How did Prince Charles come to meet Willy Wiper?

How did Prince Charles come to meet Willy Wiper? Find out below! Also find out the basics on how to become a successful entrepreneur by following the tips from Mark and Graham themselves.

Shortly after the Toxteth riots in Liverpool in the early 1980’s, brothers Graham and Mark Wray along with Paul Harper decided to be proactive in the pursuit of employment as the prospect of finding work for young people in the area was bleak. Despite having no prior business experience they approached the Prince’s Trust with a business model and secured a loan of £3,000. With this money they began buying clothes from charity shops, removed the zips and buttons, and sold them on as rags to local companies and garages. However, in 1987 Paul decided to part company with Willy Wiper and pursue other avenues of employment.

The company traded under the rather humorous name ‘Willy Wiper’ and despite the obvious connotations managed to draw significant amounts of positive attention to the company. So much so that in 1986 HRH The Prince of Wales visited the company to see how the funds from his charity had been put to good use. You can almost imagine the shocked faces of Liverpudlians seeing ‘The Prince’s Willy Wipers’ in their local paper. Upon a recent visit to Clarence House Prince Charles was also quoted saying ‘Congratulations, you are a great example of how my trust helps young people. I wish you every success for the future’.

Prince Charles, Wray Bros, Willy, Wiper,

Prince Charles visiting Willy Wiper in 1986, Graham (left) and Mark (right) in 2011 and a montage covering the early success of Willy Wiper.

After a visit to St James’ Places in 1992 with a turnover of £700,000.00, Mark and Graham started to think the unthinkable and contemplated the prospect of changing the company name. However, it took until 1996 to finally retire ‘Willy’. A decision Graham’s son would come to greatly appreciate upon starting school. Despite this, he inherited the name of ‘The Prince of Hygiene’ which will come to make sense in a few sentences time. In order to reflect their hard work Mark and Graham decided to change the name to ‘Wray Brothers’, changing it further in 2002 to ‘Wray Brothers Limited’ with the slogan ‘Kings of Hygiene’ added at a later date.

Wray Brothers Limited is now one of the leading organisations on Merseyside for the total provision of hygiene supplies and washroom services as well as having an extensive range of work wear and personal protective equipment. Both Graham and Mark turned Wray Bros from a small company selling rags to a company, whose grounds cover a whole street, selling 4,500 items in a 138 page catalogue with a multi-million pound turnover. It truly is a rags to riches story.

Starting up your own business is no simple task and any prospective entrepreneur will encounter many hurdles before they hit success. Mark Wray’s advice to any start up is to ‘never give up’ and attributes the success of him and his brother to having an ‘ignorance to failure’. Below you will find a selection of useful tips on how to be a successful start-up. Given the circumstances and the expertise Wray Bros has in the area of cleaning we thought a cleaning business would be the area we could provide the best advice on.

Start small – it doesn’t make sense to tie up all your capital in equipment and chemicals before you’ve secured a few contracts. Keep things simple to begin with and ensure you have the time and capabilities for each job you take on.

Research suppliers – ensuring you source commercial-standard cleaning products and equipment is essential to keeping your business afloat. Buying your chemicals from the high street will end up expensive and you won’t be able to access the higher quality products that commercial clients will expect.

Have a Budget – with a little research you can estimate how much money you’ll need to spend initially to get setup. This shouldn’t be too excessive when compared to other businesses but factor in the cost of professional cleaning machines as well as your cleaning equipment supplies and items will need to be regularly restocked.

Invest in Marketing – if you invest properly in marketing then others will find your business and the chances of success are much higher. You need to make your potential customers aware of who you are and what you do and then if they need you, they can find you.

Starting a business in the janitorial sector can be extremely fruitful if you have the right attitude and the dedication to make it so. For a more in depth explanation on starting your own cleaning business read our What you need to set up your own janitorial cleaning services business blog on our website.

Contact Related Dermatitis – How to Help Your Cleaning Staff Avoid It

In the cleaning profession your staff are bound to come into contact with potentially hazardous materials and substances, such as detergents, bleach and solvents.

Exposure to these substances over time can cause contact-related dermatitis and as an employer you have to assess the risks involved to your cleaning staff and provide them with the solutions to prevent this risk or minimise the impact.

