Take a look in the mirror.Darryl | Hygiene Advisor
Google your business name. It only takes a few seconds.
 
It’s a bit like when you first use Google Earth, looking yourself up is weirdly compelling. But searching for your own business might reveal some very interesting perspectives about how your customers, or even potential clients, see you.
Google Reviews.
I know, online reviews are something a lot of businesses roll their eyes about. There are hundreds of stories out there about people threatening dishonest bad reviews if businesses don’t give them special free treatment, and we all know how the one disappointed customer is more likely to leave a review than the thousands of satisfied clients you maintain a good relationship with. However, although many people take them with a pinch of salt now, they’re still a major part of what potential customers will see when looking you up online while balancing the arguments for and against using your business. They definitely matter.
An interesting pattern we’ve noticed around businesses in the cleaning industry is how many of the reviews are left by ex-staff. Dissatisfied employees tend to leave some of the most damning reviews, as well, as they are often fuelled by months of frustration and disputes with their superiors, whereas a dissatisfied customer is likely to have had less extended and emotionally charged grievances. An unhappy employee leaving a review is also a serious negative mark against a company providing cleaning services – if their staff are unhappy and badly treated, what quality of job can you really expect from them? Does it mean management are likely to be careless in their handling of contracts as well as staff? Questions like that in the minds of potential clients are going to be massively off-putting.
Now it may well be that reviews like that are left by employees who were dismissed entirely legitimately and have no significant cause for complaint. However, now the review is out there, there’s nothing that can be done to remove it, but it can be diluted. Asking happy staff and satisfied customers to leave reviews online will help to balance out the view people get of your company, and a few positive reviews hold a lot of weight, as it’s known how much less likely people are to leave positive comments.
It’s likely that 95% of your staff and customers are quite happy with your company. Potential clients or employees need to see that, so they don’t get unfairly put off. Make sure they know.
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Look in the mirror

Understanding how people see you.

Our Brexit preparations

With continued uncertainty over the terms on which the UK will leave the EU on March 29th, we wish to reassure you that we’re preparing to continue providing uninterrupted service even in the event of supply chain disruption. For your peace of mind, here’s confirmation of some of the steps we’re taking to eliminate any impact on our ability to fulfil your orders.

 

Goods we import directly
We have arranged additional off-site storage, and have increased our stockholding levels of the goods we import from the EU and from other countries providing an additional 2 months cover. Most estimates of potential delays in the event of a no-deal Brexit are around 1-8 weeks, so we are confident of being able to maintain our service.

 

Goods we source from UK importers
For products which buy within the UK but are imported further up the supply chain, we have worked with our suppliers to ensure they have appropriate reserves of stock to meet predicted delays.

 

Goods manufactured within the UK
UK manufacturers are unlikely to suffer the same disruption unless they use components or materials imported from the EU, in which case we are requesting they prepare appropriately too.

 

Potential impacts on pricing:
In the event of a no deal Brexit, there is a risk of tariffs being applied to EU imports, also currency instabilities may have further impact on the costs of imported goods. As these are as yet unknown it’s impossible to say exactly how prices could be affected. However, any impacts will be experienced equally across the industry and the country as a whole, and we remain committed to maintaining our competitive position.

If you have any further questions regarding our planning process, please contact us to discuss them.

Brexit - our contingency plans

We're making sure there will be no disruption to your service.

Silent office abductionsDarryl | Hygiene Advisor

The human brain has a macabre fascination with kidnappers. The ghoulish interest we

Office abductions

A silent killer

It

It's time to pay more for cleaning services.

We need to stop the UK's drift towards a culture of dirtiness.

What colour floor pad should you be using?  Chris | Founder
Although experienced floor maintenance professionals will have a thorough knowledge of what pads to use for which processes and conditions, for operatives approaching a job with less knowledge or training there can be a confusing range of options. By and large, the industry standard colour-coding system works from light to dark, with white the finest, working up through tan, red, green and blue to brown and black, with the coarsest fibres. However, there’s more to a buffing pad than just its coarseness, so here’s more detail on the different colours and how they should be used. Please note, there may also be differences between the same colour pad from different manufacturers.
Stripping pads - Black and Brown

These are highly abrasive, aggressively removing floor polishes and finishes to prepare for re-finishing. the coarsest type of pads available, with heavy fibres, an open weave to prevent clogging or loading, They are ideal for removing layers of floor polish. They will also remove heavy soiling such as concrete splashes, but may still be unable to remove certain adhesives such as mastic. There are no formal manufacturer standards between which colours of stripping pads are which grade, but black and brown are the predominant colours for the toughest pads. They are often used ‘wet’ ie a stripping solution is applied to the floor, either via the floor machine or by mop, and left to act for a few minutes before being scrubbed. These should be used with a low-speed machine (150-200 rpm) as high speed machines are not suitable for stripping polish. The soiled solution needs to be picked up by mop or wet-vacuum cleaner, and rinsed.

