New Products – September 2017

Here at Wessex, we are continually adding new products to our online shop!

Below is a selection of the latest products that have been added, along with a brief summary of each new product:

 

Truvox Battery Vac

This battery powered upright vacuum is lightweight and powerful.

  • Lithium ion battery that provides 60 + minutes of runtime
  • HEPA bag included
  • Convenient carry handle for easy transportation
  • Comfortable handle grip
  • Weighing only 5kg makes it ideal for transporting between cleaning jobs
  • Ideal for day-time cleaning and where electricity points are not easily accessible
  • Battery level indicator lets you know when the machine needs re-charging

 

 

Viva E Air Freshener Dispenser – White

Viva!E does not use old aerosol or spray technology; it is a new generation of air freshener and the world’s first to use new Oxy-Gen Powered technology. Oxy-Gen Powered

technology is a clean source of power, producing continuous levels of intense fragrance that contain no propellants, solvents or CFCs – just pure natural scent.

 

 

Motorscrubber Handy Scrubber

The highly compact and durable MotorScrubber Handy is waterproof by design making it ideal for use in kitchens, bathrooms and vehicle cleaning. Its

ergonomic design allows the user to work effectively and comfortably without tiring.

 

 

V-Screen Urinal Screen (Pack Of 12)

Vectair V-Fresh™ is a solid state universal air freshener with added malodour eliminating micro porous materials to combat bad odours. V-Fresh™ is

VOC exempt, using no propellants or solvents and is non-hazardous, with no restrictions in transport and no storage issues.

 

 


Be sure to check out these new products and over 2000 other items in our online shop.

 

Product Spotlight – iVac C06

iVac c06

The iVac 6 is the cornerstone of the modern day vacuum cleaner. A well trusted name in the community, the iVac 6 has surprised every user with its proven mobility, design and power. The i-vac 6 is used for office, carpet, household, cabinet, wardrobes, and more cleaning. The series introduced new elements to the world of vacuum cleaning, and instead of only upgrading on technical specifics… it improved the entire proces of vacuuming. The detachable power cable, illuminated power switch and the patented Whizzo sound when the bag is full. All of these functions and elements were created and designed with the feedback from users, and their ideas and insights that come from working different machines years on end.

 

 

iVac

Floor handle

Flat nose tool without the need to adjust on different surfaces. Due to a very low profile, it can even reach underneath certain difficult areas. Theflexible nylon material of the handle makes it robust and sturdy for the contract cleaning industry.

 

iVac

Whizzo

Patented Whizzo indicator. It makes a loud high tone when the bag is full or the vacuum is clogged. Additionally, it supplies the motor with cooling air to avoid temperature peaks.

 

 

iVac

Fragrance cassette

Install a simple fragrance cassette inside the unit for a soothing, distinctive scent that fills the room with a pleasant aroma.

 

 

iVac

Resilient body

Non-breakable material and all attachments are assembled with screws, instead of rivets. Parking position for safe working on stairs. Wheels are made from shock absorbing materials.

 

 

iVac

Office time cleaning

Choose between the high power or low decibel settings. Low power can be a real lifesaver for operational daytime cleaning in busy offices.

 

 

Check out the iVac C06 by visiting on Online Shop!

New Product – Truvox Valet Battery Upright

Here at Wessex, We’re always on the look out for the latest products and innovations.Truvox Valet Battery Upright

So with that in mind we’re pleased to show you one of our newest battery operated Vacuum Cleaners: The Truvox Valet Battery Upright Vacuum Cleaner

WHAT IS THE TRUVOX VALET BATTERY UPRIGHT?

Brand new for 2017, the Truvox Valet Battery Upright is an upright vacuum and the first commercial battery vacuum on the UK market.

WHAT IS THIS MACHINE BEST SUITED FOR?

This is a dry vacuum cleaner; ideal daytime cleaning in nursing homes, offices and education facilities where power is not easily accessible or the use of corded

machines poses a risk.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS COMMERCIAL UPRIGHT VACUUM?

