BUYING CLEANING PRODUCTS – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Whether you are looking to buy cleaning products for a commercial or domestic setting, choosing the right cleaning products for your situation can seem like a minefield. When you start considering the environmental impact those products can pose then it becomes even trickier. Concentrates Direct offers a wide range of cleaning solutions that are designed to get the job done whilst being as eco-friendly as possible – and our concentrates and super concentrates are specifically engineered to create as little a carbon footprint as possible.
Whether you are looking to buy your cleaning supplies from Concentrates Direct or elsewhere, we have put together this handy guide to help you make an informed choice when it comes to purchasing your domestic and commercial cleaning products.
Choosing the right cleaning products is essential for effective and safe cleaning. Whether you’re cleaning your home, office, or any other space, here are the key points to consider when selecting cleaning products:
1. Purpose and Surface Compatibility:
- Identify the purpose of your cleaning task (e.g., general cleaning, disinfection, stain removal).
- Some cleaning products are multipurpose and can handle various cleaning tasks, while some contamination requires a very specific product.
- Ensure that the product is safe and suitable for the specific surfaces you need to clean (e.g., glass, wood, stainless steel, fabrics).
2. Cleaning Power:
- Consider the cleaning strength of the product, especially for tough stains, grease, or grime.
3. Environmental Impact:
- Look for environmentally friendly and biodegradable cleaning products that have minimal impact on the environment.
- Consider products with eco-certifications or those that follow sustainable practices.
4. Safety and Health:
- Prioritise safety for users. Check for warnings and instructions on proper handling.
- Be aware of potential allergens or irritants in the product, especially if you or others have sensitivities.
5. Disinfection and Sanitisation:
- If disinfection is required, ensure that the product is approved for the intended pathogens, such as bacteria or viruses.
- Follow contact times and usage instructions for effective disinfection.
6. Fragrance and Allergens:
- Some cleaning products contain fragrances. Consider whether you prefer scented or unscented products.
- Be mindful of potential allergens or respiratory irritants in the product’s fragrance.
7. Harmful Ingredients:
- Review the list of ingredients and be cautious of harsh or toxic chemicals. Look for products with fewer or no harmful chemicals. Bear in mind that more concentrated products are likely to show more warning symbols due to their concentration.
- Understand the chemical interactions with other products you may be using and avoid mixing or applying different products to the same place at once.
8. pH Level:
- Different cleaning tasks may require products with varying pH levels. Acidic or alkaline products are suitable for different purposes.
- Ensure that the pH level is appropriate for the surface you’re cleaning.
9. Ease of Use:
- Consider the convenience and ease of application. Some cleaning products come in spray bottles, wipes, or concentrated forms.
- Check if the product requires dilution and the recommended ratios.
10. Packaging and Sustainability:
- Evaluate the product’s packaging. Look for options with eco-friendly packaging or products available in bulk to reduce waste.
- Recycle or dispose of packaging properly.
- Balance the cost of the product with its performance. Sometimes, a slightly more expensive product can be more effective, saving you time and effort.
12. Brand Reputation:
- Choose products from reputable brands with a history of quality and customer satisfaction.
- Read reviews and ask for recommendations from friends or colleagues.
13. Speciality Cleaners:
- For specific tasks, such as oven cleaning, carpet cleaning, or mould removal, consider specialised cleaning products tailored to those needs.
14. Stain and Odour Removal:
- When dealing with stains or odours, use products designed for that purpose, and follow the instructions carefully.
15. Storage and Shelf Life:
- Ensure that the cleaning products are stored properly to maintain their effectiveness.
- Check the product’s shelf life, especially if you don’t use it frequently.
16. All-in-One vs. Specialised Products:
- Decide whether you prefer individual products for different cleaning tasks or an all-in-one cleaner for simplicity.
- If you’re unsure about a product’s suitability, test it on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t damage or discolour the surface.
By considering these key points, you can choose products that are not only effective but also safe for your health and the environment, while meeting your specific cleaning needs.