Scrubbing pads - Green and Blue

Green and blue scrubbing pads are not as heavy as black or brown pads, but will still remove heavy soils and marks. However, they are also likely to take a thin top layer off emulsion polishes, leaving a dull surface perfect for recoating and burnishing. Both may be used wet, the blue pad is also good for ‘spray cleaning’ which is an excellent maintenance technique and uses much less water than wet scrubbing. Both scrubbing and spray cleaning will remove medium levels of soil but will not remove all the polish. These pads are both suitable for high-speed applications (300-500 rpm) but not ultra-high speed use. They should not be used for burnishing as they are too abrasive and will spoil and remove the surface of the polish.
Spray cleaning pads - Red and Tan

The Red lightweight scrubbing pad is the most commonly used for regular cleaning and maintenance. It is suitable for dealing with light soil, and restores a soft shine to the surface of a polished floor. Tan pads are finer, and can be used with high speed machines (300-500 rpm). They are commonly used for spray cleaning – the floor is pre-sprayed with a cleaning agent or floor maintainer before buffing with a red or tan pad.
Burnishing pads - White and Pale blue

Burnishing pads are used for achieving the finish to a polished floor, leaving a high shine and helping the polish to set by warming the surface through their friction. They are used at high speed, and are gentle enough to use on waxed floors. White is the softest pad, which means it leaves the brightest shine on the floor but also is less durable. White pads can be used up to medium high speed (350 rpm) as they are liable to overheat at higher speeds. A relatively new development is the pale blue thermal pad, which can be used at ultra high speeds (1500-2000 rpm) to achieve an exceptionally shiny finish. These pads have a much more aerated weave to allow more air to reach the floor and stop the surface overheating. Some manufacturers use other colours for ultra high speed pads.
Melamine Pads

Although not technically a buffing pad, melamine floor pads are gaining massively in popularity among floor maintenance teams, as users discover how effective they can be on natural stone, terrazzo, wooden or tiled floors. Made from the same material as the magic sponge, they are more expensive than standard floor pads, but can remove stains and scuff marks and restore a new appearance to the floor in a way that other pads can’t, using only water. They should be used at low speed (150rpm) to avoid wearing through the pad too fast.
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For more advice on floor maintenance, including which chemicals to use in various applications, call our team on 01243 771340.

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‘You just can’t get the staff these days…’ Darryl | Hygiene Advisor
You’ve heard it said thousands of times – usually with a weary half-smile – as managers see a member of their staff make a frustrating mistake. However, what was just a well-worn saying is gradually becoming the brutal reality for many UK businesses, in particular those requiring a high number of manual workers, such as the cleaning industry.
Through the 21st century, much of the UK’s requirement for entry level employment has been fulfilled by EU nationals wanting short to medium term employment in an accessible job while they settle down in the UK. This has suited many cleaning contractors well, with a ready supply of labour often prepared to work irregular hours for low-end wages. However, in the year following the Brexit vote, (Yes sorry. I’m going to talk about Brexit. I know we’re all sick of hearing about it.) net migration to the uk fell by a massive 106,000. This comes at a time when the labour market is already getting significantly more competitive, with unemployment at only 4.0%, its lowest since 1975.
All this means businesses are finding it more and more difficult to get hold of employees in lower-paid, less skilled roles. So cleaning jobs, often involving only a few hours’ work in early mornings or evenings and a costly journey on public transport to get to and from the site, are becoming less attractive to employees looking for full-time roles and better earnings. For many managers, ‘you can’t get the staff’ is fast becoming the brutal reality. Many I speak to are starting to have to turn down work, reducing growth and profitability, because they simply won’t be able to find enough operatives.
So what can cleaning companies do to find a way around this problem? Is the answer in better efficiency, reducing the number of staff needed? Or making the job a more attractive and fulfilling option? Or training staff to work quicker, justifying a higher hourly rate? We

You just can't get the staff...

