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Time is Money – How to Make Effective Cleaning Supply Choices

Time is Money – How to Make Effective Cleaning Supply Choices

When you are in the process of formulating a cleaning plan for your team there are a number of considerations to take; the size and length of the task at hand, the size of the team of cleaning engineers you have working on it and the type of product you’re best utilising for an effective and high quality clean.

At any level of business time = money and in certain industries time is more crucial than others. At the planning stage of a cleaning task it is imperative that you choose the right path ahead, or you could be wasting the time of your staff, your valuable money and potentially damaging the area you are meant to be cleaning up and polishing to look brand new.

So, how can you ensure you run a smooth operation?

Choose the Specific Product for the Task at Hand

General cleaning products just won’t cut the mustard when it comes to certain tough stains and dirt within heavy industry. Choosing the right cleaning supplies is easier when you use an industrial cleaning supplier with a record of providing assistance to a wide range of very specific cleaning tasks.

Let’s take for example our own Engineering section of cleaning products http://www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/engineering . When heavy machinery is involved and hours of grease and dirt clogs up the processes, machinery and your hands and workwear you have to be able to trust the product you’re using.

You will most likely require a different cleaning product to maintain machinery; effectively clean different types of surfaces and your own hands. You’ll also require cleaning products which can 99.999% clean the smallest of areas that are crucial to your production line.

Make Life Easier for Your Staff & Protect Your Investment

By buying industrial cleaning supplies you are making life so much easier for your staff and it ties in with the above point. If you buy general purpose cleaning products to be used everywhere you won’t reach the same conclusion as if you use a specific product for a specific task.

Cleaning shouldn’t always be hard work – a quality industrial cleaning product will cut through the dirt and grease, leaving behind a shine that looks brand new, without you having to scrub away for longer than necessary. You’ll have to use more of a lesser quality product and put harder work into it for it to be as effective. This approach, as well as using the wrong type of chemical on certain surfaces can lead to damaged machinery.

Using high quality industrial cleaning supplies that are specific to your task ensures your staff best utilise their time and your machinery is kept in good condition (they can be really expensive to fix or replace in the event of a cleaning mix-up and damage).

Effective Products Save Time & Money

APT has the knowledge and expertise to assist you in choosing the correct product for your industry, place of work and specific task at hand – whether it is to clean away graffiti, tough grease and oils or a more general purpose clean we will definitely be able to help. Our customer service team has bags of experience and by choosing high quality industrial cleaning supplies from a team you can trust you can guarantee that whatever task is at hand, you’ll finish it with aplomb and leave a surface looking brand new. 

Citrus Degreasers – A Fresh Way to Clean All Parts

Citrus Degreasers – A Fresh Way to Clean All Parts

Industrial cleaning can be tough. We understand this. Especially in factory premises, or industries with heavy machinery and many different types of small mechanical parts, finding a cleaning product to perform the task adequately can sometimes be a struggle.

That’s where we come in – providing high quality industrial cleaning supplies with the knowledge and expertise to offer advice on your specific requirements and exactly which type of cleaning product you would be best to purchase, and how to most effectively use it in your given environment.

Citrus degreasers are a fantastic alternative to conventional solvent degreasers, and here’s why:

A Great Parts Cleaner

Sometimes it’s not just simple surfaces which require cleaning. Grease and dirt can become heavy and stuck to every small nook and cranny in your work premises and within the tiniest parts of machinery. Conventional degreasers have always adequately performed the job of cleaning it away, but citrus degreasers do so with real ease.

Our citrus degreasers are versatile and work in a multitude of environments. There’s a reason citrus degreasers are popular with cyclists for instance – they know they can put it to good use in the tightest spaces on their bikes and clean all parts effectively for a smooth and shiny finish without damaging the parts or the overall make-up of the cycle. The same applies to all surfaces and machinery at home and in a working environment.

Cuts Through the Toughest Grease

In an industrial factory or production line grease sticks to everything. If you are in a business where a degreaser is required on a daily basis you have to be able to trust the industrial cleaning product at your disposal. Our citrus degreasers are proven to remove all traces of grease, oils and other contaminants, ensuring that your workplace remains clean, safe for staff and visitors alike from health hazards, and that your machinery remains functioning at a high level at all times.

