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 ‘Clothes should be washed regularly to prevent the spread of Coronavirus’. So, with the hospitality market set to reopen in a matter of months now is the time to get your business ready for a safe reopening. According to the report, scientists have seen evidence that the virus can stay on fabrics for a number of days.

We have seen a big push on santising surfaces. However, we know that within the hospitality sector fabric is one of the biggest customer touch-points. This means there are more factors to consider when washing fabrics.

Hospitality inset

Problem Solving

Using an antibacterial washing powder such as Persil Hygiene to wash clothes, bedding and towels is the surest way of stopping the spread of viruses. This also creates a safer environment for your business and your customers.

Pro Formula Persil Hygiene has been extensively tested and is effective against harmful bacteria strains including MRSA. Persil Hygiene disinfects at temperatures as low as 40 degrees whilst maintaining excellent performance against a wide range of stains and types of soil.

Pro Formula Persil Hygiene kills 99.999% of bacteria and viruses. The industry standard for bacteria kill is 99.999%. Did you know that retail variants are only 99.9%?

It is even so more important now that businesses adapt a professional approach to cleaning products and methods.  

Professional Results from Trusted Brands

Persil Hygiene is part of Diversey’s ProFormula range. This set of easy-to-use cleaning products helps smaller and independent businesses to complete routine and common problem-solving tasks quicklywith excellent results. Pro Formula products combine professional formulations from Diversey with trusted brands from Unilever including Cif, Persil, Comfort and Domestos.

For more product information and support visit; https://www.proformula.com/uk/

Read the full Government document here; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy

Making Cleaning More Sustainable

The cleaning industry has been through significant changes since we last attended The Cleaning Show, not least the accelerating trend towards sustainability. Our promotion of sustainable cleaning and environmental awareness goes back even further. And although it’s been given many names since 1923 (when our business was founded), sustainability has always been at our core. Our track record is demonstrated through leadership with the Carbon Disclosure Project, assistance with the Alliance for Water Stewardship and the Asean Corporate Sustainability Award, among many other achievements.


Our aim is to help create a healthier and safer world for everyone. We published our latest Annual Sustainability Report at the end of 2018.

At the same time, we announced a new “Facilitators for Life” strategy and goals. This new approach will help ensure we address key environmental, social and technological opportunities, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, engaging in ethical business practices and decreasing our packaging footprint by 2025.

Achieving sustainable cleaning also underpins our product offerings. These should all help customers to save water, conserve energy, prevent waste, and increase safety. Our building care ranges, for example, are available as ultra-concentrates for use with dosing and dilution control platforms that enable safe, simple and consistent high-performance cleaning while minimising wastage, packaging and chemical miles. Our TASKI floorcare machines – scrubber driers, rotary disc machines and vacuum cleaners – offer class-leading performance in terms of lower energy, water and product consumption. Innovations such as the 100% plant-based SURE range provide our customers with further choices to demonstrate the highest levels of environmental responsibility.

In addition to greater awareness of sustainability issues across the board, few could have imagined a decade ago how technology-driven innovations would affect the industry and the daily lives of those working in it. As a global leader we have been at the forefront of this trend with innovations including its advanced TASKI swingobot robotic floorcare range and Internet of Clean services such as SmartView task auditing and IntelliTrail machine management. These utilise advanced technologies in new ways to support the aims and objectives of cleaning teams to collaborate and work smarter, more productively and more sustainably while reducing costs, improving outcomes and protecting brands.

We have a unique ability to support cleaning teams with a complete set of products, tools, machines and services for every aspect of their cleaning operation. This means we can work with customers to devise, configure and implement a fully-integrated solution that is fine-tuned to their business and operational requirements and delivers enhanced performance and value. The concept of a total solution from a single vendor is not new but it does require that suppliers adapt to meet the business and regulatory pressures and take advantage of new technologies. As a leading innovator across the industry, we introduce new products to maintain our full-service capabilities. In the past year alone we have added, among others, the Twister by Diversey diamond-based scrubber drier pads and the Moonbeam3TM Disinfection Technology© UV-light disinfection system to our comprehensive portfolio.

