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 24

Microwave your sponges!

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The easy way to sanitize your dirty sponge

The easy way to sanitize your dirty sponge

The University of Florida has performed a study on germs and bacteria in sponges and has illustrated that the best way to clean and sanitize your sponge is to microwave it for 2 minutes. However, they do point out that you must wet the sponge first. This is quite important. They also warn that you should stay by the microwave whilst carrying out this sponge cleansing exercise.

Washing sponges or putting them in the dishwasher is apparently not the best method of cleaing your dirty kitchen sponges. Using a microwave oven is far more effective.

The microwave oven can kill almost all bacteria in the duration of two minutes. Since almost every kitchen has access to a microwave it makes sense to use this inexpensive appliance for this purpose.

In order to demonstrate the power of the microwave and its magical cleansing properties, a sponge was placed in the waste water consisting of fecal bacteria, various viruses, parasites and bacterial spores. By microwaving the sponge on the highest power setting for just two minutes at least 99% of the bacteria was killed.

The original clip along with some humerous spoof videos can be seen on You Tube.

Nov 21

Drain Cleaner

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When catering establishments, or indeed any business premises suffer from a blocked drain, the disruption caused is never anything short of inconvenient and quite often downright disasterous. Often flooding can occur. Calling out a plumber will not be cheap. Is there anything else that can be done to stop this happening?

Many caterers are aware of the cost and environmenal damage caused by blocked drains. Over time, fatty deposits and oils which have been poured down sinks start to line the walls of the drainpipes and sewers.  Eventually these become inoperative and blockages occur. There is also the danger of pollution should this waste reach streams and rivers.

When you wash out a greasy pan or cooking utensil in warm water the problem is hardly noticeable. The fats and oils will have turned to liquid. However, as it cools and makes its way down your drainage system it hardens. Imagine a busy take away or restaurant where large quantities of liquids are poured down the sinks each day.

Every year in the UK we spend millions of pounds in clearing blockages which normally involves the call out fees of a local plumber or drainage contractor.  Much of the time this can actually be avoided. Staff training in appropriate cleaning methods can mimimise the risk of blockages. If cooking utensils and crockery are prepared properly before washing then waste will not end up going down the sink. Simple procedures such as having strainers or sieves in the sink will help.

Food macerators are popular in the USA and becoming increasingly popular here in the UK. Despite all the hype around the convenience and effectiveness of these units it must be remembered that all they really do is chop and grind food into small bits which then goes staight down the drain, along with any fats or grease. UK best practice frowns upon this and is clear in its advice not to instal them.

There are essentially two ways in which you can avoid problems and having to call out a plumber regularly. The first is to use a grease trap or a grease interceptor. These units are specially designed for drainpipes and they seperate the fat and grease from the waste water. So long as they are correctly installed and well serviced and maintained they will help prevent drainage problems. You will need to keep a written record of maintenance as part of your hygiene control procedures.

Enzyme dosing systems are also effective where used appropriately. Special bacteria produce the enzymes which treat fat and grease in the drains. They can be used in conjunction with grease traps.

A company called Chemex produce a product called Bio GD which is a blend of microbes that release a continuous and renewable supply of highly active enzymes into the water flow that help digest and degrade fats and grease. The Bio GD is fed into the drainage system by dosing equipment through a fully automatic pump which is very efficient and effective and which can be set to operate every night when the premises are closed.

Bio GD is one of the most popular Chemex products, used extensively across the UK by catering establishments, nursing homes and food processing plants. The system elminates blockages and odours, reduces the need for hazardous chemicals and will probably save you a fortune in plumbing bills.

Based in the West Midlands the company has a national network of advisors who can provide more detailed information locally. They advertise the product as the obvious solution fo drainage maintenance.

Solutions for a blocked drain

Solutions for a blocked drain

Nov 21

Antibak - MRSA

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Hospitals across the UK are winning the battle against killer bugs as a result of a breakthough in pathogen eradication. The Chemex Antibak is the only product on the market with the cleaning power to kill Clostridium difficile spores and it has provided the NHS with a powerful new weapon that can open up closed wards at short notice.