With citrus degreaser being so effective at working away grease and oils also means that you will save money in the long term as there isn’t as much struggle, and products used, to achieve a high quality finish.

Environmentally Friendly

We take good care that all of our products are developed to be completely up to date with the latest environmental legislation. With conventional solvent degreasers you have to be wary of volatility of the substance and have in mind careful disposal once it has been used.

With APT citrus degreasers however we’ve developed a product which is water soluble and created using eco-friendly natural ingredients. So you can just easily rinse away any spillages and be in control of a much safer environment in which to clean that if you were using older degreaser products.

Leaves a Fresh and Fragrant Smell

And the final beauty of using citrus degreasers – it leaves behind a nice fragrance once you are finished. Of course this isn’t the most important factor when considering which industrial cleaning product or specific heavy degreaser to purchase, but at APT we ally a highly effective degreaser product, made with environmentally friendly ingredients, to a lasting fresh fragrance.

A pleasant smell adds the finishing touches to a cleaning task and leaves your staff and anyone else in the vicinity feeling much cleaner and happier in the process.

Citrus degreasers have become a popular heavy degreaser for a number of reasons, they cut through tough grease and dirt, have been developed to be environmentally friendly, are great for the smallest of machine parts and best of all can leave behind a pleasant smell when you’ve finished cleaning. What more could you ask for?

APT has a range of degreasers and our citrus degreasers come highly recommended for the reasons outlined in this article. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service team who have bags of experience in assisting companies of all sizes choose the right industrial supplies for their business.

Help the Environment with Quality & Concentrated Cleaning Products

Help the Environment with Quality & Concentrated Cleaning Products

In the past to ‘go green’ and become a company who not only preaches but practices environmentally friendly procedures it could end up costing you a fair wedge of your budget. When it comes to cleaning products this was especially evident, but luckily there are now a multitude of choices for environmentally friendly cleaning products for commercial, industrial and household use and APT are proud to be one of the leaders in the field.

Why Go Green?

Saving the planet and leaving our children, grandchildren and future generations with a sustainable future is something that the majority of us clearly want. We understand that the big issues can only be solved through everyone pulling their weight in terms of the little things and this isn’t meant as a preachy article telling you you’re wrong if you don’t already purchase green, what we are saying is that it is now possible.

Our cleaning chemicals are highly concentrated which leads to a domino effect of environmentally friendly benefits such as less product leading to less packaging and less overall carbon footprint. 

The Benefits of Buying Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Chemicals

There are a number of benefits to buying environmentally, concentrated cleaning products from APT Chemicals. Here are a few of them:

  • Every product you purchase from APT has been developed using only the highest quality ingredients from a natural source. We achieve this without adding on a large price tag.
  • Our commercial cleaning chemicals are highly concentrated and therefore much better for the environment than traditional cleaning products. With less liquid in the bottle achieving the same, if not a better outcome, you’re using less to do more.
  • Packaging and transport costs are lower for concentrated products as when you add up the difference in size over large quantities it really does add up to being environmentally friendly.
  • Re-usable and recyclable materials are used where possible so you can refill your bottles over and over again, or recycle them after use with ease.
  • As the concentrated products are less toxic than previous incarnations of cleaning chemicals, disposal of leftovers or the clean-up of spillages is also much safer and more environmentally friendly.

Scientific advancements in the production of commercial cleaning chemicals have meant that now more than ever you have the ability to purchase and use products that are environmentally friendly. It has become another key condition to check off the list – budget, effectiveness, short-term or long-term use, environmentally friendly.

At APT Chemicals we have put in a lot of hard work to develop concentrated cleaning chemicals for commercial and industrial use that tick all of the boxes. You’ll find environmentally friendly, concentrated chemicals in recyclable packaging and to suit a any budget over the short or the long term. Speak to a member of our customer service team today to discuss your specific needs and how we can help you go green when it comes to selecting cleaning products for your specific situation, company and industry. 

Drain Cleaners – Choosing the Right Toilet Cleaners to Prevent a Blocked Drain

Drain Cleaners – Choosing the Right Toilet Cleaners to Prevent a Blocked Drain

There’s nothing quite as bad as a blocked drain or pipe in our experience. Whether at home or in a work setting a blocked drain will cause unpleasant smells, hygiene hazards for those in the vicinity and could end up costing quite a bit of money to fix.

