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KD masters Prochem's Sapphire
Prochem Europe has extended its reach into the truck mounted extraction cleaning market with a successful sell-in of the Sapphire Scientific range.
A typical advocate for investing in Sapphire Scientific truck mounted carpet cleaning is Keith Dugard of KD Contracts in Dover. He has bought a Sapphire Scientific 370SS from the series' exclusive distributor Prochem Europe for his new Renault Master van.
"My van was getting older and like my previous truckmount, was having a few major problems, so my overall investment was relatively significant. But the vehicle and Sapphire are a perfect fit," he says.
Founded in 1980, as a general contract cleaning company, KD Contracts switched full-time to residential cleaning 15 years ago - "more profitable and better appreciated," Keith sums up.
The company specialises in cleaning carpet, upholstery, Oriental and area rugs, curtains and other soft furnishings.
Two years ago, Keith qualified with the IICRC to clean and seal marble, stone, tile and grout, so in addition to looking after textiles, he is able maintain or restore hard flooring, also.
Keith had a team working with him but is back to working solo, which he prefers for the added flexibility and simpler logistics and he travels from his Dover base throughout Kent and into neighbouring Surrey.
Thanks to its innovative design, the Sapphire Scientific 370SS truck mounted carpet and upholstery cleaning system has combined tried and tested componentry with an ingenious use of space. Innovative heat exchange technology simplifies the machine's operation and maintenance and ensures a long service life at a low cost.
And - most dramatically - with a console width of only 16", the machine can fit into the fast-growing small panel van sector.
The Sapphire Scientific 370SS offers what is believed to be the smallest cubic size truckmount on the market, requiring 50% less cubic inches than competitive models and thereby freeing up precious van space, and with all serviceable parts within 20 cm (8in) of the exterior. An easy-off panel giving fast access to service points though what are estimated to be fewer parts than any comparable unit, means easier maintenance for this versatile machine.
High output is also a key characteristic, with a cleverly designed heat exchanger producing more usable heat (121 C / 250 F max) with minimal heat loss to the environment, and a last-step chemical injection maximising pump performance.
Additional features include thermostatic temperature control allowing total temperature control up to 250 degrees F; easy-to-use ergonomic control panel with waste pump out switch; by-pass free operation saving solution and waste tank space.
Add a two year warranty and full UK back-up with installation, service and training by a dedicated Prochem team calling on over 30 years' experience in truckmount supply, and the Sapphire Scientific 370SS comes down to making solid business sense for cleaners seeking more for less in a challenging market.
"The Sapphire is so much of an improvement over the last machine I had," Keith Dugard sums up. "Technology has advanced the boundaries of what the machine can do performance-wise and in terms of controllability. No wasted fuel, no wasted water. It really is so very much better.
"I did a job at a local restaurant in Deal where a greasy restaurant carpet came up like new with one pass of the wand.
"I feel better about my business, the image I am presenting and the job that I can perform."
Founded in 1974, Prochem Europe is a leading British manufacturer of cleaning and maintenance products for carpets, fabrics and floors. Chemicals are made at the company's headquarters in Chessington, Surrey and are available through an extensive network of national and international distributors along with its carpet, fabric and floor cleaning equipment, accessories and spares. Britain's leading commercial provider of training to professional cleaners, Prochem Europe also offers a range of industry-recognised training courses for carpet, upholstery and floor cleaning and maintenance at Chessington, covering the latest techniques and maintenance methods.
4th October 2012