Mould removal products – Mould in the home

As an unfortunate result of La Niña hanging around (It’s in its second year already and The Guardian are predicting it could well move into a third in 2023) and providing extra rainfall for 2022, many Australians (and particularly Queenslanders) are dealing with the issue of how to remove mould at home.

Mould is a type of fungus that lives on plant and animal matter – its growth is generally brought on by damp and humid conditions, water leaks or flood damage.

Holly Jones, a researcher in the healthy housing unit at Melbourne University’s school of population and global health, was quoted in the ABC discussing the health ramifications of living in a house affected by mould:

“There’s always mould in every house, but it needs dampness to grow, and there’s a lot [of dampness] at the moment because of the floods and rain,” Ms. Jones said.

“What causes illness is certain species of mould being more concentrated … so by keeping your house dry, you’re keeping that in check.”

How to Remove Mould

Mould can show as a stain, smudge, or a discoloured section on everything from clothing, walls to furniture – and its effects on the human and animal respiratory system can include wheezing, coughing, watery eyes, congestion, or even respiratory infections. It’ll exacerbate asthma and allergic conditions as well – so this really is something you should keep on top of at your place, whether you own or you’re renting.

Mould is quite inexpensive to remove, let’s take a look at Allets recommendations – for the vast majority of mould cases, all you need is water, vinegar, a spray bottle, and a microfibre cloth! This environmentally friendly way to clean means you can avoid harsh chemicals, kill bacteria and germs, and keep your house safe without compromising your health.

Mould Removal Products

In many cases, vinegar is the best way to remove mould in your home. It’s cheap, effective, and 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water means you’ll be able to remove mould and mildew in your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, or anywhere the damp has managed to get in! Simply mix it into your spray bottle, spray onto walls, and gently wipe off. To clean mouldy clothes, try soaking them in warm water with a few tablespoons of white distilled vinegar added.

If any mould reappears in the coming weeks try to attack it quickly so it doesn’t have a chance to grow again. If you’re not having any luck with Vinegar (it removes ~80% of mould) then please give bleach or borax a try.

Take a look at some of the products we’ve got for sale:

– You can get 5L of custom cleaning vinegar for just $10.00
15 Edco Super Quality HD Sponge Scourers for $12.50
Edco Spray Bottles available in 1L and 500ml sizes
Edco Spray Triggers suitable for both 1L and 500ml sizes
Edco Merrifbre Universal Microfibre Cloths (3 Pack)
– Bleach is also very efficient in killing mould spares and removing mildew – but it only works on non-porous surfaces and materials (dilute it at 1:10). Enzyme Wizard have a fantastic Bathroom and Kitchen cleaner you can use for this!

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Cleaning Hack: How To Clean a Stained Toilet

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Ever found yourself relentlessly scrubbing the toilet bowl, but not making any progress? Well, your elbow grease is not to blame. You probably just have a stained toilet bowl. Fortunately, the right cleaning products paired with the right cleaning method can remove toilet stains. Read on to learn how to clean a stained toilet.

What Actually Causes Toilet Bowl Stains?

Before we dive into how to remove the toilet bowl stains, we need to distinguish what caused the stains. This will guide how we will clean the stains.

Calcium Build-up: Yellow stains are more often than not limescale formations. These stains are caused by hard water, wherein minerals accumulate over time; to the point where they become visible in the toilet bowl as a stain. These minerals can cause further damage by accumulating in your pipes, causing a toilet block.

Rust Stains: If your toilet bowl is stained red or dark brown, the most likely culprit is rust. This may be caused by pipe corrosion. It may even be the result of iron in the water, which will react with oxygen to create iron oxide.

Mould Stains: Mould stains are hard to miss. They leave both unpleasant visuals and unpleasant smells. Mould stains are evidenced by black or dark green spots, and a musky, damp smell in the bathroom. It’s important to be prompt when removing mould stains, as mould can quickly multiply, and it is harmful to inhale.

Blue Stains: Blue stains are typical with highly acidic water that is rich in copper. Once removing the stain, blue stains can come back fairly easily, but fortunately, regular, routine toilet cleaning can prevent it.

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How To Clean a Stained Toilet

Fortunately, cleaning a stained toilet is very achievable these days. You just need to be using the right product, then you’re good to go. Plenty of products are available that have been engineered to target tough stains and remove them.

Organic Acid Formula: Enzyme Wizard Bathroom and Toilet Cleaner: This toilet cleaner contains a concentrated and organic acid formula that swiftly and safely removes hard water and other calcium deposits from toilet bowl surfaces, including porcelain and stainless steel surfaces. It can even be applied to other surfaces like glass, showers, and baths.

