Tuesday July 3, 2018
Clean and simple: a series of blogs from Cleanline expert Rod Hale.
We asked our Cleanline expert ‘What makes Cleanline professional cleaning products different to all the others?’
And here’s what he told us…
The most obvious difference is that Cleanline is not a manufacturer of cleaning products. Cleanline is a brand of cleaning products specifically designed for, and distributed to, the catering and hospitality industry by Bunzl Catering Supplies (BCS). BCS is the UK’s largest distributor of catering disposables, foodservice packaging and hygiene supplies, bringing our customers a wealth of knowledge and experience in professional cleaning and hygiene systems.
The first advantage of being a distributor rather than a manufacturer of cleaning products is that we are not tied to any one brand, which means that we can cherry-pick the best possible cleaning products from more than one supplier.
Cleanline products ranges (from specific manufacturers) are core cleaning products linked by chemistry, colour-coding, methods of use, support materials (such as wall charts), product coding, labelling and price.
As an example, our range of Cleanline Super Concentrates (products that are mixed with water through our wall mounted dosing units on site) come from one supplier, while our more simple colour coded three-product kitchen system comes from another and our laundry products are from a third.
It’s important that the ranges of Cleanline products are used independently and not mixed with products from other Cleanline ranges or branded products. This is because some products need to be compatible with each other in order to work properly. For example, in the kitchen, if you use the wrong product to clean down a food prep surface as stage one of the two stage clean, it is possible that its residue can knock out the efficacy of the sanitiser that follows in stage two. Similarly, it’s important that all the housekeeping products in a range are manufactured in conjunction with each other – not just because of the reasons above, but also because if unrelated products are used in, say, a hotel bedroom, their different fragrances can clash badly enough to cause an unpleasant atmosphere.
The Cleanline brand does not have the massive costs of R&D and technical departments that a manufacturer does, but if we need to develop a new Cleanline product or we require some specialist laboratory analysis our suppliers have the facilities and expertise we need.
Because we are committed to keeping things as simple as possible, you could describe Cleanline as being a “no frills” or functional service. But that’s not to say that you can’t buy specialist branded products outside the core Cleanline ranges for one-off or specialist jobs. BCS also stocks literally thousands of cleaning products from multiple brands so whether you need a chewing gum remover or a body spill kit, we’ve got it.
As you might expect from a global FTSE 100 company, the Cleanline brand is fortunate enough to be aligned to a responsible and reliable team; the size of our company also enables us to use our purchasing power to pass on highly competitive prices to our customers, and partnering with more than one manufacturer introduces an element of healthy competition to keep the quality high and the prices low.
As we’ve grown, we’ve expanded the Cleanline team to carry out our regular service calls but although our own people are responsible for looking after and servicing our customers, rather than increase our own headcount, we can also keep our prices down by outsourcing our technical installations to a national network of qualified engineers whenever we need them.
For more information about the Cleanline brand – give us a call or visit the Cleanline e-brochure.
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