Information and Tips for Cleaners, Cleaning Business Owners and Contractors

We present a range of topical articles and insights into the business and practical side of cleaning. Our extensive experience in developing the world’s best cleaning machines and systems ensures you’re getting timely, relevant information.

We bring you cleaning tips as well as real-world business tips for cleaners, contractors and starting a cleaning business.

Tips to help you clean large and small jobs quicker, better and with superior results. Ideas to explore and implement as you commence trading as a cleaning business operator or work as a sub-contractor. Reviews and announcements of the latest developments in commercial cleaning equipment and machinery- from specialised applications like food conveyor cleaning, to large scale cleaning of stadiums, public venues and long-span floors. We also have items of interest for car detailing business operators, carpet steam cleaners and graffiti removers. There’s something for everyone involved within the cleaning industry.

Duplex hosts many interactive events, through Skype, and on-site. Presentations and information sessions can be arranged at your workplace, or at the Duplex showroom. We welcome your suggestions of topics for future posts- in fact many of the articles within our blog have begun as suggestions from readers, customers and website visitors.

How to make the most money from your cleaning business

How to make the most money from your cleaning business

Becoming an entrepreneur can be a major step. When you are looking for a business opportunity from home, it may seem like you are walking into the unknown, competition and a lot of risks. However, if you start your own business with the backing of an establish brand, then you can have peace of mind.

I know what you’re thinking – “But established brands have large franchise fees”. This isn’t necessarily the case. There are business opportunities that allow you to purchase “packages” and have your own brand, business operation and running. They can help “back you” through national marketing, sales advice and more.

How to dry steam clean upholstery and fabrics

How to dry steam clean upholstery fabrics

Why is steam cleaning overall better for your upholstery?

You have a lot of cleaning options for your everyday upholstery, but only one for the more delicate fabrics – dry steam based commercial cleaning equipment.

Dry steam cleaning has a large application use, which, when done right, can sanitise, remove stains, animal hair, pathogens and unwanted odours altogether. But in order for you to pull that off, you need to know how to approach the process.

How to clean upholstery without chemicals

How to clean upholstery without chemicals

In regards to cleaning upholstery, the use of chemicals can do you more harm than good. Different substances can pose a serious risk to your upholstery, especially if we are talking about sensitive materials.

Commercial cleaning equipment should always be your “go to” solution for any type of clean, and in particular a chemical-free product.

You need to opt for material-friendly methods for cleaning your upholstery, without damaging it in the process. Avoiding chemicals and getting results doesn’t need to be tricky and it can be done if you know what you are doing.

3 Steps to Efficient Carpet Cleaning

three steps to efficient carpet cleaning

Dirt and stubborn stains on carpet can occur in many ways. Whether you are spending time with kids or pets in the home, or because you accidently spilt your wine - dirt and accidents happen. A clean carpet adds to the peaceful atmosphere of your room. Hence, it is important to prevent dusts, fleas and bugs from moving in and disrupting a healthy living environment.

So, how do you clean efficiently clean carpet?

Well, technology has now made it easy for us. Though vacuum and different odour removal mixtures are effective, different carpet cleaning equipment will ease your work significantly.

How to deep clean carpets with steam vapour

floor cleaning machine for carpets

If you are anxious about dirt and debris getting stuck deep within your carpet then steam vapour cleaning will be the best option for you. You need carpet cleaning equipment that can quickly clean, dry and sanitise your carpet surface. In addition, finding one that requires only water and no chemicals is even better.

How you can start a cleaning business with minimal investment

starting up cleaning business opportunity

There are many areas to go into when looking at start a cleaning business. There is residential to office cleaning to industrial cleaning. Comparatively, it is easier to start residential cleaning as there are less complex applications that may need doing, such as ones that are required when cleaning a hospital or factory. Home based cleaning businesses require less equipment to operate and staff. It is possible to start a residential cleaning business without large investment.

Why contract cleaners should adopt a steam vapour process

Contract cleaners should adopt a steam vapour process

With any contract cleaning process, ensuring you are cleaning in the most efficient and effective way is crucial. Steam vapour cleaning is a method that is fast and kills bacteria and dissolves dirt and grime on contact. Steam vapour is generated by a specialised steam cleaning machine. When the boiler heats up the water to a certain point of +180 degrees Celsius it emits a steam vapour that is used to sanitise and deodorise the surface. Chemicals are no longer required and the water usage is very minimal, sometimes as little as a glass of water to steam vapour clean and entire bathroom in under 5 minutes.

The fastest way to clean floors for contract cleaners

floor cleaner in the floors

The floor may be the last to get cleaned during a top down cleaning job, but it’s one of the most important applications of the cleaning process. You can have spotless windows, dust-free surfaces and squeaky clean kitchens, but if the floor is a mess than it brings down the whole presentation and “clean” feel of the room or area.

To keep customer floors spot, dirt and dust free, regular cleaning is essential. Although mandatory, it doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process.

How to start a successful carpet cleaning business

start your own cleaning business with ease from home

As more city and suburban areas expand, this can have an impact on business growth. The cleaning business industry is one of those business sectors that can receive a jump in growth due to growing population and urbanisation. The cleaning business industry is a big industry with several segments. Not all cleaning businesses specialise in all cleaning applications. A carpet cleaning business is one such specialised segment.