Choosing the right products to clean drains is essential, as is choosing the right daily products for your washrooms to ensure an effective level of maintenance for your toilets, pipes and drains. Prevention is far better than cure and if you should set in place an effective cleaning routine using the right products and taking the correct level of care, a blocked drain or pipe should never have to take place.

Here we discuss how keeping your toilet and urinals in good health will lessen the potential future impact of a blocked drain.

The Problems of a Dirty Water System – Keep Your Toilet in Order

If you don’t regularly maintain the pipework linked to your toilets and bathrooms it can quickly become a problem. Urinals in particular often succumb to a build up of hair, uric crystals and limescale in the water. Eventually if the problem isn’t dealt with, this can cause the pipes to become blocked.

Another major problem found in many toilet areas, both public and industrial, is that the odour can become quite powerful in a nauseating way. Limescale and uric acid crystals will build up in a urinal or toilet. They will then only hold on to any lingering smells and bacteria, causing a really unpleasant smell that is difficult to shift.

We have all seen urinal blocks in toilets aimed at sanitising and deodorising the immediate area, but a preventative measure would be much more successful.

Commercial Toilet Cleaners

The first thing you should do to ensure your toilets, bathrooms and drains remain clean is to put in place a regular, daily if possible, cleaning routine. The bathroom is something that everybody needs to use on a daily basis and keeping the area as clean as possible is a priority that must be stuck to.

Our industrial cleaning chemicals and drain cleaners have been developed to kill 80% of bad odours at the source – add to that the quality of product and the inside knowledge of the industry that we have and drain and toilet cleaners from APT will save you time and money. You’ll never have to purchase urinal blocks and deodorisers again as we’ll help you prevent the bad smells in the first place.

Drain Cleaners as an Effective Regular Tool

Sometimes no matter what you try as a preventative measure a blocked drain still becomes a reality and it is good practice however to regularly clean your drains in all circumstances as the long term effects of no maintenance can be horrific for your finances and nostrils, as we’ve discussed.

We have a range of industrial drain cleaners that are concentrated and multi-purpose in many cases. So you can buy a high quality drain cleaner that combats grease, fat and oil, keeps away bad odours and fully cleans your drainage system. For a more in-depth look at how our team can help you, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Water Based Degreaser – An Environmentally Friendly Choice of Degreaser

Water Based Degreaser – An Environmentally Friendly Choice of Degreaser

In the not too distant past industrial cleaning supplies, and especially degreasers, would have been solvent based only. This could be quite expensive for companies who required large quantities of products and had to ensure large areas were fully maintained and cleaned on a daily basis. Add to that the environmental impact of the substances used and the packages with which to deliver them and you can see why companies started to move away from them.

The Benefits of Water Based Degreasers

In our time we’ve always looked to continue to develop and improve our product range and our water based degreasers are no different. But why do we believe in water based degreasers to be a high quality choice of industrial cleaning product?

-          Concentrated and shipped in recyclable packaging to make it environmentally friendly

-          Concentrated products also means you get more for your money in the long term

-          Less invasive odours than from conventional degreasers

-          Gets hard to work instantly on tough grease and stains

-          Perfect to clean small parts, machines and surfaces within heavy industry

-          Can be used on a wide range of surfaces without the potential for damage

Different Water Based Degreasers for Different Surfaces

Thoroughly Clean Small and Important Parts

One of the major areas of cleaning which benefit from water based degreasers is the cleaning of parts. Whether machine parts or within the auto industry it can be difficult to find a cleaning product that will fully deal with grease, oil, dirt and grime in an effective way without ruining the surfaces or causing long term damage to the very thing you’re trying to clean.

Choose the Right Degreaser for the Surface You’re Cleaning

Aside from that you would be looking to purchase a different type of water based degreaser for aluminium surfaces than you would should you be requiring an industrial cleaning chemical which is good at removing rust and maintaining surfaces afterwards to prevent rust from forming. This type of cleaning is so important to certain industries as the problems rust can cause to a production line for instance is incalculable to some companies.

