How to get the best results from your floor polish remover

As a follow-up to a previous article:  Have you had problems applying emulsion floor polish? This article is to help ensure your floor polish remover works as expected. Regardless if being used on vinyl, sealed wood, rubber or marble etc the floor stripping task can be easily managed by bearing in mind a few simple checks. 

Firstly, read the manufacturer’s instructions especially if the product has to be diluted with warm water.  Often users do not allow sufficient time for the floor stripper solution to penetrate the polish before they try removing the worn polish. Similarly, the floor surface may have too many coats of floor polish that may require a second application of polish remover. Finally, it is worth mentioning that you are using the correct floor pad or brush to help remove the slurry from the floor.

Floor Polish remover works best when following a few simple steps

Floor Polish remover works best when following a few simple steps

Floor strippers like Jangro Floor Polish Remover are a popular choice with many. When it comes to saving time some users may prefer to spend a bit more to use a rinse free polish remover such as Jangro Floor Polish Remover Rinse Free. With its quick, efficient action and the fact it can eliminate the need to neutralise the floor saves times and labour costs.

Look out for further articles regarding problem solving on applying floor polish and the importance of floor cleaning to minimise slips, trips, falls and possible legal action.  We can help with your both your floor cleaning products and possible floor care problems, just call or drop us a line at Wray Bros.

Catering Company Health and Safety 101: Ensure the EHO doesn’t come knocking

Starting up or buying an existing catering company is a popular route for people who have experience in the industry and want to go it alone. You may have all the management and chef skills to run a fantastic catering company but you need to understand the health and safety regulations too if it’s to succeed.

Kitchen Hygiene support helps ensure the EHO doesn't come knocking


There is a whole plethora of health and safety legislation but not all applies to catering because the environment tends to have less risks than other environments. There are also a range of food health/safety laws that need to be complied with and assessing all risks in your business is key to avoiding any problems from the council’s environmental health department.

Risk Assessment

Food businesses are required to assess their food safety risks using the principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). Product specific hygiene regulations may also have requirements for individual formalised risk assessments. Food businesses are required by law to carry out risk assessments on almost every element of their kitchen and front of house including equipment, ingredients and the processes used by employees to ensure they’re all safe and comply with regulations.

Health and Safety Signage

Due to the nature of the catering industry signage is extremely important. You may have hazardous cleaning chemicals stored in the same vicinity as your food products. They will of course need to be locked away separately but clear signing will also be necessary. Common signs include wash your hands signage and yellow warning labels denoting the area where chemicals are kept. Wet floor signs should be standard for front of house to ensure customers are aware of any slippery patches as you clean or after an accident.

Catering Business Inspections

Environmental Health Officers are responsible for inspecting food businesses due to the Food Safety Act 1990. Businesses are inspected according to Food Standards Agency guidelines.

Each inspection will result in a risk rating for your business which will then determine how often you’ll be inspected in the future. Inspections take place between every six months and three years but in the worst case scenarios where businesses aren’t complying at all, they can be ordered to cease trading until they’re up to standard.

Slip and Trip Injuries

Slips and trips pose one of the largest risks to the catering industry. In fact they occur up to four times more in this industry than any other and are the largest cause of serious industry in the sector as a whole.

There are risks to the business such as loss of staff and potential compensation claims against the business from staff and customers.

Keeping the business clean according to Health and Safety regulations will limit the chance of this type of accident and therefore the potential risks and damage to your business.

Opening a business in the catering industry can be extremely exciting. It’s your chance to unleash the food and drink you love on the public but failure to follow health and safety guidelines may mean your dream is short-lived.

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Professional thermometers for caterers are available to detect and accurately display temperature in a range of formats.

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The Hygiene Audit can be undertaken within any building or environment, such as the kitchen premises. The audit will evaluate the cleaning regime and the hygiene of each room, surface by surface.

Every catering establishment has a legal responsibility to ensure the food they serve is safe to consume. This responsibility can easily be compromised by poor hygiene standards. The Kitchen Hygiene Training Course will help overcome the impact if hygiene is ignored. Which could lead to a loss of business or clientele, closure or even criminal prosecution? So with all this at stake it is totally understandable that hygiene plays a prominent role in catering industry.

