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Our MANUDISH range of dishwashing detergents is now official Cradle to Cradle GOLD-certified, bringing our Greencare® portfolio to over 20 Cradle to Cradle certified products.

COVID-19 has catalysed the demand for effective, environmentally friendly cleaners. With the use of hazardous disinfecting products at record heights, users are increasingly seeking a greener alternative to their standard cleaning products. Cleaning teams and facilities management companies want products that are productive, efficient and, most of all, safe for their cleaners and the environment.

The importance of green products has never been clearer. Cleaning teams are exposed daily to hazardous cleaning products, and as cleaning times increase, the risk of illness, asthma or even lung damage becomes a very real possibility. Users are educating themselves to better understand what is in their cleaning products, and are confident that greener cleaning products are the safer choice.

That’s where our MANUDISH range fits in. Providing fast, intensive cleaning at a low dosage, it’s not just environmentally-friendly, but safe for people too. All products are free of toxic, harmful and hazardous substances; manufactured from natural materials; plastic and microplastic free and packaged in bottles made from up to 100% recycled material.

It’s the reason why Cradle to Cradle GOLD is one of the most prestigious sustainability accreditations, and with a growing number of brands, organisations and standards recognising Cradle to Cradle as their preferred product standard for responsible purchasing decisions, we’re excited to be able to expand our Cradle to Cradle range still further.

About The Golden Winners

MANUDISH original:  Dishwashing detergent with strong grease and oil dissolving power, economical in use and also dermatologically tested.

MANUDISH neoSmart:  Double concentrated dishwashing detergent with strong grease dissolving power and easy and flexible dosing thanks to the membrane technology of the Smart bottle.

MANUDISH sensitive: Hypoallergenic hand dishwashing detergent. Free of fragrances and dyes, suitable for sensitive skin. The formulation is also CLP-free for maximum user safety.

MANUDISH essential: High-performance, fragrance-free hand dishwashing detergent. A highly concentrated formula with an active foam.

As part of our commitment to charitable causes, every year Arrow County Supplies selects a Charity Partner who become the focus of our company fundraising activities. The charities we support cover a wide range of causes, and many of these relate to circumstances that have directly touched the lives of our staff and friends. It’s another way in which we can support our team, and to us, every donation is a cause to celebrate.

This year, we’ve partnered with The Brain Tumour Charity.

Despite over 102,000 people currently living with a brain tumour, survival rates remain at just 11%. They are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 – yet in spite of this, In spite of this, research into brain tumours receives less than 3% of all cancer research funding.

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families, funding pioneering research, and provide essential support for those affected to improve quality of life. They rely 100% on voluntary donations and we’re passionate about supporting this charity to drive forward cancer research, treatments and cure.

That’s why we turned the sale of our company jackets into an Arrow-wide charity initiative, with all proceeds going directly to The Brain Tumour Charity. So far, we’ve raised over £460 – an incredible achievement that the team should be hugely proud of.

And this is just the beginning! We’ve got lots more exciting activities that we can’t wait to launch – just watch this space.

To learn more about this charity and the amazing work they do, click here.

View our letter of thanks here.

Proud to be supporting the team at KFC UK as they take part in the Great British Spring Clean!

 

Over the last year, our outdoor spaces have proved themselves more essential than ever before and keeping them tidy has never been more important. This year, we’re proud to support KFC as they take part in the Great British Spring Clean campaign.

 

KFC restaurants across the country already undertake daily litter picks, but Tuesday 1st June saw all KFC teams and restaurants across the country take part in a national litter pick to tackle the litter problem around restaurants. It’s a great initiative, and a commitment that we’re excited to support.

 

Together, we’re keeping Britain tidier.

Arrow County are proud to announce that we have been awarded a Silver EcoVadis Medal, placing Arrow County in the 92nd percentile of over 75,000 companies assessed by EcoVadis.

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence, and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains.

Head of Operations Marc Bailey commented:

“As a team, we were absolutely delighted to achieve the Silver Medal in our first assessment. The fact our work in sustainability has been officially recognised by EcoVadis is a huge achievement, and it doesn’t stop here – we’ve already starting work to achieve Gold standard in the very near future!”

