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The 2021 National Healthcare Standards – What’s changed?

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The what?

The new National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021 were released in April 2021. It has been reported in GP Practice Management circles, as recently as September 2021, that the release of these new standards was done rather ‘quietly and without any fanfare’, with some even saying that Primary Care has been ‘kept in the dark’.

The new standards state that “The National standards of healthcare cleanliness 2021 (the national standards) apply to all healthcare settings – acute hospitals, mental health, community, primary care, dental care, ambulance trusts, GP surgeries and clinics, and care homes, regardless of the way cleaning services are provided.”

The new standards replace the National specifications for cleanliness in the NHS 2007 (and amendments) and primary care settings will have to become compliant with the new standards as these have been adopted by the CQC.

If you haven’t seen these new standards yet, then please follow the link below:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/B0271-national-standards-of-healthcare-cleanliness-2021.pdf

What’s covered?

After an Executive Summary (which states “Healthcare establishments must be able to demonstrate how and to what standard they are being cleaned.”) and an introduction, the main sections of the standards document cover the following headings:

  • General principals and definitions of cleaning and disinfection.
    • This provides a clear definition of the terms ‘Cleaning’, ‘Disinfection’, ‘Sterilisation’ and ‘Decontamination’ and explains that these are not interchangeable terms.
  • Cleaning responsibilities.
    • Explains how to assign the responsibility for specific cleaning functions.
  • Safe cleaning frequencies
    • An appendix provides baseline required frequencies for healthcare organisations.
  • Risk categories and standards for functional areas.
    • This covers how to assess all functional areas and assign them the appropriate Functional Risk Category (FR1 to FR6).
  • Effective cleaning and infection prevention and control.
    • This provides guidance on classification of infection risk and practical advice on methodology including colour-coding, protection, hygiene, training, uniforms and waste management.
    • Policies and strategic planning.
  • Auditing and monitoring information.
    • Principals and scoring.
  • Audit process.
    • Technical, efficacy and external auditing.
  • Advice on digital and technological auditing.
  • PLACE and the National standards.
    • Encourages patient-led assessments of cleaning standards (however, this is mainly in connection to hospital and hospices).
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Some of these requirements may seem a little daunting for those in primary care, GP surgeries and clinics without large IPC teams. But there’s no need to panic – Help is at hand.

Ideal Cleaning Services provide daily cleaning services to NHS Trusts, Sexual Health Clinics, GP Practices, Dental Clinics and Vaccination Centres.

We are conversant with the new standards, Functional Risk Categories, performance parameters and cleaning frequencies and the Auditing and Monitoring principals for the new national standards.

We can help you determine the Functional Risk Category of each room, agree the responsibilities framework and train our staff on the appropriate cleaning methods and frequencies for each area. Our Area Supervisors will then undertake a regime of audits and inspections to provide you with the required Auditing and Monitoring information.

If you would like us to visit you and discuss how we can help you comply with the new requirements, then please contact us at sales@idealcleaning.co.uk

We’ll undertake a free site survey and provide you with a no-obligation proposal and quotation.

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Guinness Trust

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Following a further competition under ESPO Framework 263_16 Ideal were awarded the contract by The Guinness Partnership for Office Cleaning Services (Daily Office Cleaning, Window Cleaning and Washroom Servicers) for their 11 main office facilities. Guinness operates across most of England, with offices in four regions – North-West, North-Central, South-East and South-West.

These offices have a wide geographic spread with 2 locations in Oldham and main offices in Crewe, Sheffield, Chesterfield, London, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Havant, Exeter and Gloucester.

The contract commenced in July 2019 and is over seen centrally by Chris Dring our Assistant Managing Director, with service delivery managed from our 5 main Regional Offices. A further office in Brixton, London was also added at the start of the contract and further smaller depots are programmed to transition over to Ideal as existing service contracts expire.

 

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How to prevent germs from spreading during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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The ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has impacted businesses of all types and most companies have had to review and re-assess their working practices to protect their staff and customers. Many organisations had to, or chose to, close their business premises and where possible staff have worked from home, but as the lockdown is further relaxed more companies are looking to re-open premises, either wholly or in part, and need to make sure that they meet their legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site.

Because of this contract cleaning has now taken on a new meaning as the Covid-19 virus continues to sweep the globe. Whether you are a private landlord or a commercial property owner then gaining the confidence of your tenants and employees and showing that you are proactively protecting their health is vital. Professional cleaning firms like Ideal Cleaning Services Ltd are busier than ever as cases of Coronavirus continue to be reported, with doctor’s surgeries, offices and schools seeking deep cleaning services following patients, employees, teachers and pupils being tested for the virus.

