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FACILITIES MAINTENANCE
of critical importance while tackling the
COVID-19 health crisis. The airport
originally reexamined the housekeeper
role at a time when all airports are seeing
a labor shortage for what was a low skill
job and changing it into a higher skill
position. Now it allows them to examine
if they can have robots clean and disinfect
areas that pose a health risk for humans.
"It's a simple clean, drop, ingest and
dispose of. It keeps the system very simple
while at the same time we can have a
much higher degree of comfort level
that we're disinfecting to the appropriate
amount without jeopardizing the health
of workers or the consumer," he said.
Cobb suggested airports should push
a pilot test when picking such a unit. It
would allow for a low entry point and
will give the vendor a chance to prove
the machine will do what is promised.

Keeping Hangars
Spic-n-Span
The first step to ensure a safe and healthy
environment for your maintenance
crews is to keep your hangar or other
maintenance facility as clean as possible.
Cleaning is simply the process of
removing soils from a surface, opposed
to disinfecting, which will destroy and
kill microbes such as bacteria and viruses.
Regular floor cleaning with an automatic
scrubber is a key component to an overall
cleaning program.
"While disinfecting highly-touched
areas, such as door knobs, cabinet
handles, shared tools, faucets and
similar is critical, other surfaces, such
as f loors, may just need to be cleaned
well," explained Bryan Smith, senior
TENNANT COMPANIES

marketing manager, Americas, Tennant
Company. "It is critical to remember you
can clean without disinfecting, but you
can't disinfect without cleaning first."
Generally, it is not recommended to
disinfect f loors outside of critical areas
such as food preparation areas or where
bodily fluids may contact the floor. So, a
simple sweep and scrub will do the trick
when taking care of a maintenance site.
Two industrial cleaning machines
that can aid in the cleanliness of floors
are sweepers and scrubbers, which help
to really scrub deep and keep floors clean.
Sweepers remove dry, lose soils and debris,
while scrubbers use water and detergent
to clean and dry the floor.
"Sweepers work with a combination
of spinning brushes that lift the soil and
debris along with a vacuum that pulls the
debris into a hopper," mentioned Smith.
"Scrubbers use water with optional floor
cleaning chemicals to remove dirt, liquids,
grease and other soils. A scrubber sprays
a solution on the f loor, scrubs with a
brush, and then automatically recovers
the solution with a trailing vacuum and
squeegee leaving the floor nearly dry."
Both scrubbers and sweepers come
in sizes ranging from small walk-behind
machines to large riding machines and
can be battery or engine powered,
depending on the application needs.
Last year, Tennant launched the
T7AMR, the company's first autonomous
f loor scrubber. "This technology can
provide tremendous productivity to
your cleaning teams as they are asked to
spend more time on disinfecting highlytouched surfaces or other additional tasks,"
said Smith.
The frequency of use depends greatly
on the types of soil, the amount and type
of traffic and the expectations of the
facility manager. Tennant recommends
facilities to always sweep before scrubbing
to ensure that larger debris is removed
before scrubbing. Tennant provides
equipment that combines these functions
into one process.
"We have received many questions
about how our products can help prevent
the transfer of COVID-19," explained
Smith. "While there is a protocol
Tennant has published for disinfecting
f loors with our equipment, the f loor
is not always going to be the priority
for disinfection. The best way Tennant

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equipment can help is by enabling
cleaning teams to keep the floors clean
as efficiently as possible so they have the
time to do extra detail work disinfecting
the highly-touched surfaces that are more
critical to preventing disease transfer."

Clean Aircraft and
Ground Handling
Facilities
Before the airline industry can recover
to pre-pandemic levels, passengers will
need to begin booking commercial
flights again.
So as travel restrictions around
the world are lifted, it will become
more important for the f lying public
to see the industry taking cleaning and
disinfecting aircraft seriously. Much of
that responsibility falls on the ground
service providers carrying out these
cleaning duties.
"They can see that we are putting a lot
of emphasis on cleaning and we're taking
the whole coronavirus very seriously,"
said Brian Giacona, VP of operations at
AccuFleet International.
In addition to remain overnight
(RON) deep cleans, AccuFleet is
applying ultra-low volume (ULV)
disinfectant, commonly known as a
fogging application, and made plans to
acquire electro-static spraying equipment.
"We have started a fogging process for
a domestic carrier," Giacona said. "The
chemical, based on the manufacturer's
information, says that it kills all viruses
for a 10-day period. It was used during
Ebola and in other areas where we've
had viruses and outbreaks in the past."
Both the fogging method and electrostatic spray are effective disinfecting
measures, Giacona explained. The
key difference is the fogging method is
more labor-intensive as personnel must
ensure the mist is applied to all areas of
the aircraft.
The electro-static spray, meanwhile,
is electrically charged and adheres itself
to all the aircraft's surfaces.
"So you can virtually just walk down
the airplane and spray this stuff in the
middle, and it will attach to the walls, the
seats, under the seats - any surface that has
an area for it to attach to," Giacona noted,
adding this equipment is in high-demand.
The disinfection process can be
daily or spread out over a period of days,



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Inside the Fence: A Cold November Rain
Industry Update
Airport 5G Moves form Concept to Reality
Making Strides on Diversity and Inclusion in Aviation
How the Industry is Working to Combat COVID-19
Paving the Airfield
Airport Guru: Clearing the Air About Exclusive Rights at Airports
Legal Matters: Leasing Pitfalls in and Around Airports
The Right Stuff
Layer Surveillance Radar Technology into Physical Security Solutions for Real-Time Detection of Threats at Airport Sites
Product Profile: Go Quiet, Go Smooth, Go Big with Schweiss Hydraulic Doors
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