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The Showmans Show 2022

See you at the Showmans Show 2022!

Straight Eight Engineering will be attending the Showmans Show, 19th & 20th October at Newbury Showground. Visit us on Avenue A, stand 124 where we will be exhibiting our twin roller S8E5000TR marquee washing machine.

Attention Marquee Hire Company Owners

Marquee washing machines with superior cleaning power, efficiency and sustainability. As a marquee hire company owner, keeping your covers and matting clean is important for aesthetic reasons, but it’s also crucial for protecting the lifespan of your investment (especially due to the soaring prices of PVC). Using a marquee cleaning machine also improves the turnaround time of the marquee between hires, making your assets work harder, faster and for longer.

Our marquee washing machines have been born out of the exacting requirements of marquee professionals giving marquee companies the versatility to thoroughly clean and dry sides, roofs, gables and matting at scale. Marquees up to 5m in our 5000 range and 6m wide in our 6000 range can be cleaned. All machines can clean up to 50m length leaving the process not just clean, but dry – ready for flaking and storing or better still, going straight back into service.

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Exhibiting the S8E5000TR

Visit us at The Showmans Show on Avenue A, stand 124 to see our twin roller S8E5000TR marquee washing machine. The development of the twin rollers has increased efficiency by allowing one set of covers to be cleaned whilst the last set is unloaded.

Utilising newer technologies, we have improved the design and performance of our stainless steel machines. With concentrated dip tanks, water recycling and the best air blade dryers available (reducing running costs by up to 90%), we promise not just superior cleaning results but aim to be more sustainable too.

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Founded On A Proven History In Design And Manufacture

Straight Eight Engineering is run by Peter Bonham Christie. Peter’s father Richard, owned a marquee company and every holiday Peter’s job was to clean the marquees by hand.

This was neither efficient or enjoyable so Peter & Richard set about designing the first Marquee Washing Machine. Although it worked, many lessons were learnt along the way and many improved machines have been made. The current S8E5000TR & S8E6000TR machines represent what is now the industry benchmark. Peter has gone on to manufacture and sell these machines all over the world on a global scale.

Twin Roller Marquee Cleaning Machine

Visit us at The Showmans Show on Avenue A, stand 124. To arrange a one-to-one meeting or a personalised live demonstration get in touch with Peter: peter@straighteightengineering.com or 07785 954564

Investing in a Marquee Cleaning Machine

Keeping your marquees cleaner means they look nicer for your customers (reducing negative feedback and holding the rates you can charge), but it also helps to keep them protected for a longer lifespan. Using a machine for marquee cleaning also improves the turnaround time of the marquee between hires.

We offer free advice and help if you are looking to buy a machine for marquee cleaning. Please get in touch today

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Peter Bonham Christie – The Man Behind The Machines

Peter Bonham Christie is a British businessman and entrepreneur who, by the age of 31, overcame severe dyslexia to build and sell his first company, Isis Office Hydration Ltd, for over £1m. From there he founded Straight Eight Logistics – a company specialising in Classic and Race Car transportation by Land, Sea and Air. Peter now also runs Straight Eight Engineering – a leading marquee washing machine manufacturing company.

His First Company

Born in Bath in 1981 to Richard and Shelia, Peter’s dyslexia was soon recognised. With this in mind, his parents sent him to All Hallows Prep School followed by Millfield, in Somerset. Here their renowned dyslexia departments and strong sports teams allowed Peter to channel his energies.

Peter found university unchallenging and pulled out of a business degree to start up Isis Office Hydration Ltd. utilising a water source found at the family property in Dorset. The company, established in 2002 with £20,000, achieved a regular turnover of around £1.2m with depots in Poole and London before Peter sold to a nationwide market leader in water coolers 10 years later.

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Marquee Washing Machine Engineering

During this time, Peter also demonstrated his natural flare for engineering, designing a Marquee Washing Machine. Peter’s Father Richard, owned a marquee company and every holiday Peter’s job was to clean the marquees by hand.

This was neither efficient or enjoyable so Peter & Richard set about designing the first Marquee Washing Machine. Although it worked, many lessons were learnt along the way and it was decided another improved machine would be made. This machine represents what is now the industry benchmark. Peter has gone on to manufacture and sell these machines all over the world on a global scale.

At Straight Eight Engineering, we have the best marquee washing machines on the market, because we not only act upon feedback from our customers but we are constantly developing methods to improve upon the cleaning process” says Peter Bonham Christie.

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Engineering Excellence

Striving for excellence is ingrained in the company’s DNA and resonates throughout its staff. Peter provides the inspiration and the motivational tools to enable every member to be the best they can be. The resulting unparalleled quality and service has rapidly established Straight Eight Engineering as one of the market leaders in marquee washing machines.

