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Advice, Products, Trovex

Here at Goss, we’ve been using Trovex Diamond for over 5 years, and are now a Trovex Select Installer. We always recommend Trovex to our clients, simply because it’s the gold standard of hygienic cladding. It’s high-quality, long-life and reliable while being low-maintenance. It’s incredibly versatile, lending itself to a large range of applications across many different sectors, and meeting even the most complicated requirements.

 

On the face of it, you might think Trovex Diamond is just another hygienic wall cladding system. But it actually has an impressive suite of benefits that explain its success. Here are 15 major benefits of using Trovex Diamond and why we so strongly recommend it.

 

  1. Versatility: Trovex Diamond is suitable everywhere from kitchens to gyms, from labs to lobbies. It’s suitable as a backdrop, a shower area or splashback. With a complete system that includes thermoformed corners (more below) and add-ons, it’s easy to install even in complex and challenging environments.
  2. Trovex Diamond is easy to clean: it has a smooth, antibacterial surface that’s easy to wipe down and maintain and can be washed with a simple solution of detergent and water. It’s also resistant to solvent cleaning if necessary.
  3. Trovex is durable and robust with a long life span, making it a smart long-term investment.
  4. Trovex creates whole systems so depending on your requirements, you can augment the cladding with other solutions such as doors or hygiene stations (the Trovex Hygidoor and Hygipod). They also offer stainless steel options for situations where PVC may be unsuitable, such as a kitchen splashback.
  5. Trovex can be successfully thermoformed around both internal and external corners so no gaps go uncovered and your space looks elegant.
  6. Trovex Diamond is a non-porous material that’s impervious to impact, spills and stains.
  7. With a whole range of available colours, hygienic cladding no longers means you have to settle for white (although of course that’s available). With the Ambience, Radiance and Brilliance ranges, you can choose any vibrant colour that suits you.
  8. Want more than a block of colour? The Trovex Gallery has stunning images you can choose from (perfect for reception areas and social spaces), or you can even provide your own images for a customised backdrop. Unlock all sorts of design possibilities!
  9. If you’re after a more natural wood effect or some trim for your walls, Trovex has you covered with their Essence laminate options and their Resilience range for wall protection.
  10. Finally, Trovex can colour match your walls with custom trim, welds and even silicone.
  11. Trovex Diamond meets BREEAM requirements and is tested by BRE.
  12. Trovex is a non-timber product, has no impact on rainforests, and is completely recyclable at the end of its long lifespan. Post-production waste is regenerated into raw material, and the low oil content ensures minimal carbon impact.
  13. Trovex has a proven track record with clients, architects and end users – and Goss!
  14. Trovex have an excellent customer service team. It makes it so easy to work with them and efficiently resolve any queries we, or our customers, may have.
  15. Our customers absolutely love the product, leading to repeat business and long-term relationships. When everyone’s happy it’s great for the customer, great for Trovex, and great for us.

 

If you’d like to find more about Trovex or get a free installation quote, get in touch!

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Anyone following the business news will have seen a string of high-profile companies going into administration or liquidation in recent months often leaving their suppliers out of pocket. So how do you protect your business from being a casualty? Here is some practical advice from George Goss of Goss Environmental Coatings.


Get your house in order

State clear payment terms in your Ts&Cs and all quotations covering when payment is due, late payment and so on.

Run a credit check with one of the agencies. It doesn’t cost much but can save you a fortune in the long run. I credit check all new contractors / companies and often request payment pre-start if they don’t meet my criteria, and most say yes!

Set a credit limit and stick to it. Credit checks often come with a suggested credit limit and that is a good place to start but you can vary this according to your risk appetite and what your company can afford to lose.

Identify a “go to” person to speak to about billing and payments.

Send your invoices out on time and state your late payment terms.

Send a friendly reminder in advance of the due date. Polite and persistent money-chasing can be your most effective tool. Get yourself to the top of the pile for being paid in full / on time / every time.

Follow up immediately payment is not received.

Always chase the little bits! In the world of construction there are often retentions due 12 / 24 months after the project is complete. Do not forget to chase these amounts – they can add up and are YOUR money that you earnt at the time. So, gather them in full!!


