Don’t Allow Cleaning to Become a Pain in the Back

Cleaners can have it tough. It’s a labour intensive profession, repetitive in nature and the manual labour can put strain on you over time.

We realise all of this at Wray Bros, and that’s why we supply myriad solutions to counter back problems. These include cleaning trolleys to help reduce the risk of back pain related to moving heavy loads and non-slip footwear to reduce the chances of slips and trips whilst cleaning.

Wray Bros supply janitorial equipment to counter back problems when cleaning

Wray Bros supply janitorial equipment to counter back problems when cleaning

Back pain and musculoskeletal disorders are common within the cleaning industry but you shouldn’t allow it to become a burden and there are a number of steps that can be taken by employers to ensure that their staff are comfortable, well looked after and are less likely to suffer from back pain the longer they clean.

All employers have a legal duty to manage these risks for their employees and the first step is a clear one.

Assess the Risks of Cleaning

A risk assessment should be carried out by employers to ensure that the risks of suffering musculoskeletal disorders are accounted for. This should take into consideration the cleaning tasks required, the type of loads in terms of quantity and how heavy they are to transport, the environment being cleaned, and the capabilities of the cleaner in question, including their posture.

Risk assessment is best placed as a group exercise, involving all members of the team that are at risk. It is a great way to bond as a team and be honest about the limitations at hand and the risks apparent.

Train your Cleaning Staff Correctly

By including your staff in the risk assessment process you are also inviting them to explain their limitations and at the same time you can assess what levels of training are required.

Depending on what type of cleaning work is required you should train your staff accordingly, from manual handling techniques to safe postures for long hours of repetitive cleaning. Another consideration is for equipment that may vibrate, causing the potential for long term illness

Always Carry the Correct Cleaning Equipment

Wray Bros provide commercial cleaning materials that have been tested to ensure that the cleaner who uses them has efficient janitorial equipment at their disposal. Our equipment supports RSI (Repetitive stress injuries) and MSDS (Musculoskeletal disorders) reduction for the long term benefit of the user.

We also offer training courses for basic introduction to professional cleaning and how to use specific cleaning equipment. Providing the basics to ensure that you know how to reduce the risks of back pain in an industry that has suffered from the affliction for decades as a result of poor management and poor cleaning supplies.

If we can help with advice or janitorial supplies that make it easier for your cleaning team to do their jobs contact Wray Bros today on 0151 709 2271 to see how we can make you look good and your cleaner’s feel good.

Cheap ‘v’ Value-for-Money: Wholesale Washing-Up Liquid

When buying industrial washing-up liquid is there a distinction between cheap and value-for-money detergents?

Everyone loves a bargain, especially in these cost-cutting times when budgets are continually under scrutiny.  We all want more for less and in this price conscious environment it can be profitable for those that ply their business on selling cheap, cheap products.

Did you know some unscrupulous suppliers use salt to make their washing up liquid to make it appear more concentrated?

Did you know some unscrupulous suppliers use salt to make their washing up liquid to make it appear more concentrated?

But what should a buyer be aware of to ensure they are getting value-for-money and a product that when in use meets their expectations?   Below is a technique used to present a cleaning product as being more than what it really is and probably for more than what it is really worth.

Not concentrated detergents but watered down prices

For example someone may offer an alternative to the Jangro Supreme Washing Up Liquid as being an equivalent ‘concentrated’ product at a fraction of the price.  What the buyer may not be aware of is the fact some suppliers use salt to thicken a product so it appears to be more concentrated.

Salt does not contribute to the ‘active’ ingredients and can even leave a residue on some surfaces. In terms of value-for-money for a washing up liquid which has less than 4% active content (and, yes there are some on the market) is compared to the Jangro Supreme Washing-Up Liquid which contains 5 times this activity level but is certainly not 5 times the price. Then a truer reflection on price versus performance can be gleamed.

If you are looking to save money and yet deliver consistent, high standards of hygiene then we can make you look good.  Contact us if you need help or advice with wholesale washing-up liquids, commercial kitchen cleaning chemicals or your wholesale kitchen hygiene supplies.