A cleaner will need protection against substances that can cause itching, blistering and flaking of the skin

A cleaner will need protection against substances that can cause itching, blistering and flaking of the skin

Contact dermatitis, or eczema, develops when the skin is broken and damaged. A cleaner is more likely to come into contact with substances and workloads that will break the skin down, causing itching, blistering, cracking and flaking of the skin.

As an employer you should take care to provide the following:

Training, Information & Awareness

Assess the risks that your cleaning staff have around them. What type of substances are they using and is there enough protection against the repetitive nature of their tasks? Ensure that your cleaning staff understand the dangers of handling chemical substances and that they know the signs of dermatitis and to report any instances to a supervisor. A culture of awareness about skin conditions is important to cleaning staff as it can prevent future instances.

Disposable Gloves

If your staff handle cleaning materials all day long or are used to washing dishes by hand as part of your job, you will understand how damaging it can be on their hands and skin. One solution is to wear disposable gloves. Wray Bros supplies gloves to protect your staff from prolonged exposure to the cleaning substances they use on a daily basis. And as we are determined to make you look good you can be sure the materials are of the highest quality.

Soaps & Moisturiser

Wray Bros is committed to providing you and your cleaning staff with as much help as possible. We supply hand soaps, moisturiser and barrier creams that offer a level of protection to the skin and acts as a barrier between chemicals and your skin.  With proper awareness, training and application of such soaps your skin will have a better chance of warding off the harmful effects of chemical substances whilst simultaneously replenishing your skins natural oils.

Wray Bros are keen to emphasise our passion for supplying only the highest quality of cleaning supplies. Disposable gloves, hand sanitisers, industrial soaps and barrier creams can be found within our website, helping you help your staff prevent contact related dermatitis.

Cheap ‘vs’ Value-for-Money: Thick Bleach & Thin Bleach

As mentioned in an earlier article ‘Cheap ‘v’ Value-for-Money: Wholesale Washing-Up Liquid’ the challenge when buying wholesale cleaning supplies, regardless of price, is to safeguard against getting fobbed off with inferior supplies and left with a product that doesn’t do the job you and your team expect it to do.

A good example is the supply of bleach cleaner! There are ways a supplier can keep their costs down, but not always to the benefit of the customer.  For instance, one method is to reduce the activity of the product, you can see examples of this in the retail supermarkets, e.g. a typical 2 litre bottle of supermarket bleach may be sold as a loss-leader for approx. 30p but the activity is 1%.  Bleach for the away-from-home sector, for use in more wide and varied situations, such as Jangro Bleach and Jangro Thickened Bleach has an activity of 4/5%.  When comparing wholesale cleaning chemicals like Bleach and Disinfectant it is worth checking the strength for each respective product as well as the cost price if you want good value-for-money.

If the Bleach you use isn't tested to standards such as EN 1276 how do you know it will do what it is supposed to do?

If the Bleach you buy and use isn’t tested to standards such as EN 1276 how do you know it will do what it is supposed to do?

Product Insurance and ISO Standards mean quality cleaning supplies

Some hidden factors that you may not be aware of that affect the costs incurred by reputable suppliers.  For instance, product insurances have a cost to the business and gaining ISO doesn’t come easily or cheaply.  Cleaning products tested to approved standards, such as EN 1276 is a benefit to the customer that proves that the product they are using will actually do what it is supposed to do, i.e. Tested to EN1276 kills 99.99% of germs.  Not all suppliers can say that when challenged and it is a way for you to determine if their formulations and cleaning chemicals are made to an approved standard.

This is what Jangro cleaning chemicals offer in their products, high quality at real value-for-money. If you are offered a product at a price that’s too good to be true it may be worth asking how can this be so much cheaper than what I’m currently paying?  Ask yourself, will the price stand once they have a foot-in-the-door or will you need to order even more product quicker than you normally would?

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 cleaning supplies such as industrial disinfectants, cleaner disinfectant or your hard surface cleaners.

Further reading

Cheap ‘vs’ Value-for-money: Hand Towels, Toilet & Centrefeed Rolls

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

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

Cleaning Products to Help Keep Leisure Centres & Gyms in Shape

Following on from the previous post Guide to Cleaning Leisure Centre’s and Gym Facilities the article below continues the theme of hygiene and cleanliness by looking at number of suggested cleaning products that can be used within a typical fitness centre.

