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Simple Techniques To Clean A Dirty Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner needs your attention even if it is running smoothly. Proper cleaning and maintenance of your air conditioning unit will prevent expensive repairs and will increase its efficiency and reliability. It will also remove any mildew and moulds that may have gathered inside the unit, which could result in dirty air and germs spreading in your room. We suggest that you check your filter once a month and clean it whenever it looks dirty.

While it is still best to leave some air conditioner cleaning to professionals, you can use these simple techniques to clean a room or window air conditioner on your own:

Step 1:

To ensure safety, disconnect your AC unit from all power sources. Unplug it or turn off the breaker to that circuit.

Step 2:

Clean the outside cover of the AC unit. Using a wet cloth, wipe the outside of the unit and make sure to take as much grime and dust off the cover so that it will not fall inside the unit when you open it.

Step 3:

Remove the front cover of the AC unit, either by hand or using a screwdriver if the cover is bolted. Note: Some AC units have s metal grill that will need to be removed. Be careful when handling the grill because the metal edges can be sharp.

Step 4:

After you take off the front cover, simply remove the filter that is located right behind where the front screen was placed. Do this carefully and watch out for potentially sharp objects that might be behind the filter as you reach for it.

Step 5:

Clean the filter by vacuuming it or simply rinsing it under warm water. You can also use soap or laundry detergent to remove the dirt and grime. You can also use a toothbrush or soft brush if the filter is really dirty and there’s a need to scrub it. Note: Be sure to dry the filter before you place it back into the AC unit because a wet filter will attract more dirt and mould.

Step 6:

Reassemble the unit or fit the cover back into place. When you hear a “click”, it means that the cover has been locked back into position. Plug the AC unit back into its power source and turn it on. Clean up any dust that is expelled when you turn on the unit.

For more thorough and deep cleaning requirements, we recommend you seek the services of a professional cleaner, because some AC parts like the coils and fan blades are delicate and can be easily bent. The motor housing is also a delicate part and should be avoided while cleaning.

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams are equipped with all the latest equipment, products, training, insurance and health and safety know-how to ensure we can clean any space.

Contact us for a free quotation visit, or call 01295 780444 for a no-obligation discussion to see how we can help you or your business.


5 Easy Do-It-Yourself Green Cleaners For Your Workplace

One of the most common places for exposure to harmful cleaning chemicals is the workplace. Based on studies, toxic chemicals in common cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air. Many of the products we use to clean our workplace contain chemicals that are dangerous to human health and to the environment.

Fortunately, there are alternatives to these commercial cleaners, and these easy to make cleaners will help you save money on commercials products and will ensure the health and safety of your employees.

1. All-purpose Office Cleaner

To make this cleaner, you just need three (3) non-toxic ingredients: water, hydrogen peroxide (this is a great nontoxic bleach, stain remover and disinfectant) and lemon juice (fresh-smelling nontoxic bleach, grease-cutter, and stain remover).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Mix these 3 ingredients together and store in a spray bottle.

This mixture can be used to clean all kinds of surfaces in your office or workplace, like kitchen counters, mirrors, walls, appliances and bathroom surfaces.

2. Organic/Natural Carpet Cleaner

Got carpeting in your workplace? Try these natural mixtures to keep your carpet looking clean and smelling fresh.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 18 drops natural/organic essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap

Procedure

  • Mix baking soda and essential oil.
  • Add liquid soap and mix, until a creamy paste forms.
  • Apply to spots and stains on carpet. Scrub and blot dry.

3. Floor Scrubber

Ingredients

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 gallon of warm or hot water.
  • Few tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice

Procedure

  • For lighter washing of your floor area, dilute the washing soda in warm or hot water.
  • Then add the vinegar or lemon juice for extra shine.

If you have tough messes and stains, scrub the surface using washing soda and rinse well.

4. Glass Cleaner

This DIY cleaner is great for windows and mirrors.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
  • 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil, which gives the solution a lovely smell (optional)

Procedure

  • Mix ingredients together and store in a spray bottle.
  • Spray on a paper towel or soft cloth first, then on the glass.

Tip: Don’t clean windows on a hot, sunny day because the mixture will dry too quickly and will leave lots of streaks.

5. Tile and Grout Paste

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups baking soda

Mix water with baking soda into a paste. Use a toothbrush to scrub the paste into grout.

If you are planning to get the services of a professional cleaning company, trust the one who uses only environmentally safe products and understands green cleaning techniques. Make sure they work with you to understand your specific needs. Envirobridge are the only company that uses their own range of environmentally friendly enzyme cleaning products to carry out their industrial cleaning work. Contact us today for a free quote.

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5 Ways Cleaning Saves your Business Money

This great guest article from Daily Poppins, is all about saving you money in ways you might not have considered before. Read on and enjoy!

Are you sure you’ve tried every possible way to increase your company’s profit margin? What about the cleanliness on site?

Cleaning your business premises is a compulsory task and expense that you add to each year’s budget. Do you realise that instead of an expense this activity can benefit your budget?

Yes, you do need the expense of employing cleaners. However if their activities are managed correctly, you will see a return on this investment, instead of it only costing you.

1. Appliances Work Better and Longer

Look around your office. Your kitchen has a kettle. The office has a printer. A warehouse will have a forklift.

No matter the type of business you’re in, there are appliances and machines. They require cleaning and maintenance. Because they’re in use throughout the day their exteriors don’t show signs of dust.

