TASKI Swingo Micro Scrubber Drier Upgraded

Our UPGRADED TASKI SWINGO 2100 MICRO SCRUBBER DRIER has been shortlisted for the Tomorrow’s CONTRACT FLOORS Awards 2020.

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The updated TASKI swingo 2100µicro (micro) ultra-compact ride-on scrubber-drier from Diversey adds value and extra performance by building on the success of the original award-winning model. This latest-generation machine has been redesigned to include an innovative digital electric motor that delivers more cleaning power and uses less energy, an improved seat for better comfort, and an adjustable lockable steering wheel for enhanced ergonomics.

This ultra-compact ride-on floorcare machine offers better performance and productivity with its unique narrow-space and up-to-the-edge cleaning capabilities. The 55cm working width, 138cm overall length and less-than-180cm turning circle mean it can operate productively and safely between obstacles, pass through normal doors and be transported in standard lifts.

The offset feature – unique in the micro ride-on category – allows the machine to clean right up against walls in a single pass with no need for unproductive secondary cleaning such as wet mopping. The mechanism can project up to 14cm to the side of the machine. This capability remains under patent and is therefore unavailable on any other micro ride-on.

An all-new seat is more comfortable while being less sensitive so it can be used by lighter operatives. It now has a convenient storage tray for a mobile phone and personal items.

Power is supplied by a new brushless electric motor with digital control. This is smaller, more efficient and more reliable than conventional motors. It uses less energy which can mean longer intervals between battery charges for extended uninterrupted working times and higher productivity. The additional power has enabled brush pressure to increase significantly by 62% for superior cleaning performance. The brushless design promotes reliability and reduces servicing: there are no brushes to fail which eliminates the need to replace them or the whole motor.

The operator console has been improved with all-new steering wheel height adjustment for enhanced ergonomics.

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Winter is Coming

Winter is coming. And that means there’s going to be a peak in illnesses such as Norovirus and Influenza. It happens every year and it’s easy to predict. But it’s also easy to protect yourself and those around you with some simple cleaning and hygiene tips. At Diversey, our annual “Are You Ready?” campaign is designed to offer help and guidance to minimise the risks from these and other common illnesses.

Norovirus (sometimes called Winter Vomiting Disease) is unpleasant at the best of times. It causes considerable and sudden discomfort to anyone unfortunate to suffer it, with symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea, although most people will recover after a few days. Influenza (“the Flu”) can be more serious. Anyone with a weakened immune system – children, the elderly, people with an underlying health condition- can be at risk of severe consequences, including death.

Both illnesses are present all year round but statistics show that they peak during winter. Evidence suggests that viruses like these are more stable in cold air, so they can survive for longer and have more chance to infect someone new. The lower humidity associated with cooler temperatures also means that tiny water droplets containing the virus and produced by coughs or sneezes can remain airborne for longer, giving them more time contaminate a surface or be breathed in by someone.

On top of this, we all spend more time indoors during Winter because it’s cold or because we are attending parties or family get-togethers over the holiday season. That means there is more chance for viruses to pass from person to person or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Particular industries and sectors are at an increased risk from the effects of Norovirus and Influenza, including:

Schools/Colleges: children, especially the very young, are among the groups most vulnerable to Norovirus and Influenza. During winter, in particular, pupils will be indoors more and closer together so there is more chance of illnesses spreading. Schools, of course, want to ensure a safe environment for pupils and staff. But they also need to achieve high attendance records so that nobody misses vital lessons or falls behind. Our “Are You Ready?” campaign helps schools implement simple but effective processes to keep children and staff safe.

Care Homes: residents are, by definition, among the most vulnerable in society. Illnesses such as Norovirus and Influenza can be even more serious for the weak and frail than for those fortunate to have good health. Our “Are You Ready?” campaign offers advice and guidance to help homes protect their residents and give the best possible care.

Restaurants: it’s party season and restaurants and hospitality venues are doing a lot of business. Nobody wants their customers to get ill but any outbreak also poses the risk of bad publicity and lost business. Nor do restaurants want their staff to be off sick because it disrupts ongoing operations and places extra burdens on remaining employees during one of the busiest times of the year. Our “Are You Ready?” campaign helps restaurants and hospitality venues to minimise the risk of infections and make the most of their most important season.