Further reading

Cheap ‘v’ Value-for-Money Cleaning Chemicals: Lemon Floor Gel

Protect Yourself from Wasting Money on Inferior Refuse Sacks

Wray Bros vow to Beat the Cheats with the CHSA

Choosing Chef Wear: Surviving the Heat of the Kitchen with a Nod to Brand Integrity

Catering as an industry is an exciting and vibrating career choice. The kitchen can be an often volatile place but the end results are often spectacular and with a great sense of worth and meaning to all involved. As a company you want to supply your kitchen staff with the best equipment and this goes to chef wear too – it has to be durable, keep your staff safe and supply them with comfort.

But they are not the only staff to take care of when it comes to clothing and you can create a memorable brand identity by taking care when choosing the front of house range for your waiting staff.

Make the right first impression with our range of Chef White's and uniforms for front of house staff

Make the right first impression with our range of Chef White’s and uniforms for front of house staff

Look the Business in Your Chef Whites

It is important that your head chef and his team feel like they are at the top of their profession. It adds to your confidence if you’re dressed smartly and correctly, whatever your job and Wray Bros has a versatile range of chef wear from aerated chef jackets to chessboard trousers that suit all types of brand identities and cooking styles.

Taking care of your appearance lends itself to a more professional air of quality and integrity and your kitchen will benefit from this type of atmosphere. Our range of catering wear is practical, desirable and stylish – perfect for the kitchen –

Make the Right First Impression with Front of House Staff

Your front of house staff has the opportunity to perfectly encapsulate your message and make the first great impression. Our range of hospitality uniforms has been designed with comfort and style in mind, but also with a view to helping you create that brand identity of professionalism and quality.

With a range of stylish poplin shirts, bar aprons and poplin blouses, available in a variety of colours, you have the chance to complement the vision for your business whilst making your front of house staff stand tall and proud to be the best that they can be when serving your customers.

Customise Your Clothing for Maximum Impact

Customisation and embroidery of your catering and front of house wear can add to the special feel of the whole experience. Your staff will be lifted by it and customers will see a real sense of belonging and togetherness, bringing together a great team that delivers quality time and again.

Wray Bros invites you to consider the customisation of your chef and hospitality wear and are keen to have you on board from start to finish for maximum control and impact. We can place your logo, company name or message on a range of materials and clothing – helping you stand out from the crowd and make an instant impact.

Bring all the Ingredients Together for an Outstanding Brand Identity with Wray Bros

The whole experience of a restaurant or outdoor catering for the customer must come together. The food has to be outstanding of course, but how best can you supply them with the visual aids to accompany their visit?

Wray Bros offers a chef range that is versatile and offers functionality for all of your catering staff needs. Everything we provide is made of the highest quality, will be durable for the toughest kitchens and keep you sane and cool when the heat rises.

So get in touch with our friendly team and we’ll help you figure out the right chefwear and front of house wear for your team.

Further reading

What does the colour of your staff uniforms say about you and your business?

How personalising staff uniforms adds a finishing touch and real impact

Cheap ‘v’ Value-for-Money Cleaning Chemicals: Lemon Floor Gel

Buying cheap, inferior cleaning products such as Lemon Floor Gel may leave you with a bad smell!

It is amazing how cleaning chemicals like lemon gel are judged on their fragrance.  Use a cheap, inferior product and the comments back from customers and staff could range from ‘the room smells of dirty mops’, ‘why does the corridor smell of gas’ or even ‘that lemon gel smells too much like pine’

Cheaper Lemon Floor Gel use inferior materials that can leave an unpleasant odour

Cheaper Lemon Floor Gel use inferior materials that can leave an unpleasant odour

The main difference between a cheap and a more expensive Lemon Gel is the nature and source of the oil used in the product, which tends to be pine oil.  The Jangro manufacturer has evaluated hundreds of different sources of pine oil over the years and has limited their choice to two suppliers.  They have found the trick is to identify a source that delivers the right fragrance such that the lemon perfume isn’t overwhelmed by some of the unwanted fragrances present in some cheaper sources.

Nothing is more memorable than a smell

So, if you are responsible for buying the cleaning products for your business what do you have to lose by saving anything from few pennies up to £1.50 by buying cheaper alternatives?   In all honesty probably very little, your major cost in keeping a clean working environment is your labour costs and using a cheap floor gel or a quality floor gel such as Jangro Lemon Floor Gel will take the same amount of time to clean a corridor.

