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WA Plastic Bag Ban

WA Plastic Bag Ban: Why compostable bin liners are the future in the commercial cleaning industry

While plastic bags are convenient and have become a part of our lives for a long time, they pose a significant problem for the environment. Commercial contract cleaners, facility managers and domestic households can make a large difference to improve the environment when switching to compostable plastic bags. Why Are Plastic Bags Bad for The Environment? Plastic bags and bin liners are one of the most common types of litter and build-ups of plastic bags have a myriad of effects including the death of over 100,000 marine animals and a million of seabirds from consumption annually. Plastic production and incineration could be responsible for over 56 gigatons of carbon between now and 2050. And annual CO2 emissions from plastics could grow to be more than 2.75 billion tonnes every year. (Joyce, C). Plastic bags take up to 500 or more years to degrade in landfills but do not completely degrade but rather become microplastics that continue to pollute the environment and enter our food supply (biologicaldiversity.org) What Is the Plastic Bag Ban? With the long-term environmental impacts of plastic bags becoming more known, government bodies and environmental groups are looking to ban single-use plastics such as plastic bags. For example,...
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The Contract Cleaners Guide to Stone, Tile & Grout Care

Commercial contract cleaners need to ensure that no matter what facility whether it be hospitality, gym, office, or any small business, it is important to choose the most versatile but powerful commercial cleaning equipment and cleaning chemicals. Tile, stone, and grout damage can be very costly to repair and replace and as a facility manager or business owner, it is important to ensure that your facility is well cared for and appealing in appearance for patrons. One of the best ways to ensure this is including commercial contract cleaning companies to do a thorough floor cleaning regularly. Before you decide what tile, stone or grout cleaner and dilution rate you need, it is important that you consider the tile or stone type which will in turn reveal what chemical is compatible and how to properly care for your floors without damaging its integrity. TYPE FINISHES APPLICATIONS ACIDS ALKALIS NOTES SEALING GRANITE Polishes, Honed Exfoliated (flamed), sandblasted, sawn Internal and external flooring, benchtops, building facades, paving Pre-test. Do not use on honed or polished Granite is an igneous stone. Granite has low porosity. Absorption is 0.02-0.4% Responds best to solvent-borne sealers. Low solids sealer best for polished granite MARBLE Polished, honed,...
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Degreasers & Grime Removal

The Ultimate Guide To Degreasers & Grime Removal in Commercial Industrial Facilities.

Greasy stains can be a challenge for any commercial contract cleaner. If you are tired of trying to scrub those stains and only ruining the surfaces, then investing in industrial cleaning products such as a great industrial degreaser is a sound investment for any commercial contract cleaning service. What is Degreaser? A degreaser is typically a commercial cleaning chemical concentrate product that is effective at removing grease and grime on machinery, equipment, floors, and surfaces. Many industrial cleaning services invest in high-quality cleaning machines and chemicals to suit a variety of facilities for long term solutions to your cleaning needs. There are some degreasers that are water-based, biodegradable and chemical-free. Types of Soiling and the Impact on Degreaser Choice There are 3 different types of soiling to consider, Organic, Inorganic and Mixed Soils. Organic Soils: Derived from living material, this includes oils, grease, fats and protein. Inorganic Soils: Minerals, dirt, rust, scale and clay. Mixed Soils: Is any combination of inorganic and organic materials. It is important to ensure you know what kind of soils you are most likely to encounter in your facility, whether that be organic, inorganic or mixed. If you’re looking for a degreaser that going to...
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Cleaning Method

Your Handy Guide To Carpet Cleaning & Spotting

Commercial contract cleaners need to ensure that no matter what facility whether it be hospitality, gym, office or any small business, it is important to choose the most versatile but powerful commercial cleaning equipment and cleaning chemicals. Carpet stains and damage can be very costly to repair and replace and as a facility manager or business owner, it is important to ensure that your facility is well cared for and appealing in appearance for patrons. One of the best ways to ensure this is including commercial contract cleaning companies to do a thorough carpet clean regularly. Before you decide what carpet cleaner and dilution rate you need, it is important that you consider the carpet and fabric type which will, in turn, reveal what chemical is compatible and how to properly care for your carpet without damaging its integrity. Carpet & Fabric Types: Characteristics Burn Test Stain Resistance Chemical Compatibility Cleaning Notes Nylon Old Nylons A resilient acid dyed fibre Sealing wax odour. Dark hard bead ash Susceptible to red beverage and food stains All Cleanmax carpet care products are safe Nylon 5th & 6th Generation A resilient acid dyed fibre which releases soils easily Sealing wax odour. Dark hard...
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TGA Approved Products

TGA Approved Products & Why They Matter for Contract Cleaning Companies

Whether you are choosing industrial cleaning products or eco-friendly sustainable cleaning chemicals, looking for TGA certification is another way to ensure high hygiene safety in any business or facility. As we slowly return to the ‘new normal’ and more people return to their office facilities and regular activities such as the gym, beauty services and eating out at restaurants, it is essential that health and safety be at the highest priority. Many facility managers are looking towards investing in industrial cleaning services that have TGA certified disinfectants that are used against COVID-19 as new safety measures. What is TGA? The TGA regulates therapeutic goods in Australia, they are apart of the Australian Government Department of Health. TGA regulates medicines, vitamins, medical devices, disinfectants for use against COVID-19. While there have been many products that claim to perform certain tasks such as killing COVID-19, it can be false advertising. That is why it is important to look out for the TGA approval on the products. There are some products on the market that claim to kill COVID-19 however unless it is TGA approved to kill COVID-19 it cannot be relied on. This is due to the rigorous testing that occurs for products...
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Commercial Window Cleaning Supplies & Tips for Your Facility

