Ipswich Borough Council’s housing division has taken delivery of the first three of a proposed 10-strong procurement of Prochem Comet walk-behind cleaning extractors.
The machines, supplied by Ajax Domestic Spares to the Council’s Maintenance & Contracts Department, are being used to clean 15 sheltered housing schemes located across the town.
The schemes, constituting mostly flats in blocks, each have an appointed cleaner or cleaning contractor who maintains communal areas and an 18 person caretaking team that carries out routine maintenance, decorating and specialised cleaning.
“The Comets are replacing another range of machines that have reached the end of their useful working lives and are proving ideal to task for our caretaking team,” says Council stores manager, James Tonner.
“We’ve been using Prochem solutions for over twenty years and switching to the company’s technology has motivated us to convert fully now to the brand.”
James took a lead from NHS users recommending Prochem machines and Ajax’s operations manager Gary Allen cited the Comet as the solution to the Council needs.
“They are fantastic machines,” says James. “We are dealing with a lot of stains to accommodation areas, but also the general spills you get from tenants dragging bags to bin areas. The machines cope significantly well with these and are popular with operatives.”
Moving wholesale to Prochem solutions means getting better acquainted with the company’s comprehensive offer of speciality cleaning solutions and James and a charge-hand colleague recently attended one of its stain removal courses, held at Ajax.
“That was a really useful day for us, packed with all kinds of tips for removing the toughest of stains and so informative about the diversity of chemicals available,” says James.
“Prochem are proving fit for purpose and with an expanding property portfolio across the city, their technology and solutions will find good use.”