Jangro products help remove soilage, body fats, grease and mould prevention to improve the overall appearance and manage customer expectations

Jangro products help remove soilage, body fats, grease and mould prevention to improve the overall appearance and manage customer expectations

The post covers a suggested schedule for daily and periodic cleaning tasks as well as recommended gym cleaning products suitable for the task of cleaning the equipment, fitness rooms, changing rooms and office reception areas to help keep your business in peak condition.

Suggested Areas for Cleaning How to use Cleaning Supplies
Fitness Equipment & Sunbeds     

  • Spray equipment and seats with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant, wipe with a clean damp cloth.

Steam Rooms & Sauna                   

  • Spray bench and walls with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant, wipe with a clean damp cloth. Add Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant to hot water in bucket and damp mop floor.

Pool Surround                                    

  • Add Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner to hot water in a bucket, damp mop floor or use deck scrub.
  • For removing heavy limescale or body fat build up use Jangro Acidic Toilet Cleaner & Limescale Remover.

Jacuzzi & Whirlpool                          

  • Daily cleaning: Spray tiles and surround with Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner and wipe with a clean damp cloth.
  • Periodic cleaning: Drain water, if heavy limescale or body fat build up occurs use Jangro Acidic Toilet Cleaner & Limescale Remover.

For Scrubber Dryers                          

  • Add Jangro Scrubber Dryer Solution to water in solution tank and proceed to clean.

Reception Area & Studio Floors      

  • Add Jangro Neutral Orange Cleaner to hot water in bucket and damp mop floor.

Changing Rooms                             

  • Spray benches and lockers with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant and wipe with a clean cloth.

Floors and Walls                                 

  • Add Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant to hot water in bucket. Wipe wall with a damp cloth.

Shower Area & Washroom              

  • Spray surface with Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner and wipe with clean cloth.

Toilets                                                

  • Flush toilet. Apply Jangro Perfumed Toilet Cleaner to bowl and under rim. Leave for a few minutes and agitate with a brush. Flush toilet and rinse out brush.

Windows, Glass, Mirrors & Stainless Steel                                                  

  • Spray Jangro Glass & Mirror Cleaner onto surfaces and wipe with a clean cloth or disposable paper

 

Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant 750ml Spray

  • Ready to use spray bottle. Spray onto surface and wipe with a clean damp cloth.
  • For small areas spray onto cloth and wipe surface
  • After use we recommend cloths or mops are rinsed in a fresh solution and allowed to air dry.

Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant, 5 litre

  • Dilute 66ml per 5 litres of hot water. Mop or wipe surface
  • After use we recommend cloths or mops are rinsed in a fresh solution and allowed to air dry.

Jangro Acidic Toilet Cleaner & Limescale Remover

  • Stubborn stains & descaling: Apply undiluted onto surface and leave for a few minutes, agitate if necessary.
  • Removing body fat: Dilute 200ml per 5 litres of hot water.

Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner 750ml spray

  • Spray onto the surface and wipe with a clean damp cloth.

Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner 5ltr

  • General cleaning: Dilute 100ml per 5 litres of warm water. Mop or wipe surface
  • To remove limescale, body fat and stubborn soil: Pour undiluted into bottle fitted with a foaming spray. Spray surface and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Jangro Scrubber Dryer Solution

  • Light soilage: Dilute 50ml per 5 litres of water.
  • Heavy soilage: Dilute 100ml per 5 litres of water
  • For use with combination machines: Add to the solution tank at a concentration of 1-2% (10-20mls per litre) depending on soiling.

Jangro Neutral Orange Cleaner

  • Light soilage: Dilute 50ml per 5 litres of hot water.
  • General soilage: Dilute 100ml per 5 litres of hot water

Jangro Perfumed Toilet Cleaner

  • Apply undiluted to the urinal, toilet bowl and under the rim.
  • Leave for a few minutes and rinse with clean water. Stubborn stains may need agitation with a brush.

Jangro Glass & Mirror Cleaner 750ml

  • Use undiluted.
  • Spray sparingly 15-30cm directly onto surface
  • Wipe clean immediately with a clean, dry cloth.
  • For small areas, spray onto cloth then wipe surface

For consideration when using cleaning products: 

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 etc.  To help maintain a hygiene standards or for advice on any other matter we are always on hand and willing to help make you look good. 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.

Guide to Cleaning Leisure Centres and Gym Facilities

A gym or leisure facility is altogether a different animal to clean than a normal business. It’s not everyday cleanliness that you are aspiring to, it’s something much more.