This prestigious rating recognises our continued focus on providing a more sustainable way of working in an industry typically associated with harmful chemical and plastic use. The Ecovadis Silver Award is a great complement to our existing ISO14001 accreditation, and a fantastic way to recognise the hard work our team has been putting in to get this far.

We’re committed to developing a line of alternative products that reduce packaging waste, chemical use and plastic content, and our EcoVadis assessment has been a huge help in identifying further ways to develop our sustainability performance. Even better, we’re now able to share this result with our customers, and use our insight in sustainable practice to help build new relationships nationwide.

 

The benefits of a fast and effective cleaning routine are becoming increasingly meaningful. With cleaning times up by over 20% since 2020 and use of cleaning chemicals at a record high, the challenge of maintaining a cleaning routine that is not only effective but cost-effective is real.

Add to this the growing issue of sustainability, and you are faced with solving one of the industry’s greatest challenges – but with our Quick & Easy range, anyone can. Quick & Easy has taken a market requirement for powerful, practical, and eco-friendly products and delivered on every count, allowing our customers to reduce their carbon footprint while boosting the efficacy of their own cleaning routines. Here’s how:

It has an automatic, mobile dosing system

Have you ever been frustrated with team efficiency when it comes to cleaning multiple environments and re-dosing? Or are your dosing methods causing you to over-use cleaning chemicals? With Quick & Easy, the trigger spray system automatically doses every spray, ensuring exact, accurate dosing for every operative (no training required!).

It eliminates walks back to the store cupboard

The built-in water cartridge (part of the automatic dosing system) can be refilled anywhere – eliminating unnecessary trips to central dosing stations and allowing truly ‘on the go’ cleaning. And once in, the cartridge is ‘closed’, meaning you use fresh, uncontaminated water every time – avoiding cross-contamination across cleaning environments.

It improves the health of your staff and clients

CLP-free in application, the foam spray ensures that the any risk of inhalation is eliminated – and with an estimated 32% of cleaners suffering from respiratory illness, this could not be more important. As part of our Greencare range, all chemicals are 100% safe for people and nature, giving you (and your cleaning workforce) peace of mind.

One reusable trigger spray head cleans more than one area

With a choice of six multipurpose concentrates, Quick & Easy is truly an all-in-one cleaning solution. Each can be carried around in our tailored Quick and Easy belt, meaning with just one reusable trigger spray head you can clean your entire facility – helping consolidate chemical ranges, minimise potentially hazardous chemical storage and reduce cleaning costs, guaranteeing the supply of essential chemicals.

It eliminates chemical waste

When manually dosing chemicals, the unused product must be thrown away at the end of a given period, meaning cleaning teams can inadvertently accumulate a huge amount of chemical waste. Here, with chemicals dosed spray-by-spray, no chemical is wasted – and with each cartridge covering over 1130m2, it has a huge impact. Additionally, unlike most chemicals, the foam application means no chemical is lost as ‘mist’ into the air.

It is truly ‘green’

Quick & Easy is Cradle to Cradle GOLD standard – a new standard of environmental sustainability that seeks not simply to remove environmental harm but eliminate it. Every aspect of the product, from sourcing to manufacture, is 100% eco-friendly and, thanks to our unique Greensavings® calculator, you can track the improvements to your carbon footprint too!

Want to know more? Our friendly team are here to help – simply contact [email protected] or phone 01743 283600 with your enquiry. And remember, for April only, you can get 50% off your Quick & Easy starter pack…

As we take the first cautious steps out of lockdown, now is the time to consider just what your ‘new normal’ will look like.  Cleanliness has always been important, but now cleaning is part of a business’s survival strategy.

As we learnt last year, maintaining hygiene is one of the best lines of defence against coronavirus. Post-pandemic, cleaning times and procedures are rapidly spiralling out of control, and now it’s only those who shift tactics and clean smarter, not harder, who will be able to keep their facilities truly ‘safe’.

That’s we we’ve partnered with Zonitise to bring you their new Surface range. It’s the UK’s first antimicrobial coating leaving surfaces constantly self-sanitising for over 6 weeks per application – now available in 500ml and 5L sizes.

