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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Here at Jangro last month, we continued our effort to raise £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by taking part in the annual ‘Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. It was a great event, with a number of staff baking up delicious treats that would rival those of the Great British Bake Off! We are proud to announce that we raised a total of £350 at the coffee morning.

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Hand Hygiene saves lives!

It is Save Lives Clean Your Hands day on 5 May, an initiative by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to raise awareness about the importance of good hand hygiene. The focus is on healthcare, with a call to action to help fight against the spread of antibiotic resistance.

shutterstock_302159240.jpgGood hand hygiene is of course second nature to healthcare workers around the world, but it is also crucial that the message is heard by patients and visitors, if it is to be effective.

The WHO’s Save Lives Clean Your Hands campaign aims to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the gateway for reducing health care-associated infection and patient safety. It also aims to demonstrate the world’s commitment to this priority area of health care.

The WHO’s calls to action for the 2017 campaign are:

  • Health workers: “Clean your hands at the right times and stop the spread of antibiotic resistance.”
  • Hospital Chief Executive Officers and Administrators: “Lead a year-round infection prevention and control programme to protect your patients from resistant infections.”
  • Policy-makers: “Stop antibiotic resistance spread by making infection prevention and hand hygiene a national policy priority.”
  • IPC leaders: “Implement WHO’s Core Components for infection prevention, including hand hygiene, to combat antibiotic resistance.”

Find out more about how you can support these calls to action on the relevant section of the WHO website, which also includes tools and resources to support your campaign.

Here at Jangro we have given careful consideration to the hand hygiene products we offer through our network. Our new Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue gives further details of our latest washroom range, including perfumed and unperfumed liquid soaps, foams, sanitising gels and wipes all of which confirm to key standards including EN 1499, EN1276 and EN13727. The efficacy of hand hygiene products in tackling infections is a crucial factor in tackling the spread of infections.

At the same time, having a range of options available can increase the likelihood that a person will wash or sanitise their hands more regularly, and more effectively. We offer dispenser options to suit all preferences, as well as our specially-developed Jangronauts range of hand hygiene products for children, which includes free resources for parents and teachers to help promote the hand hygiene message.

We also offer a range of wall charts and posters, including a guide to hand washing, which can be downloaded for free and used in facilities as part of a hand hygiene campaign.

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Make time to find out about the WHO’s valuable Save Lives Clean Your Hands campaign, and remember – infection control is in your hands.

Best practice in sustainable cleaning

Every chemical or biological cleaning agent has some impact on the environment. And while the biggest effect that cleaning products have comes from the chemicals which they contain, the packaging they come in and how they are shipped also affect their environmental rating.

Jangro has developed an environmentally-friendly range of cleaning agents, including Enviro Concentrates, designed to reduce users’ carbon footprints. As well as using green cleaning formulations, such as bacterial washroom cleaners, the Enviro Concentrates range comprises high concentration and low dosage products, and the trigger spray bottle format makes it even easier to know how much of a product you are using.

Responsible usage and dosage control are key elements in reducing the environmental impact of any cleaning product. Designed to be very economical, Jangro also provides guidance on dilution rates – particularly useful when tackling dirtier conditions.

Prevent wastage

The idea is to prevent wastage through over-use of products, while getting the job done to a high standard. And the Enviro Concentrates range also boasts pleasant fragrances, proving that going green does not have to involve any kind of compromise on end-user experience.

Meanwhile, all Jangro products are now labelled under the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Where hazardous chemical cleaning agents are present, red diamond-shaped hazard pictograms indicate this.

Jangro also uses the Wright Environmental Impact Rating (WEIR) system, which considers environmental issues during the selection process of raw materials, the manufacturing process and packaging.

The system also looks at the impact of the water used in the product, the impact of its use, its pH level, and the energy used for manufacture and shipping. The product in question receives a score for each of these criteria, and the lower the score, the lower its overall impact on the environment under WEIR.

Product lifecycle

This means that as well as considering cleaning products containing less harmful chemicals, we are looking at the lifecycle of the product, its packaging, and its overall carbon footprint. This allows us to compare many different variables when we ask ourselves whether there is another, more sustainable alternative to a product we are considering.

The green revolution isn’t just a nice slogan to talk to clients about, it is crucial for the wellbeing of our planet and should be considered a cornerstone of any forward-thinking business.

For more information on the Jangro group, have a look at this short video!

ph Scale and Cleaning Agents

Hi all and welcome back to my blog! This week I’m going to be telling you all about the pH scale of the different types of cleaning agents you can use and their properties.

First let’s have a look at the pH scale:

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The pH scale measures varying degrees of acidity or alkalinity of any cleaning agent or solution, in simple, numeric terms, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline.

Acidic Products

Due to their harsh nature these are rarely used in the cleaning industry, but are certainly the go to product when you need to remove limescale from a hard surface. Acidic products can also dissolve salts that aren’t soluble in water.

Alkaline Products

If you are looking to remove greasy, fatty deposits from hard surfaces an alkaline product should be used. These kinds of products will have a typical pH value of between 11 and 12.5.

Emulsion floor polish strippers are much stronger and will have a value of around 13 while the extremely corrosive Caustic Soda will have a pH value of 14.

Neutral Products

General cleaning products such as washing up liquid and carpet cleaning solutions will be neutral with a pH value of between 6 and 9.

Throwback

Take yourself back to those science lessons in school and you’ll remember the litmus test. Using Universal Indicator Paper you can dip it into any solution to test the pH value.

The paper will change colour depending on the value. You can see what each colour represents in my chart above.

Cleaning Agents

The list is endless when it comes to cleaning agents that are available on the market. Our Jangro catalogue alone contains hundreds of different products that can be applied to various cleaning tasks. For a Jangro catalogue contact your local distributor or view an online version here 

Most cleaning products fall into one of the below categories that you might already be familiar with:

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How do they work?

To understand how cleaning agents work, we must first grasp the basic principles of soil removal. Water is generally a poor cleaning agent, however, when combined as part of a solution, will tackle most situations.

In order for soil to be removed properly a cleaning agent or solution must have the following properties:

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Detergents

This can describe any cleaning agent. However as there are so many, we tend to call agents with large amounts of chemicals ’Surfactants’.

Be effective

An effective detergent will have the following properties:

-Ability to reduce surface tension

-Ability to emulsify soil and lift it

-Ability to suspend soil in a solution

-To be soluble and remain effective in cold water

-To be soluble and remain effective in hard water

-To be harmless to the user when used correctly

-To not cause damage to the surface being cleaned

-To be easily rinsed from a surface and leave no streaks or deposits

-To be economical

You should have a clearer understanding of the different kinds of cleaning agents available. I will go into more detail into ‘Surfactants’ in a later blog but for now, if you have any questions about any of the above subjects please do give me a shout on my social media pages.

You can also contact Jangro by calling 01204 795955 or emailing enquiries@jangrohq.net.

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