Many people receive an annual flu jab to protect against this terrible illness. In addition to protecting the individual, immunisation also prevents the virus from spreading because it breaks the chain of infection, giving it fewer opportunities to pass on to new victims. However, there is no injection to protect against Norovirus.

But as with most illnesses, Norovirus and Influenza are usually spread through personal contact or by touching a contaminated surface. That’s why all infection prevention advice focuses on a combination of hand hygiene and surface disinfection. We’ll be going into more detail in later “Are You Ready?” blogs to help make sure You Are Ready.

Daily Cleaning Tasks Refreshed

Our ROOM CARE PUR ECO range has been shortlisted for the Tomorrow’s CLEANING Awards 2020.

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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 products help make the right impression and keep every critical area of hotels clean and fresh. They 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 is reimagined with additional innovations to create a full housekeeping solution: lactic acid-based cleaner, disinfectant, descaler and deodoriser in one ultra-concentrate bathroom product; heavy-duty ultra-concentrate toilet bowl cleaner, ideal for hard water; Pur-Eco cream cleaner; grout cleaner for mould and mildew.

Improved sustainability and reduced cost-in-use are other key objectives. Replacing ready-to-use products with ultra-concentrate pouches in Diversey’s DQFM or Divermite dilution control systems for daily cleaning tasks allows hotels to reduce plastics used by more than one kilogramme per room each year and greenhouse gas emissions by over 90%. One case of Room Care R1 Plus Pur-Eco, for example, produces the equivalent of 200 ready-to-use trigger bottles. This reduces overall costs and minimises storage, transport and handling burdens.

Room Care Pur Eco ultra-concentrates used with a standard set of TASKI’s Nordic Swan-certified housekeeping tools can, after suitable training, reduce time spent cleaning a room by one minute in a budget hotel and up to five minutes in a luxury hotel.

Diversey supports the range with its Guest Training Programme – comprehensive training videos for each housekeeping task with a set of training aids, user guides, wall charts, videos, safety sheets and other documentation.

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Intelligent Laundry Management

Our INTELLILINEN LAUNDRY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM has been shortlisted for the Tomorrow’s FM Awards 2020.

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Diversey’s IntelliLinen system helps on-premises laundry operators to reduce costs, minimise rewashes and enhance results by providing an advanced set of remote real-time management and diagnostic tools over the Internet of Clean. Operators have a real-time view of energy and water consumption, chemical dosing accuracy, machine downtime and day-to-day operational costs to prevent expensive disruptions and errors.

The IntelliLinen dosing unit’s integrated Wi-Fi network connects to Diversey’s Internet of Clean platform. The system continuously monitors a wide range of parameters to provide authorised operators with complete visibility of their entire wash process. Real-time information and analytical reports are presented on an intuitive dashboard accessed from any location using an app or browser. With oversight of every connected washing machine at every site, IntelliLinen provides the operational insight and cost details that are often unavailable in conventional laundries because of lack of tools, time or information.

Operators can set thresholds and receive alerts when a wide range of parameters are exceeded. This allows them to act before there is any disruption to the laundry process. Information required to help resolve issues is provided using video attachments and contextual content that also acts as training material.

Detailed reports enable informed business decisions. Operators can identify consistent pain points that are reducing profitability and prevent them re-occurring by taking corrective action. They can also see which machines are being under-used or creating bottlenecks, and where hygiene compliance is compromised. By ensuring processes are less labour-intensive IntelliLinen helps laundries make the best possible use of their working hours.

The IntelliLinen system automatically alerts field engineers when maintenance is due. Routine service calls can then be scheduled proactively and conveniently for the operator – and without any need for unscheduled outages – to maximise equipment uptime.

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Broad Spectrum Protection for Care Homes

Our Oxivir range of infection prevention products has been shortlisted for the Tomorrow’s Care Awards 2020.

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Oxivir products from Diversey deliver fast-acting, broad-spectrum protection against a wide range of pathogens including bacteria, viruses and yeasts found in care homes.

Tested to relevant EN standards, each product contains patented Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) as its active ingredient. This blend of commonly used, safe ingredients and low levels of hydrogen peroxide dramatically increases potency and cleaning performance. AHP breaks down to water and oxygen shortly after use without leaving residues or stains or producing any potential respiratory irritants.

Diversey’s Oxivir Excel is a one-step cleaner-disinfectant to replace general surface cleaning products for daily tasks and provide affordable and effective ongoing infection protection. It contains powerful surfactants which make it an excellent cleaner as well as assisting with limescale limitation in hard water areas. This means it can be used in all areas, including washrooms.

