Three trends that shaped the specialist hygiene industry in 2019

It’s been another busy year for Rentokil Specialist Hygiene. So, as 2019 draws to an end, now is the ideal time to reflect on three specialist cleaning trends of the past 12 months.

Venting frustrations

Ventilation and duct cleaning is essential for commercial kitchens. Not only is it important for maintaining kitchen hygiene and cleanliness, but also in ensuring commercial kitchens are operating safely. A build-up of ventilation grease and fat deposits can reduce airflow, produce foul odours, and pose a significant fire hazard. 

We support many hospitality businesses to ensure their ventilation systems meet the cleanliness standards of the rest of their kitchen. Specifically, our services align with the recently amended TR19 guidelines which were introduced by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), to standardise duct, kitchen extract, and air handling cleaning in the UK. In fact, this year we would argue that it has become the go-to standard that all commercial kitchens must meet. 

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene uses a wet film comb or an Elcometer 465; a thickness gauge with a scan probe, to measure the levels of grease in a commercial kitchen’s system and dry deposits in air handling systems. From this, accurate readings of the thickness of any deposits are given to  indicate the level of cleaning required. This information is then collated into a detailed, TR19 compliant report, along with photographs and recommendations.

In our view, ventilation cleaning is an important factor for commercial kitchens, especially early in the year, when hospitality businesses should book in a deep clean after the Christmas rush.


Deep cleaning

In 2019, several schools closed across the UK as pupils and staff were taken ill with Norovirus, the winter sickness bug.  Deep cleaning is an important undertaking for any business in order to prevent the spread of illnesses like Norovirus, and reduce subsequent downtime in the event of an outbreak. 

Deep cleans should be managed by  professional cleaning specialists who are trained to tackle those hard-to-reach or rarely seen areas, where potentially harmful micro-organisms might be hiding. Professional cleaners will have access to specialist multi-purpose biocidal cleaners, which can decontaminate surfaces by killing bacteria, fungi, spores, yeasts and viruses.

In the unfortunate incident that a viral outbreak occurs, it is important that businesses take action to ensure that their workplace doesn’t serve as a hotbed for viral infection. 



Silo cleaning is a tall order

If you look at the average farming or agricultural facility, the tallest structure is likely to be the silos used to store bulk materials like flour, sugar, maize, grain and animal feed. To conform to the stringent food safety requirements associated with housing food products for potential human consumption, a silo deep cleaning strategy should feature high on the radar for all agricultural managers who use them during their production process. 

Cleaning a silo is no mean feat. Due to the mammoth size of these structures and the potential safety hazards they pose, specialist technicians will often use winching equipment in order to be lowered into the silo. The team tackling a silo clean must be fully trained in confined space entry, emergency rescue, and in the use of specific access and safety equipment, such as gas monitors and escape kits.  


Final thoughts

The New Year offers the perfect incentive to start afresh and banish any bad hygiene habits that have evolved over the busy Christmas period. So, why not book in a free survey appointment with a local Rentokil Specialist Hygiene consultant today and see how you can get hygiene right in 2020.