Equipment Checklist: How to deep clean a restaurant

cafe cleaning

A hygienic environment is the main priority for any restaurant or catering business. To keep your restaurant hygienically clean and bacteria-free, it’s important the right cleaning equipment and workflow is carried out. Before the cleaning even begins, the first point of action is getting your cleaning equipment checklist right. A steam cleaner or food service steamer is one of the main tools you will need to carry out your restaurant cleaning machine, however, there are some other tools you can use in conjunction with a steamer to help you get prepared.

How to prevent cross contamination in cafes

cafe cleaning

A café is a public place and deals with food. These two factors mean that hygiene is of the upmost importance. With cross contamination being a major risk in such an environment, the ability to prevent cross contamination is crucial. Cross contamination can occur via food borne contamination or cross surface contamination.

Top 3 tips for commercial kitchen cleaning

top 3 tips for commercial kitchen cleaning

Every day restaurants, hospitals, schools, hotels and corporate offices require kitchen cleaning. From vents, countertops, floors and appliances – all these surfaces need to be cleaned thoroughly to remove grease and prevent cross contamination. Kitchens need a high level standard of cleaning to prevent bacteria build-up.

Is it challenging?

With traditional kitchen cleaning methods, yes it can be. Traditional kitchen cleaning normally requires a mop and bucket, chemicals and manual scrubbing and increasingly more labour time. If you are reading this now, you most likely know exactly what I’m referring to.

It’s important that managers see kitchen cleaning as a priority; after all, it needs to be done every day and can’t be ignored. Proper cleaning and maintenance of your kitchen will ensure better customer service, protect your business against complaints, prevent heath check failures and in turn will contribute to the growth of your business.

How to start and grow a cleaning business

start your own cleaning business with ease from home

Starting a cleaning business isn’t as difficult as you may think. Although it will cost you time, effort and money, if done correctly, it can be all accomplished quickly and very cost effectively.

Before you get started you should keep in mind some factors influencing your potential cleaning business.

  • You know what equipment you will require.
  • You understand what markets will be best suited to you and are in demand for cleaners.
  • You have a good physical condition.
  • You have good communication skills.
  • You have a small business plan or checklist.

Start a Cleaning Business Checklist

start your own cleaning business with ease from home

Cleaning your own home and starting a professional cleaning business are not the same. To start a professional cleaning business, understanding the right cleaning processes and knowing which equipment will get the job done fast, effectively and without extensive labour is crucial.

The good thing is you can start a cleaning business faster than many other types of business start-ups with minimal financial outlay. Learn how you can start a cleaning business from home with our ‘start a cleaning business checklist’.

At Duplex Cleaning, we have over 25 years of experience in providing cleaning solutions to the contract cleaning industry and we have seen many, many successful businesses over the years.

List of cleaning equipment used for housekeeping

housekeeping cleaning equipment

Your choice of the right housekeeping cleaning equipment makes a difference in terms of your overall cleaning effectiveness and efficiency. To welcome guests to a neat and clean hotel room depends on the selection of your cleaning equipment.



Overall, cleaning equipment can be categorised into two types:

  • A. Manual Equipment
  • B. Mechanical Equipment

Top 3 tips for getting stains out of carpets

stain removal from carpet with steam



Stains are the main rival of a beautiful carpet. It is common for people to get worried about how to get rid of a certain stain and whether or not their cleaning method will ruin their carpet further. Old stains, as well as stains that have a “red” appearance, are normally the hardest to get rid of. So, the sooner you get onto cleaning the stain, the better the chance you have of removing it. Common types of stains include pet urine, wine, coffee, blood, ink and oils.

The Correct Procedure for Cleaning a Hotel Room

Accommodation Cleaning Equipment

Providing a neat, clean and sanitised environment reflects on the overall reputation and image of a hotel. Management has to maintain an industry standard housekeeping workflow to ensure a pleasant environment. In order to ensure a clean environment for guests, the right housekeeping cleaning equipment and proper procedure is crucial.

Announcing Grout Line and Tile Cleaning Equipment for Cleaners

tile and grout cleaning equipment results- a before and after photo The attached image provides a glimpse into what is possible when a person uses one of our hand-picked machines, to clean tiles and grout lines. The results on the left side of the photo were achieved with a single pass, using the Jetvac Major.

In response to many requests from contractors and commercial cleaning staff, we've gathered four of our machines which have a particular suitability for cleaning indoor tiled surfaces as well as tiles outdoors, like you'd find around pools, spas, patios and outdoor dining areas. The tile and grout cleaning equipment page features four different machines, each suited to a particular workload and operating environment. Outdoor tiles have a different moisture absorption to indoor tiles. Different load characteristics apply to tiles too- for instance wall tiles aren't designed to be walked on, no matter how hard the occupants party.

Duplex unveils its next generation cleaning equipment at its spring launch

Distributors of the Italian brand of commercial steam cleaning equipment, Duplex Cleaning Machines, has launched its latest steam cleaning machine and floorscrubber into the Asia-Pacific market.