Environmentally Preferable: Agar Sequal Toilet Bowl and Urinal Cleaner 5L: This powerful toilet cleaner is a thickened product that clings to vertical surfaces. The unique, high viscosity formula dissolves rust, but will not harm stainless steel, even after long periods of exposure. Better yet, this product has been specifically formulated to be environmentally preferable.

Versatile Probiotic Cleaner: Pro Blue Total Bathroom Cleaner: This probiotic cleaner is formulated with bacteria to provide enhanced cleaning power that continues to work long after you finish cleaning. This versatile bathroom cleaner is perfect for removing toilet bowl stains and other stains in the bathroom. It is packed with gentle organic food acids and 3 different stain digesting enzymes. The formula’s food-grade citric acid effectively targets the removal of rust and mineral scale, as well as soap scum.

Fresh Lavender Fragrance: Tasman Bowline Toilet Washroom Cleaner: This highly concentrated citrus-based, all-natural acid cleaner is designed for use as a general toilet cleaner and scale remover, for toilet bowl stains and for general bathroom cleaning. It is formulated on safe organic acids and non-ionic surfactants, a combination that has proven to be the least corrosive to all metal yet gives excellent performance.

Don’t Forget a Quality Toilet Cleaning Brush

Once you have your toilet cleaning solution, you just need to pair it with the right toilet cleaning brush. Geelong offers a well-rounded range of toilet brush products that get the job done.

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How To Keep the Toilet Bowl Clean – After Cleaning

Once you have removed the toilet bowl stains and cleaned the toilet, there are a few things you can do to prevent further stains from occurring. Regular cleaning is one way to stop stains from developing. Another way to prevent staining in between toilet cleaning is to use in-cistern toilet cleaners. Sweet Lu Blue Toilet Cleaner is a good option. This long-lasting commercial sanitiser will last up to 3 months and releases a fresh pine scent with every flush.

The Right Cleaning Product Will Remove Tough Toilet Bowl Stains

When you are armed with the right toilet cleaning product, removing tough toilet bowl stains can be done with ease. At Allets Online, we love helping to make the tough cleaning jobs easy, by connecting our customers with quality cleaning products that work. If you have any questions about our product range, be sure to contact our helpful team.

How To Clean Tile Floors Easily – No Matter The Material

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Tiles can start to look a little worse for wear when our cleaning isn’t up to scratch. This especially rings true for tiles in hospitality settings, where spillages are commonplace. Tiles in shopping centres, hospitals and other areas with high foot traffic are also susceptible to becoming dirty. But, with the right tile cleaning practices and tile cleaner solution, you can effectively clean tiles and grout. Read on to learn how to clean tile floors successfully – no matter what material the tiles are made from.

Cleaning Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Floors

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are very durable and sturdy. Here is the best way to clean these tiles:

1. Vacuum Or Sweep

Try to either vacuum or sweep your tile floors on a regular basis. While ceramic and porcelain tiles tend to be dirt resistant, the presence of grit and sand can make the glazed surfaces appear a tad lacklustre.

2. Choose Your Mop Wisely

Instead of a sponge mop, you’ll need to use a rag or chamois type mop. These types of mops will draw the dirt up and away from the tiles, while sponge mops risk pushing dirty water into the grout lines. If your floor is particularly dirty, or you are cleaning a large space, remember to frequently change the mop water – there’s little use in cleaning a dirty floor with dirty water. If you’re cleaning tiles in a hospitality setting, they need to be vacuumed/swept and mopped daily.

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3. Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Tile Stains

If you spot a stain while cleaning your tiles, the first step you should take is to try to determine what substance caused the stain. Once you know what substance caused the stain, apply the most appropriate cleaner for the stain, for a comprehensive clean.

4. Avoid Soapy Residue

A soapy residue on your tiles will leave a cloudy, hazy finish. To remove this film, go for a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner.

5. Use A Cloth To Dry The Tiles

Air drying tile floors can lead to water spots. Opt to dry your floors instead with a clean cloth after applying your tile floor cleaning products.

Cleaning Stone Floors

Stone floors, such as granite, slate or marble, need a little extra care when being cleaned. Some of the chemicals found in traditional cleaners may cause harm to the surface of these materials. It’s best to clean your stone tiles with products that are suitable for this tile surface.

Slate Tiles

Go for a mild detergent when cleaning slate tiles. Look out for a product that doesn’t contain acidic properties, like lemon or vinegar. If your slate tile is coated, avoid water spots by gently drying the tile immediately after washing with a towel.

