Dec 16

Oven Cleaning Tips

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Commercial oven cleaning is a chore that we could all do without. However hard we might try our ovens will need cleaning from time to time. You can prolong the time between cleans by simply being careful with spillages but in the end you will just have to resign yourself to the fact that your oven needs a good clean.

Many of the newer ovens are constantly cleaning themselves. They simply require a quick wipe over with a washing up liquid at the end of each day. Self cleaning ovens are also fairly common but many restaurants still use conventional ovens which require a lot more elbow grease. However, since we are not talking about domestic ovens there is no need to worry too much about calling in specialists to do the job. Commercial cleaning products these days are superb. Just make sure you buy the best you can obtain as anything else is just false economy.

Since commercial cleaning products are much more powerful than the domestic ones you will need to make sure you follow any manufacturers recommendations carefully. Generally speaking you should wear gloves to protect your hands. Due to the fumes given off by some chemicals you should only carry out this exercise in a well ventilated room. Make sure all doors and windows are open.

With domestic cleaners you are often instructed to leave the cleaner overnight or for several hours. You will then spend time scrubbing and rinsing to ensure that all the dirty deposits are removed and that the oven is thoroughly clean. Thankfully, with a good commercial oven cleaner you can have the job completed in double quick time. With some of the better quality products you can literally see the grime and smoke stains literally fade away.

One such product available from Chemex is a heavy duty degreaser and decarboniser. It is purely for professional use only so it is not widely available to the general public. The product is highly effective for removing burnt on grease, smoke and all carbon deposits. It works extremely quickly.

Dec 9

Ink Stain Removal

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I used to work for oral surgeons and part of my job was to wash their scrubs. Seems to me doctors don’t spend much time making sure their pockets are empty so sometimes they would leave a few items in their pockets. Unfortunately, sometimes it could be pens they have used to write out their prescriptions. It may have gone unnoticed until they went through the washing machine.

Scrubs are pretty expensive, so it got pretty discouraging to see them come out of the wash with ink spots on them. I discovered a very simple product that could be used on them if the stains were not too bad. Believe it or not, it’s hair spray. When you discover an ink spot on the clothing after being washed, (you’ll probably find the pen in the lint trap) don’t attempt to put the clothing in the dryer or the heat will set the stain in for good. Wait until the article of clothing is partially air dried but still damp to the touch and get a hold of some hair spray. Most every work place has a receptacle that holds personal objects for employees, so ask around.

Take the article that has the ink spot on it and place a paper towel underneath it. Now lightly spray it with the hair spray until the spot is covered. Let it soak in for a minute or two and then start blotting with another paper towel. Don’t rub! Blot it. You’re going to see some of the ink spot on the paper towel. There’s the first process. Make sure you change both paper towels often so you don’t “spread” the ink instead of it being absorbed into the paper towels. You now should gently rinse the spot. You’re going to repeat the process until you see little to no ink spot remaining. You then should hand wash the article of clothing using mild soap.

This process saved quite a few scrubs. Another handy thing you can try is nail polish remover repeating the same process. Nail polish contains acetone which seems to help in removing small ink stains. Good luck!

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Dec 9

Hospitality Cleaning

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BACTICLEAN safely cleans and sanitises plastics and all hard surfaces and is particularly effective on body fats, grease and grime. It has a pleasant perfume and has been independently tested to prove its effectiveness against a range of bacteria.

- Removes grime and grease

- Cleans and sanitises all hard surfaces

- Long lasting, pleasant fragrance

- Highly economical in use

This product, available from Chemex is for general-purpose use in all areas. Invaluable in a wide range of businesses including hospitals, schools, universities, colleges and hotels. Particularly effective at removing grime and body fats in bathrooms.

The main uses of this general purpose product is in washrooms, showerooms, bathrooms and communal areas. It is particularly effective with water stains on shower curtains, cleaning grout and ceramic tiles and even for use as a general floor cleaner.

Supplied in concentrate format it is therefore cost effective to use and can be diluted and used with a trigger spray, mop or brush.

Dec 9

Green Cleaning

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Green cleaning refers to environmentally friendly chemicals for cleaning and hygiene. Green cleaning products are supposed to avoid the use of harmful and toxic chemicals in their production. However, there are very few companies that can really claim to be using green products. More often than not there is an element of marketing hype involved.

Almost all cleaning products are not completely safe. If you are pouring chemicals down your drain, even if the product is derived from natural substances, there is still the risk of pollution or contamination. Quite often producers will advertise their products purely on the basis that they are biodegradable or non toxic. Whilst this is useful information to have it doesn’t necessarily mean much on its own.