I recently read an article that I found very interesting and which provided some very good ideas and advice as to how best to avoid the spread of germs during the Covid-19 pandemic. Because I thought the information provided was so relevant I have used some of the relevant points in this article because it is only through continued awareness that we will eventually win the battle with the Coronavirus strain Covid-19.

Commercial cleaning companies are reporting that clients, particularly those in UK cities, such as large businesses and restaurants, are now more often requesting further services, such as preventative deep cleans, since Coronavirus cases hit the UK. However there is cleaning and then there is disinfection and cleaning to prevent the spread of germs. A Coronavirus deep clean should include the close and careful sanitisation/disinfection of all touch points, floors and fittings. Germs can easily and quickly spread from one person to another by touching unclean equipment or surfaces. The key to success in any clean is attention to detail but in the case of a Covid-19 deep clean this is even more important.

Following a deep clean a full fogging service, carried out to the correct European (EN) standards for killing bacteria and viruses, is a sensible additional precaution for the highest level of hygiene.

Public Health England (PHE) has published advice on what people need to know about cleaning (in non-healthcare settings) if someone suspected of carrying the Coronavirus has been present. This guidance has been prepared based on knowledge of other viruses and is being regularly reviewed and updated.

Risk analysis

If you are carrying out a deep clean at premises where you suspect someone may have been carrying the virus, the main risks to consider are:

  • Contaminated surfaces
  • Virus shedding from people who may be carrying it
  • The amount of time an infected person spent in the setting
  • The amount of time that has passed since the individual was last in the setting.
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Studies of other viruses suggest that these risks are most likely to be reduced significantly over 72 hours. It is therefore recommended that an area be kept closed and secure for 72 hours, before cleaning, as the amount of virus living on surfaces will have dramatically reduced over this period of time. The same period of time is recommended for the disposal of cleaning items and personal protective equipment (PPE).

At a minimum, disposable gloves and an apron should be worn. Additional PPE for the eyes, mouth and nose might be necessary if visible contamination is present. Your local PHE Health Protection Team can advise on the most appropriate PPE for cleaning settings where a higher level of virus is indicated. The correct PPE is a must so don’t cut corners just to save money.

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Responsible waste removal is essential if infection is suspected. Contaminated waste should not be stored with normal waste for 72 hours. If this is not possible then collection can be arranged through a specialist waste contractor who will treat it appropriately.

To protect the health of your property and its occupants and assuming you do not use a cleaning company, you may want to provide your employees or tenants with a daily cleaning schedule, for ongoing germ control. Here are 10 top tips and pieces of advice to stop the spread of germs in building or home:

  1. Focus your cleaning efforts on areas of the building where germs are most likely to spread, for instance the kitchen and the bathroom.
  2. Soap and hot water will rinse germs away, disinfectant will kill them. In the case of the COvid-19 virus a recommended and proven Viricide will be required
  3. Damp surfaces are a breeding ground for germs so make sure you thoroughly dry all counter tops and chopping boards.
  4. Make your cleaning schedule a regular one, tackling germ hot spots on a daily, rather than a weekly, basis and focus on all touch and contact points.
  5. Clean your cleaning equipment. Unless the tools you’re cleaning with are germ-free, then you’ll only be spreading harmful bacteria around. Use disposable cloths where possible. Reusable cloths should be disinfected after use or washed at 60C after each use. After washing, dry all cleaning equipment thoroughly.
  6. Use two different coloured buckets when using liquid cleaners – one for mopping, one for rinsing.
  7. Consider steam cleaning carpets and soft furnishings for effective germ control.
  8. Wash household linens, towels and underwear at 60C to kill germs.
  9. Use hands-free bins for food waste disposal to minimise the risk of germs spreading.
  10. Store pet food and equipment separately from the rest of the household to prevent any cross contamination.

In these challenging times, when hygiene is an even more critical concern than before, we understand that many companies may be re-evaluating their current cleaning requirement and in these cases it is important to do your home work! Whether you are undertaking deep cleaning and disinfection works yourself or using a cleaning company, due diligence is a must because it is more important than ever now to get it right.

