Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 6th December 2018 Issue no. 849

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! John and I were saying yesterday that it seems like a lifetime since we broadcast our last issue.  Of course 11th August wasn't actually that far back but I suppose it would seem...

Pulire Verona 2011 - continued

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Jangro expands membership at Border

Jangro, the network of independently owned janitorial supply companies with members across the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man; has expanded its membership, giving it what it says is an even greater number of outlets than any other distribution organisation in the UK. Border Janitorial Supplier of Oswestry Shropshire has joined Jangro in a mov...

The tube is lightweight and highly portable and provides water on demand, on site. There were many things we liked about it, but one of the things that really impressed us was the way it dealt with the different water pressures one has to cope with, so th

...so much to tell you about this machine that we'll be covering it in more depth in a future issue of Cleanzine, where we can really do it justice. We felt a little sorry for those working on the MP stand as their fragrant products were rather drowned out by a harsher smelling product nearby, but we took a sample away and can honestly say that their...

Vectair Omniscent chosen for its impressive innovations at the upcoming AHCP National Conference!

The AHCP (Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals) recently gathered to choose an exclusive selection of innovations from across the industry that will be showcased in the 'innovation zone' at the upcoming AHCP National Conference, Telford, from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th June, 2011. Vectair's unique Omniscent dispenser, which prov...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! There's much talk about the UK Government reinstating weekly bin collections but I reckon that this will be a mistake - well certainly for those councils that provide secure wheelie b...

TVH Parts Holding sponsors FLTA Environment Awards

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) will be presentsing its Awards for Excellence for the 25th time next year and TVH Parts Holding - the one-stop shop for parts and accessories for material handling, industrial and agricultural equipment - has taken on the commitment to sponsor the Environment Award on this Silver Anniversary edition. The ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I’d hate to be running the cleaning contract at Hong Kong’s Grand Hyatt hotel, where cleaners are reported to have thrown out a £2.2 million (US.7M, €2.7M) pa...

Sealed Air to acquire Diversey for .3 Billion

...hareholders are expected to own approximately 15% of Sealed Air common stock. Regular readers of Cleanzine will be aware that Diversey provides cleaning, sanitisation and hygiene solutions to industrial and retail customers in the food and beverage, food service, healthcare and lodging sectors, as well as to building service contractors worldwid...

Perception is not reality, but Enhance 'SCOR's in London

The perception of cleaning a new building is that it is easy, but in reality this is quite the opposite. SCOR, the French re-insurance group, was the first tenant in five floors of new Lime Street offices in the City of London. Keeping the premises in pristine condition for 130 staff is not easy because every little mark or spill shows muc...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! In my leader last week I argued that we must continue with fortnightly (rather than revert to weekly) bin collections in the UK as I believe that unless we do something to reduce the ...

Mega I: RCM's new walk-behind scrubber-drier

RCM's latest machine is part of the company's plan - announced in 2009 - to establish a Global RCM machines, services and innovation offer. High efficiency, robustness and reliability are the cornerstones of the technical features of all RCM machines and these are the main qualities of MEGA I. This machine is similar in many ways to its older ...

Rubbermaid's new Hygen clean water system turns dirty water into clean

Rubbermaid Commercial Products has introduced the new Hygen Clean Water System, which features what the company believes is the first ever integrated water filter that generates cleaner water, cleaner mops and cleaner floors. "Our new Hygen Clean Water System is perfect for use in offices and institutional buildings, hotels, restaurants an...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! I was lucky enough to have been a guest at the Cleaning & Support Services Association's Annual Luncheon at London's newly refurbished Savoy Hotel last week (see our report, below...

Acumen proves key in Newcastle-under-Lyme winning waste management award

The successful partnership between Acumen Distribution and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has led to the Council winning The Waste Management Award at the 2011 Government Business Awards. The Government Business Awards recognise effective business practice in local and central government. The Waste Management Award is presented to th...

Vectair launches 'Green Tea' aircare fragrance

Vectair has introduced a trendy a new fragrance to its Airoma fragrance range . . . Green Tea is a fresh, oriental, uplifting and energising fragrance that removes nasty odours whilst creating a fresh-smelling environment. This, as well as the company's other popular, established ranges, is available now for use with the Vectair range of aeros...

Tennant UK Cleaning Solutions celebrates opening of new Head Office

Tennant UK Cleaning Solutions, part of Tennant Company, has announced the opening of its new UK Head Office Building in Northampton. Tennant UK has incorporated many energy efficient features into the new building to minimise the environmental impact and lower its ongoing utility costs. These include movement activated lighting sensors, fl...

Special Offer! Need to find those high value cleaning and security contracts?

...ting consultancy, Xpert Business Development, is offering the discount to the first five readers of Cleanzine to respond. "We not only find those elusive commercial cleaning contracts, and unearth all the crucial details that FM companies need to know, but we gather additional critical business intelligence", said a company spokesman. Working fr...

Higiexpo 2011, Brazil, opens in just a few weeks

The Brazilian Association for the Institutional Cleaning Market (Abralimp) promotes Higiexpo - the exhibition covering Hygiene, Cleaning and Environmental Preservation Products and Services and also Higicon - the International Congress of the Professional Cleaning Market. The events are taking place from 3rd to 5th of August, in the Yellow Pavili...

PPE assessment: improving your bottom line

An assessment of personal protective equipment can identify opportunities for improvements that can positively impact the bottom line of many businesses. "A plant walk-through to gain input from the workers can provide insight into the various processes involved and whether the PPE used is providing the protection and performance required,...

Living wages for London cleaners (or the Olympic city will be a filthy city)

Sandy Aird, Managing Director of London based Enhance Office Cleaning, has hit out at the many employers who do not pay the City's cleaning staff a fair day's wage. Enhance has always paid staff the London Living Wage of £7.85, not the minimum wage of £5.93. The company says that 95% of clients agreed the rate having identifie...

Vernacare's 'Austerity Partnership' rewards loyal customers

Vernacare has launched an 'Austerity Partnership' with NHS Trusts to enable hospitals to make sustainable cost savings on medical pulp without compromising on exceptional quality standards or patient care. In conjunction with NHS Supply Chain, Vernacare is helping hospitals to lock in guaranteed long term savings, while giving them an oppo...

New pressure washers from Idrobase are going down a storm

Last month, Idrobase chose the successful Pulire 2011 exhibition to launch several new offerings and the company's Bruno Ferrarese tells us that these went down a storm with the hundreds of visitors to the stand. Proving really popular were the Monster 800bar - a professional unit that offers up to 800 bar and an extremely high performance...

'Give Soap a Chance' campaign reaches South Africa

A health campaign created by Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust to cut down on infections in the community has been adopted in South Africa. Beginning in 2009, Give Soap a Chance, which encourages people to wash their hands properly, has attracted widespread attention with requests for support stretching as far afield as Canada an...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! The news hasn't been too good this week, has it? Ongoing protests in Greece as a result of ever tightening austerity measures have turned violent (as may yet the public sector stri...

RCM gears up to look after cleaning needs of Yamaha Motor Racing, Milan

After renewing its agreement with Yamaha Motor Racing for 2011, RCM has announced that it is to supply machines and services for the care of Yamaha's Superbike Department. One of the new issues faced by the team was the cleaning of the resin floors in the workshop on which large Yamaha trucks inevitably leave tyre tracks. It's a common problem...

LCC adds £1m a month

LCC Support Services, the UK national cleaning & support service contractor has been growing at the phenomenal rate of £1m for each of the last seven months. Increased business over the last seven months is £7.5m and growing. The new contracts are largely national programmes with fees from £1/2m to £2.9m and num...

Beaver Floorcare makes sure Wolverhampton Civic Hall doesn't slip up!

Click the image to watch the video Click the image to watch the video www.youtube.com Statistics from the Health & Safety Executive reveal that 35,000 serious slip accidents occur in workplaces across Great Britain every year. Ensuring floor surfaces meet health & safety standards for slip resistance can be a big concern...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! In this week's news we cover the launch of this year's British Toilet Association Innovation Awards, while visitors to washrooms along New York's Coney Island boardwalk are experienci...

BICSc Education Conference helps set new environmental and training standards

New environmental and training standards were discussed and developed during the British Institute of Cleaning Science's highly successful inaugural education conference for the cleaning and FM industry. The conference, entitled 'Green and keen cleaning workforces - setting new environmental and training standards in the cleaning industry'...

Fimap receives from QCB Italy, 'Top Peformance 2010' quality award

The Italian Quality Certification Bureau has bestowed the quality award 'Top Performance 2010' on Fimap. This award, founded in 2005, is assigned each year to the organisation which, having been certified for at least three years, has demonstrated at each review, consistent quality performance at a level that meets the judges' strict criteria....

Wallgate develops new sanitaryware control package

Wallgate, which has offered washroom solutions and water management systems for over 30 years, has announced the launch of its new Sanitaryware flushing control packages. This new electronic flushing system is aimed at assisting clients and reducing installation costs and consists of WC, cistern, flush valve, electronic controls and associ...

Brightwell rises to the challenge

For the past two years, raw materials and energy have been subject to ongoing cost increases, which ultimately has led to higher prices. With the global economy remaining unstable, global dispensing solutions provider Brightwell has looked into alternative ways to keep its costs under control. One of the key areas reviewed in order to offe...

Cleaning team celebrates after gaining nationally recognised awards

Cleaning staff working at a Shropshire dairy are celebrating after gaining nationally recognised industry standard awards. The operatives, who all work for commercial and industrial contract cleaning company Servicemaster, carry out cleaning duties at the Nom Dairy at Donnington in Telford and have each achieved Level 2 NVQ Awards. Service...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! I don't know what overseas drivers think of British roads and speed limits but I do know that those of us who've lived and driven in the UK for many years despair at how much more dif...

Just under four months until Clean India show opens

The Clean India Pulire show, a major platform for those wishing to make inroads into the largest growing Asian market, is a little under four months away. It opens its doors at Mumbai's Bombay Exhibition Centre on November 12 and runs for three days. The event has attracted a lot of interest both from Indian and international cleaning comp...

Joint Venture secures council services and jobs

Facilities Management provider Norse Commercial Services has formed a 10-year partnership with Devon County Council that is being hailed as a "winning combination" for cleaning and catering at the county's schools and civic buildings. Under the arrangement, staff currently employed by Devon Cleaning & Catering Services (DCCS) will tran...

BICSc training now available from Jangro

Janitorial Express, a Member of Jangro, the UK's largest network of independently owned janitorial supplies companies with 41 in the UK and the Isle of Man; has expanded its customer training activities with the launch of its first British Institute of Cleaning Science scheme. The programme, the first of which was attended by 30 end user J...

Hovis bakery uses its loaf and sees it kneads Vikan mopping systems

Over one million Hovis loaves are produced each week at the Leicester based Premier Foods plant. Divided into three bread lines of white, brown and other, some 200 employees operate the 24hour, 6 1/2 day week production line. Kentucky mops were used to clean the floors of this substantial site until new Site Hygiene Manager, Chris Bowen, was a...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! John and I work across a number of industries and we're often invited along to open days and eagerly attend, expecting to find something new and exciting to discover and report back o...

Commercial Janitorial continues to grow by providing green cleaning services

Green cleaning is not new to the office cleaning industry and has actually been increasing, thanks to those janitorial companies that embrace this culture and incorporate it into their daily cleaning practices. One company, Commercial Janitorial, has taken it a step further. After being asked by more and more clients to devise a cleaning p...

Choosing the right high rise cleaning contractor: A guide

Sydney, Australia-based company Prorax offers the following tips on choosing a contractor for high rise exterior building cleans. High rise towers and buildings over our cities establish the progress of our civilisation, making us feel proud of our improved level of intelligence quotient. But, maintaining and cleaning skyscrapers can be mo...

New cleaner sucks up waste water as it goes and delivers it to where it's needed!

Karcher's new FRV 30 very cleverly automatically sucks up the waste water from the area being cleaned, leaving the surface much drier and eliminating the need for the inconvenient flushing of the surface after cleaning. The FRV 30 can cut water consumption and therefore your bills, as waste water can be drained off through the 5m suction hose ...

V-Air Zero - Neutralising odours in an environmentally friendly way!