Cut Through Dirt, Grease and Oils with Ease

In food production units or areas where there has been plenty of oil and grease forming over the working hours, you require a cleaning product which can easily cut through the toughest of dirt and stains and leave behind a surface that looks brand new, is safe to use, and won’t hamper the preparations for the next working day.

Choosing the Right Water Based Degreaser

If you would like to talk to a member of our team about our range of water based cleaning products and degreasers, we would be more than happy to help. We appreciate that every person and company has a different outlook, budget, ideals and cleaning requirements and look to offer bespoke guidance and advice from person to person accordingly.

Water based cleaning has many benefits, from a green point of view and for your bank balance. We’ll be happy to talk you through each product and find a suitable water based degreaser that will go the extra mile for you. 

Parts Cleaner – Find the Perfect Range with APT

Parts Cleaner – Find the Perfect Range with APT

Cleaning requires more thinking than you’d first imagine. There are of course the general cleaning duties to contend with, a daily general clean that leaves areas fresh and shiny as if brand new. This is for a cosmetic and hygiene reason – with washrooms being a location on any site that requires a deeper clean, with specific cleaning chemicals to suit. The same can be said of any sort of machinery where you have to purchase parts cleaner.

Within our range of parts cleaners you’ll find something for you. It can be difficult without the knowledge of industrial cleaning products to fully clean the smallest areas and parts of machinery. It can also be a minefield. If you choose the wrong type of cleaning fluid when cleaning small and fiddly parts of machinery you could be in danger of:

-          Damaging surfaces

-          Leaving rust to build-up in hard to reach areas

-          Preventing a fully functioning machine through poor maintenance

-          Costing your company money due to all of the above

At APT we sell parts cleaner in various sizes and for various uses. You might have fiddly parts that require a deep clean. You can achieve that by soaking some parts in our cleaning chemicals. Others can be fully cleaned by using sprays to agitate loose dirt and rust to ensure all surfaces and hidden areas of machine parts are reached and cleaned.

We also understand that depending on what industry you’re in, and what type of parts and surfaces require cleaning, the fluid will change accordingly. Many people look at their budget first and attempt to take a short cut in all types of cleaning. Especially when it comes to parts cleaner this is folly – the wrong chemical could set you and your company back with a whole host of problems relating to the functionality of the machines and systems the parts were from.

By choosing the correct parts cleaner for your needs you are ensuring a smooth running operation and saving time and money in the long run when compared with choosing a general (or downright wrong) product to clean parts from the outset.

We believe in choice of quality products at APT Chemicals – and with our range of parts cleaners you’ll be able to find and purchase the correct cleaning chemical for your specific requirements. Add to that the in-depth knowledge and assistance you’ll receive from our customer service team and you’ll see why buying from a renowned industrial cleaning supplier is much more preferable to buying a general cleaning product in your local shop.

To discover more about our range of parts cleaners and to discuss your own needs and how we can help you, please feel free to contact us today. We’re always happy to guide and advise our customers on how our high quality cleaning chemicals have been developed for various industries and situations. So if you’re after an industrial parts cleaner for use on heavy machinery or something lighter that will clean small parts on your bicycle, we’ll be able to help.

Industrial Lubricants


Industrial Lubricants

Industrial lubricants are an essential product within many types of industry, especially for engineering companies or for work premises where machinery of all shapes, sizes and volume of production are in use on a daily basis. Choosing the correct industrial lubricant is an important choice to make as it can ensure either a smooth running operation on the factory floor, or cause problems further down the line that can disrupt production and cost a company time and money.

If you work within an environment where heavy machinery is involved and there are many working parts to keep running and prevent from being worn down too quickly, the cleaning chemicals you use becomes an important acquisition. Industrial lubricants can clean vital components of your working machinery and ensure that they are maintained at a high level of function for longer.

The wrong choice of industrial lubricants can damage machinery, delay production and cause long term problems for your company – so beware and take time to make the right choice.

Industrial lubricants perform a vital function – but what exactly do they do?

 

Keep Moving Parts Apart from Each Other

Moving parts in machinery are best kept away from each other. Industrial lubricants are used to keep moving parts separate. The lubrication acts as a thin barrier between the moving parts and this is essential, especially in heavy industry, to prevent on-going friction and surface fatigue. The right industrial lubricant in this situation will prevent over heating of parts that are coming into contact with each other in high pressure environments.