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Our company along with many others have been working hard to support their clients through these unprecedented times. In many cases our teams have not only supported frontline workers but have been the frontline workers. Where customer’s premises have remained open they have continued to provide routine and deep cleaning and disinfection fogging services, and in the daily working practices, work schedules have been re-focused with an emphasis on the regular disinfection of contact points, such as door handles/touch plates, handrails, keyboards, telephones and desk surfaces, to protect against Covid-19 transmission, whilst also maintaining critical hygiene standards in workplace kitchens, tea points, canteens and washroom facilities.

Where customers are now looking to re-open premises and receive staff back into the working environment, We as a specialised company are able to provide Return to Work Deep Cleaning to premises with our Specialised Industrial Division utilising ‘Fogging’ techniques to disinfect the air and all surfaces within an office/work space. This technique will not harm furnishings, carpets or I.T. equipment and leaves a residual film offering further anti-virus protection for up to 30 days after treatment and some peace of mind. Yes we are fully aware that these programs and processes will not stop everyone from catching the virus but it willNo alt text provided for this image

As an employer, owner or a proprietor it is as stated by the HSE your responsibility to protect people from harm. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from coronavirus. Coronavirus can transfer from people to surfaces. It can be passed on to others who touch the same surfaces. Keeping your workplace clean reduces the potential for coronavirus to spread and is a critical part of making and keeping your business ‘COVID-secure’.

I know that we are in unprecedented times and that sometimes we will feel as if we are walking through a minefield because of the uncertainty we face daily, however remember you are not in this alone and if you are undertaking deep cleaning and disinfection works yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for advice or help from an experienced and qualified cleaning company. After all it is what we are trained to do!

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Is Your Factory Really Clean Enough even at high level?

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Maintaining a high level of cleanliness is vital for factories. Not only does it affect the health and safety of the workplace but it affects the quality of the products they’re handling.

Each year an average of 22 workers die in workplace accidents. There was also an average of more than 3,100 reports of major injuries and about 4,100 reports of injuries that kept workers away from work for seven days or more during the last years. 

Health & Safety inspections are carried out on a regular basis to determine the  cleanliness and safety precautions carried out by the business. Failing to comply with the guidelines set out by the government in The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974. Along with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Puts employee lives at risk and may result in fines and loss of the business.

Furthermore, to prevent this from happening; factories need to meet all of the required health and safety standards. Some of which can be met by implementing the correct cleaning methods.

Over time

Dirt and grime build up on floors and at high levels which can seriously affect the safety and also the productivity of the work place.

An approach of deep and regular cleaning are recommended to meet the inspection standards. Whilst this can be done in house by employees; hiring a commercial industrial cleaning company with experience in factory cleaning improves the overall cleaning results.

Cleaning each individual machine daily is unrealistic and counterproductive. In other words. cleaning the finer details should be done as part of a monthly clean. This depends on the products your business handles and the mess associated with them.

Regular cleaning is recommended daily to take care of all the main health and safety concerns. Keeping on top of floor cleanliness to prevent slips and trips. Cleaning down workstations and removing waste. As well as meeting hygiene requirements for communal areas as a vital part of a daily cleaning routine.

Peace of Mind

A brought professional cleaning company is better for business as they can clean within a schedule. Ensuring it works best for the day to day running of the business. Cleaning done in house isn’t a good use of time and adds an increased health and safety risk. Commercial cleaners will also conduct regular cleaning audits to ensure cleaning standards are always maintained.

As a example, most factories have vaulted ceilings with steel supports and fixtures. High-Level Cleaning is specialist work and therefore includes: windows; warehouse walls; light fittings; office blocks; roofs, or the inside of factory walls. Dust and debris build up and is blown off the high points down to lower areas contaminating the other factory spaces. This is overlooked until pointed out by inspectors or interrupts and affects the manufacturing process. Avoiding high level cleaning is a false economy as  it has a increased fire risk and in the case of a fire even led to fire spreading rapidly.

Due to the nature of high-level cleaning and the dangers associated with cleaning in difficult to reach places. It is essential that cleaning staff are certified to work with the types of machinery for accessing these types of areas. For this reason and for peace of mind using a high level cleaning company makes sense. Not just from a safety aspect but also from a monetary one.

A good cleaning company

Using ladders is generally a thing of the past and with Health and Safety rules, insurance and regulations. These are in place to keep areas clean and safe. A good commercial Industrial cleaning company should have fully trained and certified operatives that can operate cherry picking machinery allowing them to access impossible to reach corners.

Not only will a clean and safe environment protect employees from harm, it can also improve the quality and levels of production. No one will work in an environment they feel unsafe or unhygienic.