The newly launched Jetsteam Maxi Inox and Duplex 280 Battery are the latest models of Duplex’s most popular machines.

Director of Duplex, Murray McDonald, says the upgraded models have the latest technology and design from Italy, and represent the next generation of steam cleaning and floorscrubbing technology.

Disinfect Butchery Equipment with Steam Cleaning Machines

Imagine how a dirty butchery facility room can affect safety and hygiene standards? Metal rust and wood surfaces are porous, which is a haven for bacteria and it can absorb and display stains which are not pleasing to both customers and butchers. Fortunately Duplex Cleaning Machines offers ideal steam cleaning machines that are compact, chemical-free and high grade OH&S friendly proven to decontaminate bacteria and disinfect most types of surfaces with its 180 degrees Celsius superheated dry steam with only 5% water content.

Effective Salon Cleaning Techniques for Optimal Results

Ideal Steam Cleaning Machines for Salon Industry

Maintaining high hygiene standards in the salon centres can be very difficult and time consuming task. The problem with traditional cleaning methods is that they are too slow and the chairs or massage mattress are often left too unclean completely and not sanitised fully which creates many issues that can lead to outbreak or infection spreading between the customers and the staff.

Our Healthcare Microsite Goes Responsive

Visit Duplex Healthcare infection control website Our sister site, Duplex Healthcare, went under the revamp and made responsive. Formerly Duplex Infection Control, Duplex Healthcare provides useful information on chemical-free cleaning in healthcare industry, promoting tips in healthcare infection control with dry steam vapour in hospital and medical clinic facilities. Click here to visit Duplex Healthcare website.

Launch of New Book- "Implementing Chemical Free Cleaning in Healthcare"

5 Steps to Chemical Free Cleaning in Healthcare book

Director of Duplex, Murray McDonald, is proud to launch his new book "5 Steps to Chemical Free Cleaning in Healthcare".

The book is for those who are involved in the cleaning of their aged care or hospital facility, and takes them through the implementation of a step-by-step process to chemical free cleaning. The book show facilities how they can implement the highest standard of hygiene and infection control cleaning practices, as well as saving money on chemical costs, time, labour and OH&S issues, simply by going chemical free.

Within the pages of the book, readers receive access to over $500 worth of bonus resources, templates, checklists, apps and more. The book also provides real life case studies of healthcare facilities that have started on their chemical free journey, providing insight into the practical action of the chemical free cleaning process.

For more information about the book, or to purchase the book ($19.95) visit www.duplex5steps.com

Touch Point Infection Control Cleaning Training Sessions

Receive practical "touch point" cleaning training for your healthcare facility.

We are offering a 1 hour session at your facility on touch point cleaning practices to ensure your facility is meeting infection control cleaning quality and standards.Training sessions will commence from September 2014. Training costs $200 per session for an unlimited number of staff and facility members to attend. We have limited bookings available, so reserve your no-obligation space today! Our training session covers the following topics:

Sustainable Infection Control Cleaning Seminar

We are holding an upcoming sustainable infection control cleaning seminar in Bundoora, on Wednesday, 4th June 2014.
This free-to-attend, healthcare cleaning seminar will be held in Villa Maria Aged Care facility on the following details:
Date: 4th June 2014
Time: 10am to 12noon
Where: Villa Maria Aged Care, 1428 Plenty Rd, Bundoora, VIC 3083

Click here for the location in Google Maps.

End of Financial Year Special Offer 2014

It's that time of the year again! For the period between 1st May 2014 until 30th June 2014, we will provide a "Complimentary Maintenance and Training Package" valued at $400. Our free, complimentary Maintenance and Training package contain:

 

• Your first service at no charge*

• Access to our online product training course for you and your staff

• Complimentary online training session with one of our expert reps

To take advantage of our offer, simply choose and purchase the machine that is right for your industry and cleaning needs in our Duplex website For more information about this offer, visit our EOFY page. *Must be undertaken within the first six (6) months of the purchase of a new machine, and the service includes labour only.

Buy the Latest Evo and Inox Industrial Steam Cleaning Equipment Online

This month, we are launching our 4 latest steam cleaning machines from the Inox range and the Evo range for the year of 2014. From early month we gave a sneak preview of our newest product stock by email, and until then, we launched them this week ready for our customers and new visitors.

Chemical Free Infection Control Seminar in Portland

Duplex Cleaning Machines will be holding an upcoming live seminar on infection control using steam and healthcare cleaning without chemicals.

The Chemical Free Cleaning in Healthcare Seminar will be held at Bupa Care Portland.

Date: Friday, 4th April 2014
Time: 10am to 12pm
Where: Bupa Care Portland
Location: 83 Wellington Road, PORTLAND, VIC, 3305

Learn About Green Chemical-free Cleaning

We are holding an upcoming green cleaning seminar in Mansfield Hospital, Victoria to showcase latest infection control cleaning techniques to prevent outbreaks.

In this seminar you will learn how to implement a chemical free infection control cleaning process in your hospital.

Micro-organism outbreaks such as MRSA, C.difficile, VRE and Norovirus are currently a key concern to the VIC healthcare industry.