First Impressions Mean Everything!  Potential customers make their first impression of your business before they walk in the door. If the window is cracked, dirty, or smudged, consumers will automatically link those factors as being unprofessional, unhygienic, and a business to have poor-quality services and products. When it comes down to the core nature of consumer perception, a clean and tidy environment instils confidence and creates a sense of trust from the get-go by the consumers. Regularly cleaning the windows with commercial cleaning supplies can increase cleaning efficiency for little effort and great results. Should You Invest in Cleaning Services? Or Cleaning Supplies? Cleaning your windows may be an option for some, but for those who are willing to step up a few degrees and improve their brand image, commercial cleaning supplies and contract cleaners might be the option of opting for. Many commercial cleaners have utilised our powerful and innovative supplies for over 20 years for a range of facilities like offices, restaurants, hospitals, and gyms! Regular cleaning products tend to fail at being sufficient. This is because there may be residual streaks, lint, and smudges leftover from poor quality cleaning products and equipment. On top of that, average...
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Powerful Eco-Friendly Floor Cleaner Every Contract Cleaner Needs!

The e-Z-Kleen X is a commercial cleaning concentrate that is part of the Enviroplus X Range, owned and exclusively distributed by Abco Products. The Enviroplus range is a chemical-free, natural cleaning solution that delivers powerful and lasting results for environmentally conscious cleaners and facility managers across Australia. Common Problems When Cleaning Floors There are a few common problems that most contract cleaners or facility managers have faced at one point in time. These include streaky floors, floors that won’t stay clean, sticky floors and the risk of slip, trips and falls. A few causes could be: 1. Using Too Much Chemical Using more chemical then directed is not the way to clean your floors – it will lead to streaky and dirty-looking floors. Likewise if you feel like the product you are using is not providing a deep enough clean then perhaps you need to reconsider the product you are using particularly if it is not concentrated or specifically for hard surfaces or floors.   2. Using a dirty mop This seems like an obvious one, but it is hard to tell with some mops just how clean they really are. For a floor to really be clean, a standard...
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3 Alarming Things Contract Cleaners Must Know Before Buying A Mop for their Commercial Facility

It’s not a surprise that there are so many different mop types available on the commercial cleaning supply market. We’ll kick things off by talking about one of the most common types of mops. 1. Choosing the Right Mop With the huge selection of cleaning supplies available to consumers nowadays, finding the right equipment on hand is essential if you want to tackle any mess. It can be daunting to know which mop is going to do the job you need effectively particularly if you are a contract cleaner! Choosing the right mop is crucial to get your job done more effectively and efficiently! What is a Squeeze or Sponge Mop? A squeeze mop is what you’ll see in nearly everyone’s cleaning cabinet because it’s an entry-level, easy-to-use cleaning tool that is great for cleaning entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms. The squeeze mop has a small sponge head at the end of the handle that makes it easy to get into corners and can be replaced as required. An example of the squeeze mop is the Oates Squeeze Mop that comes with a thicker and wider sponge for higher absorbency and greater floor coverage. Benefits of a Sponge Mop: An easy wring...
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What to know when buying a disposable face mask and what level of face mask should you buy as a facility manager or contract cleaner?

With growing concerns of another outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, it is vital that Australian’s are doing everything we can, including choosing the right face mask! Whether you are a medical professional, office worker, facility or operations manager, in the hospitality industry, or you are a contract cleaner, it is important that you are practising safe infection prevention protocols. Respiratory protection by using the appropriate type of face mask is essential for healthcare, front line workers and those who work within the commercial cleaning industry. Face masks are intended to protect from airborne viruses and help stop the spread of infection. Fitted and worn correctly these face masks will filter out particles and protect the vulnerable from contamination or catching the virus. What Type Of Face Masks Are There and What does each level mean? Just like deciding what the best cleaning products are for your facility, it is important to do the same when considering what face mask is best for yourself or for your employees! So, here it is broken down for you. Level 1 Disposable Face Masks: What is a Level 1 face mask? Level 1 face masks provide low barrier protection and are for general use....
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Green thumbs up!

Our Greenfleet Initiative When we talk about clean we don’t necessarily think green. We are changing this with a clear and strong Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program reinforcing our commitment to a sustainable business model and protecting our environment. In the past few years, we have launched our Enviroplus product range focusing on plant based and non-toxic cleaning solutions and this year, we are launching our new CSR Program in partnership with Greenfleet with a goal to plant up to 1000 trees a year in and around Australia. “From July 2018 onwards we will be donating 1c for every paper product carton sold under our brands Puregiene and Enviroplus to Greenfleet.  Greenfleet seemed like the right fit for our organisation as one of our key product categories is paper products. Although our paper is FSC certified, we felt compelled to ensure the future of our planet resources are looked after and Green Fleet’s ‘Plant a Forest’ program certainly assists in minimising the impact we have as an organisation on our environment and helps us empower our community.” (Deena Syed, National Marketing Manager, Abco Products) As an environmental non-profit, Greenfleet is the trusted carbon offset provider for thousands of leading organisations,...
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