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The benefits of industrial vacuum cleaner hire.

If you have been solely relying on your support staff to keep your office or home clean and tidy thinking that you are cutting on costs, this article is perfect for you. Many people often think that by hiring unprofessional staff is a sure way of spending much on cleaning. However, you are cutting corners and missing the vast benefits of having professional vacuum cleaners do the cleaning.

To begin, industrial vacuum systems are currently widely used in various industries and sectors for good reasons. Here are some of the benefits of considering industrial vacuum cleaner hire.

Saves Time and Cost

As mentioned, most business owners think that avoiding industrial vacuum cleaners is a sure way of reducing on costs. They forget to remember that employees spend much more productive time cleaning around. This interferes with regular day-to-day activities.

Hiring industrial cleaners relieves you from awkward issues of creating weekly cleaning duty lists and being hands on. The cleaning standards of unprofessional staff could also be questionable.

Staff Productivity

Without any doubt, a clean and pristine environment translated to increased staff productivity. Any working space full of mess, clutter and grime distracts and affects the concentration levels of your workers.

On the other hand, setting high standards of cleanliness sets high standards of productivity.

Staff Morale

The effect of office cleanliness to staff productivity and staff morale are somehow related. A company that displays willingness to maintain a clean and healthy operational environment forms a positive image of the workforce.

Employees reporting to a clean and fresh office will certainly feel more cared and valued for. This sense of loyalty and commitment will go in a long way towards boosting your staff morale.

Health and Safety

Without the assistance of industrial vacuum cleaner hire services, expect accumulation of dirt, dust, and bacteria that make your office unpleasant and unhealthy to work in. This may result to spread of germs and contamination resulting in allergies and common health conditions such as colds and flu.

However, with the input of trained cleaning professionals who know where to disinfect correctly, cleans and changing of filters such as on HVAC, expect good air quality and an overall healthy environment.

Green Cleaning

Professional cleaning companies such as clean hire use products that have been proven to be harmless with no potential hazards. Green cleaning not only results in a clean office but also prevents any harm to the office environment.

Other benefits of hiring industrial vacuum cleaners include tailored services, immense experience and expertise and results in a good company image.

The Competition among Different Cleaning Systems for a Contract

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Nilfisk is a leading manufacturer of industrial vacuum cleaners that provide a unique experience and high value. Their vacuum cleaners are specially designed with the operator needs in mind. The compact design of their industrial vacuum cleaners makes their machines easy to use and highly manoeuvrable for enhanced reliability year after year.

Last year, the company ran a competition seeking to find out the oldest working Nilfisk cleaning machine. The competition was meant to put to the test the confidence that the company has in its cleaning machines. After the competition, Nilfisk GAE vacuum cleaner which has been in operation for over 60 years was crowned the oldest working Nilfisk cleaning machine.

The Nilfisk GAE Vacuum Cleaner

The Nilfisk GAE Vacuum Cleaner was specifically designed to be used in the dangerous industrial environment mainly to collect dust and debris. For over 60 years, the machine has been in use serving different clients across the UK. The vacuum cleaner can be used both onsite and offsite.

Built from the strongest materials, the Nilfisk GAE Vacuum Cleaner is a real manifestation of the quality and durability of industrial cleaning machines designed by Nilfisk. The GAE vacuum cleaner has stood the test of time to become the oldest working vacuum cleaner in the country.

Highly Portable

The last thing you can worry about when using the Nilfisk Vacuum Cleaner is excess weight. The machine is lightweight and highly portable which provides the much-needed convenience. Its exceptional versatility and durability provide a unique performance that is required by the operator.

Furthermore, the vacuum cleaner can be used in both stationary and portable applications. The GAE vacuum cleaner is still an unparalleled cleaning icon in different industries. It is easy to use, and it allows the operator to quickly vacuum some of the common areas such as the stairs and corridors.

An Efficient Vacuum Cleaner

Unlike other vacuum cleaners that tend to leave behind dust and debris, the GAE vacuum cleaner is efficient and will leave you with a clean surface without any dust traces. The GAE’s unique and dynamic filtration system features a two and a quarter gallon capacity paper bag, High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) exhaust filter, a microfilter and an extra-large main filter.

Maximum Particle Retention Capacity

The Nilfisk GAE Vacuum Cleaner is also capable of retaining at least 99.97% of all particles including those that are 0.3 microns in size.

The strong and unique combination of its quiet performance, powerful sanction, and greater filtration capabilities makes the vacuum cleaner suitable for use in a wide range of industrial applications including but not limited to hazardous dust removals such as lead and asbestos, contamination control in research labs and other dust-sensitive areas within the premises.

The vacuum cleaner also features an optional Ultra Low Penetration Air (ULPA) exhaust filter capable of retaining up to 99.99% of all particles including those that are 0.11 microns in size.

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No matter what type of floor you have, regular upkeep is essential to maintain cleanliness and good condition. Different flooring materials require different processes to ensure effective cleaning and to prevent damage, and it can be tough to know which products are right for the job. For large areas, industrial floor sweepers are a practical solution, saving time and offering professional cleaning results.

