Sack sizes demystified!

I’m willing to wager that not many of us actually know what ’18-by-29-by-39′ really stands for even though the basic black sack is something that most of us have some contact with on an almost daily basis!

The following infographic keeps it nice and simple to demystify what those numbers mean.

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So there we are, not so difficult after all! Now you know how and why sacks are named, you’re well placed to review the sacks you’re using and decide if they’re overspec for the job. Give us a call on 01243 771340 to discuss the options.

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Chemical labels explained

The deluge of technical information we encounter in the Cleaning Industry can be a bit daunting, so we love this fun and simple explanation of the elements on chemical labels.

This will help you make sense of the blurb you find on every bottle, and use the information to:

  • keep yourself safe
  • keep others safe
  • protect clients’ property
  • get the job done fast & well

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The importance of handwashing

We like this gross but highly visual reminder of why it’s important to wash your hands properly

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A primary school teacher used this effective experiment to teach her class about germs and how they spread:

  • She put bread slice no.1 into bag no.1 with a gloved hand and labelled it ‘contolled’.
  • Bread slice no.2 was placed into bag no.2 with freshly washed hands and labelled ‘clean hands’.
  • Last but not least, bread slice no.3 was passed around the class, every child touching it with their (unwashed) hands, and then placed in bag no.3 and labelled ‘dirty hands’.

The picture of the results speaks for itself!

Scrub up on your hand hygiene here:

Alcohol hand sanitisers

Trust S alcohol hand sanitising gel

Pump bottle handwash

Flower Shop Antibacterial lotion soap

Bulk refill handwash

Pink Pearl lotion soap

Cartridge refill handwash systems

PURELL ADX-12 Dispenser 1200ml - White/White - manual

Cleaning tips – Keeping your office clean and tidy

Following our blog on why it’s important to keep your office clean and tidy, here’s some practical tips for keeping on top of it day-to-day and in between cleaner visits.

  • Keep spare bin liners in the bottom of your bins, outside the bag. You can quickly whip the old one and slip a new one in when it gets a bit close to full.
  • Keep spray & wipe, absorbent paper roll, tubs of office wipes and other basic equipment in an easy-access office cupboard or desk drawer for quickly mopping up spills and sanitising your keyboard and phone.
  • Avoid eating at your desk (if you currently do eat at your desk, please tip your keyboard upside down and give it a shake – you might be shocked!). As well as crumbs-in-the-keyboard it makes your mouse, phone, handles, pens and anything else you touch greasy and contributes to bad smells.
  • Keep clutter down – it’s a lot easier to clean a tidy area than one piled high. Chances are if your cleaner is having to navigate piles of papers and boxes that only the clear areas of your desk and floor will get attended to.
  • Make employees responsible to keep their own area tidy.
  • Open the windows when weather conditions and noise levels permit – maybe an hour in the early morning, or whenever works for you. The fresh air will blow cobwebs and bad smells away (or at least help combat them!) and that oxygen boost will help your staff perform better during the day.

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Prepare for the snow… Miracle Ice Melt

We all know how beautiful the snow can look – that pure carpet of freshly fallen whiteness. But we also know that behind that beauty lies some dangers – cars skidding, people slipping, damage to persons and property… Why not safeguard against the risks? Miracle Ice Melt can be used as a preventative measure when snow or frost is forecast as well as a fast method of clearing snow and ice once it’s settled.

Here’s why we think Ice Melt is better than Rock Salt:

  • Ice Melt is effective at temperatures as low as -15c (rock salt only works down to -5).
  • Ice Melt doesn’t attack concrete or vegetation and doesn’t rust metal. This makes it ideal for steel and concrete buildings, multi storey car parks and any hard surface that drains into vegetation.
  • Less grams of Ice Melt are needed to clear each square metre than Rock Salt.

What’s more, throughout January 2016 we’re giving away a free Professional Snow Shovel with every order for 2 or more bags of Ice Melt!

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Cleaning tips – removing chewing gum

Chewing gum and fabric fibres tend to be great friends – once they’ve found each other they’re pretty hard to break apart. But don’t worry, we’ve found some great products and tricks that will make your task a little easier…

FREEZE – Freezing the gum causes it to turn brittle, then you can snap or scrape it off the surface. If it’s a garment or small item that’s soiled, try chucking it in the freezer for a couple of hours and the gum should break off easily. If you’re dealing with gum trodden into a carpet use an aerosol freezer spray such as Sel-Freez – you may need to repeat the ‘freeze and remove’ process to successfully eliminate the stain. We like this method because it works quickly and makes little mess.