Once the cleaning process has been completed the legacy will be the end result.  Is it a wasteful investment to pay someone to produce an area which smells of rancid mops, or a tad gassy or of an old piney smell?  The first impression when sourcing cheap, but possibly sub-standard products, is the money to be saved but what is the lasting impression customers have of your premises with that lingering odour?

If you are looking to save money on cleaning supplies and yet deliver consistent, high standards of hygiene then we can make you look good.  Contact us if you need help or advice with floor gel, floor cleaning supplies or even how to remove bad odours.

Further reading

Beat the cheats  is aimed at an area of the industry that has grown in recent years, the companies and individuals who sell cleaning supplies with misleading information or downright sub-standard janitorial supplies.

Wray Bros vow to Beat the Cheats with the CHSA

Wray Bros believe in quality and simplicity; in the cleaning supplies that we sell, to the customer service we hold dear. Every aspect of our business is built on honesty and a commitment to quality and that is why we are proud of our membership to the CHSA (Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers Association).

For peace-of-mind look for the CHSA logo on mop heads, refuse sacks and your paper suppliesThe CHSA has ideals that are in line with our own and their ‘Beat the Cheats’ campaign is something that we are passionate about. Representing over 200 manufacturers and distributors of cleaning supplies across the UK the CHSA offers all of us the chance to abide by their Association’s Code of Practice. In essence, this means that should you purchase wholesale janitorial supplies from us you will know there are products that have the seal of approval from a national body and you can trust in the quality immediately.

Beat the Cheats is aimed at an area of the industry that has grown in recent years, the companies and individuals who sell cleaning supplies with misleading information or downright sub-standard supplies. In particular the CHSA is keen for buyers to understand the considerations when purchasing such cleaning supplies as refuse sacks, mops and soft tissue supplies such as toilet tissue and centrefeed rolls.

For these three supplies in particular the following should be noted:

–          Wholesale Refuse Sacks:  Confusion over which type is right for you as they come in many different shapes and sizes. CHSA accredited sacks are always clearly labelled.

–          Wholesale Mop Heads: The ‘yarn weight’ of a mop will tell you how durable it is, the heavier the better, some rogue traders have been known to sell underweight mops – so stay aware.

–          Wholesale Paper Tissue: In recent years there have been more cases of toilet tissue being sold without any labelling or with inaccurate descriptions – short changing customers.

Especially in the current economic climate customers are rightly shopping around and they want to know that they are getting value for money with whatever they are purchasing. The CHSA logo adorns our Jangro cleaning supplies, an instant nod to quality and honesty. You’ll receive goods that match your expectancy and will complete the tasks at hand to exacting standards.

Working with ethical business partners always puts the mind at ease and just as we wish to work with businesses and individuals who share our morals we are sure that our customers and partners feel the same way. The CHSA accreditation is a badge we wear with honour.

Keep an eye out for a series of blogs on specific things to look out for when it comes to substandard cleaning supplies and how you know you’re buying the best quality product.

In order to help make you look good and get best value Wray Bros backs the bid to Beat the Cheats!

Suggested Housekeeping Cleaning Schedule and Cleaning Supplies

Following on from the previous post Suggested Washroom Cleaning Schedule and Cleaning Supplies the article below continues the theme but looking at the cleaning regime for general office spaces.

A selection of Jangro housekeeping cleaning chemicals ideal for office cleaning

A selection of Jangro housekeeping cleaning chemicals ideal for office cleaning

The post covers a suggested schedule for daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks as well as recommended cleaning supplies suitable for the task of cleaning office reception areas, general office spaces, corridors and stairwells.