Dealing with recruitment challenges in the current labour market.

5 cleaning industry trends for 2019 Darryl | Hygiene Advisor
It’s an unpredictable world, but we can still look around us, see what’s changed over the last year, what’s gaining popularity, what’s falling out of favour, and how attitudes and perceptions around commercial cleaning are changing. Here’s our round-up of 5 trends and issues to be aware of throughout 2019, so you can stay ahead of your competition.
 
Plastic
 
This one’s far and away taking the headlines ahead of the rest. It’s massive. At every level, businesses are growing more and more conscious of the need to drastically cut down the amount of non-biodegradable waste we put into landfill, and plastic bottles, cloths and cleaning equipment are going to be some of the predominant targets of these campaigns. And as clients have stricter plastic-reduction requirements to meet, they will put more pressure on their suppliers, including their cleaning companies, to prove they’re using a responsible system.
 
The primary solutions so far centre around biodegradable packaging and equipment – including cloths made from plant material instead of plastic – and the reduction of plastic bottle usage through super-concentrate chemicals instead of ready to use. Expect to feel more pressure to follow these routes this year.
 
Automation technology
 
In the last 18 months, there’s been a growing wedge of robotic machines invading every cleaning exhibition in Europe. It seems like the future of floor care will be far less labour intensive, as floor cleaning machinery is already a significant investment, many cleaners will find it worthwhile to spend a bit more on an autonomous machine to reduce their employment costs.
 
We’ll be seeing more smart devices around too – as the Internet of Things becomes part of everyday domestic and commercial life, there will be more connected devices, particularly in washroom dispensers, air quality control, and waste disposal. Be ready for resource management to be run in real time by an app on your phone instead of manually.
 
Unreliable ‘Eco-friendly’ claims
 
We’re already seeing this a lot, but there’s no doubt it will increase dramatically throughout the rest of the year. It’s not surprising that businesses are trying to capitalise on the rising importance of environmental concerns in consumers’ minds, but some brands aren’t approaching it ethically.
 
The majority of new chemicals that gets offered to us by manufacturers have some kind of environmentally friendly claims, but not all of them stack up to proper investigation. Often they’ve simply made weak, watery products to reduce their hazard rating. Or worse, changed nothing at all, just written ‘Eco-friendly formulation!’ on the label. Don’t be afraid to ask for genuine technical proof of environmental claims.
 
Waste management
 
In the UK we put 57 million tonnes of rubbish in the ground every year. In 2010 analysts were predicting we would run out of landfill space by 2018 and frankly, it’s happening. During this year traditional waste disposal is likely to become more expensive and unpopular, leading to companies wanting to find more careful methods of waste handling. A higher proportion of recycling, clearer differentiation of waste streams, and reducing the amount of plastic sacks used for waste disposal are concerns that facilities management and cleaning companies that deal with clients’ waste are going to have to pay a lot more attention to by the end of 2019.
 
Growth of the domestic sector
 
One of the dominant societal trends of the 2010s has been the growth in how much time people are spending on leisure activities. Whether it’s health and fitness or the consumption of mass media, it means the average working adult is spending less time on domestic chores than 10-15 years ago – and that trend is moving at an increasing pace.
 
This, combined with a 3.5% rise in disposable incomes for working households in 2018, makes a greater proportion of the population able to afford cleaning, laundry and maintenance services. There’s a growing market out there for domestic cleaning companies to chase, and those that are proactive with their marketing are going to win good business from households looking to engage cleaners for their first time.Obviously, these aren’t the only changes that are going to affect cleaning businesses. There’s a lot of new products and systems being introduced the whole time, and the relationship between cleaning companies, clients and staff, will continue evolving all the time.
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Ocean plastics: The ins and outs.  Darryl | Hygiene Advisor
Procter and Gamble have hit the headlines in recent weeks with their Fairy Ocean Plastic campaign. A batch of 320,000 Fairy liquid bottles will be made from 10% ocean plastic and 90% post-consumer recycled plastic, and although this is a good gesture in terms of retrieving plastic waste from beaches and oceans, there are some criticisms on how effective it will really be.
Although it will succeed in reducing the quantity of ocean plastics by a few tonnes, the concern is where the bottles go once they have been used. No matter how sustainably sourced, if the bottles will be disposed of in the same way once they’re empty then they are not reducing the quantity of waste being produced at all, and ultimately the seas will keep filling up with consumer plastics.
Although Procter & Gamble themselves do say that the project is to raise awareness for the issue rather than to significantly combat the waste themselves – and it’s true that no single organisation can make much of a dent in the 6 billion tonnes of plastic waste finding its way to the ocean every year – there are questions that need answering as to whether this is the best way to go about it. Instead of investing a significant amount in what ultimately amounts to a PR campaign, could they not have spent that money researching new packaging techniques which could significantly reduce or eliminate the amount of plastic waste they produce altogether?New materials are obviously difficult and expensive to develop, and systems such as more concentrated products to reduce the number of bottles required are often slow to catch on as consumers prefer to stick to what they know. However, if any significant changes are going to be made in worldwide packaging consumption, massive consumer goods manufacturers like P&G will have to be at the forefront of it. Of course, it’s a good thing that they’re prompting a debate on the subject and showing a willingness to change their products, but many people see this as merely a publicity exercise.

