Dec 15

Altro Floor Cleaning

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Altro flooring is a hygienic non slip floor surface. You will find this type of surface in many quality establishments. It is easy to clean and very hygienic and a favourite of environmental health officers.

Altro floors are known for their safe and easy to clean qualities. They are also highly resistant to chemicals and bacteria and additionally they meet EU directives on health and hygiene. These floors are hard wearing and slip resistant. Although the surface appears smooth it offers an extremely high level of slip resistance when walked upon.

A combination of plastic vinyl and aluminium oxide grains, it is reinforced with glass fibre. It is slip resistant even when wet. Since the floors are heat welded when fitted they can appear seamless.

It is important to choose the right chemical products when cleaning this type of floor. Certain abrasive substances can cause damage to vinyl and should be avoided. Altro floors are reported to inhibit Staphylococcus Aureus ( MRSA ) and therefore extremely beneficial in any health care environment or residential homes.

Dec 15

Boat Cleaning

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Boat cleaning is not an easy topic. Where do you get advice on how to clean a yacht or a ferry boat? The fact is there are many types of craft that sail on rivers and the high seas and they differ considerably. Many are made from wood, metal or carbon fibre. The type of boat you have will to an extent determine the type of products that you use.

Firstly, boats generally cost a lot of money. They need regular maintenance like anything else. The type of water in which you use your boat i.e. inland fresh waterways, occassional close to coast trips or full sea going vessels all have different requirements.

If you are using contract cleaners you need to be sure that they are properly trained to the highest standards and that they specialise in boat cleaning. They will need to know all about the different types of upholstery used, the types of carpets, hard surfaces and external cleaning methods. The products that they use should be of the highest quality.

A cleaning team or dedicated cleaners carrying out work on your vessel can be expected to have the relevant COSSH sheets and some indication as to the fact that they are insured and trustworthy. After all, some luxury yachts and motor launches can cost more than an ordinary home and often contain personal valuables an electrical products which if damaged would be expensive to replace.

Boat Hull Cleaning

Most yachts and motor launches at some time require a complete ‘dry dock’ approach to external cleaning. It is only be winching the craft out of the water that the hulls can be washed and rinsed effectively and re-waxed professionally. Various products exist to ensure that a hull can be properly cleaned and maintained. Choose your products wisely.

There are so many different types of boats and hull designs that it would be impossible to cover the whole spectrum here. Concrete hulls are reinforced with steel so rust prevention and treatment chemicals are needed. The methods you use for wood depend on whether the framework is soft wood or hard wood.

Other boat products

Yachts will have products to ensure that the sails and rigging are treated and cleaned with properly. Soft wood hulls will have sealants and pitch that has different cleaning requirements to hardwood surfaces. Mould and salt damage will be treated by chemicals and fresh water craft are likely to need less maintenance than sea going vessels.

Many of the cleaning agents used in the interior will not differ very much from domestic applications although on larger vessels such as ferry boats superior quality commercial products will be used.

Dec 15

Static Caravan Cleaning

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Static Caravan cleaning is often carried out by sub-contractors. The time it takes to thoroughly clean a unit will vary considerably between each short term rental. A family of six with less than ideal cleaning and hygiene standards might leave your caravan in dire need of an interim deep clean whilst a concientious and careful couple renting it for two weeks may leave it in a cleaner state than when they occupied it.

Most static caravans which are rented on major caravan parks are cleaned quite quickly and efficiently by the park operators own staff or their appointed contract cleaners. You will find much debate on the internet about the time it takes to clean a unit and the types of products recommended. However, if you own a static caravan and let it out via your holiday park you will be charged a fee for each clean. This can vary from £20 - £30 plus for each rental period.

The materials used in a typical static caravan clean will be similar to those that domestic cleaners use in an ordinary home - with one big difference - they will be using better quality commercial cleaning agents.

Whether you are commercial cleaning contractor or an owner letting out your holiday home you will want to know that the best efforts are being made to ensure that your investment is being well cared for. This doesn’t mean skimping on the quality of the cleaning products. Buy the best you can afford and not only will this save you time and money in the long run, it will also impress your customers - the holiday makers upon which you rely on.