Vectair has announced the launch of V-Air Zero, an odour neutraliser that brings freshness to a variety of locations. It is now available in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America and is recommended in environments where persistent malodours occur - such as busy washrooms, areas with tobacco odours and animal odours. V-Air Zero...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! This week we carry details of a newly released report which reveals that more than one third of Americans have been personally affected by Healthcare Acquired Infections. But where...

Take up the offer of a free audit

Cleaning contractors, facilities managers and other buyers of soft tissue products or plastic refuse sacks concerned about the quality of their purchase can call the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association for a free audit. This service, also available to distributors, is provided by Gordon Butt, the CHSA's auditor of the Manufacturing Stand...

Contract Cleaning Market Report - UK 2011-2015 Analysis

The UK contract cleaning market, which experienced sustained growth to 2008, has experienced a marginal decline of around 3% 2008-10. The market was estimated to be worth around £5.3 billion in 2010 with indications of moderate return to growth in 2011.[TRIMTO] Critical factors that have impacted the market in recent years include th...

Industry elite co-host celebration dinner for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners co-hosted a special dinner to celebrate the 90th Birthday anniversary of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh who is an Honorary Freeman of the Company. The event, held at the Fishmonger's Company Hall in London, was jointly hosted by the Fishmongers' Company (of which HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is a me...

Cleaners REACH for Prochem solutions

A new carpet and floor cleaning machine has been launched by Prochem Europe for use with its popular REACH-accredited S745 Procaps encapsulation spray cleaner. The new PRO 35 is an all-in-one solution to dry and wet-cleaning and comes complete with renovator, brush covers, transport trolley and blue standard brushes with soft carpet and ha...

Kärcher announces September UK Roadshows

Kärcher has announced a series of roadshow events to take place at various UK locations in September. The Kärcher Professional Roadshow will be used as a launch pad for several new products from its pressure washer, vacuum, floorcare, sweeper and industrial ranges of cleaning machines. The company will be inviting new and existin...

'Grow as You Go' system offers 'Crossover Cleaning'

Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning system, a game changer for the professional cleaning industry, is now pioneering an entirely new 'Grow as You Go' cleaning concept called Crossover Cleaning, which is also expected to be revolutionary. Crossover Cleaning includes Kaivac's new OmniFlex customised cleaning tools. These are inexpe...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! This will be the last broadcast issue of Cleanzine until 1st September as John and I are taking time out for some IT housekeeping and back office work. I leave my desk for now with...

Corporate responsibility in a harsher business landscape

Karen James, commercial manager at Lime, the total waste division of the PHS Group, discusses how contract cleaning services are now enhancing their offering to include recycling services. So many aspects of business life are about getting the balance right; income and expenditure; dynamism and circumspection. One of the most challenging is...

Brightwell and All Care distribution alliance

Following several years of successful trading and market development together, Brightwell Dispensers and All Care met on July 1st 2011 to sign their first exclusive agreement, marking day one of their significant, promising alliance. Based in the Netherlands, All Care is now the sole representative for UK manufacturer Brightwell's washroom pr...

Steam in the snow

Jangro, the UK's largest network of independently owned janitorial companies with 41 in the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man, always prides itself in 'going the extra mile' for its customers. Last winter when the snow was building into 20' drifts, Jangro Member MacGregor Industrial Supplies of Inverness received a call for a new carpet steam cl...

Certified pros protect catering industry as insurers get tough on greasy ductwork

The extreme fire risk of uncleaned grease extract systems in buildings with catering facilities has been highlighted profusely by the Fire Authority, but it is the refusal of insurance companies to pay out and hefty fines that have brought the matter to the industry's attention.[TRIMTO] Despite changes over five years ago to the Fire Safety Or...

Gmatic Superior from Dr Gansow

People always commend Italian styling when it comes to the look of a machine but I have to say that the Gmatic Superior machines from Dr Gansow are really striking, with their metallic dark green sheen. Moritz Gansow (pictured left with his brother Lukas) told us that the scrubber driers have impressed many visitors with their polished solid S...

Airdri - an eyecatching display

Airdri showcased two new additions to its enhanced hand dryer portfolio and ensured that they caught the visitors' attention by having them decorated with famous paintings. The ploy certainly worked with us as it drew us on to the stand, where we met with marketing & communications manager Trudi Osborne (pictured) and newly appointed research...

Antibacterial composition means machines are food-safe and ideal for hospital use

It's not often we see a white floor cleaning machine, so keen to find out more, we stopped to watch Paul Earnshaw of Columbus Cleaning Machines - the exclusive UK agent for the Columbus range of vacuum cleaners, scrubber dryers, single disc rotaries, sweepers and spray extraction machines - demonstrate the ease with which he could manoeuvre the n...

Same team, different branding

Show visitors are used to seeing Vernon Holmes, Paul Sherrington and the team working up a sweat trying to look after all the customers on the stand and one could be forgiven for thinking that nothing's changed. It has though - since Vernon is now Vice-Chairman of Scot Young Research and he and the team were dealing with enquiries regarding a tot...

Prestigious international Red dot award for Vermop Salmon’s Sprint V holder

Gareth Jenkins, managing director for Vermop UK and Ireland, (left) and Bavarian-based Thomas Weber, who has recently been appointed marketing manager, told us about the company’s comprehensive research, development and testing facilities. These are clearly being put to good use, as the Sprint V flat mop holder has just won the internationa...

Keep tabs on your operatives working remotely

Those that employ cleaners, maintenance and security staff should really have a cost-effective method of keeping track of their remote workforce. Missed or late visits jeopardise client relationships and clients are more and more often insisting on independent verification of visits. To keep on the right side of clients and gain an edge on com...

Kennedy Hygiene’s cleverly designed paper towel dispenser really can save money

We’d heard about the Pod, so were delighted when international account manager Jeffery Woods showed us how it works. "The Pod is a unique reserve roll, auto cut, paper hand towel dispenser that has one of the largest paper capacities on the market," he said. "Thanks to its patented reserve roll loading system, a new roll can be loaded be...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Not long after I first joined the cleaning industry back in the early nineties, I attended my first National Carpet Cleaners Association conference. I can remember feeling insp...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! I've always been pretty vocal about the need to reward people for recycling, rather than prosecute them for getting it wrong, so it was good to learn this week that the Royal Borough ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 132 countries worldwide! Our Pulire visit last week saw John and I saying we were ashamed that, despite having each worked in the cleaning industry for more than 20 years, this was our first visit to the ...

Toucan-Eco beats chemical price increases

The Toucan Eco system launched in March, immediately gained international recognition as a cost effective and ecological way of producing a combined cleaner and disinfectant. Using only tap water and salt, the device uses electrochemical activation (ECA) to produce a highly effective, environmentally friendly substitute for many commonly used che...

BCC's Sustainability Conference 2011: an update

... 2011: 'Social Responsibility', which takes place on 11th October, have been moving on apace during Cleanzine's Summer break, with an important new speaker added to the line-up and the final sponsors having signed on the dotted line. Latest addition to the impressive list of speakers is broadcaster and political commentator Daniel Finkelstein, w...

WFBSC 2012 Congress surging ahead

The World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) has revealed that over 600 delegates have already signed up for their 2012 Congress, due to be held in Curitiba, southern Brazil, from 10-14 October 2012.[TRIMTO] Hosted in partnership with chief sponsors Diversey and Karcher, the Congress will focus on 'Cleaning for Health', as ...

Ed Selkow: Little People

I have a confession to make. There is a movie I have watched 50 times and I cry each time I see it. It is called 'You Can't Take It With You'. In the movie a quirky old man teaches a powerful, wealthy industrialist what is important in life. This film was produced in the 1930's so I don't really mind giving it away but what comes out is the va...

Getting your strategy right in the UK Cleaning Equipment & Materials industry

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! We're in a spot of bother, aren't we? The world economy is faltering... a global slowdown is predicted, Europe is struggling with a sovereign debt crisis, there are real fears t...

A day in the business

CK Group recently hosted "a day in the business" for their bank manager, Ed Sylvester from Barclays. The bank is keen that their managers see the "other side" of running a business and "get their hands dirty" for a day, inviting the business proprietor to use them as they will, whether this be serving their customers, doing administration, manual...

Washroom solution saves water, time and money

Sustainability and resource efficiency are a growing environmental concern across the world. Many organisations are striving to reduce their environmental impact and in the process save money by using less energy and natural resources. However, an area that organisations often over-look when assessing their environmental impact is the washroom,...

Worlds apart! Xperience intensely different 'scentsations' with FOUR new Airoma(r) XTREME fragrances!

Vectair Systems is bringing Pride, Passion, Harmony and Zest to the world's facilities this autumn with the launch of four new fragrances for its new Airoma 'Xtreme' aircare range. Taking inspiration from some of the globe's most glamorous destinations, Airoma Xtreme aerosol refills have the following 'Xclusive' scents within the range: ...

Prisons competition helping ex-offenders secure employment in cleaning

An awards ceremony has taken place to mark the achievements of prisoners who took part in a national cleaning skills competition, the Team Clean Challenge. The event, now in its fourth year, is run by Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for cleaning. It aims to demonstrate the high quality training that takes place in prisons as part of pr...

Steam cleaning the easy way

Steam is an ideal resource for cleaning and disinfecting. It acts as a natural surface-active agent, dissolving grease particles and reaching even the most inaccessible areas. Heat allows steam to detach and dissolve dirt, freeing and capturing all grease, germs, bacteria and dust mite particles in its passage, delivering an extraordinarily fast,...

Girbau launches complete laundry care

Girbau's comprehensive range of commercial laundry equipment for care and nursing homes, hotels, educational establishments, commercial laundries and launderettes, equestrian and animal care centres is now available as part of a new 'Complete Laundry Care' service designed to make running an on-premise laundry simple, hassle-free and affordable.[...

SMC's success spawns specialist division set-up

A Stockport-based cleaning firm is enjoying continuing high levels of success in 2011, thanks to the high quality service it delivers to its clients in the North West. Due to exceptional success in the cleaning of education buildings, SMC Premier has now opened a specialised cleaning division, catering for all needs to all educational establis...

Healthcare expert applauds new cleaning initiative

A leading healthcare cleaning expert has welcomed the recent introduction of the British Standard for Healthcare Cleaning. Brian Boll, systems director at Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, has outlined the importance of the initiative and has indicated that it will provide much needed assurance to the public. The British Standard for Healthcare Clea...

Trojan Battery names Accutrade as distributor for Russia

Trojan Battery Co., the well known manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has signed a distribution agreement with Accutrade expanding Trojan's presence in Russia. As Trojan's authorised master distributor in the region, Accutrade is responsible for distributing and servicing Trojan products throughout the country.[TRIMTO] "The addition of Acc...

Rug Doctor raises £2,500 for Canine Partners

For the past four years, Rug Doctor, said to be the world's No.1 in carpet cleaning rental machines, has been supporting the training of dogs for the disabled at Canine Partners through the fundraising efforts of Paul Hansford, who runs the Rug Doctor company snack shop at the company's Head Office in Worthing. "For the past four years we hav...

A significant anniversary: 25 years of cleaning trade fairs in Berlin

This event is attracting a record attendance on its special anniversary in Berlin, where trade shows for the cleaning industry have been successfully taking place for the past 25 years. This year's CMS 2011 - Cleaning. Management. Services. underlines the importance of this biennial meeting place for the industry and has attracted the largest atte...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! We're in a spot of bother, aren't we? The world economy is faltering... a global slowdown is predicted, Europe is struggling with a sovereign debt crisis, there are real fears that...

PPC's new storm pad Re-vives cathedral floor!

The Preparation Group has added a new accessory to its Storm Diamond Pad system for renovating dull, worn floors. The new 400grit Storm Pad is coarser than the existing pads in the range and is designed to effectively refurbish surfaces by removing the build up of grime. This can then be followed by working up through the finer grit sizes to achi...

Truvox burnisher goes on safari

The white lions and rhinos that surround Spring Grove House, the sumptuous banqueting suite set in the grounds of West Midlands Safari Park, have been joined by a Truvox Orbis Cordless Burnisher. The building was recently reopened after a £5m rebuild following a devastating fire nearly five years ago... the job of keeping a fine marble bla...