Far from being defined by dyslexia, Peter believes that it can actually be of benefit. As a teenager he recalls negotiating to buy a bike and having to drive the price down in order to be able to write the cheque in words he knew he could spell! He may still struggle to spell, but Peter instead excels at seeing solutions and opportunities where others cannot.

Straight Eight Engineering offers free advice and help if you are looking to buy a marquee washing machine. Please get in touch today
Or call Peter on
+44(0)7785954564
Or email
peter@straighteightengineering.com

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Marquee Cleaning; How to Choose the Right Cleaning Method

Marquee cleaning is an important job for any marquee hire company. It’s also a job that can require special skills and equipment. Keeping your covers clean is essential to prolong their lifespan and helps to keep customer happiness high. Here are some points to consider when choosing the best method of marquee cleaning for your marquees.

Types Of Marquee Cleaning Available

There are several different types of marquee cleaners available, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the more common types of marquee cleaners:

1 Pressure Washers – These machines use high pressure water jets to blast away dirt and debris from surfaces. Effective for removing stubborn stains and dirt, but it also has the potential to damage the surface being cleaned. Requires drying space and time too.

2 Sprayers – These machines spray a fine mist of water onto the surface being cleaned. This method is less aggressive than using a pressure washer, so it won’t cause as much damage to the surface. However, it does not provide as much power as a pressure washer and requires a manual scrub at the same time. Requires drying space and time too.

3 Steam Cleaners – These machines use steam to loosen dirt and grime from the surface being cleaned. Steam cleaners are often used by professionals who need to clean large areas quickly. Some scrubbing will be required and drying space and time is needed.

4 Marquee Cleaning Machine – This is the most efficient and highly effective method of marquee cleaner. Clean larger sizes of covers and multiple covers can be cleaned and dried at the same time.

Tips For Keeping Your Marquee Clean And In Great Shape

Investing in a marquee also means investing the time to keep it in good condition. Most marquees are relatively hard wearing since they’re made out of PVC. While this material already offers high levels of protection against wind, rain, UV rays, dust and other pollutants, your marquee still needs to be inspected and cared for on a regular basis to increase its lifespan and keep it looking fresh and new.

> Inspect your marquee at least once every season, and expect to clean it a couple of times over the spring and summer, especially if you’re using it frequently during this period.

> A marquee is more likely to get dirty during the set-up/dismantling process, so if you take care at these stages then you can get away with cleaning it less frequently.

> Consider where you erect the structure: for example, if it’s set up underneath trees, it’s more likely to gather tree sap, dust and grime that washes off the leaves when it rains.

> Grime from traffic will also show over time as a grey tinge on the white material. Once there, it’s difficult to remove and needs a chemical detergent and brush or similar – which is another reason to inspect and clean your marquee on a regular basis.

Which Marquee Cleaning Method Is Best For You?

If you’re looking for a new marquee cleaner, there are a few things to consider before making a purchase. First, make sure you choose a method that will fit into your cleaning frequency. Second, find a method that offers enough cleaning power to remove tough stains and dirt without damaging the surface. Finally, be mindful of the labour and man hours required to clean your marquees.

In most cases for a marquee hire company, the need to constantly clean marquees to get them back out on hire is important. This will increase the frequency of hire and hence the profitability of each marquee. Speed is also an important factor. The faster the cleaning and drying ‘cycle’, the quicker the marquee can be back up on an event.

In light of the above, we would say that investing in a machine for marquee cleaning is the best way to keep your marquees clean.

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Choosing a Marquee Cleaning Machine

There are several different types of marquee cleaning machines available, so it’s important that you choose the right one for your needs. Here at Straight Eight Engineering there are currently two main marquee cleaning machine models: The S8E5000 and the S8E6000.

These cleaning machines have been born out of the exacting requirements of marquee professionals giving companies the versatility to thoroughly clean sides, roofs and gables at scale.

Here are some features to help you decide between them.

Key Features Of The S8E Washing Machine Series

– Washes up to 6m wide and 50m length

– High grade stainless steel

– Safe and easy to use

– Advanced drying system

– Efficient operating system

– Concentrated dip tanks

– Economic water usage

– Water Recycling system

– 3 Phase 63 amp supply

– Cleans sides roofs & gables

– Twin Top Roller Option Available for Both Models

Twin Top Roller Options

The Twin Top Rollers increase the efficiency of the machine to 100%. Both the S8E5000 and the S8E6000 machines are available as a Twin Roller option.

With the twin Roller model, whilst one roller is cleaning, rinsing and drying the other is loading or unloading. This means that as soon as one cover has finished a cycle there is another cover loaded ready to wash, rinse and dry. Ie 100% usage efficiency with no wasted time.