It’s not the exterior you should be concerned about. The internal parts need to be kept clean of dust and deposits too. If left for too long these parts or entire units wear out, needing replacement. In contrast clean parts work effortlessly since there’s less friction.

2. Lower Utility Bills

If you can get the first item right, you can influence more than your replacement budget. Your utility bill will be lower too:

  • Clean air conditioning units require less power to reach ideal temperatures
  • Less friction in machine parts means less power is needed to drive them
  • You can spend less on electricity through a simple spring cleaning

3. Increased Productivity

What is your pet peeve? Do you hate it when people make noises while drinking coffee?

Do you know how many people feel the same way about dirty spaces? This can have an impact on many people that determine your business’ success.

Employees

When employees work in a clean environment they feel more motivated to give their best. When the boss does his or her part to provide a comfortable working space, employees reciprocate with quality work.

Cleanliness also has an impact on peoples health. Keeping dust, pollen and bacteria out of the work area means you’ll sign less sick leave forms brought on by allergies or diseases.

Clients

Clients who enter your business space make judgements about your company based on various aspects. Some of them may hate a dusty table. Don’t lose business because clients can’t stand being in a dirty environment.

Make cleanliness part of your values throughout the premises, not only where you talk to clients. You never know when one of them may ask for a tour of the building.

4. An Organised Space is More Effective

Are you tired of looking for objects around the office? It could be an important paper or an appliance you need to use.

Make business tasks happen more efficiently by implementing proper cleaning schedules.

Cleaning goes hand in hand with organising. The cleaning crew will find misplaced items and return them to their proper storage spaces. Less time will be wasted looking for vital items which translates into higher productivity.

5. Insurance Benefits

When is an insurance payment unnecessary? When the situation could have been prevented. Here are only a few manageable situations that can escalate quickly.

Pests

Expert cleaners know how to identify signs of pests on the property. This includes:

  • Rodents - these can cause damage to buildings and spread diseases
  • Termites - these can eat away at wood in your garden, furniture or roof

These wreak havoc, but only if they’re given a chance. Through proper, regular cleaning you’ll know of the problem before it escalates.

Maintenance

When you and your employees handle your responsibilities, you expect everything on site to work. Your attention is not on pinpointing problems such as:

  • Leaking pipes that can cause water damage
  • Broken locks that can lead to theft of merchandise
  • Cracks in walls or ceilings that can influence the overall structure
  • Marks on carpets that can become permanent stains

These small problems are the start of huge challenges. If they’re handled early on, damage can be prevented. Who but the cleaning crew can keep an eye out for this?

When these challenges are kept to a minimum, you’ll see your insurance expenses drop.

As you realise the benefits you’re probably thinking of ways to implement proper cleaning in your business setup. Who knew a tedious task has so much impact on business ventures? Yes, it may require the expense of a proper cleaning crew. The return will be worth it.

Daily Poppins has developed over the last fifteen years into a national business specialising in cleaning private homes and small commercial properties to an exceptional standard and at an affordable price.

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us or call 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.


Tips On Cleaning Concrete Floors In Your Warehouse

Our guest post this time comes from Mary McBride of SDG Construction Technology, with some useful tips on cleaning concrete floors for the best results.

Concrete is of course a popular go-to material for most warehouses and it’s easy to see why. It’s sturdy, durable and once it’s down it’s there for the long haul. You may also be thinking that it’s easy to clean but you may be surprised at just how easily it can absorb dirt, dust, grime and all the rest of the general nastiness that busy warehouses produce. With that in mind here is your guide to cleaning your warehouse concrete floors.

Indoor Floors

If your concrete floors are outdoors you can approach them with a bit more power, but with indoor polished floors a more reserved approach is best. Instead of using a power washer you should opt for a mop and avoid strong bleaches or ammonia based cleaning products. You should use specially designed polished floor soaps that will target the dirt without damaging the concrete. Mix your solution of choice with water and apply to the floor with a mop remembering to rinse with warm water afterwards.

Outdoor Floors

If you have outdoor concrete flooring then this is your opportunity to break out the power washer, which should allow you to lift the dirt with relative ease. Once you have removed the major areas of grime and any stubborn stains then it’s time to apply your cleaning products. Once again avoid bleach and ammonia and opt for a gentler detergent. Once this is applied you can use a brush instead of a mop to give the non-polished concrete more of a deep clean. It’s always advised to avoid using a metal bristled brush as concrete is a porous surface that can absorb these pieces of metal, which can turn to rust over time.

Maintenance

  • Once you have cleaned the floors it’s a good idea to apply a concrete sealant to protect it against future staining. Concrete floors both indoors and outdoors should be resealed every two to three years.
  • In areas of particularly heavy traffic throughout the warehouse you should try to protect the floor where possible by using floor mats, which will protect it against general wear and tear.
  • Indoor floors should be rebuffed regularly to maintain their shine. For concrete floors you will need a high speed buffer to really see the affects.

Regular maintenance and preparation is the key to maintaining a great looking concrete floor even in a busy warehouse environment. Concrete is a great material for reducing the amount of dirt and grime that builds up but it’s not immune to it so some work to keep it looking fresh is needed.

Author Bio: Mary McBride is the Operations Manager at SDG Construction Technology based in Northern Ireland.

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Guest contribution this month comes in the form of this excellent infographic from The Rug Seller.

