleaning are the rule. Mineral Protect uses inorganic mineral platelets and thereby reduces the CO2 emissions again. The aesthetics are also right: FLOORTOP provides a streak-free, crystal clear gloss that can be polished to a shine."

FLOORTOP is tested according to DIN 18032 and is very economical to use. Various cleaning situations, as required by the German Museum of traffic, can, therefore, be realised by ONE product.

Cleaning and maintenance in one step

"In the transport centre, it is important that the floors are not only clean, but also fit in all its glory to the big, impressive exhibits," said uniputz branch manager Karl-Heinz Kreuzer. "We achieve this by using FLOORTOP. With this product, we can simultaneously clean and maintain, we ensure cleanliness and shine. We keep dirt off the floor and reduce re-soiling by the integrated protective layer. In busier areas, we regularly use a partial renovation. The revitalising maintenance film simultaneously increases the slip resistance - this is important on a level as well as on sloping floors. Especially on platforms, as there are many in the transportation centre, it should not be slippery. In addition, FLOORTOP has a pleasant fresh scent. With this product as the basis of our cleaning concept, we can easily meet the needs of the transportation centre."

Eva Dakic: "For our cleaning team at the Transportation Centre, it is important that each and every employee can work efficiently and quickly. The ease of use and advanced metering of FLOORTOP supports us. Add the product and user training from DR.SCHNELL. My colleagues are thereby learning to cope with even the most difficult cleaning situations safely. This has a positive effect on work. In the event of questions, the experts at DR.SCHNELL are available with advice and assistance."

This again shows: If the "ingredients" are right, the result is also right.