The SPHERGO® Surface Cleaning System from HOSPECO® was developed to address a common ergonomic problem for workers performing manual surface cleaning, vertical cleaning, and floor care. It incorporates a specially designed, lightweight base tool to which one of the company’s MicroWorks® microfiber environmental hygiene and cleaning pads is adhered.
The SPHERGO tool features a patent-pending spherical ball handle that rotates to help minimize musculoskeletal stresses common to manual cleaning processes. The ball handle can be used as a handheld cleaning tool or, for hard-to-reach areas, the ball handle can be “popped” into an extension pole. In either case, the ball allows for more productive cleaning while affording users the opportunity to naturally keep the wrist in a more neutral position, thereby reducing stresses that can result in occupational injuries.
In addition to quality surface cleaning, using microfiber pads saves money because they are machine launderable up to 200 times and offer a better ROI. However, for janitorial and sanitation teams for whom laundering is not an option, the SPHERGO system is now available with MicroWorks disposable cleaning pads that fasten to the SPHERGO ball tool with hook-and-loop fasteners.
When cleaning is complete, or to avoid cross-contamination between surfaces, users can simply tear off and dispose of the soiled pad and apply another pad. The disposable cleaning pads are made of a 100% synthetic absorbent material, can be used with any cleaning solution, work well for either wet or dry cleaning, are sanitizer compatible, and can attach to any Velcro® base. The pads are available in three sizes — 10″ and 15″ for the medium and large SPHERGO tools and 17″ to fit all traditional microfiber flat mop cleaning tools.
Whether employees hold the ball-handled tool directly with their hands to clean (e.g., tables, desks, walls, and mirrors) or use the extension poles designed to minimize stooping and reaching, they can minimize repeated torso flexion and straining movements that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders. With the availability of the new disposable cleaning pads, the system is now available to every facility that wants to save time and effort and reduce costs due to employee injuries.