MELT – If you want to avoid aerosols, you can use a chemical to break down the gum. First perforate the surface of the gum as much as possible to allow the chemical to penetrate – use a perforator block like this. Apply a small amount of chemical such as solvent chewing gum remover and allow it to permeate the gum – but be careful, don’t allow it to penetrate rubber carpet backings!

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Microfibre – what’s so good about it?

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Why has microfibre suddenly become the cloth of choice for professionals, replacing replacing traditional cloths, mops and dusters faster than you can say mi-cro-fi-brrrr… ?

It’s an innovative super fabric that’s impressively effective at cleaning just about everything!

 

Microfibre removes dirt from surfaces rather than pushing it round 

Microfibre cloths are made of lots of wedge-shaped fibres which grab dirt particles off the surface and trap them in the structure of the cloth. In comparison, cotton cloths are made of rounded fibres which can’t trap and hold the dirt and result in spreading it along the surface.

This image makes it nice and simple to understand – it’s a massively blown up diagram of the fibre in the cloth. You’re wiping from left to right – as you can see the surface behind where the microfibre has wiped is clean and free from residual particles, whereas behind where the cotton has wiped there’s still dirt and germs on the surface.

 

Microfibre is more ‘green’

Microfibre can be used with just water! You’ll need to make sure any large residual dirt is removed first. This is great for environments where people are allergic to certain chemicals, or there’s restrictions on what chemicals can be used on site.

 

Microfibre leaves surfaces ‘streak-free’ not smeary

We’ve already talked about traditional cloths spreading dirt around the surface, not grabbing it away like microfibre does. Because microfibre takes the dirt away from the surface there’s nothing left at all to form those streaks which ruin your just-cleaned surfaces.

 

Microfibre is more absorbent

The surface area of microfibre is 40 times greater than that of a comparable size piece of cotton.  The capillary action of the very fine fibres coupled with huge surface area results in microfibre being able to absorb up to 7x its weight in fluids!

 

Microfibre doesn’t scratch

Microfibre is one of the softest materials ever created, due to its tiny tiny fibres (1/100th of a hair width) – the cloth itself will not ever scratch a surface, not even the shiniest, glossy black grand piano… AND, because it traps dirt particles rather than pushing them across the surface, it also protects the surface you’re cleaning from damage by the dirt on the surface.

 

Microfibre is multi-purpose

Microfibre cloths and mops can be used dry or damp and for almost any application.

Dry cleaning – microfibre filament creates a static charge that attracts dust, dirt, liquids and holds them until the cloth is washed.

Damp cleaning – capillary action draws dirt and germs into the cloth and holds them until the cloth is washed.

Applications

  • dusting (dry and damp)
  • polishing mirrors and windows
  • car valeting
  • bathroom cleaning
  • kitchen cleaning
  • mopping
  • lots more!

Microfibre is more durable

Microfibre cloths can be washed on a high-heat hygiene cycle to kill the germs that have been caught in the fibres, and can withstand tumble-drying for convenience. If you want to save energy and avoid leaching or colour-running wash them at 30. Microfibre cloths can be washed up to 500 times and still retain their effectiveness. This makes it an exceptionally cost effective choice of cleaning cloth.

*PS: it’s important not to to use microfibre with strong acid or bleach, or wash it with a fabric conditioner, as these clog and damage the fibres thereby reducing the effectiveness of the cloth.

 

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Cleaning tips – How to prevent contact dermatitis

Cleaners are often at risk of developing contact dermatitis, particularly on the hands and forearms due to repeated wetness and contact with chemicals.   Dermatitis manifests itself as redness, itches, swelling, blisters, flaked and cracked skin – it’s uncomfortable and can be severe enough to prevent you from doing your job.  Follow the simple guidance below to ensure you keep yourself safe and well:

  • AVOID – avoid tasks that involve contact with chemicals, food or water. Ie use a dishwasher instead of washing up by hand, use utensils and tools rather than  your bare hands.
  • PROTECT – wear non-allergenic gloves at all times, use a skin conditioner cream before and after work to boost your skin’s resistance.
  • CHECK – look out for signs of dry, inflamed or broken skin – the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it will be.

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