A deep clean, normally once a year, involves a thorough and comprehensive cleansing of your unit. Materials used will involve powerful oven cleaners, toilet cleaners, carpet shampoos, upholstery cleaners, surface polishes, anti-bactericidal cleansers, glass cleaners and floor cleaners. Additionally, the exterior of the caravan will be treated to a full body wax and the rubber trims and external fittings will be cleaned and polished to ensure that the home is presented in its full glory in readiness for the holiday makers.

Dec 15

Caravan Cleaning

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Caravans or motor homes are often laid up for long periods at a time, particularly in the winter months. The methods of storage and care vary but essentially winter maintenance is extremely important both from a mechanical point of view and for the long term care of your caravan or motor home.

The most obvious problem with storing any caravan or motor home involves just keeping it clean. Bird droppings and rotting leaves will not only make your holiday home unattractive, it will, if left too long, cause damage to the paintwork and rubber trim.

There are a wide range of chemicals for cleaning and waxing the exterior of your holiday home. An appropriate and good quality polish at the end of the season will certainly protect the surface and bodywork. Applying a light covering of silicon grease over the rubber trim will also help to preserve and protect it.

Even if your vehicle is stored for long periods of time you should make sure that it is moved regularly and in the case of motor homes, given an occassional run to ensure that the engine and moving parts are given the chance to loosen up and work as they should do.

Due to their size motor homes are generally cleaned with a good quality brush which will help you to reach the tall sides of the vehicle. Your ladder should also be rubber mounted and stable when cleaning the roof area. Pressure washers can also be a great way of cleaning the bodywork with the minimum of effort.

The cleaning materials used on a caravan and a motorhome are not much different to those you would use for car valeting. However, general cleaning materials are used more extensively in the interior where specialist products are likely to include kitchen and toilet cleaners, oven cleansers and floor cleaners.

One of the common mistakes people make when storing their vehicles or caravans is to forget to drain the water. At the end of the season you should make sure that all toilet waste is emptied along with the water tanks. Almost all caravans and motor homes have drain plugs for this purpose so you should familiarise yourself with the individual characteristics of your particular home.

Caravans and motor homes can be prone to dampness if not cared for properly. Giving a motor home a good run on the open road will help to alleviate this problem. If you do not wish to tow or drive your vehicle during the winter months then consider using a fan heater to heat the interior for a couple of hours. This will help remove any accumulated damp.

Dec 12

Aircraft Cleaning

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Aircraft Cleaning is a specialised subject and work that is carried out by professional contract cleaning companies. An important aspect of aircraft maintenance that is often overlooked is one of security. However specialised you are, unless you have been vetted and are part of a credible organisation then the likelyhood of you getting onto the airport apron are slim indeed.

Commercial airlines used to rely on traditional wet wash methods which relied on pressure washers or hoses to clean the external aircraft body. However, the trend in recent years has switched to dry washing which is more environmentally friendly. It is generally accepted that this method is kinder on paintwork, reduces friction on the aircraft and can even increase fuel efficiency.

Working on an airfield apron is not without hazards. Professional cleaning companies are careful to ensure that health and safety standards are adhered to and that safety equipment is worn at all times.

Naturally, any aircraft will also require internal cleaning, particularly if it is a passenger aircraft. Particular attention is needed when cleaning the cockpit in order to avoid spillage or chemicals seeping into control panels or sensitive areas of the aircraft where damage may occur or accidents may be caused without professional attention to detail.

Dec 12

Truck Cleaning Products

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The problem with truck cleaning or TIR road haulage companies is the diversity of the types of vehicles involved. Whilst many of the chemicals used will be powerful cleaning agents, generally diluted and applied with powerful jet washers, each transport company will have its own individual requirements.

Regular transport fleets often contract out the vehicle cleaning work. This often gives them little control over the effectiveness of the types of chemicals used in the cleaning process. Larger firms will be far more organised in their approach, either insisting on certain procedures being carried out or even instructing their contracts to use particular products.

Why is this so important? Surely cleaning products for truck cleaning can’t be that different? Nothing could be further from the truth. What you buy for your fleet will either make you stand out from the crowd or lacking in health and safety regulations depending on your particular nature of business.

For example, if you operate a tanker fleet of food tankers then your cleaning requirements in terms of chemicals will be completely different to that of a fleet of cement mixers. Road haulage companies will have vehicles with tarpaulin covers that need different treatment from those with metal casings. Refrigeration vehicles carrying meats or dairy products will again operate under entirely different circumstances.