Panztel brushes off the recession

With a turbulent global economy and difficult trading conditions, organisations in both the private and public sector have been under huge financial strain. Consequently, with the need to reduce overheads and look for efficiency savings, whole areas of operation that were once undertaken in-house have now been contracted out. Local authorities...

Gatwick gets Green Apple award

In a national campaign to find Britain's greenest companies, councils and communities, Bio-Productions, in partnership with OCS, has won a Green Apple Environment Award for helping to reduce the environmental impacts of cleaning Gatwick, the UK's second largest airport. The Green Apple Awards are run by The Green Organisation to recognise, rewar...

A challenge for charity

A group of Brightwell employees teamed up recently and took on the challenge of cycling 60 miles together through the South of England. The hilly trajectory gave them multiple occasions for team spirit, helping one another both physically and mentally. Between them, they raised over £1,300.00 for Norwood, Cycstic Fibrosis Trust and Down...

From rags to riches and Royal praise

When Mark and Graham Wray started their workplace wiper business in 1984 with a £3,000 backing from The Prince's Trust, little did they imagine that 27 years later they would be receiving recognition from The Trust's Patron, HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Mark, aged 23 and his brother Graham, 21 set up their business in Toxteth...

CHSA Educational Scholarships 2011 announced

Now in its 12th year, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association Educational Scholarship Programme continues to strengthen the links between industry and education. Employees and the families of all CHSA member companies are eligible to apply for a bursary of up to £3750 as a contribution to their higher education costs at a time ...

Keeping flexible with Numatic...

The NuClean mopping system allows an immediate and flexible response to changing cleaning needs and locations. Available in 4 individual styles including "All Terrain" versions, with a wide range of additional kits it is a truly versatile system. With a range of 4 'Lock on' detachable modules for the NCs and 5 'Onboard' attachments for both th...

Attendance rises at CMS Berlin to 15,500 trade visitors from 60 countries

More trade visitors from Germany and abroad, highly satisfied exhibitors and an optimistic outlook for the industry's future: these were the dominant aspects of CMS 2011 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services.[TRIMTO] From 20th to 23rd September, 354 exhibitors (2009: 350) from 20 countries provided a comprehensive overview of their products, s...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   We're producing this issue of Cleanzine from CMS 2011 in Berlin and as well as being a surprisingly big show, it's busy and there are lots of new products to see and interes...

Research proves economic benefits of Activeion cleaning technology in hotels

In depth research carried out at INTEHL - the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship - at the Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland (EHL) has established that innovations such as Activeion's cleaning technology can cut hotel cleaning costs.[TRIMTO] Financial analysis showed that the use of the Activeion ionator EXP on general surfaces...

Emprise teams up with Brainwave to launch 'Walk for Kids' charity fundraiser

Support services provider, Emprise Services, and children's charity, Brainwave, sent some 200 people on a 5km treasure hunt around London to raise funds for a child with Cerebral Palsy. Emprise is part of the Brainwave Guardian Scheme through which Emprise has sponsored Chase, a little boy from London who has cerebral palsy, to receive a year'...

UK's first absorbent hygiene product recycling plant opens for business

The UK's first-ever facility for recycling nappies, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products, was officially opened in West Bromwich this Monday. Knowaste, which has opened the plant, is an absorbent hygiene product (AHP) waste recycling specialist and its Midlands site is the first of five planned over four years, which would each pro...

Fresh from Italy: hand cleaning cream with natural origin microspheres

Nettuno has launched a new creamy fluid hand cleanser with special detergent and softening properties.[TRIMTO] Based on a combination of ingredients, MacroCream is free from solvents and other substances that might be harmful to the skin, but is effective against dirt of any kind. It contains fine microspheres of vegetable origin that add stre...

Dhofar 'clean-up' effort lauded at Arab summit

It was a triumph of its green cause for an Oman-based company which was honoured for reducing its carbon footprint recently, at the Arab Achievement Awards - the highlight of the second Arab Investment Summit in Abu Dhabi.[TRIMTO] Dhofar Global Trading, a hygiene paper and dispenser supplier, was the recipient of the 'Best Green Investment Pro...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! John and I have now returned from Berlin, having had a thoroughly enjoyable time at CMS 2011. These shows are always hard work but the lovely people we meet and the interesting new pr...

The mermaid is only part of the attraction...

Legend has it that mermaids would entice unwary sailors onto the rocks and when you see the one gracing Vermop's stand it's easy to understand why![TRIMTO] Not that Gareth Jenkins had succumbed to her charms though... he kept very busy talking us through the many clever concepts on the stand, all of which succeeded in making it busy throughout...

URGENT STOCK CLEARANCE

Desderman hand disinfectant solution from Schulke - 50ml bottle Effective within 30 seconds against bacteria, fungi, enveloped viruses (including Influenza A) and Noroviruses. Packed in cases of 20 units ONLY £10.00 per case but with a minimum order quantity of 10 cases. Offers invited for larger quantities in excess of 50 cases. There is an expiry date of April 2012 on the product.[TRIMTO] Enquiries to Proventec Healthcare: Tel: 0845 6029981 Quoting reference: NS126904 ...

When a Little John makes a big difference...

2011 is a landmark year for LittleJohn, the Hampshire-based bathroom retailer, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Founded by Bill Gosney and his wife Pearl in 1991, the family-run business has flourished over the years. Today it employs 18 people and has designed and installed around 2,500 quality bathrooms across Hampshire, West ...

BICSc honours UK cleaning industry achievements

Individuals and companies working within the UK's cleaning industry and those providing support services, were honoured at the British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards last Thursday, at an event that also celebrated the Institute's 50th anniversary. The awards recognise excellence in accredited training and assessment in a number of ...

Deb celebrates with HRH The Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, visited Deb Group earlier this month to commemorate the company's 70th anniversary and officially open its new global headquarters. Welcomed by Jeff Bell, Deb's Managing Director, the Princess was given a tour of the 150,000 sq ft headquarters, Research & Development centre and European Manufacturing ...

BIV Training Prize 2011 goes to Bogdol group of companies

The Hamburg-based Bogdol Group won the building cleaning trade's Training Prize 2011. The award was presented on the final day of CMS during the members' meeting of the Federal Association for the Building Maintenance Trade (BIV).[TRIMTO] Klaus Fromm, Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the BIV, presented the award to the General Man...

Hako goes to town with new range - and its stand!

Hako - which had the biggest exhibition stand John and I have ever seen at a cleaning show - needed the space to showcase new additions to its ride-on scrubber drier range: the Hakomatic B 115 R series.[TRIMTO] These ride-on machines have been designed for the efficient wet cleaning of large areas. They combine the manoeuvrability and comfort ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Stress is, for the first time, the most common cause of long-term sickness absence for both manual and non-manual employees and there is a strong link between job security a...

New HiFlo Indoor Window Cleaning System from Unger

The team behind the number one Window Cleaning brand utilised its world class expertise to produce an easy-to-use, one step System for indoor window cleaning. The System is perfect for any user without window cleaning experience and does not require extensive training - just a few practice runs. It also offers safe and quick access for cleaning h...

Numatic International: new machine features powerful two-stage motor

Although we reatured Numatic's new PVT390A commercial trolley vacuum cleaner in Cleanzine last month, we'd never seen the machine in it's flesh, as it were, so took the opportunity to examine it at CMS Berlin.[TRIMTO] Export Sales Executive East Europe, Scandianavia and Mediterranean, Paul Hamer, said it had attracted a lot of interest at the ...

Rubbermaid demonstrates benefits of its Hygen Clean Water System

Rubbermaid used the recent CMS show in Berlin to demonstrate the attributes of its new Hygen Clean Water System, which consists of a filter bucket & wringer and eight specially engineered double-sided microfibre mops and is designed to improve productivity and reduce water consumption and chemical usage. This system, launched in Geneva in Jun...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! As regular readers of Cleanzine can imagine, I was horrified to learn that the UK Government is to invest £250 million over the next two and a half years, into a scheme that wil...

CHSA tees up a great Golf Day

For the fourth year in succession the sun came out to greet the players in the 2011 Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Pro-Am Golf Tournament held recently at the Oulton Hall course near Leeds. An impressive 25 teams, comprising three amateurs and a professional, fought it out for an array of prizes on a course set to be 'challenging b...

Safe Contractor award for CK Group

Leading specialist cleaning contractor and cleaning equipment and consumables supplier, CK Group have recently been awarded an accreditation certificate by Safe Contractor, a sought after health and safety accreditor, for achieving high standard health and safety services. These services broadly ranging from carpet and kitchen equipment cleaning ...

We have mail: Bill Bryson, President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England

Bill Bryson discusses the problems of - and efforts to clear away - the rubbish that blights our railway lines Dear Jan, I love travelling by train. Even now, the sensation of hurtling along at 125 miles per hour on the outside whilst experiencing comfort and an impressively smooth ride on the inside delights me. When I can forget about ...

New approach to fighting hospital superbugs - with friendly bacteria

Trials of a natural and cheap alternative to traditional hygiene practices is likely to spawn a completely new approach to the war against hospital superbugs.[TRIMTO] The startling results show that harmful bacteria can be completely eliminated by using 'friendly' bacteria in a simple cleaning fluid - rather than toxic chemicals. The trials...

Karcher Professional Cleaning Roadshow a resounding success!

Karcher has been touring its Professional Cleaning Roadshow around the UK during September. Visiting such venues as Brighton's Amex Stadium, The Madejski Stadium in Reading, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, The City of Manchester Stadium and Hampden Park - Scotland's national football stadium, the roadshow has cemented Karcher's reputation as a world l...

Chemical-free floor stripping in just one pass

Factory Cat's Sean Goff showed visitors to CMS Berlin how easy it is to use the new Tomcat Edge family of machines, which offer chemical-free floor stripping in just one pass. This, explained Sean, reduces the volume of water needed for the process and also reduces the potential for slips and falls that can be a problem when chemicals are used an...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   This crowded island of ours has a huge, multi-cultural population and a thriving year-round tourist industry, yet public toilets are not always available where or when you n...

Finnclean takes place next week

More than 100 exhibitors - amongst them many big names - will be showing off their wares when Finnclean opens its doors next Wednesday. Housed in the Tampere Exhibition & Sports Centre in Tampere, Finland, this cleaning show and symposium will run from 26th through 28th October. Entry is free for those registering in advance. The show is organised by the Finnish Association of Cleaning Technology and Tampere Trade Fairs. T: +358 40 545 2870 E: W: www.puhtausala.fi www.finnclean.fi ...

Tork foam soaps save customers time and money

Tork foam soaps are proving a hit with customers - and many are saving time and money after switching to the new products.[TRIMTO] Buyers have been impressed by the fact that each soap bottle contains 2,500 shots of soap which means the cost per shot highly competitive, according to SCA product and segment manager Charlotte Branwhite. "The ...

Filmop product agreement latest piece of Jigsaw puzzle

A major UK cleaning distribution agreement has been reached between Jigsaw Cleaning Systems and Italian-based cleaning equipment supplier Filmop. The agreement will enable Jigsaw Cleaning Systems to become an officially authorised distributor to supply the innovative range of Filmop products in the UK. "This agreement marks a major step in ...

Snow and sustainable transportation DO go together!

The highest, most northerly parts of the UK have had snow this week, but the 200 or so members of the cleaning industry that attended the British Cleaning Council's Sustainability Conference had Snow last week, when popular Channel Four News presenter Jon Snow led the speakers at the event. [TRIMTO] Jon reflected on his long and illustrious caree...

Ace Janitorial celebrates 40th Anniversary

Ace Janitorial of Sheffield, one of Jangro's founding organisations in 1980, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Ace, is one of the North East's most successful and resilient independent janitorial supplies companyies. It has traded through several recessions and remains as successful today as it ever has been - boasting a £2...

Vectair named South West Finalist in Santander International Trade Awards

Vectair Systems has been named Regional Finalist in the South West Final of the Santander International Trade Awards 2010/11. The awards, sponsored by Santander Corporate Banking, are an exclusive UK-wide business awards that recognise the success of exporters, importers and those trading overseas.[TRIMTO] "Our emphasis on exports has driven o...

