Sustainable Cleaning for the New School Year

School children are often found at the forefront of new ways of looking at the world. Nowhere is this truer at the moment than with sustainability and the environment: some of the biggest campaigns are being inspired by a new generation of vocal leaders still in their teens. These campaigns, and the greater awareness they produce, are driving demands from pupils for schools to operate with greater sustainability, including in cleaning and building care.

Diversey’s SURE range of innovative range of plant-based, 100 per cent biodegradable cleaning products can help schools reduce the environmental impact of their operations. They can be introduced quickly and easily to replace existing products which means schools can start making a real and demonstrable difference at the beginning of the new year in September. 

Products in the SURE range cover all routine and daily cleaning requirements in kitchens and washrooms including personal care. Each has been formulated to deliver superior professional results while maximising safety and gentleness for people and the environment. They meet typical eco-certification criteria and where applicable are all EU Ecolabel certified or have approval pending.

The entire SURE range is manufactured from environmentally-responsible plant-based ingredients from renewable resources. These ingredients are typically derived from by-products of the agri-food industry. They contain no artificial dyes, perfumes, quats, chlorine, phosphates or oxide compounds. Using ingredients like this means that SURE products generally have lower safety classifications than conventional alternatives. This helps make them safer for cleaning teams and bystanders, ideal in schools and similar organisations which have a very high duty of care. 

Diversey enhances the sustainability of the range even further by offering many SURE products in its ultra-concentrate platforms including SmartDose and QuattroSelect. Water is only added at the point of use which means smaller packs are required to support the same cleaning operation. This reduces packaging requirements as well as minimising transport, handling, storage and recycling burdens.

SURE offers schools a simple and effective way to introduce cleaning products with proven and demonstrable sustainability credentials. Adopting these products can also allow schools to discuss their decision in the classroom as part of their wider curriculum covering sustainability, social responsibility and hygiene.

To find out more about the SURE range, please visit the dedicated website or download the brochure below.

Our New Sustainability Report

Last week we published our 15th Sustainability Report. This latest edition is the first since we announced our new ‘Facilitators for Life’ strategy. It sets the baseline for our 12 aggressive sustainability targets.

The issues surrounding, and understanding of, sustainability have come a long way. Less than 20 years ago, sustainability was for many a vague outline of something that today is clearly top of mind with businesses across the globe. Rising temperatures, polluted air, plastic waste in oceans, more extreme weather, resource scarcity, population growth, and many other issues are tell-tale signs of a looming crisis.

Mark Burgess, our Chief Executive Officer, says: “At Diversey, we take these issues seriously. What’s more, we believe that sustainability makes good business sense. We embrace the view that at its core sustainability equates to the deliberate, ongoing reduction of waste. Purging waste from our operations and our customers’ is a top priority, one we pursue deliberately,
every day.”

The Sustainability Report contains more information about our 12 sustainability targets across three key areas:

  • Improve the Environment
  • Protect and Care for People
  • Innovate Sustainable Solutions

It also includes examples of sustainability initiatives we have developed with our customers, how our solutions help customers meet their own sustainability objectives, and the latest energy, water and waste-saving innovations across our portfolio.

You can download the report by clicking on the link below.

Make Time for the Little Things

School buildings can take a bit of a bashing during the year and keeping them clean can be pretty tricky. Daily cleaning is key but alongside their usual tasks, school cleaning teams will need to deal with a whole range of other problems caused by accidents, deliberate acts or the sheer volume and throughput of pupils and students. Fortunately, Diversey has a complete range of specialist products designed to deal with all manner of cleaning problems and make the life of the hard-pressed cleaning team just a little bit easier:

Sprint Spitfire: a powerful ready-to-use heavy duty spray cleaner that is ideal for removing graffiti and other stains from most alkaline resistant hard surfaces. Its powerful formulation is based on a mix of detergents and solvents that quickly and efficiently removes mineral and vegetable oils. It is particularly efficient for removing stains such as ink, marker, pencil, lipstick, black heel marks, smoke films, greasy food and other tenacious marks.

Tapi Gum: a fast and effective ready-to-use aerosol freeze spray. It quickly freezes the gum and allows safe and easy removal from most hard surfaces, carpets and upholstery. 

Sani Mould Out: a powerful ready-to-use grout cleaner that removes mould, mildew and fungus from ceramic and tiled areas in cloakrooms, washrooms and changing rooms. Its highly alkaline formulation also removes body fat and soap scum which helps to prevent bad odours and promotes better hygiene.

Good Sense Breakdown: removes unsightly organic residues and sources of smells in washrooms and similar areas. Can be used dilute for regular preventative cleaning or poured neat down sinks and drains for rapid results. Suitable for carpets and upholstery. Contains ONT Odour Neutralising Technology. Available in 5 litre and (coming soon) 1 litre containers.