Something that was revolutionary just a few years ago can quickly become commonplace. In the past, this was true of ultra-microfibre and ultra-concentrates but today these are widely used by cleaning teams as a matter of course. Soon, innovations such as robotic cleaning, the Internet of Clean and UV-light disinfection will also become routine. You can see many of our latest innovations and learn more about how we can help you meet your sustainability objectives on Stand C37 at The Cleaning Show, Excel London, 21-23 March.

Save Energy In Cleaning Operations

Reducing energy consumption is usually a key objective when improving the sustainability of cleaning operations. Using less energy saves money but also protects valuable resources and reduces CO2 emissions associated with burning fossil fuels in power stations or heating water on-site. There are some simple but effective ways to save energy in cleaning.

Choose the Right Product.

Selecting the correct product for any given task reduces the need for repeat cleaning which avoids additional water heating and electrical equipment running costs let alone savings in time and product consumption.

Energy saving cleaning options from Diversey.

Think Lower Temperatures

It costs money and takes time to heat water to the proper working temperature. Instead, switch to cleaning products that work at lower temperatures. Alternative low-temperature formulations are available for key tasks such as general cleaning, floorcare and laundry (including disinfection). They will deliver payback from day one. Many can be swapped into existing processes with minimal need for retraining or significant change.

Lower temperature laundry processes can save energy.

Switching to a lower temperature laundry product, for example, can save around 35% on water heating costs, consume 34% less water and cut wash time by almost 20% – all excellent sustainability gains.

Incidentally, avoid any process that involves adding cold water to hot water to cool it down to a comfortable temperature. This is wasteful and inefficient. But it is easily done when preparing solutions for tasks such as hand dishwashing or surface cleaning with handcloths. Instead, try and use equipment that heats the water to the correct temperature and no higher.

Maintain Existing Equipment Properly

Inefficiencies waste energy. Always complete routine and scheduled maintenance at the correct time. Equipment used in hard water areas can be prone to lime-scale. This can accumulate and restrict the passage of water and impact on the equipment’s reliability. It can also affect the sensors that regulate temperatures so that the equipment heats water to the wrong temperature for optimum performance.

Eliminate limescale in kitchen equipment to save energy.

Limescale also limits the efficiency of the heating element. This means more energy will be required to heat the same amount of water. Studies have shown that each millimetre of scale inside the heating element will add around eight to ten per cent on energy costs for a typical commercial laundry or dishwashing machine. Regular descaling with a specialist product or switching to formulations that prevent lime-scale will help prevent this issue.

Consider Completely Different Processes

Sometimes a different approach pays dividends. Microfibre, for example, when used with water alone for general surface cleaning offers a double win. No chemicals are used which means there is no need to heat a solution to a recommended working temperature.

Microfibre helps to save energy in cleaning.

Adopt Modern Cleaning Machines

These are generally far more energy-efficient than the models they replace. Recent changes to EU regulations covering vacuum cleaners led the design team at TASKI to devise the innovative models in our TASKI AERO range. These are quieter and consume around half the energy yet have the suction and performance of conventional machines rated at over 1000W. This helps them to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 60 per cent.

TASKI AERO vacuum cleaners use less energy and are quieter than conventional machines.

Other parts of the extensive TASKI floorcare range reflect this step-change in sustainability. The latest-generation scrubber driers – the TASKI swingo 2100 micro is the newest model – reduce energy consumption by up to 30 per cent and water consumption by up to 76 per cent compared with conventional machines. All of this quickly delivers savings on running costs.

At Diversey, we can advise on the most efficient combination of our products for specific applications to save energy in cleaning. We offer proper documentation with tools and calculators to help assess the savings you can make.

Diversey Joins AISE Charter 2020+

Diversey has signed the 2020+ version of the AISE Charter for Sustainable Cleaning. This extends a relationship that started in 2005. Back then we were the first commercial cleaning product supplier to sign the original version. The Charter remains a voluntary, independently certified industry-wide sustainability initiative.

