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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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.

Hand Hygiene: Are You Doing It Right?

Studies suggest around 80 per cent of all infectious diseases – including Influenza and the common cold – are spread by touch. Stopping those infections before they have a chance to spread is critical. The simplest way is through basic hand hygiene.

This should not be difficult. And yet, despite the fact we all do it (or at least should do it) several times a day, it seems we don’t always get it right. Let’s break it down a bit.

Are you washing your hands at the right time?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed a highly effective set of guidelines to help improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings. These “five moments of hand hygiene” recommend healthcare workers should wash their hands:

  • before touching a patient
  • before clean/aseptic procedures
  • after body fluid exposure/risk
  • after touching a patient
  • after touching patient surroundings

The same principles can be applied to almost any setting. From this it follows that we should all wash our hands:

  • before handling food
  • after going to the toilet
  • after coughing, sneezing or using a tissue
  • when switching between handling raw food ingredients meat and ready-to-eat or cooked foods
  • after handling money
  • after handling waste or litter
  • after touching dirty surfaces
  • after picking up something from the floor
  • after any other activity that contaminates hands

Are you doing it right?

We all think we know how to wash our hands properly, but studies show that we generally do not. Most of the time we don’t spend enough time to let soaps or sanitisers to do their job. Or we don’t apply soap or sanitiser to the whole hand. That means the pathogens that cause illnesses can remain on our hands and spread to other people or contaminate new surfaces. The NHS has a useful video that shows how to wash hands properly.

Are you using effective products?

In many situations, using soap and water will be good enough to clean the hands. In other settings, such as health care and food service, a suitable hand disinfectant can provide additional protection and assurance. Diversey offers a complete range of products including soaps, sanitisers and creams that can be used in different settings and industries to provide the right level of hygiene, protection and infection prevention.

Are these products readily available?

Whatever products are used, it is important to ensure they are available whenever they are needed. That means providing a suitable product at the point of use, checking bottles or dispensers regularly throughout the day and topping up as necessary.

Diversey’s IntelliCare system helps to improve hand hygiene convenience and compliance. The dispenser can be used with a wide range of hand care products – soaps, sanitisers and creams – so that operators can choose the one most suited to their specific requirement.

Each product is supplied in the same design and size of pouch to enable complete interchangeability and flexibility. The pouches are larger than average which, combined with the dispenser’s excellent dosing control, ensures the maximum interval between refills. The dispenser usually operates in contactless mode but switches automatically to manual mode if its battery becomes depleted. It also issues alerts when product or battery levels are getting low so that they can be replaced before they run out. All of this helps to ensure hand hygiene products are always available.

You can learn more about IntelliCare in our introductory video:

Moonbeam Makes Light Work of Infection Prevention

Moonbeam3 delivers powerful UV-C light to provide fast broad area disinfection of high-touch surfaces in care homes and hospitals in as little as three minutes. This is much faster than fogging and almost twice as effective as traditional cleaning and disinfection alone in destroying the pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

UV-C penetrates and destroys the DNA in the cells of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and spores. This stops these pathogens multiplying and causing infections. Moonbeam3 therefore offers facilities an alternative and completely hands, chemical and fume-free way to complement existing processes with safer high-performance disinfection.

The device is ideal for adjunct cleaning surfaces accidentally missed during regular disinfection processes and for frequently-touched, hard-to-clean surfaces and intricate equipment. It can be used in patient rooms, bathrooms, treatment rooms, and on patient care equipment, keyboards, monitors, and workstations.

Moonbeam3’s three articulating, light-producing arms can be positioned independently to direct light efficiently and closely onto the target surface. This ensures the maximum amount of light hits surfaces perpendicularly to maximise infection prevention results.

The device is easy to use with push-button activation and short operating cycles. The unique design of Moonbeam3 with its articulating arms, small size and portability allows it to be used in more places than alternative solutions. Its high-efficiency dosing increases disinfection speed which reduces labour and operating costs.

Simple but effective failsafe features including motion detection sensors prevent accidental exposure to UV-C. Periodic maintenance is limited to bulb replacement, with no tools required.

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.

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.