These are just a few of Diversey’s problem-solvers and specialist products. School cleaning teams can use them alongside their daily cleaning products, tools and equipment to keep their facilities clean, hygienic and safe for pupils, staff and visitors.

Summer Carpet Care

Schools and colleges often have carpets in meeting rooms, corridors, libraries, staff rooms, or offices. A three-stage approach to keeping these areas clean – daily vacuuming, intermittent encapsulation cleaning and periodic deep extraction cleaning – will pay dividends in the long run. It can protect and refresh the carpet and prolong its life to avoid the need for expensive replacements.  

Intermittent and deep cleaning are essential because – even with daily vacuuming – schools and colleges are busy places so soiling will inevitably work its way into the fabric of the carpet. Interim cleaning helps keep carpets looking better for longer and extends the interval between deep cleaning which generally requires more drying time. Summer is the ideal time for schools and colleges to undertake these vital tasks because there is more time to remove furniture and other obstructions to get the work done efficiently.

Diversey’s innovative TASKI procarpet machine is ideal for both these tasks because it incorporates interim encapsulation and deep extraction capabilities in a single design. This removes the need to purchase separate machines for these two core tasks, saving capital, supply chain and storage costs.  Operators also retain the flexibility to undertake the application that best suits their needs based on turnaround time and soil levels.

The machine is available in two versions – the TASKI procarpet 30 and TASKI procarpet 45 – which are simple to use. This promotes productivity and offers lower total cost of ownership while delivering excellent performance and results.

The encapsulation function supports fast and efficient intermediate carpet care. Operators simply add Enhance Foam Shampoo to the built-in solution tank. The machine is then run back and forth over the carpet in its encapsulation mode. Soiling is broken down and captured by the product which dries quickly to form a powder which is picked up using a conventional vacuum cleaner. The carpet is out of commission for a minimal time and can be returned to use as soon as it has dried and vacuuming is complete, typically within around half an hour.

When deeper cleaning is required, the TASKI procarpet is simply switched into its extraction mode. A suitable product from Diversey’s extensive range is added to the tank. Enhance Extraction Cleaner – a low-foaming Woolsafe-approved extraction cleaner with a fresh fragrance – is an ideal choice for schools and colleges because it can be used on all types of carpet. Agitation by the machine promotes soil breakdown and ensures excellent penetration of the product into the pile to reach and remove even the deepest soiling. The machine’s suction pick-up mechanism extracts the soiled solution and the carpet is left to dry before it can be used again the following day.

The three-stage approach to carpet care is always advisable but sometimes a little extra is required. Stubborn stains can be removed with a suitable product such as Enhance Spot and Stain Remover. Chewing gum – which may be a particular problem in schools and colleges – can be removed with Enhance Anti Gum.

Diversey can advise on the right combination of products, tools and equipment to achieve optimum cleaning results. Cleaning floors in schools and colleges should not be overlooked but nor does it need to be onerous. Choosing the right products and equipment and using them correctly will keep processes simple while ensuring carpets remain as good as new for years and delaying the time when a replacement is required.

For more information about how to care for your carpets, please download our comprehensive Guide to Carpet Care below.

Sustainable Summer School Floorcare

Floorcare comes high up the list of summer maintenance tasks in schools and colleges because the long holiday allows enough time to work on large areas without interruptions. Educational facilities increasingly want to reduce reliance on single-use plastics and chemicals as part of their overall sustainability objectives and to meet the expectation of their students. Working without chemicals simplifies cleaning processes, creates a healthier environment for students, staff and cleaners, and reduces routine machine maintenance burdens. Twister by Diversey floorcare pads meet these objectives and offer a highly effective, economical and sustainable alternative to traditional equipment.

Hard floors in schools and colleges are made from a wide range of materials such as vinyl, composites, linoleum, terrazzo, stone, tile and even concrete. These all take a battering during the school year and each day they must deal with a constant barrage of shoes, wheels, desks and chairs and harmful contaminants. Stresses like these can quickly cause wear and premature damage without proper floor care maintenance. Protecting floors throughout their lifetime can pose a real challenge. Yet, school administrators expect a variety of floor surfaces to hold up over time and withstand the impact of day-to-day school activities. 

It is imperative to understand that every type of flooring material requires regular maintenance to ensure longevity. The ideal floor care recipe is a combination of daily cleaning and scheduled restorative cleaning, typically undertaken during the long summer break in schools and colleges. It’s important to find the right products, machines and tools that promote efficiency, cost savings and cleaning consistency.

Twister is a complete set of colour-coded floorcare pads for hard floors.