Industry raises £1,800 for Breast Cancer Campaign

Guests at the recent British Institute of Cleaning Science annual awards dinner, helped to raise £1,800 for the Breast Cancer Campaign. Money was raised from a charity raffle held during the awards evening, alongside a generous gift donation from the ISSA Foundation Fund.[TRIMTO] Companies that kindly donated prizes for the raffle includ...

We have mail: A rebranding for the IICRC

Paul Pearce, Chairman of The Clean Trust, announces that The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is going through a rebranding exercise and explains why and how it is going to happen. Founded in 1972, the organisation currently represents more than 5,700 Certified Firms and 54,000 Certified Technicians in 22...

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...xecutive, Cleaning & Support Services Association I would like to respond to the article in Cleanzine issue 492 by David Camp concerning gangmasters. David is right to highlight the gold plating of the law creating the Gangmaster's Licencing Authority, as it is clear that the law did not intend to cover the activities of cleaning compani...

Unger UK supports Keep Britain Tidy's 'Love Where You Live' campaign

Unger UK has become a corporate supporter of Keep Britain Tidy - and rather than just make a donation, the cleaning equipment manufacturer got down and dirty in the charity's first big clean up event in Croydon last week, as part of 'Love Where You Live' campaign.[TRIMTO] Unger provided litter pickers for the volunteers and Kirstie Allsop, a c...

St Pancras International's cleaning runs as scheduled, thanks to Rubbermaid

Since its completion in 1868, London's St Pancras International has undergone a wealth of changes. Today it spans 8,000 square meters and is the terminus for Britain's only high speed railway lines. Such a destination attracts a staggering 300,000 passengers each day and following the opening of a new ticket hall in 2009, it also incorporates a w...

Halo cleans up with RPC UKSC

RPC Containers UKSC has created a bespoke bottle for a next-generation laundry detergent that, says the company, is attracting the attention of some of the UK's biggest entrepreneurs.[TRIMTO] Halo Laundry Detergents has quickly gained a formidable reputation in the laundry detergent market. Halo protects clothing from up to 99.99% of bacteria ...

CK Group achieves ISO 14001

Following on from their recent Safe Contractor accreditation for achieving a high standard in health and safety services, leading specialist cleaning contractor and cleaning equipment and consumables supplier, CK Group has now also been awarded ISO 14001 for its Environmental Management System. [TRIMTO] Believed to be one of the first com...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Some years back whilst representing the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers at meetings of the now defunct Cleaning Industry National Training Organisation, our ...

Servi-Tek reinvents the janitorial services offering

Cleanzine talks to Eric Friz and Kurt Lester of Servi-Track, a company that provides green janitorial and landscaping services for large retail centres, medical office buildings and pharmacological companies in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Florida. If you're a cleaning contractor and are striving to improve efficiency and provide a...

New Gum Spotter Lance removes gum in seconds, without chemicals

Tech-Clean, the British manufacturer and supplier of high pressure cleaning equipment, has just launched the Gum Spotter lance, which removes chewing gum from floor surfaces in seconds, without chemicals.[TRIMTO] "As the Gum Spotter uses plain hot water, it's environmentally friendly and keeps costs down," says the company's Jan Murdoch. ...

Trouble free commercial cleaning with SEBO

Sebo's professional range of vacuum cleaners has been developed to suit the commercial environment. The range includes the Sebo BS36, BS46, Dart, UHS polisher and will be joined soon by a high performance cylinder machine.[TRIMTO] The Sebo BS36 and BS46 upright vacuum cleaners provide superior performance, outstanding reliability and are easy...

Central vacuuming systems could change commercial cleaning, says Vacrite

As architects and facilities managers adapt to the ever evolving ways business is conducted, one area that is often neglected is the way buildings are kept clean. Disan produces some of the world's most technologically advanced, central vacuum systems and now Vacrite brings them to the UK market. Disan systems are utilised globally by leading bus...

IICRC (The Clean Trust) publishes list of forthcoming courses

... of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (which as we reported in a recent issue of Cleanzine, is currently being rebranded to become 'The Clean Trust') has published its latest schedule of training and certification courses. Courses taking place at various locations around the UK during November, include 'Water Restoration Tech...

Ensure compliance with PPG26 Pollution Prevention Guidelines

Fentex has consolidated its spill trays and absorption materials, providing a range of products to achieve compliance with the national Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPG26). Spill trays can be supplied for use with single or multiple primary containers of one, five, 20 and 25 litres' capacity together with drums up to 205 litres.[TRIMTO] Th...

Especially in the janitorial industry, only wet babies like change

Writes our columnist Ed Selkow, who through more than 35 years in cleaning has stacked up an impressive depth of experience and knowledge of the industry. The saying goes; the only sure thing is death and taxes. Those that come up with profound proverbs are never questioned or doubted. Except by a few folks like me who do a lot of doubtin...

Dutch transfer: Vebego sells Indigo Services to Facilicom

International Group has sold its UK operation - Indigo Services (UK) - to the Facilicom Services Group, effectively transferring ownership from one Dutch family-owned services group to another. In real terms this saw Vebego exit the market, ending its 20 year association - and Facilicom, simultaneously and significantly, increase its share of the...

Satino Black wins Pentaward 2011

Satino Black has been awarded the Silver Pentaward 2011. Almost 1000 companies from 5 continents participated in this international competition for packaging design. The awards were handed out at Times Square in New York.[TRIMTO] Nick op den Buijsch, speaking on behalf of the Dutch manufacturer, says: "We are proud of having won this prestigio...

Emprise still ensuring the show goes on at Delfont Mackintosh

Emprise Services, a leading support services provider, has successfully retained the contract to provide cleaning services to Delfont Mackintosh theatres for a further two years.[TRIMTO] Delfont Mackintosh and Emprise have worked in partnership across the portfolio of seven theatres and two offices for the last 12 years. Emprise has been able...

Awards event in Scotland celebrates cleaning skills contest

A triple awards ceremony has taken place to mark the achievements of cleaning staff who took part in the cleaning skills competition, the Team Clean Challenge. The event, now in its fourth year, is run by Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for cleaning. It aims to celebrate the best trained cleaners, supervisors and managers within privat...

Hovima Aparthotels wins Check Safety First award for exceptional standards

Hovima Aparthotels has been awarded Check Safety First's '2010 Group Award' for achieving exemplary health & safety levels across all its establishments last year. Using Check Safety First's E-Cristal auditing system, the Tenerife based group has been commended for its excellent standard shown in the management of hygienic sanitary risks.[TRI...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Picture the scene... You've just had a fabulous lunch in a plush London hotel at the wonderfully well organised Golden Service Awards, as a guest of Kimberly-Clark Professional and...

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New In Depth Divisional Director eyes far-reaching change Bill Dunne has been appointed Divisional Director of In Depth Managed Services - a newly created role for the Warrington-based firm. Bill previously worked for MITIE Security in Scotland, where his successful business style helped it grow to a £350 million company, bri...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide! You may recall that in last week’s leader me mentioning that cleaning-related deaths aren’t unusual and that many of these involve workers in Asia cleaning tanks and...

Deputy Minister awards candidates with vocational qualifications certificates

Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert AM has awarded a number of apprentices with certificates for taking part in programmes brand new to Wales. More than 100 people attended an event at the Millennium Centre organised by Asset Skills to mark a project which has transformed the training landscape for hundreds of staff in facilities management ...

Win a pair of Unger Gloves!

Just in time for winter, Unger has announced the re-launch of its protective Neoprene gloves range, with an impressive line-up of new features and improvements. To begin with, solid reinforced stitching, as well as a glue seal, have been added along the seams to achieve extra durability and protection against water ingress. Yet the gloves feel...

MITIE CEO named National Business Awards 'Leader of the Year'

MITIE is delighted that its chief executive Ruby McGregor-Smith was named Orange Leader of the Year on Tuesday night , at the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Ruby was honoured with the evening's highest accolade for her outstanding achievement and effective leadership, growing a su...

Healthy Workplaces Campaign closing event takes place this month in Spain

The closing event of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-11 on Safe Maintenance will take place on 22nd and 23rd November 2011 at the Bizkaia Aretoa conference centre in Bilbao, Spain, bringing together leading European experts and decision-makers to exchange good practice and discuss future strategies on promoting safe maintenance.[TRIMTO] O...

OCS Helps Eurostar to Shine

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service linking the UK and mainland Europe, has awarded OCS a contract to provide cleaning services for its trains at St Pancras International and its Temple Mills depot in Leyton, East London. "We are delighted to have won this contract at a key time for Eurostar," says Eddie Ratcliffe, OCS Operations Direc...

Lavendon Access launches SkySiren entrapment solution

The SkySiren, an innovative safety solution designed by BlueSky to reduce the risk of injury through entrapment when operating a boom type MEWP, has been unveiled by powered access provider, Lavendon Access Services.[TRIMTO] Entrapment can occur when an operator is pinned between an object (from behind or above) and the MEWP's control panel. S...

UK's top cleaners recognised at Golden Service Awards 2011

The UK & Ireland's very best cleaners and cleaning companies have been revealed at this year's Golden Service Awards, organised by Kimberly-Clark Professional, in partnership with the Cleaning & Support Services Association.[TRIMTO] At a glittering awards ceremony in a top London hotel last Friday, a total of 19 gongs were dished out t...

Exhibitors and attendees win big at ISSA/Interclean 2011

ISSA/Interclean North America 2011 lived up to its theme, The Start of Something Big, posting a 13% increase in non-exhibiting attendees over last year's show. That increase contributed to a total attendance of nearly 16,000. In addition, ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association that hosts the show, added to the excitement of the event b...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Figures released today show that UK unemployment has reached 2.62 million and the Governor of the Bank of England has again cut the UK growth forecast. The UK is not alone t...

Girbau UK launches smarter washers to save energy and water

Girbau UK has added enhanced Logi Pro control to its popular 6 Series range of washers to offer even greater operational flexibility and lower consumption of energy and water for a wide range of commercial on-premise laundry applications including hotels, care homes and hospitals, schools and colleges.[TRIMTO] Logi Pro programming is now avail...

A 'Right Royal' Service for Queen Alexandra College

Queen Alexandra College (QAC) in Birmingham, a national college for people aged 16 plus with visual impairment, other disabilities, or both, has recently extended its facilities services contract with OCS for a further five years. Over the past 12 years, OCS has provided catering, housekeeping, pest control and hygiene services across all facili...

Making the case for daytime cleaning

Retailers understand that cleanliness, hygiene and the appearance of their store goes hand-in-hand with customer perceptions and the reputation of their business. Over time they have established procedures that meet these objectives very well. But changes in the way retailers operate have created new demands on the way they manage their cleaning....

SCA reorganises hygiene operations for increased efficiency, market presence and growth

To support its long-term strategy and strengthen competitiveness, SCA is reorganising its global hygiene operations. The new organisation will contribute to increased efficiency, market presence and growth.[TRIMTO] SCA's European hygiene operations will be organised in three business units: AFH Professional Hygiene Europe, which will be headed...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Speaking at Waste & Resources Action Programme's annual conference last week, Chief Executive Dr Liz Goodwin published results of the organisation's work over the past three years...

Ranger adds Teupen's new Leo 15GT Plus spider lift to its portfolio

Chesterfield-based Ranger Equipment has added Teupen's latest launch, the all-new 15.5m working height Leo 15GT Plus spider lift, to its portfolio.[TRIMTO] This new feature-packed lift introduces a premium specification 15m model to sit above the standard Leo 15GT which will be revamped and relaunched in the future. The Leo 15GT Plus boasts...

Loch Loo-mand, as it might become...

Scotland's lochs would look like sewage dumps if the country had to endure the same sanitary conditions as 2.6 billion people across the world, as images released to mark the launch of World Toilet Day show.[TRIMTO] The World Toilet Organisation, which organises the awareness day, works towards improving toilet and sanitation conditions wo...

Chequers' crowning moment at East Surrey College

Family run contract cleaning business, Chequers Contract Services, had a brush with Royalty last week when Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, paid a visit to East Surrey College in Redhill.[TRIMTO] Kate Ward, a director at Chequers, was delighted to be invited to the official opening and luncheon at the College - a valued client of seven years -...

The Apprenticeship Scheme in action at CK Group

When leading cleaning contractor and consumables supplier CK Group were approached by business development company South London Business (SLB) as a result of the government's reinvigorated apprenticeship scheme, CK Group's Managing Director, Ian Pether, was only too happy to agree to take on Charlie Porter after a number of prospective unemployed...

