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Time off after slips, trips and falls involving cleaners or delivery staff are costly both in financial and service quality terms so a 6kg box of V-Mix has a significant risk advantage over handling 22kg boxes of standard five-litre product – particularly when negotiating staircases and the like.

Woodhead explains: “Both the cleaner and the distributor face problems at the point of use. As office floorspace rentals

have increased, storage space within the cleaners’ cupboard has become smaller and many now have to carry in cleaning materials and carry out used items which can be awkward as well as time consuming – so small, easy-to-


shelf-friendly products which produce low-bulk packaging waste when used up are a Godsend.

“To take another instance, one of the issues facing the cleaning industry is the conflict between cleaners who want to undertake daytime cleaning because it overcomes staffing and access issues and client businesses who prefer night cleaning because it reduces disruption during normal working hours.

“Smaller packaging bulk associated with our V-Mix can be dropped off easily and even walked in by the cleaner – there’s none of the client disruption awkwardness associated with

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big boxes of five litre containers taking up reception room, cramming into busy lifts or negotiating stairways.

One of the biggest factors for a cleaning contractor, particularly smaller contractors, is price - and on the face of it, a concentrate may appear more expensive. However, a single 1-litre bottle of V-Mix will make up 50 buckets or 100 trigger sprays of cleaner

Most importantly, as controlled dosage product, there’s no product waste or poring away money through incorrect dosage. Exactly the right amount of product is used for the job in hand first time, every time - so cost in use for an individual cleaning task is consistent, predictable and controlled.

“Coupled with the other cost-saving advantages, it will certainly be the choice of the smarter buyer looking for better control over the cost and time of the overall cleaning operation,” said Woodhead.

The same advantages in cost in use are also evident in Selden’s IQ system of super concentrates, which are based around an innovative wall-mounted push button dispenser and pouch refills.

The IQ dispenser automatically controls the dosage rate so product usage is accurate and consistent whether used with buckets or triggers. Slotting a trigger spray neck into the base of the dispenser automatically constricts a shot to 10ml. Taking the dispenser out of the wall bracket to dose a bucket automatically ups the shot size to 20ml.

Portability, along with simple pouch refills, is a key advantage of the IQ system. Dispensers can be taken away to the bucket or remain in the wall bracket for trigger fills so cleaners have maximum flexibility in ensuring tasks are tackled in the most time-efficient way. A single wall bracket holds one dispenser ready for use and two more on stand-by so up to three different products can be immediately available from one fill-point and several brackets can be placed around large sites as required.

Selden’s unique collapsible pouch refill system for IQ represents a major leap forward in minimising the kind of bulky waste which creates added hassle in removing used containers from a client site. Unlike large hard-plastic containers, when used the pouches collapse down to just a few millimeters thick – reducing both handling problems and landfill issues.

“Our new So-System of foaming handcare products also uses pouch refills so much of the development thinking around the IQ refills had already been done,” said Mark Woodhead.

“While IQ is based on concentrates which make a little product go a long way, the foam building action of So-System hand soap dispensers makes more than a single shot superfluous in the eyes of the user.

“In their own way, our new V-Mix concentrates, IQ super-concentrate system and even our So-System handcare range each make a uniquely relevant contribution to customer’s lives in terms of time, cost in use and cleaning efficiency.”

See Selden’s new V-Mix, IQ super-concentrates and So-System ranges on the Selden stand (F19) at The Cleaning Show, March 1-3 NEC Birmingham.

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