Jun 03

Sustainability

We often hear a lot of buzzwords about being green and most of the time no one tells you exactly what they mean. It can easily become confusing, so today we’re going to tell you a little about what we mean by being green.

Sustainability and its meaning

The key word frequently used in the context of being green is sustainability.

You might have heard or seen the claims made by companies that they are a ‘green company who operates in a sustainable way’. What does this mean? In general terms sustainability in an environmental context is all about meeting business goals in a way that reduces the consumption of natural resources and minimises any potentially harmful effects on the environment.

How does Gopher achieve sustainability?

At Gopher, we place great emphasis on sustainability. How do we achieve this?

Quite simply, we start with the products we sell. By promoting system products, such as concentrated cleaning chemicals, which have much better cost in use characteristics than the non-concentrated (water filled) alternatives. Better cost in use means that a very small amount of chemical added to water will go much further, clean more items and last longer, and you will get more from the product for every pound you spend.

This is great for sustainability in many different ways. For example, because the product lasts longer, you have to replace it less often. This leads to fewer deliveries having to be made, and therefore ultimately fewer vehicle journeys (and even vehicles) on the road, consuming less petrol and producing fewer emissions.

As well, we promote sustainability by working with our suppliers to reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging on their products, and any waste packaging that is generated, is collected together and sent for recycling.

We are always looking for ways to be more sustainable. Our latest project involves investigating ways to reduce energy usage at our various warehouses, for example by the implementation of alternative energy efficient LED lighting.

In these and so many other ways Gopher can truly claim to operate sustainability, and our Environmental Policy is developed in line with the international standard BS EN ISO 14001:2004 under which we are accredited.

For more information see http://www.gophersupplies.co.uk/environment.aspx or you can email any questions to sales@gophersupplies.co.uk.

 

May 23

Sanitise, clean, descale, your kitchen

This blog post will cover best practice for sanitising kitchen equipment.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Sanitising kitchen equipment

Apply kitchen sanitiser onto a cloth according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Clean the equipment surface.

You should rinse the surface thoroughly with water after having applied the sanitiser to remove any traces of chemical residue.

Dry the surface with a disposable cloth or paper wiper.

Cleaning kitchen floor drains

Test the efficiency of the kitchen floor drain by pouring a large jug of water down it. It should drain quickly and freely.

If it drains slowly, make sure all food debris is removed and then select an appropriate drain cleaning product and use according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Once the drain has been cleaned flush through with hot clean water.

Water descaling

Limescale can build up in any place or inside any appliance or equipment that uses water.

You should inspect appliances on a regular cycle to identify any build up of limescale so that an appropriate limescale descaling product can be used. Such action will help to increase the life of the appliance and contribute to more energy efficient usage.

Always check the manufacturer of the appliance’s instructions and follow them when using a descaling product.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

May 02

Dusting hard surfaces and removing cobwebs

This blog post will cover best practice for dusting hard surfaces.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Dusting hard surfaces

Ensure that you have an appropriate duster or soft damp cloth. Check that any furniture polish you may use while you are dusting is appropriate for the furniture in question, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Dust systematically with a specific path in mind, in order to minimise the possibility of missing items of furniture. For example move clockwise or counter-clockwise and top to bottom through the area, starting in one corner.

Move objects as you go and clean the surface underneath thoroughly. As you replace the items, clean those items as well.

Shake or rinse your cloth regularly. When you notice your cloth has become dirty and full of dust, rinse or replace it.

While dusting don’t forget the hard to reach places such as behind the furniture and crevices in the furniture. Use a small clean paintbrush to get in any nooks and crannies.

To reach behind heavy furniture you can use a duster with a telescopic handle or you can even use a vacuum cleaner. To take away the dust and cobwebs along the wall you can use a damp mop, a soft brush or duster with a telescopic handle.

Don’t forget to dust wall and ceiling lights. For large lighting installations they may have to be periodically removed to ensure a full clean.

In order to dust soft fabric furnishings use a crevice tool or other upholstery attachments for your vacuum cleaner.

Removing cobwebs

Ensure that you have an appropriate cobweb duster or soft damp cloth. In order to access difficult to reach areas, such as behind heavy furniture or equipment or areas above head height, use a duster with a telescopic handle.

Dust systematically, with a specific path in mind, in order to minimise the possibility of missing an area. For example, move clockwise or counter-clockwise and top to bottom through the area, starting in one corner.

Use a vacuum duster in hallways to remove clinging cobwebs.

Don’t forget to remove cobwebs from hall and ceiling lights. For large lighting installations they may have to be periodically removed to ensure a full clean.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Apr 11

Cleaning glass, mirrors, and polishing brass

This blog post will deal with best practice for cleaning glass and mirrors, and polishing brass and brightwork.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Cleaning glass and mirrors

Using an appropriate glass cleaner, spray the solution onto a cloth or paper wiper, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Wipe the glass surface or mirror with the cloth or paper wiper until clean, taking care to ensure all areas have been covered.

If necessary, buff the surface with a clean, dry cloth or new paper wiper.

Polishing brass and brightwork

Choose an appropriate product for the surface to be polished. Check the manufacturer’s instructions before using and if in doubt always polish a small inconspicuous area as a trial.

Apply the product onto a clean cloth.

Wipe the surface, taking care not to get the product on any of the adjoining surfaces.

Buff to create a shine.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Mar 28

Sanitising surfaces

This blog post is going to cover best practice for sanitising surfaces.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Sanitising Hard Surfaces

Remove any obvious pieces of dirt from the surface to be cleaned.

