Preventing Infections With Innovations

The fight against healthcare associated infections (HAIs) covers many areas but foremost among these are hand hygiene and surface disinfection. Studies suggest around 80 per cent of all infectious diseases are spread by touch[i]. This can be through personal contact or touching a contaminated surface. It follows that breaking this chain should help reduce the number of infections.

Healthcare cleaning teams now have access to a wider range of products to help them eliminate the pathogens that cause HAIs. These include innovative disinfectant formulations that are more effective, quicker and safer than traditional disinfectants complemented by advanced adjunct technologies such as UV-C light that can give the added level of protection against pathogens of concern.

Hand Hygiene

The link between hand hygiene and the spread of infections was established long ago. Yet there is still much to be done to change the behaviour of individual healthcare workers to optimise compliance with hand hygiene at the recommended points to improve patient safety. The best healthcare sites globally have reduced their infection rates to around five per cent through diligence and a rigorous application of best practice. In the UK the average infection rate is nearer to ten per cent.

The World Health Organisation promotes hand hygiene through a number of high-profile initiatives. Its annual Clean Your Hands Day, for example, was established in 2005 and has been a global success. This and related WHO programmes are based around the concept of a multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy. This incorporates five components or building blocks including system change, training, evaluation, awareness and an institutional safety climate that lead to long-term and sustainable improvements. This framework is complemented by the WHO’s focus on the five moments of hand hygiene – the critical times when healthcare professionals should wash their hands: before touching a patient; before a procedure; after body fluid exposure; after touching a patient; after touching patient surroundings.

These recommendations can mean a lot of washing during a normal day. This is not only time-consuming but conventional soaps can strip natural oils which protect the skin, leading to an increased risk of damage through conditions such as dermatitis. Under these circumstances it is sensible to use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that kills pathogens faster than soap without removing protective oils.

Whatever products are chosen, they must be available and ready to use whenever required. Dispensers should be situated conveniently to encourage regular and proper use. At the same time, they should ideally contain enough product to prolong the interval between refills and therefore minimise the risk of outages and reduce necessary restocking burdens.

Another way to encourage compliance is to monitor usage. While it is rarely desirable to monitor individuals, it is helpful to know how often a particular dispenser has been used and how much product has been consumed. Knowing how many times a dispenser has been used and comparing this with the number of patient contacts by the clinical and nursing team should give a reasonable indication of whether they are complying with agreed standards. If not, additional awareness and training can be provided and the subsequent change in usage patterns assessed.

Surface Disinfection

Surface disinfection is another critical aspect of infection prevention. It is vital to choose the right disinfectants to improve environmental hygiene in healthcare settings. However, not all disinfectants are created equally.

Healthcare cleaning professionals have traditionally chosen disinfectants with chlorine as the active ingredient (usually as bleaches) for cleaning hard surfaces.

While widely used, the drawbacks of these formulations are well noted in terms of effectiveness as well as safety and there seems to be a gradual shift towards safer, quicker and more effective disinfectants. Alternative formulations with Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) as the active ingredient offer numerous advantages with few limitations.[ii]

The key requirement from any disinfectant in healthcare settings is efficacy – to prevent the introduction of potentially harmful pathogens and infections. These can range from hospital associated infections such as MRSA and C. diff to infections common in any setting, such as influenza and Norovirus. Effective surface disinfection is especially important in healthcare because patients are likely to be frail and vulnerable.

It is important to select disinfectants capable of killing pathogens of concern. Problem pathogens, such as norovirus and C. diff., might not be killed by conventional disinfectants. Contact times must be realistically short so that any pathogens are killed before the surface dries. Disinfectants with long contact times may require reapplication to ensure pathogens are killed. This can be impractical, time-consuming and inefficient.

Disinfectants containing AHP are highly effective against a wide range of viruses, spores, yeasts, and fungi found in healthcare, including C. diff, MRSA, Norovirus, E. coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This broad-spectrum efficacy has been tested to the latest EN standards and submitted into the Biocidal Products Regulations (BPR) – a standard which all actives and disinfectants need to pass. AHP simplifies processes because just one product is needed – using numerous alternative products to provide the same level of performance adds unwanted complexity.