  • Lithium ion battery provides 60+ minutes of runtime.
  • Battery level indicator lets you know when the battery needs recharging.
  • HEPA bag included.
  • Weighs only 5kg and includes a convenient carry handle for easy transportation.
  • A self-adjusting nozzle allows the vacuum to float evenly over all flooring surfaces, no manual adjustments are required.
  • Edge cleaning feature provides improved cleaning near walls and stationary furniture.
  • A squeegee is fitted on the bottom of the vacuum to improve cleaning results on hard floors.
  • The vacuum lays flat on the floor for effective cleaning under beds and tables.
  • Easy to replace dust bag.
  • Awarded the Carpet cleaning category at the Cleaning Show 2017 Innovation Awards.

You take a closer look at this fantastic new product here

We’re ISO 9001 Certified!

ISO 9001

Here at Wessex Cleaning Equipment we have always believed that we offer an efficient and reliable service to our many customers – and now we have the ISO 9001 certificate to prove it! We have been working hard to improve our Quality Management System and are delighted to have achieved this internationally recognised benchmark of quality.  Our systems will be audited every year by a third party to make sure that we are maintaining our high standards.

Director of Wessex Cleaning Equipment, Mark Powell, said: “We have been working hard to attain the ISO 9001 accreditation in order to demonstrate our commitment to providing a quality service, throughout all our business functions. We care about our customers and want to show our continued commitment to the quality of our products and the services we offer.”

QMS consultant Steve Reeder added: “Wessex Cleaning Equipment in Southampton has shown that they have a strong commitment to quality and have set themselves high standards of record keeping.  They make smart fact-based decisions and strive for continuous improvement within the company.  Their investment in employees and training enables Wessex Cleaning Equipment to provide an efficient service to its customers which is clear to see.”

 

Check out our certificate on our website and visit our new on-line shop to put us to the test!

Microfibre Cloths – How Do They Work?

Ever wonder exactly how Microfibre cloths work or why they are so effective at cleaning, Well the folks at explainthatstuff.com have written this fascinating blog post to explain how and why they microfibre clothswork so well!

When people joke about “inventing a new mousetrap” or “reinventing the wheel”, what they really mean is that most inventions do their jobs pretty well. There’s either little need to think of anything new or little chance of coming up with anything better than we have already. If all inventors believed that, we’d still be living in caves and cooking buffalo stew on camp fires. Even the simplest things can often be done better. Take cleaning, for example—a chore most of us love to hate. Who’d have thought there’d be a better way to scrub things clean than using good old soap and water? If you’ve tried the latest microfibre cleaning cloths, you’ll know that technology really can make life easier. Not only are these cloths more hygienic, they avoid the need for expensive (and often harmful) detergents and they get things looking far cleaner in a lot less time. It’s not magic—it’s science. Let’s find out how these things work!

Cleaning with soap and water

Water is pretty good at cleaning most things all by itself. That’s because its molecules have two very different ends. They’re electrically unbalanced, so they stick to all kinds of things (including lumps of dirt) like tiny magnets and break them apart. Water is sometimes called a universal solvent because it can dissolve so many different things. Where water alone can’t help, you can turn to a detergent (a soapy chemical that clings to dirt and grease, breaks it apart, and makes it easier for water molecules to flush it away).

Many people don’t like using detergents, however. They’re expensive, for one thing. Another problem is that they can cause allergic reactions and skin complaints. Some people worry that overusing detergents and cleaning agents—in an effort to make our homes cleaner and more hygienic—is undermining the way our bodies’ immune systems naturally defend themselves against germs. Another complaint is that detergents don’t simply disappear into thin air. They contain chemicals that flush down our drains into rivers and seas, where they gradually build up and cause water pollution. We might be making our homes cleaner, but we’re making the environment dirtier in the process. For all these reasons (and a few more), many people would love to be able to clean their homes without chemicals—and that’s where microfibre cleaning cloths can help.