Act quickly if invoices are disputed or not paid on time.

Disputed invoices are generally a sign that something’s not right. Either there’s a problem with your work or there’s a problem at your customer’s end.


Get onto it straight away – it’s not rude to chase an outstanding payment!


Speak to your contact in the first instance to find out what’s going on and agree a concrete, timebound action plan. Be skeptical about what they tell you. If that doesn’t result in payment, make a call to their accounts department.


Make notes of what they tell you, confirm what you agree in writing and set a follow up date.


Don’t let things escalate

All the while you carry on working without payment your exposure is increasing. If the friendly approach doesn’t work, you might need to get more formal. Don’t be afraid to stop work or withhold deliveries – sometimes that can be your greatest leverage.


Write a letter or email to your customer stating that, if your invoice isn’t paid within, say seven days, you’ll charge them statutory interest plus the Bank of England base rate for business-to-business transactions. You may also tell them that if, within seven days from the date of your letter, you do not receive payment, you will suspend work and/or cease all deliveries until such time as payment is received in full. You should though, of course, refer to the terms of your order / contract.


Talk to the right people

When chasing payment, try and get to the right people / department making dealing with payments and making remittances and ‘make a friend’ who can help you untie the knots of getting paid each month (especially with large companies / accounts) – nurture that contact and connect when help is required!


Be prepared to seek professional help

If you are not confident about doing this yourself, or not getting anywhere, speak to a debt collection agency or firm of solicitors. However, in our experience, this should be the final step – usually the only winner is the law firm!


And finally….

Cashflow is the life blood of your company so it’s vital not to let it be cut off. You are doing business to provide an excellent product / service and be paid for it, fully and fairly – otherwise what is your hard work for? There is no guarantee that you will never suffer a bad debt (most companies will at some stage), but if you get the basics right, you stand a better chance of getting the money in or limiting any losses.

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As spring breezes in after a grey, dull winter, now is the time we find ourselves reaching for the cleaning products to tackle that yearly spring clean. But where to start? It can feel overwhelming, looking at the dust and clutter that has settled around the house, which is why we have put together the ULTIMATE spring cleaning checklist to get you started. In our line of work, we know a thing or two about clean surfaces, so let us help: simply print out the checklist below and tackle room, by room.

Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

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It’s a scene you can spot in every household on a more-or-less weekly basis: kids toys and other family life paraphernalia is strewn across the house and the children themselves are nowhere to be found. With summer around the corner, try a different strategy to get your kids to be tidy, one that does benefit both parties and brings true results.

The team at Goss Coatings has got plenty of knowledge on how to keep spaces clean and hygienic — we are also parents who had to overcome similar struggles in our own homes.

We’ve pulled together our collective knowledge and came up with 7 ways on how to get your kids to be tidy this summer:

Initially do the tasks together

Supervision from afar doesn’t work — it only alienates the kids and creates a ‘them’ and ‘us’ feeling. Want your kids to help out in the kitchen? Start with small tasks with plenty of step-by-step encouragement and explanation about health and safety whilst cooking. They will master the skills in no time and will acquire valuable food safety knowledge in the process.

Ensure the environment is suited to any potential messes

Are you constantly wiping off hand prints, scrape marks or worry about marker pen drawings on your walls, why not paint your walls in a hygienic coating paint? This will ensure your walls are wipeable, hygienic, damage-resistant and if applied correctly, the protection is long-lasting.


Provide easy-to-access cleaning and storage solutions

Work with the kids on creating a system that is easy to understand and to adhere to, across the whole house. Buy opaque plastic boxes for their toys — there’s an added benefit of being able to see what goes where and whether they need cleaning.


Keep general areas multifunctional

It’s natural for kids to throw their coats/shoes/bags on the floor as soon as the door closes in their effort to run off and play. Create a smaller version of cloakroom or a mudroom for them to use – hooks positioned lower help with hanging up their outdoor clothes and bags, easily accessible shelves can take little shoes.