Disinfectants with AHP can be supplied in ready-to-use and ultra-concentrate formats. Depending on the specific formulation, these are effective against viruses, spores (including C. diff), yeasts and fungi in one minute or less, meeting demand for highly effective products with shorter contact or dwell times.

Traditional products containing chlorine are generally not as effective on spores and require significantly longer contact times. Products containing AHP have been tested and shown to kill viruses such as Norovirus in up to 30 seconds and the most persistent spores such as C. diff in one minute. Chlorine-based products can take up to 30 minutes. Aside from any productivity issues, they are only effective while wet which means efficacy will be lost if they dry within the specified contact time. Under normal conditions the much shorter contact times of AHP products are usually passed before they have dried.

Products containing AHP offer additional benefits that simplify day-to-day cleaning operations. With more cleaning taking place while patients are present, processes must be completed safely and efficiently, so as not to create an unpleasant environment or put patients at risk.

AHP degrades to oxygen and water alone shortly after use which helps make formulations containing it safer to use. Chlorine-based products are suspected of aggravating asthma and other respiratory problems, and forming chlorine compounds in the atmosphere. Another consideration is that some products containing AHP have no safety classification whereas chlorine-based products usually carry a hazard symbol.

Breaking down to water and oxygen alone means products with AHP leave little or no residue on surfaces, helping to promote the appearance of the area being cleaned. They can be used safely on a wider range of surfaces, including wool and other fabrics, with reduced risk of damage. Chlorine based products on the other hand will corrode or degrade many surfaces with regular or prolonged use. Nor can they be used as part of a microfibre system because they damage the material, severely restricting their disinfection potency.

The easier a product is to use, the greater the chance of cleaning compliance. Products should be accompanied by training aids to support members of diverse cleaning teams. Despite proper training, there are still cleaning and disinfection challenges that may arise. It is therefore important to measure performance to determine if additional training is necessary.

The variety of disinfectants has grown in recent years, as manufacturers have developed solutions for specific daily and problem-solving tasks. It is therefore important to match the product to the specific application. This optimises cleaning performance and reduces inefficiencies, poor results, and the need for repeat cleaning. Reputable manufacturers will provide advice on the most suitable products from their ranges to use in every situation. They should also be able to supply the documentation and evidence with independent test data to support product claims.

UV-C

While disinfectants offer healthcare cleaning professionals effective solutions in many situations there are times when additional measures are necessary or desirable. The latest technology to emerge uses powerful UV-C light to disinfect surfaces quickly and effectively[iii]. This represents a new hands-, chemical- and fume-free way to implement safer disinfection. It is particularly useful for so-called adjunct cleaning which is employed to complement or supplement existing processes and provide additional assurance that frequent-touch and hard-to-clean surfaces have been disinfected. Dr Deverick Anderson published a paper in 2017 that found using UV-C alongside traditional disinfectants reduced HAIs by 33%.[iv]

The infection-killing properties of UV-C have been known for some years and there are at least 40 scientific studies measuring either its biocidal effect on micro-organisms or the impact on HAI rates. UV-C kills pathogens by destroying the nucleic acids in their DNA. This disrupts the normal function of the cells which means they die. Any surface directly exposed to a sufficient amount of UV-C will be disinfected. One of the biggest advantages of UV-C disinfection is that large areas can be decontaminated very quickly without any additional intervention. Because UV-C disinfection is physical rather than chemical it means that there is much less chance of pathogens developing any form of resistance.

Despite these advantages, no cost-effective practical UV-C systems were available until recently for routine use in healthcare settings[v]. Now the devices used in hospitals produce powerful UV-C light at the optimum wavelengths to provide fast broad-spectrum disinfection. These devices tend to fall into two categories: for broad area and high-touch surface disinfection and disinfection of smaller, portable devices.