Use cleaners that contain phosphates sparingly and remember that although they biodegrade quickly they are not good for rivers and lakes, causing algae to grow much more quickly which in turn blocks sunlight and cuts off the oxygen supply.

A responsible manufacturer will provide information about their products along with the relevant health and safety data. In balancing your environmental consience against effectiveness of the products this is one area where you may come unstuck. Chemicals for commercial cleaning are designed to do the job well. However, by virtue of their very nature chemicals can be nasty substances.

One of the best ways to minimise your impact on the environment is to purchase your chemicals from a local supplier who can advise and assist with your staff training and provide useful assistance with dispensing. You should purchase your chemicals in concentrated form and not in trigger sprays or bottles where they have been watered down. Professional suppliers will generally supply highly concentrated liquids in 5 litre bottles rather than in any other format. All the customer then has to do is add water at the right dilution rates. This is much more environmentally friendly and certainly more cost effective.

Dec 8

FAD - Food Degreaser

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This triple action food degreaser is used for cleaning and sanitising food contact areas. Specially designed to remove food and animal fats it is very effective against grease and grime.  The products has been tested and proven against MRSA, Aspergillus niger, E.coli, Listeria sp, Salmonells sp. and Staphylococcus aureus.

Typical customers using this product will include abattoirs,  butchers shops, bakeries, dairies, canning factories, hospitals, schools, universities, colleges, hotels, restaurants, industrial canteens, farms and haulage companies.  Also highly effective on marble, terrazzo and most hard surfaces.

This product is non-caustic and non tainting. The results are immediate and last for 24 hours. FAD, which is also a deodoriser , can be used for light or heavy soiling since it is diluted. Used with a pressure washer this is a very effective solution and a market leader in terms of quality and results.

Supplied by West Midlands based Chemex

Dec 8

Smoke Clean

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Are you looking for a powerful carbon remover designed for professional use only? You might try the highly effective Smoke Clean product from Chemex. This is a powerful carbon remover which is designed for professional use only.

This is very effective in dealing with burnt on grease and all types of smoke and carbon deposits. Many similar chemicals take a lot of elbow grease before the job is done. With Smoke Clean it works instantly and is advertised as a heavy duty degreaser and decarboniser.

The product is ideal for busy commercial environments and is used extensively for cleaning ovens and grills.

It is odourless and there are no fumes. Smoke Clean is sprayed onto the area that needs cleaning, normally via a trigger spray. Where heavy soiling occurs it is adviseable to leave it to soak and then wash off with either cold or hot water prior to wiping down.

Although primarily designed for use on ovens, griddles, steel canopies, curing trays and smoke racks, Smoke Clean can also be used for de-carbonising burner units and industrial smoke stacks. It is safe to use on cleaning surfaces and equipment that comes in contact with food. It is not meant to be used on aluminium.

Nov 26

Cleaning Stables

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Odourless Stables and Horseboxes

Odourless Stables and Horseboxes



Smelly stables could soon be consigned to history thanks to the discovery of a cleaning product originally designed to keep old folks homes odour free.

Horse rider Hilary Shuttleworth decided to try out a cleaner called Chemzyme at the stables where she keeps her 10 year old Irish thoroughbred Mr Bojangles.

Hilary was delighted to find that a quick spray of the stable floor completely eradicated all odours and replaced them with a fresh minty fragrance.

Chemzyme is an organic product using naturally occurring bacteria to eliminate foul smells from waste matter and is used by hospitals and residential nursing homes across the UK.

Hilary, who lives at Great Barr near Birmingham said: “I guess like a lot of amateur riders who have full time jobs, I only have time to give Mr Bojangles’ a thorough clean out once a week and his stable tends to get very smelly.

“The company I work for sells Chemzyme as a solution to eradicate human waste odours and I thought I would experiment with it to see if it also worked on stables.

“I was delighted to find that it does and I have given it to my friends to try out too and they have had the same results.

“It is so simple you just spray a small amount on a damp floor and that’s it - no more nasty smells.”

Hilary’s boss Ron Hutton, Sales Director at West Midlands based Chemex International said: “Chemzyme has been a great success in care homes and hospitals but we never thought for one minute of using it for stables.

“Horse urine has a particularly powerful odour but we have tested Chemzyme and it destroys odours instantly and it is perfectly safe too.

“Hilary has made a fantastic discovery which will make life sweeter for thousands of riders and their horses!”