12 Days of Christmas Bonus Offers

To celebrate the Christmas on this December, Duplex is offering bonus items for selected products as below:

  • Purchase Jetvac Junior steam cleaner, receive bonus Upholstery Tool for free valued at $200
  • Purchase Jetsteam Tosca steam cleaner, receive bonus Steam Iron Professional for free valued at $269
  • Purchase Jetsteam Maxi steam cleaner, receive bonus Jetsteam Transport Trolley for free valued at $195
  • Purchase Duplex 280 or Duplex 420 Steam floor cleaner, receive bonus Two Duplex Brushes for free valued at $230
  • Purchase Jetvac Professional steam cleaner, receive bonus Thermoglide for free valued at $545

For more information on Christmas offers, simply visit the Christmas offers page. To be eligible for the promotion, orders must be booked between the 1st to 12th December 2013.

Get Your Business Ready for Spring Cleaning

The spring season is almost there, the days are getting longer and the trees are blossoming after cold winter season.
We have actionable green spring cleaning ideas to inspire you this spring -

Green Solutions for your Spring Cleaning Needs

The spring season is only within three weeks to go. It is important that the terminal and deep cleaning tasks should be carried out around homes during the spring season, as the spring season is renowned for the disease and bacteria outbreaks that can cause illness among the homeowners and guests.

Superheated dry steam produced by Duplex cleaning equipment, is widely recognised as a method of disinfection, and also is one of the greenest ways of cleaning. The reason why the dry steam is being called as the green cleaner is that they does not require the use of hazardous chemicals. Instead of harmful chemical agents, the Duplex steam vapour cleaners only utilise small amounts of tap water. These versatile machines operate by heating water to boiling temperature to blow hot, low-moisture steam through a hose. What is even more beneficial with the use of steam is that the steam can be used on a variety of surfaces, from garments and upholstered furniture to carpets, tile, wood and vinyl floors.

Free Upholstery Tools- EOFY Special Offer!

Take the hard work out of car cleaning with the Jetvac Pro and receive bonus free two upholstery tools.

The Jetvac Professional is a quality steam vacuum cleaner designed for efficient, hygienic and cost-effective cleaning that saves water and eliminates the need for chemicals. It provides powerful, superheated dry steam vapour to dislodge bugs, dirt, bacteria and superbugs, as well as sanitise and disinfect most equipment.

The Jetvac Pro is also highly effective and easy to clean hard-to-reach spots in difficult areas.

Throw in two complete upholstery tools ( stainless steel and plastic brush upholstery tool) and you will have a perfect cleaning solution to detail clean, and sanitise car interiors.

 

Maintain Spa and Sauna Hygiene with Steam

Hot summer days can lead to moist and damp conditions, creating a breeding ground for the infestation of bacteria in day spa and sauna centres. The build-up of body fats and hairs, excess oils and bacteria can contribute to disease outbreaks among your regular patrons.

Are your cleaning methods effectively cleaning the following key areas of concern?

  • Pipes
  • Tiles
  • Pools
  • Jacuzzi bath
  • Pumps
  • Jets
  • Grout
  • Lobbies and waiting rooms
  • Showers and bathrooms

Remove Brettanomyces from Wine Barrels

Oak barrels are one of the greatest investments and ongoing expenses in a winery

We are now approaching the peak time of year for wine barrel cleaning in a summer season, and Duplex Cleaning wanted to provide you with some information about wine barrel cleaning’s latest cleaning technology, “steam vapour”.

Our 94% dry steam systems can:
  • Clean with up to 95% less water
  • “Deep clean” with no chemicals required
  • Thermally sanitised to eliminate bretanomyces in the oak
  • Rehydrate and revitalise barrels to restore oak flavours
  • Increases wine barrel life investment by up to 25%

How Litter Impacts Your Business

What do cigarette butts and chewing gum wads have in common?

Together with cigarette butts, chewing gum is one of the most common types of ground litter. In 2005 the AC Nielson Top 100 Brand Report stated that Wrigley’s had gum sales of $75-$100 million in Australian retail alone. At $0.70 per pack with an average of seven pieces this could be calculated to approximately 1.8 billion pieces of gum sold every year. In some cultures, chewing gum litter is seen as one of the most offensive litters to pollute public areas and can carry heavy penalties.

It can cause an inconvenience to people who step in its sticky waste, spread bacteria, as well as represent a suburb, town or city as “grubby”. Traditionally, high pressure water systems have been used to vacuum chewing gum wads from areas such as walkways and cement floors. This process can cost councils millions of dollars every year, yet this cleaning process is a “hit and miss” method with most high pressure water cleaning systems wasting excessive amounts of water.

Maintain Strict Cleaning Protocols in Health Facilities

For too long hospitals, healthcare and aged care facilities, as well as accommodation and hospitality venues have been cutting corners when it comes to cleaning. Although many have ditched the “mop and bucket” and upgraded to processes that protect the health and safety of patients, staff or patrons there is still the costs vs quality war when it comes to cleaning.

Yes, it’s important to weigh up business costs and allocate funds to what will be of most value. However, our cleaning processes should never be compromised. In industries where infection control is VITAL, overlooking or “cutting a few corners” could cost your business more than just money.

