What’s the importance of having a clean hotel?

Why should you offer a clean hotel environment?

We all know the importance of keeping a clean environment and we’re sure that you all do so, but besides the health benefits, what does it mean to keep a hotel clean? Is it purely for health reasons or is it a benefit to your company and customers as a whole to have a clean environment?

According to research, almost 70% of hotel guests rank hygiene and cleanliness the most important factors when it comes to choosing a hotel, as well as making recommendations to friends, family and colleagues.

A clean hotel room is important to have
A clean hotel room is important to have

The research was completed throughout Europe, asking people what they think is most important for accommodation to have and given they received good or bad service, how they would go about it. The results shows that customers will now make their decision on staying at a hotel using online rating sites like Expedia and Trip Advisor, as this will rate their levels of hygiene, staff service, overall hotel condition and overall satisfaction, amongst others.

Guests thought that the general cleanliness and appearance of both the bedroom and bathroom of their hotel room were the most critical areas in which their opinion would be formed.

In the bedroom, three main factors stood out: clean linen, absence of bad odours/smells and no evidence of the previous guests. The bathroom side of things concentrated on the cleanliness of the toilet seat, as over three quarters of those asked believed it was incredibly important. Almost half believed that the cleanliness of the toilet seat was the most important part of the bathroom regime.

Overall, a massive 46% said that they believe review sites are the most important information source when it comes to choosing accommodation and an additional 28% believe that personal recommendations are the biggest influence on their accommodation choices.

So, now do you see the full benefits of having a clean hotel? A clean environment is what customers crave and we can help through the supply of our hotel cleaning products!

To browse our collection, please visit our website for hotel chemicals products and further cleaning services!

H&S Guidance for employers when using Industrial Chemicals

H&S Guidance for employers when using Industrial Chemicals
Step 1: Gather information about the substances, the work and working practices

  • List all the hazardous substances used.
  • Find out who could be exposed and how.
    Step 2: Evaluate the risks to health
  • Find out the chance of exposure occurring, how often exposure is likely to occur, what level of exposure could happen and for how long.
  • Conclude what risk is posed by the existing and potential exposure.

Step 3: Decide what needs to be done

  • Consider whether there is a need to use each substance in the first place. Stop using those that are not required.
  • For each of the remaining substances and for any new cleaning substances you later consider, ask your supplier if this is the safest product available, or if there is a safer alternative, which you should use if it is available. Ask your supplier if you can purchase diluted products in smaller containers that will be easier to use.
  • Consider where and how the substances are used or handled. Avoid pouring from and using bulk containers, as these can be heavy and hard to hold. Minimise handling, eg by using appropriate syphons, pumps etc, smaller containers and lidded containers when carrying solutions, especially if floors are wet or slippery.
  • Keep substances in their original labelled containers where possible. If decanting, ensure that the decanting containers are made of a suitable material, are clean and clearly marked with the manufacturer’s instructions for use. The label should clearly identify the hazards of the substance. This will help prevent any confusion about the contents.
  • Consider safe storage arrangements, which should be away from heat, sunlight, foodstuffs and members of public, especially children. Containers should all have lids and be clearly labelled. Cleaning and disinfecting substances should be securely stored. Always check manufacturers’ storage instructions, as some products may need to be stored separately from others. Have procedures in place to clear up spillages.
  • Make sure all your employees are informed, trained, and supervised in using cleaning substances. It will not be enough just to issue safety data sheets; you must make sure your employees understand the hazards and the control measures needed to control any risks.
  • Take into consideration any of your staff who do not have English as a first language. You must make sure that they clearly understand. Posters or graphics can help as reminders of how to carry out the job safely.
  • Remember to consult employees and their safety representatives about health and safety issues, including using cleaning substances. They may have experienced problems or come up with solutions that you may not have considered.
  • Make sure appropriate protective clothing is available when using the cleaning substance. This could include eye protection, various types of gloves, face masks and visors etc. Where mains tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, at least a litre of sterile water or sterile normal saline (0.9%) in sealed disposable containers should be provided. Avoid latex gloves as they are known to cause reactions. Employees must be trained when and how to use and replace such protection.
  • Have a procedure for employees to report adverse health effects such as skin or respiratory problems.
  • Have a procedure for clearing spillages. Keep safety data sheets in a place known to staff in the event that they need to refer to them in case of a spillage or accident.
  • Check first-aid arrangements. Staff should be trained in first-aid actions to take in the event of accidental contact with skin or eyes, and appropriate first-aid provision should be available, eg eyewash bottles.