 The Ultimate Floor Cleaning Guide by The Rug Seller
The Ultimate Floor Cleaning Guide by The Rug Seller by The Rug Seller


How to Solve Warehouse Problems

Guest blogger Chuck Intieri, of CMI Consulting, is back again with some great tips to help you solve common warehouse issues.

› Use DMAIC: Define, Measure, Improve, and Control. Also use PDCA: Plan, Do, Check and Act. Use a cross-functional team to solve problems.

› What Warehouse Management System (WMS) do you use? Is it effective? Without data accuracy, it is ‘garbage in; garbage out’.

› Make cycle counting and root cause analysis a central focus in your warehouse: put up a large chart and post accuracy percentages for everyone to see because inventory records accuracy affects ALL departments in the company.

› Do you have and use task interleaving in your WMS? You can save money here!

› Is your inventory turning 6-8 + times/year? If not, you can save money.

› If you have automation, do you have a Warehouse Control System (WCS) integrated in to the WMS? Or, do you have a Warehouse Execution System (WES=WMS + WCS).

› Whether it’s big or small, whether it handles small parts, large items, or a mix, well-run warehouses will all have the same characteristics.

› It will have a Lean culture and practice: 5S, Kaizen (and Kaizen Blitz for Continuous Improvement), Kanban pull systems, and Lean Six Sigma. It will continuously improve warehouse operations daily.

› SKUs will be stored and managed:

  • According to a strategy that accounts for the physical size of each item and the frequency with which it is picked
  • To make efficient use of available space
  • In a way that will keep them safe and in good condition – and will not pose a danger to warehouse workers
  • To make safe and efficient use of manpower

Mr. Charles Intrieri is a highly experienced and credentialed Supply Chain professional and is a recognised thought leader and innovator, primarily in the areas of Supply Chain Optimisation. To find out more about him and read more articles like this one, visit his blog The Lean Supply Chain.

Charles M Intieri

E-mail: cmiconsulting93@gmail.com

Cell: 714-788-0744_PST-CA USA

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us or call 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.


Does YOUR Stockroom Look Like This?

Guest blogger Chuck Intieri, of CMI Consulting, walks us through the perfect stockroom and associated areas like receiving, staging, etc., telling us what we should expect to see.

What you should see when walking through a stockroom:

› Picking processes and storage strategies that are designed to minimize the amount of time and effort spent on the most frequently picked items while maintaining control of inventory. Examples of this include:

  • Putting the most frequently picked items along the main aisle, at ground level, or near the exit from the warehouse (to the manufacturing area). You might see, for instance, a set of shelves with commonly picked items along the wall by the doorway; or flow racks; or even pallets of materials staged for quick delivery.
  • A mix of storage methods: pallet racks for items that are received on pallets and are picked in large quantities, flow racks, shelves for small parts storage, etc.
  • Use of automated identification tools: bar code or RFID. Without auto-ID, workers have to manually keypunch transactions – which will lead to errors.
  • Guided picking processes: stockroom workers using RF Barcode equipment are guided through the stockroom in an efficient manner, so that they pick one item, then move to the next shelf for another item, and so forth – instead of moving from one area to another, then back to the original area.
  • › Cleanliness and good order: Staff taking turns cleaning the warehouse. It is your home away from home. To get a deep clean in preparation for maintenance cleaning your staff can handle, use a well-established, expert industrial cleaning company such as Envirobridge to get your warehouse sparkling. Use Lean’s 5S: Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain (Sustaining 5S is the most difficult.)

    › Box labels, and items stacked neatly: There will be a clear distinction between each storage location. Usually that means a physical barrier (like a metal divider) or air. Make it obvious which items are in each location. Set up signs for: aisles, bays, shelves and slots.

    › Bay location IDs on the shelves & racks to identify each individual storage location.

    › Generally, one item stored per location. There will be temporary exceptions to this rule when a stockroom or warehouse is near or over capacity, but multiple part numbers in the same location will lead to picking and inventory errors if allowed to become normal practice.

    › Attention to Safety/OSHA (top priority) and ergonomics, including adequate and efficient lighting: Workers won’t have to spend their days kneeling on the floor, nor will they be asked to frequently pick up heavy boxes. At minimum, you will see manual conveyors, tables, and carts for workers to use while receiving and picking goods. If forklifts operate in the aisles, attention will be paid to safety requirements. Fork Lifts should practice task interleaving so there are no “deadhead” loads in the warehouse. Every time you see a Fork Lift/Driver, they will be carrying a load, and not empty.

    › A small area holding received goods that can’t be processed, quality issues, return to vendor (RTV), reverse logistics and items in “quarantine” and other problem items. The items in this area won’t have aged more than a week or two.

    Mr. Charles Intrieri is a highly experienced and credentialed Supply Chain professional and is a recognised thought leader and innovator, primarily in the areas of Supply Chain Optimisation. To find out more about him and read more articles like this one, visit his blog The Lean Supply Chain.

    Charles M Intieri

    E-mail: cmiconsulting93@gmail.com

    Cell: 714-788-0744_PST-CA USA

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4 Simple Ways to Save Money and Time in Your Warehouse

This month our guest blogger Chuck Intieri of CMI Consulting kicks off his series of three articles on Warehouse efficiency by diving into the best ways to optimise processes in your warehouse to save you time and money.