Leeds Castle drives for sustainability

Management and staff at Leeds Castle have been making great progress in developing the venue's waste management procedures, with a view to increasing recycling rates and minimising the amount of waste sent to landfill as a result of the castle's day-to-day operations. The sustainability drive began in April 2010, with a clear target to achiev...

China Clean Expo partners with EUnited Cleaning to promote next year's show

China Clean Expo is to have substantial support from its European partner by signing a cooperation agreement recently with EUnited Cleaning - the European cleaning machines association, which will further enhance CCE's international influence in the global cleaning industry.[TRIMTO] "I have total confidence in our long-term cooperation", said ...

Francisco Duarte

Francisco Duarte, 50, a director at Principle Cleaning Services for 22 years, passed away peacefully at home on 19th November following a long battle with cancer. Douglas Cooke, Chief Executive of Principle, writes: "Francisco played a major role in helping to develop and grow the company by ensuring extremely high standards of quality and ...

OCS achieves sparkling results in Asset Skills Team Clean Challenge Awards

Two OCS cleaning teams have achieved sparkling results in this year's Asset Skills Team Clean Challenge Awards. After a raft of fiercely contested regional heats and the competition final in Birmingham, the OCS team at Chepstow Hospital scooped second place, while the company's team at Aegon in Edinburgh achieved third place. Bill Ochs from Aeg...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Something was bothering me while I was chatting to Principle Cleaning Services' Chief Executive Douglas Cooke, at the Golden Service Awards last month, but I couldn't quite ...

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...upport for the cause by donating at: mobro.co/dougcooke And I hope that next Movember, many more of Cleanzine's male readers, who like me, had not been aware of the movement previously, will join in and sport a new 'tache! Pictures show (left, Doug with Movember moustache, and right, how he was in 1974 - Jason King style!)  ...

Training for cleaners in 2012

Whether starting up or looking to improve existing skills, knowing how to do the job properly remains critical to a successful career in the cleaning business. With more than 35 years' experience, Prochem Europe is the UK's largest commercial provider of training for professional carpet & upholstery cleaners. The Surrey-based company is...

Emprise retains leading role with Ambassador Theatre Group

Emprise Services has retained and expanded its contract with the Ambassador Theatre Group. Emprise has maintained a successful relationship with ATG for 11 years, providing cleaning services to 24 of the theatre company's venues. Following a competitive tender process, Emprise has now been selected as the sole service provider for the entire ...

Cutting edge brush machine commissioned

Brush manufacturer Brushtec has take delivery of its most advanced and biggest brush machine to date.[TRIMTO] This fully robotic brush manufacturing cell uses cutting edge technology to increase production capabilities. Weighing in at an astonishing 12 tonnes, it required special lifting equipment to unload and position it.[TRIMTO] Along wi...

New pads perfect for terrazzo and concrete cleaning and polishing

KGS has developed a range of diamond floor pads for cleaning and polishing concrete and terrazzo, which cuts costs and helps the environment by eliminating the need for chemical polishes. It can be used under a wide variety of equipment including scrubber driers, three head, UHS burnishers and propane burnishers.[TRIMTO] The system is not lab...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   As most readers will be aware, Cleanzine is now rapidly approaching its 10th anniversary. Next week's issue will be our 500th! What better way to celebrate this milesto...

10th anniversary Prize Draw

... You're just a click away from a chance to win a year's free advertising in Cleanzine!     Broadcast every Thursday,  Cleanzine  is read by  80,000  cleaning and hygiene industry professionals in 148 countries, offering a great ...

New methods 'save time and money'

New methods of cleaning will reap benefits for local authorities when it comes to cleaning large public institutions such as schools, colleges and civic buildings, according to a cleaning expert. Brian Boll, of Jigsaw Cleaning Systems - provider of cleaning advisory services to the private and public sector - says that new methodologies combin...

Hygiene Group to the rescue!

Hygiene Group, the UK food processing sector contract cleaning services provider, has further invested in its employees by offering them the opportunity to take a course in confined space entry procedures, covering search and rescue using self-contained breathing apparatus.[TRIMTO] Hygiene Group is believed to be one of the first providers of ...

CHSA Soft Tissue Scheme: meet the members

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's (CHSA) Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Scheme is actively supported by some of the biggest names in the away from home paper products market, including SCA Hygiene Products, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Georgia Pacific and Metsa Tissue. The intention of these companies and the other Schem...

Matthew Wonnacott - badly injured but doing well

Many Cleanzine readers around the world will be familiar with Vectair Systems and will have met the Wonnacott team - Paul, his daughter Louise and the most recent addition, his son Matthew - promoting the company and its products at many international exhibitions and making every visitor to the stand feel thoroughly welcome, no matter how many pe...

Start the New Year with some training!

... of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (which as we reported in a recent issue of Cleanzine, is currently being rebranded to become 'The Clean Trust') has published a new schedule of training and certification courses for those wishing to upgrade their skills in 2012.[TRIMTO] Download the list of courses and their descriptions here. T: 0208 253 4505 E: ...

Winner of Kaivac's Dirtiest Mop Contest announced (15,557 votes received!)

The winner of Kaivac's Dirty Mop Contest has just been announced. Alina Prodan, from Chicago, IL,received a winning 3,254 votes from Kaivac Facebook fans for her soiled mop. She will receive 0 for submitting what Kaivac Facebook fans consider the dirtiest mop entered into the contest. (Image of the winning mop is attached as well as online...

New invention means Cardiff International pool is flushed with savings

One of the UK's leading leisure centres is saving £ thousands in water charges by reducing the cost of spending a penny. Cardiff International Pool which attracts more than 700,000 visitors a year is among the first in the UK to use a simple new invention by Birmingham-based hygiene and cleaning specialist Chemex International. Chemex...

Shenandoah University dance students show off Hygen's attributes

Rubbermaid Commercial Products has released a video showing dancers highlighting the attributes of its Hygen Clean Water System. It features four Shenandoah University Dance Conservatory students performing a creative interpretation of the use of RCP's new filter mopping system, at the recent ISSA/Interclean tradeshow in Las Vegas.[TRIMTO] The...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Welcome to the 500th issue of Cleanzine, which I've worked out is the equivalent of a little over 41.5 years' publishing in monthly magazine terms! In that time we'v...

Three weeks left to nominate for Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award

Environmental Services Managers have until 31stt December to nominate the housekeeper of their choice for the second annual Hygiene SpecialistExcellence award in the US.[TRIMTO] The prize is one worth winning; it includes an all-expenses-paid vacation for two to South Beach, FL, including airfare and beachfront accommodation! "This award is...

The CVC - a user-friendly vacuum cleaner from Contico that works wonders!

My daughter Chervana won a scholarship this year that enabled her to take an MSc at the University of Southampton - and, fed up with student accommodation, she decided to rent a house with a friend who goes out to work. The house was completely unfurnished apart from the white goods and when I asked what the pair would like for a housewarming gi...

Cresswell wins back high-status contract after a year away

Cresswell is delighted to have regained a high-status contract which it lost just over a year ago.[TRIMTO] After a competitive tender process, financial products and services provider F& C Reit has now re-awarded the South London based sustainable contract cleaning company with three sites in the centre of London, in a contracty which comm...

OCS hat trick with People into Action Awards 2011

OCS employees have been awarded for their efforts in three Land Securities contracts by the commercial property company's 'People into Action' initiative.[TRIMTO] The scheme is designed to reward those people who go above and beyond the call of duty. OCS staff all received quarterly awards including Kathleen Healy from Leeds Shopping Plaza in ...

Ceredigion County Council is UK Overall LOTY Trophy Winner

Ceredigion County Council has won the much coveted UK Overall Winners Trophy, only the fourth council to win the Award, in the 24th Anniversary Loo of the Year Awards competition to find the very best 'away from home' toilets in the UK.[TRIMTO] "Despite the economic climate which has led to unprecedented public toilet closures, Ceredigion Coun...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Welcome to the first issue of Cleanzine for 2012 and a Happy New Year to all of you. We've had a slightly longer break than normal and a great deal has happened in the world in that t...

New Year rings new heights for Canadian 'Men In Kilts'

Men In Kilts, a window and exterior cleaning company, has announced today it will be opening four more franchises in three months, adding to three franchises currently in operation. Alberta and Oregon are next on the list, with B.C. and Washington already in business. The company was founded in 2002, with the first Vancouver franchise opening ...

MITIE is the only way for Essex!

MITIE Group, has signed a 10-year contract with Essex County Council. The FTSE 250 company will work with the Council to deliver a transformational outsourcing contract which includes facilities and property management as well as energy services. MITIE will be working in partnership with Lambert Smith Hampton to provide estate management serv...

Improvements means there is now a Tork hand towel roll for every environment

Changes to the Tork hand towel roll system mean that there is now a product for every customer environment, while cost-in-use has been improved and products are now easier to handle for cleaning staff. Made by SCA, the range now includes a new sensor-operated Tork Elevation dispenser, which means there are now automatic and manual Tork hand to...

Niche solutions stand out in Prochem 2012 catalogue

Two facets ensuring Prochem Europe remains not only one of the cleaning industry's premier innovators but a credible specialist supplier to market are the company's training arm - latest 2012 dates for which just announced - coupled to a product offer meeting specific problems with individual solutions.[TRIMTO] Prochem's newly redesigned 40-pa...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners receives Royal Charter

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners was formally presented with a Royal Charter of Incorporation at its annual Ladies' Banquet late last year.[TRIMTO] A Royal Charter is used to establish significant organisations and changes a body from a collection of individuals into a single legal entity. This will enable the Worshipful Compan...

OCS helps International Aid Trust to stock up

OCS has supported the International Aid Trust's work with disadvantaged people in the UK and overseas by donating a consignment of surplus hygiene consumables to the charity. The stock of hand gel, hand wipes and surface wipes was transported by OCS to International Aid's distribution centre in Lancashire. "We are delighted that International...

Shropshire town's paving feels the force!

A firm specialising in environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions has scrubbed up well after completing a contract that helped with the repaving of a Midlands town. G-Force Steam was called upon to clean and apply a nanotechnology-based protective coating to approximately 300,000 new concrete paving stones used as part of a major refurbishmen...

BTA 2011 Innovation Award results

The BTA Innovation Awards recognise innovation in three key areas of 'away from home' toilet provision: New Products, New Services and Efficiency Improvements. A panel comprising members of the British Toilet Association Management Committee judged each nomination and decided upon the winners for each award. The winners were presented with their ...

Dave Rogers to spearhead European market growth at Unger

Dave Rogers has taken the new role of European sales manager with long standing employer Unger. Adopting a challenging remit to aggressively grow revenues for Unger's professional cleaning products across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Dave will also oversee the UK business where he will continue in his current capacity as general man...

Greyland moves to new land

While most of us in the UK spent our Christmas break relaxing and catching up with family and friends, Richard and Diane Dyson and the team from Greyland, who had outgrown their premises, could probably have done with the aid of Santa's elves to help them move to new ones. We're reliably informed that it's now business as usual from:[TRIMTO] Unit 9, Fifth Ave Tameside Park Industrial Estate Cheshire SK16 4PP T: 0161 476 3607 F: 0161 476 3708 E: W: www.greyland.co.uk ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The Christmas and New Year holidays were not ambushed by the snowy and icy weather that had threatened  - well - in my neck of the woods anyway, so I took advantage of mild da...

'Select few' grabbing all the growth

...tion prospects.Copies of the full 714 paged analysis are available now in PDF format. Readers of Cleanzine qualify for a £50 discount by quoting reference PR/AA10 E: W: www.plimsoll.co.uk ...

Transport for London awards 'greener' cleaning contract for coach and bus station

Transport for London has awarded its cleaning contract for Victoria Coach Station and dozens of bus stations and bus stands to ISS Facility Services in an agreement that will deliver high levels of cleanliness and hygiene as well as deliver environmental benefits for the Capital. ISS Facility Services has been contracted to clean Victoria Coac...

