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6 of the Best Cleaning Machines and Equipment in 2018

Posted by Matt Besley on 16-1-2018

There are a lot of great new products coming to the market all the time, but it takes a lot to make a great product.   There are always the gimmicks and fads, but the ideas that actually make things cleaner, and are robust are the ones that everyone is looking for.

Here are 6 of our favourites for 2018:

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How to Prevent Norovirus Spreading

Posted by Matt Besley on 08-12-2017

Norovirus or the "Winter vomiting Bug" is doing the rounds again. This common diarrhoea and sickness causing virus is very infectious.

How can you prevent this from spreading, and how should you clean after an outbreak? 

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Topics: Sanitising

Why Its So Important to Wash Hands and Clean Touch Points

Posted by Matt Besley on 08-12-2017

Unfortunately, not everyone washes his or her hands after using the toilet. A CDC study showed that only 31% of men and 65% of women do so. Further, one study showed only about 5% of people actually wash their hands for the CDC-recommended 20 seconds or more. That means lots of people are walking out of the bathroom and touching the door and knobs with germy hands.

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3 Steps to Choosing the Right Refuse Sack

Posted by Matt Besley on 07-12-2017

Confused by the technical jargon or buying refuse sacks, or are you buying a sack which is too strong for your application?  This 3 step-guide helps to simplify the jargon to help you chose the right type, size and thickness.

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Is Day 1 of a Cleaning Contract the Most Important?

Posted by Matt Besley on 09-10-2017

They say you can't judge a book by its cover, or perhaps a website by its homepage, but first impressions count, right?

The first day of a cleaning contract can make a big difference to the way the client perceives you, and your long-term relationship.  Here's 4 ideas to make a big impression:

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The Anatomy of an Organised Cleaning Cupboard

Posted by Matt Besley on 05-10-2017

You can tell a lot from your cleaning cupboards about the standard of cleaning across your facility.  

An effectively managed cleaning cupboard will have visual controls and be as it is found at the end of every shift.  Easier said than done, right?  Here's 3 simple steps to help you get you on your way there...

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New EU EcoLabel Vacuum Regulations September 2017

Posted by Matt Besley on 21-9-2017

The EU are changing the goalposts again on vacuum cleaners.  This time the rated input power of vacuums now has to be below 900W and they are tightening the regulations to ensure all vacuums sold in Europe are more efficient.

Here's everything you need to know.

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Ban C-Fold Paper Hand Towels - Join the Movement

Posted by Matt Besley on 22-8-2017

If you still use c-fold paper hand towels, you are wasting money and paper.  We explore why, and what the alternatives are.

Join the movement to ban the c-fold hand towels!

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Bleach:  The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Posted by Matt Besley on 14-8-2017


The horror stories we hear about bleach when we carry out COSHH training never cease to amaze us.  One time I was told a cleaner at a school made up a solution with bleach and another chemical in a mop bucket - the reaction knocked the poor cleaner out on the floor (it could have easily been a fatal mistake!).  Another time someone knew of someone who had drunk bleach and didnt survive.

Perhaps there is no other chemical which divides opinion so much.  Or is it the most misunderstood, and dangerous chemical to use today, and is there still a place for it?

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Topics: Bleach

5 Powerful Chemicals for Student Accommodation Cleaning

Posted by Matt Besley on 26-6-2017

Anyone that has ever worked in student accommodation cleaning will know that it is very very hard work.  Demanding deadlines, grease, grime, food waste, very smelly rooms, body fat, limescale....the list goes on.  Here's 5  of the best chemicals we've found that will cut out some of the elbow grease.

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