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How to maintain a clean and organised factory or warehouse (and why you should)

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I recently came across an article on factory cleaning that I found very informative and so I thought I would share this information. For operators of warehouses and factories of all shapes and sizes, maintaining clean and organised premises is one of the biggest struggles of the job. To help you out, we’ve put together this guide containing everything you need to know to keep the machines in your production line clean and in perfect working order and the aisles of your warehouse free of debris with the minimum of effort.

So, read on to find out exactly why you should make the cleanliness and tidiness of your factory or warehouse a priority and how to maintain an organised work environment with the minimum of hassle.

The benefits of a clean and organised warehouse or factory

While making sure your factory or warehouse is always clean and tidy requires a bit of effort and forward planning, it can pay itself back several times over.

Increased productivity

Firstly, maintaining an organised working environment will make it easy for your staff to find the equipment and supplies they need, directly increasing productivity. It will also indirectly boost staff productivity — if your employees know you dedicate company time and resources to making sure their working environment clean, safe, and efficient, they are more likely to take pride in their work.

Comply with Health and Safety regulations

As a warehouse or factory owner, it’s particularly important that you maintain a clean and tidy working environment in order to comply with health and safety legislature. The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974 requires all employers to ensure the health and safety of anyone affected by their work or in employment — this includes controlling slip and trip risks as far as reasonably possible. Furthermore, under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers must assess workplace risks — including slip and trip risks — and take action to address them wherever necessary. Lastly, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require the floors of your workplace to be suitable for the type of work that will be performed on it, in good condition, and free of obstructions.

Failing to comply with this health and safety legislation can not only put your employees in danger, but also lead to your business failing a check from a health and safety inspector, which could lead to a serious financial loss. Make the guidance in the government’s guide to preventing slips and trips at work part of your regular warehouse or factory cleaning routine and you’ll comply with all current health and safety laws, as well as provide your employees with the most productive working environment possible.

In short, maintaining a clean and organised warehouse or factory will lead to increased productivity and higher staff morale, as well as ensure your business complies with all the current health and safety criteria. On the other hand, a dirty and messy premises will not only prevent your staff from working at maximum capacity, but also send out a bad message to your employees and any visitors to your site about the kind of business you run.

Making a factory or warehouse cleaning plan

The type of work you perform on your business premises will affect how often it needs to be cleaned, but you should perform two kinds of cleaning routines: deep and regular cleaning.

Deep cleaning

Over time, the floor of your warehouse is going to get dirty and your equipment is going to build up with dust and grime. Both of which can seriously affect productivity. Your warehouse needs to be deeply cleaned before it reaches this point. How long this will take depends on what kind of work you perform and may be different for each section of your premises.

When you perform a deep clean of your warehouse or factory, you should set aside several hours to use heavy-duty cleaning equipment and supplies on every surface and piece of equipment on your premises.

If you’ll be enlisting your staff to clean and tidy their own section, you should schedule the deep clean during a slow period if at all possible. If you’re hiring outside help to perform the clean for you, you should schedule them to come in on an evening or weekend so you don’t lose out on productive work hours.

If you’re using your in-house staff to perform the deep clean, each employee should be designated an area of the premises. This area should be their responsibility and theirs only in order to ensure accountability, and before you begin the clean, each member of staff should agree to the area they’ve been designated. This will prevent any miscommunication or arguments down the line.

Each employee should then be provided with the equipment and supplies they need to thoroughly clean everything in their designated area. You should also provide them with the training they need to use any specialist cleaning equipment they require.

The first time you perform your factory-wide deep clean, you should ask each member of staff to note down approximately how long it takes to perform each process in the cleaning cycle they’ve been assigned. This will help you plan the next intensive clean even more accurately. You should also ask for them how they think the process could be sped up, as they may have some useful feedback that could improve the process.

While performing your deep clean, you should take the opportunity to get rid of any clutter that has accumulated since the last one. This can be particularly problematic in storage areas and communal work spaces, which often become cluttered and hard to manage. Organising these areas can help boost productivity for everyone within your business, making it well worth the effort.

Deep warehouse or factory cleaning checklist
  • Schedule a regular date for a deep clean of your warehouse or factory.
  • Designate each employee an area they’re responsible for giving a thorough clean from top to bottom.
  • Provide each employee with the equipment and supplies they need to deeply clean everything within the area they’ve been designated.
  • Give each employee adequate time to clean all of the equipment within the area they’ve been designated to the required standard.
  • Have your employees note down how long each process took them and solicit their feedback on how the process could be sped up.
Regular cleaning

In between your scheduled deep cleans, you should also instruct your staff to perform a regular maintenance routine to keep on top of things and extend the amount of time needed before your next intensive clean.

