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What is cleaning?

Before determining how to clean, we ought to run through what constitutes cleaning and why we should do it. 

Cleaning is the process of removing unwanted substances, such as dirt, infectious agents, and other impurities from an object or the environment and is broadly achieved through mechanical action and/or solvent action; many methods rely on both processes. 

Why clean?

  • Removes or prevent waste food, grease, dirt and rubbish attracting pests
  • Prolongs the life of the surface/floor cover
  • Gives a pleasant and safe working environment
  • Reduces the risk of contamination

How to clean – the basics

  • Always follow a clean to dirty cleaning pattern
  • Ensure application of products is ‘dirty to clean’
  • Fold cleaning cloth to enable 8 sides of use
  • Ensure equipment is fit for purpose before use
  • always clean equipment after use
  • Ensure correct dilution of chemicals are used

We have a whole host of ‘how to clean’ guides on our CleaningSafeguard™ dashboard.  Email for more information on setting up an account.

Here to help

At CJS, have put together CleaningSafeguard™, a 6 step management system that aims to look at essential areas to help elevate your cleaning and hygiene – protecting you, your staff and your business.

Click on the button to the left to learn how we can help you and to arrange for one of our experts to get in touch.

  • Sanitisingis to make clean and hygienic by reducing bacteria to safe levels (lowers the number of germs on a surface)

    Disinfectingrequires a stronger decontamination chemical to destroy germs (kills the number of germs on a surface)

    Please NoteIt is important that tools used for disinfection should never be used for general cleaning purposes and so it is crucial that cleaners have the knowhow on products, their usage,  complementary tools, PPE and hygiene.

  • Employers cannot expect their cleaning staff to go ahead with their duties without any training or basic direction.  As with any business operation, training is a must particularly when you are dealing with a number of different chemicals, a variety of dilution rates, commercial equipment, PPE & health and safety demands as well as understanding effective cleaning methods.

    So why Train?
    • Provides effective results
    • Increases staff morale
    • Reduces sick leave
    • Increases self esteem
    • Provides obvious progression for staff
    • Increases job satisfaction
    • Reduces rework and in turn labour and energy costs
    • Ticks compliance boxes

    At CJS we offer COSHH Awareness and product in use training to our customers. To discuss your training needs, please email us at and we will be more than happy to help.
  • Control of cross contamination - simple measures

    • Touchpoint areas that potentially allow the spread of bacteria, virus and fungi can either be person to person or via contaminated items.
    • Continue with effective and regular handwashing hygiene.  Please click here for WHO's recommended handwashing method.
    • Ensure effective and efficient cleaning methods are undertaken as they are key to controlling the spread of infection and helps with cross contamination.
    Why not take a look at our infection control products on our eShop
  • Colour coding is vital for any business cleaning operations and is one of the most effective ways to prevent cross contamination.  You wouldn't want to use the same cloth in the kitchen as had been used in washrooms! Colour coding of products makes it clear what cleaning products are for what areas.  It helps prevent any cross contamination from one cleaning area to another. 

    Due to the number of different coloured products on the market, it is easy to introduce a colour coding system into your organisation

    BICs (The British Institute of Cleaning Science) have a colour coding system that many businesses use (click to download), however there is no official colour coding system that businesses have to adhere to.  The majority of businesses will work on a four colour system, however whatever you choose, ensure it is simple to follow and all your trained operatives adhere to it.
  • A touch can make all the difference to how someone feels, but what else can it do?

    Germs are transmitted by hand, from person to person and person to object.  The frequency of hand contact on areas can create 'germ hotspots' and can go towards increasing infection rates.  Kimberly-Clark observed in one healthcare facility that 63-151 surfaces and 3-4 different elderly residents were touched between hand washing occasions.

    Think about it, how often are surfaces touched throughout the day?  During the morning? In the afternoon? In the last hour?  The answer to these questions will play an important part into how often areas are cleaned, particularly in environments of vulnerable people or at times of germ outbreaks.  

    Effective surface sanitisers are imperative to help combatting germ outbreaks.  Different sanitisers are required for different germs.  If you need help with your infection control or in selecting an appropriate surface sanitising product, email us at and we will put you in touch with one of our specialists who will be more than happy to help.
  • Click here to be directed to our Blogs where you will find a great deal of information to help you with your cleaning operations or for help on deciding what products are right for you.