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    Linen Lounge Cleaning – How to clean linen upholstery

    Linen Lounge Cleaning How to clean linen upholstery.

    Linen and cotton are very susceptible to discolouration from environmental factors and browning, and even from body oils.

    The best way to achieve positive results from the project is to use the Encap Fine Fabric.

    Ensure first that the fabric is water-cleanable (in other words not dry-clean only). The Encap Fine Fabric will help reduce browning and effectively remove typical soiling. If there is still evidence of browning or yellowing – a fine mist of Brownaway, Actichem CTR , Pet & Flood or Rinse Pro (dilute 1:20) be applied over the fabric and brushed in. Allow 10 minutes dwell time and then vacuum extract only.

    Encap Fine Fabric

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    Linen Lounge Cleaning

    Aquatic Centre Tiles – The secret to getting them clean

    Actichem Aquatic Tile Cleaning

    The soiling at aquatic centres is quite complex. Present in the soil is a significant component of body fats which requires alkalinity to remove and the other major component is calcium, magnesium and chloride ions from the water which requires an acid solution. Generally a combination of an alkaline clean followed by an acid clean is required for an effective deep clean. Depending on how busy the aquatic centre is, the proportion of body fats to mineral scale may be high and you will need to focus more on alkaline cleaning (eg busy aquatic centre) or the proportion of mineral scale may be much higher and a concentrated clean with an acid solution is required (eg hotel pool).

    It is also important to note that using an acid detergent on a regular (daily) basis is not advised as damage to the grout lines will occur. It is better to clean daily with an alkaline cleaner and then do a periodic clean (once a month) with an acid detergent. The acid clean will then remove any mineral scale which may have built up and also any detergent residue.

    Before proceeding with a major clean, it is advisable to conduct the following trials:

    Trial 1

    • Chemical Solution – Tile & Grout Cleaner LF dilute 1:5
    • Dwell time – 5 minutes
    • Cleaning Pad – System 7
    • Finish – Rinse with clean water

    Trial 2 – Part A

    • Chemical SolutionTile & Grout Power dilute 1:20
    • Dwell time – 5 minutes
    • Cleaning Pad – Medium stiff brush or blue pad (or similar)
    • Finish – Rinse with clean water & then continue with Tile & Grout Restore process

    Trial 2 – Part B

    • Chemical SolutionTile & Grout Restore dilute 1:10
    • Dwell time – 5 minutes
    • Cleaning Pad – Medium stiff brush or blue pad (or similar)
    • Finish – Rinse with clean water

    Ongoing maintenance

    It is recommended to clean several times a week with an alkaline cleaner and then once a month do a “periodic clean” with Tile & Grout Restore.

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    Slippery Tiles – What makes tiles slippery & how to fix them

    There are three reasons why tiled floors get slippery.

    The best thing is to take a forensic look at the situation and decide which of these three aspects are in play and then create a solution for it.

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    1. Tile surface

    Some tiles are simply too smooth for the application. There is limited opportunities for resolution on this one.

    2. Detergent residue

    Detergent residue occurs extremely often. Sometimes it can be quite “invisible”, other times it displays itself as “greying” often on low corners or edges of tiles. Auto scrubber tyre tracks on tiles are also an indication. Mostly it is alkaline residue from frequent maintenance cleaning regimes. However, chemical residue can also be acidic if an acid cleaner has been frequently used.

    3. Fatty acids, oils, grease

    This is also a prime cause of slippery tiles and is mostly found in commercial kitchens and sports change rooms. It is caused by incorrect cleaning products or methods being used. Sometimes the chemical makes it worse in that it partially emulsifies the fatty acids and creates a sticky surface which attracts more soiling but becomes like an ice rink when wet.

    The best way to test is to clean two separate tiles

    Clean one tile with Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro (alkaline) at 1:10 and the other with Tile & Grout Restore (acidic) at 1:10 and scrub briefly with two white pads. Rinse well. Assess which tile responds best to the treatment. If the Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro worked best, then fatty acids and oil is likely the issue. If Tile & Grout Restore worked best then detergent residue is likely the issue.

    In conclusion

    It is important to get down to the base tile. And using the Tile & Grout Restore and Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro as mentioned above, is the best way to do it. However, on a deep clean like this you must rinse thoroughly with clean water to ensure no residues remain.

    Following the deep-clean, the tiles should then be maintained with Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro (or LF) at 1:100. If stronger dilutions are used then a separate clean water rinse must be done.

    Once a month switch to Tile & Grout Restore at 1:100. This will remove any detergent residue build-up and any water salts build-up.


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    Linen Lounge Cleaning

    The secret behind soda’s bite?

    By: Melissa Pandika 22.08.13

    What gives carbonated drinks their zesty bite? Bubbles might be your first guess — but you’d be wrong.

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    In fact, bubbles aren’t needed to experience the burning sensation, but they do enhance it, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. The secret behind soda’s sharp taste is the acid that forms on your tongue when you take a sip.