Here are a few common floor types and a guide on how to clean them:

How to clean a concrete floor

Due to their porous nature, concrete floors are prone to absorbing stains. If there are any wet or oily stains, cover them with an absorbent material such as sawdust and leave it to soak up the stain. The quicker you can do this following a spill, the more effective it will be. You should then use a stiff broom to remove the sawdust, as well as any debris and loose dirt, or use water to flush it out if this is appropriate in the space. An industrial floor cleaner with a sponge mop should then be used to remove any deep staining that has penetrated the porous floor. Leave the floor to air dry.

How to clean a linoleum floor

You should never use solvents, scouring products or large amounts of water on linoleum flooring, as they can damage the surface. The best way to clean a linoleum floor is with all-purpose floor cleaner and a mop, although this may be very time consuming if you need to clean a large area. Scrubber dryers are an ideal solution, as they clean and dry in one pass, so you’re not left with a slippery and potentially hazardous surface. Disc scrubber dryers are the ideal choice for linoleum floors. Waxing the floor is a great tip to make it shine and speed up future cleaning.

How to clean a wooden floor

Wood floors add a feeling of luxury to a room but often require a lot of upkeep. How you should clean your floor will depend on what type of treatment the wood has been given. Wood sealed with polyurethane can be cleaned with a mop and water or with a mild floor cleaning solution. You should never use water to clean an untreated wooden floor. Wood that has been treated with lacquer, shellac or varnish will require a solvent-based cleaner and should be polished once dry. You should sweep or vacuum the floor before cleaning to get rid of any dust and debris. If the area is large or you have a lot of debris to clear, you might consider hiring an industrial floor sweeper to save time.

 

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Selecting An Industrial Floor Cleaner

A clean industrial cleaning environment is critical for worker safety, increased productivity, and improved product quality. This is the reason why you need to select the best industrial floor cleaners for your plant. In fact, the cleaning equipment you choose is nearly as important as the production equipment.

A clean environment conveys a quality image that results in high employee morale and positive reaction from your visitors and clients. Keeping the environment clean adds value to the business. However, the process of selecting the appropriate cleaning equipment isn’t easy. Sometimes you may end up purchasing cleaning equipment that doesn’t deliver quality cleaning.

Below are some factors that you need to consider when buying industrial floor cleaners.

Operator Visibility

Check whether the cleaning equipment provides the cleaner with a clear view of the surface to be cleaned. This is critical for both the safety of the worker and better performance. It is crucial to have a cleaning equipment that allows the cleaner to have a clear view of the dumping without the need to lean his head outside of the machine.

Forcing the operator to lean outside may result in accidents hence unnecessary compensation. The equipment you choose should allow the operator to sit straight and keep his head inside during sweeping and dumping operations.

Ease of use

This is a critical factor that you need to consider while purchasing your cleaning equipment especially when the industrial floor cleaners are going to be used by more than one person. Check whether the controls are easy to understand and the level of training the operators will need to undertake before they can comfortably work with the equipment.

Can the operators handle minor problems on their own or will you need a specialist every time the machine breaks down? Unless the cleaners can easily be controlled by the available cleaning staff, the cleaning productivity is set to suffer.

Cleaning Speed

The floor cleaner that you choose should be able to perform cleaning jobs quickly. Improved speed will allow your cleaners to concentrate on the cleaning activities effectively. You should also check whether the cleaning equipment offers fast drying times since it helps in resuming work quickly hence saving a lot of time.

The Tank Capacity / Water Usage

Scrubbers that have a large solution tank capacity in relation to their size and offer reduced water/detergent use will lower your operating costs. Such scrubbers are also environmentally friendly since they reduce the volume of your waste stream hence improving your cleaning productivity.

Freeloading pigeon has new role on Brighton line trains

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A fare dodging pigeon waiting for the 1652 to Marlow at Cookham station. We think. Image by Robert MacMillan (via Shutterstock).

Whether you leave your train at Liverpool Lime Street, or any of the Manchester stations, the next people you notice on leaving the train are the ticket barrier staff. Northern and Merseyrail hire Revenue Protection Officers from an external body and stop fare dodgers from freeloading. In the animal kingdom, only those of the winged or small furry variety can negotiate their way past the ticket barriers. With the former, pretty straightforward. Especially when you happen to be a pigeon without a Season Ticket or a Permit To Travel.

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Eight cleaning products that no household should be without. Ever.

An office clean or household clean can be difficult without the right kind of cleaning products.  As well as all the usual household names like Mr. Muscle, your kitchen, living room, or shop floor can be cleaned with common and garden products like distilled vinegar.  Or baking soda.  What’s surprising is how they are inexpensive.

For the eight cleaning products, we at Clean Hire have also looked at the prices.  Most of which have been sourced from ASDA’s website.

  1. Shower Cleaner

There is nothing worse than stepping into a dirty shower.  Firstly, you shouldn’t have to leave the cubicle with dirty feet.  Secondly, a damp shower is prone to mildew and mould.  Not a pretty sight before you head off to work, nor a pretty one for the next person.