It is fully bactericidal against multi-drug resistant organisms including MRSA. It is also fully viricidal against Norovirus in 30 seconds. It is yeasticidal against Candida albicans. Non-classified, it is safe to use around residents and will not damage surfaces.

Oxivir Sporicide is a ready-to-use one step hospital-grade, cleaner-disinfectant with excellent response against hard-to-kill pathogens such as C. diff spores, Bacillus subtilis and other MDROs in 60 seconds. Despite this efficacy its “irritant” classification is much lower than traditional alternatives.

Another common problem in care homes is the “body spill”. These can contain large amounts of pathogens that, if not removed effectively, can quickly spread and cause illness in residents or members of staff. Diversey’s Oxivir Spill Kit contains everything needed to isolate, remove and disinfect a body spill before it has a chance to cause further contamination. Contents include disposable protective clothing, absorbent granules, plastic scoop, scraper and bags, and a spray bottle of Oxivir Excel.

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It’s Awards Time…

Some of our products have been shortlisted in this year’s “Tomorrow’s” Awards organised by publisher Opus. We’ve been supporting these awards since they started in 2012 and we’re always pleased to be on the shortlists. We’ve won a number of the awards over the years and this year our entries are:

      • Room Care Pur Eco – Tomorrow’s Cleaning Awards
      • TASKI swingo 2100 micro – Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards
      • IntelliLinen – Tomorrow’s FM Awards
      • Oxivir – Tomorrow’s Health & Safety Awards
      • Oxivir – Tomorrow’s Care Awards

We’ll be featuring each of these products on this site over the next few weeks. Voting will be open soon and we’ll post more details then about how you can help our products win this year’s awards.

Repairing Damaged Mattresses and Stretchers

Damage to mattresses and stretchers can be a major problem in health care settings. Studies have shown that the damage rate to stretchers, foam mattresses and air loss mattresses could be as high as 46 per cent. In the UK, the national average is estimated at 27 per cent, meaning more than one in four requires mending. This damage can mean that beds are taken out of use until expensive replacements found or time-consuming repairs completed.

Damaged mattresses and stretchers cannot be cleaned properly and could become a risk to patient safety. It is important to catch damage early and restore the surface to an intact and hygienic state in order to preserve performance characteristics and cleanability.

Mattresses can be damaged in a number of ways. Mechanical damage can arise through scraping against walls or door frames, impact with equipment, sharp objects including needles, and improper storage. Chemical damage can be caused by frequent or prolonged exposure to harsh undiluted disinfectants and by inappropriate cleaning and care. General wear and tear also takes a toll.

Diversey’s CleanPatch is a CE-registered Class 1 medical device for repairing damaged mattresses to an intact and hygienic state. It reduces the risk of cross-contamination and enables rapid, simple and effective mending of damaged mattresses in hospitals and care homes to extend their useful lifetime, minimise the need for expensive replacements and maximise bed availability. The patch can also be used to repair stretchers in ambulances and patient transfer vehicles to help crews, preparation teams and Make Ready professionals keep these important vehicles in service.

CleanPatch fulfils these requirements with its simple but effective design. It is made from latex-free, biocompatible materials and has been clinically tested and validated by independent infection prevention professionals. To use, the backing is simply peeled off and the patch applied in the desired position. It then provides a durable barrier which is impervious to fluids under arduous conditions. Moreover, it is resilient to all types of cleaning product which is important because mattresses and stretchers must be cleaned after each use.

A Dispenser Calls

Hand hygiene product availability is essential for any infection prevention programme to work properly. It means that people can clean or disinfect  their hands whenever they need to in line with agreed procedures and protocols.

Regular checks of product levels in dispensers followed up by quick and simple refills make it easier to maintain product availability. But in even the best organised and executed programmes it is still possible to miss when a dispenser is running low or – even worse still – has run completely out of product. Diversey’s IntelliCare system helps to minimise this risk because a red light flashes on the front of the unit when product levels are running low.

Although there is no substitute for regular checks, these flashing IntelliCare alerts provide an additional safeguard by giving a clear and unambiguous warning that product will soon become unavailable. That should leave those responsible for the dispensers with enough time to respond and replace a soon-to-be-empty pouch before it prevent people from cleaning or disinfecting their hands.

