Unusual Cleaning Projects From Around The World
Washing dishes, washing clothes, cleaning windows - we are often overwhelmed by our own household cleaning regimes. However, imagine being responsible for the cleanliness of tourist sights and public places - unimaginable! I am, frankly, amazed by the technical skills of the operatives and the complex logistics that goes into the following large-scale cleaning projects, and in this buzz I hope to open your eyes to an industry that is often in the background of society.
Cleaning on the high seas
In addition to transport and logistics, the maintenance of ships is one of the main tasks of naval freight organisations. Over time, mud and dirt accumulate on the hull of a boat and reduce the performance of the ship's engine. Higher fuel consumption, the emission of gases and the promotion of the harmful greenhouse effect are the result. In addition to this, organisations must fight mussel growth - that is the motto! This is best done by means of a high-pressure cleaning, which releases the stubborn dirt, and utilising cleaning agents.
But beware, the dirt is not to go back into the water! This is already a collecting basin for garbage and waste. Plenty of plastic drift in our oceans endanger the environment and living things. Approximately five billion plastic bags are consumed in Europe per year and account for 60% of the waste that is flushed to the European coasts.
Time to jump into the clean water! A new method, which promotes the preservation of clean seas, is currently taking place on the Internet. A state-of-the-art bucket-like technology, with the help of a pump and specially developed filter systems, continuously ensures that water is largely free of dirt. The so-called "Sea-Bin" is capable of separating water and oil from one another and then rinsing the cleaned water back into the water so that waste can not be kept over water for a long time.
Window cleaners or acrobats? Cleaning at windy heights
High-rise skyscrapers shape the image of many modern large cities. But the innumerable windows require a thorough cleaning. The job of the building cleaner in cities like New York or Dubai is a delicate matter. It requires precision and a big bucket of courage.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world with its 160 floors and a height of 800 meters. The more than 24,000 windows are the main attraction of the popular tourist hotspot and therefore need to be cleaned regularly. As if that were not enough challenge, here is still cleaned by hand with soap water and window puller. Nevertheless, the building cleaners themselves clean the windows at these dizzying heights! On twelve scaffolds with a total weight of 13 tons, three window cleaners are at the same time in use and ensure a look through. Easier said than done - to clean all windows, the cleaning team needs three months! After a successful tour, however, there is no trace of recreation - the cleaning fun starts again.
Jump on the clean train
Cleanliness is the number one crises and germs of bacteria in European trains. In recent years, train companies of suburban railways have made a virtue of this need and invested in cleaning operations. Since 2010, mobile teams have been working on cleanliness every day from 8.30 am until 2.30 pm in Berlin . The idea behind it is that people behave more ruthlessly and think twice about whether they leave their chewing gum paper in the place when they see the cleaning forces with their own eyes, which keep the railways clean during the journey.
The safety and cleanliness of trains are also part of the core business of Deutsche Bahn. However, cleaning in this sort of environment is not simple - from cleaning the external train body, basic cleaning, winter servicing, cleaning the interior of trains to daily tasks such as the disposal of waste, carpet cleaning and disposing forgotten newspapers, in order to keep an overview, since 2003 "3-S-Zentrale" ensure for cleanliness and order at the approximately 5,400 stations in Germany. 50 centres coordinate the cleaning processes and survey service, safety and cleanliness.
World champions in cleaning - the football stadium
Once the football fever has really hit us, we often forget that the cleaning of stadiums and venues requires significant logistics and labour. In the football stadium in Essen the key program is the amount of food and garbage which gathers in 90 minutes. Up to 15-20 cubic meters of waste are left by the 8,000 spectators in the course of a game. After each game, a team of the Food Dispatchers (EBE) team shows the red card.
The football cleaning team begins their foray by examining the seats of the stadium on rough rubbish and food residues, as only a few football fans dispose of their empty drinking cups, beer bottles and paper plates properly in one of the "38 Silverlings". For hours on end, the cleansing team has been working from the main stand to the scaffolding stand. After a whole working day, the cleaning team has finally managed it - but it is not a long time to rest, as they have to do the same thing again next weekend!