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Lesley McKenna, of Brightwell Dispensers, shares her thoughts on the importance of having proper dosing equipment for cleaning chemicals, not only to ensure accurate dilution, but for the added health and safety benefits as well.

Commercial cleaning involves implementing cleaning routines that are effective in reducing the risk of contamination and the spread of harmful bacteria in public areas. However, it’s not just the health of the general public that needs protecting – the safety of cleaning employees should be taken into careful consideration too. Reaching high standards of health and safety for both the public and cleaning operatives alike starts with how cleaning chemicals are diluted at point-of-use.

Hygiene practices can range from sanitising and disinfecting work areas to educating the public on the importance of hand hygiene. In high risk areas such as schools and hospitals, where people are in frequent contact with each other, it is crucial to implement such practices to prevent the spread of infection. The type of cleaning products used, coupled with suitable cleaning equipment, plays a significant part in ensuring that high standards of health and hygiene are being met.

ACCURATE DILUTION When we think of cleaning equipment, we often tend to associate it with off-the-shelf products such as a spray bottle of window cleaner or a mop and bucket. Because of this, we sometimes overlook the significance of the type of equipment and method used when preparing and diluting the actual cleaning product in the first instance.

Chemical concentrates not diluted at the correct ratio can potentially result in damaged surfaces from too much chemical concentrate, while too little chemical may not sufficiently sanitise and disinfect surfaces.

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Optimal cleaning performance is primarily dependent on accurately diluted chemicals, and chemical dispensing equipment is one of the most effective ways of achieving this.

Here at Brightwell Dispensers, we have just launched the EcoMulti chemical dispensing system which enables users to dilute multiple chemicals from one dispenser. Belonging to the EcoRange of chemical proportioners and dosing equipment, our new venturi system has been designed with our popular patented dilution pin technology. The revolutionary wheel design eliminates the need for cumbersome metering tips, enabling installers to select up to thirteen independent dilution ratios per chemical inlet.

Proportioners such as EcoMulti enable chemical concentrates to be diluted at their intended ratio for each specific cleaning task, resulting in controlled dilution, reduced waste and maximised cleaning performance. EcoMulti incorporates a built-in multiway valve assembly that allows users to easily switch between cleaning chemicals by simply rotating the dial to the desired chemical. The venturi effect fills the receptacle with water to create a final ready-to-use product without the user ever having to come into contact with the chemical.

SECURE CHEMICAL HANDLING Modern chemical dispensing systems are designed to enhance operatives’ safety by limiting exposure to chemical concentrates. Chemical storage options offered by

manufacturers should include the ability to install chemical cabinets close to the dispenser, or alternatively attach chemical containers to hanging brackets that are off the floor and firmly affixed to the wall. The secure chemical cabinets offered by Brightwell Dispensers in particular play an important role in creating a safe working environment for cleaning operatives. The lockable cabinets ensure that chemicals are safely stored away, minimising the likelihood of tampering and reducing contact with hazardous chemicals.

To help cleaning operatives correctly identify chemical use and application, Brightwell Dispensers believe that colour-coded labels are the most effective way for users to differentiate between chemicals. With an emphasis on user-friendly functionality, EcoMulti comes with an extensive selection of multi-lingual, colour-coded chemical pictograms that can be positioned around the dial so that a user can easily identify which chemical to choose for their desired cleaning task.

There is no denying that when it comes to cleaning equipment, chemical dilution systems are the safe option. The safety of the workforce is greatly increased and the general public benefit from hygienic environments as a result of effective cleaning routines driven by chemical solutions accurately diluted specific to use and application.

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