Cleaning and restoring domestic appliances at Edinburgh prison

We were delighted and intrigued to be contacted by Steven Rae from the domestic appliance workshop at Edinburgh Prison this week. He was looking for a product which is safe to use but is effective at removing stubborn dirt from a range of surfaces found in domestic appliances, such as washing machines, fridges, toasters etc.  

Steven explained how the inmates repair and fully refurbish domestic appliances for charity. They finish on average 100 machines per month and give them to local charities, all free of charge. Many of the machines are supplied by Tayside recycling and others come from council recycling centres. When they are in full working order and have been cleaned up they are passed on to charities such as EFI (Edinburgh Furniture Initiative) and Furniture Plus who sell them at low prices through their stores in Edinburgh, Dysart and Dunfermline. The workshop is proud of the fact that 95% of the machines they receive go back out in full working order and in a saleable condition. In fact they have been so successful that they reached the last 5 of the 2017 Scottish Public Service Awards. 

HMP Edinburgh18 prisoners work in the domestic appliance workshop. While they work they are also training for their City and Guilds qualification in white goods repair. The instructors including Steve himself are fully qualified City and Guilds instructors.

Steve's ethos of only using eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning products fits in perfectly with the prison's duty of care to the prisoners. Vistal's Multi Surface Cleaner is currently on trial with the team there. 

Talk about a win-win! This must be a win-win-win-win. Fewer white goods go to landfill or need to be broken up, charities make money from selling the machines and people on low incomes can buy them much more cheaply than new machines. Added to which the prisoners are learning new skills which they can use when they leave prison. 

Created On  15 Sep 2017 18:30  -  Permalink

How to clean the outside of a stainless steel kettle

Cleaning the limescale spots from the outside of a stainless steel kettle is a 2 minute job with Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner and it leaves the kettle looking like new again.

A lot of the limescale can be just wiped away with a microfibre cloth, but there is always a residual amount which is stuck to the kettle (see first picture below). This isn't surprising because the water drops that run down the kettle after you have poured some water evaporate off quickly because the kettle is very hot, leaving hard limescale on the surface.  

The process with Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner is as follows:- Dampen the sponge and wipe across the product and squeeze to get foam. Rub the surface of the stainless steel until the limescale spots have gone. Wipe away the white residue from the kettle with a damp cloth. Finally buff lightly with a dry cloth.

Vistal leaves a microscopic layer of glycerine on the surface which gives a very even, streak-free shine. Go to the Vistal online shop.

A stainless steel kettle with limescale spotsThe outside of a stainless steel kettle after removal of limescale spots with Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner
Created On  8 Mar 2017 19:28  -  Permalink

How to clean and restore the shine to a Dualit Toaster

The answer on Dualit's web site to the question "How do I clean my classic toaster" is as follows :-

"With a damp cloth. Stainless steel cleaner can be used on the central cover only. It should not be used on the ends as this would cause discolouration. Instead we recommend that you clean the end castings with a damp cloth and then use a soft dry cloth to polish them afterwards."

But what people find is that the aluminium end castings oxidise (go dull) and dark spots form on the surface. They are difficult or impossible to remove with a damp microfibre cloth as are the burn marks on the stainless steel cover. 

Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner removes the burn marks, oxidisation, grease and spots from aluminium AND stainless steel parts in one go. It's 
an easy and effective way of restoring Dualit toasters to pristine condition and at the same time it leaves a protective, even, streak-free shine.

To see how it works and for some tips on cleaning Dualit toasters see the video below, or learn all about Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner

A Dualit toaster before and after cleaning

The stainless steel cover and aluminium end castings of a Dualit toaster before and after cleaning

Dualit Toaster after cleaning with Vistal - good as new



Aluminium end casings below showing black spots on left-hand images and removed after cleaning in the right-hand image

Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner ideal for cleaning Dualit toasters
Created On  16 Mar 2016 18:38  -  Permalink

Cleaning the Aluminium skin of an Airstream Trailer

At the Southern Motorcaravan Show in Newbury this month we were approached by an Airstream owner to test our Multi Surface Cleaner to clean the aluminium skin of their Airstream trailer. We lent them a pot to try and they came back 15 minutes to say it worked brilliantly, getting rid of the white vertical streaks and the dullness on the outside.