Make the floors work for you

Kids will eat messily — whatever the age. This doesn’t mean they can’t help with cleanup. Allocate a broom or a mop with a wide head to ensure the floor is swept in fewer motions and more effectively, straight after the meal. It takes no time at all, the food won’t become dry and stuck and you’re left with far less general kitchen clean up to worry about.


Time it right — and make tidying a child’s game

Be very specific with the amount of time the proposed tidying task is going to take. Inspire your kids by challenging them to pick up all their toys in the living room before their favourite song ends. This way, you are appealing to their natural competitive spirit and re-directing the focus from a ‘clean up’ to a ‘fun game’.

Don’t set your expectations too high

At the end of the day, you’re not aiming for a showroom house but a home. The kids will be naturally interested in things you make fun for them, and they like to take part in your tasks because they enjoy spending time with you. Even the little habits you establish will benefit their self-esteem.


These 7 ways to get your kids to be tidy this summer are quick, easy to try out and ensure you’ll still get to enjoy plenty of quality family time. Instilling a sense of order and structure in their own environment provides stability and teaches responsibility to the kids. They will take pride in their work and become more confident in overcoming obstacles — learned on a simple task of conquering a pile of toys to be put away.


One of the ways we keep things looking neat and tidy is our hygienic coatings for the very reason that it is versatile, wipeable, resistant and comes in a variety of colours and coatings. We offer a range of hygienic coatings / GRP but also have extensive experience installing other premium products such as Dulux, Bradite, APML, Acolor, 3M or BEDEC.


If you’d like to know more contact us now!
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Start of the new year often means new year’s resolutions and changes to our lifestyles. From a healthier diet to de-cluttering the house, we all want to feel fresh and renewed. How about a clean and hygienic start for your kitchen?

Here’s our quick checklist that will help to keep your kitchen clean and hygienic:


Plan Properly


Before you run off to the shops re-stocking for a fresh and healthy start, consider the following tips:

Make room in your fridge bearing in mind you can’t pack the fridge completely as there wouldn’t be space for cool air to circulate and keep your food at the optimal temperature between 1C – 5C.

TIP! Does your fridge come equipped with a thermometer? Great! If not, it might be a good time to invest in one.

  1. Alcohol and most of the vegetables can live in a garage, garden shed or laundry room. It’s usually cool enough in these spaces and it will free up valuable fridge space.
  2. Raw meat goes at the bottom of the fridge – this guarantees no drips on the rest of the food on the shelves.
  3. Check dates on foods regularly – don’t eat foods past their ‘use by date’ even though they might look or smell fine.
  4. Stack your fridge in the correct order: cooked and ready to eat foods on the top shelf, raw vegetables and foods in the middle, raw meats with a potential to drip at the bottom.

Be smart with your cooking


Whether you’re hosting a small family dinner or a large party, consider the following:

How many people will be attending? Based on the numbers consider if a whole joint or large piece of meat is necessary as it might put unnecessary pressure on your fridge and on your timings.

Do not wash the meat before cooking – bacteria might splash onto working surfaces and other foods. The cooking process will kill any bacteria, so no need to pre-wash.

Always cook your meat thoroughly, making sure:

  1. The meat is steaming hot all the way through, the thermometer inserted into the thickest part should reach
  2. 70C for longer than two continuous minutes.
  3. No pinkness is showing even when cutting into the thickest part of the meat
  4. Juices are running clear when the meat is cut or you press a thigh

Care For Your Kitchen

  1. Ensure you clean and disinfect worktops, chopping boards and utensils after each contact with raw meat
  2. Keep raw food separate from ready-to-eat food to prevent cross contamination
  3. Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food and after handling raw meat/ raw foods
  4. Keep pets out of the kitchen
  5. Use a dishwasher if you have one available, they are a great way to hygienically clean the dishes. Otherwise, use very hot and soapy water and let the dishes air dry if you have space – this will help to destroy any harmful bacteria.