Dilute in water an appropriate hard surface cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions and transfer it to a spray bottle, don’t forget to use a  spray bottle trigger. Alternatively use a ready to use hard surface cleaner spray.

Spray a clean cloth with the solution and wipe all surfaces.

Work in a methodical fashion to avoid missing any areas.

Allow all surfaces to dry thoroughly or use a clean disposable cloth.

Sanitising a telephone

Select an appropriate sanitising product for use in the kitchen and spray onto a clean disposable cloth.

Wipe the telephone with the damp cloth.

Do not spray the sanitising product directly onto the telephone.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Mar 21

Dusting office equipment

This post is going to cover best practice for dusting office equipment.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.
  • Ensure that you have an appropriate duster. Check that any cleaner that you may use while you are using is appropriate for the equipment in question, always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Where the item is electrical ensure that it is safe to clean while the power is still on, otherwise switch it off unless the equipment is to be left powered on.
  • Dust systematically, with a specific path in mind, in order to minimise the possibility of missing any items of equipment. For example move clockwise or counter-clockwise through the area, starting in one corner.
  • Move objects as you go and clean the surface underneath thoroughly. As you replace the items, clean them as well.
  • Shake your cloth regularly. When you notice your cloth has become dirty and full of dust, rinse or replace it.
  • While you are dusting don’t forget to dust the hard to reach places, such as behind the equipment. Use a small paintbrush to get in any nooks and crannies.
  • To reach behind equipment that cannot be moved, you can use a duster with a telescopic handle.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Mar 14

Vacuuming hard floors

This blog post is going to cover best practice for vacuuming hard floors.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Choose the most suitable vacuum for the job. You need one that has a hard floor or bare floor setting.

Always select the hard floor setting before you begin as the usual default carpet setting could result in the brush damaging the floor.

Vacuum the floor area in blocks starting with the area furthest from the door. Move from left to right making sure that you overlap on each sweep.

Use the tool brush and crevice tool attachments to clean difficult to reach areas, particularly next to skirting boards and in corners.

Change the vacuum bag regularly before it is full. Ideally you should replace it when it is between a third and half full. At this point your vacuum can potentially lose up to 75% of its suction.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Mar 07

Cleaning animal cages

This post is going to cover best practice for cleaning cages.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Remove the animal from the cage or kennel and place in an empty cage or secure enclosure.

Remove all food bowls, empty into the rubbish bin and place in the sink.

Remove the litter tray, empty the contents into a disposable bag, seal and place in the bin reserved for fecal matter.

Remove the water bowl or bottle and place in the sink.

Remove the bedding and cloth items.

Wash blankets and washable beds in a washing machine on the hottest wash that the label says they can be washed at with a fragrance free laundry detergent and without fabric softener. Dry in a tumble drier with a drier sheet.

Remove any disposable bedding or litter and place into a disposable waste bag and place in the bin.

To remove any additional particles use a wet/dry vacuum. Empty the vacuum outside of the cage and dispose of the contents in a disposable waste bag and place in the bin.

Wash the cage or kennel with an antibacterial surface cleaning product diluted in hot water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use a sponge on plastic cages and a scrubbing brush on metal cages. Rinse thoroughly with hot water.

Wash all bowls, bottles and litter tray using a detergent diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse in clean water and allow to air dry.

Sanitise all removable cage parts, and the cage or kennel itself, by dipping them into a sanitising solution diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse in clean hot water and allow to air dry. With larger cages fill a spray bottle with sanitiser and spray the cage. Scrub the sanitising solution over the area and rinse with clean hot water using a hose. Dry with a clean cloth.

Replace the bedding, refill food and water bowls or bottles and return to the cage or kennel.

Place the animal carefully back into the cage or kennel.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Feb 28

Cleaning urinals

This blog post covers best practice for cleaning urinals.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.
  • Flush the urinal to rinse down all interior surfaces.
  • Remove any urinal screens and blocks.
  • Remove any foreign materials.
  • Use an appropriate toilet cleaner and squirt a solid stream along the top of the inside flushing edge of the urinal. Allow the solution to run down the inside surface of the urinal.
  • Wipe down the exterior surface with a disinfectant cleaner and disposable rag or paper towel.
  • Scrub the interior surface of the urinal with a toilet brush, taking care to thoroughly scrub all surfaces.
  • Wipe all pipe work and flushing device (if present) with an antibacterial spray.
  • Place new urinal screen or block into the bottom of the urinal.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

Feb 21

Vacuuming Carpet

This blog post is going to cover best practice for vacuuming carpet.

Warning!

Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Choose the most suitable vacuum for the job you are doing.

Ensure that you set up your vacuum cleaner correctly. Your vacuum cleaner height should be set to the level where the beater bar is just touching the top of the carpet fibres. This will ensure that you remove more particulate soil.

Vacuum the carpet in blocks starting with the area furthest from the door. Move from left to right making sure that you overlap on each sweep.

Take care when vacuuming carpets with a pile. You should always vacuum in the direction of the pile.

Use the tool brush attachments to clean difficult to reach areas, particularly next to skirting boards and in corners.

Change the vacuum bag regularly before it is full. Ideally you should replace it when it is between a third and half full. Beyond this point your vacuum potentially can lose up to 75% of its suction vacuuming power.

Notice

Disclaimer: Every precaution has been taken to ensure that the information and advice given in this Gopher user guide is accurate and reflects current best practice. If you are in any doubt on any matter in relation to the information or advice given then you should always take further professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned by any corporate body or individual acting or refraining from action as a result of using any material contained within any user guide shown on this site can be accepted by Gopher Supplies or its associated companies.

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