Halve Bakery Cleaning Times

Cleaning is a daily routine in your bakery as there is high emphasis in ensuring the bakery facility clean in a regular basis. Therefore, we are introducing versatile cleaning solutions with Duplex.

You already know well how hard it is to clean dirty and greasy surfaces in a bakery facility. With such a variety of different areas in the bakery facilities, why not choose a versatile cleaning machine to help your staff in easier, effective and efficient cleaning process that only takes half of the time with less efforts!

 

Industrial Cleaning Equipment for Sanitising Racing Venues

The Spring Racing season is now upon us, with the big events such as the Melbourne Cup soon to take place. The hygiene and cleanliness of your racecourse is now a number one priority. Whether you need effective cleaning solutions to clean your ground before the big racing events or tidy up the mess post- racing events, Duplex Cleaning Machines offers you a versatile range of heavy duty floor cleaning and steam disinfection machines for your venue. Here are the best choices in industrial cleaning machines for your racing track and large public areas…

 

Prioritising Hand Washing and Hygiene

Global Handwashing Day is held on the 15th October and is a global campaign to raise awareness about how washing your hands with soap is a key way to prevent disease. Global Handwashing Day is making hygiene a priority.

Duplex Cleaning is asking the question, what does Global Handwashing Day mean to you?

For Duplex Cleaning, Global Handwashing Day acts as a reminder to all businesses, facilities and individuals that cleanliness and hygiene are everyday priorities.

At Duplex Cleaning Machines, we offer a range of versatile, compact steam cleaners to disinfect and sanitise bathrooms, including wash basins and toilets to ensure hygiene is always a priority.

Cleaning Large Areas Quickly and Effectively

Are you still using old-fashion cleaning equipment and methods for your industrial flooring, such as a broom or mop and bucket? Aside from making cleaning a long and tedious task, these types of cleaning methods do not produce the results that your facilities should have. It’s time to switch to a modern industrial floor cleaner, Salla 350 .

Salla 350 – the benefits:

Salla 350 is a heavy-duty walk behind hard floor cleaner and is battery operated so you don’t need to worry about cables. Its replaceable and flexible batteries make the machine work for longer hours. Furthermore, the built-in charger helps convenience of portability and eliminates the need to bring separate batteries or cables.

 

Pain Free Cleaning Methods for Hospitals

Did you know that hospital workers are especially prone to injury, particularly when cleaning floors and bathrooms that rely heavily on manual cleaning procedures? Research shows there has been a hike in workers compensation premiums by 400% for the cleaning sector, prominently in hospital and community service industries. This study suggests that hospitals have been reluctant to adopt safer less strenuous cleaning practices. A common method used in the healthcare sector is to clean using the traditional mop and bucket which is not only an outdated, and ineffective method, but it increases risk for repetitive strain. In order to tackle the most common injuries caused by cleaning, such as sprains and strains of joints and adjacent muscles, Duplex Cleaning Machines offers the Duplex steam floor scrubber and Thermoglide steam mop as they reduce OHS concerns by taking out physical strain. These versatile cleaning machines remove heavy and greasy stains on all types of difficult flooring without using harmful chemicals.

Eliminate Bed Bugs Using Dry Steam Vapour

Bed bugs are hard to find as well as difficult to remove. However, these little creatures are actually vulnerable to extreme heat. Our steam cleaning machines are equipped with the highest temperature of up to 180 degrees Celsius at 8 bar pressure. Our vapour steam cleaners reach a temperature of over 115°C which will eliminate these stubborn bed bugs, including their eggs and nest, in one easy step.

Using Duplex’s vapour steam machines will also reduce the risk of mould because of its ability to produce dry steam with only 5% water content. With our versatile accessories that come with our steam cleaners, it is the perfect tool to remove bed bugs . How do Duplex steam machines eliminate bed bugs?

Supporting "Clean Up the World" Weekend

The Clean Up the World Weekend will take place on 14-16 of September. In addition to uniting people in global environmental action, Duplex Cleaning Machines is committed to provide the best and affordable cleaning solutions to remove industrial and garbage wastes across the streets and many places.

Many businesses and schools incorporate their cleaning regimes and services provided by the contractors and internal cleaning team. It is clear that most businesses and schools in Australia regularly conduct cleaning regimes every week to ensure the quality of hygiene to match the highest standards as possible to make the work environment more enjoyable without worrying the disease outbreak in the office.

Spring Clean Your Home's Outdoor Living Areas

"Keep Australia Beautiful" week, an intiative by national enivornment group, Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB), will take place this week from Monday 20 th – Sunday 26 th August. In the spirit of cleaning, Duplex Cleaning Machines is encouraging Australian households to keep their homes beautiful, particularly in the lead up to spring. Additionally motorists are also encouraged to keep the Australian roadways clean and free from rubbishes

Disinfect Food and Beverage Cleaning Systems

Sanitisation and sterilisation is essential for the food industry, its consumers and its staff. 90 per cent of contamination in the food industry happens during the production and packaging process. Staphylococcus, gastro-enteritis, botulism and Escherichia coli are just a few of the many dangerous diseases that are infectious and result from a lack of hygiene and cleanliness in the food industry. High standard cleaning processes should be maintained in all key areas of your food business to avoid bacteria propagation.

