Concise colour coded cleaning

Environmentally friendly cleaning, convenient cleaning and the recent rise of colour coded cleaning are all significant trends that have grown the category over the last few years.

It was back in the 1990’s that the universal colour code for cleaning was first adopted for commercial cleaning by The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc). The code is not enforced by law, but it seems it has transferred from commercial cleaning to retail as a voluntary code that boasts hygienic benefits.

Colour coded cleaning is demonstrated when cleaning products are designated colours to certain areas within the home, preventing cross contamination from the bathroom to the kitchen for example.

The four colours of red, blue, green and yellow are used to segregate cleaning areas for the kitchen, washrooms, infection control and general cleaning. This is particularly important when cleaning toilets and bathrooms and then of course, preventing use of the same equipment in the kitchen for example, which can cross contaminate and lead to illness.

Hardware retailers have recently joined the trend of colour coded cleaning by reiterating to customers that employing a colour system throughout the home not only ensures cleaning is efficient and easy, but also increases hygiene and cleanliness.

NAB Clean innovates through colour
NAB Clean believes it has continued to grow as a national supplier, in a highly competitive market, by remaining innovative, particularly in the colour coded cleaning sector, as well as delivering high quality service to its customers.

“Due to its superior personalised service, extensive product range, competitive pricing and commitment to rapid responsiveness, NAB Clean continues to grow. It seems that everybody says they provide service….we just get on with it and do it,” NAB Clean National Marketing Manager, Frank Massara said recently.

Just some of the innovations NAB Clean has undertaken in the last few years, includes introducing a new colour coded cleaning system, which has been applied to all mops, buckets, handles and cloths, with the generic colour system introduced as follows:

Blue – general cleaning
Green – kitchen and food preparation areas
Red – toilet and bathrooms
Yellow – infection control

“The colour coding system was developed to prevent cross contamination of infectious diseases. The system is predominantly used in the healthcare industry, and is becoming increasingly evident in food processing and manufacturing, food service and supermarkets to name a few,” Mr Massara said.

Microfibre dusts off the cleaning industry
The use of microfibre for cleaning is also gaining momentum in the cleaning industry of late, with the light weight product proving to be particularly popular because it traps dirt, instead of moving it around, delivering a more substantial clean. It is for this reason that microfibre leads to more cost benefits, because it removes dirt without the need for chemicals, NAB Clean recently reported.

Microfibre is a blend of polyester and polyamide, boasting fibres that are less than one denier in size or 1/16th the size of a human hair, according to NAB Clean, with the manufacturing process creating hundreds of thousands of tiny wedge shaped channels, trapping and holding dirt.

“This ‘capillary effect’, allows microfibre to absorb and hold up to six times its weight in liquid,” NAB Clean recently reported.

NAB Clean, also known as NAB Marketing, is an Australian family owned company that prides itself on loyalty and reliability when dealing with clients. Established in 1998, NAB Clean has grown progressively over the past 20 years to establish itself as a key player in both the wholesaling and manufacturing of cleaning products.

Environmentally clean since 1908
As a third generation member of popular Australian family business, Lightning Products, Kerrie Goodall works alongside her father, Leigh, in the day-to-day running of the business. When looking at quality cleaning products in today’s market, Ms Goodall believes that the constant development of soap has evolved due to the laborious nature of manufacturing traditional soaps.

Ms Goodall says the process remains extremely time consuming, with traditional soap still developed as it was over one hundred years ago and it remains a process that is not forgiving.

“I believe this is the main reason modern detergents and soap rely on synthetic materials like SLS, palm oil and petrochemicals, and it seems these alternatives are often cheaper too,” she said.

“There are very few soaps or cleaning products made the same way as they once were. In fact, I know of only one cleaning paste that is tried and true, still made the same way, and that is Red Star, which celebrates 110 years of manufacturing this year,” she said.

It was Red Star Cleaner that started Lightning Products so many years ago, when the brand and manufacturing was purchased by Ms Goodall’s grandparents in the mid 1930s. However, the product itself initially commenced production in 1908.

Established product in a modern market
Today, Lightning Products continues to focus on producing commercial, industrial, automotive and domestic cleaning products, that not only offer high performance, but also the highest eco integrity under brands including Euca Laundry, Solvit Citrus Clean, Tuff Cleaner/Degreaser, Lightning Hand Cleaners and more.

Red Star Cleaner has recently upgraded to commercial quantities in its new 380-gram and 1.5 kilogram flip top packaging, alongside merchandising support.

Red Star Cleaner cleans ‘from hands to pots and pans’ and remains the ideal cleaner for the kitchen, laundry, bathroom and workshop, according to Ms Goodall.

“There are dozens of cleaning jobs made ‘naturally’ and remove everything from tarnish, hard water marks, light corrosion, soap scum, grease and oil on the BBQ, oven, bath, sinks etc. If you want your customers to try a completely natural product with real brand heritage, get in touch with us to find out more on the versatile performance of Red Star,” Ms Goodall said.

For more details on Red Star Cleaner phone: (03) 8368 2522.

Sabco’s new convenient Supa Dry Spin Mop
Sabco’s new Supa Dry Spin Mop and bucket has recently taken the spin mop category to a completely new level.

While the stainless steel spinning chamber spins just like a washing machine, removing water from the mop with ease, now users can control the amount of water left in the mop depending on the level of cleaning power that is required.

Users simply spin less for a wetter mop, to cut through dirt with ease, or spin more to remove more water for drier, streak free floors.

The hand operated spin is also more stable than traditional foot operated models, making it much easier (and safer) to use, according to Sabco.

The quality microfibre mop head also cuts through dirt and grime with ease, leaving floors sparkling clean in no time, while users can even remove the spinning chamber and use the bucket for general cleaning needs.