Twister is an innovative set of colour-coded floor care pads. They can be used with water alone on most types of hard floor, including those found in schools and colleges, for routine and daily cleaning as well as periodic maintenance. Used this way the pads reduce chemical usage by 100%, floor pad costs by 66%, and weight of consumables by 98% (which also saves transport and handling) compared with traditional products.

The pads are ideally used with Diversey’s advanced TASKI swingo scrubber driers or rotary-disc machines but they can, in fact, be used with machines from most leading manufacturers.

The pads are made from recycled plastics impregnated with billions of microscopic diamonds on the working side. Pads for different applications and types of floor are manufactured by changing the size and combination of the microscopic diamonds. The pads last three times longer than traditional products and significantly reduce the need for periodic maintenance. They are generally less abrasive than corresponding conventional alternatives which helps to protect the floor while giving a smoother and improved appearance. The diamond impregnated side of the pad is coloured and works as a wear indicator.

Twister pads are ideally used with TASKI scrubber driers and rotary disc machines.

Many users find that regular use of Twister pads reduces and even removes the need for periodic maintenance. However, when this is required selecting the right pads from the range can provide the additional abrasion to remove existing finishes and deposits from the floor. Once these residues have been removed, switching to less abrasive pads from the range will – with regular use – maintain a micro-polished surface that is more resistant to soiling. This helps to make ongoing daily cleaning simpler and quicker for hard-pressed school and college cleaning teams.

To find out more about Twister pads, please download the brochure and presentation below.

Refreshing and Sustainable Room Care

Diversey’s updated Room Care Pur-Eco range for hotels includes a complete set of products with EU Ecolabel certification covering all daily cleaning tasks. Devised with help from housekeeping professionals, the range comprises Pur-Eco formulations for daily cleaning that are at least as effective in terms of performance and fragrance as the standard Room Care range used by the majority of large UK and global hotel groups.

The range has been reimagined with the addition of key products designed to enable a full housekeeping solution, including: a lactic acid-based cleaner, disinfectant, descaler and deodoriser in a single ultra-concentrate product for guest bathrooms; heavy-duty ultra-concentrate toilet bowl cleaner that is ideal for hard water areas; Pur-Eco cream cleaner; and grout cleaner for mould and mildew.

Research conducted by Diversey in partnership with Hotelschool the Hague revealed 41 per cent of guests said cleanliness is the most important factor when recommending a hotel. The cleanliness of bathrooms and bedrooms influence guests the most when they form their all-important first impression. The improved Room Care products help housekeeping teams make the right impression and keep these and every critical area of their hotels clean and fresh.

Improved sustainability was another key objective for the reformulated Room Care range. By replacing ready-to-use product with ultra-concentrate pouches in Diversey’s DQFM or Divermite dilution control systems, where water is added at the point of use rather than the place of manufacture, facilities can reduce the amount of plastic used by more than one kilogramme per room and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 90%.

Odour plays a significant role in perceptions of cleanliness and the Room Care range meets this challenge in three major ways. First, innovative formulations with unique active ingredients ensure areas are cleaned and potential sources of odours are removed effectively. Room Care R5 & R5.1 incorporate Diversey’s patented Odour Neutralising Technology (ONT) to break down organic residues and eliminate the food source for bacteria that cause malodours. Second, the choice of two latest-generation fragrances with high levels of perfume allow the hotel to personalise their guests’ experience. Finally, to remove stubborn and lingering odours, the new Good Sense aroma diffuser can remove even the hardest to kill odours like food smells and smoke and refresh a room in just 30 minutes while other rooms are being cleaned. This layered approach to fragrance helps to create the right first impression and remove evidence of previous guests.

The Room Care range also offers excellent cost-in-use through the use of innovative formulations with excellent dilution rates. One case of Room Care R1 Plus Pur-Eco, for example, can produce the equivalent of 200 ready-to-use trigger bottles. This reduces overall costs but also minimises storage, transport and handling burdens. The DQFM system ensures solutions are prepared accurately to reduce wastage and cut costs. Consistent solution preparation also helps ensure cleaning is completed correctly first time, with no need for time-consuming and expensive repeats.

Studies conducted by Diversey with leading major hotel groups suggest Room Care Pur Eco ultra-concentrates used with standard set of TASKI’s Nordic Swan-certified housekeeping tools can, after suitable training, reduce the time spent cleaning a room by one minute in a budget hotel and up to five minutes in a luxury hotel. This makes team members more productive so that they can clean more rooms each day – up to eight hours are saved for every 100 rooms cleaned. Alternatively, housekeepers can use the time saved to focus on additional detail cleaning that is noticed and appreciated by guests.

Diversey supports the new Room Care range with its Guest Training Programme which comprises comprehensive training videos for each housekeeping task with a set of training aids, user guides, wall charts, videos, safety sheets and other documentation. Few, if any, other major suppliers can offer this level of support for their products.