More than simply a disinfectant, the Zonitise coating provides the same protection as physically disinfecting your surfaces every 10 minutes – and with proven efficacy against harmful pathogens including SARS COV 2, MRSA and norovirus, its ‘constant kill’ action helps reduce surface bacteria load by a whopping 90%!

You’re not just creating a new normal but better normal for everyone.  Want to find out more? Join our Zonitise webinar on the 23rd of April by clicking below – we look forward to seeing you!

For more information or advice, simply call us on 01743 283600 or email [email protected].

Components to a good cleaning trolley

With a growing emphasis on daytime cleaning, businesses are demanding trolleys that look good – but are also ergonomic, safe, hygienic, and easy to use. Yet with so many options available, the choice can be bewildering. Trolleys, after all, are designed to make cleaning more efficient and allow staff to be more flexible – saving time in what can be a very tight schedule. It is with this in mind we’ve created our six-point guide to creating the perfect cleaning trolley:

Design

For public-facing industries such as hotels, airports and restaurants, the design is important. A well-designed trolley should effectively blend into its surroundings, allowing cleaning teams to work across facilities without disturbing guests.

Cleaning trolleys can also be colour-coded to reduce cross-contamination. Colour-coded buckets inside the trolley help workers to quickly find the right chemicals, tools, and cloths for the job or – for best-practice infection control – colour-code a trolley for each location.

Waste Disposal

Do you need to collect waste and take it with you? If so, you will need a trolley with a built-in waste container of the right capacity. Our plasticized bags allow you to collect waste sacks throughout your cleaning journey, before bulk-disposal at the end (saving time and mess!), while internal lidded waste compartments allow you to shield passers-by from potentially hazardous chemical and textile waste.

Area

Consider where your cleaning trolley will be used. If you are leaving the trolley unattended in a public area, choose one with a lockable compartment for chemicals.

Storage

How much cleaning equipment and chemicals do you, or your cleaning staff, need daily? What can you pre-load on to the trolley, and what will differ from site to site?

Your trolley must have enough space to deal with every cleaning requirement: it is, after all, equivalent to your cleaning cupboard, so choose your configuration accordingly.

Floor Surface

Assess what floor surfaces you have: for carpeted areas, or sites where you must go outside, the wheels must be bigger, otherwise, too much force will be needed to push the trolley. If you are dealing with hard floors, how many mops will you need?

Space

The space you must manoeuvre in is key – after all, the trolley must work for you. We have created our MULTI and COMPACT trolleys specifically for smaller areas, combining great storage capacity and functionality within a highly compact frame.

Shop our range of cleaning and janitorial trollies here

If you need help finding the right trolley or if you wish to customise one to your specific needs call the team on 01743 283600

 

Ever since the current pandemic began, HEPA filters have become an increasingly popular topic for discussion – a way to protect against COVID-19 beyond face masks, social distancing and regular sanitising. Here’s why:

HEPA is the English acronym for ‘High-Efficiency Particulate Air’. It’s known as an absolute, or true, filter and  can filter out and capture very small particles from the air while continuing to allow air to pass through effortlessly.

HEPA filters use multiple interlaced fibres to create a ‘maze’ that traps particles, prevent them from being recirculated into the air we breathe. These filters are used in  aeroplanes, across healthcare environments, inside refrigerators, masks and – of course – vacuums.

Your vacuum may to a good job of removing visible dust and debris, but it’s the tiny particles, ones as little as 0.3 microns in diameter and invisible to the human eye that are the most harmful. Most vacuums will simply miss theses microscopic particles or – worse still – blast them back into the air.

The risks of this are obvious. Now for the question of the year: are HEPA filters capable of blocking particles as small as the COVID-19 virus?

A single COVID-19 particle is about 0.125 microns in size, but the virus particles cannot travel on their own. They must attach themselves to something else – generally respiratory droplets – before being transmitted. These respiratory particles are usually at least 1 micron in size, and it is here where the HEPA filter can do its job, trapping the contaminated respiratory droplets and preventing them being recirculated back into the air around us.

