More than ever in the past, cleaning, proper sanitation and disinfection are incredibly important. There is an astonishing range of commercial standard cleaning products available right now that it can be overwhelming trying to choose the best for your business premises. Just because it may be overwhelming and feel challenging, it doesn’t necessarily have to be.
In the following post, we are going to offer some tips to help you make sense of the marketplace and choose the right tools and supplies. Above all else, you mustn’t rely on price along to pick out cleaning products and tools.
Consider the Surfaces You Are Cleaning
First things first, you need to think about what surfaces you are going to be cleaning. Some products are designed and formulated to use on surfaces. If you make the wrong choice and use a very abrasive cleaner for cleaning a delicate surface, you could damage it. You also need to be aware of the pH rating of the products you use, because certain products that are highly acidic or highly alkaline, can cause different issues for different surfaces.
Consider the Type of Application
Another aspect of cleaning tools and products that you need to consider when buying them is the type of application they require. You can read the specifications and instruction labels of products, so you understand how to use them properly. This includes only using them on the surfaces they were designed for, as noted above, and the level of dilution required for cleaning solutions using those products. Products that are referred to as all-purpose, as the name suggests, can be used most flexibly on a variety of different surfaces. However, there are some surfaces and areas that require more specialist leaning tools and products with special applications to give those surfaces the TLC they need.
The List of Ingredients
This may not have been something you would have considered in the past, but as there has been a greater emphasis on using products that are neither harmful to the environment or humans and animals. Therefore, you should give special attention to the ingredients list of cleaning products and tools. As a general rule of thumb, just as is the case with food, the shorter the list and the more natural components that are used, the better it will be for the environment, the surfaces being cleaned and the people using those products or the areas in question.
Cost – The Implied Cost and Actual Cost
Before we get into discussing the actual cost, you need to think about the implied cost related to cleaning supplies and tools. Take for instance, as an example, the impact on the health of the workforce a cleaning product could have. This could affect the productivity of staff and a team in general if there are people off because of the ill effects of the cleaning materials used. Whereas, if sensible choices are made, that contain no irritants or potential allergens, there is less likely to be people needing time off for illness and sickness.
We noted at the outset of this post that the cost should be nowhere near the top of your list of priorities when choosing cleaning supplies. This is because you will often find cleaning products and tools that appear to be very economically priced. Which is good for the overheads. However, if they are of poor quality, as often cheaper products are, you are not really saving money in the end. As you will have to replace the cheaper products more regularly.