MONEY IN THE BANK

First, look at the inventory: Is it pallets? boxes? SKUs? No, it is money. It is money in a bank. The bank must be secure. No one should roam the warehouse and take parts for samples/sales unless they notify the warehouse staff. It is money being taken! One of the root causes for variations in cycle counting on hand in the warehouse versus in the computer is: theft!

LEAN MACHINE

Very few companies really pay attention to their stockroom or warehouse, or the five processes that affect it (Receiving, Put-away, Picking, Shipping and Maintenance, where “maintenance” represents the combination of cycle counting, consolidation, and other processes that maintain the stockroom in good operating order).

You can’t create a truly Lean warehousing process if you don’t have effective processes to supply materials to the floor. If it takes a week or more for inbound shipments to move from the receiving dock to warehouse shelves (which it many times does) and then out to the shipping door, you’re robbing other departments (R&D, Marketing, even IT) of capital that could make them more effective.

That lack of attention represents an opportunity for individuals, to make a difference at their companies and customers.

CLEANLINESS IS CLOSE TO GODLINESS

The Warehouse MUST BE CLEAN: Use a good, reputable industrial cleaning company such as Envirobridge to gain cleaning knowledge. Your staff MUST take turns/alternate cleaning the warehouse in shifts. Invest in cleanliness. If you like your home clean, why not your ‘home away from home’? Clean, or shine is part of the Lean tool: 5 or (6S with Safety): Sort-Set in order-SHINE-Standardise-Sustain- and - the most difficult step in 5 or 6S - Safety.

INVEST FOR THE BEST

A stockroom that only holds materials for new product introduction will look very different from a manufacturing warehouse for a television or large appliance factory. But more frequently I’ve found that the problems were due to not making necessary investments. Focused investments in materials handling operations can have considerable ROI. Improving receiving and warehouse performance can enable you to take multiple days out of inventory.

Mr. Charles Intrieri is a highly experienced and credentialed Supply Chain professional and is a recognised thought leader and innovator, primarily in the areas of Supply Chain Optimisation. To find out more about him and read more articles like this one, visit his blog The Lean Supply Chain.

Charles M Intieri

E-mail: cmiconsulting93@gmail.com

Cell: 714-788-0744_PST-CA USA

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us or call 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.


Five Industrial Cleaning Machines You Need For Your Warehouse

The five most essential industrial cleaning machines for large spaces

If finding an efficient, green cleaning machine is a challenge for you, our guest bloggers Clean Hire are here to help you make the best choice. In this post, they look at the five most essential models for your warehouse, whether inside or outside on the forecourt.

1. Tennant M20

The Tennant M20 scrubber and sweeper is a recognisable sight in most warehouses, transport termini, depots and forecourts. Several customers swear by them due to their impressive performance, running costs and their energy-saving credentials. The big green scrubber/sweeper machines’ environmental credentials are underpinned by Tennant’s FloorSmart integrated cleaning system.

Compared with previous models of Tennant scrubbing and sweeping machines, they use 70% less water. This uses Tennant’s ec-H20 technology.

2. Hakomatic 1800

If you’re looking for a combined scrubber and sweeper with high climbing power, you cannot go wrong with the Hakomatic 1800. Its hydraulic sweeping unit makes sweeping on the sharpest of inclines a cinch. As well as warehouses, they are a boon for multi-storey car parks. Besides its power, you cannot miss the bright orange colour scheme of the Hakomatic 1800. A good option for foggy forecourts.

As for its coverage, a staggering 12,200 square metres per hour.

3. Comac Ultra

There are six variants of Comac’s ride-on Ultra range of scrubber/sweeper machines. All three models within the Ultra range - 85B, 100B and 85BS - come in scrubber only and scrubber/sweeper forms. If you have heavily ground-in dirt, the 100B model is your best bet, due to its wider working width. As well as its 36V of power, user-friendliness is a key factor of the Ultra range.

The Comac Ultra range of scrubber/sweeper and scrubbing machines have a control panel that is user-friendly enough for unskilled operators. Low noise levels are another positive aspect of this range.

4. Eureka E110-R

•The magic of the Eureka E110-R scrubber/sweeper is its energy efficiency and zero emission rate. The industrial cleaning machine has a system known as Dose-Matic. This recycles water and chemicals during the course of a clean. Therefore it last three times as long as previous (and rival) models, on a single tank of water.

What’s more, the Eureka E110-R is designed for tough environments. Therefore, its Eureka moments come from the successful cleaning of an uneven floor.

5. NSS Champ 2929

For our fifth industrial cleaning machine, the NSS Champ 2929 combines the compact nature of a walk-behind scrubbing machine with the power of a ride-on machine. With the two aspects combined, you have a powerful ride-on scrubbing machine that is capable of negotiating tight spaces. Its ability to turn around tight turning circles is coupled with its other piece de resistance: its electronic control system and ergonomically friendly steering position.

The NSS Champ 2929 comes in three different widths: 29, 33, and 35 inches. All three versions have a tight 67” turning circle.

Clean Hire are specialist suppliers of industrial floor cleaning machines including scrubber dryers, vacuum cleaners and sweepers.

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Excellent Tips To Clean Concrete Wall Surfaces

Even if concrete is a durable product, proper cleaning and maintenance is still important to greatly extend its life and to avoid making it look grimy. Water stains, moss and dirt can ruin the look of an exterior concrete wall.

The cleaning method you will use will depend on whether your concrete walls are being primed for paint or it has already fallen victim to mold infestations.