Marble Tiles

Marble tiles are stunning, but they tend to be high maintenance. It’s best to steer clear of any cleaning products that have an acidic pH level when cleaning marble tiles. This means avoiding tile cleaning products that contain lemon or vinegar. Using these products risks damaging the surface of the marble tiles. Similarly, go for cleaning materials that are very gentle, so avoid hard brushes with rough bristles.

Cleaning Resilient Tile Floors

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Resilient tiles are made from materials like vinyl, cork and linoleum. They’re often favoured because they’re easy on the feet and require minimal maintenance.

Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl tiles are easy to maintain and resilient to high foot traffic. To keep vinyl tiles clean, vacuum or sweep any debris, then follow this up with a mop. Use a vinyl cleaning solution along with vinegar and water. Be gentle when cleaning vinyl tiles – don’t use abrasive cleaners or scrubbing tools as these can scratch the vinyl surface.

Cork Tiles

Cleaning and maintenance for cork tiles will vary based on the finish of your tiles. For cork tiles that have been sealed with polyurethane (which is standard for cork floors), use a mild detergent and clean water to clean the surface. After cleaning, be sure to rinse well. If the cork is waxed or unfinished, follow these cleaning instructions, but apply a liquid or solid wax after the cleaned tiles have dried.

Linoleum Tiles

Often mistaken for vinyl floors, linoleum is a different material that comes with different cleaning requirements. Once you have swept or vacuumed the linoleum floor, use a linoleum floor cleaning solution to wash this tile. Rinse the floor clean and allow it to air dry. For a quality finish, apply a coat of wax and buff every three to six months.

Cleaning Tile Grout

Cleaning tile grout is probably the most challenging component of cleaning tile floors. It’s also arguably the most important aspect of tile cleaning. Grout is especially challenging for tiles that live in hospitality settings. Enzyme Wizard’s ‘No Rinse Floor Cleaner’ is the perfect solution for industrial-strength cleaning in restaurant and hospitality settings. This tile cleaner contains a proprietary soap-free multi-enzyme formula, which is specifically designed to break down grease, oil, and food waste.

After scrubbing the grout, seal it. Opt for a silicone-based sealer to seal the grout and prevent future stains from adhering. This is ideally done about two weeks after the grout is installed or renewed.

Clean All Tile Types With Allets Online

The best way to clean tiled floors depends on the tile you have. To ensure you clean tiles and grout properly, you’ll need to ensure you have chosen the best tile cleaning products. At Allets Online, we stock a diverse range of commercial-grade cleaning products, for effective tile cleaning, floor cleaning and countless other cleaning applications. Be sure to browse our range of floor cleaning products to find the best product for your application. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.

4 Specific Brushes That Make Cleaning More Efficient

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We’ve all been there before. Whether you’re trying to get your property ready to sell, at the end of your rental lease or simple (but dauntingly) having your mother over for dinner – there will come a time in your life when you are faced with the inevitable question… “How can I achieve a professional-level clean at home?” Well, Allets Online’s efficient cleaning brushes may be the answer you’re looking for.  

Professional cleaning is expensive. Rightfully so, commercial cleaners are experts in what they do. That being said, there is nothing that they know, that you can’t learn yourself with the right tools and tips to get you started.

If you’re reading this thinking, “That’s me!” then read on to learn more about four specific brushes that make cleaning more efficient and start your cleaning journey today!

Geelong Rim Toilet Set

Nobody ENJOYS cleaning their toilet, but it must be done regularly to achieve that “professional cleaner” feeling at home. Our advice? Ditch your regular old brush, and get yourself something that can get into all those hard-to-reach places. Something like the Geelong Rim Toilet Set or the Geelong Long Reach Brush Kit will do the trick.

In particular, the Geelong Rim Toilet Set is an excellent choice as it allows you to clean under the rim of the toilet seat without really thinking about or looking at that part of the loo. We’re sure that almost anyone would appreciate a quicker, more straightforward toilet-cleaning experience. Correct?

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Geelong Blind & Shutter Brush

What about that pesky blind and shutter dust? It’s the kind of thing that you don’t realise needs to be cleaned until your allergies start playing up and you realise just how much dust is hiding around the home. Gone are the days of precariously running over your blinds with a cloth as you try to hold them in place. Geelong’s Blind & Shutter Brush is purpose-built for cleaning your blinds with ease. This innovative and simple design has become one of the most efficient cleaning brushes that we’ve seen.

Its double-sided microfibre cloths and 3-prong style design allows you to get in between each blind or shutter, cleaning both sides as you go. Plus, the microfibre cloth is removable, making it easy to wash and continue using for many cleans to come. What was once a timely, tedious task can now be a fun, simple part of your cleaning routine.