More information on Chemzyme and Chemex International can be found at

Nov 21

Deep Clean Carpets

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Best Cleaning Procedures for Deep Cleaning Carpets   by monika abbi

You know its time. Even though you have been religious about vacuuming your carpets, quickly attending to spots and spills, and varying traffic patterns to reduce soiling and wear, your carpets are ready for a freshening, and you have decided to hire a professional to give your carpets a deep cleaning. All carpets should be deep cleaned every twelve to eighteen months; a thorough cleaning not only revitalizes the look of your carpeting, it also reduces wear, extends its life and may be required in the terms of your warranty. For more details visit to .But just how your carpet should is cleaned? There are five accepted methods for cleaning carpets, and one is right for you.In most new carpets, your carpet manufacturer or retailer will recommend the best cleaning procedure for deep cleaning your carpets. Always follow these recommendations. If you are attempting the deep cleaning yourself, chose a carpet shampoo or cleaning and follow the directions for application and dilution to the letter. Never use soap, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent or other household cleaners intended for use on other flooring surfaces. For the best results, be certain to vacuum the carpet thoroughly before cleaning, and apply a preconditioning solution before the deep cleaning process. These pre-cleaning solutions are mild detergents that begin loosening soil before the actual cleaning begins.

There are several ways to find the best professional for your job. You may simply ask for referrals from friends, family or even carpet stores or you may use the Internet to do your own search. No matter which means you use, be aware of the five basic methods professionals use to clean carpets. Each has its advantages and disadvantages; discuss with a professional which is best for your carpets before you begin deep cleaning your carpets.

Dry extraction cleaning uses an absorbent compound containing special detergents and solvents that is infused in and around the carpet fibers with specially-designed machines and brushes. The compound acts as a tiny magnet, attracting dirt, oils and soil in the carpet fibers, and then both the soil and the compound are removed by vacuuming. This method is recommended for sturdy fibers, including most synthetics, and is especially appropriate for natural fibers like wool and cotton that should not be exposed to excessive moisture.

The dry foam extraction method applies a special detergent solution that has been fluffed into foam, and then applied to the carpet. This foam, which is less dense and much drier than a wet solution, is worked into the carpet by specially designed machines, and then removed by wet vacuuming. Some dry foam machines have their own extraction capabilities, while others need a thorough vacuuming after the carpet is dry.

The hot water extraction method, or “steam cleaning,” as it is sometimes called, is the most common method for do-it-yourselfers and mobile professional cleaners. After preconditioning carpet areas that have experienced heavy use, the carpet cleaner uses hot water extraction equipment to infuse a pressurized cleaning solution into the carpet. Suspended soil and the cleaning solution are immediately extracted. Use caution with the hot water extraction system so that carpets do not become saturated, and accelerate drying in any way possible - using fans, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or additional drying strokes - to avoid possible damage and discoloration resulting from the moisture.

The rotary shampoo method is the classic home carpet cleaning technique. A machine with rotary brushes injects a cleaning solution into the carpet, and then removes the loosened soil and cleaning solution. To know more logon to .And as with steam cleaning, be certain you carpet dries as quickly as possible. Never use a machine intended for hard surface flooring to shampoo your carpets - pile distortion and untwisting of fibers can occur, causing permanent damage to your carpet.

The absorbent pad method should be used only by a trained cleaning professional. In the absorbent pad method, a special machine similar to a floor buffer with an absorbent spin pad is used to remove the soil. The pad absorbs soil on the carpet, and the soil is then rinsed off of the pad. The pad must remain saturated with the cleaning solution or damage to the carpet pile may occur. And regularly change the pad to prevent returning the soil back to the carpet face.

When choosing a deep cleaning method for your carpets, always check the recommendations of the carpet manufacturer, the equipment manufacturer, and your carpet cleaning professional. The match between your carpet and the right deep cleaning method will give your carpets added years of beauty and wear.

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Nov 21

Candle Wax - Carpets

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Have you ever spilled candle wax on your carpet? How would you remove it without damaging the fibres and perhaps leaving a nasty mark afterwards. This video shows you how.

Nov 21

Chemicals & Carpets

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Using the right chemicals for carpet cleaning is as important as using the right equipment. Professional carpet cleaners use a variety of products to get the best results. You can seldom achieve this effect by DIY methods.

The concentrated chemicals used for business and industry are more powerful and far more effective than those you can buy in the supermarkets. In this video you can see a demonstration on the use of chemicals and how they are diluted.