Check Your Dispenser Usage

Initiatives such as the World Health Organisation’s “Five Moments of Hand Hygiene” have helped to instill discipline and reduce infection rates at healthcare facilities around the world. 

Healthcare professionals and infection prevention specialists understand that hand hygiene is central to their efforts to protect patients and prevent unnecessary illnesses. Facilities have developed robust protocals and processes geared to minimise the risk of infections by improving hand hygiene compliance.

In any given setting, the number of patients or residents will be known, as will the number of members of staff and visitors. Although these may fluctuate during the day there will rarely be massive peaks or troughs. From this – bearing in mind when hand disinfection is recommended – it should be possible to estimate the total number of times that hand hygiene should be needed on average during any given period (day, week, month etc). 

This information can be compared with hand hygiene product usage to assess how well everyone is complying with recommended procedures. Until recently the amount of product consumed was the only practical way to do this. Dispensers will dispense a reasonably consistent amount during each activation so it is possible to estimate the number of uses by dividing this amount into the total volume used.

The latest generation of dispensers – such as Diverseys’s IntelliCare system – take some of the guesswork from this because they maintain an accurate count of total activations.

However the estimates are made the issue is not necessarily to collect an accurate count for any given period but to look for trends, peaks and troughs. A trend showing rising use would suggest that facility users are cleaning their hands more frequently. The opposite of course is also true and a falling trend can be one of the first signs of non-compliance. Those responsible for infection prevention can use this information to respond with additional training or awareness programmes to promote better and more consistent hand hygiene.

Peaks and troughs that fall outside long-term averages can be caused by a number of factors, including special circumstances, equipment failure or some other interruption to product availability. While these causes are more likely to be apparent to those on the ground they could also indicate an underlying systemic problem such as poor equipment design, maintenance and reliability issues, or inefficient product checks and refills. In each case, the information collected by the dispenser can be a useful metric when trying to indentify the cause and suitable remedy.

Diversey’s IntelliCare system goes further because its Internet of Clean capabilities allow managers to collect and collate information from all connected dispensers. They can use this information to compare the performnance of each unit with others in similar locations or the average of the installed base to identify various patterns and averages.  

 

Bigger Packs Last Longer

Maintaining product availability is one of the basic enablers of any hand hygiene and infection prevention regime. Anything which disrupts the availability of product will prevent users from cleaning or disinfecting their hands properly at the right times. That can lead to an increased risk of infection because most illnesses are transmitted by hand to hand contact or by touching a contaminated surface.

Hand cleansers and disinfectants are made available in most settings in wall mounted dispensers at convenient locations by the intended point of use.  In hospitals, for example, this will include by entrances to main buildings, wards, treatment areas, consulting rooms as so on as well as in public spaces and washrooms. 

Each use of the dispenser will deposit a fixed amount of product onto the user’s hands. Depending on the location and frequency of use this will mean that the dispenser will become empty at regular intervals. Those responsible for the dispensers will want to ensure they are refilled before this happens and regular checks will be part of their hourly or daily routine. 

It follows that a larger pack of the same product should, all other things being equal, last longer between refills. While this should not negate the need for regular checks to ensure product is available, it should mean that there are fewer opportunities for the dispenser to become empty unnoticed. In other words, larger packs help to maintain product availability. Of course, the aim is always to avoid empty dispensers but the larger packs also reduce the total amount of time taken for refills.

For example, increasing the container size from 800 to 1200ml should mean that the dispenser lasts for 50% longer between refills (assuming the same amount of product is dispensed dring each use). This means that the dispenser needs to be refilled 33% fewer times during any given period. In other words, the risk of product becoming unavailable and the time consumed by managing refills are also reduced by 33%. That’s time that can be used for other important patient- or customer-facing tasks.

This was the concept behind Diversey’s new IntelliCare hand hygiene system. Products are supplied in 1200ml pouches instead of the 800ml size used in previous-generation systems. Diversey simplified the system because the design of the pouches and dispenser allow the product level to be viewed through a transparent window on the front of the unit. This allows a quick visual check whenever someone walks past the dispenser, effectively reducing the time needed to confirm that product is available to zero.

Nothing replaces the discipline of regular checks but Diversey went further with the advanced design of the IntelliCare system: the unit issues a warning whenever product is getting low so that the almost-empty pouch can be replaced with a full one. The fast-change and closed-loop design ensures the entire process can be completed in a few seconds to minimise disruption to ongoing tasks.