Handling Stubborn Carpet Stains

Carpet stains can be the blight of your business. If you don’t handle them immediately they can leave your flooring looking shabby, unclean and unprofessional. Dealing with stains on the spot will stop them becoming ingrained and to do this you need to understand how different stains act and which chemicals you need to combat them.

Dealing with carpet stains on the spot will stop them becoming ingrained

Food and Drink

Handling food and drink stains in the most basic sense can be manageable without chemicals in the first instance. A simple cloth and water will be able to lift most of the stain as long as you deal with it immediately and then you can treat it with a detergent based cleaner such as Prochem Citrus Gel. Leaving the detergent on the stain for up to 15 minutes should lift the rest of the stain and it can then be wiped away.

Coffee, Tea and Tannin

These types of stains are slightly different to your average food and drink. Specialised coffee stain removers are high in their acid content and can lift yellow and brown discolouration from any carpet.

Oil and Grease

Oil and grease are further by-products of food stains that can be dealt with by using traditional cleaning solvents. Jangro Carpet Spot and Stain Remover focuses on grease and oil spot and has an alkaline base which lifts them easily. You’ll probably find your traditional carpet cleaning solvent is used most regularly and can handle elements of all stains. It may take an hour of processing time but it will lift almost every oil stain.

Wax Stains

If wax gets into your carpet fibres it can seem near impossible to remove. Waxy hard stains can include chewing gum as well as traditional wax and can often be treated with the straightforward freezing of the area by applying ice. Ice will help loosen the wax and then it can be broken up and vacuumed. Solvent based cleaners should be used to remove the remaining debris.

General Dirt

General dirt from the bottom of shoes to things that get dragged in whilst the doors are open are the most important to treat. Areas with high foot traffic are bound to end up dirty if not kept regularly cleaned. It’s integral these areas are treated and cleaned regularly as stains here will be the first to be noticed by arriving clients and could hamper potential business contracts and relationships.

It’s important that you have a full range of chemicals and cleaning equipment available and designed to handle the types of stains that are prevalent in your industry. Some businesses may see the value in outsourcing their cleaning to professionals whereas others have the necessary know-how to hire their own cleaning staff and direct them themselves.

Understanding the difference between the types of stains which generally occur will have a significant impact on how you treat them and the success you have. The main rule of thumb is to treat them as soon as possible. The problems that arise with an ingrained stain are completely different and can be much harder to deal with.

For more product information visit our range of floor cleaning chemicals including Carpet Cleaning Products, Carpet Odour Neutralisers and Carpet Stain Removers.  For further advice on your floor care concerns or help with floor care training please contact Wray Bros.

Further reading

5 Steps to Remove Common Spots and Stains

 

The Benefits of Personalised Workwear

Personalised workwear is becoming more common and it’s something which can set your brand apart from the crowd. Taking care of your employees is essential to keep your business going and ensuring they’re comfortable and happy working for your brand is important too. Personalised workwear has its benefits for both employees and clients and it’s an investment which many businesses are taking advantage of.

Personalised workwear needs to be tailored to your needs and should be designed to take into account your business needs. It can provide consistency and positivity for your business and have a constructive impact on your brand identity as you develop. Below is a closer look at the key benefits of investing in personalised workwear.

In a competitive market personalised workwear can make a difference to your brand.

More Visibility

Personalised and branded clothing, such as hospitality uniforms, makes your employees clear to customers. With your logo present on their garments your employees can be picked out by customers with ease. Being visible to customers is important if they have concerns or need advice before selecting their products or services.

More Rapport

Employees who are wearing personalised, branded industrial workwear find it easier to build up rapport and relationships with other team members. There’s a reason schools have uniforms! Wearing the company logo as part of a team significantly heightens the affinity between team members and can help subconsciously develop team player skills.

More Efficiency

Having the company’s name and logo on their clothing gives employees a sense of responsibility. Wearing the company logo with pride is one thing but it also means more accountability so working efficiently and conscientiously is a further by-product. As there is visual proof of the company they work for employees are less inclined to appear to be slacking off as being reported upon is easier.

Brand Promotion

Having your company logo clearly displayed on all employee workwear clothing makes it easier to recognise and potential customers may notice it and choose to get in touch. Potential customers will see your details wherever employees are out and about to its tantamount to free advertising. Your company name will become lodged in people’s minds even when they don’t realise it and in time you should see the benefits of more customer leads and business.

Easier to Contact

As well as your logo you can also choose to have your company phone number printed upon workwear. This again acts as another marketing tool and people can easily store your number in their mobiles on the go if they’re looking for your services in the future.  No longer will customers need to look in the Yellow Pages or search for you online as you’ve made it super easy for them to contact you.