Make it a Carefree Summer

Summer is the traditional time when schools and colleges carry out refurbishment and maintenance tasks. The long summer holiday presents the only extended break that allows plenty of time to get tough jobs done without interruption. Diversey has a complete set of cleaning products to help school and college cleaning teams finish even the most difficult jobs quickly, effectively and with excellent results.

Floors in particular often need attention during the long summer holidays. These can take a fair old beating during the school year. The busiest and most-used areas such as entrances, corridors, assembly rooms and sports halls will endure heavy traffic day in, day out.

Regular, daily cleaning with the right products and equipment will always help keep hard floors in the best possible condition and mitigate against potential damage. But summer holidays leave a bit more time for the extra attention that will help protect the floor and prolong its life for the longer term.

To meet these challenges, Diversey offers its Carefree Range – a complete set of tried and tested floorcare products that have been used by floorcare professionals for almost four decades. The 12 products in the range cover every aspect of floor care and maintenance.

Summer floor care starts with stripping the existing finish. The Carefree range includes a choice of products that can quickly remove multiple layers of existing finish from almost any type of hard floor. These can be used with manual tools or machines such as an advanced TASKI scrubber drier.

Once the existing finish has been removed the next stage will often involve the application of an undercoat such as Carefree Undercoat. This water-based porous floor sealer provides a semi-permanent seal and can be used on all types of porous floors (except wood) to provide a suitable base for the final finish.

The final stage is to apply a new layer of finish. The Carefree range includes a choice of low, medium and high gloss finishes to provide the desired level of sheen on the floor. These offer excellent protection against scuffs and marking on all types of flooring to protect the surface. The ultimate protection is given by Carefree Eternum, a high gloss, low maintenance floor polish which incorporates a blend of three polymers to give the best performance and high gloss. This provides excellent adhesion with a hard-wearing easy-to-maintain protective film.

These essential maintenance tasks mean little if the correct products are not used for subsequent routine and daily cleaning tasks.

To meet these essential requirements, the Carefree range includes special products such as an all-in-one polish and maintainer, a general maintainer and a restorer that repairs scratches in the underlying finish.

Finally, the range includes a complete set of cleaning products for all types of floors and finishes. Like many Diversey floorcare products, these can all be used with TASKI mops, applicators and floorcare machines. 

With its market-leading position and unrivalled heritage in floorcare, Diversey can advise schools and colleges on the right combination of products, tools and equipment to achieve the best possible results on almost any type of floor. You can also download a copy of the Carefree brochure at the link below.

Saving Time & Money for Room Care

Time is money in any business, but hotels face extra pressure to complete housekeeping tasks quickly and efficiently. Minimising the housekeeping period cuts costs, minimises disruption for existing guests and allows new guests to check-in earlier, all of which is good for business.

It’s a general rule of thumb in the industry that a housekeeper will spend around 20 minutes on average cleaning and preparing each room. That’s three rooms an hour or 21 during a normal seven-hour shift.

Studies conducted by Diversey with leading major hotel groups in the UK, France and Malta suggest that adopting ultra-concentrate cleaning products and using them with a standard set of housekeeping tools can, after suitable training, reduce the time spent cleaning a room by between one and five minutes. One minute per room equates to 20 minutes saved each day by a housekeeper responsible for cleaning 20 rooms in their shift. In other words, they save enough time to finish one more room – a five per cent increase in productivity. In Diversey studies, the average increase was even higher at nine per cent.

Every hotel is different but in any given setting the tasks needed to clean each room will be more or less the same. Switching to ultra-concentrates helps because cleaning solutions are prepared quickly, accurately and consistently, which cuts wastage and costs. This also improves cleaning performance which reduces the need for repeat cleaning, which saves more time. Further savings are made by standardising processes and using an integrated set of housekeeping products, tools and equipment. Training is the final part of the jigsaw because the best results are achieved when housekeeping staff know and understand the processes required and the tools they use. In short, processes are simpler and can be completed more quickly.

The one-minute-per-room saving is a significant efficiency boost that can be achieved with no extra effort from the housekeeper and relatively small investment from the hotel that shouldn’t be hard to justify. Clearly, there are even bigger gains to be made if housekeepers can save two, three, four or five minutes a room.

Some hotels may prefer to use the time saved in other ways. Housekeepers can spend the newly freed time on other value-adding tasks, such as further detail cleaning. These little extra details are often noticed by guests as much as the bigger picture. They can make all the difference in the perceptions they form about the hotel and the recommendations and reviews they give. As research from Diversey showed, 41% of hotel guests said that cleanliness was the most important factor when making recommendations.