What’s different about a microfibre cloth?microfibre cloths

Suppose you want to clean a large, dirty wall as quickly and thoroughly as you can. You could use a toothbrush, but it would take you forever. So probably you’d opt to use the biggest brush with the most bristles you can find. Now scale the problem down. If you want to clean a worktop really well, what’s the best thing to use? You can’t use a gigantic brush or even a huge cloth, but you can achieve the same effect by using a cloth that packs more punch into the same cleaning area. An ordinary cleaning cloth has fibers made of cotton or a synthetic material such as nylon. You’ve seen pieces of cotton so you know exactly how big the fibers are. But a microfibre cloth has far more fibers and they’re much smaller. If “many hands make light work”, so do many fingers—or many micro-fibers.

 

Why do smaller fibers clean better?

Microfibres are able to attach themselves to even the smallest, most microscopic dirt particles—ones that normal cloth fibers (positively giant in comparison) crudely brush past. If forces were visible, you’d be able to see that there are adhesive forces (the forces of attraction) between microfibres and dirt. As you may have learned in school chemistry, these forces are called van der Waals forcesafter their discoverer, Nobel-prize winning Dutch chemist Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837–1923). (Van der Waals forces explain why geckos can stick themselves to ceilings using zillions of tiny hairs on their toes.) Although there is only a microscopic amount of van der Waals force between one microfibre and any given dirt particle, remember that there are millions of microfibres in a cloth, so the overall sticking effect is magnified dramatically. That’s why dirt, dust, and other stuff can be “hoovered up” by microfibre cloths. And it’s also why you have to clean microfibre clothes so very thoroughly after you’ve used them. (Generally, it’s best to boil a microfibre cloth in a saucepan and avoid washing it with normal detergents. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions if you’re unsure what to do.)

How microfibre cleaning cloths work

Chemical cleaning

microfibre cloths

If you clean the traditional way, with soap and water, the molecules of the detergent you use (shown here with orange dots) stick to and break down the dirt and grime (brown blob). When you rinse with a wet cloth (red), the water molecules (blue dots) glued to its fibers stick to the detergent and wash it away with the dirt still attached. This is old-fashioned cleaning with chemistry. Compared to a microfibre cloth, a normal cloth has relatively few fibers so it cleans in a hit-and-miss way. Dirt gets missed and detergent and water often get left behind on the surface you’re cleaning.

Mechanical cleaning

microfibre cloths

If you use a microfibre cloth, there’s no detergent involved whatsoever, so how is the dirt removed? Instead of detergent, we rely on millions more fibers (shown here as blue lines) that can sweep dirt away. The fibers are made of plastic and many of them attach themselves to each dirt speck with van van der Waals forces. Working as a team, many fibers apply powerful enough forces to dislodge the dirt (loosened with a small amount of water) and carry it away, leaving the surface naturally dirt-free. This is new-fangled cleaning with physics using nothing but the adhesive power of forces—cleaning mechanically and without chemicals. The dirt stays locked inside the cloth’s fibers until you wash it in hot water, which makes the fibers uncurl slightly and release their dirty content.

 

How are microfibre cloths made?

Look on the packet that your cloth comes in and you’ll probably find it says the ingredients are 50 percent polyester and 50 percent polyamide (another name for nylon). In other words, you have a mixture of two plastics. The cloth is made by forcing the plastics through a tiny pipe and heating them so they weave together. These fused fibers are then split apart into microfibres 10–20 times smaller.

Chart: Average microfibre cloths can plausibly claim to be antibacterial; the best cloths can claim to remove some of the bigger viruses (though not the smallest ones). Please note that each of the items shown here has a range of different sizes (for example, human hairs range from roughly 50–200 microns), and I’ve picked a single representative value in each case.