Personalised workwear isn’t necessarily something every business needs but there are many industries where it can make a huge difference. Whether you want to forge better team relationships or promote your brand whilst on the go, personalised workwear can make all the difference.

Personalised garments project a consistent image of your company and your employees and you can order items of the highest quality designed to your personal specifications.

Further reading

Case study of the benefits of personalised staff uniforms for an award winning cafe restaurant

Infection control & cleaning methods to help tackle a school outbreak. Part 2

Following on from the previous article, Infection control & cleaning methods to help tackle a school outbreak. Part 1, this documents the steps to undertake during and following an outbreak.

Cleaning Chemicals for use in treating a viral outbreak

Step by step guide to cleaning during an outbreak

It is important that a vigorous cleaning regime is carried out. This should occur twice daily as a minimum during the outbreak using clean, disposable cloths, dedicated colour-coded mops/mop buckets for toilet areas and appropriate cleaning chemicals for use in communal areas.

Vacuum cleaning carpets and buffing floors during an outbreak have the potential to recirculate the virus and are not recommended.

Washrooms

Step 1:  Wash hands, put on gloves and other protective wear, if required. Display warning signs.

Step 2:  Flush toilet or urinal. Force water around S bend with toilet brush. Apply Jangro Perfumed Toilet Cleaner undiluted and leave for a few minutes. Flush with clean water prior to disinfecting.

Step 3:  Spray Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner around the exterior bowl, ledges, shelves, door handles and cistern handle and wipe with a clean, damp cloth. Dispose of this cloth.

Step 4:  Using another disposable cloth, clean the basin with Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner first and then clean the lavatory seat.

Step 5:  If a bucket was used for cleaning it too must be cleaned after use with the Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner, dried and stored inverted on a rack.

Step 6:  The floor must then be mopped with Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner and the mop head laundered after use. Ensure that surfaces are dry before anyone uses the lavatory.

Cleaning Equipment for use with an outbreak

Communal areas

Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned with Jangro Multi-Purpose Cleaner and rinsed to remove any organic matter before disinfecting with the Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant .

Step 1: Wash hands, put on gloves and other protective wear, if required. Display warning signs.

Step 2: Using a dampened disposable cloth with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant, begin cleaning surfaces, changing cloths and solution as they become soiled. Work top down, e.g. high ledges, furniture and fittings etc.

Step 3: Using colour-coded mop head and handle, immerse into the Jangro Multi- Purpose cleaning solution (Follow the dilution guide).

Step 4: Mop the floor in 1-2 metre square sections. Mop edges with straight strokes and use a figure-of-eight pattern on the remainder of the section, turning the mop frequently. The floor should be fairly dry on completion. Move to the next section and repeat the process.

Step 5: Replace the mop head and solution as required throughout the cleaning process.

Step 6: On completion, remove the final mop head and place in the laundry bag, clean and dry all equipment and store safely and tidily in a secure storage area, away from other equipment; segregated according to colour-coding where appropriate.

Step 7: Remove and dispose of single-use gloves, apron and other protective wear. Thoroughly wash and sanitise your hands on removal of gloves. Remove warning signs when the area is dry.

Note: If the spillage has taken place on a carpet, thoroughly clean the affected area using either Jangro Odour Neutraliser or Micro Clean. If possible use a steam cleaner if appropriate, or a carpet extraction machine. Laundering and steam cleaning at a temperature of 70°C is recommended.

Hand washing

Hand washing is vital to prevent person to person transmission. It must be actively encouraged. Staff, children and visitors should be able to easily access liquid soap and paper towels. A foot operated bin is preferable to prevent recontamination of hands.

Jangro Alcohol Hand Gel is recommended in outbreak situations as a further measure to prevent person to person spread by contaminated hands.

Guide to cleaning following an outbreak

Once the outbreak is over, approx 72 hours after the last case, then a thorough environmental clean is required.

This will involve the surfaces and door handles being cleaned and carpets steam cleaned. Curtains should be washed on the highest setting which the fabric will withstand. Cleaning should be undertaken with separate colour coded equipment and disposable cloths. The virus can live in soft furnishings for weeks and this is an important measure to ensure the outbreak doesn’t recur.

Process of Cleaning:

  • Table tops where dust collects
  • Door handles and edges
  • Floors
  • Toilet facilities; including edges of doors, door handles, light switches etc

All areas are to be damp dusted with Jangro Multi-Purpose Cleaner and then with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant or Jangro Medical Sanitiser. This ensures that dust and possible virus particles are wiped away. Carpets if soiled should be steam cleaned or at least shampooed. Jangro Multi-Purpose Cleaner can be used as a carpet pre-spray treatment.