Realistically the only way to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans is to cut down the amount we use and discard – and although this may sound overly simple, it’s unavoidably true. Recycling is a great way to prevent waste being lost into the environment, but plastics can only be recycled a few times so it doesn’t completely solve the problem. And with no plastic alternatives developed yet that are able to hold strong chemicals safely, it’s clear that right now the best way to keep plastic waste to a minimum from cleaning product usage is to use concentrated products and refillable bottles, and commit to recycling as much as is possible of what you do discard.

Ocean plastics

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Find textured floors tricky to clean?
So do a lot of people. That

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Innovative floor cleaning machine for difficult floors

Vacuum cleaner testing - do backpacks work?Darryl | Hygiene Advisor

I hear a lot of differing opinions on how much difference backpack vacuums make to cleaning efficiency. PacVac told us backpacks can clean 676 m2/h, compared to 233 m2/h for tub vacuums. That sounds like a massive improvement, so we looked for some other figures. Some people claimed a 30-50% increase in productivity, some said they would let you vacuum more than three times as fast. We need better answers than that.
So I decided to run my own investigation. Using a section of our own office space, I went around the same floor once with a PacVac corded backpack, and once with a Numatic Henry. I followed the same route, kept up the same brisk pace with both machines, and moved the same chairs and bins out of the way both times.
It didn

Competitive vacuuming

In the race against the clock, who wins?

People love bubbles. Lyndon | Hygiene Advisor
It’s pretty common to believe that you need to see some foam before the cleaning detergent is really doing its job. You see it working up a bit of a lather, and it feels like you’ve really done your job properly. It’s undeniably satisfying. In fact, in car washes, they add a foaming agent to the detergents they use just to make people feel like their cars are getting well cleaned. It has nothing to do with the actual cleaning at all, but people see a layer of foam over their windscreen and think it’s doing a great job. 
I was working with a very experienced cleaner recently, who had been in the industry for decades, and was now an area manager, looking after 50 sites. He knew what he was talking about. However, he was quite sure that a single dose of a super concentrate floor cleaner would never be enough to clean the floor properly, because after mixing it with the water he couldn’t see any foam in the bucket. He added a second dose, it foamed up a little, and it seemed like he was right. It did clean the floor up nicely. Twenty minutes later though, when it was dry, but felt a little bit tacky underfoot, they tried again on another area with a single dose. No bubbles, clean floor, and it didn’t feel sticky afterwards!
Obviously there are some applications where a foaming cleaner is necessary, particularly in kitchen or washroom areas where a product needs to be sprayed onto a vertical surface. But if your cleaning operatives are adding extra splashes of product when they’re diluting it to make it more foamy in the bucket, they’re probably going to end up with that tacky residue all over their floors and hard surfaces.
Clean doesn’t have to be foamy. You don’t get out of a bubble bath any cleaner than you would any other bath. It might be a little more satisfying, but if that means you’re wasting cash on unnecessary amounts of cleaner, and getting worse results, the satisfaction won’t last so long.

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How long can you hold your breath for?  Darryl | Hygiene Advisor


Google told us it was 30 seconds for most people. That seemed a bit too short so we had a quick competition around the office, and most people got between 1 minute and 1 minute 30. It wasn’t comfortable though, and there were some anxious moments as faces got redder and blood vessels bulged out further.
But with the average toilet trip taking 2 minutes and 48 seconds, it’s clear none of us would be able to go for a quick one without inhaling a few times. We know how desperately smelly they can become, so here’s the top four ways you can keep on top of your washroom odours.

