Handling of cleaning chemicals

Wear suitable protective equipment

In principle, the choice of suitable protective equipment depends on the cleaning agents and disinfectants used. The Ordinance on Hazardous Substances regulates how identified products should be handled in addition to the general handling of cleaning products. The dosing of the products constitutes a very critical phase, as this involves working with the concentrated product.

The personal protective equipment depends on the products to be used and their identification. Personal protective equipment includes:

Protective goggles

The eyes should be protected, particularly when dosing dangerous substances, as even brief contact can lead to irreversible damage and blindness.

Protective gloves

Depending on the product being used, it may be necessary to use special protective gloves when dosing. More detailed information on this can be found in the safety data sheet, the operating instructions or the label.

Work wear & Working shoes

When cleaning, wear covering work wear (long pants, e.g. combined with the VERMOP cleaning jacket) and working shoes that are fully-closed at the back. This protects you from injury caused by heavy cleaning machinery and gives a good optical impression to the customers.

Ensure good ventilation

As a matter of principle, sufficient ventilation should be ensured when working with dangerous substances.

Use cold water

As a rule, hot water (temperature over 30°C) not only destroys the cleaning agent and disinfectant, but also damages the hands below the cleaning glove. As a result of the warmth, the pores open so that micro organisms, dirt and other material can access deeper regions.

Pour the product into the water, not the other way round

Possible danger of foam formation.

From a health and safety perspective, it is decisive whether what splashes into the eyes is the concentrated product (water on product) or the diluted solution (product on water).

Dose cleaning agents correctly

Always fill cold water into the bucket first. Then add cleaning agents according to manufacturer’s dosing instructions (e.g. with measuring cup or dosing cap). This prevents the formation of excessive foam.

Never use hot water, it could cause undesired reactions in conjunction with the cleaning agents. Modern cleaners are developed for use with cold water!

Use original container

Do not use non-original bottles or drinking bottles for storing cleaning agents. The content should always conform to what it says on the product bottle.

Never mix products

As a result of uncontrolled mixing, the products lose their effect. Certain components can lead to the formation of toxic gases, for example, when acids (sanitation cleaners, descalers) are mixed with chlorinated products (mould removers, bleaches). The resulting chlorine gas is toxic.

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