Easy to use with a simple spray on and wipe off system, this has been successfully trialled in Berkshire where eight wards were closed due to a Norovirus outbreak. AntiBak was applied in the afternoon and the wards were swabbed the same evening. Tests then showed the wards to be completely clear.  Berkshire Shared Services’ mobile deep clean team has proven AntiBak’s effectiveness against a number of pathogens including C. diff spores.

Daughne Taylor, Head of Operations, Risk and Business Development for Berkshire Shared Services, said: “We were faced with a serious infection outbreak in a number of different patient-related areas, transferred in from areas outside our control. AntiBak gave us fast clear results that enabled us to re-open critical bed space in a far shorter time without compromise to patient safety.
The back up support Chemex offered to all my team and the speed with which they reacted when contacted with our dilemma was second to none. Chemex AntiBak is a safe, effective, easy to use concept which delivers huge rewards and a safe method of working for our front line staff, but more importantly offers our patients peace of mind that we take their health protection seriously.”

In Lincolnshire a ward which had been closed long-term due to Aspergillus infestation at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston was re-opened after using AntiBak.

Infection Control Nurse Wendy Creasey said: “Our team found AntiBak easy to use with no need for extensive PPE or training. Environmental samples taken post-treatment showed no evidence of any Aspergillus niger.”

Chemex International Director Sean Derrig said AntiBak had now been proven on hospital wards as well as in the laboratory. “This is the first time hospitals have had a cleaning agent that kills C. diff spores which has been proven in independent trials to be 1,000 times more effective than traditional protocols at a fraction of the concentration. “It is neither hypochlorite nor quat-based and is completely non-toxic in use. Its revolutionary chemistry and has none of the Health and Safety dangers of chlorine or peroxide based protocols but is devastatingly effective against pathogens.

“When used to clean wards or operating theatres it does not require the lengthy shutdowns or specialist techniques which are often associated with traditional ‘deep cleans’ and costs less than the disinfectant sprays that you might find in your local supermarket.”

In independent testing AntiBak has achieved the Internationally Approved EN1276, EN13704, EN14476 and EN1650 standards against the spores. It has also achieved veterinary approvals from Defra for use against foot and mouth disease, Avian Flu H5N1 and Salmonella choleraesius.

Mr Derrig added: “The Government has made tackling hospital infection one of its priorities and now we can provide hospitals with the most effective weapon available to help ensure patients are protected from potentially lethal bacteria, viruses and spores.”
Chemex AntiBak is a revolutionary compound independently proven to be devastatingly effective against both Clostridium difficile – the bacterium thought to be responsible for killing more than 4,000 hospital patients a year – and its spores.

Test certificates are available to the Internationally Approved EN1276 and EN13704 standards against the deadly organisms and spores AntiBak kills. AntiBak has also achieved four other international standards including veterinary approvals from DEFRA for use against foot and mouth disease, Avian Flu H5N1 and Salmonella choleraesius.

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

Pub Cleaning

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pub grub and food hygiene standards in the UK

There’s no grub in this pub!!

In the hospitality industry good hygiene control is equally as important as good food which is why chemex have developed a range of cleaning products to suit all applications within your business.

Our food and catering range includes cleaning products for front of house, kitchens, washrooms and offices. Here are just a few products from our range:

Optimum C - Heavy Duty Degreaser and Decarboniser
Removes fat, starch, sugars, animal wastes and carbonised burnt-on-grease. Particularly effective on deep-fat fryers and in ovens.

FAD - Food Area Degreaser
Safely cleans and sanitises food contact areas and quickly removes food, fats, grease and grime.

Machine Wash - Economical Low Foam Detergent
For use with industrial plate and traywash machines, floor scrubbing, and pressure washing machines.

Glasswash Detergent - Automatic Glass Wash Detergent
Odourless and tasteless, low -foam glass wash detergent for automatic machines.

One-Up - Highly Concentrated Washing Up Liquid and Detergent
Highly concentrated washing up liquid which can be used in any situation where an excellent  general purpose cleaner and degreaser is required.

Purple Beerline Cleaner - Beer Pump and Line Cleaner
Effectively sanitises beer lines and pump without affecting beer head. Colour indicator: Geen = Dirty / Purple = Clean

BIO-GD - Biologiical Grease Degrader and Drain Treatment
Prevents grease and fat build up whilst eliminating blockages and odours in drainage systems

Smokeclean - Heavy duty decarboniser and degreaser
Highly effective for removing burnt on grease and carbon deposits. Ideal for kitchen equipment including ovens, smoke ovens, grills and steel canopies.