Cloths describes as “microfibre” can vary widely in the size of the fibers they use and therefore in their cleaning effectiveness. In average cloths, the fibers are 10–50 times thinner than a human hair—so each one is only about 3–5 micrometers (three to five microns) in diameter and about 50 times lighter than the fiber in a pair of stockings (0.3 denier compared to typical 15-denier nylon). That’s smaller than pollen grains (5–10 microns) or red blood cells (10–30 microns), roughly the same size as “typical” bacteria (1–5 microns is a good rule of thumb), but still bigger than most viruses (which tend to be smaller than 0.5 microns). Since microfibres can’t effectively remove anything smaller than they are, it would be accurate to describe average microfibre cloths as “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial,” but “antiviral” would be a more dubious claim. The best cloths can make this claim, however: Norwex and e-cloth, for example, boast that the fibers on their cloths are 1/200 the width of a human hair (around 0.33 microns), which would make them effective for removing over 99 percent of bacteria and at least some viruses, although not 100 percent of them. (One important side-note: microfibre clothes are still very definitely an example of microtechnology, not nanotechnology, because micron-sized fibers are 1000 nanometers wide.) A number of recent studies have found benefits of using microfibre cloths (often combined with steam cleaning) to help minimize the spread of infections in hospitals and similar environments (see references below).

What’s the best way to use microfibre cloths?microfibre cloths

Like a traditional cleaning cloth, you use them dry for dusting and very slightly wet for more general cleaning, but you’ll need to experiment! The first time you use one, force of habit will probably make you soak it with water and add loads of soap as well—both of which will reduce the cloth’s effectiveness. I find the best way to use these cloths is with as little water as possible. If you’re cleaning very dirty windows, for example, use a standard cloth and soapy water to wash all the dirt off first. Then rinse them thoroughly with clean water and use a rubber squeegee to get them almost dry, and let them dry in the air for just a little longer. At this point, with hardly any water remaining on the glass, polish over with your microfibre cloth—and you’ll be amazed at the smear-free, sparkling finish. If your windows aren’t too dirty to start with, simply use the microfibre cloth by itself with a little water. You can use microfibre cloths to clean virtually any hard surface. Try them on your bathroom or kitchen surfaces and you’ll be amazed at the results. (Sorry to sound like a bad TV advertisement, but these things really are good!) You’ll literally hear things getting squeaky clean and shiny.

If microfibre cloths are so good, why aren’t they more popular?

Microfibre cloths are much more widely known and used in Europe than in the United States, partly because that’s where the market leading brands originated (E-Cloth in the UK; Norwex in Norway). The household chemicals market is worth tens of billions of dollars to big chemical companies and the stores that sell them; they have little or no incentive to get behind a simple technology that undermines their costly products. Companies like this have spent a fortune on advertising for several decades, happily convincing most of us that we need to blast our homes with industrial-strength cleaners in a never-ending war on germs. Is it any wonder, then, that we’re skeptical of “magic” microfibre cloths that promise to get our homes hygienically clean with nothing but water?

If you’re still doubtful, try one of these cloths for yourself. And remember that what’s cleaning your home isn’t magic—it’s science!

Check out our full range of Microfibre and other cloths in our online shop!

 

 

Cleaners, Sanitisers or Disinfectants?

Here at Wessex, we like to give our customers and followers as much guidance as possible when it comes to using the products we sell (check out the downloads section of our website for some of our handy guides). Whether you work within the cleaning industry or you’re cleaning your own home – how confident are you about heading to the cleaning cupboard, grabbing the right cleaning chemical and actually know the differences between cleaners, sanitisers or disinfectants?

If you hesitate in answering, you’re not alone, which is why we thought a handy little blog post explaining the difference would help!

 

Cleaners, sanitisers or disinfectants

  1. Cleaners

Regular cleaning agents (liquids, powders, sprays, or granules) simply remove dirt, dust, debris and odours from surfaces. Although this is an important first step in improving the health of an environment, they are not effective at killing bacteria or viruses. Most cleaners are used to improve the appearance of an area or surface.

Cleaners make lousy disinfectants, and disinfectants make lousy cleaners – that’s a fact.

“No matter how thorough, cleaning by itself is not enough to ensure that you won’t have any undesirable rogue micro-organisms at the surface level,” says Darrel Hicks, an infection prevention consultant in St. Louis and author of “Infection Prevention for Dummies.

