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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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6 Ways to save Man-Hours in Cleaning

Posted by Ken Buckley on 27-9-2017

Generally the largest cost with cleaning is wages. It goes without saying that if you can reduce the amount of man hours needed, you will reduce the cost of the operation.

Everyone wants to cut costs, but fortunately not everyone wants to lower standards. 

How can you reduce man hours without lowering cleaning standards?

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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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7 Things to check on a Scrubber Dryer

Posted by Ken Buckley on 12-9-2017


Things to check on a Scrubber Dryer to ensure it is doing a top job. 

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Topics: Cleaning Machines

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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If it smells clean, it is clean?

Posted by Ken Buckley on 16-8-2017

We all know that this is not true, however this is often the way people judge cleanliness. 

When you enter your holiday accommodation for the first time, a quick subconscious sniff and you form an immediate impression; "this place is clean" or "this place is dirty." 

Smell is an important part of any building management.

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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

10 Things you need to know about COSHH Risk assessments

Posted by Ken Buckley on 08-8-2017


Okay so you have been told you've got to do COSHH risk assessments for your cleaning chemicals.

Where do you go for help? What do you need to know?

This guide gives you ten things you should know about before embarking on this painful process. 

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Topics: COSHH

6 Problems with Emulsion Floor Polish

Posted by Ken Buckley on 03-8-2017

When it all goes to plan, a polished floor looks stunning. When it all goes wrong, it can look awful and be very  distressing. 

Knowing the classic errors to avoid is essential if you are  going to invest all that time and hard work into polishing a floor. 

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Topics: floorcare

Do Cleaning staff need COSHH training?

Posted by Ken Buckley on 20-7-2017

Often get asked, do cleaning staff need COSHH training?

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Topics: COSHH

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