Which is why shower cleaner is a must for any wet room or bathroom.  The own brand one is 75p.  Mr. Muscle shower cleaner retails between £1.50 and £1.99

  1. A Magic Eraser

The second of our essential cleaning products sounds like the stuff of 1950s to 1980s comic strips (if there was a strip called Jimmy’s Magic Eraser, please tell us!).  Instead of being used to answer hard sums and blast through spelling tests, the cleaner’s magic eraser is more mundane.  It is used as a kitchen scrubber.

From our sources, Flash’s magic eraser goes for £2.00.  At the lower price of £1.50 is Minky’s magic eraser.

  1. Goo Gone

From our choice of online retailer, Goo Gone isn’t available for sale.  For this item, we had to turn to Amazon.co.uk, where Goo Gone prices range from £2.50 to £3.98.  Goo Gone is used for removing sticky items.  For example, the backs of stickers or double sided tape.  If you need to clean up after children and pets, this should be one of your top cleaning products.

  1. Baking Soda

For the fourth item, our preferred online supermarket let us down a bit.  They only offered small canisters designed for home baking.  Once again, Amazon came to our rescue with a carton of Duzzit going for £2.80.

As part of your arsenal of cleaning products, baking soda is a must for oven cleaning and as odour absorber from your fridge freezer.

  1. Microfibre Cloths

Microfibre cloths offer unbeatable value for money, being reusable and super-absorbent. They can last for several months to a year and work on a variety of surfaces. This time, ASDA offers two brands: their own brand microfibre cloths (£1.29 for two), and Minky’s (a cool £2.00 for four).

  1. Distilled White Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is good for removing stains, cleaning windows and freshening your clothes.  It is one of the cheapest household items for any cleaner’s toolkit.  You can get a pint of white vinegar for a mere 45p.

One more thing: owing to its acidic nature, please refrain from using white vinegar on granite and marble worktops.

  1. Multi-purpose Spray Bottles

If you’ve prepared your own cleaning solution, add a multi-purpose spray bottle to your wealth of cleaning products.  Besides our chosen online retailer, you should have few problems in finding one at Wilkinson, B&Q or Homebase.

From ASDA, £2.00 gets you a 500ml spray can by Hozelock. On Amazon.co.uk, an 800ml one can cost you £1.69.

  1. Wire Sponges

For the last of our cleaning products, no toolbox is complete without a decent scourer.  Sometimes, the most stubborn of surfaces could be too much for microfibre cloths or bare hands.  If you’re looking for an alternative to Brillo pads, ASDA’s Spiral Scourers (£1.00 for four scourers) is a good choice.

All prices were correct at the time of press.  All product prices were checked on the ASDA.com website, apart from those for the baking soda and Goo Gone (checked on Amazon.co.uk).

How a central vacuum cleaner, underneath the former West Side Line in New York City aims to keep the city’s much-loved elevated park in tip-top condition.

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A revolutionary system of pneumatic tubes is set to improve the cleanliness of one of New York City’s most popular open spaces. Pneumatic tubes, akin to a giant central vacuum cleaner, will be used to keep the High Line linear park clean. It is part of a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions in NYC by 80%, by 2050.

All of the tubes will be placed underneath the park’s elevated walkway, which is 1.5 mile in length from The West Village to 34th Street. The city’s proposed network of tubes is inspired by a similar system on Roosevelt Island and is championed by ClosedLoops, who have overseen the project’s development since 2010.

At pedestrian level, there will be a trio of bins every few yards. One bin will be used for the disposal of food waste (half-eaten burgers and sandwiches) with a second one for recyclable refuse, and a third one for non-recyclable rubbish. These will be connected to a pneumatic tube. There will be a separate pneumatic tube for restaurant food waste and a branch from Chelsea Market.

Like an enormous central vacuum cleaner, the allegorical vacuum bags will be the system’s anaerobic digestion facilities. The waste is containerised and sent by rail for recycling. Its railhead is a few yards from the northern end of High Line park (which is the junction of 34th Street and 12th Avenue).

As part of its environmental strategy, the giant central vacuum cleaner will see fewer dustcarts along the High Line park. The idea’s nothing new; it is reminiscent of similar practices In the UK with local authority housing estates. Known as the Garchey system, the waste disposal unit of a sink would be an outlet for disposing refuse.

This was implemented in the now-demolished Quarry Hill Flats in Leeds, and at the soon to be fully-refurbished Park Hill Estate in Sheffield. As waste consumption increased due to consumer spending, its limitations were evident. New York’s scheme aims to improve on previous practices and we think they could be on to a winner.

Clean Hire, 14 September 2016.

Cornish resort offers the best toilet cleaner job in Britain, though with few takers

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St. Ives, Cornwall: home of the most scenic toilet cleaning job?

St. Ives is one of Cornwall’s most popular holiday resorts.  It is noted for its bustling narrow streets, its bohemian atmosphere, the Tate Gallery, and surfing.  It has numerous day trippers with the resort coming into its own in the summertime.  Some people love the place so much, that they plan to move there.  The same couldn’t be said for people wishing to clean toilets.  In fact, St. Ives Town Council have had problems with finding three toilet cleaners for their town.

Continue reading “Sun, Sea, Sand, and Toilet Cleaner Woes”