Clean and simple: a series of blogs from Cleanline expert Rod Hale.
We asked our Cleanline expert ‘What are the four things that businesses often get wrong when it comes to choosing, and using professional cleaning products?’
And here’s what he told us…
1. Buying retail products
It’s not difficult to list nine or ten household detergent brands without even thinking about it. That’s partly the power of advertising and partly because you’ve grown up with these familiar names around you. But even though household products are not designed for industrial use, open any cleaning cupboard in any hotel, bar or restaurant and you’ll find at least one domestic type product. Industrial cleaning products are made to do a job with no frills; any ingredient that doesn’t do the job is omitted. All those things you like about your home products are gone – no bright colours, no dazzling packaging, no viscosity, and for kitchen tasks, no fragrances. Retail products are packed in small containers, far too small for busy kitchen and housekeeping departments and because the packaging is more expensive than the product it contains, the cost is sky high too.
2. Buying cheap products
With cleaning chemicals the old proverb “you get what you pay for” is more applicable than usual – it’s quite simple to make cheap detergents, you just add more water! You might think you’re saving money by going for the cheapest option but that’s an illusion. If the product doesn’t perform first time then you’re going to have to do it again and that doesn’t just mean using more chemicals. Time is money so your labour costs double because the job will take twice as long as it should. This is particularly relevant if you have a commercial dishwasher because if the rinse aid isn’t up to the job you may have to polish the cutlery and dry the plates manually. If everything is still dirty when it comes out of the machine then it all has to be put through again and that means you’re using twice as much water and twice as much electricity to heat it too. After countless experiments and research it has been concluded that a glass can be handled an average of 265 times before it is broken; so if you’re washing your tableware twice then your breakages replacement costs are going to double.
3. Cherry picking
Many people think they’re getting a fantastic deal by cherry-picking cleaning products from multiple sources. There might be a special offer on floor cleaner at the cash & carry, a job lot of washing up liquid from a boot sale or a discontinued line from the distributor. It’s not that great an idea though because mismatched products are not compatible with each other. The residue from one supplier’s product you’ve used to clean your food prep surfaces can knock out the bug-killing capability of another supplier’s sanitiser, and the cocktail of perfumes in randomly sourced housekeeping products can combine to produce a really offensive fragrance. Then there’s the administration; do you have the correct safety data sheets for each product? Do the labels display the correct hazard symbols? Is the sanitiser tested to British standards EN1276? And does the manufacturer have a robust safety system in place to react to any accidents?
4. No Support
Purchasing a system from a reputable source has many benefits. Included in the price of the products there will be people on the ground to advise you, engineers available to install electronic dosing pumps on dishwashers and laundries, and manual pumps to administer concentrated products safely. There’ll be wall charts to show the team how to use the products and a specialist at the end of a phone to talk you through any issues as well as YouTube videos that show you how to solve problems on the spot.
If you choose your chemical supplier very carefully and go for Cleanline you will have complete peace of mind not only regarding the points above but you will be applicable to use their unique online interactive website and that means you’ll never have to worry again about whether 100% of your team are COSHH trained or that you can’t lay your hands on the safety data sheet or you don’t know how to use a particular product – it’s all there for you.
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