Twin Roller Marquee Cleaning Machine

Invest In Marquee Cleaning

Keeping your marquees cleaner means they look nicer for your customers (reducing negative feedback and holding the rates you can charge), but it also helps to keep them protected for a longer lifespan. Using a machine for marquee cleaning also improves the turnaround time of the marquee between hires.

We offer free advice and help if you are looking to buy a machine for marquee cleaning. Please get in touch today

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Our Top Marquee Cleaning Machine Options

As a marquee hire company owner, you know that keeping your marquees clean is crucial for their longevity. But what about the washing process? Are you using a marquee cleaning machine to keep them looking their best? In this post, we’ll take a look at two of the best machines on the market for marquee cleaning.

Marquee cleaning machines founded on a proven history in design and manufacture.

Straight Eight Engineering have over 30 years experience in design and manufacturing worldwide. The team not only acts upon feedback from customers but are constantly looking for innovative ways to improve upon the marquee cleaning process.

Peter Bonham Christie, Managing Director of Straight Eight Engineering, states “Our machines are designed to be a reliable, efficient and cost effective system to clean your marquees and protect your investment.”

Utilising new technologies, the team at Straight Eight Engineering have improved the design and performance of their machines with concentrated dip tanks, water recycling and the best air blade dryers available. The machines now boast superior cleaning results and also to be more sustainable with lower running costs.

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Two Marquee Cleaning Machine Models

There are two main marquee cleaning machine models: The S8E5000 and the S8E6000. These cleaning machines have been born out of the exacting requirements of marquee professionals giving companies the versatility to thoroughly clean sides, roofs and gables at scale.

Key features of the S8E5000 & S8E6000 marquee cleaning machines:

• Washes up to 6m wide and 50m length
• High grade stainless steel
• Safe and easy to use
• Advanced drying system
• Efficient operating system
• Concentrated dip tanks
• Economic water usage
• Water Recycling system
• 3 Phase 63 amp supply
• Cleans sides roofs & gables
• Twin Top Roller Option Available for Both Models

Twin Top Roller Options

The Twin Top Rollers increase the efficiency of the machine to 100%. Both the S8E5000 and the S8E6000 machines are available as a Twin Roller option.

With the twin Roller model, whilst one roller is cleaning, rinsing and drying the other is loading or unloading. This means that as soon as one cover has finished a cycle there is another cover loaded ready to wash, rinse and dry. Ie 100% usage efficiency with no wasted time.

Twin Roller Marquee Cleaning Machine

Invest in Marquee Cleaning

Keeping your marquees cleaner means they look nicer for your customers (reducing negative feedback and holding the rates you can charge), but it also helps to keep them protected for a longer lifespan. Using a marquee cleaning machine also improves the turnaround time of the marquee between hires.

With finance options available, and short lead times, it is easy to buy one of our new models.We offer free advice and help if you are looking to buy a marquee cleaning machine. Please get in touch today
Or call Peter on
+44(0)7785954564
Or email
peter@straighteightengineering.com

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Swedish Client Marquee Washing Machine Delivery

Swedish Client Takes Delivery of S8E600TR Marquee Washing Machine

If you own a marquee hire company, then you know that keeping your marquees clean is essential. Not only does it make them look nicer for your customers ( reducing negative feedback and hold the rates you can charge), but it also protects them for a longer lifespan. That’s why it’s important to invest in a good quality marquee washing machine.

Straight Eight Engineering recently manufactured a marquee washing machine for a tent hire company in Sweden. After consultation we established that this particular client required a machine able to clean larger sized covers up to 6m in width – the S8E6000TR.

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The client opted for the Twin Roller version. The Twin Top Rollers increase the efficiency of the machine. Whilst one roller is washing or drying the other roller is loading or unloading covers. (Both the S8E5000 and the S8E6000 machines are available as a Twin Roller option).

Key features of the S8E6000TR washing machine:

  • Washes up to 6m wide and 50m length
  • High grade stainless steel
  • Safe and easy to use
  • Advanced drying system
  • Efficient operating system
  • Concentrated dip tanks
  • Economic water usage
  • Water Recycling system
  • 3 Phase 63 amp supply
  • Cleans sides roofs & gables
  • Twin Top Roller Option

Additional Marquee Washing Machine Benefits

In addition to prolonging the lifespan of their covers, they will also benefit from superior cleaning results (especially compared to manual scrubbing), more time freed up for their staff in the warehouse and a quicker tent turn around between hires.

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Interested in protecting your investment?

Our marquee washing machines are renowned to be easy to operate and straightforward to service and maintain. We offer free advice and help if you are looking to buy a marquee washing machine. Our experienced technicians and after sales team offer first class support to ensure that your machines run with no downtime.
Get in touch today
Or call Peter on
+44(0)7785954564
Or email
peter@straighteightengineering.com

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