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Switching to a higher performing range of cleaning products can seem like a step into the unknown – you may worry about whether the initial investment, which is likely to be more than you have spent on cleaning products in the past, will pay off in the long run and help to improve the efficiency of your cleaning regimes. However, the business benefits of higher performing cleaning products are evident and will save your business both time and money in the long term.

Less is more

It is perhaps obvious that a higher quality product will produce more effective and long-lasting cleaning results. You can use less of the product to achieve the same result, complete the task more quickly and reduce the frequency with which your teams are cleaning specific areas. This means you are able to increase the longevity of your product stores, and can reduce costs in replacing products which are running low. Subsequently, you will also reduce your storage needs and waste production, and the costs these processes inevitably ensue.

Minimise your energy consumption

Investing in a high quality product range will minimise your energy consumption in a number of ways. Decreasing the frequency with which you complete specific cleaning tasks can reduce your total water consumption, and reduce the need to use electrical appliances. As your cleaning tasks are likely to take less time, you can also cut your running electricity demands during the cleaning process including lighting and heating costs.

Spend your time wisely

As cleaning tasks are likely to be completed more quickly, and to a high standard in a consistent manner, your business will have more time to review your current practise, isolate areas of potential weakness and improve the efficiency of your cleaning processes to match the efficacy of your cleaning products.

Consolidate your product range

Higher quality products are more likely to tackle a wider variety of surfaces or target areas, allowing you to consolidate your product range. This will allow you to reduce the resources needed to store your cleaning supplies. You can also cut the time normally spent training your staff, and can ensure that your workforce has a comprehensive understanding of how the products work and which surfaces they target.

So make the most of your cleaning and maintenance budget and don’t waste time or sacrifice on results; realise the long term business benefits of investing in a higher performing range of cleaning products.

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It is easy to think of key sources of dirt and contamination in an organisation – you may consider the flooring, bathroom facilities and windows, for example. However, there are a host of other places where dirt accumulates and bacteria can spread quickly. On average, people will touch roughly 300 surfaces in 30 minutes, which equates to approximately 840,000 germs. It is imperative that your organisation minimises the risk of contamination, using efficient and thorough cleaning strategies.

  1. Your desk

On average, desk surfaces are thought to harbour 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, and viruses like influenza can survive on hard surfaces like this for up to 24 hours. Make sure employees keep their desks tidy so that your cleaning staff can access them quickly and easily.

  1. Keyboard and mouse

Computer keyboards can become a haven for nasty bacteria, lurking between the keys where it is difficult to reach them. Make sure you shake the dust and crumbs out of your keyboards and clean them regularly; either with a soft, lightly dampened, lint-free cloth or disinfectant alcohol wipes.

  1. Sponges

The sponges in the kitchen of your organisation are likely to be used by a host of different staff members throughout the day, and bacteria can survive and thrive in the network of crevasses inside the sponge. Make sure you replace your sponges regularly, or disinfect them at least once a week to prevent a build-up of harmful bacteria.

  1. Water fountains

Although water fountains are a quick and accessible way of keeping your staff and customers hydrated, they can be a significant source of bacteria in your workspace. In fact, there can be between 2-7 million bacteria per square inch on the spigot alone! Make sure your cleaning staff are disinfecting your water fountains at least once a day, paying particular attention to the mouthpiece.

  1. Phones

Be it your mobile or a landline, your phones are in use consistently throughout the day, and can quickly become a target for harmful bacteria. Check your line-level cleaners are giving desktop phones a regular wipe clean, to keep them germ free and ready for calls any time of the day.

So bear these less obvious places in mind when training you cleaning staff and other employees, to prevent unnecessary illness in the workplace and keep your building spotless!

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When budgets are tight and expectations are high, keeping your cleaning operations cost-effective whilst maintaining high quality results is not an easy task. These handy tips will help you to maximise the efficiency of your cleaning regimes.

  1. Understand your space

Make sure you evaluate your site and the cleaning requirements for different areas of your building. You need to assess how long it takes to complete all necessary cleaning tasks, identify priority areas which are more likely to become dirty during the day and establish the frequency with which specific sites should be targeted.

  1. Evaluate and re-evaluate your practise

Just because your cleaning practise has worked in the past doesn’t mean it is serving you as well as newer techniques could. Have a thorough look over your cleaning procedures and make sure you are utilising your staff and product resources in the most efficient and productive way. Be honest about which practises are still working well for your team, and which have room for improvement.

  1. Utilise innovative advances

The technology behind the design of cleaning products and systems is constantly evolving; don’t fall behind and miss out on advances which could help to improve the efficiency of your organisation’s cleaning systems. Read blogs and articles about new trends in the cleaning industry on a regular basis, and keep an eye out for recent innovation award winners in the cleaning sector.

  1. Learn from your mistakes

Making significant changes to your organisation’s cleaning operations may seem to be a daunting prospect, but it is essential to address where you may have gone wrong in the past and make improvements to enhance efficiency wherever possible. It will save your organisation both money and time in the long term. If you have had a past incident related to a problem with your cleaning regime, tackle the issue head on and rectify the problem before it arises again.

  1. Consistency is key

Ensure that wherever your cleaning staff are operating within the scope of your organisation, they have undergone a consistent training programme. You also need to make sure they are working under a single efficiency directive, and are using the same range of high quality, sustainable products and equipment.

Keeping these objectives in mind will help your organisation to keep costs low and results high, enhancing both your reputation and your Return on Investment.