1. Keep the floor clean and dry


2. Use a strong and scented toilet cleaner


3. Remove airborne bacteria


4. Maintain good airflow

Keep the floor clean and dry
The floor is the number one source of washroom smells, which isn’t really surprising considering how much urine, water and other liquids can quickly build up around toilets, basins and urinals. Floors don’t tend to be cleaned as thoroughly as other surfaces, so there is more chance for bacteria to grow and spread their odours.
Best solution: Use a bactericidal floor cleaner to kill the germs. Also, consider equipment such as the RovaWash to provide a deeper clean without taking up extra time.
Use a strong and scented toilet cleaner
Toilet bowls can also give off strong odours if fecal matter isn’t removed regularly. Bleach-based products are a very commonly used product for cleaning toilet bowls. Although they’re effective, they do leave a strong chlorine smell in the room, which is unpleasant and hard to get rid of.
Best solution: A strong acid cleaner with a fresh fragrance is both more effective and leaves a better odour.
Remove airborne bacteria
Toilet flushing, electric hand driers and water evaporation all lead to a fine mist of bacteria being suspended in the air in a washroom. These bacteria are what we actually smell when we enter a washroom, so getting rid of these makes the most noticeable difference.
Best solution: Probiotic, regularly dispensing air freshener systems which kill the bacteria and remove smells at source.
Maintain good airflow
Stale air accumulating in a confined environment will always make odours hard to restrain. A good extraction system and supply of fresh air is very important to maintain a fresh atmosphere.
Best solution: keep windows open and extraction systems turned on as much as possible.

Running out of breath

Washroom odour control

A cheerful greeting  Joanna | Clean enthusiast
We all know how important the smile is in customer service. According to a recent study, receiving friendly service makes a customer up to 60% more likely to come back. And smiles are a nice thing to have around the workplace too - the colleagues that are always happy are the ones we want to spend the most time with.

But what about your building? Does that feel good to spend time with too? Does it greet you cheerfully when you walk up to it in the morning, and shake it warmly by the door handle? It’s a refreshing feeling when your workplace feels like that old friend that always laughs at your jokes, no matter how cheesy they are.
 
Don’t leave your business looking like it spent a night in the hedge. Make sure it’s got a washed face, brushed teeth, and uses plenty of deodorant. Let it be confident enough to smile!
 
And if you feel like your facilities aren’t happy enough, get in touch with us and we’ll recommend one of our clients who we know will do an impressive job.
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Lets get readyy to rumblllllle...Darryl | Hygiene Advisor

Fight Night

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Doing good things makes you happy.Darryl | Hygiene Advisor
Doing good deeds is a powerful psychological concept. It makes us feel like more complete humans - better versions of ourselves. We walk with a casual spring, a warm glow diffusing from the soul. It’s a feeling we can’t help but love, and a significant motivating force behind making environmentally friendly choices. Our hearts bleed for the luckless Giant Panda, so we willingly do without the 5p bag.
But ultimately, humans are selfish creatures too. We like being generous, but we also like treating ourselves. And this isn’t a bad thing – when you work hard, it’s fair to give yourself a little personal pleasure from time to time. Go right ahead. You’re worth it.
The reason most people who buy bamboo products do so is their sustainability. Doing your bit for the rainforests is a reward in itself. But we shouldn’t shy away from showing ourselves a bit of love too, and that’s why Cheeky Panda want you to feel good physically as well as emotionally. Luxury bamboo disposable paper gets you both ways. Comfort meets satisfaction.
So while you’re zealously reducing your carbon footprint, enjoy the contentment it brings you. But do it in a way that makes everyone in your company feel good too, whether that’s through blissfully soft toilet paper or satin-like facial tissues. They deserve it.
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Why use silver lined cloths?Lyndon | Hygiene Advisor
It’s 2018. With the speed technology is advancing, you would think that cleaning cloths should be able to do more than just wipe a chemical around a surface - and you would be right.
Nanotechnology could be about to dramatically improve how effective a lot of cleaning processes are. Microfibre cloths with silver nanofibres are one of the more powerful uses of this technology, and the silver content makes them naturally antibacterial and mildew resistant. Even when used with only water, they clean the surface on a microbial level that many chemicals don’t. They require a shorter contact time with the surface to have a greater antibacterial effect.
Not only that, because they last so much longer without bacteria growing on them, they stay hygienic and don’t start to smell mouldy. This means they can be used for much longer, which saves you money, but also results in less plastic waste being released into the environment. Sea turtles all around the world are reading this and breathing a sigh of relief.
Also, the impact of this technology isn

Every cloud...