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Edco Dustpan & Brush Set

Now, a blog about efficiency-boosting tools could not possibly be complete without tipping our hats to the humble dustpan and brush. In this case, we’ve chosen to highlight the Edco Dustpan & Brush Set as it is a durable, premium plastic brush set. The rubber lip allows for close contact with the cleaning surface, and it comes in four different colours to match your existing colour pallet. If you’re in the market for the best basic dustpan and brush, you can’t go past this one.

Dustpan and brushes come in many different shapes and sizes, and we’d recommend looking further into our range to find the best option for you.

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Geelong Extra Heavy Duty Broom Soft Sweep

Last but not least, a good broom goes a lot further than you may realise. Brooms come in many shapes and sizes too, and it’s essential to choose one that’ll suit your needs. You may be looking to sweep outdoor areas, decks, or inside and all will be made more efficient with the appropriate broom choice.

In this case, we’re going to talk about smooth surfaces (so we’re talking about polished floorboards, tiles, lino, etc.). The Geelong Extra Heavy Duty Broom Soft Sweep is a great all-rounder for these types of floors. It is a more premium broom head, but it comes with all the bells and whistles you didn’t realise you wanted in a broom, such as red PET soft bristles, that will help pick up the finer dirt and dust particles an ordinary broom won’t collect.

If you feel like you’re getting nowhere when you sweep the house, it might be time to determine whether the tool you’re using is the right one for the job. Simple, right?

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Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore, and with Allets Online, you can achieve what feels like a professional clean without having to pay a commercial cleaner to do it for you. We pride ourselves on stocking premium products, that often aren’t available in Australia, without the premium price tag. Furthermore, our products are available to anyone – not just those with a wholesale account. Our efficient cleaning brushes are a great addition to your cleaning arsenal.

Head on over to our products range to see what else we’ve got to offer or contact us now to find out more about our exclusive inventory.

7 Benefits Of Cleaning With Microfibre Cloths

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With the growing push for more environmentally-friendly cleaning products, microfibre cloths have become the go-to cleaning product for many cleaners. This advanced, extremely fine cloth needs just a dash of warm water to get some astonishing cleaning results. 

In short, microfibre cloths allow you to clean more with less effort and fewer chemicals. They can be washed and reused hundreds of times before they even start to deteriorate. Microfibre cleaning equipment has become a massive phenomenon in Europe, but is still growing in Australia. 

You’ve likely already used a microfibre cloth at some point to clean your glasses and maybe your car. But, microfibre technology gives you the ability to get the same or better cleaning results with significantly less exposure to chemicals while reducing pollution.

Here are 7 must-know reasons why you should be using microfibre surface cloths. 

What is Microfibre

As the name suggests, microfibre is made from millions of tiny filaments. These fibres are 100 times smaller than the ends of our hair and super compact, so they have a much higher cleaning surface area than cotton or wool surface wipes. 

This material is made of polyester and nylon, making it super absorbent. It also creates and stores a small static charge that attracts dust, lint and other particles. The super-fine fibres hook and trap particles and bacteria cells into the fabric. Amazingly, it allows you to lift grease, dirt and oil with little more than water. 

Why You Should Use Microfibre Surface Cloths

The benefits of using a microfibre cloth are enormous! Of course, we would weigh the pros and cons for you, but there is really no downside to having some of these items at your disposal. 

Cleaning with microfibre cloth: 

  • Saves you money as you can use them hundreds of times. 
  • Protects the environment because it needs fewer chemicals than other surface wipes.
  • Removes 99% of bacteria using only water.  

Microfibre Cloths Needs Little More Than Water To Give An Amazing Clean 

Microfibre is becoming increasingly popular with people who are interested in green cleaning. This is because the surface of a microfibre cloth can reach into the areas that regular cloth cannot, removing hard-to-reach dust and bacteria without the help of chemicals. 

Microfibre Cloths Reduce Pollution Caused By Cleaning Chemicals 

Chemical runoff and waste create significant levels of pollution each year. For a comprehensive clean with a microfibre cloth, all you need to do is dampen it with water, and the fibres will do the rest of the work. 

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Microfibre Cloths Give A Much Better Clean Than Standard Cloths 

When you clean with a cotton or wool cloth, a lot of the time, you are just smearing pathogens and particles over the surface instead of removing them. Microfibre has a vast surface area, which means there’s significantly less scrubbing involved and you’re getting a cleaner surface. 