Lovely Leftovers

  1. Cool leftovers quickly (ideally within 2 hours) and put covered up into a fridge – anything left out at room temperature for longer than 4 hours must be thrown away.
  2. Use within 2 days – reheating thoroughly before eating
  3. If you can’t use them up, freeze them up
  4. When cooking with leftover meats, you can freeze the new meal (such as curry) as well, ensuring it’s cooled properly
  5. When defrosting the leftovers, make sure they are defrosted overnight in the fridge as this will keep them free of harmful bacteria
  6. Reheat any leftovers thoroughly, if you use a thermometer this should show 75C in the centre of the portion


We hope you’ve enjoyed our quick and easy tips to keep your kitchen clean in 2019.

As a specialist Trovex installer, we understand how important hygiene and cleanliness for the kitchen, the home and any other work environment.

If you’d like to know more contact us now!

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Our job is to ensure the most hygienic environments for our clients so when it comes round to Christmas, we like to share a few expert tips to make sure you can eat, drink and be merry without any worry of spending Boxing Day in bed.

Here’s our quick checklist that will help to keep Christmas happy and hygienic:

Plan Properly

Before you run off to the shops in a flurry of excitement, consider the following tips:

Make room in your fridge: bear in mind you can’t pack the fridge completely as there wouldn’t be space for cool air to circulate and keep your food at the optimal temperature between 1C – 5C.

TIP! Does your fridge come equipped with a thermometer? Great! If not, it might be a good time to invest in one.

  1. Alcohol and most of the vegetables can live in a garage, garden shed or laundry room. It’s usually cool enough in these spaces and it will free up valuable fridge space.
  2. Raw meat goes at the bottom of the fridge – this guarantees no drips on the rest of the food on the shelves.
  3. Get your timings right! Give yourself plenty of time to make sure your Christmas dinner is cooked through and consider chilling / resting periods accordingly.
  4. Check dates on foods regularly – don’t eat foods past their ‘use by date’ even though they might look or smell fine.
  5. Stack your fridge in the correct order: cooked and ready to eat foods on the top shelf, raw vegetables and foods in the middle, raw meats with potential to drip at the bottom

Be smart with your turkey

Whether you’re hosting a small family dinner or a large party, make sure you ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How many people will be attending? Based on the numbers consider if a whole turkey is necessary as it might put unnecessary pressure on your fridge and on your timings.
  2. Do not wash your turkey (or any other meat) before cooking – bacteria might splash onto working surfaces and other foods. The cooking process will kill any bacteria, so no need to pre-wash.
  3. Always cook your turkey (or crown, turkey roll or similar) thoroughly, making sure:The meat is steaming hot all the way through, the thermometer inserted into the thickest part should reach
  4. 70C for longer than two continuous minutes.
  5. No pinkness is showing even when cutting into the thickest part of the meat
  6. Juices are running clear when the meat is cut or you press a thigh

Care For Your Kitchen

  1. Ensure you clean and disinfect worktops, chopping boards and utensils after each contact with raw meat
  2. Keep raw food separate from ready-to-eat food to prevent cross contamination
  3. Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food and after handling raw meat/ raw foods
  4. Keep pets out of the kitchen
  5. Use a dishwasher if you have one available, they are a great way to hygienically clean the dishes. Otherwise, use very hot and soapy water and let the dishes air dry if you have space – this will help to destroy any harmful bacteria.

Lovely Leftovers

  1. Cool leftovers quickly (ideally within 2 hours) and put covered up into a fridge – anything left out at room temperature for longer than 4 hours must be thrown away.
  2. Use within 2 days – reheating thoroughly before eating
  3. If you can’t use them up, freeze them up
  4. When cooking with leftover meats, you can freeze the new meal (such as turkey curry) as well, ensuring it’s cooled properly
  5. When defrosting the leftovers, make sure they are defrosted overnight in the fridge as this will keep them free of harmful bacteria
  6. Reheat any leftovers thoroughly, if you use a thermometer this should show 75C in the centre of the portion
We hope you’ve enjoyed our top tips to enjoy your foody festivities. From everyone at Goss Coatings we wish you a happy (and hygienic) Christmas to you and your family.

One of our most popular products is hygienic wall cladding for the very reason that it can be thermoformed and welded to create cleanable, jointless surfaces, meaning bacteria and dirt do not build up in cracks and crevices.

If you’d like to know more contact us now!
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