Take the Victor V-9 HEPA Tub Vacuum, for example.  With a filtration efficacy of 99.9965% – eight times better than the HEPA13 healthcare standard – less than 0.1% of particles can escape the filter. At a time staying safe couldn’t be more important, there’s never been a better time to invest.

For a limited time buy 5 Victor V-9 HEPA Tub Vacuum’s and receive 1 FREE

Victor is back!

It’s a brand that resonates with us here at Arrow and, after months of preparation, we’re excited to announce that we are now a registered Victor distributor!

Established for over 70 years, Victor is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of floorcare equipment. An iconic British brand, Victor is renowned for its reliability, durability and performance, and remains hugely popular to this day.

The Victor story dates back to 1946 when domestic electrical appliances and vehicle electrics repairs company Dowding and Plummer Ltd began to manufacture electrical components for domestic appliances.

By the 1950s, Dowding & Plummer were manufacturing their vacuum cleaners and, as the UK’s commercial cleaning market continued to expand, Dowding & Plummer moved from producing domestic appliances to commercial and industrial products.

Their iconic rotary floor machine – branded Victor – was launched in the 1960s. Its durability and reliability – now hallmarks of the Victor brand – made it an instant success in cleaning industries across the world.

The name Victor means lucky. Managing  Director Les Davies flew Lancaster bombers during World War II, and his squadron’s planes were all marked with the code letters ‘VN’: the phonetic call sign ‘Victor Nan’. Les, flying the bomber VN-F (Victor Nan Fox), survived a full tour unscathed. His plane – Victor Nan Fox – was indeed lucky, and thus Victor was born.

Since then the Victor range has expanded to include burnishers, carpet bonnet moppers, polishers and vacuums, all manufactured to the same meticulous standards at their factory in Birmingham. With a history spanning over half a century, the Victor brand has become iconic within the cleaning market, bringing British-made, quality machines to businesses across the country.

Order by the 18th December to get 20% off your Victor machine!

Disinfecting – whether short-term to address the issue of maintaining hygiene standards as people slowly return to work, or longer-term stopping localized outbreaks of the virus – is now a topic of huge public interest. No matter what we choose to do, the ‘new normal’ for post-COVID-19 cleaning routines look very different.

There are several ways to deep clean, but fogging is rapidly emerging as a highly effective control measure for workplaces and public facilities alike. As the term suggests, fogging uses a disinfectant sprayed from a fogging machine to create a ‘fog’ – tiny droplets of disinfectant – that effectively ‘coats’ and disinfects everything it meets.

It is a top-level disinfection process to be used in addition to your standard cleaning and disinfecting practices – particularly effective in higher-reach or difficult to access areas that may otherwise be missed.

However, the biggest advantage of disinfectant fogging is its ease. Traditional spray-and-wipe disinfectant applications have a limited area of effect and, in larger areas like hotel lobbies, school corridors and office entrances can take a huge amount of time. Foggers – with an average 3m range – disinfect areas in a fraction of the time and, when done regularly, can reduce the number of pathogens present in the building – lowering overall infection risk.

The Benefits and Downsides of fogging

As we have explained above, fogging provides users with a wide range of benefits:

  • Safely and effectively disinfect areas, including high-level surfaces, small, confined spaces, or large vertical surfaces
  • Effectively reduces airborne contaminants – as the disinfectant passes through the air, it actively combats airborne pathogens
  • Ease of use – Minimize cleaning time and increase overall cleaning effectiveness with longer-range foggers
  • Routine fogging helps reduce the overall surface load
  • Some foggers, such as our ULV Fogger, can produce a dry fog suitable for use in electrical or textile heavy environments

However, fogging does have certain limitations:

  • It has no impact on closed areas
  • It does not replace standard cleaning practices
  • Only electrostatic foggers such as our Electrostatic Fogger – will coat the underside of horizontal surfaces
  • Fogging is not as effective on vertical walls – gravity can mean the disinfectant applied can drip off vertical surfaces if the fog is too heavy. We recommend using a fogger with an adjustable flow rate to ensure maximum surface effectiveness.

Interested in finding out more? Our team are happy to help – simply contact us on 01743 283600 or [email protected]!