Coronavirus: Should you be worried?

Here at Wessex, we’ve had lots of questions about Coronavirus and how to protect yourself…

With 9 confirmed cases here in the UK People are understandably concerned, but we aren’t medical experts, so for the official advice from the government please visit:

If you are interested in finding some products to help reduce infection control here is some information directly from some of our suppliers…

We received the following advice from Selden:

Click any of the links below to go straight the the product page on our Online Shop…

We have also received the following from GoJo…

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large genus of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Previously identified coronaviruses include SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of an unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. A novel (new) coronavirus (2019- nCoV) was identified as the cause by Chinese authorities on 7 January. Though the majority of currently identified cases are in China at present, there have been confirmed cases in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the semi-autonomous region of Macau, Hong Kong, Australia and the United States. Vietnam, Singapore and Saudi Arabia have all reported at least one case of contamination, though the situation is evolving daily. WHO has advised people on how to protect themselves and those around them from the disease. This includes following hand hygiene recommendations, such as regularly washing hands with soap and water, and sanitising with an alcohol-based hand rub1.Using skin and surface sanitisers can also help reduce the spread of the virus from person to person, and from a contaminated surface to a person2.Below is a list of our products whose spectrum of efficacy includes the Coronaviridae family.

1). Products proven to be active against vaccinia virus according to EN 14476+A1 (v.2015). This means their spectrum of efficacy covers enveloped viruses (such as Coronaviruses):

  • PURELL® Advanced Hygienic Hand Rub
  • PURELL VF+ Hygienic Hand Rub
  • GOJO® Antimicrobial Plus Foam Handwash
  • PURELL Antimicrobial Wipes Plus

For our full range of GoJo products click here

And lastly this is from Purehold…

Viruses can survive on hard surfaces and infect another person for 24 to 48 hours.

To help reduce the spread of all bacteria and viruses, Purehold  “Clip on”Antibacterial door handle solutions for PUSH doors, PULL doors and LEVER doors should be encouraged in all public buildings (i.e. Hospitals, Schools, GP surgeries, Cruise Ships etc)..

The Purehold antibacterial range is proven to be 96.4% cleaner than standard door handles! 

For more information on Purehold or any of the other products in this article email us at or give us a ring on 02380 234304

Wessex Product Preview – January 2020

Here at Wessex, We’re always on the lookout for new and inventive products and we want to share all those products we find with you!

The first Product we want to highlight is the Loowy… the spiritual successor to the highly rated LooBlade. The Loowy is a new, revolutionary way to clean toilets, replacing the old fashioned and dirty toilet brush with a silicone, antibacterial and water repellent waveform blade for cleanliness right up to the edge. 

It’s also quick-drying, easy rinse and durable. By staying clean and clog-free, it lasts far longer than a conventional toilet brush – saving money and reducing plastic waste.

Next up we’ve got the latest Backpack Vacuum from those clever people at Pacvac: The Pacavac Velo, This new smaller version in the Pacvac family of Vaccuums is out this April and you can check out more information here:

Check out our new video highlighting these two highly anticipated products now!…

Welcome Steve!

All of us here at Wessex would like to welcome Steve Holt our new Key Account Manager.


With over 20 years of experience across many different areas within the cleaning industry, Steve will be supporting the sales and service team with key accounts and introducing them to innovative products from the ITEAM range.


In his spare time Steve enjoys Sea fishing, Badminton and informs us that he’s a “pretty mean” Poker player!



Global Handwashing Day 2018

Global Handwashing Day is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. It is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

In 2018, the Global Handwashing Day theme is ‘Clean hands – A recipe for health’. The theme focuses on the links between handwashing and food, including food hygiene and nutrition. Handwashing is an important part of keeping food safe, preventing diseases, and helping children grow strong.

Handwashing and food hygiene

Handwashing with soap is an important part of food hygiene, a set of hygienic practices that keep food safe and prevent food-related illnesses.

Up to 70 percent of cases of diarrhea may be associated with poor food hygiene. Other important aspects of food hygiene include: keeping utensils and dishes clean, properly storing and reheating food, boiling water and milk where needed, and thoroughly cooking food.

Food-borne illnesses are a major cause of death in low income settings, particularly among children under. Contamination of food can lead to a wide range of illnesses and outbreaks, many of which are particularly dangerous for pregnant women, fetuses, and people with compromised immune systems.1 Hygiene promotion activities have shown improved food hygiene behaviors and reduced contamination in food. One study with mothers in Nepal showed that food hygiene behavior change, including improved handwashing, is feasible through a behavior-centered intervention process.