How often this routine should be performed and what it should entail depends on several factors, such as:

  • What kind of work do you perform in your factory or warehouse? Do you use machines that create a lot of mess, dust, and debris?
  • How often do your clients and suppliers visit your site? A messy work environment doesn’t reflect well on your business and may have an impact on whether or not they want to continue working with you.
  • Do you use equipment that requires a sterile environment to perform at its best? If so, your regular cleaning routine will need to be more intensive in order to maintain these levels of cleanliness.

Just like your intensive cleaning routine, your regular maintenance should be planned in whenever needed. As a rule of thumb, each work station should be left ready for the next person to come in and use straight away. Your staff should therefore be allotted 5 minutes at the end of each shift to clean and tidy their work station or the machine they were using so the next employee who needs to use it can come in the next day and start work without any delays.

If you have any equipment that is used infrequently, it should be given a quick clean every few weeks to prevent dust from building up and potentially affecting its performance.

Employees should also be instructed to clean up any spills, debris, or rubbish as they appear to prevent them from causing a health and safety hazard or obstructing a thoroughfare.

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  • Provide employees with 5 minutes at the end of each shift to get their work space clean and tidy so the next person can come in a use it straight away.
  • Provide employees with the equipment and supplies they need to clean up any spills and messes as they happen and encourage them to be proactive in tackling mess in the workplace.

Invest in the right factory or warehouse cleaning equipment

If you’re committed to maintaining a clean and tidy factory or warehouse, it’s crucial that you provide your employees with all of the equipment they need to perform their cleaning duties thoroughly and efficiently.

Each member of staff should be provided with basic cleaning equipment so they have the equipment they need to perform their regular cleaning routine. If each of your employees has access to a cloth, a dustpan and brush, and paper towels, they’re a lot more likely to clean up any spills or dirt as it appears. This will not only make your factory or warehouse a safer environment for your staff, but also give them more pride in their work environment.

You should also make sure there’s waste and recycling bins at each work station. This will encourage your staff to dispose of waste as soon as it appears rather than leaving it to build up and become an issue. You should also set up a rota for emptying the bins so they don’t overflow and become a hazard themselves.

You should also invest in cleaning equipment that will help make regular cleaning routines as efficient as possible. For example, if you own a warehouse and use material handling equipment each day, you can invest in an attachment for your forklifts that will allow you to efficiently tidy your premises floor using the equipment that is already in use. It’s crucial to make cleaning your factory or warehouse as easy as possible for your staff, as it is unlikely to get done if it is complicated or inconvenient. Investing in this kind of equipment will therefore help ensure it gets done.

It’s also crucial that you provide your staff with the equipment needed to perform a deep clean of their designated area when the time comes. For example, if you own a factory that quickly builds up dirt due to the heavy manufacturing, you may want to invest in a dedicated floor cleaner, as this will save hours compared to manually cleaning the floor. Buying this equipment outright will save you money in the long run on rental costs, and will also allow you to customise the equipment however you wish — for example, our wide range of disk brushes will allow you to use the cleaner on a variety of surfaces.

Your staff also need access to any specific cleaning supplies they need to perform their deep clean. For example, any chemicals or specific cleaning equipment that they need to clean specialist equipment.

How to make maintaining a clean warehouse or factory part of your company culture

The cleanliness and tidiness of your workplace has a big effect on employee morale and productivity, but it’s impossible to maintain an organised warehouse or factory if your staff aren’t on board. If you’re planning on making a wholesale change in how your run your workplace, it’s important that your employees are invested in the changes.

Here’s how to make maintaining a clean and tidy warehouse or factory part of your company culture:

Communicate the benefits to your staff

If you want your employees to buy in to your plans to maintain a clean and tidy workplace, it’s crucial that you communicate the benefits the new systems you’ll be putting in place will bring to them. Whether you do this through a company-wide email, a meeting, or both, it’s important that you explain exactly how maintaining an organised workplace will keep them safe and help them perform their jobs as efficiently as possible, helping them to meet their targets more easily.

Lead by example

Make sure senior management are pulling their weight and doing as much as anyone else, or your staff will follow your instructions grudgingly, if at all.

