Several questions come to mind when you start the search for your partner for Janitorial Supplies, do you need just a supplier or do you require a partner to support you all the way?
1. Do you know exactly the correct products you require or do you need some advice along the way?
Sometimes it pays to review the products you are using - cutting down the number of products you are using for example can save you costs on not only the amount of product you have on site, but COSHH assesments etc.
2. Do you need a supplier to give independent advice on solving cleaning problems?
Choose a supplier where they will give advice on specific problems you are facing; the floor that you cant clean, the stain that wont come out, or the best hand towels for your washroom - all things a good supplier should be able to help you with!
3. Does it niggle away that 90% of the cost of cleaning is still labour and if you could find new ways then you could either cut labour costs or improve cleaning performance?
Cleaning equiptment does require an initial outlay. Get your supplier to recommend equipment that will cut your operators time (that's the easiest way of cutting out costs from a contract). When you look at equipment, always look at it in terms of how much money it will save in labour costs.
4. Have you covered the requirements of Coshh risk assessments or do you need that extra piece of support and training provided by coshh training see our online coshh training as an example?
Environmental Health inspectors for catering areas like to make sure you understand dilution control and can correctly dilute products are you happy on this or do you need reassurance of charts to support you and your staff? SEE THE hse.gov.uk DILUTION GUIDE
5. Are all your containers correctly marked where you dispense chemicals as unmarked bottles can attract fines by HSE or your inspecting authority?
Opt for chemicals where you can use spray printed trigger bottles (this means there are no risks of the labels coming off when the get wet!).
Does it make sense to use a supplier who can help with chemicals, equipment and machinery so can advise from the whole cleaning sphere?