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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Cleaning tips – removing stubborn stains

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We’re quite impressed with these innocuous-looking little white sponges-  they really pack a punch when you’ve got a problematic stain to shift.

Just use lightly damp – wipe or scrub and hey presto, your stain is gone!

Ideal for:

  • rubber marks on polished floors
  • tea/coffee stains on mugs
  • kick marks on painted skirtings
  • scuffs marks on lino
  • tarnished cookware
  • crayon scribbles
  • dirty whiteboards
  • fingerprints on walls
  • pen-marked table tops
  • stained washroom basins
  • algae on glass
  • permanent marker on washroom partitions
  • getting into small nooks and crannies
  • …the list goes on! As you can see, these are a versatile piece of kit. Let us know what you’ve achieved with your Erase-Away sponge!

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Cleaning tips – What’s the best drain unblocker?

The first point to ascertain is whether you’re unblocking a kitchen drain or a washroom drain.

Kitchen drains – blockage is likely to be caused by fat, trapped food, grease etc.

Formula 50 heavy duty caustic oven & drain cleaner

Use Formula 50 to clear the blockage fast! Be careful though, it’s caustic – so wear gloves and face protection, be sure not to use it on aluminium or galvanised metal surfaces, and always rinse thoroughly.


Washroom drains – blockage is likely to be caused by scale,  body fat, hair, tissues, etc.

One Shot Drain Cleaner

Use Torpedo to dissolve residues quickly, and get your washroom functional again in no time! Use the little funnel provided to guide the chemical into the drain and ensure that washroom surfaces don’t get damaged. Always wear your gloves and goggles, and rinse after use.


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Cleaning tips – Why you should never leave toilet cleaner in the toilet

It’s common perception that leaving toilet cleaner in the toilet bowl helps the washroom look and smell ‘just cleaned’, but best practice says don’t!

  • the acid may start to discolour the toilet bowl if left in contact for too long – we recommend leaving it no longer than 15 minutes before brushing & flushing.
  • the action of ‘brush & flush’ helps release perfumes in the toilet cleaner, which remove the bad odours and create a fresh clean smell.
  • the risk of splashback is a health hazard!

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The all new proBrush power scrubber!

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We love the proBrush power brush because it helps reduce time spent on site and improve standard of cleanliness achieved. Win-Win!

This new waterproof cordless scrubbing tool is ideal for getting right into those hard to reach areas, and shifting stubborn stains quickly and easily. The applications are endless, but already we’ve been found using it on:

  • the little gap round behind toilets
  • corners of washroom floors
  • scale deposits round taps and fittings
  • polishing mirrors, windows and glass screens
  • buffing fingerprints off stainless steel
  • stripping woodwork
  • spot stain removal on carpets
  • mildewy washroom grout joints

We’d love to hear what you’re using your power brush for – let us know using the comments box below, and you might be in for a free gift!

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Deliveries at non-standard times of day

So you like the idea of getting cleaning supplies delivered direct to your client site – sounds nice and easy doesn’t it? Saves you the cost of storing products in your own warehouse and the time of delivering them out to different sites. But your staff are on site at non-standard times of day and you don’t like the thought of deliveries potentially going missing if your staff aren’t right there to recieve them… Ta-Dah! Enter proAct! We’ve developed some unique logistics solutions and we’re good to help you out in exactly this situation! That means for some of our customers we deliver between the hours of 11pm and 6am. For others we take the goods upstairs, round the corner and pack them away right in the cleaning cupboard where they live. For others we deliver at 8pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month… you know… whatever it is, we can help. Give us a call to have a chat – 01243 771340.