Step 4: Record the significant findings of your assessment

If you have five or more employees you must record the significant findings of the assessment. If you have fewer than five employees you don’t have to write anything down, but it is good practice to keep a record.

  • For all substances used, record a description of their use, eg oven cleaner, and a description of the type of hazard they represent, eg irritant/corrosive/toxic etc (you will find this on the product safety data sheets or product labels). If you do not have this information, ask your supplier to provide it. Manufacturers and suppliers of hazardous substances are required by law to provide safety information on their products.
  • Identify what jobs involve working with hazardous substances and who may be exposed.
  • Record your control measures.

Step 5: Review your assessment

  • Monitor and review your use of hazardous cleaning substances. Supervisors should observe that they are being used and stored correctly. Train new employees.
  • Always follow carefully any instructions and training information given in using cleaning substances.
  • Remember that your safety representative and you as an employee are entitled to be consulted by your employer about health and safety issues, including the use of cleaning substances.
  • When handling substances, especially concentrates (if unavoidable), always wear the protective clothing provided. If there is any danger of splashing, wear eye protection suitable for splash risks, eg goggles or visors. If cleaning at eye level or above, wear eye protection.
  • Check that rubber gloves are free from holes, tears or thin patches. If any of these faults are present, ask for replacements immediately. Tell your employer if you experience any irritation or allergy from gloves you have used.
  • Never mix cleaning substances.
  • When diluting, always add the concentrated liquid to water, not the water to the concentrate.
  • If you accidentally splash cleaning substances onto your skin or eyes, always wash away with plenty of water. Seek medical advice if irritation persists and tell your employer.
  • Avoid lifting and pouring from heavy or awkward bulk containers, minimise handling by using syphons, pumps etc.
  • If you are dispensing powders, always use a scoop; never use your hand.
  • Never transfer cleaning substances into food or drink containers where they can easily be mistaken for foodstuffs. Ensure spray bottles and other containers are clearly marked with their contents.
  • If you use aerosols for cleaning, never spray them onto hot surfaces as this can produce harmful vapours. Never place aerosols on hot surfaces.
  • Only use cleaning substances in well-ventilated areas. Sometimes an open window will be enough. If there is mechanical ventilation, make sure it is working. You may also need a suitable fume mask and goggles, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always clean up any spills on floors or work surfaces immediately.
  • Always store substances as manufacturers advise, for example away from heat, sunlight, foodstuffs and members of the public, especially children.
  • Make sure substances are disposed of properly, as instructed by your employer following the information given in the safety data sheet.
  • Let your supervisor or manager, and safety representative know immediately if you experience any adverse reactions to substances, for example headaches, nausea, skin complaints.

Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0

Source http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cais22.pdf

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Hotel Germs, where to find and clean

Hotel rooms are meant to be the one escape from home without all the worries of things such as mess, clutter, cleanliness however, hotel rooms can actually house unexpected germs, including bacteria and viruses which are not welcome guests.

Due to the ever high rates of cleanliness hotels must keep it’s important at all times to clean the obvious which can sometimes be forgotten… not only this, but to also use the correct hotel chemical products whilst cleaning.

Continue reading “Hotel Germs, where to find and clean”

What are Swimming Pool Chemicals

Swimming pool chemicals are used to treat certain kinds of algae and bacteria within swimming pools, the chemicals include various kinds of sanitizers and disinfectants.

What is actually in Swimming pool chemicals

With different disinfectants and sanitizers used in swimming pool chemicals the most common is “chlorine” which comes from chlorinating agents, this chemical dissolves as it is placed in water.

There is also chlorinating liquid, dry chlorine and liquid chlorine.

 

Types of chlorinating agents

There is actually two different types of chlorinating agents which are called organic chlorinating agents such as potassium dichloroisocyanurate, trichloroisocyanuric acid and sodium dichlorocyanurate as well as Inorganic chlorinating agents such as lithium hypochlorite, sodium hypochlorite and calcium hypochlorite.

These two chemicals are in fact not compatible with each other and when mixing or cross contamination occurs this can cause a form of explosive mixture. This can be caused simply when the same scoop is used for both chemicals without cleaning them.

Chemical Analysis in the UK

 

Looking for the right chemical analysis within the UK? Anything from Water, Workplace, Asbestos, Soil Analysis,sludge sampling, AFF foam testing, oil, breathing air,  and many more Bespoke Analysis solutions. 