AISE Charter logo.

AISE and companies in the cleaning and hygiene industry have long acted responsibly and proactively to reduce their environmental impact and contribute to the wellbeing of society. The Charter for Sustainable Cleaning stimulates and guides this action. The AISE wrote the original in 2005 and revised it in 2010. This latest upgrade aims to be even more complete and relevant, aligned with EU circular economy and plastics policy, climate change priorities and with global policy expectations.

Diversey’s Sustainability Record

Readers familiar with Diversey will already know that environmental stewardship is deeply embedded in our culture. Throughout the course of nearly 100 years of providing revolutionary cleaning and hygiene technologies, we have demonstrated that protecting and improving the environment is good for business. Therefore sustainability has been at the core of the value we deliver to customers. But it has been given many names since our business was created in 1923. We produce a Sustainability Report each year.

AISE Charter logo.

As well as being the first to join the AISE Charter we were, in 2008, the first company in the cleaning industry to join the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers programme. We were also a founding member of the WWF Global Water Roundtable in 2009.

More than a decade ago we set ourselves some demanding sustainability targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water use and waste across our own business. We met these well ahead of schedule so in 2018 we announced a new set of targets which we expect to meet by 2025.

In addition to the progress we have made as a business, we also offer a comprehensive range of products and equipment that help our customers to make their own cleaning operations more sustainable: our market-leading ultra-concentrated products and controlled dosing systems minimise waste; we have been offering eco-labelled products for over 20 years; our TASKI cleaning machines use less water and energy than conventional alternatives; we offer products that allow cleaning with water alone.

The Revised AISE Charter 2020+

The AISE has revised its Charter 2020+ so that companies can be even more effective in driving sustainability across the cleaning and hygiene industry.

  • Streamlined and engaging. The new Charter is streamlined, lighter and optimised to improve accessibility and offer added benefits to members.
  • Modernised and appealing. The new Charter marks have high impact and are appealing, backed by extensive consumer testing.
  • Relevant and responsive. Sustainable development is important and is getting higher on the political agenda – the Charter stimulates and guides sustainable progress.
  • Complete and innovation-friendly. The Charter is the most complete sustainability scheme for steering best practice for the cleaning and hygiene industry in Europe.
  • Proven and recognised. The Charter has a proven track record of delivering tangible improvements in environmental performance.

The AISE Charter aims to offer the most complete sustainability scheme for steering best practice for the cleaning and hygiene industry. Therefore it helps organisations to continue delivering tangible improvements in environmental performance. The Charter has been a great success since 2005 and now covers around 90% of the industry’s production in Europe. The AISE aggregates KPI reports from Charter member companies. In doing so, the reports demonstrate the remarkable achievements made by participants, including Diversey.

About AISE: AISE is the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products. Based in Brussels, it has been the voice of the industry to EU regulators for over 65 years. Membership consists of 29 national associations across Europe, 17 corporate members and 11 value chain partners. Through this extensive network, A.I.S.E. represents over 900 companies supplying household and professional cleaning products and services across Europe.

Quiet & Convenient Professional Vacuum Cleaners

We believe the TASKI AERO tub vacuum cleaner is the quietest and most energy-efficient machine currently available on the professional cleaning market. The four models in the range produce only 53dB(A) of sound and utilise just 585W of electrical power in standard mode. But they produce as much cleaning suction as machines rated at 1000W or more. In “eco” mode they produce just 50dB(A) and consume a mere 295W. On energy savings alone, they can pay for themselves in under three years.

The range is available in thirteen- and fifteen-litre tank capacity models, both with mid-class and performance versions. It meets demand for vacuums that comply with the stringent sound and energy limits specified in EU Regulations EU665/2013 and EU666/2013, in force since September 2017.