Deep Clean Your Café or Restaurant

A typical café, restaurant or commercial kitchen requires a complete hygiene solution for all surfaces. Key areas to pay attention to include bench tops, cook tops, splash backs, canopies, mixers, processors, chopping boards, crockery, fridges, cool rooms, floors and walls.

Duplex Cleaning Machines supply an exclusive range of Duplex commercial steam cleaners designed for the hospitality industry that are suitable for everyday use in cafes, restaurants and hotel kitchens and will leave kitchen equipment and food preparation areas hygienically clean and sanitised in minutes.

Disinfecting Pathology Lab Equipment with Powerful Steam Vapour Cleaning Machines

Recent studies at a Texas-based Antimicrobial Test Laboratory have confirmed steam vapour’s ability to destroy emerging pathogens on hospital surfaces. These studies looked at steam’s effectiveness in eliminating the antibiotic resistant strains of MRSA and VRE which resulted in complete surface disinfection within 5 seconds. Micro-organisms are vulnerable to extreme heat. Due to heats' effectiveness, high temperature steam vapour is one of the top methods for instantly decontaminating all high risk surfaces and tools, such as operating tables and pathology instruments such as scalpels, blades and containers. Steam is also highly effective in dissolving wax waste. Duplex Cleaning Machines’ vapour steam cleaners reach a temperature of over 180ºC combined with hot water injection eliminating bacteria including their nests.

Heavy Duty Cleaning Equipment for Schools

Schools are one of the top faciltiies that require frequent high level cleaning of all areas due to the high levels of dirt, grime, dust, germs and bacteria that could have impact towards the health of school pupils.

Furthermore, the schools that build up a lot of chewing gum litter require the difficult removal of permanent, sticky gum marks off cement and sporting floors. The traditional and conventional methods of scrubbing, vacuuming and mopping with excessive of water and chemicals are not efficient and harmful to students who are susceptible to health hazards.

How Steam Cleaning Prevents MRSA Outbreaks and Infections in Hospitals

Within hospitals viral and bacterial infections generally spread via staff, patients and inanimate contact objects. While there are detailed precautions measures in place to prevent the infection and MRSA outbreak to spread from staff and patients; current cleaning practices are very reactive. Hospitals need to incorporate modern and versatile cleaning technologies such as dry steam vapour cleaning into their daily cleaning regimes.

 

Disinfecting Farm Equipment and Production Areas with Powerful Steam Cleaning Equipment

With National Farm Safety Week upon us, it is essential that we remember the importance of safety on our farms. There are many hazards to be on the look out for during the farming process.

It is essential to possess a cleaning equipment that accommodate cleaning requirements in the farming sector. Fortunately Duplex cleaning machines provide versatile, cleaning equipment that makes cleaning more safe and easier without involvement of chemicals.

Avoid Wet Floors- Use Thermo Glide Steam Mops

The “mop and bucket” is a 3000 year old, outdated cleaning method and one that medical centres should no longer be using.

The use of damp mopping methods don’t meet the high standard of cleanliness and hygiene required for the healthcare industry.

Some disadvantages include:

  • Regularly changing bucket water is a time-consuming and labour-intensive task.
  • The overuse of chemicals seen in mop and bucket cleaning further redistributes the bacteria.
  • Mops often deteriorate quickly, and when used in this condition, this results in a poor/ineffective cleaning job
  • Mops have limited absorbents leaving floors wet and slippery – opening up your business to OH&S hazards and bacteria build up.

Support Food Safety Week- by Using Steam Cleaning Machines to Sanitise Kitchens

As the Food Safety Week is around the corner starting on 11th July 2012 and ends on 17th July 2012, Duplex Cleaning Machines offers a wide variety of steam cleaning machines to clean, sanitise, disinfect and deodorise all types of commercial kitchens to improve health and hygiene to the people working in hospitality industry. Workers in the hospitality industry with weakened immune systems and older people are more likely at risk from Listeria infection caused by the food poisoning, which can be fatal for the vulnerable workers. Hospitality workers need to avoid Listeria infection by sanitising and disinfecting the kitchen equipment prior with steam to cooking or preparing food.

Cleaning the food preparation area and your hands with steam produced by Duplex steam cleaners for 20 seconds is also important as this will ensure the surfaces are absolutely clean and the utensils are fully sanitised before use. The chopping boards and knives would need to be washed with superheated dry steam with hot water / detergent injection to avoid cross contamination, particularly when preparing raw meat or poultry and then salad vegetables and other foods which won't be cooked.

Duplex Cleaning Machines steam cleaning products can clean any type of surface, whether it is safety flooring, tile grouts or even cement. The superheated dry steam produced by Duplex steam cleaning equipment can also be used to emulsify grease on canopies, disinfect surfaces, kill bacteria on contact, sanitise surfaces and unblock drains as well.

