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You don't need to travel too far these days without somebody mentioning reducing plastic waste, And rightly so too. As our oceans are filling up with plastic, we have taken the bold move to try to reduce our use of plastic in our daily business, and wherever possible reuse plastic containers for cleaning chemicals.

One of the first items we identified where there was room for improvement was scrubber dryer detergent dosing systems. Some machines use a small 2.5 litre bottle that doses the detergent at up to 3% into the water stream that ends up on the brushes to assist with cleaning the floor. Once this small 2.5 litre bottle is exhausted,  a new bottle is then fitted, and the old empty one is then, and most probably unless the business has a strict plastic recycling policy, ends ups in the general waste and committed to landfill, and so the cycle continues.

Our approach now is to reuse as much packaging as possible, So to this end we now offer a rather old fashioned solution. We offer our detergents in concentrated format available in 5 and 25 litre drums. This refill kit is available with the correct PPE, if users don't have any, consisting of gloves and goggles for use when refilling. This approach saves over 50% cost per 2.5 litres, or in other words where you pay £25.00 for 2 x 2.5 litres (5 litres), you now pay just £12.50 for 5 litres. We have trialled this with some of our current customer base and found very favorable results. Customers are enjoying their clean floor, and the saving in money.

Cleaning a floor with a floor scrubber is not rocket science as some manufacturers would have you believe, and as we all need to be doing our bit to try to reduce plastic consumption, this is very small in the grand scheme of things, but vital start.

 

 

Tyre and abrasive mark remover.

Sometimes with your floor scrubber dryer, you may have experienced difficulty in removing really heavy soiling left behind by fork lift truck tyres or where items are dragged across warehouse floors. A solution to removing these unsightly and stubborn marks is to use a Tyre and abrasion mark remover. It is essentially a strong cleaning detergent that can be applied by pump spray or trigger bottle. We prefer the trigger spray method as users can get a little carried away with pressurised pump spray bottles and use far too much Just a couple of pumps is all that's required, leave for a few minutes to dwell on the mark, then scrub with your floor scrubber as normal, and use the same 'deep clean' method, I.E. lift the squeegee bar up and just scrub, then pass over with the bar down afterwards. We supply ours in 10 litre, reusable and refillable drums. Save your empty's and we can collect when next on site, and reuse them, after leak testing first of course. This helps minimise plastic waste and keeps cleaning detergent costs down too.

The 'Black Ice' effect

Its always a good idea to neutralise the floor afterwards with freshwater, then use the scrubber to suck that up too. This helps prevent your floor, more so on untreated concrete surfaces,  from absorbing the detergent only to have it reactivated when the floor get damp which can sometimes be a slip hazard pretty much like black ice on a cold and dark road.

Doing the right thing.

According to the good old internet, a plastic bottle that we drink from takes approx 450 years to degrade in a landfill, and a detergent bottle made from plastic can take up to 1000 years to degrade, a 1000 years! You must be kidding! Its all our responsibility as inhabitants of this planet to do what we can, when we can. #trustinblue #plasticwaste

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