Suggested Cleaning Schedule: Office Reception and General Office Space Suggested Housekeeping Cleaning supplies
Daily cleaning tasks

  • Empty waste bins and remove refuse
  • Brush or vacuum entrance mats
  • Spot clean floor surface

Weekly cleaning tasks

  • Dust surfaces up to hand height
  • Spot clean doors and wall partitions
  • Polish decorative metal surfaces
  • Polish wood furniture
  • Clean underneath loose mats
  • Fully clean floor surfaces

Monthly cleaning tasks

  • Dust surfaces to medium height
  • Clean telephones
  • Dust shelves and cupboards
  • Clean radiators and pipework
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture

Suggested Cleaning Schedule: Corridors, Stairs and Lifts

Daily cleaning tasks

  • Empty waste bins and remove refuse
  • Spot clean doors, glazing and mirrors
  • Brush or vacuum loose matting
  • Spot clean floor surface

Weekly cleaning tasks

  • Dust all horizontal surfaces to hand height
  • Polish handrails and balustrades
  • Polish brass work and other decorative metal surfaces
  • Polish wood furniture
  • Damp wash/burnish laminate surfaces
  • If applicable, clean and polish lift interior and exterior surfaces
  • Polish door finger and kick plates
  • Clean underneath loose mats
  • Fully clean floor surfaces

Monthly cleaning tasks

  • Dust surfaces to medium height using flick mop
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture
  • Damp wipe marks from doors and partitions
  • Damp wipe radiators and pipework
Suggested Glass and Mirror Cleaning chemicals:

Quick Guide to Cleaning Windows, Glass and Mirrors:

  • Spray sparingly onto surface
  • Wipe immediately with lint free cloth
  • Polish to a sparkling finish
  • For small areas spray onto cloth & wipe surface

Suggested 750ml Spray Polish Cleaning chemicals

Quick Guide to Cleaning Furniture, Fixtures and Telephones

  • Spray sparingly onto surface
  • Wipe immediately with lint free cloth
  • Polish to a lustrous finish
  • For small areas spray onto cloth & polish surface

Suggested Air Freshener Spray products

Quick Guide to Air Freshening

  • Spray high into the air, away from the face
  • Do not spray over furniture or fittings

Further suggested janitorial supplies

For consideration: 

  • Always read and follow the Jangro label instructions.
  • Wear suitable and recommended ppe and use the correct colour coded cleaning equipment.
  • Routinely check stock levels of your cleaning chemicals and janitorial supplies.

Managing ongoing hygiene standards

There are additional cleaning tasks that should be undertaken on a quarterly and/or six monthly basis, e.g. clean window blinds, internal windows and dust high level surfaces.  To help maintain a good working relationship between the customer and cleaning services company there should be agreed standards in-place that can be benchmarked against during cleaning inspections.

Look out for our supporting article Suggested Washroom Cleaning Schedule and Cleaning Supplies provides a template covering a cleaning plan for clean and hygienic washroom and toilet.  Further posts will look at a cleaning schedule for catering environments. Contact Wray Bros for further help and information on how to get the best from your wholesale janitorial supplies or for information on our hygiene audit.

Choosing a disposable wipe for your cleaning tasks

Choosing a disposable wipe is down to personal preference; your budget and also dependant on the quality you need to get the job done.   If you are not quite sure what disposable wipe best suits your needs below is a summary of our three popular Jangro wipes that may help you decide.

Jangro disposable wipes include Biowipe Plus, All Purpose Cleaning Cloth and Lightweight Wipe

Jangro disposable wipes include Biowipe Plus, All Purpose Cleaning Cloth and Lightweight Wipe

Jangro Biowipe Plus

One of the most hygienic anti-bacterial cleaning cloths available, the Jangro Biowipe Plus is a medium weight non-woven anti-bactericidal cleaning cloth that is excellent for all general hygiene applications. This is a bigger and stronger cloth, where a more substantial cloth is needed for a deeper clean.

A durable heavy-duty cleaning cloth which can be machine washed up to 15 times whilst retaining its anti-bacterial properties.  Has exceptional wet and dry strength with a large open cellular structure which increases wiping performance and is easy to rinse clean.

Specifications:

  • Available in a choice of colours to assist in reducing the risk of cross contamination.
  • Fully machine washable.
  • Supplied in packs of 25
  • Size: 36 x 50cm

Jangro All Purpose Cleaning Cloths

The Jangro All Purpose Cloth is a semi-durable, anti-bacterial with open cellular structure that makes them very effective at collecting food and dirt particles, as well as removing stubborn stains.

The wipe is a popular choice with the professional user when a robust, medium weight, anti-bacterial cloth is required.  This semi-durable cleaning cloth is ideal as a dry cloth for polishing and is food contact safe. The viscose fibre offers excellent absorption and wipes surface drier than cloths containing polyester.