Control Infection Outbreaks in Aged Care Centres

Nursing homes and aged care facilities are preparing their busiest time of the year during this winter season from June to August. This is because the winter season generally produce the peak gastroenteritis outbreaks

Preventing Gastroenteritis from entering facilities is an impossible task, as the sick and elderly population in healthcare and aged care industry are more vulnerable to infections.

Maintaining Hygiene within Massage Therapy Centres

Are your massage therapy centres facing hygiene issues or in need of an effective, versatile cleaning tool to do the cleaning job in an easy one step process?

It is important that massage centres have the highest standard cleaning procedures that eliminate stubborn bed bugs, parasitic mites and greases caused by the high frequency of contact between your patients and your massage equipment such as massage tables, mattress, pillows, cradles and therapeutic mats.

 

Public Swimming Pool Cleaning Made Easy- with Dry Steam Vapour Equipment

Are you responsible for the cleanliness and hygiene of your swimming centre?

In recent years, Australian swim centres have been laying safety floors in poolside areas to help reduce slips and in turn, insurance costs; however, this has led to a problem for swimming pool cleaners as these surfaces are difficult to keep clean. Swimming centres can fast become populated with bacteria, disease, body fats and hairs that get trapped within drains and tiles.

Clean Vehicle Exteriors with Powerful Steam Vapour Cleaning Equipment

Cleaning cars and automotive vehicles is made easier with Duplex steam cleaners

We have all been there - cleaning your car or vehicle is a hassle causing you to use up a lot of valuable time. Most people are after an effective, powerful and fast cleaning process that can quickly eliminate dust and stubborn metal stains that can stick to the exterior of your car.

Duplex Cleaning Machines specialise in car steam cleaning. Duplex cleaning equipment combine hot water injection and superheated dry steam vapour, which is one of the most effective means of removing all stains, grime and smells.

Effective Steam Cleaning Systems for the Hospitality Industry

Hospitality Steam Cleaners with Duplex

Is your café or restaurant’s cleaning methods using up significant amounts of water? Or is your priority to present a hygienic and clean hospitality business, whilst getting rid of harmful chemicals and the out of date mop and bucket in the process?

The common issues that hospitality businesses face when it comes to their cleaning methods are:

  • Presentation is important in order for customers to return and therefore cleaning must be a daily priority
  • Different flooring and areas of a hospitality business require different cleaning methods making it difficult for businesses to meet hospitality industry standards
  • Large surfaces and greasy floors need to be cleaned within short time frames

Effective Daily Sainitising of Vet Clincs and Animal Care Rooms

Those who work in veterinary clinics and animal hospitals are aware of the importance of daily hygienic cleaning and sanitising. Preventing outbreaks and viral infections between animals is a priority for many animal care businesses as well as preventing the transmission of disease from pets to animal doctors, nurses and pet owners.

Cleaning equipment by Duplex Cleaning Machines is specifically designed for the cleaning of animal care facilities, and other businesses that require daily “deep cleaning”.

Careful Process Scrutiny Reduces Cleaning Costs

When it comes to cleaning in the healthcare industry we are always looking for the best ways to get the job done. We want better results, and faster and more convenient processes. Looking for ways to improve the cleaning process is important to maintain high standards within the healthcare industry and only continuous learning will see this industry continues learning will see this industry continues to be efficient and reflect a positive reputation when it comes to hygiene and sanitation.

Cleaning Systems for the Cosmetics Manufacturing Industry

Are you aware of the variety of areas that require daily cleaning in a cosmetics factory?

The following are key hygiene issues in cosmetic factories:

  • Air quality: Due to the usage of alcohol, materials, chemicals and mists during the production of cosmetics, air quality is significantly affected.
  • Spills and staining: The making of cosmetics involves spills and staining making it difficult to cleaning with the traditional mop and bucket.
  • Slippery Floors: Constant spills means constant mopping leading to slippery floors, injuries and OH&S issues.

Improve Day Spa Facility Hygiene with Regular Cleaning

Spa hygiene is essential to eliminating and preventing bacteria and disease. Spa baths can accumulate an incredible amount of unhygienic and unhealthy matter putting the health of your customers and your business reputation at risk. Therefore,day spa cleaning solutions must be implemented, and fortunately, Duplex Cleaning has the expertise in cleaning matters for day spa centres with versatile steam cleaning machines that can solve the hygiene problems quickly without the need of chemicals. Duplex Cleaning are specialists in commercial cleaning solutions .

Our Clean NZ Seminar Presentation

Are you a hygiene manager, start-up business owner, facility manager or cleaning contractor?

Cleaning processes and infection control are fast becoming issues of high importance on many business agendas.

It is important for businesses, managers and contractors to have up-to-date knowledge on specific flooring, cleaning procedures as well as machines and products used. It is only through education that businesses can improve their cleaning standards and not be left behind.

Pharmaceutical Facility Sanitising with Commercial Steam Vapour Cleaning Equipment

ULTIMATE HYGIENE FOR PHARMACEUTICAL FACILITY CLEANING

Steam at 180 degrees Celcius kills bacteria effectively to maintain and exceed hygiene level everywhere.

No dirt particles or bacteria are safe while Duplex Cleaning machines are around.

From product line equipment to clean room walls, floors, and ceilings to touch points and equipment, Duplex cleaning machines can clean them all in once, as well as provide ultimate hygiene without excess of water and need for chemicals.