Airstream Caravan needs cleaning

The cleaned area in the middle was done with Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner. We showed them that the surface repels water and helps to keep the tarnish at bay (as for all other metal cleaning jobs) - that's the glycerine in it which also helps to give an really even, streak-free shine.

Created On  29 May 2015 12:48  -  Permalink

Cleaning Stainless Steel Water Features

Cleaning Stainless Steel Water Features
At BBC Gardeners World the surprise was how many people were interested in cleaning stainless steel water features.

One of the neighbouring stands at the show sold stainless steel spheres and obelisks which water constantly runs over. The water needs to run evenly over the surfaces so they recommend cleaning using a stainless steel cleaner, then rub over with a special oil. I suggested they give Vistal a try because it not only cleans, but also leaves a coat of glycerine on the surface which water just runs off. They did and were so impressed they started asking customers over to our stand to buy from us.

We were kindly sent these pictures by Anton Ward after the show. He used Vistal to clean the stainless steel water feature in the communal garden at their condominium. He says that they had tried a number of products to remove the stubborn algae, but none that did the job as easily and thoroughly as Vistal with such as great finish. 

Another customer pointed out that cleaning products with phosphates in them are a problem for stainless steel water features which are situated on lakes. The phosphates in many cleaning products contribute to the production of algae in the lake and are banned in many places. Vistal contains none so it is safe to use.

Cleaner for stainless steel water featureMany stainless steel water features have a very high shine. Vistal doesn't scratch so it is fine to use - many people use it to clean stainless steel sinks and are delighted with the finish they get because it actually looks better than ever before. This is due not just to the way Vistal works, but also because of the glycerine coat left on the surface. It seals the surface and gives it a very even, streak-free finish. Go to Vistal online shop.

Created On  4 Aug 2014 15:01  -  Permalink

The Natural Narrowboat Cleaner

Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner makes a small but valuable contribution to life on a narrowboat because it is very compact and it cleans almost any hard surface around the boat, inside or outside. It is compact because it contains no water at all. Water is added by cleaning with a damp sponge. So unlike most cleaning products you are not paying for water and you don't need multiple cleaning products which take up valuable space.

It is a completely natural cleaning product which is fully biodegradable. It contains no chemicals or phosphates and has a neutral pH so it can be used on a narrowboat with a clear conscience. In almost all narrowboats on British canals "greywater" goes straight into the canal or river so people need to be very careful about what they pour away so as not to contribute to pollution. Most of the problem is with the detergents used in washing machines, but cleaning products used to clean and wash in bathrooms and in the galley and on exterior surfaces can be harmful too.  

Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner cleans almost any hard surface around a narrowboat. The surfaces it can't be used on are oiled or waxed timber and some of the softer paint finishes. It cleans windows (even plastic windows), work surfaces, hobs, stoves, sinks, showers and all the metal surfaces around the boat, such as anodised window frames, without scratching. It's particularly good at shifting even stubborn dirt, such as burned-on food on hobs, charring on saucepans, scuffs on walls and floors, grease, oxidisation on plastics and metals. It cleans away black streaks, green algae, oily film, mould and overwintering grime. It also cleans soot from wood burning stoves, exhaust marks and light grease from things like engines.

There is often a lot of brass on older narrowboats. Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner brings brass up really well, for example cleaning brass mushrooms and portholes. It removes tarnish easily and leaves a thin coat of glycerine on the surface which buffs up to shine and protects the brass so it is doesn't tarnish so easily again next time. Water just beads off it rather sticking and leaving a water mark. 

It is fine to use cold water to clean the outside of a narrowboat with Vistal Multi Surface Cleaner and in fact with the hosepipe ban in place in much of the country a few years ago it was still possible to carry on cleaning using canal water in a bucket. Just dampen the sponge, squeeze it several times to get a lather, clean and then rinse down with canal water, or you can just wipe away the lather and dirt with a dry cloth. Then you can rub it to get a smear free shine. There's no need to worry about the dirty water being rinsed into the canal because Vistal contains no harmful chemicals.

Created On  12 May 2014 20:30  -  Permalink