Many commercial vehicle cleaning contractors, especially in the larger towns and cities, operate onsite or mobile steam cleaning units. Some will have extremely specialist cleaning equipment. Commercial vehicles range from light vans to agricultural equipment and specialist machinery vehicles. All have a wide range of individual cleaning methods and materials.

Dec 12

Coach and Bus Cleaning

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Cleaning coaches and buses effectively requires professional equipment, often in the form of powerful jet washing machines and sometimes drive through bus and coach washing stations. Both of these methods involve powerful cleaning agents that get the job done with the minimum amount of effort by the operator.

Chemex supply a superb range of cleaning and janitorial products for bus and coach valeting and to the wider automotive industry. The existing range will enable operators to deal with all of the common problems associated with public transport and executive hire coaches and buses.

From Chassis cleaners to TFR’s, interior and exterior cleaning agents, the diverse product range also caters for the awkward problem of spillages, including beer, alcohol, blood, vomit and urine. Supplied in powder form the RTY240 powder is a favourite of cab drivers who need to ensure that their vehicles can cope with sudden emergencies and soiling that needs to attended to immediately.

Vandz Off removes graffiti, Ink and adhesive remover in the form of aerosols is fast and effective to use and self freeze C.G.R. lifts chewing gum with ease.

The Chemex bus and coach range also includes powerful glass cleaners, products that are particularly effective against HIV, E.coli and Staphylococcus Aureus. The Antibak product is particularly effective against MRSA and C-diff spores and therefore used extensively in ambulances and care vehicles for deep cleaning purposes.

Dec 10

Car Cleaning Products

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Car cleaning products are available from automotive centres, local garages and dedicated stores which offer a very wide range of products in terms of quality and price. Here in the UK it is not unknown to spend £20 - £25 on some car polish, wheel trim restorer, tyre black and dashboard spray. The car polish might last two or three times, the wheel trim restorer and tyre black normally a couple of times and the dashboard spray a little longer.

We are passionate about our vehicles. We lavish them with foamy car wash treats at the weekend and pamper the with a full polish at least once a month. For those with a little more money to spend there is the car valeter. Ever wondered how they are able to get the finish a lot better than you can?

Car valeters just don’t go down to the local automotive centre and buy a few spray cans or small bottles of polish. They couldn’t afford to do that and neither could you afford to pay for the finished result if they did. A professional car valeter uses commercially available trade cleaning products specially designed for car showrooms or vehicle retailers. Not for them the incessant rubbing down with a cloth, the three hour car polish marathon that some people insist on putting themselves through. No, they can do better than you can because they know how.

These guys have all the tools at their disposal. Powerful cleaning agents that work a treat with the minimum of effort. Commercial stain removers and enhancers that put the colour back in those faded seats. When you see a commercial car valeter at work you cannot help but notice the difference in the equipment they use and the finish that they achieve.

Dec 10

Ambulance Cleaning

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It is imperative that health authorities and private ambulance companies keep their vehicles clean to avoid the spreading of infection. Recent articles in the press have highlighted a concern with cleaning practices at ambulance trusts in the UK.

With resources stretched and no dedicated cleaning staff it is often down to the ambulance crews to clean their vehicles. National guidance provision exists for ambulance cleaning and it is important for cleanliness standards to be improved and monitored. The problem is that these guidelines are not mandatory.

The North West was criticized for having no dedicated cleaning staff and no allocated time for cleaning. There was also confirmation in a paramedics report that the ambulances are never deep cleaned. Few would argue that this is a recipe for disaster.

Ambulances can spread superbugs if not cleaned effectively and ineffective decontamination brings its own set of issues. Cleaning time needs to be taken into account when managing an ambulance fleet.

In London the ambulance trust are improving their service with dedicated cleaning teams. If a vehicle becomes contaminated it is isolated, returned to the cleaning depot and a clean ambulance is immediately available. This level of cleanliness needs to be the norm in the UK rather than the exception.

A West Midlands based company Chemex provides a specialized range of cleaning products which are ideal for ambulance cleaning. MRSA, E.coli, Listeria sp, Salmonella sp and Staphylococcus aureus including the C-Diff spores can effectively be eradicated with their products.

Further information on these products

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!

Mike writes about ink stain removal If you are interested in more removing ink stain tips then visit his website for further information and solutions.

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