Case Chemicals will be able to do the right Chemical Analysis for you!

 

Established in 1993 case chemicals has offered an extensive range of analytical and consultancy services at the highest standard expected by our ISO accreditation.  Case Chemicals can provide anything from the sampling equipment and collection service to site attendance, bespoke testing to providing full electronic reports explaining every detail required.

What Chemical Analysis we Provide

Here’s just a small list of what we can provide analysis services on.

Water Process Water, Drinking water, Recreational water (Swimming pools), Surface/ground water, effluent discharge, chilled water, legionella, salinity, oil in water and many more! 

AsbestosBulk sampling, management surveys/refurbishment & demolition surveys.

Workplace Analysispersonal monitoring (e.g. dust, solvents, hydrogen etc), Dust analysis, LEV testing, Oil mist monitoring. 

Soil AnalysisDesktop Studies & Bore Hole Sampling

Oil AnalysisEngine, gear, hydraulic, compressor, transformer and turbine oil analysis and testing.

Confined Space Entry Certification –  Confined Space/Gas Free, Hot work, Entry to port testing.

Breathing Air AnalysisFTIR Technologies, tests Air to a safe & satisfactory quality to the national sandards including BS EN12021 DEF STAN 68-284.

Bespoke Analysis – We can provide tailor made analysis service to suit your specific requirements.

 

We offer the Full Package when it comes to Chemical Analysis in the UK

Our team of experienced technicians/chemists are always available to personally carry out your air testing requirements, which incorporates the latest testing technologies including dewpoint readers, O2 analysers and obscuration particle counters.

If you would like to find out more about the Chemical Analysis we do visit this page on Chemical Analysis.

 

 

 

 

Restore metal surfaces and convert rust and prime all in ONE step!

Case Chemicals wants everyone to be able to extend the life of your metal equipment by protecting it from rust and corrosion. What’s more, it’s an eco-friendly alternaive to sandblasting!  Rust occurs when the iron in steel oxidizes and returns to its original state, iron oxide. Through an innovative chemical conversion process, Corroseal Rust Converter converts rust into a stable substance, magnetite. It also primes the surface with a high quality latex metal primer at the same time, thus providing a one-step corrosion control system.

However as Case Chemicals have seen, not all rust converters perform as effectively and efficiently. Corroseal Rust Converting Primer was formulated specifically for use in the marine chemical industry – one of the harshest environments for any coatings, such as bridges, decks, railings, boat trailers, ferries, oar locks and shipping containers to name a few.

The transport and automotive world can benefit from corroseal when restoring vehicles, recreational equipment, utility trailers, ramps, floorboards, and quarter panels.

Hotel and general household can take advantage of garden tools restorations, lawnmovers lease of life, trailers, wrougt iron furniture, railings, decorative screens, pet housing, mailboxes and fences.

General industrial uses include storage and fuels tanks, structural steel, manufacturing equipment, farm equipment, fencing and gates, pipes and much more.

There are considerable differences in formulas and performance between the various rust treatment product, but Case Chemicals use corroseal – proven performance for over 25 years in incredibly harsh environments.

  • Corroseal Converts rust on contact – easy to apply so reduces labour time as no need to remove rust!
  • Primes old paint like a hard clear varnish
  • Can be top-coated with any colour
  • Environmentally Friendly, non-corrosive
  • Non Hazardous formula making delivery, storage, cleanup and disposal more cost effective
  • Non flammable

As an example of our work, see our decorative farmhouse water wheel, rusted and weathered before and after: farmhouse water wheel after being restored with Corroseal Rust Converter.

Before: corroseal treatment
Before: corroseal treatment
After: corroseal treatment
After: corroseal treatment

Maintain Your Swimming Pool using the right Pool chemicals

There are few things better in life than relaxing by a swimming pool on a sunny day. If you have your own pool, you have the luxury of swimming in complete privacy or share some fun with family and friends. But, with this luxury comes the responsibility of maintaining it. Most pool owners would undoubtedly love for their pool to remain sparkling clean without any effort, but even without heavy use, a pool needs to be periodically maintained. When you purchase the right pool chemical supplies from Case Chemical, this task is not as daunting as it may seem.  Case Chemicals deliver a broad range of chemicals on a global scale, and the product range includes raw materials and blended products covering sectors such as marine, industrial and hotel and leisure. In addition we offer a comprehensive analysis service tailored to our clients requirements by combining scientific knowledge and responsible care.

