If there is one thing that unites the diverse businesses of the industrial sector in the UK, from automotive spray shops, to printing presses, food processors and car factories, it is their use of industrial wiper rags. The humble wiper rag is an essential, if not frequently overlooked, component in any industrial process.
Businesses use rags to apply solvents, to clean surfaces and to prepare them for painting. Because they are so often treated as an afterthought by industrial businesses, many companies are unaware of the negative impact on cleaning quality of using low grade cleaning rags.
How Cheap Wipers Can Impact Cleaning Quality
All businesses look to cut costs wherever they can. An obvious place to start are apparently low value items such as janitorial supplies. Therefore, for facilities managers, cost effectiveness in cleaning supplies is equated with cheapness. This, however, can be counter-productive. This is because many cheap wipers simply don’t perform as well as better quality products. There are two problems businesses face with cheap wipers:
1) Poor Durability
Cheap wiper rags disintegrate under pressure or don’t last as long as other products, leading to higher consumption and higher overall costs than with better products.
Poor quality cleaning wipers frequently leave small particles of material, or lint, on the cleaning surface. This is difficult and time consuming to remove. The additional time needed to get rid of lint and detergent residues from surfaces adds to the expense of cleaning, compared with using better cloths. In some circumstances, lint only results in a dull or untidy-looking surface, but where a perfect clean is required it can severely impact work quality. Examples of this are car bodywork paint shops, where a completely clear surface is required for a paint job to take effect.
How Cleaning Wipes Differ
To understand why some wiper rags are better than others, we need to look at how they are made. Cleaning wipers are made from a wide variety of materials. Most commonly these are recycled rags, clothes and towels, but they also may include polyester, recycled cotton or even wood pulp. Frequently a rag will include a blend of these materials. Cheap rags are made of the lowest grade material and are manufactured in the most cost-effective way (for the manufacturer). They therefore frequently have a high lint content, as well as low durability and low absorbency. Better quality rags, on the other hand, are made of better materials and are fabricated in a way that reduces lint. The result is a more efficient clean that gives users better value for money per unit.
Why It Is Worth Paying For Quality Cleaning Wipes
As an engineering supplies merchant, it is worth offering your customers a choice of high-quality cleaning wipes for their business. This will ultimately result in higher customer satisfaction and increased repeat business than it would by simply striving to give them the lowest possible cost per unit. Using cheap wipers is frequently counter-productive as it adds additional costs in both time and resources. Furthermore, some businesses risk damage to their core process through spoilage of surfaces due to lint. In terms of increased productivity and better cleaning quality, high-quality cleaning wipes always give a better value per unit than cheaper alternatives.
Industrial Wiper Rags Explained
Our Smartora brand of wiper rags are engineered for both low unit cost and high efficiency for a superior clean. If you are looking for ways to improve the range of cleaning wipers and janitorial supplies you offer your customers, we have an extensive product catalogue that suits the needs of all industrial sectors. To compare the features and benefits of different grades of industrial wiper rag, please download our free Guide to Industrial Wiper Rags from our website today, by clicking here.