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Introducing the latest in flat mopping technology, the Pro-Mist Mop System is more than just a mop. Featuring a removable bottle and a trigger spray at the top of the handle, the innovative mopping system sprays a fine mist of water directly onto the floor – no chemical or bucket is required.

The antibacterial microfibre mop pad easily removes dirt, quickly leaving your floors clean and dry. The system also includes an easy release break frame, allowing the flat mop pads to be easily removed without the need to touch the soiled item.

What’s in the kit?

The antibacterial kit features the Pro-Mist handle, Uniko break-frame, along with a blue, washable antibacterial microfibre mop.

User instructions

Remove the Pro-Mist bottle and fill with water and/or cleaning agent, then reattach. Squeeze the trigger to spray a fine mist onto the surface to be cleaned. Mop in a figure of eight motion while holding onto the ergonomically rotating cap at the top of the handle.

New mop heads can easily be attached to the frame by releasing the break-frame, inserting either end into the pockets and push to lock in place.

 

If you’d like to order this innovative new mopping system, you can do so here or by calling us on 01723 373509

 

 

 

Scarborough based, Spectrum Cleaning Solutions, are delighted to have been awarded “Accredited Distributor” status by the Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Association, who represent national and global multinational manufacturers and distributors. 

 

The accolade demonstrates that Spectrum only source supplies from manufacturers and distributors who adhere to high quality standards for qualifying products.

 

Trading in the town for over 20 years and employing 14 people, Spectrum supply cleaning and hygiene products, washroom services and hygiene management consultancy to businesses in the UK, and specialise in the Hospitality, Education, Facilities Management and Healthcare sectors. 

 

Jo Thompson, Managing Director at Spectrum Cleaning Solutions said “unfortunately, as with all businesses, dodgy traders can compromise the overall reputation of an industry.  They sell products that don’t correlate with what is specified on the packaging”

 

She continued “So, in a bid to raise industry values and reassure our own customers, we asked the CHSA to undertake their independent audit on our supplies and quality assurance procedures to ensure we were meeting the standards required.

We are pleased with the outcome of this audit which has helped our customers be sure that when they buy from us, an Accredited Distributor, what’s on the box is what’s in the box, so they can be reassured that they are getting what they are paying for.” 

 

Jo concluded “the CHSA Accredited Distributor marque shows our commitment to providing the highest possible quality products to our customers, we are committed to maintaining this assurance which will require twice yearly audits by an independent inspector.

In addition, we hope that our high standards will encourage other companies within the industry to follow suit”

As today (19th November) is World Toilet Day we’re dedicating our latest blog entry to toilets and their importance in human life and what we should be doing in order to make sure that a place that we spend an average of 13 months of our lives sitting on is as clean as it needs to be.

Having access to a toilet is a basic human right and is something that most of us will take for granted but, alarmingly, 4.5 billion people on our planet are currently living without access to a safe toilet – that’s a staggering 62.5% of the world living without access to safe sanitation. That may seem crazy for us that live in first-world countries, but unfortunately for those who don’t this is a very real and serious problem. As well as this, 892 million people worldwide are practising open defecation, which is essentially turning our beautiful planet into an open sewer, which doesn’t take much to realise that this is going to cause problems for the environment and its ecosystems.

This is a global issue as toilets play a hugely important role for all of us, not only for a safe space to relieve ourselves, but they are also important for the sustainable, inclusive development of the human race. In a nutshell, toilets are vital for the healthy development of people, especially children. Safe sanitation in general is just as important. Having a safe area to relieve of urine and faeces helps to provide a healthy living environment for everyone, protect natural resources such as surface water, groundwater and soil, and provide safety, security and dignity for everyone when they use the facility.

So what needs to be done in order to tackle these issues and reduce the number of people who do not have access to safe sanitation? The short answer is investment. In 2012 the World Health Organisation estimated that for every dollar that the USA invested into global sanitation, the global economic return on sanitation spending is $5.50. This number alone proves that investment in the area is the answer to the problem. Nearly half of global malnutrition instances are linked to chronic diarrhoea caused by a lack of clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene, showing that the global population’s lack of access to clean and safe toilets is having a huge impact on the future of millions of children worldwide suffering from malnutrition. Over half of the world are struggling to develop, stay healthy and earn themselves a better future, all for the want of a toilet. It’s time that changed.

