Spreading the Christmas cheer!

It may only be July, but it’s time to talk about Christmas! And this year, the festive season is set to be busier than ever.

Whilst last Christmas held little cheer for the hospitality industry, demand this year is set to rocket. With the government’s roadmap setting out an end to restrictions long before December, Christmas 2021 is already burning a hole in the calendar, with many companies, organisations, and families and friends, intending to make up for 2020 with festive celebrations and parties throughout the season.

That’s why we are thrilled to launch our 2021 Christmas Supplies Catalogue. Early planning is essential for professional catering and hospitality businesses, helping those that do so to avoid additional pressures at the busiest and most stressful time of the year.

Our 2021 Christmas Supplies Catalogue is bursting with everything a catering or hospitality business needs to get prepared. As well as festive must-haves, such as party hats, streamers, balloons, party poppers, and colour coordinated tableware, we are pleased to once again offer the Tom Smith range of catering crackers, tableware, and partyware.

Combining social and environmental sustainability with on-trend designs to bring every Christmas table to life, the Tom Smith crackers are made from recycled board, are fully recyclable, and are completely free from glitter and plastic (including the contents!).

What’s more, for every case sold, £2.00 is donated to the Trussell Trust. This worthy charity supports a nationwide network of food banks to provide emergency food and care to people locked in poverty. It also campaigns for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

After all the restrictions on socialising last Christmas, we think people really deserve to celebrate properly this year. Our new 2021 Christmas Supplies Catalogue has everything to help them achieve this.

Available to view online, or as a hard copy from local distributors, the catalogue caters for a wide choice of budgets, with standard, superior, finest, premium and luxury collections available.

For more information, advice, or to place your festive order, please call our friendly distributors on 01204 795 955. Click here to view our Christmas Supplies Catalogue.

 

 

 

 

 

School’s out, deep cleans are in!

Another challenging academic year has come to an end, but while children have the summer off, the work at schools doesn’t stop. In fact, the holidays are the perfect time to perform a deep clean, helping to keep pupils and staff healthy during term time.

Although educational facilities have been running with enhanced cleaning, hygiene and infection control measures over the past year, an intensive clean is still essential during the summer break. It not only gives professional cleaning staff a chance to tackle the tougher, more time-consuming jobs, but also enables them to do this whilst there is less traffic and without the worry of disrupting classrooms.

Before embarking on a deep clean, make a checklist of everything that needs to be cleaned and schedule these tasks accordingly amongst team members and the time available. Continue reading for the top three germ hotspots which should not be missed, so that come September, pupils, students, and staff will return to a healthy learning environment.

Hotspot #1 – Floors and carpets

An annual deep clean of floors in school settings is necessary to remove the dirt and grime that has built up over a year. Unlike other public buildings, schools tend to have a combination of both hard floors and carpeted areas. What’s more, they are exposed to an array of different pollutants on a daily basis – mud, dirt, dust, paint, glitter, crumbs and much more!

Carpets can easily trap debris within them, so should be thoroughly cleaned with a powerful shampoo. Hard floors are easier to maintain with a regular cleaning schedule, however, now is an excellent time to give school assembly halls or gyms a little extra TLC to protect their quality. For example, without the footfall of children and teachers, floors can be treated with a high-quality sealer, or stripped and re-sealed.

Hotspot #2 – Washrooms

All areas of the washrooms should be thoroughly sanitised, from the toilets themselves, soap dispensers, mirrors, basins, walls, and cubicle doors. Now is also a good time to check for any repairs and fix or replace any broken equipment.

Good hand hygiene will continue to be important next term, so consider enhancing your hand washing facilities with a range that encourages hygienic behaviour, like our innovative Jangronauts range. Designed to make using dispenser units fun, familiar and second-nature for younger children, this range features four hand washing heroes and engaging messaging, plus a huge collection of resources, from posters to colouring activities, to help children learn how to wash their hands effectively.

 

Hotspot #3 – All surfaces

All walls, surfaces, and equipment in the building should be thoroughly cleaned with a Jangro Professional Antiviral Disinfectant, a powerful multi-purpose bactericidal ready-to-use cleaner and sanitiser, whose antimicrobial efficacy has passed standards EN14476, EN1276, and EN13697, proving it kills 99.99% of germs and viruses. Pay particular attention to high touchpoints in the building such as desks, the back of chairs and door handles, which can all harbour germs. Stubborn stains, like graffiti and pen marks can be tackled with the help of Jangro Erase All Sponges

Windows may also be just as dirty on the inside as they are on the outside, since they have been pushed open for most of the school year to allow ventilation. Clean them from top to bottom, using a squeegee to finish it off for a sparkling, streak-free finish.