Food Standards Agency With the introduction of new food hygiene laws and longer opening hours the need to use high quality cleaning products is more important than ever. With over 25 years experience Chemex is the name you can trust to take care of all your cleaning products and equipment requirements.
Front of House cleaning applications For front of house applications in bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels we have a range of commercial strength hard surface cleaners, air fresheners, glass cleaners and polishes. We understand that high quality professional cleaning and maintenance products delivered at the right price, at the right time, is crucial to the sucess of your business - and ours!
hygiene control in public houses Our Hygiene Control Programme for kitchens has been designed to make sure that your food handling areas are maintained to the standards required by current legislation. The system is as flexible as possible, allowing you to tailor it to your specific needs. In addition, the programme ensures that there is an audit trail of the cleaning which has taken place, allowing you the peace of mind to focus on your customer’s needs.
Washroom hygiene services For washroom areas we can offer an unbeatable range of cleaning products and dispensing equipment. Our range of soaps and hand sanitisers contain anti-bacterial properties when the highest standards of cleanliness are of paramount importance. All our biocidal hand care range has been tested at independent microbiological laboratories to give you complete piece of mind in their effectiveness and reliability.
Pub food and eating house hygiene standards Bactericidal detergents, beer pump cleaners, descalers and degreasers are just a few of the products which are formulated to meet the highest environmental standards. Our products are independently assessed to satisfy the strict hygiene controls in the catering and food handling sector.

Chemex supply a wide range of cleaning products and equipment for the food and catering , health and leisure and automotive industries.

Nov 21

Fish & Chip Shops

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Fish & Chips

The great traditional fish and chips is one of the most popular fast foods in the UK. Originally it was a cheap food which was popular with the working classes. Today it is an accepted part of traditional British Cuisine and often the most missed food for British Nationals living overseas.

Trawler fishing in the North Sea during the nineteenth century produced catches of large quantities of cheap fish for the mass-market. The British ‘chippy’ traditionally serves cod or haddock along with chips, not to be confused with the American version of fried potato referred to as French Fries.

The quality and variety of fish and chip shops in the UK vary considerably. This is mainly due to the fact that most fish and chip shops are independent small businesses.

The location of your town and city can often dictate the quality of the fish served. If you live by the coast in a fishing town the chances are that you know of a good fish and chip shop that sells fresh local fish. Additionally some establishments go to great lengths to get their fish shipped overnight from fishing ports in order to sell the very best fresh fish. The majority of fish and chips shops these days prepare their fish from frozen fish which is often imported from places such as Norway.

Not  all fish and chip shops are independent. Harry Ramsden’s, Mr Cod and Deep Blue are three franchise operations or chains that exist in the UK.  However, it is worth pointing out that  around 25% of all white fish consumed in the UK is purchased from independent fish and chip shops.

Many people will recall fish and chips being served with an inner layer of white paper sheet and an outer wrapping of newspaper. Unfortunately this practice ended in the late 1970’s with legislation being introduced and it was banned in the interests of hygiene. So much for recycling then.

On the subject of recycling, much of the used chip fat from take aways in the UK is recycled and contributes to the making of bio diesel.

Chemex supply many types of fish and chips shops in the UK, all with their own individual needs and requirements. Cleaning materials and hygiene control plays an important role in the smooth operation of catering establishments.  Our distributors operate from local centres and are very experienced in working with chip shop and fast food outlets.

A visit from a Chemex franchisee can be of great benefit to any food establishment. Concientious advice,staff training, the use of the appropriate chemicals and a complete hygiene and stock control programme will be invaluable.

Nov 21

Shower Drains

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How to clean a shower drain and prevent those bad odours in your bathroom.

Nov 21

Fast wheel clean

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How do you clean those difficult to access parts of alloy wheels. Car valeters know exactly how to do it but you can find out the tricks of the trade by watching this video.

Nov 21

MRSA - Aston University

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Aston University here in Birmingham is leading the way in its super-bug fight with MRSA