Provide them with sufficient cleaning time

Above all else, you should make sure to dedicate staff time and resources to cleaning and organising your warehouse or factory — the resources you put into this will be paid back a hundred times over in improved productivity and staff morale. If your staff are expected to clean up their work space in their own time on top of their already full schedule, it’s unlikely to get done to a very high standard, if at all.

Make sure they have access to the right equipment

If your employees need specialist cleaning equipment to maintain a particular machine in their cleaning remit, then you need to make sure they always have access to it. Make sure you invest in all the necessary equipment and also make sure it’s available to your staff at all times.

Give them the training they need

Every so often, it can be a good idea to retrain your staff to make sure a high standard is maintained during your cleaning protocols. It can also be a good idea to have senior members of staff train new recruits to refresh their memory of best practice.

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Keep them accountable

Each member of staff should be given responsibility over their own area of the site, and they should be held accountable if it isn’t being maintained to the required standard. This should apply to senior members of staff just as it does to those further down the chain of command.

Follow these steps and maintaining a clean and organised factory or warehouse will be as easy and hassle-free as possible. While setting this system up will require a bit of forward planning and trial and error, it will pay for itself several times over in increased productivity and staff morale.

Struggling to keep up?

Of course all the above is great advice however as everyone is aware the world we live in isn’t always black and white and even the best companies and teams fall behind due to everyday work commitments and overruns. However there is another option that many factories and warehouse companies use to either keep on top of there cleaning regimes or instead of. By using an experienced, professional cleaning company all the weight of responsibility and delivery can be spread effectively and free your staff up especially during those busy periods to focus on the important incoming generating day to day operations.

A reputable industrial cleaning team will be able to deliver a high quality service that is cost effective and will always be happy to give advice and look at cleaning options that will fit in with your business and your budget. Another good tip when using this option is to look for long term experience and for testimonials and referrals. The proof of the pudding is very much in the eating especially when it comes to specialised cleaning works and you need to be sure that the company you choose can deliver the service they promise.

However if you find the right company to fit in with your company ethos and expectations then they will very quickly not only become a welcome and cost effective solution to what can sometimes be a troublesome issue, but also a valued additional support to your team.

Which ever option you choose I am sure that in time you will develop a strategy that will work as part of your factory or warehouses operational plane rather than as an addition to it.

A blog by – Mark Dickinson

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Our Top Picks of Instagram Cleaning Gurus

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Instagram is a free and rather addictive social media app which allows us to share, like and comment on pictures/videos. In 2019, the world went crazy over Instagram sensation ‘Mrs Hinch’. Thanks to her,and many others, cleaning has been made glamorous. Many of us now share with the world our cleaning tips and products. Below are our top picks of ‘Cleanstagrammers’ that you need to follow! (In no particular order)

Number 1 – thisgirlcanorganise

It cant be said that every Instagram poster looks like they love their job and have a passion for the pictures they post. However, @thisgirlcanoraginse is definitely one who is always loving life and because of this we are loving her!

Number 2 – mrshinchhome (Of course)

@mrshinchhome is seen as the founder of the cleaning Instagram craze. She was at the head of the trend and has the thanks of many people for spearheading the way. With a book and TV appearances and a new baby; everything is going right for her and we couldn’t be happier for her.

Number 3 – _peachyclean_

@_peachyclean_ is on the boarder of 6k followers and we recommend you head over and give her a follow! Her daily post are always nicely presented and we know she is putting in a lot of effort. If you do anything today go and have a look at some of her pictures.

Number 4 – method_uk

@method_uk are a company with an absolutely fantastic marketing campaign. They take, hands down, the best photography and create some of the best imagery on Instagram. How they use colours and models in their photo shoots shows they know what they are doing and we appreciate it

Number 5 – lynsey_queenofclean

@lynsey_queenofclean and her team defenitly know how to take a good photo. They get her into some really fun situations and know how to market a product well. We normally drop her love whenever we see her post. Keep it going Lynsey.

Number 6 – freshandcleany

@freshandcleany is only a small page, compared to others on the list, with about 1.5k follows but with the pictures they post and the quality that they are we love it! She is such a positive influence trying to spread good vibes and her photos make the page feel at home on this list.

Number 7 – abiscleaningspace

@abiscleaningspace is such a relatable influencer. You can definitely tell she is a kind friendly face, away from the camera as well as in her pictures. We really have saved one of the best till last. We cant recommend checking her posts out enough.

Honorable Mention – bms_cleaning_products

@bms_cleaning_products this is a shameless plug at a sister company. BMS Janitorial are the stores and sell some great products with a tight working team who aim to satisfy any needs of the customer come and see us on Nuthall road and you will find them next door. They also have a website coming soon.