Harness the Power of All-in-one Cleaning with Powerful Dry Steam Vapour

I’m sure you know the feeling…many contract cleaners know the irritation of lugging around numerous products and equipment to get the cleaning job done. There are different floors, rooms and materials that are to be cleaned, and each one has a different process and need.

You will be happy to hear that there is a solution. Steam is the most effective way to clean dirt and mould, and to kill bacteria. It is versatile because it is powerful.

It is imperative to have a versatile steam cleaning machine as part of your existing cleaning equipment range to get the job done efficiently, yet without comprising on the quality and standard of the cleaning process.

Effective Kitchen Cleaning within the Accommodation Sector

Duplex Steam Cleaner is ideal for efficient cleaning of kitchen and equipment detailing

Kitchen cleaning in accommodation industry is mostly time consuming because they are often accessible in 10 hours a day to cater the hospitality for hotel guests and are usually left quite greasy after food production with oil, fat and food residues being left on the surfaces. This is of particular concern due to food safety standards and makes a headache for the safety inspectors in the case if it does not meet the expectations for such high hygiene in accommodation industry. In addition to that, it is imperative to keep the kitchen surfaces clean and hygiene to meet the accommodation hygiene standards.

Cleaning Equipment for Hives, Apiarists and Apiary Equipment

Cleaning an apiary work environment and equipment can be a hard and dangerous task, as the bee equipment is frequently  attacked by the other insects, bacteria and mites. Furthermore many honey bees are usually infected with bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungus and parasites therefore chances for disease outbreak are high so a disease and pest control is mandatory for every apiarist and beekeeper in the work environment.

Be Part of Schools Clean Up Day- Register Now to Partner with Us

The annual Schools Clean Up Day 2012 is approaching soon on 2nd March 2012, so Duplex Cleaning Machines have the initiative to help and volunteer its cleaning services to all primary schools throughout Australian metropolitan and capital cities on the Schools Clean Up Day.

Clean Up Day is the Perfect Time to Upgrade Cleaning Machines

Clean Up Day 2012 for businesses and schools is approaching soon on 28th February 2012 and 2 March 2012 respectively, make the best of cleaning day with Duplex’s versatile, flexible and fast cleaner that saves you hours of hard labour and reduce the physical pain and strain gained from outdoor work in longer periods.

Maintain Cleanliness in Cheese Processing Factories- Decontaminate and Sanitise with Powerful Steam Vapour

Maintaining a clean and hygienic cheese manufacturing factory and facility should be important for the factory supervisors, cleaning managers, quality assurance manager, and the factory owner in order to keep the cleanliness standard to be highest as possible to keep cheese safe from bacteria infestation, spillages and pollutants. Lack of cleanliness and cleaning regimes may lead to the decreasing quality of the cheese being produced, and even a possibility for waste of resources and ingredients that took the labourers hefty effort to create perfect cheese blocks.

Clean Nightclubs Thoroughly and Effectively Without Using Chemicals

The Nightclub’s Only Problem is….Cleanliness!

Over these years ,  there is not much happening in the most nightclubs Australia wide. The nightclub venues may become bigger with different liquor amounts, entry fees and different music, however there is one missing ingredient that needs ultimate attention – hygiene and cleanliness issue. The cleanliness issue is often the major problem for all nightclubs with the fact that they can attract a bigger sums of crows and ever-increasing number of people which can contribute to the disruptions and dirty areas within nightclubs because there are alcohol, food spills, chewing gums and cigarette smokes scattered everywhere in the floor and seating areas in nightclubs prior to the end of business day.  Hygiene problems in nightclubs can often  become contributing factor to the decline of the visitors or causing damages to the interior decor or the quality and attractive phases of nightclub.

Professional Cleaning Tips for Upholstery, Walls, Blinds and Glass

Cleaning Tips Week #1:

Have you ever wondered how to clean the upholstery, walls, blinds or glass effectively and efficiently to optimise the cleanliness and greater results, but not being able to find the guide? If not, Duplex Cleaning have the following tips that you should follow. Here are some useful guides and tips on steam cleaning walls, upholstery, blinds and glass.

Add Cleaning Equipment to Your Hire Inventory

Expand your equipment stock in your hire business with Duplex versatile products

Have you ever wondered to how to produce a greater return of investment within your equipment hire business?  Or would like to increase stock of high-end quality machinery equipment to hire in effort to increase sales? Then look no further than Duplex Cleaning’s own versatile cleaning machines!

Duplex steam cleaning machines are best known for its versatility, respectable brand in their industry, and excellent cleaning results. By having Duplex products in your inventory items list in your business, you will have a opportunity to attract number of interested hirers or customers who want to hire the dependable cleaning machines in the likes of Duplex domestic and industrial floorscrubbers.

Do You Want to Start Your Own Cleaning Business?

If you are one of the potential start-up founders or owners looking to start and building up new cleaning business soon as possible - whether it is for cleaning automotive and cars, bathrooms, kitchens, upholstery and accommodation, Duplex Cleaning is presenting an online workshop on how to start cleaning business with just five steps.

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