For more information and advice about deep cleaning in schools, check out our ‘Deep Clean Product Guide for Education’ or call our friendly distributors on 01204 795 955 or visit Jangro.net / jangronauts.co.uk.

 

 

Innovation, not just a buzz word

Innovation. A term that is often bandied around in the cleaning sector, but one that is so much more than a marketing buzzword. For many, innovation equals a technological development – a ground-breaking invention or digital development, for example.

However, the concept is far wider than that. In fact, innovation comes in all shapes and sizes. As well as the creation of something new, it can refer to a change made to an existing product, idea, or way of working. At Jangro, we believe it can also be about thinking outside the box to do things better or adapting and improving processes. A change in behaviour or practice can be just as innovative.

This is something that our industry has had to get to grips with since the outbreak of coronavirus and that’s why, throughout the pandemic, we have kept innovating to help support cleaning businesses and their staff.

Professional cleaning staff have had to quickly learn new techniques, such as how to implement a deep clean properly, so we enhanced our award-winning Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS) by adding a task card dedicated to this subject.

Staff in other industries have also had to adapt, for example teachers and teaching assistants have found themselves responsible for hand and surface hygiene. A role for which they have not been trained. That’s why we developed a deep clean product guide  specifically for education settings.Pandemic aside, sustainability is another area that drives innovation at Jangro. Our Enviro Water Soluble Sachets, for example, use smarter packaging to help minimise landfill burden and reduce the use of plastic. 100% bio-degradable and phosphate-free, these sanitising sachets are easier and safer to use than traditional plastic bottles. They provide controlled dosage (saving wastage and money), and because there is less packaging, there are lower transportation costs, lower emissions and a reduced need for storage space too.

Of course, the adoption of modern technological solutions will grow in the future, and if they are affordable and deliver benefits, then why not? It’s not an area that we are strangers to, in fact, we have a selection of wall charts available bespoke to you… visit digital wallchart creator to create yours!

After all, at its heart, innovation is about doing things better – be that easier, quicker, more sustainably or cost saving.

For more information or advice, please call our friendly distributors on 01204 795 955 or visit Jangro.net.

Stand up for professional cleaning staff

I am immensely proud of the cleaning workforce. For the past 18 months, they have been on the front line working hard to keep spaces clean, hygienic and healthy, ultimately helping to limit the spread of COVID-19. So I was saddened to read a recent news story, in which a cleaning operative had been poorly treated by her manager.

In one article she asserted that ‘cleaners are the forgotten people’ but as the story went viral, it became clear that the vital work undertaken by these often under-valued workers was indeed appreciated, with many praising her for her honesty and hard work.

That such outdated attitudes still persist though is problematic and that’s why, as an industry, we must keep working to ensure employees feel valued and are rewarded for the crucial role they play in society.

The first step you can take to maintain a strong, motivated team is to pay a fair wage, which reflects the real cost of living and enables them to be able to live and enjoy life. It’s also important that businesses implement contracts with guaranteed hours, thereby demonstrating its commitment to, and appreciation of its employees.

At Jangro, we are proud to be an accredited Living Wage Employer and encourage others in the cleaning industry to also make this pledge. After all, if this past year has shown us anything, it’s that professional cleaning staff are unsung heroes, working hard to keep our hospitals, schools, supermarkets and many more public environments clean and hygienic.  Providing access to high quality training is another way employers can help their staff feel supported. Firstly, by investing in their training you are placing value on the work undertaken. Secondly, it demonstrates your commitment to their wellbeing. After all, cleaning involves exposure to various hazards from harmful chemicals and sharps, to contagious viruses and infections. Knowing how to manage these threats reduces the risk of personal harm, whilst boosting both morale and productivity. Check out our award-winning e-learning platform, the Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS) for flexible, CPD-accredited training.
Finally, work and live by the maxim, ‘treat others as you’d like to be treated’. To quote the aforementioned cleaning operative, ‘In a world when you can be anything, BE KIND’. I couldn’t agree more.

For more information or advice, please call our friendly distributors on 01204 795 955 or visit Jangro.net / jangrolms.net.