Systems designed for disinfection of broad areas and high-touch surfaces can be effective in as little as three minutes. This is more than twice as fast as fogging and almost twice as effective as traditional cleaning and disinfection alone in destroying the pathogens that cause healthcare associated infections. They are an excellent option for on-demand disinfection of high-touch surfaces throughout a hospital, including patient rooms, operating rooms and bathrooms. Such systems can also be used on patient care equipment, fixtures, keyboards, monitors, and workstations.

UV-C is at its most powerful when it hits a surface perpendicularly – at right angles – such as directly from overhead or square on to wall. Any deviation from this angle of incidence will diminish the power. In practice this means that at an angle of incidence of 45 degrees, the surface will only receive around 75% of the energy. At angles between 20 and 30 degrees the energy levels are reduced by around 60%.

Like all electromagnetic radiation, the power of UV-C also diminishes rapidly the further away a target surface is from the source because of the inverse square law. This means that the energy reduces fourfold (ie 2×2 or 2 squared) with each doubling of distance. Alternatively, the intensity at 2m from a light source is just 25% of the level at 1m. Using the same calculations shows that the amount of energy reaching a surface just over three metres (10 feet) from the source is one per cent or the original.

Systems delivering UV-C must therefore ensure the maximum amount hits the target surface to give the most powerful disinfection. One way to achieve this is to mount the UV-C sources on arms that can be positioned independently and pointed towards and set as close as possible to the target surfaces. This ensures more of the UV-C produced will hit the surface at right angles and at the minimum distance to give the best disinfection. When the light sources are mounted on a single, central column that is not easily repositioned, less of the UV-C produced falls on target surfaces perpendicularly and from further away. Either way this means the device will be less efficient.

UV-C systems for portable devices are designed to disinfect items such as tablets and smartphones. These are becoming more widely used in healthcare settings but they are often used by different members of the nursing or clinical team throughout the day. This means that they are not only frequent- or high-touch surfaces but they can also present increased opportunities for pathogens to pass from person to person. There is some evidence that people do not wash their hands after using these devices, or indeed clean the device itself.

As with any routine process, the use of these disinfection systems should be simple and quick to encourage their use. Items to be treated are placed in a secure box which contains the UV-C light sources, safely shrouded from the outside world. This means that they are always close to the items being disinfected for maximum effectiveness. Because items being treated are always close to the UV-C source these units provide extremely effective disinfection. Items can usually be disinfected in around 30 seconds.

Independent tests have shown that there can be an up to 5-log reduction in surface pathogens including MRSA, VRE, MDR-Gram negative, Norovirus and C.diff spores. This means that the number of micro-organisms is reduced by 105 times or by a factor of 100,000.

The power of UV-C to damage DNA and cells means that people would be affected too if they were exposed. Devices are supplied with fail-safe features such as remote control that prevent close-up activation and motion sensors that shut the unit down if anyone should approach too closely.

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have a wider range of infection prevention tools at their disposal than ever before. The choice available means that there is greater flexibility to specify the right combination to meet infection prevention compliance and reduction targets in the quickest, simplest and most effective way that integrates with the facility’s other processes. The choices can be complex but leading cleaning and hygiene suppliers with experience in healthcare will be able to work with clinical, nursing and housekeeping teams to devise and implement robust infection prevention policies.

[i] Centre for Disease Control & Prevention

[ii] Teska, Peter & Rushworth, A & Theelen, M & Jongsma, J. (2013). O018: Evaluation of the efficacy of a novel hydrogen peroxide cleaner disinfectant concentrate. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control. 2. 10.1186/2047-2994-2-S1-O18.

[iii] https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGl2ZXJzZXkuY29tfHVraS1tYXJrZXRpbmctZ29vZ2xlLXNpdGV8Z3g6MWViNjI0ZWVlZWFlOGEzNw

[iv] https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)31588-4/fulltext

[v] https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGl2ZXJzZXkuY29tfHVraS1tYXJrZXRpbmctZ29vZ2xlLXNpdGV8Z3g6NDA5N2VhYmY5OTM1NTU1NA

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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.

