Cost and Trends
The concept of utilising a good quality brush irrespective of comparative costs is still practiced only in smaller pockets in India. Smaller outlays are dispensed when it comes to buying brushes. Even though a good quality brush may cost two to three times more than an ordinary brush, its life is four to five times higher. Thus, in the longer run, it is a cost effective option.
“In order to arrive at better customer satisfaction, enlightening them with technical literature is important. The end user should therefore be conscious enough about the material used in the brushes and other aspects like safety, longevity, rust proof, etc.”– Lob Gupta
Talking about the cost aspect, Chhavi says, “The Indian user is concerned about the cost. In case of compound broom which gets damaged due to moisture, the recurring cost is high. The total cost of imported Kibble broom is in fact lesser than the actual costs incurred in purchasing of local brooms in larger quantity to meet cleaning results.” Why incur expense in buying more brushes when there are quality brushes that last longer and provide better results? That is something the Indian user is yet to be convinced.
Speaking on the trends in India, Caitano Fernandes, Director, Cam Industries Pvt Ltd, Panaji, says, “Dust mop is the modern day tool which is fast replacing the broom. In wet mops, round mop is commonly used. Kentucy mop is equipped with accessories or permanent fixtures with the facility for refilling. Dry mops also have accessories, which lasts for a longer time. Dust mops are made of materials like cotton and acrylic material. Cotton is the most commonly used for rough surfaces. Softer ones like acrylic are used for Granite cleaning.”
Cam Industries Pvt Ltd is coming up with a tufted mop, which is chemically treated to attract dust under furniture, cupboards and hidden areas.
Sharing his views on effective cleaning, Gupta informs, “We have developed Polypropylene coated handle for brushes in order to prevent rust. Besides this, Microfiber used in brushes absorbs bacteria from the floor, minimizing the need for using chemicals or disinfectants. It is made of polyester and holds seven times more efficacy than the conventional cotton fabric used in mops.”
Technology and material
“Strong brushes owe their strength to the Staple Technology popular in India. Bristles in this case are robust, firmly fixed and do not come out of the plastic holder during usage. Chinese brushes use anchor methodology, which is inexpensive and not as effective as compared to Staple Technology because the method employed uses very thin plastic crust for anchor filling. Take for example a tooth brush. The user does not have to put in efforts for cleaning teeth. Staple technology finds relevance because there is a lot of effort involved in cleaning floors and walls,” says Kamalesan of Sara Brushes.
“Dust mops are fast replacing broom today. In wet mops, round mop is commonly used. While dry mops are now equipped with accessories which last longer. Besides accessories Kentucy mops have permanent fixtures with facility for refilling.“– Caitano Fernandes
With increasing awareness and technological advancements, the perception has gained ground that Indian janitorial staff is not trained to clean washroom. There is heavy reliance on acids/ chemicals in order to clean the washrooms, causing long term damage to the surfaces (including plumbing fixtures, tiles, WC, etc.). “That is why, we provide brushes for scrubbing the sink and floor which can aid the cleaning activity with minimum requirement of cleaning chemicals,” explains Sanket Gala.
Brush Care and Maintenance
Procedures for cleaning hygienic tools
- Remove all visible dirt and any foreign objects. Use a brush with stiff filaments to do so.
- Clean the tool in a cleaning solution with a pH between 7.0-12.2. Alternatively clean in an industrial dishwasher (82’C/180’F).
- Rinse with clean water.
- If lime residues are formed on the tool after washing and use, these can be removed by washing in a cleaning solution with a pH between 7.0 – 12.2. Use brush with stiff filaments to do so or clean in an industrial dishwater (82’C/180’F).
- If required tools can be disinfected after washing with an approved disinfectant.
- Rinse with clean water to ensure the removal of any disinfectant residues on the tool before using it again for cleaning.
You need to replace tools
- When filaments are so entangled that particles can adhere to them.
- When filaments are so discoloured that after cleaning they do not regain their original colour and it is difficult to see where dirt is lying.
- When the brush back or plastic moulding is scratched or badly marked
- When the handle is broken or cracked.
- When the filaments are worn or have been caught in something, increasing the risk of loose filaments.
- When your system specifies that the tools must be replaced after a suitable period or there may be a risk to food hygiene.