Now that we’ve finally reached the final throes of winter, it’s time to start thinking about sprucing up our surroundings for springtime.
A floor-to-ceiling cleanse is the perfect way to make our homes, workplaces, kitchens and all other environments feel like they’ve been given a new lease of life, and who better to offer us spring cleaning tips than the professionals?
Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies asked several of our suppliers to share their top tips for a thorough spring clean, and an overhaul of your cleaning habits. If you have some of your own to share, we’d love to hear them – so leave us a comment below.
1. Let in the light:
“Save money and energy by making the most of natural light. Give windows and skylights a thorough clean to allow maximum daylight to enter the building, and thus reduce the need to use electric lighting.”
2. Freshen up your fridge
“A faulty door seal on a refrigerator or freezer could increase power consumption by 11%, and dirty or dusty heat exchangers can increase costs by 26%.
“Give the door seals and heat exchangers a thorough scrub as part of your spring cleaning.”
3. Descale your appliances
“This is a good time to descale your water heating equipment such as dishwashers and kettles. Just 3 mm of scale increases energy consumption by 15%.”
4. Check toilets for leaks
“Many people wouldn’t think to check a toilet cistern for leaks, but this should be done regularly so a spring cleaning is the ideal time to start.
Place a few drops of food colouring into the cistern and leave for at least one hour without flushing – any food colouring in the toilet bowl after this time indicates a leak.”
Robert Scott & Sons
5. Effectively wash your walls
“Walls can become very dirty, so a good spring cleaning tip is to give them a thorough wash. If you are cleaning them with chemicals, start from the bottom of the wall and work upwards, as starting from the top will mean that the chemical runs down the wall giving it a longer contact time at the bottom, and causing the wall to appear ‘streaky’.
“However if you use one of our hygienic microfibre cloths, you will not need to use any chemicals at all, only water, and can therefore start at the top of bottom of the wall.”
6. Re-position your entrance mats
“Just changing how you lay down your entrance mats can contribute to a cleaner environment. Most people lay down entrance mats sideways, when they should actually be placed longways.
“This means that people walk on the mat for longer, thus allowing the mat to remove even more grit, dirt and moisture from the shoes, and keep your floors clean and dry for longer.”
7. Clean your staffs’ keyboards
“There can be more germs on a computer keyboard than on a toilet seat. This is because one in five people don’t wash their hands, and of those that do, only 30% use soap, resulting in up to 10 million bacteria on their hands.
“Encourage your staff to not only exercise proper hand washing habits, but also clean their keyboards to rid them of the germs residing on them.”
8. Make your cookware good-as-new
“White vinegar and baking soda is the perfect combination to clean pots and pans, as it brings them up sparkling.”
9. Get the most out of your cleaning products
“Start with the dirtiest surface and give the products that you use between five and ten minutes of cleaning time, particularly on toilet pans. Let the products do the work for you!
“Use cleaning products with on-going actives that continue to loosen the dirt, even after you have finished cleaning, to retain that sparkling look for as long as possible.”
10. Spruce up your sustainability
“If you are working within a strong environmental (or Corporate Social Responsibility) policy, a question to ask is: how sustainable are your cleaning supplies, such as your wiping products?
“For example, a ‘through air dried’ product is often energy intensive to create so may not be the best product for a low environmental footprint. 100% recycled may sound green – but the reality is, if the quality of the paper is not good enough for the job, you will need far more paper, and this negates the value of it being recycled.
“In addition, recovered paper is increasingly difficult for manufacturers to source, and the recycling process can be “carbon heavy” as a result. So, discuss your corporate environmental needs with your providers, and ensure you come up with a product that matches them.”