Microfibre Cloths Are A Must For People With Allergies 

Microfibre cloths are hypoallergenic, making them perfect for people with asthma or allergies. Regular cleaning cloths often scatter or rearrange dust on a surface. Microfibre actually attracts fine dust particles to it, so you know you’re trapping the cells. Because of the current, the particles won’t end up back in the air. People with allergies are less likely to suffer from irritation when cleaning or being in the room because dust isn’t being disturbed.  

No Streaks Or Marks With Microfibre Cloths

Are streak marks your bane? Scrubbing glass or mirrors with standard cloths can leave ugly stains behind or annoying pieces of lint from the fabric itself. Microfibre cloths give you a streak-free shine with each wipe. It does not leave a residue and picks up significantly more dirt within the fibres.

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Microfibre Cloths Battle Bacteria Without Harsh Chemicals 

Microfibres are small enough to successfully scoop up bacteria and virus cells and trap them within their vast surface area. Many chemicals advertise the percentage of bacteria that it kills. Microfibre doesn’t kill bacteria the same way chemical cleaners do; however, it does pick up pathogens, fungi and viruses inside its fibres.  

This material has been proven to remove 98% of bacteria and 93% of viruses from a surface using only water. If you’d prefer to use a detergent, disinfectant or bleach-free non-toxic chemical cleansers, these products can be effectively used with microfibre cloths. 

Microfibre Cloths Are Brand New After A Spin In The Washing Machine 

To clean your microfibre cloth, it’s as easy as putting it in the washing machine at the end of the day and giving it a good cycle. Even rinsing it with hot water and soap will kill most pathogens within the fabric. 

Want To Start Cleaning With Microfibre Cloths? 

Not all microfibre cloths are made equal. Some suppliers meet the minimal requirements. Allets Online supplies heavy-duty, durable microfibre cloths that will last for hundreds of cleans. We’re a Brisbane based cleaning company that can deliver great supplies Australia-wide. Place an order online today or get in touch with our expert team with any questions you may have.

Cleaning Hack: How To Get Wet Smell Out Of Carpet

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Dealing with a wet carpet can be tricky. The functionality of the room is dramatically reduced, you need to figure out how to dry the carpet, and the smell… is quite unpleasant. Regardless of how you encountered water damage; whether it was a leak, flood or blocked drainage system, you’ll likely be victim to the musty, mouldy, wet carpet smell. Not only is this smell unpleasant, it’s also a blaring sign that your carpet needs a good clean. Read on to learn how to get rid of wet carpet smell. 

 

Dry The Carpet

The first step to take when cleaning wet carpet is to dry it as best you can. By using a wet vacuum cleaner, you can suck up a significant portion of water from the carpet. If you have lodged an insurance claim, you will potentially be recommended to use commercial grade dehumidifying fans. These fans are positioned near the affected area (for example, directed at the wet carpet from outside the room). While they can make your space fairly hot and are unforgivingly loud machines, they are recommended for carpet that has suffered extensive water damage. By drying out the carpet, you can help prevent mould and bacteria growth. 

 

Clean The Carpet

Once you’ve done the hard stuff, it’s time to clean the carpet with a high-quality carpet cleaner. By supplementing drying your carpet with a quality carpet cleaning product, you’ll be able to reduce the smell and remove any dirt or mould. Here are some of our recommendations:

 

General Carpet Shampoo: Enzyme Wizard Carpet Shampoo

This carpet shampoo is a great all rounder. It’s soap free, destroys all organic matter, removes stains and works quickly. Importantly, it also eliminates odours and can be used in tandem with  carpet washing machines. 

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Removes Deep, Tough Stains: Enzyme Wizard Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner

This carpet cleaner from Enzyme keeps on working after application. It eliminates odours, and can be used to treat tough stains, like ink, dirt and grime, pet stains, and general food stains. The Enzyme Wizard Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner has a rapid penetrating action that gets deep down into the fibres of the carpet to loosen the debris, which helps to eliminate the source of odours. Plus, if you suffered any damage to your furniture, it can be used on upholstery too. 

 

Encapsulation Cleaner: Agar Cap It Off Encapsulation Carpet Cleaner 5L

This carpet cleaning product is an encapsulation cleaner. It can be used on both carpet and upholstery. This carpet cleaner encapsulates soils, so they can be removed by vacuuming when dry. Carpet encapsulation is made possible by a chemical being worked into the carpet with a mechanical action. The soil or dirt is then enclosed (encapsulated) in a crystal onto the carpet fibres. These crystals are then easily removed from the fibres by vacuuming. The science of encapsulation is the crystalline polymers that are added in addition to the detergents.