Critical food-related times for handwashing with soap include: before cooking or preparing food, before eating, and before feeding someone (including breastfeeding). Caregivers should wash their own hands at all critical times, and model or enforce good handwashing behavior for children. Caregivers include parents, siblings, other relatives, school or daycare professionals, and others.

Research indicates that existing routines can be modified to help form new habits. For example, a meal canserve as a ‘trigger’ moment for handwashing.5 Habitual handwashing is more likely when handwashing facilities are established, and time is set aside for handwashing before eating, to help develop a group norm.

Handwashing and nutrition

Hygiene is important for improving nutrition but is not a stand-alone solution. Improving handwashing with soap is considered a nutrition-sensitive intervention. Handwashing prevents diarrheal diseases, which not only contribute to the deaths of many children under five but limit the body’s ability to absorb nutrition from food. The negative effects of undernutrition during the first 1,000 days on physical growth, immune system and brain development may be irreversible.

Promotion of handwashing with soap is estimated to reduce diarrheal diseases by between 27% and 48%. Handwashing with soap and the use of clean drinking water could reduce the loss of nutrients through diarrhea and reduce stunting in children under 5 by up to 15%. The contamination of food items with fecal matter is a known cause of chronic environmental enteric dysfunction (EED), also called environmental enteropathy. EED reduces the intestines’ capacity to absorb nutrients. There is research suggesting that a body experiencing EED cannot absorb nutrients because it is too busy fighting off diseases. Children with diarrhea not only eat less but are less able to absorb nutrients from food. This makes future diarrhea more likely, since undernourished children are more likely to develop diarrhea.

Poor hygiene is also linked to wasting and severe acute malnutrition. Handwashing at critical times can reduce the likelihood of wasting and is particularly important in the first months of life.  However, handwashing without improvement in other water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and socio-economic factors is unlikely to be sufficient to protect against acute malnutrition. A randomized control study in Chad showed that providing a basic WASH package was effective in improving recovery rates from severe acute malnutrition, including the duration of time it took to recover and the amount of weight children regained. Evidence does not consistently show additional benefit to the integration of WASH with nutrition, and more research is needed to understand how hygiene promotion relates to nutrition outcomes. Two major studies published in 2018 showed no additional benefit to the integration of WASH with nutrition, compared with nutrition alone.   Despite these results, the biological pathways that link WASH to nutrition remain plausible and handwashing with soap is likely to remain an important part of future interventions.

What you can do

Handwashing has multiple benefits for food hygiene, nutrition, and overall health and well-being. On Global Handwashing Day and every day, here are some ways you can help everyone enjoy the benefits of handwashing with soap:

  • Wash your hands with soap at critical times, especially before eating, cooking, or feeding others.
  • Model good handwashing behavior and remind or help others to always wash their hands before eating.
  • Make handwashing a routine part of your family meals.
  • Establish places to wash your hands in the household, in your community, in schools, workplaces, and in health facilities.
  • Promote effective handwashing behavior change in research, policy, programs, and advocacy.


Hand Dryers Vs Paper Towels

There is a lot of research online in regards to the great Hand Dryers Vs Paper Towels debate. Here at Wessex we decided to look through some of the various articles to find out what the general

Hand Dryers Vs Paper Towels

consensus is in this debate.

First up an article on from the independent…

Researchers tested the amount of bacteria left on the skin after hands were dried using both methods, and the results might surprise you.

Washing hands and using paper towels or continuous-loop cotton towels reduced the bacterial count by 45-60 per cent, while using a warm air dryer in fact increased the bacterial count by an average of 255 per cent.

“It turned out the bacteria were already inside the warm air dryers thanks to the moist environment,” Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki (yes, that’s a real doctor) wrote in his book Curious and Curiouser.

“Every single warm air dryer had high bacterial counts on the air inlet, while 97 per cent had them on the outlet nozzle surface, too.”

Air-based dryers in fact spread bacteria and other germs in tiny droplets, like a really disgusting aerosol.

Kruszelnicki notes that our bodies are resilient enough to keep most of these bacteria at bay, but suggests you also go for towels (preferably recyclable) over driers anyway as they dry your hands quicker and give the friction needed to shift bacteria that you don’t get from a pathetic gust of air.

Hand Dryers Vs Paper Towels


Then we read this on website UK Business Insider…

A new, independently-funded study of 36 men’s and women’s bathrooms at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine found that bathroom hand dryers blow tons of bacterial spores around. Researchers holding up test plates to hand dryer air found as many as 60 different bacterial colonies could be blown onto them during a 30-second air dry. Turns out, even though the air coming out of hand dryers is almost perfectly clean, it ends up pushing more nasty bathroom air around than a paper towel.