 

  1. Sanitisers 

A sanitiser reduces (but doesn’t necessarily kill) bacteria, viruses and fungi on a surface to a level considered safe by public health codes. Cleaners, sanitisers or disinfectantsTo qualify as a sanitiser, a chemical must reduce micro-organisms by 99.9 percent within 30 seconds.

 

  1. Disinfectant 

A disinfectant, on the other hand, kills nearly 100 percent of the disease-causing bacteria, viruses and fungi listed on its label. To meet Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, a disinfectant must reduce the levels of these pathogens by 99.999 percent in 5 to 10 minutes.

The differences might seem small — just a few hundredths of a percent — but the results can be quite substantial!

Check out our full range of Cleaners, Sanitisers & Disinfectants on our online shop.

New Products!

Here at Wessex, we have been very busy adding new products to our shiny new online shop!

What products? I hear you cry… Well I’m glad you asked!

Below is a selection of the latest products that have been added, along with a brief summary of each new product:

 

Vileda Ultraspin:New Products!

UltraSpin is a simple to use, compact system that combines a revolutionary high performance spinning wringer. The results are effective cleaning, in less time, at lower cost and with less strain for the user.

UltraSpin is adaptable for use in all small areas, the high absorbency and effective wringer making it ideal for fast spill pick up. The user controls how wet the mop head is through the spinning process and you can use it across all mopping applications.

 

Selden V-Mix Selection:

Selden’s innovative one litre V-mix controlled-dose concentrate now has a new baby brother – the ultimate space saving 250ml version. Whether in one-litre or 250ml, the secret weapon of the V-mix concentrate range is its powerful cost-in-use punch compared to standard five-litre cleaners.

Thanks to their high dilution rates, V-mix products help customers under pressure to control costs by going that much further for each penny thanks to the amount of diluted cleaner each V-mix bottle produces. As concentrates, they’re big on customer value even though they’re small on size – and compared to standard five-litre products they weigh less, are easier to handle and store and more environmentally friendly to transport.

Biozone Aircare 30 Unit:

Creates a fresh-smelling washroom that is pleasant to use by removing odour causing airborne and surface bacteria. Protects washroom users by promoting an hygienic environment that is free of viruses, mould and fungi.

 

The IVAC 6 is ideal for professional use. Users of the I-VAC have found that the innovative design significantly reduces workplace damage as a result of several new fantastic features including patented Whizzosystem which whistles when the bag needs changing. Simple maintenance design allows the power cable to be easily changed and replacing a motor only takes 4 screws & 2 minutes!


Be sure to check out these new products and over 1500 other items in our online shop.

Orbot SprayBorg Demonstration

Orbot Sprayborg

This week we saw the very innovative Orbot Sprayborg orbital floor machine. The Orbot is the most versatile, compact commercial and residential orbital floor machine on the market. With it’s unique driver system, assortment of pads and brushes, it can be used to clean, scrub, sand, strip, and polish any carpet or hard floor.

Our Sales Director Luke, who also tried out the machine during the demo said “It’s an excellent machine and I was very impressed with how well it performed on a variety of surfaces.  I’m looking forward to showing the Orbot to our customers”

Some of the impressive features of this new machine include:

  • Compact System – Orbot folds down to 30″ in height which makes the machine easy to transport and store.
  • Easy Flip Base – Base articulates upwards for quick and easy pad changing.
  • Big Wheels – Orbot comes with large 10″ wheels for easy transportation.
  • Weight – Orbot weighs in at only 82 lbs. Orbot with SprayBorg system weighs 102 lbs.
  • Verticle Handle – Vertical handle grips for easy operation and lower back stress relief.
  • Motor – Orbot has a powerful 1 horsepower universal 110V/60 Hz. – 220V/50 Hz. motor that generates 1725 oscillations per minute.
  • Quick Connect Cord – Orbot comes with a quick connect cord system for easy cord removal.
  • Thumb-Touch Control Button System – Orbot turns on, off, and sprays right at the tips of your thumbs with its easily accessible controls.
  • Velcro Driver Plate System (VDP) – Velcro Driver plates can be removed and replaced with a new Velcro plate within seconds if worn.
  • Smooth-Glide System – Use the HOS Gliders to make cleaning easier than it already is. Gliders also help in cleaning shag carpet and other types of fragile carpets.