First impression is everything, for any business, but when you’re talking about the fitness industry, customers are likely to want a lot more than just a shiny covering to draw them in. They’re thinking about their health.

Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant and Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner, just two suggested products ideal for cleaning your gym facilities

The Life & Grime of a Gym Cleaner

For a gym and leisure centre you will have to remove:

  • Soilage
  • Body Fats
  • Grease

And apply:

  • Mould Prevention
  • Poolside Cleaning Techniques
  • Daily cleaning of whole site

All sounds pretty unpleasant doesn’t it?

When you’re in the game of promoting a healthy lifestyle and glowing skin the last thing you want is to have the cracks appear in the armour of cleanliness in your gym or centre.

A fluid hygiene regime is what is required to ensure that every single day the communal areas undergo a deep clean. This pretty much encapsulates everything as you have gym and pool areas, sports courts, changing rooms and waiting areas.

Wray Bros Cleaning Supplies Offers Deep Cleaning Solutions for Gyms

The customer will walk away if they don’t have a good impression about the cleanliness of where they work out. This works on two levels, firstly it helps the mind and body to work out if you’re in pleasant, nice looking surroundings. Secondly, health and safety is a big thing and no one wants to think they are using equipment that is covered in the last persons sweat, it’s not a pretty thought. So bear that in mind when putting in action the individuals and cleaning supplies to keep your gym or leisure centre clean.

Our supplies are always of the highest quality and can offer you that chance to not only leave a sparkle to wow the customers but also the knowledge that it is a deep clean being provided.

Look out for our forthcoming article ‘Suggested Cleaning Plan & Cleaning Supplies for Leisure Centre and Gym Facilities‘.  Remember, Wray Bros are here to make you look good and have the know-how,  cleaning chemicals for gyms and janitorial supplies for leisure centres to help your gym or leisure facility stay clean and sparkle to the customer.

Cheap ‘vs’ Value-for-money: Hand Towels, Toilet & Centrefeed Rolls

Many janitorial suppliers like Wray Bros supply hand towels, toilet rolls as well as centrefeed rolls which are used as a wiping product in to busy establishments such as professional kitchens. For the buyer the choice and availability of so many paper products is ideal for competitive purchasing.  Yet, the challenge remains to make certain they are buying superior, value-for-money janitorial supplies.

When it comes to paper supplies there are a few simple checks a buyer should undertake in order to overcome some of the techniques low-cost suppliers use to sell a product that is ultimately inferior in terms of cost-in-use.

PaperCHSA

Wray Bros use approved paper suppliers, that have products that adhere to the CHSA standards and accreditation scheme for soft tissue products

What to watch out for when buying disposable paper supplies

As an example of passing off something that is not quite what it appears to be, this article looks at centrefeed rolls though the same principles apply to other paper supplies such as paper hand towels and Wholesale Toilet Tissue.    The Industry standard for centrefeed rolls is 150m yet there are products available at 120m, which obviously makes the price much more competitive. This is acceptable if you, the buyer is informed of the difference as not all suppliers label short length rolls of centrefeed and mini / jumbo toilet rolls.  Instead, rather than label the product in meterage (which is the industry standard) they state how many sheets are in the case.  This ticks the box for the CHSA guidelines, (more of which later), but does not tell the consumer that they are being provided with short length product.

Less is not always more

Another technique adopted by low-cost suppliers is to lessen the grammage out of the product. This makes the product break down too easily.  Only the more switched on buyers will actually weigh the product to determine whether they are getting an inferior product or not.

No doubt as a buyer and a consumer what you require is a dependable and reliable supply of products.  There are some paper suppliers that spot buy ‘mother’ reels on the open market.  The issue then is one of inconsistency as the product may be really good one month and terrible the next. Though without question, if you ask a supplier that spot buys on the open market for a sample for a product trial you will receive a better quality product but who knows what will follow once approved.

Wray Bros use Jangro approved paper suppliers, that have products that adhere to the CHSA standards and accreditation scheme for soft tissue products.  See CHSA ‘Beat the Cheats’ article for more information on what this means in terms of consistency and quality for your paper supplies.

If you are looking to save money and yet deliver consistent, high standards of wholesale janitorial supplies then we can make you look good.  Contact us if you need help or advice with disposable paper supplies, cleaning products or industrial workwear.

Further reading

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

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