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Floors, toilets and washrooms are all the focus of cleaning regimes, but is seat cover cleanliness taken seriously enough? We think that all seats are a priority.

As people and companies adapt to the challenges thrown up by coronavirus, everyone is assessing how they live, work and travel. How we protect ourselves from unseen attackers is now a major concern.

The coronavirus highlighted many things. It showed how vulnerable we all are to viruses that can affect people and places without warning.

Something TBM is keen to emphasise to passengers and fleet operators is the importance of regular seat cover cleaning to help in the fight against infections.

It’s no longer just about looking good; it’s about keeping staff and passengers safe.

How dirty are train seat covers?

In many cases, the seats you sit on in trains can carry more germs, bacteria and viruses than a toilet. Really!

Not every passenger uses a toilet on board, but when they do most follow simple hygiene rules. It’s the same at home; most people use a toilet cleaner, wipe down surfaces and even spray the room with disinfectant.

Seat cushions, sofas and other fabric covered chairs rarely get the same attention.

On train seats, however, the sheer volume of traffic means that the risks are high even when nightly cleaning teams clean and tidy the carriages.

Almost every passenger places a hand on the seat cover as they sit down. Many people in shorts or dresses touch the covers with their skin. People eat, sneeze and cough while they are sat in the same spot – often for an hour or more.

Sweat, grease, dirt, germs and fluids can be found all over seat fabrics when you inspect them closely. Unfortunately, these substances can be passed on from passenger to passenger.

Deep cleaning and protection

TBM offers scheduled seat cover cleaning and maintenance to fleets across the entire UK rail network. With virus concerns at the forefront of everyone’s mind, keeping covers clean and hygienic should be a priority.

Because we remove seat covers we can really get the material clean. It starts with a blast of air to remove surface dirt and dust. Individual stains and spills are dealt with by our experienced teams of cleaners. The covers are then dry cleaned in professional machines using rail industry approved solutions.

We also go a step further. In partnership with BioMaster, we now offer protective coatings for seat cover materials and carpets. This forms a barrier that repels drink spills, stops substances forming a bond on the cover’s surface, and helps to stop the spread of viruses.

When built into a regular cleaning programme fleet operators can give their passengers increased confidence with carriage interiors that are not only cleaner but more hygienic.

Scheduled seat cover cleaning

Daily and weekly cleaning teams can keep on top of one-off spills and the occasional damage to seating and carpets. Keeping them thoroughly clean and hygienic takes planning.

Leave the cleaning schedule to us. We’ve done it for most of the UK fleet operators over the last ten years.

We’ll build in a seat cover cleaning routine that suits your depot operations. We’ll receive covers at Crewe, get them inspected, assessed for damage, dry cleaned, bagged and returned when you need them.

We take away the hassle. Your fleet has clean and hygienic seat covers that give passengers the confidence to travel, because all seats are a priority!

Watch the full video that showcases our seat cover cleaning process, here:

Get in touch to discuss options. Call 0844 800 8577 or email enquiries@tbmrail.com