PPE, janitorial and cleaning supplies used to tackle an outbreak

Suitable Janitorial Supplies: Spray Bottle, Colour-coded Bucket,  Warning Signs,  Carpet Extraction Carpet Cleaner, if applicable,  Wiping ClothsColour-coded MopBio Hazard kit,  Clinical Waste Bags,  Long-Arm Grippers, if required

Suitable Disposable PPE: Disposable Overall, Disposable Gloves, Protective Shoes (if identified on risk assessment)

Suitable Jangro Cleaning Chemicals: Cleaner Disinfectant, Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner, Medical Sanitiser, Sanitaire, Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Odour Neutraliser, Perfumed Toilet Cleaner, Bleach

Need help further help?

For cleaning supplies to manage outbreaks or just to maintain high standards of hygiene we can offer help and advice on the products to use and how to get the best results from your purchases.

Infection Control: janitorial supplies & cleaning methods to help tackle a school outbreak. Part 1

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that can cause gastroenteritis which each year affects more than 600,000 people in the UK.  Norovirus, also called ‘winter vomiting disease’ can cause disruption especially within schools with scores of children and staff suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea when usually a ‘precautionary deep clean’ is carried out.

Many schools and nurseries understand the issue and promote the simplest and most important infection control measure, that being hand washing.  It is widely understood that infections are spread through hands touching children, staff and surfaces such as toilet seats, taps and table tops.

But what actions should be taken within the school premises when an outbreak occurs?  The aim of this blog is to look at the cleaning regimes required during and following a viral outbreak. This guide covers the suggested cleaning equipment and cleaning chemicals to be used, the cleaning, removal and disposal of body fluids, plus the approach to cleaning during and following the outbreak.

Disposable PPE for school outbreaks of Norovirus including disposable gloves, aprons and overshoes

PPE, janitorial and cleaning supplies used to tackle an outbreak

Suitable Janitorial Supplies: Spray Bottle, Colour-coded Bucket,  Warning Signs,  Carpet Extraction Carpet Cleaner, if applicable,  Wiping Cloths,  Colour-coded Mop,  Bio Hazard kit,  Clinical Waste Bags,  Long-Arm Grippers, if required

Suitable Disposable PPE: Disposable Overall, Disposable Gloves, Protective Shoes (if identified on risk assessment)

Suitable Jangro Cleaning Chemicals: Cleaner Disinfectant, Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner, Medical Sanitiser, Sanitaire, Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Odour Neutraliser, Perfumed Toilet Cleaner, Bleach

10 Step Guide to cleaning, removal and disposal of body fluids

Spillages of diarrhoea and vomit should always be attended to as quickly as possible. The premises should have a spillage kit available for use in clearing spills on hard surfaces and floors. Staff should be aware of the contents of the kit and trained in its use and in the proper management of biohazard and body fluid spillages.

Step 1: Always assess the risk of carrying out the required task before you begin.

Step 2: Isolate the affected area, display warning signs.

Step 3: Make sure that all the protective clothing and equipment you require is available (see equipment checklist for details).

Step 4: Sanitise hands and put on the protective clothing before commencing.

Step 5: If applicable, ensure any sharps and other hazardous waste is removed safely.

Step 6: Safely remove body fluid spills with absorbent granules, such as Sanitiaire and a disposable scoop. The area should be cleaned thoroughly, spray all surfaces and equipment with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant or Jangro Medical Sanitiser.

Step 7: Wipe thoroughly with a disposable wipe or cleaning cloth. Replace cloth with new as soon as contaminated with soiling.  Place all waste including any used cloths and disposable PPE in a clinical waste bag for appropriate disposal.

Step 8: All re-usable items must be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and dried before being returned to the correct storage area.

Step 9: Thoroughly wash and sanitise your hands on removal of gloves.

Step 10: Remove warning signs when the area is dry.

Note: Report any shortfalls in the bio hazard kit, protective clothing or equipment used for dealing with body fluids to the person responsible for maintaining stock levels.

If the spillage has taken place on a carpet, thoroughly clean the affected area using either Jangro Odour Neutraliser or Micro Clean. If possible use a steam cleaner if appropriate, or a carpet extraction machine. Laundering and steam cleaning at a temperature of 70°C is recommended.

See the next article regarding Infection Control: janitorial supplies & cleaning methods to help tackle a school outbreak. Part 2. This covers the process for cleaning communal areas and washrooms during an outbreak, concluding with a suggested environmental cleaning process to be taken once the outbreak is over.

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For cleaning supplies to manage outbreaks or just to maintain high standards of hygiene we can offer help and advice on the products to use and how to get the best results from your purchases.