Here are some basic cleaning tips:

1. If walls are being primed for paint

It is important to take note that concrete surfaces are porous, which means that they hold moisture and as a result, can affect the quality of paint that is applied after a cleaning.

• For basic cleaning to remove dirt or mold, use a solution of one cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water. Dip a scrubbing brush into the solution and scrub the entire concrete wall to remove dirt and mold.

• To avoid mold growth, all wall cracks need to be patched and sealed.

2. If walls have recently fallen victim to mold infestation

• Thoroughly clean walls by combining warm water with a mild soap, and with the use of a spray bottle, apply the solution to the mold-laden walls.

• Next, scrub the walls using sponge or scrub brush to remove dirt or debris.

• To kill the mold, use hydrogen peroxide, which is one of the most gentle yet effective disinfectants and cleaners out there. Pour 3 percent concentration hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Apply the liquid on the moldy surface completely and allow it to sit for ten minutes. Next, using a hard-bristle brush, scrub the area to remove all of the mold and mold stains. And finally, wipe the surface down to remove residual mold and spores.

• Completely dry your walls.

For more thorough and deep cleaning requirements, we recommend you seek the services of a professional cleaner.

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams are equipped with all the latest equipment, products, training, insurance and health and safety know-how to ensure we can clean any space.


11 Quick and Easy Domestic Cleaning Tips: Done in 5 Minutes

1. Instant Iron Cleaner:

Clean the bottom of the iron by scattering salt on the ironing board then ironing back and forth.

2. Kitchen Bin Odour Eater:

To absorb odours and leaks, put sheets of old newspaper on the bottom of your bin or sprinkle it with a few teaspoons of baking soda.

3. Easy Pet Hair Removal:

To tidy up pet hair, wear a rubber dishwashing glove and wipe your hand over the areas. The hair will stick to the rubber glove making it easier to remove.

4. Mildew Matters:

Get rid of mould and mildew on tiles and shower curtains with a mixture of equal parts baking powder and lemon juice. Apply the paste/mixture on the affected areas, leave for 2 hours and then rinse off with warm water.

5. DIY Dishwasher Cleaner:

Pour ½ cup of white vinegar into the detergent dispenser and run the empty dishwasher for a full cycle.

6. Cleaning with Coke:

The phosphoric acid from a can of cola removes rust rings and other mineral deposits. This can be used to freshen up your toilet bowl.

7. Streak Free Finish:

To achieve streak free glass and mirrors, clean the surface with one part vinegar to four parts water. Then buff the area with a coffee filter paper or newspaper, as they don't leave any lint behind like an ordinary cloth.

8. Fool-proof Fingerprint Remover:

To clear away fingerprints from stainless steel appliances, apply a small amount of baby oil on a napkin and wipe the affected surfaces

9. Crayon Eraser:

To remove crayon from radiators, soak a paper towel with milk from the fridge and then rub the affected areas.

10. Soap Dish Solution:

Wipe a small amount of baby oil on your soap dish to prevent the soap from sticking to it.

11. Sticky Stuff Remover:

Use eucalyptus oil to remove sticky residue left from stickers and labels


Thinking of Going Green? Here's How...

There are several advantages of having a green workplace. First, it can mean a healthier and a more productive place to work for employees. Second, consumers and clients prefer to do business with companies that support the environment, thus it can have positive impact on the bottom line.

So, whether your office, factory or warehouse is already implementing a green program or still waiting to see the light, we would like to share with you some practical steps to lay the groundwork for a healthy work place.

1. Form a green team

Starting a green team is recommended to help in implementing and sustaining your Company’s green efforts. These employees or environmental ambassadors will meet on a regular basis to work on initiatives to improve the company’s environmental performance and delegate responsibilities to ensure things get done.

2. Write an environmental policy

A properly written environmental policy will set the tone of company’s environmental program and efforts. It will educate your employees on the damaging effects of cleaning products. This policy must be well thought out, easily understandable and should have a positive tone of voice. This policy must also be cascaded or communicated well across the organisation to gain commitment.

3. Use green products

Carefully inspect cleaning product labels. Opt for products that voluntarily disclose ingredients on the label, and make sure to avoid cleaning products that contain dangerous chemicals. Beware of misleading declarations and we recommend that when purchasing cleaning products, check that they bear the label of a reputable green certification organisation or an unbiased third party to verify that a set of criteria, claims or standards are being met.

4. Hire a proven professional cleaning company that uses green technology and products

Professional cleaning experts are investing considerable time, money and resources to improve health and quality. Trust only those cleaning companies who uses only non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally safe products and who understands green cleaning techniques.

Envirobridge is the only industrial cleaner that sells and cleans with its own eco-friendly enzymatic industrial cleaning products. Safe, non-toxic and environmentally "super friendly”, our enzyme cleaning products will save you time and money too!


Is Green Cleaning Cost-Effective?

Green cleaning can be implemented not only at home, but also in all types of facilities, like warehouses, factories, schools, office buildings, restaurant and retail facilities. It generally refers to using cleaning methods and products that have a lesser impact on human health and are designed to preserve environmental quality.

Despite its benefits, one obstacle that is cited by some skeptics is cost effectiveness.

Will a green cleaning program reduces cost as compared with traditional cleaning methods?