Cleaning company wins top Environmental Award

Alliance Cleaning Company, has received a top Award - 'The Environmental Business of the Year' - in competition with hundreds of organisations.[TRIMTO] "We won against some very large firms because we're the only carbon neutral UK contract cleaning business offering on-site carbon neutrality advice to clients," reveals Chairman Danny Bishop sa...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   We've had two lots of great news this week... First, Prochem Europe has just been awarded the Royal Warrant. You can't get much more of an accolade than that - it real...

Cleaner sweeps up - Kingston University cleaner receives award for 45 years service

When people go to work each day in a clean and tidy space, be it an office, classroom, library or canteen, it's easy to forget that the previous day's debris has usually been efficiently cleared away by a dedicated team of cleaning staff.[TRIMTO] Though their efforts are mostly unseen and often go unnoticed, Kingston University is recognising ...

Lotus Professional brand launches lifetime guarantees

Lotus Professional brand is extending its leasing policy for all customers throughout 2012, offering a lifelong warranty for the lifetime of each product dispensing the brand's quality soaps, sanitisers or tissue solutions.[TRIMTO] A simple, cost effective and hassle-free solution for lease customers, the lifetime warranty will provide greater...

Iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom undergoes its annual spring clean

Since opening 118 years ago, the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom has been home to every type of dance step and sees millions of toe-tapping feet grace its floor each year. Therefore, each year it undergoes a necessary cleaning, maintenance and TLC programme, to ensure it continues to look its absolute best.[TRIMTO] The whole process starts off...

Frying high with Jangro

The age-old art to frying traditional fish and chips remains in high demand regardless of all other take-away foods. 'Chippies' that are taking the extra effort to perfect the art of frying are enjoying high sales.[TRIMTO] According to Paul Williams, Managing Director of the UK's exclusive, School of Frying Excellence, these Professional, Awa...

ServiceMaster Clean team members boast BDMA status

ServiceMaster Clean has announced that Hannah Davis, from its customer audit team, has been awarded British Damage Management Association senior technician status. This ensures its insurance restoration work continues to be carried out to the highest standards. Additionally, the team's Samantha Hurst, has been awarded BDMA technician status. T...

Dirty hands costs lives

A leading hand hygiene specialist has designed a new compliance system in a bid to stop foodborne outbreaks which caused 4,356 hospitalisations and 46 deaths in 2009.[TRIMTO] Gojo Industries-Europe is launching a range of colour coded dispensers created to simplify hand hygiene compliance and help reduce cross contamination. Colours and vi...

A breath of clean air for Afghan police officers and their European advisors

Swedish company Blueair, has delivered 425 of its top-of-the-range air purifiers, together with a year's supply of 425 replacement filters to the European Police Mission, EUPOL, in Kabul, Afghanistan, a city with one of the worst air pollution problems in the world.[TRIMTO] "Contributing to the health and wellbeing of the police officers servi...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I write this wearing fingerless gloves... my hands are really feeling the cold this week and frozen fingers don't type very accurately! And of course Southern England isn't suffering ...

A 'Clean Sweep' for OCS at Brunel University

Brunel University in Uxbridge, West London, has awarded a contract to OCS to provide a range of housekeeping and environmental services, enhancing the student experience across the university's buildings and estates. OCS will work with the university to increase service quality and efficiencies over the length of the contract - initially three...

Cleaning Industry Charity Golf Open

Having been in receipt of your latest Cleanzine e-shot I thought you may find the attached information about the Cleaning Industry Charity Golf Open of interest, and consider including information about this in your next edition. This is open to everyone in the FM and Cleaning Industry, and there's already some good support coming from the Wors...

Yuasa launches new Pro-Spec batteries for semi-traction applications

Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) has launched its new Pro-Spec range of semi-traction batteries featuring advanced charge technology to deliver extra power, higher reliability and prolonged service life. The new batteries are designed for use in electric vehicles such as floor cleaning machines, materials handling equipment and access platforms as well a...

New activated hydrogen peroxide cleaner disinfectants clean fast in healthcare environments

Clorox Professional Products, has this week announced the introduction of Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes and Spray, a new line of ready-to-use, one-step cleaner disinfectants engineered with a patented activated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) formula. These activated hydrogen peroxide products are registered by the U.S. ...

Tristel launches sporicidal wipes you can actually see work

Tristel Sporicidal Surface Wipes are the latest addition to the 'Tristel for Surfaces' product range and provide a practical and highly effective way to decontaminate all hard surfaces, including those of non-invasive medical devices and food preparation areas.[TRIMTO] Quick and easy to use, the Tristel Sporicidal surface wipe uses chlorine di...

New lease options for electrolysed water for 2012

Rox electrolysed water systems offer an environmentally friendly solution to cleaning and sanitising. EOwater, the UK distributor for Rox electrolysed water systems, is now offering a range of easy pay lease and rental packages, opening up the availability of this premium cleaning and sanitising system to many new customers.[TRIMTO] Rox is a c...

MITIE Chief Executive awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List for 2012

Ruby McGregor-Smith, chief executive of MITIE Group, was named on the New Year Honours List for 2012 and will be honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to business and diversity in business.[TRIMTO] Ruby joined MITIE, the FTSE 250 outsourcing and energy services company, in 2002 and was appointed as...

Demon's new Hurricane Combi in Awards final!

Demon launched the new Hurricane Combi flat surface cleaner at Saltex in September 2011 and is now delighted that it has made the final of the Executive Hire Show's Innovation Award 2012![TRIMTO] The Combi was born from the success of two products, the Hurricane Pressure Washer and Rotowash Professional floor cleaner, already manufactured by D...

New contract win takes Incentive QAS to dizzy heights

Heron International and Cushman & Wakefield have chosen Incentive QAS to take responsibility for the cleaning of Heron's flagship building, Heron Tower in Bishopsgate. The building is the tallest building in the City of London, reaching 230 metres into the skyline with a restaurant and Sky Bar on levels 38-40.[TRIMTO] Under the terms of th...

Better-than-national infection rate drops even further at hospital using Xenex

In America's hospitals, approximately one in 20 patients will contract a hospital-acquired infection. At Cooley Dickinson Hospital last year, one in 129 patients got an HAI. Now, those better odds of avoiding an infection at Cooley Dickinson have improved even further, as the hospital has documented a groundbreaking 82% drop in one type of infect...

Emprise celebrates 10 years at The Berkeley by rewarding cleaning staff

Emprise Services celebrated the 10 year anniversary of its cleaning contract with The Berkeley, by recognising the efforts of its long-serving staff cleaning the 5 luxury Knightsbridge hotel.[TRIMTO] Emprise provides behind the scenes services including kitchen cleaning, porters and a flexible back of house support staff to the Berkeley throu...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Many years ago, one of the regulars in the pub where I worked part time, always seemed to have plenty of money to spend, despite working far fewer hours than his friends did. He used ...

Bower Products launches quality stainless steel air freshener

Modern, sturdy and far superior to any plastic equivalent, the very latest in quality yet cost effective stainless steel air fresheners from Bower Products provides a sweet smelling 'touch of class' to any washroom, office or retail area.[TRIMTO] Well designed and hand constructed with smart curved edges, the new Scentronic Stainless air fresh...

Recognising the best toilets for 25 Years

Nominations and entries are now being received for the 2012 Loo of the Year Awards - the annual competition to find the best places 'to go' in Britain, Ireland and The Channel Islands. Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Loo of the Year Awards is promoted by The British Toilet Association and is run this year in association with Headline Spo...

Enterprises must boost innovation as global competition becomes stronger

Almost all EU Member States have improved their innovation performance according to the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2011 released on Tuesday by the European Commission in Brussels. However, innovation performance growth is slowing down and the EU is not closing the persistent gap with global innovation leaders US, Japan and South Korea. The large...

Dealing with feminine hygiene waste in a revolutionary new way

It is common knowledge within the industry that hygiene companies that service feminine hygiene units either do so by way of liner or bin exchange. Companies favouring liner exchange will typically have to buy a quality plastic liner, buy a form of sanitising agent (usually in the form of sachets, liquids or granules), and incur labour costs as ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! BREAKING NEWS As Cleanzine was about to be broadcast today, I received notification that the Carpex/Windex exhibition & conference, which had been due to be held at the ...

From Australia - a really novel way of providing better hand hygiene

Galvin Engineering is working together with Soapstream to make available an easier and more hygienic way to improve hand hygiene in schools and other high risk public areas.[TRIMTO] Hands are a common offender in the transmission and spread of germs and bacteria. The unique Soapstream system combats the difficulties of having/maintaining soap ...

New CILS computer printable rating plate labels have 'heavy duty' label adhesives!

Industrial labelling specialist CILS has launched the new-generation CILS-9200HD computer printable rating plate label range, providing the ultimate product ID solution to all textured surfaces. [TRIMTO] Printable straight from an existing PC and standard laser, inkjet or thermal transfer printer, variable data (serial numbers, model num...

Pest problems solved with the WoolSafe Organisation

With carpet beetles and other textile pest presenting a real and growing problem, professional carpet technicians would be well advised to take a place on a brand new course from The WoolSafe Organisation, starting this year.[TRIMTO] 'The Control & Treatment of Textile Insect Pests' will give all professional carpet technicians the necessa...

Heavy duty scrubber dryers come with a three year warranty

Clemas now offers an extra heavy duty scrubber dryer that can cope with the most heavy duty environment and which come with a three year warranty.[TRIMTO] The Premium Line range of scrubber dryers offers various options including an Atex explosion-proof machine suitable for hazardous environments and an all stainless-steel version suitable for...

Sercon celebrates new association with cleaning contract win

Ayrshire based cleaning and security service provider, Sercon Support Services, has beaten off stiff competition to be awarded a cleaning services contract with Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association.[TRIMTO] Hanover currently manages homes for more than 5,000 residents throughout Scotland, offering the choice of rented; shared ownership; shar...

Helping British Airways 'To Fly. To Serve'

British Airways has awarded a five year aircraft cleaning and amenity services contract for all its aircraft based at Heathrow Airport. OCS, which has provided aviation services to British Airways at London Heathrow Airport for over 20 years, secured the contract to become BA's sole aircraft grooming supplier following a competitive tender proces...

Guests protected from filthy hotel rooms by new safety systems

Customers will no longer need to worry about dirty hotel rooms thanks to a new hygiene system devised by health & safety expert Check Safety First. The room hygiene module will regularly assess a number of criteria to ensure that high standards are kept at all times.[TRIMTO] Rigorous monthly audits will monitor the cleanliness of surfaces,...

"Y Viva Espana" says the cleaning industry

Everyone involved in organising Hygienalia+Pulire, the recent cleaning exhibition and conference held at Valencia in Spain, is delighted with the way this new show went. [TRIMTO] "The Organising Committee stresses the professional cleaning & hygiene sector's widespread acceptance which, for three days, has endorsed the trade fair at Feria...

Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014 gets the 'Yes' vote!

Scotland is featuring regularly on news bulletins and in the Press, thanks to the historic referendum taking place on 18th September 2014, on whether or not to become an independent country. How will the people vote: 'Yes', or 'No'? One thing we know people are saying 'Yes' to is Cleaning Expo Scotland, which is taking place just a couple of week...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Forgive me if you've read my comments previously about people grumbling that there's no point in attending cleaning exhibitions "because there's never anything new in the cleaning ind...

Quality pays for South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is partnering with medical pulp supplier Vernacare to ensure the highest standards of patient care and infection prevention, matched by value for money.[TRIMTO] The Trust is using Vernacare's single-use pulp range across its wards because the UK manufactured product is of a consistent rigorously test...

NCL introduces cost-saving portable dilution system

National Chemical Laboratories has introduced the Ready...Set...Clean! portable dilution system. Ready...Set...Clean! incorporates 12 proven super concentrate formulas, including 5 Green Seal Certified products that deliver unmatched cost savings and cleaning performance. [TRIMTO] The program uses a single, reusable 2 GPM Por...

Norse wins contract with Suffolk ports

Norse Commercial Services has been awarded the contract for cleaning at Felixstowe and Harwich ports. Hutchison Ports, which operates both Port of Felixstowe and Harwich International Port, have awarded the contact starting on 1st April 2012. The contract covers day-to-day and specialist cleaning at over 100 different locations around the p...