Silver nanotechnology in cleaning cloths.

The bane of beer stoneDarryl | Hygiene Advisor
Every brewer out there has probably had an experience of beer stone build up affecting the quality of the brew. The greyish precipitate of calcium oxalate and proteins is a brewing headache to say the least, and leaves many brewers toying with the idea of climbing inside their fermenters armed only with a scraper and a decent sized chunk of anger to attack the dreaded stuff. It’s an impressive feat of self-restraint not to let loose with a  heavy, blunt object.
Caused by bleach-based cleaning products pitting and rusting the stainless steel of the tanks, beer stone isn’t harmful to beer in itself – it just creates a surface that is impossible to sanitise and therefore harbours bad bacteria which will grow and over time lead inconsistency in flavour profile and ruined brews. It’s even more damaging to the beer than serving it in unwashed glasses.
Well this doesn’t need to happen to you any more. Prevention is easier than cure, but once you’ve removed the existing build up with nitric acid, stopping it from building up again on a regular basis is simple. Working with manufacturers and technicians that are focusing specifically on brewing tanks when designing these chemicals means this low foam caustic cleaner, and CIP disinfectant, are created specifically to leave your fermenters, heat exchangers and aging tanks in perfect condition. We’re here to make sure your finely crafted recipe doesn’t catch its ankle on the final hurdle by unnecessary contamination in the tanks. A good beer deserves it.
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How best to dispense cleaning products?Lyndon | Hygiene Advisor
Cleaning chemicals diluted wrongly cause all sorts of problems. Get it wrong with too much and you’re faced with sticky residue. Also this wastes money and can even harm surfaces. However at the opposite extreme, if you under-dose the products won’t be effective.Spending most of my time with commercial cleaning companies here’s the 4 dilution methods I encounter most often.1. Hope for the best (a few decent splosh-fuls and a glug for luck)
• Pros: Easy to implement, nice to imagine it will work
• Cons: Doesn’t work
2. Use a drum pump (aka pelican pump, shot pump, ounc-a-matic etc)
• Pros: Easy to understand, low cost.
• Cons: Still easy to overdose, not straightforward enough for operatives to convert dilution rate on bottle to number of pumps for this bucket
3. Thorough staff training
• Pros: Highly effective, well-trained staff are more efficient. It’s essential – any attempt at dilution control can fail if staff are not a) trained and b) on board with the importance of accurate dosing
• Cons: Easy to neglect especially when staff turnover rate is high. Provokes the question “what if I train my staff and they leave?” but also “what if I don’t train them and they stay?”
4. Bottles with dosing chamber
• Pros: Difficult to misuse, very low cost in use, and also reduces plastic waste, transport/emissions and saves storage space.• Cons: Maybe there are some??

 
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Getting concentration right.

We love a good coffee.Darryl | Hygiene Advisor


Morning coffee is a big part of most of our lives. Without it, we would be grey, dull humans, staring moodily at the world through grey lidded eyes and wishing people would just stop talking at us, but the coffee changes us. It makes you energetic, witty, creative. Full of zest. A warm, serotonin-fuelled smile spreads across the face and you feel ready to take on whatever well-aimed punches the morning can aim at us.

It has to be a good coffee though.  A rich, nutty crema releasing wisps of steam to casually explore the atmosphere above them. A pungent, woody aroma. It