Lead study author Peter Setlow says his research find is not a shock.

“The more air ya move? The more bacteria stick,” he told Business Insider. “And there are a lot of bacteria in bathrooms.”

In fact, other scientists have discovered that “toilet plumes” from inside the bowl of a toilet can spray aerosolized feces as high as 15 feet into the air. And blowing more of that pooey air with a dryer around could cause some serious harm, especially for vulnerable populations like the old and the sick.

Setlow himself, a septuagenarian researcher, says he’s stopped using hand dryers altogether after completing his independently-funded study. And he’s not the only one. The University of Connecticut School of Medicine where the study was done has also started stocking paper towels in all its facilities.


Lastly we headed to YouTube. The TV show Mythbusters (made by the Discovery channel in the US) decided to run a test to settle the debate, and as you can see in the video below, the results were quite conclusive!!




New Products – July 2018

We’re always on the look out for the newest, most innovative products and this month we have three fantastic products to show you…

Hillbrush Anti-Microbial cleaning tools

Hillbrush is proud to announce the launch of a new colour range of Anti-Microbial cleaning tools for the food manufacturing and healthcare industries.

Established in 1922 Hillbrush has a proud heritage of being the only UK manufacturer of fully compliant food safe brushware and hygienic cleaning tools.

The new Anti-Microbial cleaning tool range is specifically designed to prevent the growth and reduce the risk of bacterial cross contamination, minimise foreign body contamination and support HACCP and 5S best practise with colour-coded segregation.

Managing Director Philip Coward said; “With the incidents of food poisoning from food manufacturing on the rise we identified the need for improved cleaning practises, especially in difficult to reach places where bacteria could harbour and spread. Our new range could go a long way to help prevent the spread of pathogens, save money and protect company reputations.”

A key feature of the range is Biomaster technology; a silver-ion based additive designed to inhibit bacterial growth which is proven to be up to 99.99% effective against harmful pathogens.  All plastics in the products, including the brush filaments and resin, are infused with the additive. All components are FDA/EU food contact approved, as with all our Hygienic Cleaning Tools.

Commercial Director, Charles Coward said; “The combination of the Biomaster additive, Resin-Set DRS® Technology and colour coding provides the optimum cleaning tool for high risk hygiene areas. Hillbrush Anti-Microbial Cleaning Tools™ don’t replace your regular cleaning regime, they enhance it, adding that additional level of protection for the food manufacturing industry.”

Hillbrush Anti-Microbial Cleaning Tools™ are available in up to six colours, making it even easier for you to avoid potential cross-contamination. Bacteria that’s transferred onto Hillbrush Anti-Microbial Cleaning Tools™ from a soiled surface will be reduced by 80% in just 15 minutes, and by up to 99.99% in only 2 hours. It is the perfect solution for keeping food manufacturing facilities protected.

Chicopee® J-Cloth® Plus Biodegradable

The Chicopee® J-Cloth® Plus Biodegradable is an environmentally friendly cloththat is 100% biodegradable and compostable.

You can use the Chicopee® J-Cloth® Plus Biodegradable for general purpose cleaning applications such as cleaning tables, utensils and kitchen surfaces.

The open-weave structure of the environmentally friendly Chicopee® J-Cloth® Plus Biodegradable inhibits bacterial growth on the cloth as well as providing excellent food, dirt and dust pick-up.

Ideal for use in a wide variety of industries, the Chicopee® J-Cloth® Plus Biodegradable is best suited to food service, hospitality, contract caterers, janitorial and school and universities.

  • Environmentally friendly
  • 100% Compostable and biodegradable
  • 4 colours available – provides a segregated cleaning solution
  • Compatible with cleaning agents and solvents
  • Food Contact Clearance (FCC) approved


X2 Spray System

The X2 Spray System is an easy to use, lightweight system which instantly mixes water and a concentrate without the need to measure.

There is no need to revisit a box on the wall – simply add water when needed. It is particularly suitable for use in locations where a high level of hygiene is required, e.g. catering establishments and medical facilities.

The X2 Spray System uses patented technology to ensure the dilution of concentrated product remains accurate. Specially designed seals built into every cartridge prevent contact with

the concentrate. As an added security measure, the X2 Spray System will only operate when both cartridges are locked into the system.