Adding Chemicals

If you don’t know much about maintaining a pool, a good place to start is chemicals. Most people know that chlorine is used in swimming pools. It’s one of the most common and important chemicals you will use. Chlorine sanitizes the water by killing various forms of bacteria and algae. It can be used in a liquid, granular, stick, or tablet form. Other chemicals help make the chlorine effective and balance the pH of the pool. Feeding chemicals into the pool is made easier with floating or automatic chemical feeders. They slowly disperse the chlorine or other chemicals into the water. To keep track of all of these chemicals, every pool owner needs a test kit. It will tell you if your chlorine, pH, or other levels are not in the range they should be. You can quickly make needed adjustments based on these test results.

As global providers of swimming pool chemicals, Case have all of the equipment you need to properly maintain your pool. With their help, you will spend less time cleaning and more time relaxing and enjoying your swimming pool.

Contact Case chemicals by phone on 01590 675849, email  info@casechemicals.co.uk or visit the website to see more about what we do http://www.casechemicals.co.uk

Pool Chemicals – the myths

There have always been great debates over how to chemically treat a swimming pool. Pool chemicals are a necessity in order to keep the pool water healthy and clean, although some studies have shown that the use of chlorine may increase your risk of getting cancer. These, after all, are chemicals – and we should know as much as we can about what we are adding to our pool water. Having complete knowledge of the chemicals will ensure we are treating our water the best and safest way possible.

  1. Myth: Saltwater swimming pools don’t require chlorine.

Fact: Because of the fears cause by chlorine warnings, salt water pools began to grow in popularity. However, saltwater pools are not a replacement for the traditional chlorine pool because chlorine is still necessary. Salt can not sanitize a pool on its own, and by using a saltwater chlorinator, salt is broken down and turned into nothing other than chlorine.

  1. Myth: Pool Chlorine is unsafe.

Fact: Since 1908, chlorine has been used in our drinking water supply. Pool Chlorine is safe, as long as it is not exposed to and reacts with organic compounds. Despite the World Health Organizations findings, chlorine is safe for swimming pool use as long as quantities are measured and amount of organic compounds found in the water are kept at safe levels.

  1. Myth: It is not necessary to take a shower prior to swimming.

Fact: Urine, sweat, body oils, and cosmetics all contain organic compounds. Therefore, to minimize the amount of exposure of organic compounds in the water, it is best practice to take a shower prior to going into a swimming pool.

  1. Myth: A clear pool is a healthy pool.

Fact: Seeing is not always believing. No matter how clean and clear a pool may appear, there can be unhealthy levels of micro-organisms in the water. Just because you can’t see micro-organisms, doesn’t mean you cant smell or feel them.

  1. Myth: Since a pool is disinfected, it is ok to swallow pool water.

Fact: Even though our drinking water contains levels or chlorine safe for consumption, it is not advised to drink pool water. Our drinking water comes direct from a faucet, and exposure to the elements is minimal. Pool water, on the other hand, is completely exposed to the elements and it is best to minimize the rise and avoid consuming pool water.

  1. Myth: Chlorine causes redness in eyes.

Fact: Chlorine does not cause redness or itchiness of eyes. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Redness or itchiness is caused by high pH or chloramine levels, and is a sign that there is too little chlorine in the pool.

  1. Myth: Swimming diapers do not contaminate the pool water.

Fact: Swim diapers are not 100% leak proof. With that being said, a baby will contaminate the swimming pool if left in the water long enough.

  1. Myth: There is a pool chemical that can reveal urine in the water.

Fact: Despite what you may see in the movies, such a chemical does not exist and it is nothing more than an urban legend. However, as we know, urinating in a pool is wrong and should never occur as there can be health complications to yourself and anyone else who may be exposed to the contaminated water.

  1. Myth: Chlorine can turn you hair green.

Fact: Chlorine in the pool does not turn your hair green, but the copper in the water can. Copper is added to pool water to control the amount of algae growth. Preventive measures include wearing a swimming cap, or simply shampooing your hair once you exit the pool.

  1. Myth: Strong chemical odors means a clean and healthy pool.

Fact: Pool Chlorine should not have a strong odor. If it does, it means it has mixed with high levels of contaminants. A well sanitized pool should have minimal odor. If a strong odor is present, it is an indication that something is wrong and the pool should be tested.