    Carbonated beverages are produced by dissolving carbon dioxide in liquid, typically under high pressure. Popping open a can or bottle of the liquid reduces that pressure, releasing the carbon dioxide in the form of bubbles. Enzymes in the mouth convert the carbon dioxide into carbonic acid. The acid stimulates nerve endings, activating pain mechanisms that cause a mild irritation, or “bite.”

    The earliest clues that carbonic acid, not bubbles, were responsible for this sensation came from mountaineers’ accounts of the “champagne blues.” After pouring a bottle of celebratory champagne at the summit, mountaineers who had taken medication for altitude sickness disappointedly remarked on the drink’s flat taste — despite its fizziness. It turns out the medication blocked the enzyme that converts carbon dioxide into carbonic acid.

    Still, popular belief continued to hold that the bubbles were primarily responsible. To settle the debate, scientists at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia took advantage of the inability of bubbles to form above a certain pressure level.

    The researchers seated 12 healthy adults in a pressurized chamber and asked them to rate the bite intensity of carbonated water once while under normal pressure — at which bubbles could still form — and a second time at higher pressure — at which bubbles didn’t form. They saw no difference in the bite ratings reported in the two conditions.

    “Clearly, the bubbles are not required for the perception of carbonation bite,” the researchers wrote.

    But the bubbles may have still influenced that perception. Earlier studies have shown that light touch can soothe pain — much like how rubbing a mosquito bite can relieve itching — so the researchers expected the bubbles to suppress the sting of carbonation.

    To test their hypothesis, they asked 11 adults to rate the bite intensity of carbonated water when a filter pumped bubbles just below their tongues and again when another filter pumped the bubbles from further away.

    To the scientists’ surprise, the volunteers rated the bite as stronger when the bubbles were directly hitting their tongues — suggesting that bubbles enhance the bite of carbonated drinks.

    But how the bubbles do this remains a mystery. Perhaps they “stir” the liquid in the mouth, continually drawing in fresh carbon dioxide to convert into carbonic acid, said Paul Wise, a sensory psychologist who led the study.

    “If the bubbles are increasing pain, why do people like carbonated drinks so much?” said Earl Carstens, a neurobiologist at UC Davis who wasn’t involved in the study. “It’s a really interesting question that relates to the entire food industry,” including spicy foods, which have become increasingly popular in the U.S. over the last decade.

    However, it’s also possible that sugar or some other ingredient in carbonated drinks may be suppressing their bite, he said.
    The new findings could “open up opportunities” for food and beverage companies to manipulate their products for people who have a reduced sense of taste, such as HIV patients and the elderly, Wise said. “Maybe you could make up for that [loss] by enhancing some of the other components,” such as smell and color, he said.

    Companies could also improve the flavor of vital nutrient sources, such as potassium chloride, a substitute for table salt that many complain of having a metallic taste, he added.

    “Flavor is a complex interaction between taste, smell, touch, pain, sound and visual aspects,” Wise said. “If we can understand how those interact, we can tweak some of them to create a more desirable flavor profile.”

    This article was first published on the LA Times.


    Linen Lounge Cleaning

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    The Chlorosan is enhanced with chlorine-specific wetting and penetrating agents which ensure that the mould spores embedded in porous surfaces are effectively eliminated. This is what makes it different to regular chlorine bleach and is the secret in limiting mould regrowth.
    The Chlorosan is a thickened product and can be used neat or diluted up to 1 in 10 for mould treatment.

    Key Positives

    • Low cost & very effective – virtually fail-safe results
    • Total elimination of mould stains & total kill of mould spores
    • The product of choice for outdoor mould.


    • Contains chlorine – Chlorosan is based on 6% chlorine (Sodium Hypochlorite).


    Percide is a potentiated hydrogen peroxide based product and is supplied in a ready to use form. The advantage of the Percide is that there is no chlorine vapours, which some people find harmful. It also fizzes when in contact with mould which acts as an indicator for mould growth and is excellent for customer demonstration.

    Key Positives

    • Very effective – virtually fail-safe results
    • Total elimination of mould stains
    • Total kill of mould spores


    • Doesn’t work as well as Chlorosan for mould on outdoor surfaces
    • Will mark polished marble and natural stone.


    Biosan is a potentiated Benzylkonium chloride product and is supplied as a concentrate. It is very safe in use and is absolutely lethal to mould spores. However, it does not remove the staining unless left to dwell overnight.

    Key Positives

    • Very low cost. 1:16 dilution ratio.
    • Very safe in use.
    • Total elimination of mould stains
    • Total kill of mould spores


    • Doesn’t remove mould staining

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    To effectively clean and sanitise a mattress follow these steps:

    1. Prespray with Biosan II at 1:40
    2. Allow 20 minutes reaction time.
    3. Extract with Rinse Pro or Extracta Pro
    4. If there is still staining apply Spotaway U, brush in and leave. (it may take a couple of hours for the staining to fade).

    Note: If a faster reaction is required to remove staining, you can allow 20minutes reaction time and then extract again with Extracta Pro or Emulsifier Plus.

    Download our Fact Sheet: Cleaning & Sanitising Mattresses

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    Actichem is currently stocked in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT. To view your closest stockist download our comprehensive list below.