The TASKI AERO vacuum’s revolutionary design ensures the maximum amount of air is used to create the all-important suction at the cleaning head. By redesigning the machine’s internal airways, TASKI engineers eliminated the obstructions, constrictions and potential points of leakage that reduce efficiency and produce unnecessary noise. Adding newly-designed components and ultra-efficient electric motor further boosted efficiency and cut noise. This combination of patented designs and components is called “whisper technology”.

Trials show TASKI AERO vacuums in typical professional settings will consume around £30 less electricity a year than conventional machines. This means a TASKI AERO will pay for itself in less than three years – representing the most competitive total cost of ownership package available.

The latest addition to the TASKI AERO range is our new TASKI AERO BACKPACK vacuum cleaner. This can be carried comfortably as a portable electric model but is also available in a battery powered version for the ultimate in agility and convenience. Its unique 3-in-1 capability allows it to be used as a backpack vacuum, tub vacuum or as a blower.

The compact portable design makes the TASKI AERO BP ideal for cleaning areas that are difficult to access with conventional equipment. These include busy entrances and congested schools, office buildings or public transport. The battery model offers ultimate performance in high circulation areas, or anywhere the presence of the public makes safety a priority, because there are no trailing power leads.

The TASKI AERO BP is among the lightest backpack vacuums. Its ultra-slim profile and high-quality rucksack material make it extremely comfortable to carry. The near-perfect weight distribution across the user’s back ensures maximum comfort. The overall weight of the electric version is just 4.7kg, while the battery version barely exceeds this at 5.3kg.

Lithium battery technology gives users the confidence of high flexibility and autonomy. The TASKI AERO BP Lithium model can be fully recharged in as little as 90 minutes and has a runtime of 30 minutes. This effectively means it offers limitless autonomy. The electric version has an A-rated energy classification and delivers an impressive 30ltr/sec of suction while the Lithium version delivers an effective rate of 22ltr/sec of suction.

A Surer Way To Promote Sustainability

Sustainability can often present a complex set of choices to cleaning teams and businesses that want to reduce the environmental impact of the products they use. Assessing the various merits of one perceived benefit against another can be difficult: sometimes a product that offers an advantage in one area offers significantly poorer performance when judged against a different benchmark.

All Diversey products are designed and manufactured to support improvements in sustainability. This includes making the product safer and simpler to use, reducing the amount of energy or water it consumes, reducing associated CO2 emissions, better packaging design and reduced raw materials use, and the ability to recycle more easily after use. All of these can also save costs.

When we conducted customer research into what constitutes a “green” product, almost one-in-three respondents said that it should be based on natural ingredients. At the same time over one-in-four said it should be eco-certified and one-in-seven said it must be fully biodegradable. Given that all cleaning products are already required to be biodegradable by law this is perhaps less relevant to the argument, but it could suggest some knowledge gap in the market.

Although our products already fulfil demanding sustainability criteria we recognised from our research that there are times when customers want to demonstrate the very highest levels of environmental responsibility. We responded with SURE, an innovative range of plant-based, 100 per cent biodegradable cleaning products. This is one of the Top Ten products we featured at The Cleaning Show at Excel London in March 2019.

The 18 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, originating from sugar beet, maize, straw bran, wheat bran and coconut. The products contain no artificial dyes, perfumes, quats, chlorine, phosphates or oxide compounds. This means they generally have lower safety classifications than conventional alternatives.

The kitchen range comprises eight products covering all routine tasks including hand dishwashing, general surface cleaning, appliance and surface degreasing and descaling, glass and grill cleaning, and surface sanitising and disinfection. The washroom range comprises four products covering daily cleaning, descaling, toilet cleaning, and floor cleaning. The personal care range comprises six antibacterial and conventional hand care products including soaps, washes and sanitisers.

SURE meets a particular requirement from the market. We enhance the sustainability credentials of the range by offering many of the products in our ultra-concentrate platforms including SmartDose and QuattroSelect. With these, 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. Moreover, because these platforms enable accurate and consistent preparation of high-performance solutions there is less wastage or need for repeat cleaning, all of which improves productivity and saves time and money.

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.

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.