As well as the global need for improved sanitation, it is also important that we ensure our toilets at home and work are clean in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Bathrooms can be germ breeding grounds if they are not maintained correctly, resulting in illness and potential damage to bathroom surfaces and fixtures. To help the prevention of bacteria and other germs we would recommend cleaning your toilet twice a week, your sink weekly and your shower and bath once every couple of weeks, but there is nothing wrong with cleaning them more often if you use them more frequently. If you’re looking for new products to tackle the germs in your bathroom, our Everfresh Apple is great for cleaning toilets and Clean Fast is great for cleaning all surfaces in your bathroom.

 

Cleanliness is something that all of us expect when we stay in a hotel. We instantly make a judgement on the place we are staying in when we walk in, and a lot of this judgement rests on how clean everything is. We look at the windows, front desk, floors and the bar area, but has anyone ever stopped to think how clean the hotel key cards are? The Journal of Environmental Health published an article in 2017 that looked into this exact thought and the results were alarming.

In most hotels around the world, guests who check in to the hotel are given a brand new key card, but there are some hotels where guests are given previously used cards. To get as comprehensive results as possible from the test, the researchers of this study wanted to find out if the card might still be contaminated if it is brand new as well as if they’re previously used. When the tests were carried out on the cards that were already used and being recycled to be used again, there was an assumption that the cards would already be contaminated, but what was unknown was the degree of contamination on the card.

149 hotel key cards were collected from 25 economy and mid-range hotels to carry out the test, which used Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) monitoring systems to swab the cards to measure contamination levels. On the ATP system, a reading of less than 10 indicates a very clean surface, 11-30 indicates an unclean surface that mat cause disease and 30 and above indicates that the cards are soiled, contaminated and could spread disease.

The results of the tests showed that the reused hotel key cards had an average reading of 175.03 which is extremely high, indicating that the cards were dirty and very likely to be contaminated with a threat of spreading disease. For the new key cards there was an average reading of 35, which suggests that even at brand new, the cards could already be contaminated and carry diseases.

These test results just go to show that diseases really can be laying on just about anything, not just the obvious things we think of like toilets, door handles, counter tops and light switches and it highlights just how important proper hand hygiene is. You can read more about the importance of hand hygiene here and you can browse our range of skin care products here.

Nearly all of us use them on a daily basis, whether it’s a coffee shop cup, takeaway box or food packaging, but what impact on our environment does the use of single use plastics have?

Production and use of plastic has dramatically increased over the last 20 years and it has become an essential product in our modern lives. Everywhere you look plastic is being used and it isn’t going to be disappearing anytime soon, but we could all be doing our bit to reduce the amount of single use plastic we use in our day-to-day lives, as these are a huge factor in the climate change we’re currently experiencing.

So, what happens to plastic after we’ve binned it? At the moment, a lot of the plastic we use just ends up at landfill sites, where it can take hundreds or even thousands of years to break down, but it’s not just the accumulation of said plastics that harms the environment – it is also the fragments and toxins released during photo-decomposition that pollute our soil and water. As well as ending up at landfill sites, more than 8 billion tonnes of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year, with half of this being from single use plastic, so just think of the progress we could make if we all made a conscious effort to reduce single use plastic consumption. If we carry on disposing plastic at the same rates we are now there will be more plastic by weight in the oceans than fish by 2050, which is a very scary thought. And I’m sure by now most of us will have seen Blue Planet 2, or at least pictures of it like the one to the left, and we should all want to reduce the amount of instances where turtles, seals, sea birds and more are getting caught up in things like beers can rings, plastic bags, fishing nets etc.

What can we do to tackle the plastic build up in the world then? Burning plastic isn’t an option as this releases highly toxic environmental pollutants that can potentially cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and cause cancer. So, at the moment the only solution we have is to wait for plastics to naturally decompose which, as pointed out earlier, can take hundreds if not thousands of years to happen.

This is why we all need to be more conscious of the amount of single use plastics we are using, as we need to be tackling the problem as soon as we can. On 24th October, just 2 days after the UK government officially announced its plan to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds, the EU announced that they were introducing reforms to tackle everything the UK has named, plus plastic cutlery, plates and balloon sticks as well. This is a huge step forward in the battle on plastic, as it means that even those people who are not making a conscious effort to reduce their single use plastic consumption will be doing so anyway as it will become law. There is no set date yet for when this law will come into practice, but in the meantime we should all be looking to reduce, if not wipe out entirely, our use of the products outlined by the EU.