 

Mould Killing & Biodegradable: Agar Everfresh Carpet Deodoriser 5L

This mould killing carpet cleaner from Agar is highly effective in eliminating a range of bad carpet smells, such as spillages, smoke, spoiled food and of course, water leaks. It’s a biodegradable carpet cleaner that contains no cationics or alkalis, and has a pH below 9. It is therefore ideal for use on stain-resistant carpets where ordinary deodorisers cannot be used. 

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Improve Look & Feel Of Carpet: Agar Exit Carpet Detergent

The Agar Exit Carpet Detergent expels wet carpet smell, leaving a fresh fragrance behind. This premium liquid detergent contains fast reacting cleaning agents for single-pass, hot water extraction carpet cleaning. It’s therefore used when added to the tank of a carpet hot-water extraction machine. It’s a great carpet cleaning product if you’re looking to eliminate odours and dirt, as well as brighten the colours of your carpet. 

 

Shop Now To Alleviate Your Wet Carpet Smells

The wet carpet smell is never pleasant. However, with the right care and cleaning, you can restore your carpet to be as good as new. At Allets Online, we stock a broad range of carpet cleaning products designed to fit any carpet cleaning needs. Be sure to get in touch with our friendly team if you have any questions about our product range

Are Carbon Labels Next For Commercial Cleaning?

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A product’s carbon footprint can be as important as a food item’s nutritional content in the growing eco-conscious consumer market. New carbon label systems show customers the amount of carbon emitted while creating the product; and brand experts expect it to be an important aspect of which products customers choose. 

About 25 years ago, food packaging began displaying nutritional metrics. Since then, it’s become common practice to check our food’s calorie, fat, sugar, salt, etc., content before putting them in our shopping cart.

These simple and easy to understand measurement metrics have transformed how customers perceive and interact with their food, particularly with their nutritional goals in mind. Australia’s own health star rating system was an easy way to help shoppers determine and compare the health benefits of two items at a glance. Now carbon labels on cleaning products may become the new norm, with a similar effect. 

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Manufacturers across all industries are taking strides to improve their sustainability. Customer interest is heavily focused on the preservation of the world. Carbon labels on cleaning products may separate brands that are striving for sustainability from those that aren’t. 

Already we’ve seen a rise of eco-friendly products making their way onto the market, offering a greener alternative to other chemical products. Now experts are predicting that it may affect how well an item sells. 

A spokesperson for Unilever, manufacturers of Dove Soap, said in a report with the Wall Street Journal that brands that were perceived as sustainable have grown faster than those that weren’t. 

In the past couple of years, several other companies have started putting carbon labels on their products. Beauty brand Cocokind has begun putting ethics and carbon labels on the back of their products, similar to ingredient tables of food items. Several food companies have also implemented a similar metric like Country Crock Butter and Just Salad. 

Toiletries, soap and cosmetic companies L’Oreal and Dove both are trailblazing to have carbon labels across their range. Dove hopes to introduce carbon footprint details on all 70,000 products

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But is it worth all of this hassle for something not actually in the product? Well, yes. Consumers are showing more and more that they value environmentalist products or products that don’t damage our ecosystem. Nine in 10 Australians will opt for a product that has less of an environmental impact than another similar item. Putting carbon labels on cleaning products shows that the brand understands and upholds the values of its clientele. 

Still, there are some challenges along the way. As of yet, there is no standardised measurement to substantiate the carbon emissions of a product. There are several smaller programs and proposed programs, but none have been universally accepted by corporations or governments. There are however many labels that brands can take advantage of today. 

If you want to start utilising eco-friendly commercial cleaning products, Allets Online stocks a range of environmentally safe chemical substitutes. Check out our online store; we can deliver Australia wide.

How Good Is Your Hand Hygiene?

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One of the easiest ways to avoid getting sick is frequent hand washing. With World Hygiene Day taking place earlier this month, this serves as a timely reminder to check your hand hygiene habits. Plus, as Australia makes its way into flu season, while suffering a fairly tumultuous COVID-19 vaccine roll out, maintaining good personal hygiene practices is all the more important. Read our blog for our top hand hygiene tips.

 

Wash Your Hands Properly

Proper hand washing habits go a long way in maintaining good hand hygiene. You’d be surprised to know how many of us aren’t washing our hands properly. Here’s a breakdown from Health Direct on how to wash your hands properly. 

Warm, soapy water is the best option for washing your hands when they are visibly dirty. Follow these simple tips on good hand hygiene.