 

Check out our video of the Orbot Sprayborg in action:

 

If you are interested in a demonstration to see the Orbot SprayBorg in action, give us a call on: 02380 234304 or email: info@wessexcleaning.com

New Product: i-mop XXL

Imop xxl

Wessex Cleaning Equipment are excited to announce the launch of the new product from i-team, The Imop XXL

Following the success of the original Imop, The Imop XXL is the world’s most productive and efficient floor cleaning machine. Its impressive 64cm (25.6 inches) cleaning width combined with the patented Imop technology which combines the high power and performance of a large scrubber dryer but the mobility and flexibility of a floor mop effortlessly cleans all hard floor types both big and small.

This amazing machine offers incredible productivity of 1600 sq/Mtr per hour which is over 4 times faster and 10 times more effective than mopping. The two powerful counter-rotating brushes running at 350rpm with 26kg of down pressure ensures a deep and thorough clean every time. The XXL has a comprehensive range of accessories from deep clean brushes to Twister diamond pads so whatever your floor type the XXL will be a big performer.

The quick change water tanks make filling and emptying this machine incredibly easy and increases productivity by 50% over
machines with built in tanks which can prove a challenge in many environments.

Imop XXLThe XXL is one of the only truly continuous runtime floor cleaning machines as
the innovative quick change click in click off design batteries offer 70 minutes runtime per charge and the re charge time is only 60minutes. With 2 sets of batteries this big performing machine will run all day long.

Where high performance cleaning is needed then the ALL NEW IMOP XXL IS A ABSOLUTE MUST.

 

For further details or to order an Imop XXL, please visit our online shop.

New Product – Makita Backpack Vacuum (DVC260)

Makita backpack vacuum (DVC260)

Last week we visited Makita to see their new range of battery powered cleaning products.  Most people will know Makita as a maker of power tools, and this move into the cleaning industry is certainly an exciting one!

Some of the highlights include (all battery powered) a powerful portable fan, a handheld vacuum and two very impressive leaf blowers.  However, the star of the show has to be the Makita backpack vacuum (DVC260).  Not only is this vacuum lightweight at just 4.3kgs but it is also very comfortable.  Our Sales Director, Luke, tried it out and said “I found the battery back vacuum very comfortable to wear and not too heavy like others I have tried, the run time with the 5.0ah battery was great and the price point very acceptable.”

Makita have a fantastic reputation when it comes to their batteries and they certainly don’t disappoint with the backpack vacuum.  The Makita  Backpack vacuum cleaner (DVC260) is operated by two 18v Li-Ion batteries which are directly housed on the machine to power the 36v DC Brushless motor which produces 45watts of suction power, with a maximum airflow of 1.5m³/min, and maximum sealed suction of 7.1kPa.  The HEPA filter can be easily removed for cleaning and the dust bag has a generous 2.0 litre capacity.  The high/low power selection is positioned on the machine control unit and two 5.0Ah batteries give 60 minutes run time in high mode and 90 minutes in low mode – what is even more impressive is that the charge time on these batteries is just 45 minutes!

This quiet-running backpack vacuum has a lightweight 28mm suction hose, telescopic straight pipe with 500-850mm length adjustment and alternative nozzles.

By far the biggest selling point of the Makita backpack vacuum is the price!  Most battery powered backpack vacuums are extremely expensive (with some products costing over £1000 each) but Makita’s vacuum is a bargain at under £400 (and that includes 2 batteries and a battery charger).  We really do believe that this new machine is a game changer in our industry.  For more information or to order yours today, please visit our online shop.

 

 

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