Altro taps Regent Cleaning know-how in joint training initiative

A drive to heighten the effectiveness of cleaning high-performance safety and hygiene flooring has prompted a joint training initiative between Regent Cleaning and manufacturer Altro.[TRIMTO] Regent shared its experience of cleaning Altro flooring installed at its healthcare sites with the product's maker at a specially-convened Development Da...

Cleaning company sets shining example

The manager of a support services company responsible for keeping the new Sainsbury's store in Irvine clean and hygienic has given bright futures to 15 previously unemployed local people, having enlisted the help of Ingeus, the company responsible for finding him work back in 2010.[TRIMTO] Paul Edgar, a site manager for contract cleaner Inters...

PHS Direct and The National Forest: Families plant trees in a new woodland.

Staffordshire-based business PHS Direct recently held a Family Day planting trees in a new National Forest woodland at Overseal in Derbyshire. The day was part of PHS Direct's sponsorship of The National Forest and staff and their families attacked their task with gusto - despite very cold and windy January weather - and planted 150 trees. Aro...

New 21st century disinfection and hand sanitisation products set to zap the world's superbugs!

Hospital superbugs could become a thing of the past thanks to a new, long lasting disinfectant designed, tested and manufactured in the UK. The Genie Miracle sanitisation range has been proven to kill prominent the superbugs that are currently wreaking havoc throughout the world.[TRIMTO] Unlike some conventional sanitisers and disinfectants th...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Our newspapers here in the UK have been filled with stories in recent months regarding members of our armed forces returning from battle to inferior homes, inferior healthcare and ...

MagicArt Trolleys

Do you want to strengthen your image, service and professionalism? With 'MagicArt' Trolleys you can do just that! They are the new fantastic line of TTS Hotel Linen Trolleys, unique for their elegance, diversity of style, range of functions and attention to detail. Unlike most other trolleys in the market today, 'MagicArt' trolleys can be comp...

Pump and dispense fluids easily, safely and without waste

The New Zealand Pump Company's chemical resistant, FDA compliant, Japanese Food Hygiene Approved Ezi-action Drumpumps and Ezi-action Safety Measures have been proven around the world for safety and reliability for hand pumping and fluid transfer from drums and containers.[TRIMTO] With the ruggedly constructed polypropylene Ezi-action Drumpumps...

How to beat the BIG boys - What the giants of the industry just don't get

by our US correspondent, Ed Selkow I used to look forward to reading our trade journals. Services Magazine, Cleaning Management, Building Services Management and a couple long gone now. Those magazines weren't just bathroom reading for me, I would hang on every word, read every article and carefully read every single ad. Editors had names li...

The Cleaning Authority offers returning veterans great business opportunities

On Tuesday, The Cleaning Authority announced an exciting new offer for all qualified armed forces veterans-a full 50% off The Cleaning Authority's initial franchise fee. This is something The Cleaning Authority is proud to offer, and it also believes it is good business.[TRIMTO] "As a veteran myself, I fully understand the importance of servin...

Jangro Member wins top Deb Award

Jangro Member, Cutler Cleaning Supplies from Macclesfield, has won the Gold Award in the fiercely contested competition 'Deb Elite of the Year'.[TRIMTO] Some 60 independent Deb distributors from the 16-year old The Deb Elite Distributor scheme entered for one of three Awards - Gold, Silver and Bronze. Judging is based on sales performance, ...

Yet another landmark building cleaning contract win for Principle

With another iconic building to add to its impressive portfolio, Principle Cleaning Services tells us it is delighted to have won a high status contract for the prestigious Lloyd's of London at One Lime Street.[TRIMTO] Lloyd's is not a company and the building is not open to the public. It is the world's leading insurance market where members...

Speed manufacturing finds a new home

UK cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland, renowned for its 'speed manufacturing' policy that sees an unrivalled order to delivery turnaround in only four days, has found a new home. With hundreds of distributors around the UK, as well as in Europe, Greyland is now one of the country's leading cleaning chemicals manufacturers, but after 13 y...

At last - some good news for the UK Cleaning Equipment & Materials industry

...p 714 companies in the market, it is the ultimate guide to performance in the market. Readers of Cleanzine are entitled to a £50 discount of this new special edition of the Plimsoll Industry Analysis - Cleaning Equipment & Materials. Call 01642 626400 for further details and quote reference PR/SV18. ...

Kennedy introduces the new Ellipse range

Kennedy Hygiene Products has announced the introduction of the Ellipse range, its completely redesigned washroom dispenser line that defines Kennedy`s new approach to integrated product design.[TRIMTO] The Ellipse range brings a highly modern and attractive look to Kennedy`s tried-and-tested robust and best-in-class, service-friendly, washroom...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   I believe it was six ISSA/Interclean Amsterdams ago that my Cleanzine leader focused on our need to avoid spreading germs by  perhaps 'going European' - and instead ...

Renowned German cleaning machine manufacturer appoints Wrennalls as UK agent

The Wrennalls Group, a Lancashire based cleaning consultancy, is celebrating a 'coup' having brokered an exciting import agreement to work exclusively with German based floor cleaning machine manufacturer, Columbus Cleaning Machines. This new operation will trade as Columbus Cleaning Machines and operate as a division of the Wrennalls Group.[TRIM...

A high performance service for a high performance business - GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace, a first tier supplier of highly complex composite and metallic aerostructures and engine products to the global aviation industry, recently awarded a five-year facilities services contract valued at over £5 million to OCS.[TRIMTO] At the company's Filton and Western Approach sites, OCS will provide cleaning services for of...

British Cleaning Council holds 30th Anniversary Reception in Palace of Westminster

The British Cleaning Council held its 30th Anniversary Reception at the Houses of Parliament this week, with over 45 stakeholders past and present in attendance.[TRIMTO] The event was led by Mark Woodhead, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, who used his speech to draw attention to the BCC's achievements since 1982, while looking at some...

New sanitisation products claim to Kill H5N1 Super Virus

H5N1 Avian Bird Flu is a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but strains of avian influenza virus have already affected pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. Avian Influenza can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, vehicles and equipment and personn...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! In my home town of Epsom I'm so disgusted by the rubbish strewn about at weekends as a result of the previous night's partying (everyone else's - not mine!) that I telephone...

An Olympic start to the year for Principle Cleaning!

Principle Cleaning Services tells us it is delighted to have secured the contract to clean accommodation which G4S is using to prepare its staff for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.[TRIMTO] G4S is the world's leading international security solutions group. With a heritage going back over a century and, with more than 625,000 emplo...

LPM Cleaning goes 'quackers' in support of Brainwave children's charity

LPM Cleaning & Support Services has joined with numerous companies in and around the North West to support Brainwave, a charity which aims to realise the potential of children with developmental delay, brain injuries and genetic conditions.[TRIMTO] The UK contract cleaning specialist is one of a number of organisations sponsoring a giant d...

Envirionix gains Food Safety Certification on Eco-Safe Cleaning Solutions

Envirionix, manufactures of a range of non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning solutions, is delighted that two of its cleaning products have passed food taint tests conducted by Campden BRI to BS EN ISO4120: 2007. Envirionix ES Cleaner and Stain Remover, together with Envirionix QA combined cleaner and disinfectant, have met the requirements of the...

Combo: the big, ride-on machine from Italy

RCM says that that this is the most modern solution for the thorough cleaning and maintenance of large areas in which time (without sacrificing quality of cleaning) is the most important factor.[TRIMTO] The idea of the 'Combo' is to gather together the following functions in a single machine: Sweep, Wash and Dry separately (both in collection ...

OspreyDeepclean introduces the new SteamForce range

March sees the launch of a completely new range by OspreyDeepclean, replacing many of its previous models, targeted at cleaning professionals both within general contract cleaning and industrial applications alike.[TRIMTO] SteamForce is the result of further collaboration between the UK's OspreyDeepclean and the German based Frank divisions of...

Achieve professional results in the shortest time with Window Vac

Karcher has launched its latest innovation, the Window Vac. Thought to be the first of its kind, this new product sucks surfaces bone dry, streak free and makes it easier than ever to achieve crystal clear windows in an instant. It's also perfect for removing liquid from mirrors, shower screens, tiles, condensation from windows and even spills fr...

Exterior cleaning: System solutions ensure economical street cleansing and grounds maintenance

Clean open spaces, streets and green areas have an important influence on how attractive a town or residential area is. Nowadays there is a multitude of machines and pieces of equipment available for the cleaning and maintenance of such areas. [TRIMTO]Often, for reasons of false economy, people fall back on the cheapest machines. However, su...

Jigsaw gives new hospital Royal treatment

New healthcare cleaning methods being adopted at a newly opened £90 million state-of-the-art development at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester, are already paying dividends.[TRIMTO] Hope Building at Salford Royal has opened as part of the Trust's £200 million redevelopment programme, with the domestic management...

Surface cleaning the 'green' way:lLiability and risk management - does it make cents?

...of useful information for those involved in exterior cleaning in most of the 148 countries in which Cleanzine is read. Enjoy! [TRIMTO] For several years now, there has been a 'buzz' about the benefits of green indoor cleaning products and methods. However, there has been very minimal attention focused on how we can implement green cleaning tech...

PikStik enables you to pick with ease

The PikStik range of reachers and grabbers is now available in the UK from EWCT, part of the Disposables UK Group of companies. PikStik, an American brand, has been in the business of building and marketing reaching tools for over 20 years and has innovated the market with creative inventions such as the PikStik Pro, the TrashStik and the Tele...

New ways of working at height demand the highest training standards

Cleaning and maintaining buildings often involves the need to work at height. The obvious requirement that springs to mind is window cleaning; however there is a much broader range of complex building support services which involves the need to work at high levels. This includes gutter clearances, bird proofing, roof repairs, cleaning of extract...

Hydro Tek introduces its new Industrial Cold Wash Skid CPS Series

Built with the same quality and industrial components put into the company's hot water power washers and offering pressures up to 5000 psi, this Cold Wash Skid is ready for some serious cleaning. There are six petrol powered models with a diesel powered power washer also available. The remote four gallon petrol tank allows for long run times a...

The Truvox TruSweep 460 is sweeping across Britain

The TruSweep 460, announced by Truvox International less than a year ago, is already making an impact by sweeping up leaves, cigarette ends and general litter in car parks, around office buildings, in loading bays, warehouses and industrial units all over Britain.[TRIMTO] As the machine does not use electricity, it does not pose a risk of peop...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Although John and I have been heavily involved in the glamorous KBB industry (Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms) for some years now, our cleaning pedigree goes back even further. Cleanzin...

Rubbermaid's new 'Clean Look' range elevates washroom experience for all

Rubbermaid Commercial Products has unveiled its new Clean Look range of air care, surface care and skincare systems, all carrying the same coordinated look and sleek, contemporary styling that is designed to deliver an enhanced washroom experience for every user.[TRIMTO] The Clean Look family comprises different products drawn from the Air Car...

Survey reveals professionals "unclear about proper cleaning / disinfecting procedures"

An incredible 68% of respondents to P&G Professional's recent 'Cleaning & Disinfecting Clarity' survey indicated that they believe that to clean and disinfect a surface, you have twice as much work on your hands. In other words, cleaning and disinfecting are two separate tasks.[TRIMTO] This finding confirms what P&G Professional ex...

Find a flexible trolley solution with new VoleoFlex

Vileda Professional has announced the launch of its new VoleoFlex tailor-made compact trolley, designed to be used with the company's microfibre flat mopping systems - Swep and UltraSpeed..[TRIMTO] "At Vileda Professional we understand the demands of operating an effective, efficient cleaning service," comments Karen Barker, Marketing Manager ...

bpi.recycled products makes £multi-million investment into new recycling capabilities

The ability of the cleaning industry to employ greener products is set to receive a welcome boost thanks to leading manufacturer of refuse and recycling sacks, bpi.recycled products.[TRIMTO] The business has just commissioned a brand new, state-of-the-art, waste wash plant at its Rhymney factory in South Wales, which will enable it to strength...

Washroom Products in the Education & Health Sector UK 2012 - 2016: report published

Forecasts for 2012 indicate that the commercial washrooms market is likely to achieve modest growth at 2%, supported by new build and refurbishment activity in the leisure and entertainment sectors and the build up to the Olympics. It is expected that commercial washroom spending in both the health and education end-use sectors will reduce by 7% ...