To wash your hands:

  1. Wet hands with running water (preferably warm).
  2. Apply soap or liquid soap – enough to cover all of your hands. Normal soap is just as good as antibacterial soap.
  3. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Make sure you cover all surfaces, including the backs of your hands and in between your fingers.
  5. Rinse hands, making sure you remove all soap, and turn off the tap using a towel or paper towel.
  6. Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean hand towel or paper towel if you are in a public toilet (air dryers are not as sanitary as you think).

As well as washing our hands properly, there are plenty other ways we can maximise our hand hygiene. 

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Commercial Grade Hand Wash

Using a commercial grade hand wash isn’t just economical. It’s highly effective for those wanting to ensure proper hand hygiene. When using a commercial grade hand wash, you can rest assured your soap is doing the job perfectly. You can choose from a wide range of commercial grade hand washes with Allets Online, including soap free for those with sensitive skin, and antibacterial hand washes.   

 

Use Hand Sanitiser When On The Go

We don’t always have access to soap and water when we want to wash our hands. Getting off public transport, touching money or pushing a shopping cart are just a few examples of these times. That’s why hand sanitiser is such a great solution for on the go hand hygiene. Here’s how Health Direct recommends applying hand sanitiser:

To use hand sanitiser:

  1. Put about half a teaspoon of the product in the palm of your hand.
  2. Rub your hands together, covering all the surfaces of your hand, including between your fingers.
  3. Keep rubbing until your hands are dry (about 20 to 30 seconds).

It’s important to remember that hand sanitiser will not be effective when hands have visible dirt on them. 

 

Single-Use Hand Paper Towels

When it comes to our personal hygiene and avoiding illness, an important measure we can take is using single-use paper towels to dry our hands. By using a single-use paper towel, any leftover germs transferred to the towel after handwashing are discarded. 

A great option is the Defendo range of paper towels. Specifically, Defendo Multi Purpose Kitchen Towels are a convenient option for drying hands after hand washing. These paper towels are 99% antibacterial, are highly absorbent and are dermatologically tested. 

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Disinfect Surface Areas

To avoid transferring germs to your hands, keep your surface areas clean and disinfected. This is especially pertinent for high contact surfaces such as kitchen benches, bathroom vanities and office desks. Allets Online stock a wide range of disinfectant products, from commercial grade to hospital grade.

 

Wear Disposable Gloves

Sometimes the best option is to avoid any contact with unhygienic substances. This is particularly important in hospitality and hospital settings. Wearing disposable gloves is recommended when handling raw meat, before changing dirty nappies or cleaning up blood and other bodily fluids.

For those who have latex sensitivities/allergies or require powder-free gloves, Stella Hybrid Disposable Gloves are a great alternative. Unlike PVC or latex gloves, these hybrid gloves are PVC free, latex-free, phthalate-free (which is found in some plastic products), carcinogen-free, corn starch allergen-free, and FDA approved for use for food applications.

 

Sneeze Or Cough Into Your Elbow

We probably all know this by now, but coughing or sneezing into your hand isn’t ideal. It’s an easy way to spread germs to any surface area your hands come into contact with. Instead, sneeze or cough into your elbow for improved personal hygiene. 

 

Maintain Good Hand Hygiene With Allets Online

To avoid spreading germs and contracting illnesses, we need to wash our hands properly and maintain good hygiene practices. As we head into winter, it’s even more important that we stay on top of our hand hygiene. With Allets Online, keeping up good personal hygiene practices is made simple. We stock a wide range of cleaning products that can serve virtually any hygiene requirement. Be sure to get in touch with our friendly team if you have any questions about how our product range could help you. 

Everything You Need To Know About Hybrid Disposable Gloves

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The disposable glove is synonymous with the uniform of cleaners, janitors, nurses and all other industries that prioritise protection from contamination and chemicals. They offer valuable protection from chemical and biological contaminants and in doing so, reduce the spread of infection to protect people in the nearby area.

When it comes to disposable gloves, people are traditionally met with two realistic options: Latex and PVC gloves. That was until both of their strengths were combined and their weaknesses discarded to create Hybrid Disposable Gloves

If you work in the janitorial industry or in a food-handling service, read this blog to weigh up the options of all three gloves to decide which is best for your practice. 

 

Vinyl Gloves 

Specialised for short-term use and moderate protection from chemicals and biological contaminants, vinyl gloves are often seen as a cost-effective alternative to latex. Vinyl gloves are made from PVC, aka polyvinyl chloride, which is one of the most widely produced synthetic polymers. They are extremely affordable and also a great alternative for people with latex allergies.

