The chewing gum market has been steadily increasing in recent years. Many consumers dispose of their gum responsibly; however it is still being dropped onto pavements by many. It is the second most common litter after cigarette butts. Defra reports that gum contributes to pavement staining more than any other litter. Unfortunately this mainly occurs around schools, cinemas and fast food outlets frequented by the young.
Isn’t There a Better Way?
Cleaning chewing gum residue from pavements is time consuming and uses a combination of aggressive techniques. These require areas to be cordoned off, large quantities of water and sometimes additional chemicals. Add to this inconvenience, disruption and wear to the pavement fabric and you will understand why we often get asked: “Isn’t there a better way?”
Now There Is
Well now there is. After many months of co-operation and development with specialist gum removal company CGRS, trials of a new technique using one of our pavement cleaning machines have proven spectacularly successful.
99% of Chewing Gum Residue Removed In One Pass
As the accompanying pictures show the result is remarkable, 99% of gum residue is removed in one pass with the pavement being deep cleaned at the same time. This is achieved without using any chemicals and the waste water and gum residue is collected by the machine. Result: Clean, bacteria free pavements which are immediately usable by the public.
For local and city councils this represents a significant breakthrough. Our machine removes gum four to six times quicker than a man with a high pressure lance, and it also deep cleans the pavement in that time. One pass over a width of 1.2metres at a speed of 1mph removes 99% of gum residue and leaves the pavement clean and dry. No high pressure jetting means pavement damage from dislodged sand and grout is non-existent. And all this is done unbeknown to pedestrians who just carry on life as normal.
So, after many years of trying we can now say: “Yes there is a better way; we have a solution to the sticky problem of the chewing gum blight on our pavements.”
We designed, developed and now manufacture a unique washing and scrubbing head for use on compact road and pavement sweepers.
The head was originally conceived around ten years ago. Around this time Councils and cleaning contractors became increasingly concerned about the heavily contaminated water produced during street cleaning going straight into the drains. We knew from our experience providing industrial scrubber driers that using similar technology for street and pavement cleaning would solve this problem.
Our scrubber head is the result and now sells all over the world. Not only do we sell it fitted to our compact road scrubber drier, but it is also sold to other companies selling similar machines. As you can see in the video below it does a great job that no other machine can match.
Cleaning the Pit lane at the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix
The story here is simple. At the 2016 Canadian GP meeting a competing car had its gearbox break and deposit all its oil in the pit lane. This was obviously unacceptable so a local cleaning contractor used a machine fitted with one of our head and squeegee kits, built in Market Harborough, to wash the pit lane and collect the waste water and oil. Note the clean line across the white road sector, it’s even cleaner than the surrounding pavement.
British ingenuity and engineering skill at work, brilliant.
One of the successes of this year has been our Powerflex Road Scrubber drier. Designed and built by us in Market Harborough it is being used throughout the world to tackle cleaning tasks that traditional road and street sweepers simply cannot touch.
Being a scrubber dryer our machine applies water to the surface being cleaned and scrubs it using that water. This loosens the dirt and lifts any stains. The dirty water and the grime is then sucked up by the full width squeegee at the machine’s rear. The result is a really clean and dry roadway or pavement with no tyre marks and all the dirt and grime collected ready for proper disposal. It has to be seen to be believed.
Performance and Reputation
Such is the performance and reputation of our Powerflex Road Scrubber Drier that we have sold them throughout Europe; 6 each to Germany and Poland for example and ten to Turkish users! In addition we have sold them is Asia; Singapore, and even the South Pacific island of Fiji! In all we have exported nearly 50 units in the last twelve months due to this machines unique abilities.
Visit an Existing User
If you want to see for yourself what makes this machine so popular just let us know and we can arrange a demonstration at your premises – or you can visit an existing user: You might need your passport though!
Gone are the days when a lorry mounted sweeper trundling along our roads fulfilled a council’s street cleaning obligations. With the advent of retail parks, large pedestrian areas and fast food retailing, cleaning activity had to become more effective and pedestrian friendly.
New Breed of Street Cleaners
The first and most noticeable change was the size of the machines. Truck mounted sweepers were fine on the open road but way too big and ungainly for a shopping centre. This brought about the compact street sweeper, a purpose built road sweeper that was smaller, lighter and much more pedestrian friendly. Typically these machines are the size of a small town car and have large front mounted glass cabs giving the operator excellent vision when working in crowded pedestrian areas. Compact they might be but quiet and efficient diesel motors make them perform at a level way above anything previously available.
Pedestrian Area and Pavement Cleaning
With more pedestrian areas to keep clean councils turned to these compact road sweepers as a solution. Being sweepers they are great for collecting dust, waste paper, litter and fast food containers. However, the fast food industry presented an additional problem; pavement staining. Drop your cup of coffee on a York stone pavement and you leave a stain. Spill your chips on the pavement, they get walked on, the grease and the ketchup get absorbed; more staining. Imagine this 24/7 in all our major cities and you see the issue.
Scrubbers to the Rescue
Technology that has been in use in industrial scrubber driers came to the rescue. We took the wet wash and scrubbing head from a large industrial scrubber drier and combined it with a compact road sweeper chassis. Add an over-size squeegee and voila you have a brilliant pavement and road cleaner. Obviously other essential changes were made, not least of all the addition of twin water tanks but the end result works, and works brilliantly. Take a look at the before and after pictures of a York stone pavement cleaned with plain water.
In addition to producing a stunning end result it was pointed out to us that as our Powerflex street scrubber drier collects the waste water it solves another problem: Washing streets with high pressure hoses is done with limited success – the real downside of this approach is that all the dirt and grease is washed into the drains – not popular with the water boards. The Street scrubber drier collects its own waste water, and the grease and filth – result.