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Cleaning Show Success

We’ve had a wonderful week at The Cleaning Show, welcoming visitors to our stand and discussing with them how our total solutions capability can help them deliver innovation, performance and sustainability across their cleaning operations. Throughout the week our team members met dozens of cleaning professionals seeking advice on the very latest cleaning products.

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The centrepiece of our stand was the innovative Moonbeam3TM Disinfection Technology© device that delivers powerful UV-C light for fast broad area disinfection of high-touch surfaces in hospitals and care homes in three minutes when used in addition to normal daily cleaning & disinfection practices. With the device positioned in the centre of our stand, visitors could easily see how its arms can be moved to direct the maximum amount of UV-C light to target surfaces to ensure the best possible disinfection.

Another popular product on our stand was the TASKI AERO BACKPACK vacuum cleaner. This compact model offers the ultimate in portability and performance which makes it ideal for areas that are difficult to access with conventional equipment such as congested schools, office buildings or public transport. It 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.

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Elsewhere, our TASKI swingobot 2000 robotic floorcare machine spent the week going through its paces on our second stand.  This latest-generation “hands-free” scrubber drier is 25% more productive than the previous model. It gets on with automatic floorcare and liberates cleaning staff to focus on more important and value-added tasks.

In addition to our demonstration areas, we sponsored the event’s VIP area. We used the area to host a special event on the Wednesday afternoon to meet selected guests and visitors. 

Thanks to everyone from Diversey who helped make the event such a success. But an even bigger thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our stand, meet our team and see our products.

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Cleaning Show Innovations

We are excited that three of our innovations have been shortlisted for the Innovation Awards at The Cleaning Show in London next week:

Moonbeam3TM Disinfection Technology© delivers powerful UV-C light to provide fast broad area disinfection of high-touch surfaces in hospitals and care homes in as little as three minutes when used in addition to normal daily cleaning and disinfection processes. 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). 

Moonbeam3 Disinfection Technology offers facilities a completely hands, chemical and fume-free way to complement existing processes with safer high-performance disinfection. It is ideal for surfaces accidentally missed during regular cleaning and for frequently-touched, hard-to-clean surfaces and intricate equipment. It can be used in patient rooms, operating theatres and bathrooms and on patient care equipment, keyboards, monitors, and workstations.

Moonbeam3 Disinfection Technology is quick and easy to use with push-button activation and short operating cycles. Its three articulating, light-producing arms can be positioned independently to target light efficiently and closely onto surfaces to be disinfected. This unique design allows it to be used in more places while its high-efficiency dosing increases speed which reduces labour and operating costs.

Remote Guidance is a new augmented reality tool designed to expand our best-in-class customer service. It is an iOS- and Android-based virtual reality tool that improves product troubleshooting beyond face-to-face phone calls and video chats. Users can identify problems and assess solutions quickly through interactive real-time experiences. Remote Guidance helps prevent equipment shutdowns, improve end-user training, promote faster staff introductions, and provide distributor sales representatives with application expertise anytime and anywhere needed. Remote Guidance is part of our growing set of Internet of Clean services that help users monitor and manage their cleaning processes more effectively.

IntelliCare is an innovative hand care system that helps healthcare facilities improve infection prevention and hand hygiene compliance. Its unique wall-mounted dispenser is the industry’s first automatic hybrid design with touchless and manual activation. IntelliCare dispenses globally-trusted hand care formulations in our Soft Care and SURE ranges. These comprise a complete set of soaps, sanitisers and creams meeting a wide range of international infection prevention standards. SURE products demonstrate the highest levels of environmental responsibility with 100% plant-based, 100% biodegradable formulations.

Judging for the Innovation Awards takes places on the first day of the show and the results will be announced on the Wednesday afternoon. Don’t forget to check back here – or the organiser’s website – to see how we did. In the meantime, you can see these and many other Diversey innovations on Stand C37 at The Cleaning Show (21-23 March, Excel London).