Beyond sawdust: 21st century cleaning for Educational Establishments

Educational establishments from council run schools to privately owned nursery centres need to be kept clean. All areas of a school, university of any educational establishment needs to be free of germs, dirt and any waste at all to guarantee safety for students and staff alike.

Things have come a long way since the days of throwing sawdust down to clean floors and professional contracted cleaners are now used by most educational establishments to ensure the highest levels of hygiene are maintained and all facilities are both spotless and germ-free on a daily basis.

cleaning supplies for educational premises need to cope with tough, challenging work

School Cleaning Guidelines

All educational premises need to be kept clean and well ventilated. All educational facilities should have a documented cleaning policy and dedicated rota to ensure all cleaning is completed. Bathroom and toilet areas need to be cleaned as often as is physically possible and this is especially important when bodily fluid contamination has occurred and there is physical waste to deal with. Regular disinfection is essential for keeping the rest of the school’s population safe and there are a wide range of wholesale cleaning chemicals which are designed with the sole purpose of handling bathroom and washroom waste.

It’s been policy for many years that schools should keep their carpeted areas to a minimum because of the germs which could be living in them. Flat and smooth floor and wall surfaces have a low risk of contamination, germ transfer and are much easier to keep clean from a practical perspective.

Where there are carpets then cleaning staff will need to vacuum at least twice a day and professional carpet cleaning machinery should also be utilised as regularly as is needed.

Chemicals and Equipment

From a safety perspective all chemicals need to be stored and handled in 100% accordance with their manufacturer’s guidelines and their related COSHH information. All chemical and product manufacturers should be able to provide these. Similarly, the staff who work with chemicals need to be fully trained in their correct usage. Even if you contract your cleaning services out you need to be aware of COSHH Regulations and ensure everything is kept as per these guidelines to comply with law.

When it comes to equipment all cleaning products should be treated with care. Experts recommend disposable cleaning cloths which are colour-coded for the environment in which they’ll be used making a distinction between toilet, general and kitchen use for example. In instances where non-disposable cloths are chosen then they must be decontaminated after ever use and washing in a 60? or above machine wash. Mop heads too should ideally be removable and washed at the same temperature.

Cleaning staff should be provided with the necessary PPE to work effectively which could mean gloves, masks and protective footwear dependent upon the chemicals in use.

The cleaning of educational establishments is treated with seriousness due to the danger of children and students becoming ill in unclean learning environments and also the risk of slip or trip falls when floors aren’t kept spotless. We’ve come a long way from the days of cleaning floors with sawdust and the range of chemicals and equipment available today guarantees a cleaner, safer educational establishment for all.

Further reading

Read our article: Supply of cleaning & janitorial supplies to Schools, Colleges and Universities that covers why educational premises are different from other managed premises, how safer products help with a safer environment and the importance of identifying true value-for-money.

Understanding COSHH and its impact on your business

COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) is a UK law which requires all employers to control any substances on their premises which are hazardous to health. To comply with the COSHH guidelines you need to prevent or limit your workforce’s exposure to hazardous substance by:

  • Finding out and understanding what health hazards are
  • Carrying out risk assessments to prevent harm to health
  • Putting control measures in place to reduce harm and ensuring these measures are practised
  • Monitoring and ensuring all measures are in good working order
  • Providing a full range of information, instructions and training for your employees
  • Planning for emergency situations

Many businesses aren’t aware that they need to comply with COSHH but it applies to a wide range of substances some of which are bound to be used in your industry.

A structure to manage and understand the role COSHH plays in your buiness

Substances Hazardous to Health

COSHH covers a wide range of substances hazardous to health and they can take many forms including chemicals, products which contain chemicals, fumes, dust, vapours, nanotechnologies, gases, biological agents such as germs and germs that can cause diseases such as legionnaires.

Planning your COSHH Assessment

Before carrying out your COSHH assessment you need to ask yourself some questions:

  • What do you do that involves hazardous substances? It could be cleaning chemicals or other types of chemicals used in laboratories amongst other things.
  • How can the chemicals in your workplace cause harm?
  • How can you reduce the risk of that harm occurring?

The first rule of thumb is to attempt to stop exposure at its source. For example you should try and use the hazardous substance in the safest possible way – use it in a water-based form rather than solvent if possible. Similarly, if you can substitute a marked hazardous substance for something safer then that would be recommended too. If this isn’t possible then you need to think about control measures.