Despite being more affordable, vinyl gloves are less durable than other market options and offer more limited chemical or bacterial resistance. They are popular for food and preparation workplaces, as well as for basic protection. These disposable gloves utilise cornstarch powder to make it easier to put them on and off. This powder may irritate the skin of people with corn intolerances. Corn allergies are uncommon, however, reactions can be immediate. 

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Latex Gloves

Designed for high-quality protection from biological contamination, latex gloves offer a superior defensive solution compared to PVC gloves. They are puncture resistant and chemically resistant against most acids, bases, chlorine, iodine and formaldehyde. Nonetheless, latex gloves are the leading cause of glove related irritation and allergic reactions compared to other popular materials like PVC gloves and nitrile gloves. Because of this, latex gloves are gradually being phased out of medical industries and are advised against in food handling industries. 

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Hybrid Disposable Gloves 

Frequently used as a high-quality, hypoallergenic glove solution, Hybrid Disposable Gloves are a new and innovative design that makes them the perfect replacement for latex or vinyl gloves. These gloves are designed for safe, long-lasting protection for janitorial and food handling tasks. They are easy to use and comfortable to wear as they are ambidextrous, and also protect against some mild irritants. 

Unlike PVC or latex gloves, hybrid gloves are PVC free, latex-free, phthalate-free (found in some plastic products), carcinogen-free, corn starch allergen-free, and FDA approved for use for food applications. 

They offer an excellent alternative to those who have latex sensitivities or allergies and are powder-free for those who are sensitive to powdered gloves. Their powder-free design also prevents the powder from gloves from sticking to skin, clothing or surfaces and causing contamination. 

Hybrid gloves offer a larger saving compared to latex or vinyl and are 100% recyclable, reducing environmental impact and making them eco-friendly.

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Allets Online is Australia’s chief supplier of the Stella Hybrid Disposable Glove, a new product that offers great protection from puncturing and biological contamination. If you want to maximise your protection and nullify allergy risk, these are the perfect solution for you. Order yours online today!

How To Choose Your Cleaning Supplies Partner

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The price of cleaning supplies can sneak up on you when your annual cost evaluation arrives. You probably want to avoid the gut-wrenching feeling of noticing a hefty chunk of money being deducted from your bank because of avoidable mistakes. 

Whether you own a cleaning business or you’re a business/building owner, your cleaning supplies partner can save you a lot of headache and money in the long run.  

Here is how to choose your cleaning supplies partner. 

 

Find Your Source

Finding cleaning supplies is easy, but finding the right cleaning supplies can be more difficult. While your local grocery shop likely has a handy range of cleaning supplies, these are aimed at low-end domestic uses. Such inferior grade products are often not suitable for your commercial needs because they can’t provide the professional, deep clean you need. 

Janitorial distributors like Allets Online get their cleaning supplies and equipment for the best prices. These big commercial cleaning suppliers have a diverse range of products that suit the requirements of medical, industrial, commercial and residential level jobs. These distributors often offer competitive pricing and employ knowledgeable staff to provide valuable advice on the products you purchase.

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Find A Product Range That Suits Your Needs

There’s no point in supporting a cleaning supplies partner that does not match your business’s requirements. You want to know your monthly/annual cleaning product requirements are being met. Your cleaning supplies partner needs to have ample stock of industry-standard cleaning products.

 

Price vs. Cost 

It’s easy to fall into the trap of always buying the item that initially costs the least. However, this mindset may be costing you in the long run. A good supplier will stock quality items that can help you maximise your price (what you pay upfront) vs cost (what you get from the item) equation. 

For example, a $10 indoor broom may cost less initially than a $34 industrial heavy brush, but that price difference quickly levels out when you consider how much faster the more expensive item is when cleaning a worksite. It’s also more durable and will last longer than the cheaper brush, saving you the cost of repurchase. 

Similar scenarios can be applied to a variety of chemicals and cleaning products too. Some providers may try to offer you “cheaper” products, but they substitute the quality for a lower price. A good cleaning supplies partner will offer good products that help you get the most out of your money. 

Before you go through with a purchase, a good janitorial supplies partner can help you decide which product is the most cost-effective in the long run. This brings us to our next point. 

 

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Expert Advice 

A trustworthy, human customer service team is worth its weight in gold. Many suppliers in the industry have automated their assistance systems. Finding a provider with a helpful support team gives you peace of mind knowing that you’re getting professional assistance every step of the way and means you avoid annoying robotic conversations with a help program. 

Allets Online is proud to be Australian operated through and through. Our real assistance team can guide you through the purchase process and answer any questions you have about our products. If you want quality cleaning products and great service, make Allets Online your go-to cleaning supplies partner. Contact us today or just visit our website and one of our customer service members will get in touch with you in no time.