  • No need for wall mounted dispensers
  • No need for professional installers
  • One 325ml cartridge produces the equivalent to more than 12x750ml ready to use triggers
  • Same weight as a ready to use 750ml trigger
  • Always the correct dilution
  • Cannot be over-dosed
  • Just add water
  • Ergonomic design


  • Portable
  • Interchangeable products
  • No set up costs
  • Convenient size
  • No waste
  • Controlled costs
  • Environmentally sound
  • Saves storage space

For more information about the X2 Spray System click here

Interclean Amsterdam 2018

This week saw Interclean return to Amsterdam for their 2018 show, There were a lot of fantastic and Innovative products on display… Below are our top picks from this years show!


Dulevo D.zero²

The new electric street sweeper is characterised by zero CO2 emissions, zero dust pollution and zero harmful gases re-emitted into the environment during collection.

The various work functions, being electric and therefore not dependent on a traditional engine, reduce noise emissions by 10% with respect to traditional street sweepers. This particular characteristic enables the operators to make the most of the night shift, cleaning the streets without disturbing the peace.

The D.zero² suction sweeper was designed by following the most modern concepts of ergonomics, usability and performance. It is distinguished by its versatility: it has a variable cleaning track and patented suction outlet, thus it adapts itself perfectly to tight spaces while also still covering large surface areas.




The sidewalk sweeper ITALA135 collects the dirt by a central brush. It is very quiet and suitable for cleaning private and public areas, including sidewalks. The street sweeper ITALA 135 allows the collection of bulky waste through an orientable hose, reaching narrow spaces, such as flower beds, outlines benches, etc. The urban sweeper ITALA 135 can be used as a walk behind sweeper or as a ride on sweeper by adding the operator’s trolley, according to different working conditions.









High pressure trailer JMB-M 350/18

The JMB-M hot water high pressure washer knows a varied applicability, certainly in places where there is no electricity, due to its on-board power source and self-contained operation. This JMB-M is equipped with the latest green technologies, like our very own GreenBoiler, which provides a considerable fuel saving. Likewise the Inter-cooling system, where water from the tank is used for engine cooling and preheating through the heat exchanger, creates a fuel saving of 15% for the burner. Moreover, the diesel engine is cooled even more by means of a supplementary air cooling system for the engine compartment.

Keeping in mind the environment, we installed an auto-stop system as to make the engine stop when there is no cleaning activity for 30 minutes. What’s more, it is possible to clean at less than 85dB when the trailer is completely closed.

The green idea of DiBO returns repeatedly: like in the green coloured aerodynamic polyethylene case, which can be opened completely.





For more information on these or any of our other products, please contact us on or to purchase products visit our online shop

5 things you didn’t know about microfibre cloths!

Microfibre cloths are now an established part of our cleaning armoury. But do you how they remove nasty germs and why you shouldn’t use fabric conditioner when you wash them?

Read our handy guide to find out everything you need to know (and some things you didn’t need to know) about microfibre cloths.


1. The chemistry, physics and biology of microfibres

Stay with us, we are going to make this as simple as we can, even though it involves quantum mechanics, molecular physics and microbiology…
The millions of tiny plastic fibres in a microfibre cloth pick up microscopic particles by an attraction called Van Der Waals force, which, if you passed your Chemistry GSCE, you will know all about.
In simple terms, the fibres attract the particles with a static electric charge, holding on to them until you wash the cloth and remove them. Those microscopic particles can include pathogens which normal cloths leave behind, so your microfibre cloth takes cleaning to a whole new, hygienic level.

2. Squeaky clean – without the cleaning chemicals
If you keep your cloths in tip-top condition, you don’t need cleaning sprays, anti-bacterial cleaners or bleach-based products to do the cleaning. The cloths pick up everything and they are far more effective than a traditional cloth used with a spray.
The key reason for this is that they hold onto the particles they collect, rather than simply moving them around. They also deal with the tiny particles that other cloths leave behind. Not only is this more hygienic but it also leaves surfaces, including glass, mirrors and tiles, shiny and smear free.

3. Handle with care…
How you care for your cloths is the single most important factor in getting them to do their job properly.

Ideally, wash them separately in warm water to break down the forces that are holding together the fibres and the dirt particles. Wash them with InnuScience Nu-Cycle eco-friendly microfibre wash, which uses biotechnology to provide full laundry power at 30°C. Don’t use fabric conditioners in the wash as they will clog up the fibres and reduce their effectiveness.
Dry them either very gently in the tumble dryer, or even better, in the open air. Strong heat will melt the fibres.
Wash and store your cloths separately to your other laundry as they will attract lint from anything they come into contact with (they are simply doing the job they were designed to do.)

