Housing Associations – Wiping off the cost of maintenance

Industrial strength Big Wipes can be a part of your overall cost saving strategy when it comes to housing associations management and maintenance teams.

Health and Safety

According to the latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures available, there are over 20,000 people suffering from work-related skin diseases with around 7,000 new cases diagnosed every year. For many managed services and housing associations teams, therefore, cleaning hands effectively while still being able to care for them is extremely important.

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On a daily basis, service teams and contractors looking after the building and maintenance of housing associations properties have to deal with both the grease and grime of current or previous tenants. In addition, they need to keep themselves and the work area clean of ‘fix and repair’ products, including silicone sealants, paints, adhesives, PU foam and general dirt- which can be hard to remove. It is vital to protect both personnel and the properties from these potentially aggressive substances.

Skin Disease

Industrial strength Big Wipes help to solve a health and safety issue for housing associations maintenance teams. Speedy removal of irritants is essential as skin disease on the hands can be debilitating and has serious implications when trying to continue with work. The skin is your body’s largest organ and is its protective barrier.   However, if harmful substances accumulate on your skin, its barrier can be broken and leave hands sore and inflamed and with the potential to cause long-term health issues. Skin disease can be incapacitating for the sufferer, meaning that work becomes difficult and livelihoods are put in jeopardy.

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There are common signs or skin problems to look for on hands such as dryness, redness, cracking or swelling of the hands and fingers as well as blisters, flaking and itching.  Workers can develop these symptoms as they come into direct contact with substances commonly used on site.  If you are immersing your hands in liquids, or getting them splashed on a regular basis then your hands may suffer.  Contact with contaminated tools or surfaces can also lead to harmful substances landing on the skin, causing a problem.

Big Wipes Formula

Big Wipes trade wipes contain a blend of cosmetic grade solvents to effectively remove the grime, plus have added skin conditioners combining antibacterial properties that can offer a comprehensive level of portable protection in one convenient package.  Big Wipes are highly effective, economical, safe to use on hands, tools and all sealed surfaces.

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These industrial grade wipes combined with the same liquid formulation offered in a convenient trigger Power Spray can clean and degrease a whole property including uPVC windows and older runs or silicone.  The same wipes can then be used to keep the service teams free of grime while they work.

Industrial strength Big Wipes not only help to solve a health and safety issue, they also save housing associations management and maintenance teams significant costs.  Paints, adhesive and sealants are easy to over-apply or can be kicked over by accident, causing visual and sometimes permanent damage to hard floors, walls and furniture.

Cost Savings

These spills and leaks become costly if teams are snagging after a building’s refurbishment or if they are preparing Housing Associations properties, getting them into an acceptable condition before new tenants arrive.  A spill or accidental leak of any material at this stage can lead to complaints, costly call backs or a delay in a job being signed off as complete, which could all combine to impact on the contractor’s reputation.

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The use of Big Wipes can save local authority maintenance departments thousands of pounds in lost time by quickly clearing spills before they cause permanent damage and potential call backs.  For maintenance teams, therefore, portable cleaning products are their first line of insurance against complaints, extra costs, spillages and even skin damage.

Cost savings even extend to reduced cost or replacing and laundering work wear, as hands pre-cleaned with Big Wipes cleaning wipes are no longer a grime hazard to clothing. Vans and vehicles also stay in better condition if a tub of wipes is mounted in racking or in a Big Wipes Cage van bracket as the work place grime can be removed before it enters the cab. This also has the added benefit of your team arriving clean and ready for their next job.

24 hour moisturising hand cream

Taking into account the health and safety implications of getting rid of grime and as part of the cleaning solution package Big Wipes provides for Housing Associations and managed services companies, a hand cream is also available.  Solvents, paints and varnishes all strip the skin of its natural oils and can be difficult to avoid when working out on site.

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Big Wipes Hand Cream, with its powerful combination of urea and alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), is a high performance treatment cream that rapidly relieves dry and rough skin, helps strengthen the skin’s barrier function and improves its ability to absorb and hold moisture.

It provides 24 hour moisturising and is recommended by dermatologists to increase moisture concentration and improve skin texture, appearance and function. Used regularly, the hand cream helps restore the skin’s smoothness, softness and flexibility by helping the skin retain moisture, keeping it soft, supple and youthful – and bringing much needed relief to a dry, cracked skin.


In conclusion, the Big Wipes hand care range provides Housing Associations and managed services tradespeople with everything they need to stay clean, stay professional and keep their skin in prime condition for the job in hand.

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This article appeared in truncated format in Housing Association Magazine in July/August 2016