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A good beer deserves care.Darryl | Hygiene Advisor
We’re living in a great age for the craft beer. Up and down the country, thousands of brewers are delicately cultivating their own special flavours and delivering singular experiences to the palates of their discerning clientele. So much care and passion goes into every brew – wouldn’t it be a shame if that was being wasted by how the beer is served?
Now I’m sure the bar staff are conscientiously pouring the beer as best they can. They operate the taps with finesse, and an artistic flourish. They hand it over with a friendly smile. They’ve made sure the glass isn’t dirty. But even if it’s clean, is it beer clean? Does the beer enjoy its experience in there, making it relaxed, energetic and ultimately more tasty?
I’ve been chatting with a chemical technician who spent decades of his life not only running his own pub but also working within a number of brewing companies for extended periods. He’s passionate about his beer. And he’s worried that the new generation of craft brews, particularly the dry hopped ales, may be being let down by glassware being put through an inadequate cleaning cycle.
Residue from the rinse aid or glasswash, fats and grease and hop residue that have not been cleaned off by an inadequate glasswash, lead to more fobbing, beer flattening and ultimately a worse tasting beer. That’s why the chemicals you put in a glass washer are so important to the success of a pub or taproom – if they aren’t specifically designed for beer glasses, they are likely to be spoiling the product before it gets to the customer’s mouth, as well as decreasing the yield. Make sure you’ve got the right product.
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Are your operatives wasting their time?Darryl | Hygiene Advisor
Detailed research suggests that many buildings have floors, and the persistent lure of gravity leads to a lot of dirt ending up there. This floor dirt tends to be rather unpopular, leading to most cleaning operatives spend a large proportion of their time wielding a vacuum cleaner.
It doesn’t need to be a large proportion, though. Upright and tub vacuums have both been around for decades, and although they’re effective, It’s about time we all started using a more inventive and efficient solution. If only someone could, for instance, find a way of cleaning 676 m2 per hour instead of 232 m2.
This is where the good people at PacVac come in useful. They’ve developed a backpack vacuum cleaner that is far more advanced than previous attempts at a similar product – instead of being heavy, awkward and uncomfortable, they’re designed to rest comfortably on your back for hours on end. They won’t need to be there very long though, because independent tests have found they cover the ground at almost three times the speed of tub vacuums.
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The curse of the public toilet is over.Darryl | Hygiene Advisor

It’s happened far too many times. You walk into the toilets and a cocktail of unpleasant odours invades your personal space. Someone walking out warns you, ‘better breathe through your mouth in there!’, and you force out a worried laugh. It seems to get worse every minute you’re in there, and the idea of having a shower in bleach grips you, and starts to feel weirdly attractive. Eventually, you escape, and gulp sweet lungfuls of the nectar that is urban air, with a delicate hint of diesel fumes.
A distressing experience. Not something any human should have to go through.
But do people feel like that when they use your washrooms? Do your staff, clients, and visitors, desperately avoid those visits to the little room? Are they sneaking down the road to use the Starbucks? Well, they don’t need to any more.
Paradis, a revolutionary new air freshener system, can put an end to your embarrassment. Using organic microbial technology to eliminate the bacteria that cause unpleasant odours, it cuts bad smells off at their source. What’s more, the wall mounted dispenser ejects regular doses 24 hours a day to keep your air as hygienic and fresh as it deserves to be.
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Those awful toilet smells

Paradis odour control system

Charcoal for cleaning?Hamish | Hygiene Technician
The idea of charcoal being used for cleaning seems a bit hard to believe at first. Surely it will leave everything smelling smoky, like your shirt at the end of a barbeque?
Not when nanoparticles are used in activated carbon cloth. The surfaces of the tiny strands of charcoal are incredibly absorbent, and bond with impurities in both gases and liquids to take them out of the air. The technology was originally developed by the Ministry of Defence for protection against poisonous gases, so it’s pretty effective at absorbing those unpleasant odours.
So microfibre or bamboo cloths with charcoal content offer something different in the cleaning trade. Cutting odours off at their source is much better than just spraying air fresheners around, but an extra benefit is how the improved absorption compared to normal cloths means they pick up a lot more as you wipe the surface, leaving it drier and cleaner. Clever cloths can do more than just wiping.
 

Smoked out

Carbon nanotechnology

What does it mean?Joanna | Clean enthusiast
Clean Earth represents our belief in doing the right thing for the planet. A lot of what we do involves the supply of high-volume consumables, so we have a major responsibility to try and reduce the impact our operations have on the environment. It’s also important not to sacrifice quality, hygiene or efficiency, but where possible, we strive to reduce waste, improve recyclability, use sustainable sources and reduce consumption of natural resources.

That’s why, for instance, our core range of hand towels is entirely recyclable, and from sustainably managed source. It’s why we promote the use of super-concentrated chemicals over ready to use diluted products, to massively reduce plastic waste and transport emissions. It’s why we ensure our refuse sacks are rigorously tested, to avoid waste being released into the environment by bags splitting. We care about getting it right.