Clean & Maintain Machinery Parts

The cleaning side of a lubricant is also a vital function. Not only are you looking to prevent long term damage caused by high friction (see above) but you also need to choose and industrial lubricant which will clean the smallest areas of a machine. Some lubricants also contain anti-wear qualities to delay the natural process of machinery wearing down over time.

Prevent Rust

We have taken time to develop our industrial lubricants to ensure every base is covered. Our high quality lubricants have been formulated with corrosion prevention in mind, combined with additives that will prevent rust through the exclusion of moisture from the surface area once applied.

Wider Range of Industrial Lubricants

We understand at APT that a company that relies on machinery and manufacturing equipment 365 days per year has to make the correct choices when it comes to industrial lubricants. Breakdowns can and do happen and sometimes they are unavoidable, but choosing the highest quality of product to begin with will give you a better chance to keep a smooth running operation where machinery is involved.

You’ll find a wide range of industrial lubricants available in our store, from lubricating oils and greases, to specialist chemical degreasers. We have industrial lubricants that are suited to high temperatures and others that are completely safe to use on machinery in a food production area.

Our team has knowledge and expertise to help you make the right choices for your specific company, products and machinery. We are a well oiled machine and we can help you stay one too with industrial lubricants for all types of industry.

Different Applications of Ultrasonic Cleaners

Different Applications of Ultrasonic Cleaners

 

Ultrasonic cleaners are a rather revolutionary product that make use of ultrasound technology for the cleaning of many different types of materials across a broad range of industries.  Contaminants are eradicated from machinery parts by tiny micro bubbles produced by the chemical solvent, producing a high energy effect that can thoroughly and safely clean parts made of metals, plastics, rubbers, glass, ceramics, and many other materials.

 

Choosing the proper brand of ultrasonic cleaning fluid will depend on the four basic components of each brand:  mechanical energy, dwell time, temperature and chemistry.  The many brands of eco-friendly ultrasonic cleaners help to avoid potential surface damage to the machines being cleaned as well as the cleaning tanks, baskets, and filters used during the process.  While the engineering and manufacturing industries are the largest consumers of these types of cleaners, many other areas of business also use them as well.

 

Automotive Industry

 

The many intricate car parts that require tough cleaning processes are resulting in a huge increase in use of these brands of cleaners by the automotive industry.  Mechanics regularly use these ultrasonic cleaning fluids for cleaning everything from crank shafts to engine pistons, bearings, and gears.  Proper rinsing and drying practices are also strictly followed to ensure maximum results.

 

Medical and Optical Industries

 

Medical instruments and surgical tools require a very thorough cleaning before they can be reused again on another patient.  The healthcare industry uses ultrasonic cleaners on everything from surgical blades to injection needles, forceps, endoscope tubes, and several other types of medical devices that come in contact with the human body.  The optical industry even uses some of these brands of cleaners for eyeglasses and contact lens cleaning procedures.

 

Jewelry Industry

 

To demonstrate just how safe and effective these cleaning solvents are, the jewelry industry uses these cleaning agents on all types of very expensive jewelry, from bracelets to necklaces and wrist watches made of every type of metal imaginable, including both silver and gold.  The bubbling action of the ultrasonic cleaning fluid helps to get inside those tiny, ornate crevices that manual cleaning techniques are unable to reach. 

 

The Military

 

All branches of the United Stated Armed Forces use ultrasonic cleaners to clean everything from the individual mechanical parts of our jets and military tanks to cleaning the smaller individual components of our soldiers’ firearms.  Different solvents are used for each individual purpose, of course.  But as a result of the military’s increased acceptance and use of these ultrasonic cleaning fluids, police departments and fire stations around the country are now using them on a regular basis as well. 

 

 

The broad range of uses of these ultrasonic cleaners have led to their use in nearly all areas of industry and commerce.  Printing companies, air conditioning and heating companies, and all industries in electronics and digital technologies are now using environmentally friendly ultrasonic solvents as the preferred method of cleaning the tiny pieces and parts involved in their particular areas of commerce.  Choosing the proper brand of ultrasonic cleaner can be somewhat confusing.  Ask your friendly sales rep which brand is best for your particular needs.