    Actichem 2018 List of Stockists

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    One of the only things that takes Iodine stains out of vinyl, is Oxyboost Plus (Containing Sodium Percarbonate). It will also remove many other stains such as nicotine and many colour stains caused by beverages, food, sauces and cosmetics. This also applies to these stains on marble and granite, so it is worthwhile having a few tubs of Oxyboost Plus on hand. See the below PDF on how to use Oxyboost Plus to get best results.

    Actichem – Removing Stains from Vinyl

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    What is the most effective carpet cleaning method?

    In high-traffic hospitals and health care facilities, it is important to make sure carpets are cleaned in the most effective and safe ways possible. The two different methods of cleaning carpets are outlined below, they both have distinct pro’s and con’s and are best used in combination.

    Encapsulation cleaning system:

    Encapsulation cleaning eliminates the requirement for a wet extraction rinse when cleaning carpets and upholstery. To achieve this, the encapsulation cleaning solution contains specialty, brittle dry-down polymers. A professionally formulated encapsulator will emulsify the oily soil particles and dry down to a totally dry, brittle structure which will not attract other soils and be easily released to vacuuming. The Actichem Encap Plus & Perox combination, provides the additional benefit of containing a high activity Hydrogen Peroxide which effectively destroys bacteria, viruses and other germs.

    These interim cleaning encapsulator products are normally diluted 1:32 with water and spray applied to the carpet or fed through a solution tank. The solution is then worked into the carpet with a rotating brush or pad. After thorough agitation, the area is allowed to dry (30 – 40 minutes) after which time the area can be re-opened to traffic.

    After 24 hours the encapsulator will be cured and the encapsulated soil will be dry and brittle. The area can now be vacuumed to remove the encapsulated soil. This system is ideal for high-use areas and is significantly easier, quicker and less equipment-intensive than hot water extraction.

    It is important to note that these products are designed for interim cleaning. Because you do not have the advantage of the flushing action of hot water extraction where high quantities of soil can be removed, these products are to be used within a cleaning program where hot water extraction is periodically used to deep clean the carpet. Hot water extraction is also needed if the application of a carpet protector is required.

    What is the most effective carpet cleaning method?

    Hot water extraction cleaning:

    The hot water extraction (steam) cleaning process involves spraying a detergent and Hydrogen Peroxide combination onto the carpet to destroy germs, emulsify and release soils. The carpet is then sprayed with high temperature water and rinse solution while simultaneously being extracted with a carpet extraction machine. The distinct benefits of this method of cleaning are that the carpet is left sanitized, clean and entirely free of soiling. The major consideration to make however, is that this process takes longer and drying times are longer. It is recommended that this process be used in conjunction with an encapsulation cleaning regime.     

    How often should the carpets in health care facilities be cleaned?

    Benjamin Franklin’s famous adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true for carpet maintenance as well. Carpets can trap pounds of dust and other unwanted allergens, but they need to be cleaned regularly to avoid wear and tear and to keep them fresh so they can serve their valuable role as air filters. As a rule of thumb, if you begin to see soil collecting in the traffic lanes, you’ve waited too long. Using the correct steps to prevent carpet damage is not only the safe thing to do for residents and patients, but also is more economical. Regular carpet cleaning will be far less expensive than carpet replacement.

    At minimum, carpets should be professionally deep cleaned and sanitized with a hot water extraction process every six months. Interval cleaning using encapsulation methods should be conducted every two months. All carpet should be on a regular maintenance schedule. Additionally, areas with heavier traffic, such as entryways and hallways, should be cleaned more frequently.

    Minimizing damage and extending carpet life

    The most important maintenance step for carpet longevity is frequent cleaning. This involves three steps:

    • Regular and thorough vacuuming. Use a commercial grade vacuum with an adjustable beater bar/brush and a microfiltration system. Good vacuums are well worth the investment. Depending on traffic levels, vacuuming should be done several times a week, especially in high-traffic areas. Typically, bag-style vacuums work best and the bags should be disposed of when they are two-thirds full.
    • Spot cleaning/surface cleaning: Spills and spots are bound to happen. Typically, the sooner you treat the spot, the easier it is to remove. When spots occur, clean them up quickly using Conquer O2. The best initial treatment is simply spray the spot with an encapsulating spotter and blot up a new spill or spot with a clean, white cloth to remove excess fluids and prevent them from penetrating deeper into the carpet fibers.

    Making sure your medical facility has safe and clean floors is essential to providing the best customer service and creating a healthier living and working environment. With these techniques, not only will you ensure that your medical residence is as clean as can be, but you will also be protecting your flooring investment and providing your residents and patients with a safer, healthier, more pleasant experience.

    Related articles:

    Part 1: Are carpets in medical facilities making us sick?
    Part 2: How should we be cleaning carpets in medical facilities?
    Part 3: How often should we be cleaning carpets in medical facilities to reduce the spread of infection?





    Linen Lounge Cleaning

    Linen Lounge Cleaning

    The Actichem Chemical Dilution Guide is an excellent resource for busy contractors. Quickly and accurately calculate mixing proportions with this easy to read chart. Download it here or comment below to request a laminated copy to be sent directly to you.

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