Specifications:

  • Available in a choice of colours to assist in reducing the risk of cross contamination
  • Fully machine washable up to 15 times whilst retaining anti-bacterial properties
  • Supplied in packs of 50
  • Size: 36 x 50cm

Jangro Lightweight Cleaning Wipe

The Jangro lightweight cleaning wipe is a lightweight non-woven wipe that is ideal for food surface wiping.  Plus the semi-disposable general purpose cleaning cloth has a very good wet and dry strength.

Specifications:

  • Available in a choice of 4 colours to assist in reducing the risk of cross contamination.
  • Supplied in packs of 50
  • Size: 36 x 48cm

As well as colour coded cleaning cloths we can help with a range of cleaning wipes including sanitising wipes, industrial wipes and hand wipes. Please contact us for further product advice or more information on colour coding.

Further Reading

When it come to janitorial cleaning supplies if all mops mop and all wipes wipe, why are there so many to choose from? This article may help explain Microfibre ‘v’ Traditional Mops, Cloths and Wipes

The aim of a janitorial supplies colour coding system is to prevent cross contamination during the cleaning process. read the article for more information  Cleaning Supplies Colour Coded for Cross-Infection

 

Suggested Washroom Cleaning Schedule and Cleaning Supplies

The importance of robust structures and guidelines is particularly crucial for any well-run business and the premises hygiene is no different.  Communication and organisation ensures a worker knows from day one to what is required, the deadlines and standards to be met. Plus, sound structures foster teamwork, where everyone involved in the cleaning task works toward a common goal.

The article below covers a suggested schedule for daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks as well as recommended cleaning supplies ideal for washroom and toilet cleaning that are suitable for the task.

Possible schedule of cleaning tasks and cleaning supplies for a hygienic washroom

Possible schedule of cleaning tasks and cleaning supplies for a hygienic washroom

Suggested Cleaning Schedule: Toilet, Washroom and Washroom Fittings Suggested Toilet Cleaning supplies
Daily cleaning tasks

  • Empty waste bins and remove refuse
  • Wash and disinfect urinals, toilet bowls, toilet seats and covers
  • Disinfect cisterns, flushes and door handles
  • Clean wash basins, wipe and polish taps and counter surfaces
  • Clean and polish mirrors
  • Spot clean doors and partitions
  • Check and replenish toilet paper, paper towels, soap
  • Sweep and mop hard floor surfaces

Weekly cleaning tasks

  • Dust to hand height including pipework and tops of partitions and doors
  • Damp dust and polish dispensers
  • Damp wipe radiators and pipework

Monthly cleaning tasks

  • Scrub floor edges to partition feet/base of toilet bowls
  • Damp wipe tiled wall surfaces, doors and partitions to hand height in toilet areas
Jangro Toilet Cleaning chemicals:

Quick Guide to using Jangro Toilet Cleaning chemicals:

  • Flush toilet. Apply to bowl & under rim
  • Leave for a few minutes. Agitate with toilet brush
  • Re-flush toilet & rinse out brush

For descaling toilets use Jangro Toilet Descaler or Jangro Acidic Toilet Cleaner & Limescale Remover

Suggested Washroom Cleaning products

Quick Guide to using Basins, Baths, Showers and Tile Cleaning products

  • Spray sparingly onto surface
  • Wipe with damp cloth
  • For small areas spray onto cloth & wipe surface
  • If desired polish to pleasing sheen

For consideration: 

  • Always read and follow the label instructions.
  • Wear suitable and recommended ppe and use the correct colour coded cleaning equipment.
  • Routinely check stock levels of your washroom cleaning supplies and washroom paper.

Managing ongoing hygiene standards

There are additional cleaning tasks that should be undertaken on a quarterly and/or six monthly basis, e.g. cleaning and disinfection of waste bins.  The customer and cleaning services company should agree upon how the standards of hygiene should be measured and reported against.  Furthermore, a schedule of planned cleaning inspections should be agreed between both parties.

Look out for further articles that look at cleaning schedule and cleaning chemical supplies for general work office space and catering departments. Contact Wray Bros for further help and information on how to get the best from your wholesale janitorial supplies or for information on our hygiene audit.

Watch an explanation to the pH Scale and Washroom Cleaning Products