Company unveils deep-cleaning arm to ‘help get Britain back to work’

Businesses are being encouraged to undertake a deep clean of their properties as they prepare for the easing of lockdown restrictions to provide reassurance for customers and workers – and to help protect the NHS.

The business has a 'bio-fogging' offering. Picture: contributed.

It comes as polling shows that the British public is nervous about returning to places of work and visiting shops and restaurants.

A new UK-wide division of the Property Support Services (PSS) group, PSS Protect, is providing deep-cleaning services for offices, shops, restaurants, hair salons, care homes, hotels, football clubs and other facilities – to help Britain get back to work as companies prepare for re-opening.

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Scotland’s largest independent cash and carry firm, United Wholesale (Scotland), is among the first to use the services, carrying out “bio-fogging” disinfection of its three depots – two in Glasgow and one in Grangemouth, Falkirk. Trials are also under way at convenience stores across Scotland.

United Wholesale (Scotland) is among the first to use the services. Picture: contributed

The new division has set up accredited training for workers – and is providing certificates to be displayed to reassure the public.

PSS Protect said it has invested in the latest cleaning innovations and is one of the few providers of “bio-fogging” disinfection used in hospitals.

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It has also set up a global supply chain for personal protective equipment that it can supply to firms, while work can be carried out overnight to accommodate trading hours. The unit also said it has contacted the UK Government, offering to play its part in helping to get Britain back to work.

The PSS group has provided specialist cleaning services for all types of premises for 40-plus years.

Group chairman Michael Rust said: “As businesses prepare for the ease of lockdown measures, the issue of disinfection and protecting workers and the public from disease has never been more important.

“There is widespread public apprehension about re-opening premises, so it’s important for companies to consider cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

“This is standard good practice in many aspects of public health, and it should ease pressure on the NHS and help with attempts to avoid another wave of cases when lockdown measures are lifted.”

Chris Gallacher, MD of United Wholesale (Scotland), said: “Our depots have remained open during the coronavirus crisis and we have introduced many safety measures to protect our customers, including social distancing.

“We want to do everything we can to not only protect our workforce and customers, but to help drive down coronavirus cases and care for our NHS. Deep cleaning is a sensible plan for all businesses ahead of the easing of lockdown restrictions and provides reassurance to customers using the premises.”

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