Archive for the ‘Janitorial’ Category

Polycarbonate cutlery and crockery

Monday, November 21st, 2011

JBS has a unique range of polycarbonate cutlery and crockery. We have been supplying this to institutional users for various years. The durability and resilience of these products has encouraged us to offer these products to a wider audience now.

As you can see from the video link, our polycarbonates are virtually indestructible; furthermore they withstand normal dishwashing temperatures, and uniquely, they are EN certified to food standards. These polycarbonate knives, forks , spoons, plates, tumblers, jugs and trays are typically used in the following areas:

Hospitals/healthcare/nursing homes
Detention centres, prisons
Army/Police/Emergency relief camps
Charity/temporary accommodation centres

These products are sturdy, proven in over 50 years use and are long lasting (typically over 3 years). They are more cost effective than disposable cups and cutlery, as well as being a green, environmentally sustainable alternative

To view and purchase our range of polycarbonate cutlery and crockery, visit our online shop here


Window cleaning: how to do it and where to get your window supplies

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Traditional window cleaning involves a bucket,  JA022021

or even simpler: JA1059,

soapy warm water, Micro fibre cloths JA021065 (or even better, a moon strip sleeve on a T bar), a squeegee and window rubber scraper as well as ladders and maybe some additional tools, such as a scraper, for more difficult marks or blemishes JA003055C

Waterproof neoprene gloves are also useful: PGL01GL .

Click on this link for our range of these items click here.

Alternatively, if you need the professional window cleaning range Unger brand, just phone us on + 353 47 76500

This old fashioned cleaning method is to firstly wash the window: Start from the top with a sponge and warm soapy water and then to wipe all that solution from the window.

Again, start at the top running across and back until all the glass is cleared, making sure to get into the corners. Blue Mila roll/garage is a great aid to polishing the glass after cleaning. The paper not only absorbs the moisture but removes the grime as well.  We know just the place to buy this: – JA10053

Stubborn stains may be removed with Fortisan Crystal Clear or a little vinegar solution before cleaning the whole pane of glass. Bird droppings may need soaking in warm water before they can be removed. Builders residue such as paint or cement and plaster will require a scraper. Care must be taken with a sharp scraper not to damage glass and window frames. In fact you should insist that your builder or decorator remove paint or plaster as they put it there in the first place. If it requires any white spirit then a paint retouch may be necessary.

Deionised water: for Professional Window Cleaners

Forthcoming EU legislation regarding the use of ladders will force the window cleaning professionals to use what is known as the “water fed pole” system using 100% pure deionised water. From the window cleaners point of view this reduces risk of accidents as the work is done while standing on the ground.

Why pure deionised water? Normal tap water contains chemicals such as calcium, fluoride or other salts that will leave streaks and spots on your window if left to dry naturally. In contrast, pure water dries spot free when left to dry in sunlight or the wind.

Pure water is created by a filtration process. This has the advantage of being environmentally friendly and eliminating the use of chemicals and detergents. Pure water has the capacity to absorb large amounts of dirt from your windows. The difference from a customer’s perspective is that initially windows are left wet, as opposed to traditional methods. This may seem a little disconcerting at first but the windows will dry spot free.

In addition to cleaning your windows the water fed pole system has the advantage of cleaning the frames at the same time.

NB If your windows are particularly grimy than using deionised water may take 2 or 3 cleans before they sparkle. Flakey and loose paint will also be removed from any frames.

Colour Coded Cleaning Equipment

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

JBS Group has introduced a complete range of colour coded cleaning equipment – in line with the standard colour coding from the British Institute of Cleaning Science. The logic of colour coding is simple: use different coloured products in different areas and avoid cross contamination.

Red:            Washrooms
Yellow:    Clinical/medical/healthcare areas
Green:      General food/bar, catering
Blue:         Low risk areas

JBS has the full range of colour coded cloths, mopping equipment and brushes in our e-catalogue and our online shop.

Colour Coding for Cleaning Industry

Warm air hand dryers : A big health risk

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Paper towels are the way to go…

In November 2008, the University of Westminster – London, stated at the EUROPEAN TISSUE SYMPOSIUM, the final result of an interesting investigation. The investigation consisted on comparing the number of bacteria found before and after washing and drying our hands.

The result clearly showed the harmful effect caused by using Warm Air Dryers instead of Paper Towels. Hand Hygiene is the single most important way to prevent the spread of infection. Washing and rinsing do not remove all dirt and bacteria from the skin. It is drying that completes the job.

Warm Air Dryer +254 % - Increase the amount of bacteria.
Paper Towel         -77 

Drying Efficiency
 The results show that hot air dryers are considerably less efficient and slower, with an average of 47 seconds to achieve 90% of drying; this is almost 5 times more than the paper towel, which in 10 seconds gets the same percentage.

Therefore, it has been proven that drying with a paper towel is the optimal method, since it removes dirt, grease and bacteria from the skin, in areas where the air dryer fails to act.

In summary, the results of the study indicate that the paper towel should be used in places where hygiene is crucial and critical, such as hospitals, clinics, industries, schools, kitchens, public casinos and all sites where there is manipulation of food and many people living together.

Hand hygiene: The air drier increases the amount of bacteria on hands; while paper towels, reduce this amount.

Drying performance: The paper towel has a higher efficiency than the electric dryer in normal use. Speed: The air dryer takes 5 minutes than the paper towel to dry hands.

Toilet Paper Test

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Please see link below to view the video of Toilet Paper Disolving Properties Test.


Toilet Tissue Test

Looking to reduce your cleaning supplies costs?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

At we get a lot of requests for cloths, duster, mops. We are happy to supply these at best price – but there is actually a better value method. A lower “cost in use” method of cleaning. By using microfibres, instead of normal cloths, mops, rags and dusters, customers will spend less on their cleaning supplies.

What is Microfibre?

Microfibre refers to synthetic fibres that measure less than one denier.(Denier is a unit of weight for measuring the fineness of threads)

Microfibre then is very thin.

The most common types of microfibres are made from polyesters and polyamides.

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Why use Microfibre?

  • Less chemicals
  • Absorbing ability (7 times it’s own weight)
  • Lint free
  • Non abrasive
  • Quicker Cleaning

Does it save money?

  • Cloths and Mop pads can be washed up to 500 times
  • Quicker cleaning compared with other conventional products
  • Tests prove Microfibre products use less chemicals

What can I clean with Microfibre?

  • Glass
  • Mirrors
  • Chrome
  • Stainless Steel
  • Sanitary Ware
  • Counter Tops
  • Floors

So, microfibres are the smart way to clean up: the thin fibre attracts more dirt and requires less use of liquid chemicals. has a full range of microfibre products, including microfibre floor mops