Spring Cleaning: Practical Advice

Our Spring Cleaning series offers practical advice on how to solve some common cleaning problems. The tasks (and products) we suggest can be done at any time of the year but they are always a good idea during Spring Cleaning.

Fabrics should be washed regularly to prevent the spread of Coronavirus

In the 50 page roadmap recently published by the Government outlining the plan to Covid-19 recovery, it is highlighted that ...
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Remove Graffiti

Graffiti is unsightly at any time of the year. But it's a good idea to include it on the spring ...
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High-Level Spring Cleaning

Cleaning high-up and inaccessible surfaces is a classic spring cleaning task. It pays to keep these areas clean because they ...
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Ovens Cleaning for Busy Businesses

In many smaller and independent hotels and restaurants, the kitchen will be the centre of activities. And in that kitchen, ...
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Removing Linen Spots and Stains

Removing stubborn spots and stains from linen is a typical spring cleaning task. It gets fabrics back into tip-top condition ...
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Clearing Blocked Drains

Blocked drains and pipes are an inconvenience. Clear them as soon as possible to allow the proper function of sinks ...
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Fast and Simple Kitchen Disinfection

Regular cleaning is the bedrock for any business that serves and prepares food. It keeps key areas clean and hygienic ...
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Spring Cleaning Carpets

Spring is a good time to give carpets a deep clean. They are likely to have suffered heavy soiling over ...
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Shiny Windows and Mirrors

Few things impress guests and customers more than bright and shiny glass, metal and hard surfaces. That special sparkle shows ...
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Oven Spring Cleaning

Ovens work hard in commercial kitchens. They are used throughout the day and are central to the kitchen's success. But ...
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Pleasant Smells – The Difference

There is no doubt that we tend to associate pleasant smells with good things. But the reverse is also true ...
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Safe & Effective Ongoing Infection Prevention for Care Homes

Protecting residents in care homes from infections is an all-year-round priority but there are additional challenges during winter when there are usually peaks in serious illnesses such as Influenza and Norovirus. These can be life-threatening to residents, many of whom are likely to be frail and vulnerable. Because of this seasonal link, we’re focusing on care homes in our annual “Are You Ready?” campaign.

Infection prevention relies on rigorous hand hygiene and surface disinfection. This helps to break the chain of infection because most illnesses are caused by personal contact or touching a contaminated surface.

Effective surface disinfection is critical. Well-run homes will have a daily cleaning regime that focuses on the areas used by residents and staff to maintain a clean and hygienic environment. The latest thinking by authorities such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) is that additional attention should be paid to frequent-touch surfaces. In care homes, these might include light switches, door handles, table-tops, bed rails, remote controls and similar devices, telephones and touch-screens. Additional hand-hygiene frequency among staff is also recommended – such as when moving from task to task or resident to resident – to achieve the highest levels of protection.

Many care homes use traditional cleaners and disinfectants containing chlorine or “quats” as their active ingredient. Used correctly these will be effective at removing the common pathogens and microbes that cause illnesses but they can be complicated to use in care homes. Separate products may be required for the cleaning and the disinfection (and to eliminate different types of pathogen) and not all can be used easily on the variety of surfaces likely to be found in the care home.

Products containing chlorine are also suspected of aggravating asthma and other respiratory problems and forming chlorine compounds in the atmosphere. This can create an unpleasant environment for residents at best but for the frail, it can aggravate underlying health conditions and lead to additional suffering.

Given the ongoing requirement for cleaning and disinfection, there are good reasons for using a single combined product for both tasks. This way, disinfection automatically takes place whenever any cleaning task is undertaken. It becomes an ongoing process that is completely embedded within the care home’s daily routine. That can raise standards and compliance rates with a resultant reduction in infections.

In the past, it was difficult to find a single cleaner-disinfectant formulation that simplified processes, saved time and improved productivity without compromising on any infection prevention capability. This changed when Diversey introduced its Oxivir range of products containing innovative Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) as the active ingredient.

AHP is a patented blend of commonly used, safe ingredients that when combined with low levels of hydrogen peroxide dramatically increase its germicidal potency and cleaning performance. Tested to the latest EN standards, disinfectants containing AHP are highly effective against a wide range of viruses including Influenza and Norovirus as well as spores, yeasts, and fungi. This ability to kill many different types of pathogens is known as “broad-spectrum capability”.

Products containing AHP offer an effective alternative to formulations with chlorine compounds as the active ingredient. They do not contain respiratory irritants. The AHP degrades to oxygen and water alone shortly after use which helps make formulations containing it safer to use on a wider range of surfaces, including fabrics and washroom surfaces. Many AHP-based formulations have no safety classification which means they can be used in a wider range of settings, including care homes, with fewer restrictions. Chlorine-based products, on the other hand, usually carry a hazard symbol.

Products in the Oxivir range include:

Oxivir Excel: a fast-acting cleaner-disinfectant that can replace general surface cleaning products for routine tasks and provide affordable ongoing infection protection. It is effective against viruses such as Influenza and Norovirus in just 30 seconds. It is available as a convenient, ready-to-use, spray or in five-litre containers for simple dilution.

Oxivir Excel Wipes: disposable ready-to-use wipes, convenient for on-the-spot use. These are also ideal for giving portable or high touch items such as remote controls a quick clean.

Oxivir Spill Kit: a ready-to-use kit with everything needed to contain and remove body spillages quickly and easily. Each kit contains a 750ml Oxivir Excel spray, absorbent granules, scoops, bags and all the personal protection equipment (PPE) needed to deal with spillages.

Diversey’s Oxivir range offers care homes the opportunity to replace conventional infection prevention products with safer and more effective alternatives. Our annual “Are You Ready?” campaign aims to provide useful information about how to protect yourself and others from seasonal illnesses such as Norovirus and Influenza.

Safer & Faster Infection Prevention

Our Oxivir range has been shortlisted for the Tomorrow’s HEALTH & SAFETY Awards 2020.

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Oxivir products from Diversey offer a safer, fast-acting and broad-spectrum alternative to cleaning and disinfection formulations containing chlorine or quats as the active ingredient. Each product instead contains patented Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) – a blend of commonly used, safe ingredients and low levels of hydrogen peroxide. This dramatically increases the potency and cleaning performance of Oxivir products against a wide range of pathogens including bacteria, viruses and yeasts.

AHP degrades to oxygen and water alone shortly after use without leaving residues or stains. This helps make formulations containing it safer to use than traditional chlorine- and quat-based products. Chlorine-based products are suspected of aggravating asthma and other respiratory problems and they can also form chlorine compounds in the atmosphere.

Products containing AHP generally have lower classification than traditional alternatives: some have no safety classification whereas chlorine-based products usually carry a hazard symbol. Lower classification helps to simplify compliance, training and implementation processes. Products containing AHP are generally compatible with a wide range of surfaces without causing damage.

Oxivir Excel in an excellent cleaner-disinfectant designed to replace general surface cleaning products for daily tasks and provide affordable and effective ongoing infection protection. It is bactericidal against multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) and viricidal in five minutes. It is viricidal against Norovirus in 30 seconds. It is yeasticidal against Candida albicans.

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. Its “irritant” classification is much lower than traditional alternatives.

Diversey also offers disposable ready-to-use Oxivir Excel wipes and the Oxivir Spill Kit. These enable users to contain and remove body spillages quickly and safely before pathogens have a chance to cause further contamination.

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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.