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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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 9

Cheap Washing up Liquid

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Do you really want a cheap washing up liquid? Think again.

There are numerous brands of washing up liquid in the UK. They nearly all take the form of a foaming mixture of surfactants which have been specially designed to be kind to your hands.  All are designed for hand washing of your cooking, crockery and cutlery utensils.

Washing up liquids allow the soap to run off the dishes and the soap is harmless and tasteless. Common practice in the UK is to allow soapy dishes to just drip dry although many people prefer to rinse them under running water. A tea towel is another method used to speed up the drying process although tea towels are not necessarily the most hygienic method of drying your dishes.

Buying a cheap washing up liquid is nothing short of false economy. A cheap washing up liquid simply doesn’t cut the mustard. Not only do you end up using excessive quantities just to do the job but it often doesn’t do the job well at all. In the domestic market the consumer always returns to their favourite “fairy” once they have become tired of the cheaper and less efficient brands.

In the commercial market place the washing up liquids tend to be stronger. Again, avoid the cheaper brands that are so diluted as to render them inaffective. Where time and money is important you should invest in the best that you can afford. It will pay dividends in the long run.

Dec 8

Blocked Drains

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A blocked drain is one of the last things you need when you are busy. The cost of calling out plumbers and drainage experts is not something that caterers relish. The disruption caused can be nothing short of a disaster. Additionally, there is the risk of possible fines and prosecution by the local authority.

Bio GD is a product 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.

Using a dosing unit it is introduced into the drainage system using a fully automated pump which makes the application effortless, efficient and effective. The dosing system released Bio GD every night after the catering establishment is closed, thus providing a much reduced risk of blocked drains in addition to elminating odours. It is non hazardous and an obvious solution for drainage maintenance.

Further information on this product can be found at the Chemex website.