A study was made by Tyler Espinoza, Chris Geiger, Ph.D and Iryna Everson, with the title The Real Costs of Institutional “Green” Cleaning Program. The purpose of this study was to get more objective information on the relative costs of environmentally preferable (“green”) cleaning products relative to conventional cleaning products.

Based on the results of the study, institutional green cleaning products are generally seen as cost competitive or slightly more expensive when compared to traditional chemical counterparts. However, it was also found that improved cleaning and purchasing practices provides cost saving opportunities with green cleaning products. It can offer financial savings and health benefits for the staff when the costs of occupational injuries from chemical exposures are factored in. This will reduce filed worker’s compensation claims.

Certified green products are also sold as concentrates, which directly lessens transportation and packaging cost.

Moreover, based on other resources, those who have put green cleaning comprehensive programs in place have found that over the long-term, this method frequently reduces the total cost of cleaning in their facilities. By removing the use of harsh chemicals, liability exposure of employees is reduced and industrial surfaces are better protected and maintained for longer duration, thus lessening the need for intensive renovations. They also minimise the risk of employees’ sick days.

With all these benefits, businesses currently using conventional cleaning products should consider switching to green cleaning products to both save money and improve their environmental profile.

Envirobridge sell a range of enzymatic industrial cleaning products that are better for the environment and your health. We also make use of environmentally responsible cleaning products in our cleaning services wherever possible and our staff are fully trained to use these products along with the Health & Safety and Environmental cleaning standards.. We strongly believe that a greener clean is a better clean, so we stand by our promise to help the environment in any way we can.


Cleaning For A Healthier Environment

Due to the potential harm that can be caused by traditional cleaning chemicals, warehouse and facilities managers should understand how cleaning products can affect employees’ health and our environment.

Why do we need to go green in industrial cleaning?

There are many benefits to going green with industrial cleaning and one of the most important benefits is to help our environment.

The use of green cleaning products allows us to eliminate the presence of chemicals in the air; it decreases water and air pollution, ozone depletion and global climate change. Green programs also reduce the use of raw materials and toxic products requiring disposal and it also promotes recycling. Moreover, environmentally friendly cleaning creates healthier surroundings, which in turn increases employee productivity. Statistics show that by maintaining the use of green cleaning procedures and products, there is an increase in worker satisfaction, improved morale, reduced absenteeism and increased productivity and efficiency.

Companies must take note that green cleaning products and procedures must meet stringent criteria and standards to ensure they are environmentally preferable.

To ensure this, you may consider hiring a good green cleaning company to do it for you.

In addition to our excellent service and extensive experience, Envirobridge offers a range of environmentally friendly green cleaning products . to help you create a safer, more productive work place. We strongly believe that a greener clean is a better clean, so we stand by our promise to help the environment in any way we can.

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Why to Clean Your Building Exterior

It’s a truism, but a grubby looking building gives a poor impression of the business inside.

A built structure will accumulate dirt from air pollution, bird droppings, algae and lichen all of which look unappealing. It makes a bad impact and gives a poor impression to potential clients, suppliers and your staff. Over time the soiling can damage the fabric of the building which in turn may mean that your or your client’s major asset will depreciate significantly.

Why not just do it yourself?

Because, unless you already have experts and professional equipment in-house, it’s probably a bad move and a false economy.

Using your own untrained staff, equipped with a high pressure washer is a false economy. Basically, pressure blasting the soiling off the surface will do as much damage, or maybe more, than just leaving the building to deteriorate on its own. High pressure washing may eradicate the soiling from the surface, but unless it’s done properly could leave the building susceptible to further damage unless unlooked for repairs are made.

You will also have to source and buy-in the right chemicals and the hired equipment that will allow height access the highest and awkward parts of the building. This means additional insurance costs and accompanying Health and Safety pressures.

What you should do for a safe, professional exterior building clean

Cleaning a building properly without causing damage and additional costs requires a specialist.

This means an experienced cleaning company using trained cleaning operators equipped with cherry pickers, scissor lifts, the correct cleaning equipment and the appropriate cleaning materials.

With nearly 20 years of experience Envirobridge Ltd are experienced exterior building cleaners. We have worked on warehouses and distribution centres, manufacturing units, food preparation and large car parking areas. We have also completed projects involving work on historic buildings. We also work at weekends and overnight to suit the client.

How we can help you, today

Envirobridge will arrange to visit a potential client to assess his needs and prepare a quotation, for free.

The quote survey will take into account H&S requirements, height access and equipment needs, personnel required and time needed to complete the project and ensure the job progresses rapidly and efficiently.

Contact us for a free quotation visit, or call 01295 780444 for a no-obligation discussion to see how we can help your business.


11 Green Alternatives To Chemical Cleaning Products

Cleaning products are necessary to keep an aesthetically appealling and healthy atmosphere in our home and workplace. However, it is important to take note that many cleaning materials are loaded with toxic substances and chemicals that are hazardous to our health and can cause environmental pollution. They can cause serious health effects, including respiratory ailments, skin irritation, neurological disorders, and even cancer.

That’s why it is important to take extra caution in determining the potential hazards of the cleaning products that your company purchases, and inquire about alternatives.

The good news is a growing number of commercial non-toxic cleaning products are now available as alternatives. Our advice is to choose natural alternatives. Here are 11 green alternatives to chemical cleaning products:

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda cleans and deodorises. It neutralises acid-based odours in water and absorbs odours from the air. When sprinkled on a damp cloth or sponge, it can serve as a gentle cleanser for sinks, kitchen counter tops, ovens and fibreglass. It can also be used as an air freshener.