 

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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.

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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 the long winter months. Daily vacuuming and intermittent encapsulation cleaning should be part of your regular carpet care routine. But there’s nothing like a deep clean to bring the carpet back to its stunning best. Together these three key tasks help to protect and refresh the carpet and prolong its life. That can help avoid the need for expensive replacements. 

TASKI procarpet machine is ideal for interim encapsulation and deep cleaning carpet care.

Our TASKI vacuum cleaners are ideal for daily carpet cleaning. There is a choice of high-performance tub and upright models for every conceivable application and requirement. The range even includes battery-powered models offering complete clean-on-the-go autonomy. They are quiet, efficient and economical.

Beyond this basic daily cleaning task, intermittent and deep cleaning are essential. This is because soiling will inevitably work its way into the fabric of the carpet. Interim cleaning helps keep carpets looking better for longer and extends the interval between deep cleaning which – although even more effective – generally takes longer and requires more drying time. 

Two Carpet Machines in One

Diversey’s innovative TASKI procarpet machine is ideal for both of these core tasks. Buying one machine makes business sense because it removes the need to purchase separate models. This saves capital, supply chain and storage costs. Operators also retain the flexibility to work on the task that best suits their needs – whenever they want – based on turnaround time and soil levels.

The machine is available in two versions – the TASKI procarpet 30 and TASKI procarpet 45. The simple design makes both models easy to operate. Its advanced performance promotes productivity and offers lower total cost of ownership.

The machine’s encapsulation function supports fast and efficient intermediate carpet care. Operators simply add Enhance Foam Shampoo to the built-in solution tank. They then run the machine back and forth over the carpet in its encapsulation mode. The product breaks down and captures the soiling, drying quickly to form a powder. A conventional vacuum cleaner will remove this. The carpet is out of commission for a minimal time. It is back in use as soon as it has dried and vacuuming is complete, typically within around half an hour.

Diversey's Enhance range of carpet care products is ideal intermittent and deep cleaning.

For deeper cleaning, the TASKI procarpet operates in its extraction mode. Choose a suitable product from Diversey’s extensive range to add to the machine’s tank. Enhance Extraction Cleaner is an ideal choice for all types of carpet. It is a low-foaming Woolsafe-approved extraction cleaner with a fresh fragrance. Agitation by the machine promotes soil breakdown and ensures excellent penetration of the product into the pile to reach and remove even the deepest soiling. The machine’s suction pick-up mechanism extracts the soiled solution. The carpet is ready to use the next day after it has time to dry.

Dealing With Stubborn Spots and Stains

Diversey's Enhance Spot and Stain Remover is ideal for stubborn stains.

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

Diversey can advise on the right combination of products, tools and equipment to achieve optimum cleaning results. Choosing the right products and equipment and using them correctly keeps processes simple, ensures carpets remain as good as new for years and delays the time when a replacement is required.

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

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Last Chance to Vote…

Voting closes at the end of this week for this year’s “Tomorrow’s” Awards organised by publisher Opus. If you haven’t done so already, please vote for our shortlisted products by clicking on the links below:

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Trusted Brands Support Industry Awards

Professional chefs choose products from our Pro Formula range because they like its combination of professional formulations from Diversey with brands from Unilever that they and their customers know and trust. This is why we chose to highlight Pro Formula products as part of our support of two recent foodservice industry events. We were one of the sponsors for January’s National Breakfast & Brunch Awards and February’s National Burger Awards. H2O, a leading publisher of foodservice magazines, organises both events. Professional chefs taking part used Cif Professional 2in1 Kitchen Cleaner Disinfectant and other products from the range to keep their workspace clean quickly and easily during their demonstrations.

Chefs used professional Pro Formula cleaning products at the National Breakfast and Burger Awards

The National Breakfast & Brunch Awards presents prizes in three main categories: National Breakfast of the Year; Breakfast Chef of the Year; and Bloody Mary of the Year.

