Selecting the best office cleaning products is not as straightforward as it may seem. There are literally thousands of products on the market, all with different claims, pros and cons and the all important contact times.
Never heard of contact time? You’re probably not the only one. Essentially, it’s the amount of time a cleaning agent—a spray or a wipe, whatever you use—needs to be in contact with a surface in order to kill the bacteria, viruses, and other not-great things lingering there. If you’re not waiting long enough, your cleaning product probably (almost certainly!) isn’t getting rid of the potentially illness-causing cells. If you’re spraying and wiping as you go to clean quickly, without waiting the prescribed contact time, you’re really just doing a surface clean by wiping up dirt, debris, and other particles—not the bits that can really get you sick.
If you look at the use instructions on the rear of disinfecting products, you’ll see contact times. They tell users how long a solution needs to be in contact with the surface in order to kill the bacteria and viruses living on it—and in many cases, it’s likely much longer than you think.
Some common contact times for household cleaners are three minutes. Hospital grade disinfectants often have a contact time of ten minutes. Whatever and wherever you are cleaning, if you’re wiping up the cleaning liquid before the contact time, you’re limiting its disinfecting power.
This will depend very much on the products purchased. Generally speaking, standard supermarket "off the shelf" products are advertised and suitable for small sections of cleaning only, and could result in the need for different products for:
Like most things in life, some products will be more developed, offer greater results and be more versatile. Advertising will also pay a large part - often you will see bold adverts on television stating they kill 99.9% of germs - a lot of cheaper less well known brands will do the same. Read packaging and compare ingredients and claims if buying off the shelf.
As you would imagine, over the years we have tested hundreds and hundreds of products. We are approached daily by product suppliers, making bold claims about their products and asking us to test them, which we often do. For us, all products used by us must meet the following criteria:
Through our careful product selection, we will normally only require the use of three or four cleaning products at most sites. This keeps operations straightforward for our highly trained cleaning operatives and keeps consistency at all sites we work at. Our core key products are also used in dosage systems, reducing our plastic usage by up to 99% on these products!
Our site packs containfull COSHH and safety data information on all products kept on site in the event of an emergency.
If you would rather let us take care of your office cleaning, be it daily or weekly, why not get in touch and request a free and no obligation quote today!