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In a society where competition for business is ever-growing and communication between customers is unlimited, organisations are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of consumer opinions and recommendations. Hygiene and cleanliness can often be disregarded and undervalued, but poor cleaning standards can leave businesses fighting for survival in the long term.

The results are in

Recent findings from The Financial Impact of Poor Food Safety Management survey by, showed that 61% of consumers would refuse to visit any type of restaurant (including takeaways, coffee shops or pubs) with a low Food Hygiene Rating. Unsurprisingly, this view is not limited to the food industry – cleanliness is prioritised by customers in the retail sector, as well as in public service buildings like schools and hospitals. For example, the UK government Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) Safeguarding in Schools best practice report states that hygiene and cleanliness are given the highest priority status, while 96% of UK care home residents and their families recently voted that care home owners should do more to keep their premises germ free.

The importance of a first impression

Whatever the nature of your organisation, it is clear that cleanliness is a factor which is highly regarded, and that consumers have consistently high expectations. This is even more critical in the age of social media, as information about poor standards of cleanliness and hygiene can reach thousands of potential consumers in seconds.

Do not underestimate the power of a strong first impression. For example, a spotless door or entrance windows will affect a customer’s impression of your premises, even before they have stepped across the threshold. You want your potential customers to feel comfortable and safe, and to create a space that they will want to give positive feedback about and be happy to return to.

Protect your reputation

Organisations need to consider cleanliness as a key determinant of success. If mistakes are made and poor reviews are received, rebuilding customer trust is a lengthy and costly process, and there is no guarantee that the reputation your organisation once held will ever be fully repaired. Organisations need to ensure they are not only meeting, but exceeding the standards required by the appropriate official bodies for their sector or industry. This will protect your reputational stability in the long term, as well as providing an environment which consumers and visitors find welcoming and reliable.

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Not all odours are deemed unwelcome. Our olfactory system plays an integral part in our everyday lives, from allowing us to understand our surrounding environments to evoking memories, emotions and eliciting important responses.

We all remember the scents of our childhood, from the comforting smells of Granny’s banana bread wafting through the house to the overpowering, pungent stench of the sickbay at school. Odours can instantly transport us to a time and place that we otherwise may not have consciously recalled. It is said that sense of smell is closely linked to memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. This is due to our olfactory receptors direct connection to the limbic system, the most primitive part of the brain. When smells are relayed to the cortex, cognitive recognition begins but the most unconscious parts of the brain are first to be stimulated, triggering certain memories or emotions. Because of this, odours are an integral part of our survival instincts. Certain smells can alert us to potential dangers such as smoke from fire or gas from a leaking pipe, to contaminated food or surfaces.

Individuals will have different perceptions of different odours, it is not only due to the sensation of the odours themselves but of the experiences and emotions associated with them. Think of why certain fragrances are preferred by some but despised by others. Many studies have shown reactions to odours and our olfactory likes and dislikes are based purely on emotional associations, with even the power to alter people’s moods. Retailers have certainly tapped into this notion by dispensing comforting scents like cinnamon within their stores that have a proven positive effect on customers which in turn can lead to increased spending. On the other hand, foul odours can be associated with uncleanliness and poor hygiene especially in washrooms, which is enough for customers to black mark an establishment, seriously impacting a business’ reputation.
Odours, whether deemed good or bad, can elicit powerful emotions and create meaningful associations for everyone. It is worth elevating them as part of your assessment process in the maintenance of your workplace or business.

We love odours because they are simple to manage and fixing them can have a dramatic turnaround in how facilities are perceived, allowing you to create a positive and enjoyable environment for everyone, from employees to patrons.

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Weather in the United Kingdom is well known for being unpredictable. There will be many occasions when we’re warned a big cold front is coming in and we should all be prepared. Quite often this doesn’t materialise the way it has been forecast; thankfully. However, would your business have been prepared if a cold spell did hit?

With unpredictability in mind, it’s very important for businesses to be prepared for every winter eventuality, as it can seriously disrupt productivity if not planned for. To help along the way, we give you our three P’s of winter preparation:

Your premises are the hub of business activity. Therefore they need to be safe for employees and the public to access. To do this, you need a plan of action:

  • How will we clear the access points?
  • Who will clear them?
  • What will be done after to keep them safe?

Once you have pinpointed the correct procedure with your team, you need to ensure you have the right equipment. There is a wide range of winter products in the marketplace that serve different scales and purposes. Ensure you buy the right and appropriate sized equipment for your use. This will save you both time and money.

For example, if your business requires hygiene to be of a high standard, then White Salt is the better option for you as it is purer than other de-icing agents and leaves little residue. However, brown rock salt is most commonly used on public highways and pavements as it is visible on snow, but leaves more residue than its counterpart.

Your employees must also be prepared for winter weather, as your business productivity will be severely reduced should employees not be able to make it into work. A good tip is to provide them all with a winter car kit,

  • Hi-vis
  • De-icer
  • Scraper
  • Screen shield
  • Screen wash etc

This way, during even icy and frosty periods they can be prepared to sort their vehicle. Your employees are what keep your business ticking – ensure they are prepared or know the procedure for cold weather.

Finally, put them together. Ensuring your personnel know how to sort your premises is a great way to ensure that processes are carried out to the highest standard. Without a process behind your planning, a cold winter storm can catch you out and sometimes hamper business productivity.