Janice Raycroft rolls up to find out about the latest in housekeeping trolleys.
If the trolleys and carts we use to move room supplies, deliveries and guests’ luggage around were fitted with milometers we’d probably be astounded by the distances they clock up. Most importantly, they need to be robust, function reliably and perhaps offer that bit of swivel – manoeuvrability and ease of operation for the user, plus a little bit of style doesn’t go amiss when it comes to the models which guests might see carrying their luggage.
Numatic, based in Somerset, have a new addition to their VersaCare range, the PRO-Matic, a configurable cleaning system, built to last from tough stainless steel and heavy-duty Structofoam. For those establishments looking to increase their sustainability credentials, the PRO-Matic ticks boxes as its sustainably engineered from the highest quality recycled material using innovative Re-Flo technology.
Its Nu-Design app offers a choice of nine base units and a wide range of kits and accessories for limitless configurations. Advantages include lockable and closed-away storage, discrete foldaway waste facility and colour coding for effective infection control. You can also add company branding or graphics as a ‘finishing touch’.
Among stockists of Numatic trolleys are Crewe-based Alliance Online, who supply The NuKeeper single tower flexi front trolley designed for smaller facilities, but with all the professional features for which all NuKeepers are known, including heavy duty soft ride castors and allround bump protection. The NuKeeper twin flexi front trolley is sized to suit small to medium sized establishments. Alliance also offer the Compact housekeeping trolley which can service around 12 to 16 rooms.
The TASKI trolley is a modular cleaning workstation from Diversey which aims to make what can be tough work as easy as possible for staff. It combines innovation and ergonomic design with a complete set of tools and equipment so it can be configured to support microfibre, spray-and-wipe, wet-mop and general cleaning applications.
All tools and equipment remain within easy reach so that users do not have to bend or stretch awkwardly. For example, mop boxes pop out of the side of the trolley and allow a fresh mop to be attached without bending or extra effort. Similarly, push bars and extension trays fold away using a single lever for faster clear away time between jobs and at the end of shifts. The result is faster and more efficient overall cleaning processes with less time spent stopping and starting between tasks. This helps to promote user acceptance and reduces the risk of the musculoskeletal disorders that are one of the main causes of time off work in the UK.
Sustainability is enhanced as the trolley can be used with tools that reduce reliance of chemicals. Using ultra microfibre tools from the Jonmaster range, for example, or spray-and-wipe products can reduce overall chemical consumption by up to 95 per cent.
Six core configurations based around just two chassis models have been devised for the commonest cleaning applications. However, the modular concept means that customers can adapt these or create a layout matched to their own requirement using the tools and equipment in the system.
A very familiar name, Reward, is celebrating 60 years of providing a wide range of trolleys from its base in the North Yorkshire Dales, all made by expert craftsmen on site. These include a prestigious range of concierge trolleys, including the noted Crown luggage trolley, seen in hotel lobbies across the world.
Clients have included The Ritz, The Dorchester, Claridges, The Berkeley, all in London, as well as St Andrews Old Course Hotel in Scotland and Marriott Hotels across the country.
A top seller is the Mk 1 Chambermaid’s trolley with its light grey mild steel frame, four fixed shelves and a full-length base board for extra storage. It also comes with two detachable bags at either end, these are ideal for collecting and sorting items such as bed linen and towels. A cover is available – handy if you need to cross between buildings in inclement weather or to maintain a tidy appearance when the trolley is in public view.
The hardworking Reward Mk 5 Chambermaid’s trolley has a dark brown mild steel frame, and enclosed versions come with beige-coloured metal panels. Very handily, they can carry everything from fresh towels to complimentary toiletries, cleaning equipment to tea-tray supplies with plenty of storage space, while taking up as little room as possible themselves when not in use. Upper and lower bag holders fold up, reducing the trolley length so it fits in small stock cupboards.
Mercura have been making stylish but robust and tailor-made trolleys for 70 years at their base in Brussels and these days ecological factors play a major part in production.
Recyclable anodised aluminium is used to produce strong and light trolleys, including motorised versions and those designed for where storage space is very limited.
The manufacturers like to study the hotel to recommend the best trolleys for their operation, for instance at Hilton Glasgow they produced a workflow housekeeping process before making the trolleys. Mercura’s housekeeping trolleys come with a range of compartments and storage spaces so they can carry all the equipment needed for cleaning and preparing rooms, including bedding, clean and used linen and toiletries. There are compact models and a foldable housekeeping cart.
Janitorial Direct of Kidderminster began as a carpet cleaning company but has grown to become a major supplier of cleaning and housekeeping essentials for a wide range of clients including hotels, B&Bs and care homes.
Their Jolly trolley cleaning cart comes with two built in trays to store cleaning products and a 100 litre vinyl bag for waste or linen collection. There is also ample room for storing a mop and bucket, vacuum or additional supplies at the front of the cart.
Trolleys by Numatic are popular, including the ServoKeeper housekeeping trolley compact model with its single onboard 100 litre laundry bag which can be easily extended by simply adding an optional extra bag kit.
The Numatic Xtra compact trolley XC 1 is recommended by Janitorial Direct where space is at a premium but there is a need for some mopping facilities is essential, perhaps with the Bactiguard Twistmop with its anti-bactericidal specification.
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