Controlling measures can be the installation of safety equipment or the wearing of PPE. Controls are designed to ensure there is a minimal chance of the hazardous substance coming into contact with your employees in any way.

Further controls include ensuring all chemicals on your premises are correctly labelled and stored according to instructions. Wholesale cleaning chemicals should come with safety data sheets (MSDS) for use with your COSHH manuals or instructions which should too be stored in a place where all employees can access them. Additional COSHH Awareness Training is also valuable for industries where regular contact with hazardous substances is part of the job.

In emergency situations and in the case of a compensation claim you need to have as much evidence as possible to indicate you were following COSHH guidelines provided by all chemicals and all your staff are adequately trained in understanding it.

Taking COSHH seriously is important for your business’ success. Even if the only hazardous substances in your business are cleaning chemicals used once a week they need to be stored properly and have the relevant documentation to hand. If you don’t have an adequate understanding of COSHH then investing in training would be advisable.

Need help further help with COSHH?

Whether you buy Jangro cleaning supplies and need Jangro MSDS or use branded cleaning chemicals Wray Bros can help with editable COSHH Risk Assessment templates that may prove useful to help you meet your health and safety obligations.

Why Professional Cleaning Services are a Wise Investment

Nearly every business requires a janitorial cleaning service of some kind. Cleaning is something that needs to be done whether you have clients visiting your site or not.

Employees may not be able to work productively if not and if you rely on your staff to physically clean the premises then they won’t be getting their actual jobs done. Similarly an unclean or untidy workplace is liable to result in slip and trip injuries and your employees and clients raising compensation claims against you.

Quality janitorial supplies make for an efficient cleaning service

Janitorial services solve this problem as you can outsource your cleaning to professionals who are dedicated to the industry and know what works. Below are some further points which highlight why professional janitorial services are a wise investment for your business.

Professional Opinion and Expertise

It is very unlikely, unless you’re in the cleaning industry, that you’ll know what level of cleaning your premises needs and also what type of products are needed to keep it in the best possible condition. Cleaning service professionals are dedicated to their industry and experts in their fields – most companies will offer you a full consultation and quotation based upon a survey of your needs. They can guarantee the correct cleaning equipment and cleaning chemicals are supplied and that your facilities are kept in the condition needed to impress your clients and keep your employees motivated.

Make a Good Impression

If customers or clients do enter your premises then have a visible janitorial presence gives them visual confirmation that your site is clean and looked after. Cleaners on site reassure your customers that the whole site is looked after properly and this will translate into and effect their impression of your business as a whole. Caring about how your business looks will show your clients that you care about them too.

Respect your Employees’ Health

Germs can be a worry and in a collaborative workplace there are enough of them in the air so the last thing you need is them spreading into the carpets and surfaces. A clean working environment means less chance of germs spreading and hopefully less sick days from your workforce as a whole. Productivity is significantly effected even if just one employee is off ill so imagine the problems there’d be if more were off simply due to an unhygienic, germ-ridden business premises. Professional janitorial service providers know how to handle and destroy germs and their remnants using commercial quality chemicals and equipment.

Keep your Business Running Smoothly

Employing professional janitors will allow your business to run more efficiently. Remove the unnecessary stresses such as cleaning rotas from your life and outsource it. Professional cleaners are experts as we’ve said and they know how to ensure your premises look their best. Let them handle all your cleaning needs and focus your efforts on where your talents lie. Your time is valuable and you need to use it wisely. Cleaners will keep your business ticking along, your employees motivated by their clean environment and your clients impressed by the smart, professional surroundings.

Quality Cleaning Services use Quality Cleaning Supplies

When talking to potential cleaning services companies in order to find a reputable company it is worth spending a bit of time discussing the cleaning chemicals and janitorial equipment used.  As what they use directly influences how efficiently cleaning staff can work; choosing inappropriate or inefficient equipment will have an adverse effect on their efficiency.

Spend time to understand the level of competence of the staff employed to undertake the cleaning.  It is important that they have the knowledge to properly identify the correct product to use on any given surface, that they have an understanding of why the product cleans, how the product can be applied, how the surface being cleaned can be affected and the standard that can be achieved.

A trustworthy cleaning services business will use quality cleaning supplies which are designed to make the majority of cleaning tasks simpler and time efficient, whilst reducing any potential risk to the user.

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