4. Great things come in small packages
Ready for a few mind-blowing facts and figures?  Microfibres are the superheroes of the cleaning world with hidden super powers:

  • A single microfibre can be up to 100 times thinner than a human hair
  • Some microfibre cloths can remove 99.99% of germs, without using chemicals!
  • A microfibre can hold on to up to 7-8 times its own weight in liquid
  • A carefully looked-after woven microfibre cloth can be washed and reused up to 600 times

5. A microfibre cloth for every jobMicrofibre cloths have several benefits

over traditional cloths.As we have seen, they are great for surfaces that you want to keep clean and germ-free without using chemicals.

Used dry they make great dusters. Remember how they hold onto particles? Well, a traditional duster, simply moves the dust while a microfibre duster picks it up and hangs onto it.

For cleaning up spillages, they guzzle liquid and hold onto it, reducing the work and the water involved. A great advantage of microfibre mops.

For cleaning mirrors and glass, lightly wet a corner of a cloth for the first clean and then use the dry part for an amazing smear-free, lint-free shine. Some cloths are designed specifically for glass.




Product Spotlight: iClean Mini

The new iClean mini turns tap water into a safe, effective cleaner and sanitizer that works stronger than bleach and hydrogen peroxide without the hazardous odors or toxic chemical residues that come with traditional cleaning chemicals.
Simply fill with drinking water, press the power button, and the iClean mini converts the water into a powerful oxidizer for on-demand cleaning anywhere, anytime.

  • So safe, will not harm eyes or skin if accidentally splashed
  • Kill 99.9% of germs including E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria  without chemicals*
  • Quickly, easily remove dirt, grime, stains, odors, mold, mildew, and pesticides
  • Save time and money by no longer purchasing chemical cleaners, sanitizers, and deodorizers
  • Keep the places you live, work, and play safe
  • SDS Rating = 0-0-0

With the press of a button, the iClean mini instantly converts tap water into a powerful, naturally-occuring cleaning
oxidant that is safer for use around people yet still tough on dirt, germs and odors.

Ideal for home, office, or any commercial or industrial environment, the iClean mini solution is also approved to clean and sanitize food preparation surfaces as well as for use directly on fruits, vegetables, meats and virtually any other food.

  • Absolutely safe for people, pets, and the planet
  • Cleans without poisons, toxins, residues or fumes
  • Protects people with allergies or sensitive skin from the harsh effects of cleaning chemicals
  • Reverts to plain tap water after use

Be sure to check out the iClean Mini and over 2000 other items in our online shop.

Cold or Flu?

If you are one of the hundreds of people each year who are unsure of the difference between a cold and flu? The article below from the NHS Choices website explains the key differences…
Flu is not a “bad cold”. Each year, thousands of people die of complications after catching the flu. Find out how colds and flu differ.

Colds and flu share some of the same symptoms (cough, sore throat), but are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much more serious than a cold.If you’re generally fit and healthy, you can usually manage the symptoms of a cold or flu yourself without seeing your GP.

Symptoms of colds and flu

Cold and flu symptoms are similar but flu tends to be more severe. Colds cause more nasal problems than flu. Fever, fatigue and muscle aches are more likely and more severe with flu.Symptoms of colds and flu can include:

  • blocked or runny nose
  • sore throat
  • headaches
  • cough
  • sneezing
  • pressure in your ears and face
  • loss of taste and smell
  • a high temperature or fever
  • muscle aches and pains
  • feeling exhausted and needing to lie down


A cold develops gradually over one or two days and you’re most contagious during the early stages when you have a runny nose and sore throat. You should begin to feel better after a few days butsome colds can last up to two weeks.Flu usually comes on much more quickly than a cold, and symptoms appear one to three days after infection. You should begin to feel better within a week or so, but you may feel tired for much longer.Whether it’s a cold or flu, get medical help if you either:

  • have a chronic condition (such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease)
  • have a very high fever as well as an unusually severe headache or abdominal or chest pain

People more at risk

You may be more at risk of serious complications, such as pneumoniaand bronchitis if you:

  • are over 65
  • have serious heart or chest complaints, including asthma
  • have serious kidney disease or liver disease
  • have diabetes
  • have lowered immunity
  • had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)

Everyone in an at-risk group is eligible for a free flu vaccination. Read more about how to manage symptoms of flu if you are in an at-risk group.

Stop the viruses spreading
Cold and flu viruses are spread when you breathe in droplets that are coughed or sneezed out by an infected person. You can also catch a cold or flu by touching an infected object or surface and then touching your eyes and nose.Protect yourself and others against colds and flu by:

  • coughing or sneezing into a tissue
  • throwing a used tissue away as soon as possible
  • washing your hands often with warm water and soap
  • having a flu jab every year if you’re in an at-risk group