So, when you see Clean Earth on our product labels, it doesn’t mean the chemicals inside are weak as water.  We ensure our products are more effective and efficient than that, and ultimately those kinds of products do more harm to the environment than good – as they’re so diluted, transport emissions go up massively compared to concentrate versions, and they’re at the same strength by the time they’re disposed of anyway. Clean Earth isn’t about just ticking boxes by making little changes with no particular impact. It’s a philosophy of doing the right thing. 
 

Clean Earth

Why we do it, and what we do.

Brewery cleaning and glass washing chemicals
Our range of chemical cleaning products for keeping your beer in peak condition. Find out how we can help your glasses maximise the beer experience, or keep your tanks free of beer stone.



Caus-LineLow foam CIP caustic cleanerKeeps tanks free of beer stoneSafe on stainless steel


Pro-DisCIP disinfectant for daily or periodic cleaningLeaves no residues harmful to beerKills bacteria even at very low concentrations


Beer glass detergentRemoves fat, grease and hops residuesLeaves glasses shinier and head strongerHelps avoid fobbing and wastage


Cabinet Rinse AidRinse aid for enclosed machinesStreak-free, shiny finishAvoids beer flattening

Brewing and beer industry cleaning chemicals

To protect the beer throughout its journey

Are robots the future of cleaning?Joanna | Clean enthusiast


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The robotic future

Automated cleaning solutions

Freshly cleaned floors still sticky?Lyndon | Hygiene Advisor

If I had a pound for every time I was asked “Why is this floor still sticky after cleaning it”? I

Clean floors still sticky?

Just add water.

Don’t worry, the pandas will be ok.Darryl | Hygiene Advisor
Bamboo toilet paper. Bamboo hand towels. What’s the point? My normal stuff is doing me just fine, thanks.
Well, you’d be surprised. Bamboo paper products are the open secret of the washroom world. Not only are they great to use, they help tick off those green credentials too. At first it might seem like mass harvesting of bamboo would wreak all kinds of havoc on delicate rainforest ecosystems, but surprisingly, the opposite is true. Shoots can grow at up to 5 feet per year so they grow back in a fraction of the time of trees, and because they grow so densely, less land area is cleared to make the same amount of paper pulp. And by switching to bamboo, you’re saving those hundred-year-old trees and acres of virgin rainforest.
So although you might not have been happy with the thought of drying your hands on some poor giant panda’s lunch (yeah, it sounds weird to me too) It would rather you did that than dry your hands on its house. There’s plenty more lunch out there, but if its forest gets torn down to make into toilet roll? That’s just humiliating.
Corporate Social Responsibility is a massive part of business today, and any business in the public eye knows how important it is that your customers and the community know you’re doing the right thing for the environment. Even down to the smallest details, like making sure the pandas will be ok.

Treat Yourself

Save the Panda!

Luxury sustainable paper tissue

Compliance - easily within REACHHamish | Hygiene Technician
Compliance with Health and Safety regulations relating to chemical handling can be one of the most time consuming tasks a cleaning company goes through, but it’s important to do it right or risk responsibility for potential accidents.
Under REACH legislation manufacturers are required to provide Health and Safety information and analysis on all of their products in use. Companies who store and use the chemical are responsible for ensuring an appropriate COSHH assessment is in place and safety practices are followed for every chemical they use, in each of its applications.
Writing these from the information displayed in an 8-page, complex MSDS sheet can be a challenging task, so we’re helping you out by providing you with manufacturer Cleaning Safety Assessments on our core range of cleaning fluids. These 1-page documents include a risk assessment of the undiluted product, plus hazard information and a clear visual representation of what PPE is required for every one of its recommended applications. See how much simpler it is below!
This doesn’t replace the need for you to complete your own risk assessments, but it does make the process very much quicker, by providing all the data for each chemical in a format which is clear and easy to read.
Download CSAs for all the Foremost branded chemicals you use here.




Example MSDS




Example CSA

Easily within REACH

H&S compliance made simple

The Magic sponge 2.0
Melamine sponges have been used extensively in cleaning for quite a while now. Their friction-based effectiveness against scuff marks and stained surfaces is well known and appreciated. But as anyone who has ever used one will know, it doesn

Duopower Sponge

Magic sponges reborn

Setting up the RovaWash.
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How to use your new RovaWash

Instructions on set-up and usage of the iVo RovaWash floor scrubber

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