2. Liquid Soap and Detergent

Unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps that contain petroleum distillates. If you have hard water, choose a biodegradable detergent without perfumes. For soft water, you can use liquid soap.

3. White Vinegar

White Vinegar is acidic and it removes grease, odours, some stains and wax build-up.

4. Lemon Juice

Same as white vinegar, lemon juice can kill molds, germs and bacteria. It removes tarnish, cuts grease, dissolves wax build-up and removes dirt from wood surfaces.

5. Borax

Borax (sodium borate) cleans, deodorises, softens water, disinfects and even cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors.

6. Washing Soda

Washing Soda (or SAL Soda) removes grease and stains. It softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs. But take extra care because washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use this on aluminium.

7. Ethanol

Ethanol or 100 proof alcohol in solution with water is an excellent disinfectant.

8. Cornstarch

Cornstarch can clean and remove carpet and rug stains. It can also be used to clean windows and polish furniture.

9. Essential Oils

Essential oils such as lavender, clove, grapefruit seed and tea tree oil are antiseptic. Use one teaspoon of essential oil to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.

10. Citrus Solvent

Citrus solvent can clean paint brushes, oil and grease and some stains. However, be cautious because this cleaning alternative may cause skin, lung or eye irritations for persons with multiple chemical sensitivities.

11. Enzymes

Enzymes are biological catalysts composed of proteins. They are created in all living cells. Bacteria manufacture enzymes to carry out degradation/digestion reactions. Enzymes are very safe to use and are particularly suitable for industrial cleaning. Most chemical cleaners are designed to kill bacteria and fungi. As a result chemical cleaners inhibit the waste treatment process, whereas enzyme cleaners actually enhance it. So not only are enzyme cleaners naturally safer for humans, they are better for the environment too.

Envirobridge sell a range of enzymatic industrial cleaning products. Moreover, the Envirobridge team is fully trained to use these products along with the Health & Safety and Environmental cleaning standards. We strongly believe that a greener clean is a better clean, so we stand by our promise to help the environment in any way we can.

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When Is The Best Time To Clean And Pump Your Septic Tank System?

Proper cleaning and maintenance of your septic tank is essential to keep it in good working condition. This will prevent a lot of problems and even bring sanitary benefits.

One of the most frequently asked questions we encounter is, “When is the best time to clean our septic tank?”

The answer to this question is, that there is no right time of the year to do this. However, it's recommended that a typical septic system should be inspected at least every 3 years by a professional and pumping of the tank shall be done as recommended by the inspector (generally every 3 to 5 years). Moreover, it should be noted that septic systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components need to be inspected more often, generally once a year. (Source: EPA)

As a guide, if the bottom of the scum layer is within 6 inches of the bottom of the outlet tee or the top of the sludge layer is within 12 inches of the outlet tee, your tank needs to be pumped. Take note of the sludge and scum levels reported by your service provider in your operation and maintenance records. This information will help you decide how often pumping is necessary. (Source: EPA)

Warning: never attempt to inspect a septic tank by yourself! Hazardous gases and chemicals are in the tank. It is necessary to work with a professional service provider to inspect for leaks and check the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank.

Whilst we do not clean out or empty septic tanks and cess pits we do have products to maintain them and make emptying less frequent and therefore less costly.

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5 Considerations For Selecting Green Cleaning Products

Cleaning products are necessary for maintaining a pleasant and sanitary workplace. The last thing you want to do is to use chemicals that can be detrimental to the health of your workers and employees. It should be noted that many cleaning products are hazardous and may contain chemicals associated with eye, skin, or respiratory irritation, so extra caution should be observed when choosing cleaning products.

Green sanitation involves a lot of considerations. This article aims to guide you in your purchasing decision of green cleaning products. When selecting one, the overall decision takes into account performance, price, availability, regulatory requirements, and environmental impact.

Here are some tips or considerations:

1. Don’t purchase products that contain hazardous chemicals, such as chlorine or ammonia. These contain toxic chemicals that can irritate the eyes, nose or throat.

2. Choose ingredients that are biodegradable, non-toxic, and proven safer for people and other living things.

3. Select products that do not have, or have a significantly reduced, number of potentially harmful ingredients, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and other ingredients that can harm health.

4. The products are packaged in recyclable materials and the product itself may be recycled.

5. The products meet all conventional and regulated safety standards.

We recommend that when purchasing cleaning products, check that they bear the label of a reputable green certification organisation or an unbiased third party to verify that a set of criteria, claims or standards are being met. A third-party certification can minimise the time and cost required for identifying, choosing and buying cleaning products. While they are all independent, the standards and criteria they use to determine if a cleaning product is environmentally safe are relatively similar.

Envirobridge sell a range of enzymatic industrial cleaning products that are better for the environment and your health. Moreover, the Envirobridge team is fully trained to use these products along with the Health & Safety and Environmental cleaning standards. We strongly believe that a greener clean is a better clean, so we stand by our promise to help the environment in any way we can.

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4 Ways Cleaning Improves Efficiency and Productivity in Your Warehouse

With the large volume of work to be done in a warehouse, keeping it clean can be the least of your priorities. However, maintaining its cleanliness should be an important part of your business. Having a good cleaning plan can in fact result in better employee and operational efficiency and productivity.