The National Burger Award is an exclusive trade competition open to chefs from the casual dining, pub and bar sectors. Entrants battle to impress a panel of industry experts. Finalists compete in a cook-off consisting of two rounds. In the first, they cook their own speciality burger and in the second they create a “technical burger” from a selection of ingredients supplied by the organisers on the day.

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It’s good to support industry awards because they celebrate success and high standards. We like to think these are values we share. Of course, there are some good business reasons too. Good hygiene and food safety can have a major effect on any business preparing and serving food. For example, our research showed that over one-third of people who enter a dirty restaurant will leave immediately. A further 23 per cent will order but depart before completing their meal. Hygiene helps to protect customers and staff against any risk of food-borne illness. Cleanliness creates the right impression for customers and can help them decide where to eat. It can also help encourage customers to make stronger recommendations and give higher ratings on booking or review sites.

Chefs used professional Pro Formula cleaning products at the National Breakfast and Burger Awards

At Diversey, we have an extensive range of products to help food-service operators of all sizes meet these objectives. Many small, medium-size and independent businesses prefer products from our Pro Formula range. These combine professional formulations from Diversey with trusted brands from Unilever including Cif, Persil, Comfort, Domestos, and Sun. This set of easy-to-use cleaning products helps businesses like these to complete routine and common problem-solving tasks quickly and economically with excellent results.

The Pro Formula kitchen range includes trusted brand professional formulations for tasks such as surface cleaning and disinfection, dishwashing, descaling and floor cleaning.

Pro Formula products for kitchen with Cif branding, as showcased at the awards events, include professional formulations for tasks such as surface cleaning and disinfection, dishwashing, descaling and floor cleaning.

Each Pro Formula product is designed to combine the insight, understanding and expertise of Diversey and Unilever – respective industry leaders – gained over decades of delivering highly effective cleaning and hygiene solutions. The result is an integrated and complementary set of products that meets the majority of any smaller business’s requirements.

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Carry On Hand Hygiene

Reducing cold and flu among care home staff and residents is one of the key objectives of Diversey’s annual “Are You Ready?” campaign.

Good hand hygiene is the single most important way to reduce the spread of infections. Diversey makes this simpler with its personal bottles of hand disinfectants.

Common illnesses such as Influenza and Norovirus peak during winter while many other pathogens remain a threat all year round. Unchecked they can spread by personal contact or touching contaminated surfaces. This is why hand hygiene is so important:

  • Protect residents – reduce their risk of coughs, colds, flu and other common infections
  • Protect yourself – reduce your risk of catching or spreading illnesses
  • Protect employees – fewer illnesses means less time off work
  • Protect business – less lost work time, no unexpected cost of cover, maintain services, stay productive, retain your reputation

Protection is better than cure. Hands must be cleaned frequently – when moving from job to job, area to area, person to person. Diversey makes hand hygiene easier by offering pocket-sized bottles containing Soft Care Med H5 and Des E that users can carry or wear on their belt:

  • Convenient – 100ml small size, always handy
  • Belt/Reel Clip – right by your side when you need it
  • Frequent use – disinfect your hands when moving from job to job, person to person, as often as you like
  • Visible – shows colleagues and customers you care about hygiene
  • No excuses – always there when you need it

The Diversey advantage:

  • Tried and tested products – Soft Care Med H5 and Des E are extensively used by the NHS, healthcare, hotels and food-service customers
  • Excellent protection – against Norovirus, Influenza A (H1N1), rotavirus, hepatitis B, HIV, MRSA and other common infections
  • Kind to skin – Diversey sanitisers look after skin, leaving it soft and smooth to the touch
  • Non-perfumed formulation – ideal for food-service applications without risk of tainting foodstuffs
  • Support – unrivalled application and technical support from a global leader in cleaning and hygiene

Personal bottles and belt clips are just one line of defence against infections. Encouraging your team members to wear them can be part of your ongoing infection and outbreak prevention programme.

Look out for more advice soon as part of our “Are You Ready?” campaign to reduce seasonal illnesses and outbreaks.