Honorable Mention – martymousehouse

@martymousehouse is so cute! They have so many pictures on his account where he is getting up to all kinds of mischeif. They always know how to theme a picture and you can always expect emotion when you see his little face! Keep up the work guys! You do an amazing job.

Honorable Mention – henryhinch

@henryhinch is the beautiful pup of non-other then @mrshinchhome meaning he had to make the list. He is so adorable and even poses with cleaning products so we love it all the more. We can not recommend his page enough. Every picture is either cute or funny. One of our favourite Instagram characters by far.

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5 Office Cleaning Hacks You Can’t Live Without

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Let’s face it, life is short, therefore we want to utilise what time we have to ensure that we live life to the fullest! See the guy in the image above? he doesn’t spend hours on his house chores, so why should you? How about instead, you try these awesome cleaning hacks that are listed below!

OH CRUMBS!

We all like to snack at our desks; biscuits, crisps and chocolate. What do all of these leave? Crumbs. A select few of us would either leave the crumbs there, or sweep them onto the carpet. Instead, get a sticky note or some tape and start dabbing it onto the crumbs, This should effectively get rid of them!

Watch out for those crumbs! But it sure does look good

Wipe on, roll off

DUST! It’s everywhere, it’s created on the daily and there is no place it doesn’t settle. Places like light fixtures and lamps are one of the most common places for dust to gather and be in sight. Some tips recommend using a wipe or dry cloth but this doesn’t always work. However, if you use a sticky cloth roller it can gather the dust and easily remove it from the object. Works EVERY time.

Sick of them table top marks?

In my opinion, this is a life saver. It works with tea, coffee and water marks. If wipes are not working we suggest you try using a hair dryer to make the stains easier to remove. This will allows you to wipe the marks off, however then further add protection for next time; use olive oil so the table looks refreshed and new!

Grease and burnt bits just wont go away!

We all have that pan/tray that we either leave till last or don’t use because we know how much of a pain it’s going to be to scrub that burnt on food off. Even worse when the rough side of the sponge just wont do the job! No worries, if you create a tin-foil ball it will work as a tougher scrubber and make the job easier for you.

Toothpaste isn’t just for teeth

I’m sure you have heard of some of the magical things that you can use toothpaste for. One example is it can be used to repair scratched CD/DVD’s by getting a small amount on a cloth it can help repair minor scratches. However, this isn’t the tip we are here to tell you about!

Did you know, you can also use it to rejuvenate beat up trainers, adding it to the material can give the outside of the show a new lease of life.

mops leaning against red wall

What Cleaning Services Do IDEAL Provide?

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Having a clean and safe working/living environment is extremely important for our health.

Ideal understand that a clean environment is a safe environment which is why we go above and beyond our customer expectations to deliver a high standard cleaning service.

For many years, Ideal have been providing Cleaning Services in both the Commercial and Industrial Division – we’ve done a pretty good job so far!


Commercial Cleaning

We contract clean all types of premises such as;

  • Offices
  • GP/Medical Surgeries
  • Dental Practices
  • Schools/Academies
  • Football/Sports Stadiums
  • Leisure Centres
  • Sheltered/Residential Homes
  • Void Properties
  • Venues
  • Veterinaries
Premises above: Church, Theatre Room, Office, School, Dental Practice, Football Stadium

Industrial Cleaning

We provide services for the following;

  • Factories
  • Warehouses
  • Legionella Services
  • Plants/Cooling Towers
  • Kitchens
  • Ventilation
  • Shutdown Cleans
Services Above: Cooling Tower, Warehouse, Legionella, Factory

Additional Services IDEAL Provide

Not only do we offer commercial and industrial services, we also offer deep cleaning, carpet cleaning and window cleaning too!

If you would like to find out more, get in touch with one of our friendly team members on 0115 913 2222 or sales@idealcleaning.co.uk

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The IDEAL Way To Get Ready For Christmas

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At Ideal, we always get into the festive mood for Christmas; mainly because food is involved. We have put together a list of ideas that will get you and your work colleagues ready for Christmas.

Decorate The Office

Not everyone enjoys or celebrates Christmas, so it’s best to not decorate the whole building with eye catching tinsel. However, for those who want to celebrate Christmas, you could decorate your work space i.e. your desk, with lots of festive trimmings!