Here’s how:

1. Better Inventory Management

It is amazing what you can discover after cleaning and organising a messy warehouse, such as old returned products and damaged goods. Plus, those things are taking up space that you could have used to store new products.

A clean and organised warehouse generally has more accurate inventory levels, helping your business to have lower cost of inventory, to have an improved fill rate, a monitored shelf life and a more accurate account of obsolete products.

2. Improves worker or employee safety

A messy warehouse can cause slips and falls, which also derails your operations. Keeping your warehouse clean and orderly prevents your employees from suffering injuries.

3. Improves profitability

A cluttered warehouse diminishes efficiency and negatively affects the output rate per warehouse worker. For example, a pile of boxes in the middle of an aisle can be a bottleneck to productivity or can hamper smooth warehouse operations. This can have an impact on the company’s profitability.

4. Better customer service

Establishing clear standards for order and cleanliness in a warehouse can result in better customer service through better inventory management, improved worker safety, savings in labour costs, etc.

If your budget is too tight to have your warehouse professionally cleaned on a daily or weekly basis, we suggest that you pay more attention to areas with the biggest clutter. So take a look around. Monitor your operations flow for a week to determine the most cluttered areas and work stations. Then, revise your cleaning goals accordingly. Download our free cleaning planner printable, available from the homepage by signing up to the newsletter, to keep you on track and help you schedule your daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly cleaning tasks.

If you’re thinking that cleaning your warehouse is too big a job to do alone, it is better to hire an industrial cleaning company to help you accomplish the job. They are more equipped to tackle difficult cleaning tasks, freeing up your time to do more operational and strategic work.

Envirobridge is experienced in the cleaning, renovation and restoration of Warehouses, DC, Depots and Storage Units. Our staff are fully trained by health & safety and environmental cleaning standards.

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The secret to keeping your workplace clean

An effective cleaning program can eliminate some workplace hazards that can cause injuries and accidents. It provides a safe environment for your employees and can leave a good impression to your customers or clients.

Good housekeeping is not only about cleanliness. It also involves maintaining orderly work areas, removing waste materials, keeping halls and floors free of slip and trip hazards, and paying attention to details, such as workplace layout and adequacy of storage facilities of your office, factory or warehouse.

It is important to take note that a company’s housekeeping should be an ongoing operation and must be done regularly. Moreover, in order to be effective, its employees or workers should be involved in the program. Thus, worker training is an essential part of any good housekeeping program.

Here are several creative solutions to motivate your employees to do their part in keeping your workplace clean and orderly:

Educate Employees

Properly communicate your company’s cleaning program to your employees. It would also help if you ask them questions and get their suggestions to increase involvement in the program. Your company’s cleaning policy and program should be posted in your company’s bulletin board and should be distributed via email for easy reference. By promoting, educating and enforcing good workplace cleaning habits, your employees will have a healthier workplace that can even save you money in the long run.

Delegate Tasks and Responsibilities

Delegating specific cleaning tasks to your employees is a great way to increase accountability or responsibility. For example, you can post a list of tasks and a schedule of who is in charge of cleaning the pantry per day or week. In this way, it becomes a responsibility rather than a task that goes overlooked.

Have Cleaning Supplies on Hand

Your employees should be aware of where cleaning supplies are kept or stored. This will make it easier for your employees to address and clean up any smaller spills and mess in the office.

Implement a Cleaning Contest

Make your cleaning program fun! You can be creative by having a clean desk contest, recycling contest or a 5S contest per unit or department. This will help in increasing employee engagement in your cleaning program

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Why You Should Be Cleaning with Enzymes

If you are looking for ecologically-friendly cleaning products, you might want to consider enzyme-based cleaners or “enzymatic cleaners”.

But what are enzymatic cleaners and where can you use them?

Enzymatic cleaners make use of proteins known as enzymes. An enzyme is a substance produced by a living organism that acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction. This substance bonds to specific molecules found in fats, proteins, and sugars to break them down, makes it work quickly to remove stain, grease, oil, dirt, odours and clean up messes.

You can use enzyme cleaners on soft surfaces like carpets, fabrics, rugs, upholster, etc. Moreover there are enzyme cleaners designed for plastics, wood, and other surfaces. But it is important to take note that enzymes are not universally binding and cleaning agent. It means that you need to use an enzymatic cleaner designed for a particular purpose in order for it to work.

One major difference between conventional chemical products and enzyme-based cleaners is that the latter perform residual cleaning. Enzymatic reactions are millions of times faster than conventional chemical products. This means that after you’ve applied the cleaner on an area, the product is still working and they continue to clean. On non-porous surfaces, enzymatic cleaners can go through areas where traditional cleaners cannot penetrate.

With all its benefits, enzymatic cleaners are an excellent choice for a non-toxic and all-natural cleaning tool. They are a safe, healthy alternative for all of your cleaning needs. They are not only safe for the environment, but are also not harmful to human health. Nausea, dizziness, wa-tery eyes, breathing problems and headaches caused by chemical cleaners are minimized or eliminated. It works well if you make use of it with other ecologically-friendly cleaning practices.

Envirobridge sell a range of enzymatic industrial cleaning products. Moreover, the Envirobridge team is fully trained to use these products along with the Health & Safety and Environmental cleaning standards. We strongly believe that a greener clean is a better clean, so we stand by our promise to help the environment in any way we can.

Contact us for prices or a free cleaning quote!