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Flooding – Practical Cleanup Tips

Choice of Cleaning Chemicals and Practical Tips

Many places are affected by flooding. Photo by Andy Falconer on Unsplash

With many parts of the country currently under water – and maybe more to come – businesses will soon turn attention to their clean-up. There will be many things to deal with after a flood and cleaning should definitely be one of them. Done properly it can help get the business back up and running quickly, effectively and safely.

This is especially important for businesses that prepare and serve food. Water in flooded areas can contain a wide variety of pathogenic organisms from sewage and other materials that could constitute a significant health risk. Water may not be available or will need boiling before use. The Environmental Agency and its local departments issue advice on dealing with flood damage and cleaning up after. Everyone should avoid direct contact with floodwater and associated debris wherever possible.

The following aims to provide some practical advice.

1: Hand Cleaning

hand hygiene is always important but especially after a flood.

Good cleansing of the skin is very important in reducing the risks associated with handling contaminated water/materials. Skin cleansing can be augmented by the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitiser such as Soft Care Med to reduce any hazards associated with pathogenic organisms. This is especially important when the quality of the water used for cleaning the hands is not of drinking quality.

2: Kitchen Surface Sanitising

If kitchen areas have suffered flood water damage it is important to thoroughly clean and sanitise. This should be done for all areas that have come into contact with the flood water by either immersion or by being splashed – if in doubt sanitise all areas. These areas should be thoroughly cleaned using a sanitiser (as outlined below) and then disinfected with another use of the sanitiser.

Clean kitchen surfaces promote food safety.

Floodwater can contain pathogenic organisms that usual kitchen sanitisers may not be effective against. Suitable sanitisers for this purpose contain chlorine (such as Suma Sol D4.8) or hydrogen peroxide (such as Oxivir Plus) as their active ingredient.

Businesses that have been advised to boil water before drinking should also use boiled water for preparing sanitiser solutions and for rinsing.

3: Dishwashing Machines

Dishwashers can clean items soiled during a flood.

If tap water has to be boiled then use the dishwashing machine on its longest, slowest cycle. This will enable the heat to provide disinfection. Check that all wash and rinse jets are clear before washing and the running temperatures should be 55°-65°C for wash 80°-90°C for the final rinse.

4: General Surface Sanitising

Sanitise any surface that could come into contact with food after a flood.

Remove and dispose of all physical debris and damaged items. Then clean these areas thoroughly using a sanitiser, as mentioned. Disinfect with repeat use of the sanitiser.

Floodwater can contain pathogenic organisms that commonly-used sanitisers may not be effective against. Suitable sanitisers for this purpose are those containing a chlorine- or hydrogen peroxide-based bleaching system such as Titan Sanitiser Powder or Titan Chlor plus tablets. For areas that are sensitive to chlorine such as fabric or furniture, we recommend Oxivir Plus.

Businesses that have been advised to boil water before drinking should also use boiled water for preparing sanitiser solutions and for rinsing.

Dry out areas as soon as possible after they have been cleaned and sanitised. This is because damp conditions are favourable for mould and fungal growth which can damage surfaces. Also, their fungal spores can cause health problems.

The same sanitisers used for general cleaning, as outlined above, should be used to remove any mould that is found. An ideal alternative is Sani Mould Out which is specially formulated to remove mould and return surfaces to their sparkling best.

Product Selection Chart

ProductUseActive Based On
Titan Sanitiser Powder All-Surface SanitiserChlorine
Titan Chlor Plus tablets All-Surface SanitiserChlorine
Suma Sol D4.8 Sanitiser for all Kitchen Hard SurfacesChlorine
Oxivir Plus Spray Sanitiser for all Soft Surfaces and FurnishingsOxygen
Soft Care Med/Des  E Hand Disinfectant GelAlcohol
Sani Mould OutMould Remover Chlorine
Floods can cause severe disruption to businesses.

Cleaning up after a flood can be a daunting task. However, a bit of planning and choosing the right products can make the work a bit easier and quicker.

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