Maybe you could put up a Christmas tree that has been decorated with far too many baubles. To really give your office that extra cosiness, put up some festive lights around your door frames and window sills. Another idea would be to put a bit of tinsel around your computer monitor.

There’s absolutely no shame if you want to go over the top and decorate your workspace from top to bottom- go for it!

Have a Good Ol’ Fuddle

Let’s face it. We all LOVE Christmas food. Mince pies, sausage rolls, ginger bread men or chocolate- we’ll have them all!

If you really want to impress your fellow colleagues then go all out and bake homemade goodies. Try searching for delicious ideas on Pinterest or Instagram.

If you’re not really a star baker, a trip to the supermarket will suffice (I don’t think it’s considered festive to poison your colleagues)

Secret Santa

I love Secret Santa, even though it never stays a secret. You always end up spilling the beans on who you have, nevertheless, it’s fun to do.

You don’t have to have a big budget. I know you spend the majority your life with the people you work with, but a £5 gift is more than enough to show them you care; just make sure the budget it communicated to everyone before you take part.

Also, please try to refrain from buying any inappropriate or offensive gifts!

Christmas Gift Wrapped With A Bow

Get Out Your Best Festive Jumper

An ugly one, one that plays music, one that lights up or a subtle one. You could do a best /worst jumper contest if you are really competitive. Or for all of you Christmas loving lot, why not go extreme and come to work dressed as Santa?

Charity Christmas Raffle

It’s always good to give at Christmas. Ideal always partake in a Christmas Charity Raffle. Instead of Christmas cards, employees at Ideal donate money to Charity. Half of the money will go to Charity and the other half goes towards a prize.

Office Party

I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say we wait all year for the Christmas Party to arrive. Christmas Parties don’t always have to include alcohol either. A fun activity could be something which the Head Office employees at Ideal participated in recently, an Escape Room, not only is it team building, it’s also fun too!

For the more traditional lot, it’s nice to put on your glad rags and go for a nice meal and a “few” drinks. There’s nothing like an awkward/funny drunken office story.

two girls celebrating

Two Women At Party Drinking Champagne

Once the festivities are over and you need to complete “operation clean up” – contact Ideal to arrange a free quotation on 0115 913 2222; or via email sales@idealcleaning.co.uk
Xmas Dinner table

The Run up to Christmas (From a cleaning point of view)

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The Run up to Christmas (From a cleaning point of view)

The run up to Christmas is the busiest time of the year whether you are a business, home-owner or event organiser you are starting to think about that all-important day! However, maybe more important than the day itself is the preparation that must be done before hand to make it run as smooth as possible. Even though at Ideal we are Commercial and Industrial cleaners, we want to share our 70 years of wisdom with the rest of you.

So here are some tips on us…

#Tip 1:

Do not start too early! Just because this blog has been released early December, it doesn’t mean you need to start cleaning RIGHT NOW. You have to remember people still work/live in the area you want to get ready. It may seem too late to a lot of you, but it needs to be done just before the day or event. If you need to hire a team then this can be done even quicker then doing it by yourself but do allow yourself more time.

#Tip 2:

Do not stress. A lot of people will use the stress to get them into the cleaning mood and kick start themselves into action. This is not advised for your mental health or for time/preparation reasons. If you are stressing it normally shows you have left it until the last minute and you don’t think you can get the job done. In any business this is a big NO. We never think we can’t get the job done, therefore will always be ready and allow plenty of time.

Stress drawn in red

Stress drawn in red

#Tip 3:

Use good quality tools. We are not suggesting you run to the shop and spend a lot of money on all the newest, strongest and most powerful chemicals. What you have may be more then good enough already; just ensure you use it safely and plentiful. We also recommend using micro-fibre cloths and read the reviews on chemical cleaners. DO NOT just look at the name and think it is good; it’s often not the case. Our stores team will be happy to advise on any queries regarding products.

#Tip 4:

Accidents do happen. We all know that nothing in life runs smoothly. Things break, tools don’t work correctly and you just can’t figure out where that last screw came from. Therefore, it is important to give yourself an extra day on any project. Use that day for if anything goes wrong to implement any required corrections. Maybe, on the off chance it all works out well; it will be a well-deserved rest. So really, it’s a win- win situation.

Broken egg, messy table

Broken egg, messy table

We will have some more tips to follow soon, hopefully these will tide over any compulsive cleaners and even help you choose a cleaning contractor in the future. If you do have an enquiry, you can contact us on: contact@idealcleaning.co.uk or Call: 0115 913 2222.