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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.

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]!

One of the main preventive measures that individuals can take in the fight against Covid-19 is to wash their hands regularly with soap and water and, where soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitiser gel.

But what about organisations working tirelessly to prevent the spread of the virus in workplaces and public spaces? The advice is to increase how often and how thoroughly they normally clean these areas, as well as cleaning surfaces they do not normally clean.

We all understand what cleaning is, but now we’re looking at taking our cleaning routines to the next level. We want to do the right thing, but how do we know whether this is sanitising or disinfecting – and what is the difference between these two terms anyway?

‘Sanitising’ and ‘disinfecting’ are referred to pretty much interchangeably, but there is a subtle difference between the two and where they can be applied. Here’s why:

Cleaning removes visible dirt, soil and debris from surfaces and, while it may help reduce germs by removing ‘contaminated’ matter, it doesn’t necessarily kill them. Don’t underestimate the importance of basic cleaning – it’s the foundation of any effective sanitising or disinfecting processes.

Sanitising goes a step further than cleaning and reduces the number of germs on surfaces or objects to ‘safe’ levels, as set by public health agencies. Required for all food preparation areas, sanitising effectively decreases the infection rate using certified sanitisers – and while sanitising will kill some viruses and bacteria on a surface (and sanitising products are required by the EPA to kill at least 99.9% of germs on contact), it’s disinfection that’s the stronger process, killing a required 99.999% of germs!

Disinfecting actively kills germs – including viruses – rather than just reducing their numbers to a safe level. It’s a level of cleaning that we would typically carry out yearly during the cold and flu season, but with COVID-19 we’re living in this season on a permanent basis!

It’s time to adapt our cleaning routines to suit the environment we’re living in. Here at Arrow we not only have the right products for cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting, but we also offer a consultative approach to your cleaning requirements. If you need more information we’d be happy to help – simply contact [email protected] with any additional questions you may have!

Introducing our new partnership with Zonitise!

COVID has had a huge impact on the cleaning industry. Cleaning time has increased exponentially as teams work to keep touchpoints and other surfaces safe across facilities. Cleaning regimes have been completely reinvented to support decontamination and sanitisation, leading to huge increases in cleaning time and spend.

Physically, it’s exhausting. To be effective, every surface must be clean. Manual cleaning processes are enormously time consuming and must be repeated time and time again to ensure a consistently safe environment. As a result, cleaning times have almost doubled: to manage this increased demand, facilities are having to employ increasing numbers cleaning staff, leading to cleaning costs spiralling out of control.

For most workplaces, this approach is unsustainable – and that’s why we’re partnered with Zonitise.

Here at Arrow we’re always looking for innovations that make your everyday cleaning processes easier. Zonitise is a unique, fully-certified surface treatment, combing cutting-edge nano-technology with cleaning specialism to not only deep clean surfaces, but leave them constantly self-sanitising for up to one year per application.

It’s a completely new approach to surface cleaning and, with proven efficacy against harmful microbes including TGEV Coronavirus, MRSA, E.coli and influenza, it gives you peace of mind that your working environment is safe, clean and protected.

Requiring no maintenance other than your standard cleaning regime, Zonitise is the perfect solution for any workplace.

Visit https://arrowcounty.com/zonitise/ or contact our team at [email protected] for more information!

 

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, but sometimes having a visual really is the best way to understand something.

Advice surrounding whether to wear a face mask has become increasingly confusing, but one volunteer – Dr Davis from the Sacred Heart Medical Centre in Washington – decided to show us the real story.

In his demo, he placed agar cultures close to his face to show how many respiratory particles transferred while talking, singing, sneezing, and coughing with and without a face mask. The results are clear. Just one sneeze without a mask fills the culture with bacteria colonies that form where the respiratory droplets fell. Coughing has a similar effect, and even singing and talking for one minute caused bacteria transfer. Meanwhile, all the masked cultures remained clean.

And yes, as Dr Davis reminds us, bacteria are not viruses. But it is respiratory droplets such as these that spread the viruses: although no measure by itself will completely prevent the virus,

with this simple experiment, we see just how much liquid comes out of our mouths, even when simply talking – and just how much of this is stopped by wearing a facemask. It’s time to face the truth. Given the spread of coronavirus, isn’t this reason enough to keep a face mask handy?

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