How a floating barrier aims to clean the seas

Discarded Bottle Beach
Yuk! A discarded bottle on a beach (image via Shutterstock).

Underwater cleaning can be a labour intensive job. It is one that requires a fleet of boats rather than a giant bin bag. Over in The Netherlands, a non-profit organisation is developing a suitable alternative. The Ocean Cleanup Foundation is testing a floating barrier. Two metres in depth and 100 metres long, it is designed to collect loads of plastic bags, bottles, fishing nets, and the like.     Continue reading “Floating Barrier Key to Cleaner Oceans”

Shock as Indian Railways’ permanent way is paved with rubbish

Indian train tracks image by Joe Ravi (via Shutterstock).
Image by Joe Ravi (via Shutterstock).

Since UK rail privatisation began in 1994, Rail magazine’s Stop and Examine column had a long-running strand known as BB&W (or the Bin Bag and Weedkiller strand in its longhand form).  It named and shamed parts of the UK’s rail network dogged by trackside refuse.  For instance: overgrowing foliage, abandoned wagons or substandard tracks with poorly maintained fishplates.

Continue reading “Clean My Coach? What About The Tracks?”

A selection of cleaning quotes and advertising slogans in relation to cleaning

Cleanliness they say is next to godliness.  If cleaning quotes featured on Pointless, you’d be looking at 80 to 90 points for our first sentence.  For our latest post, here’s a few more quotes and slogans you may, or may not have heard of.

  1. Trigger’s Broom

The late great Roger Lloyd-Pack is best known for his role as the dim-witted Trigger in Only Fools and Horses. In the first part of three episodes in the sitcom’s 1996 Christmas special (entitled Heroes and Villains), we see the road sweeper talk to Sid about his award.  What was to follow was one of Trigger’s greatest quotes – possibly one of the greatest cleaning quotes ever to grace our television screens.

  1. Unblocking writer’s block

You wouldn’t have thought the author of murder mystery books would have come up with some cleaning quotes.  Well, think again.  Agatha Christie claimed that washing up formed a part of her creative process as seen in this image.  The setting in the image is Stoke Gabriel village, where Agatha Christie’s house was.  Her former home, Greenway, is in the care of the National Trust.

  1. 1001: a carpet cleaning odyssey

“1001 means a big, big carpet for less than half a crown”

For our first advert clip, Cussons’ 1001 cleaner enabled households to clean their carpets affordably.  It was launched in the 1940s as a product which (it claimed) has 1,001 uses.  By the 1960s, it carpet cleaning abilities were extolled in the clip seen above.  Since 2004, the 1001 brand has owned by the makers of WD-40.

  1. How self discovery applies to vacuuming

Though not a cleaning quote, Mahatma Gandhi’s quote is applicable to the fact we provide a service.  In our case, this means hiring industrial vacuum cleaners.  It also means impartial advice and professional services.

Any more cleaning quotes?

You can either add a few more to the list, or you could let us do a quote.  For one of our quotes, why not discuss your requirements over the ‘phone on 01744 633738, or by email us on  We shall be happy to get back to you as soon as possible.

Clean Hire, 06 June 2016

Cleaning giant details ingredients of all their British and European cleaning products

SC Johnson Cleaning Products Image

SC Johnson, whom many of you may remember as Johnson Wax, are on a crusade to improve transparency between themselves and their customers.  With health issues and the likelihood of cancers caused by cleaning chemicals, the company has embarked upon a mission to explain.  This time, the makers of Toilet Duck and Shake ‘n’ Vac, have decided to detail every single ‘ingredient’ used in their products.

Known as What’s Inside SC Johnson, their handy website tells you:

  • The composition of Shake ‘n’ Vac’s lemon fragrance;
  • Which materials are used in Goddard’s Silver Cloth;
  • How Benzophenone-12 is used in Duck 3-in-1’s Purple Wave rim block.

Continue reading “SC Johnson: Their Mission to Explain”