Premiere Products announces exciting new partnership

Premiere Products has been known as a reputable manufacturer of top quality cleaning chemicals and machines for many years now. Established in 1924, the company remains focused on the customer service, technical support, product quality, innovation and choice for which it is renowned.[TRIMTO] Yesterday, the company announced an exciting new pa...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I said it at the start of last year's public sector strikes and I'll say it again. Now is not the time for workers disgruntled about their pay and conditions to down tools and stop...

Healthcare acquired superbug infections on the rise

Concern is growing worldwide regarding the number of patients acquiring superbug infections during their hospital confinement. Healthcare-Associated Infections cause 16 million extra days of hospital stay in Europe and 37,000 attributed deaths. They also contribute to an additional 110,000 deaths every year. The financial losses estimated at appr...

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council extends waste contract with Acumen

The successful partnership between Acumen Distribution and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, which saw kerbside recycling rates more than double from 26% to 55% in just eight months, has resulted in Acumen's contract being extended until 2016. In addition, the Council has expanded its agreement with the company to include the collection of r...

Free webinar on how to improve PPE compliance being staged next month

Diversified technology company 3M is to host a free interactive webinar on Personal Protective Equipment compliance as part of its 'safety spotlight' series. Taking place on Thursday 19th April at midday (GMT), it is the latest in a series of free webinars that 3M is hosting throughout 2012 and will offer practical advice around the issues of ...

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam offers exciting seminar programme

Leading experts are addressing the most significant trends in the industry in an exciting seminar programme during ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam, world's leading trade fair for cleaning professionals. The sessions will cover subjects such as doing business worldwide, preventing the spread of infection, the new ways of working and the aging population...

bpi.recycled products reveals MDD plans

With this year's MDD Expo in Paris rapidly approaching, bpi.recycled products has announced its plans for the international trade exhibition for the retail, wholesale and distribution sectors. At the event, the British-based business will not only be promoting its range of high performance refuse and recycling sacks but it will also be looking to...

ServiceMaster awarded national accreditation for environmental clean-up efforts

ServiceMaster has achieved ISO 14001 Environmental Accreditation following successful efforts to improve its carbon footprint. The British Standards accreditation was awarded after Leicester based ServiceMaster introduced an Environmental Management System project to help reduce wastage, improve on recycling and save on electricity use in the ...

Injuries sustained through fall from chemical storage tank lead to fine

A Cheshire worker could have been killed when he fell from the top of a chemical storage tank, a court has heard. The 44-year-old from Bala, North Wales, had been carrying out maintenance work on the tank at a plant in Widnes when the chemical vapour inside set alight, causing an explosion. The worker, who has asked not to be named, was thrown...

New Vectair product set to revolutionise feminine hygiene unit servicing

Vectair Systems UK has a long track of offering the cleaning and hygiene industry innovative, high quality products that break the mould. The company's latest product launch looks set to maintain that tradition. The Femcare Antimicrobial System is a groundbreaking solution that the company believes will revolutionise the way in which feminine hyg...

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David Garcia elected vice president of the CHSA In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, founder and former chairman of Polaris Plastics, David Garcia, has been elected vice president of the CHSA. David has been an active member of the CHSA for many years. He is currently serving a...

CMS Berlin 2015 ends with outstanding results

For Messe Berlin, CMS Berlin 2015 - Cleaning.Management.Services, was an all-round success, which witnessed record exhibitor numbers and visitor attendance, a fantastic atmosphere and outstanding business. More than 20,000 representatives attended the exhibition, including some 17,000 trade visitors (2013: 16,200) from 66 countries (2013: 65)....

'Protecting London' gives interactive insight into management of iconic UK buildings

Facilities Show, the UK's largest event for the facilities management industry, has commissioned 'Protecting London', a series of videos, articles and infographics to provide an insight into how some of the most prestigious buildings and projects in the country are managed. Using exclusive videos and interviews, the series incorporates a behin...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The press releases sent to me by companies exhibiting at ISSA/Interclean next month have been trickling in over recent weeks but the pace is now quickening as this much anticipated ex...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The Easter break was a typical one it seems. Far too much chocolate - and the weather changed for the worse (in the UK) improving just in time for the return to work as usual. O...

Meet Rocky!

With a fast growing customer base across Europe, KGS Diamond Group has expanded its floor finishing and refurbishment product range even further with a cleverly designed mobile system that polishes and renovates terrazzo; marble; concrete and natural stones with ease.[TRIMTO] KGS Rocky is a revolutionary 'all-in-one' system designed with clean...

Cleaning firm fined over porter's death at Bolton hospital

A cleaning company has been fined £175,000 after a hospital porter was killed by an industrial waste compactor in Bolton. Peter Bonomy's neck was broken when the lid on the large metal container slammed down on him at the Royal Bolton Hospital in Farnworth in 2006.[TRIMTO] His employer, ISS Mediclean, was prosecuted by the Health & S...

We have Mail: What is clean?

... Dear Jan, I read with interest the e-mail from Rafael Cobos, which was published in last week's Cleanzine. I agree with Rafael's view, but please allow me to share two comments with your readers concerning his statement.[TRIMTO] It is true that a proper clean followed by rinsing is more effective than one step cleaning, but only in cases ...

3M's new matting really makes an entrance!

It's not what you pay for your entrance matting that determines its true cost, but how much it can save you in annual cleaning and maintenance costs over its lifetime.[TRIMTO] That's the message behind the launch of 3M's new Nomad Aqua Series Textile Entrance Matting, the latest evolution in the company's innovative range of high performance e...

Grout discoloration problem rectified at Rolls-Royce showroom

Truvox distribution partner, Cleaning Systems UK of Cupar in Fife, has solved a problem for Murray Rolls-Royce in Edinburgh after the refurbishment of the Rolls-Royce showroom floor with cream limestone tiles created cleaning difficulties. "Cleaning the new tiles with a conventional mop just didn't shift the dirt that gathered in the grouting"...

MITIE's new Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma revolutionises cleaning

MITIE, the strategic outsourcing and energy services company, is investing heavily in a Lean Six Sigma team that will help to revolutionise the way cleaning services can be delivered. The Lean Environment team is headed by Jon Lightowler who is a qualified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.[TRIMTO] Lean Six Sigma cleaning operations are alre...

Toucan play: Regent first major contractor to adopt cleaning innovation

Regent Cleaning believes it is the first major UK contractor to adopt a groundbreaking innovation in cleaning solutions development. The Coventry-based contractor is standardising the use of Toucan-Eco - a natural, cost-effective and simple system for disinfection and cleaning using a solution made from tap water, salt and a small electrical i...

CK Group to launch new OxyPharm disinfection at AHCP event

Healthcare cleaning specialist CK Group will be launching its latest product for infection control during the Association of Healthcare Professionals (AHCP) annual Conference held from 11-13th June at Telford International Exhibition & Conference Centre.[TRIMTO] The OxyPharm System is an effective whole area bio-disinfection solution for w...

RJC Cleaning to distribute award-winning Kaivac system in UK

RJC Cleaning Solutions has been appointed as UK Distributor for the award-winning Kaivac 'No-Touch' Cleaning System. "We are looking to reconnect Kaivac to its customer base in the UK and offer an excellent service, full training in the use of the equipment - and, of course, the supply of equipment, parts and servicing," Richard Johnson, Sales...

New Eco-Friendly Washcloth saves money and the environment

Synergy Health has launched the economical and eco-friendly Essentials Washcloth. This maceratable, single-use, dry cleansing wipe is part of the company's new value range of patient hygiene products, aimed at saving both money and the environment.[TRIMTO] This cost-effective product is a heavyweight dry wipe and is highly absorbent, with high...

Learn how to get the best out of your cleaning equipment batteries

Trojan Battery Company, which sells its deep-cycle batteries around the globe, has this week launched 'Trojan Tips' - a video tutorial series designed to expand awareness of deep-cycle battery technology. It provides in-depth information focusing on a variety of battery topics such as deep-cycle battery technologies, maintenance practices, chargi...

Karcher repeats its £100 cashback scheme and vac competition

Karcher has announced the repeat of its highly successful £100 cashback incentive on new Karcher HDS hot water pressure washers. For every HDS machine (excluding upright models) sold through a participating Karcher dealer before 30th June 2012, Karcher will reward the customer with a cheque for £100. [TRIMTO] On top of the ...

Brayborne secures three new local authority contracts and BP Pangborne

Berkshire based Brayborne Cleaning Services has had confirmation of three new contracts for Hampshire County Council . The contractor has been awarded Brookfield Community School & Language College , Hamble Community School and Thornden School. All these contracts are for a minimum term of three years with possible extensions to a maximum ...

VDM presents 'DMX' - the evolution of the MX project

Innovative, with technological solutions that make it really special, the new series of DMX multiservice trolleys represents the evolution of Italian manufacturer VDM's MX project...[TRIMTO] This line, designed to cope with the diverse demands of the contract cleaning market, includes all the features needed to clean in every type of environme...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   The story in today's issue about the incredible efforts made by US college students to win the nationwide recycling race both inspired and disappointed me. 'Inspired' ...

Jangro Belfast refurbishes Olympic Torch

When Olympic Torch carrier Andrew Miller received his torch to carry across Belfast he thought it looked a bit worse for its travels, so he made a slight detour and called in Jangro Member Interclean for advice.[TRIMTO] Surprised Interclean Director Railton Snape was quick to produce the best cleaning tool for the task - a Jangro microfibre cl...

Vermopping the UK

German mopping systems and cleaning equipment manufacturer Vermop has opened a subsidiary in the UK to serve customers throughout the British Isles and Ireland.[TRIMTO] Operating from modern commercial premises in Guildford, Surrey, just minutes from the M25 London orbital and the rest of the UK motorway network, the establishment of Vermop UK...

Kitchenmaster to introduce full range in Amsterdam

Kitchenmaster has been manufacturing high quality cleaning and hygiene products for over 30 years at the purpose built plant just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland. These products are supplied to a worldwide customer base - they are despatched to distributors across Ireland, UK, Europe and the UAE. Kitchenmaster manufactures and deliver over two ...

Image Office Cleaning's emergency response team gives FMs peace of mind

Image Office Cleaning's emergency response team was recently called out urgently by client Knight Frank late one evening to clean and dry carpets soaked as a result of a leaking ceiling VAV system. Without the team's fast response, a high level meeting planned for the next day would have been postponed. "Calls for help like this occur more fre...

OCS brews up contract with Typhoo

OCS has strengthened its contract with one of Britain's best loved tea brands, Typhoo, to provide office and factory cleaning at its site in Moreton on the Wirral peninsula.[TRIMTO] A strong relationship with the client developed after a workwear contract was secured in 2006 - and, since 2008, OCS has provided high level cleaning to the factor...

British Cleaning Council announces details of its 2012 Conference

The British Cleaning Council has announced plans for its 2012 annual conference, which will take place at Coin Street Conference Centre on London's South Bank on 23rd October. The day will be focused on Business Efficiency and Innovation, as a distinguished and high-profile speaker line-up will offer the best and most creative solutions to the...

Swisher unveils new look in the UK

Swisher, one of the UK's leading contract hygiene service providers, announces its renewed business focus and new look, complete with a raft of innovative products to complement its existing service offering.[TRIMTO] Swisher has been providing comprehensive and cost-effective washroom services, delivering excellent levels of hygiene in the UK ...

CMS delivers retirement boost for Karcher UK employees

More than 180 staff at Karcher in Banbury can look forward to a more prosperous retirement thanks to CMS Financial Management. The Bicester-based independent pension specialist has slashed the costs of Karcher UK's corporate pension plan by 20%,enabling its employees to enjoy a better pension. Karcher UK has given a ringing endorsement to t...

Penske racing driver AJ Allmendinger 'Takes the Challenge' with Scott Pro Shop Towels

The Scott Pro Shop Towels brand, a professional-grade clean up solution designed for automotive DIYers, yesterday announced a new partnership with AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.[TRIMTO] AJ Allmendinger will serve as the official spokesperson for the Scott Pro Shop Towels 'T...

Getting all the pieces in place: clean, green and steam for Jigsaw

UK cleaning systems provider, Jigsaw Cleaning Systems has expanded its product range after signing a distribution agreement with OspreyDeepclean. The agreement covers the UK and allows Jigsaw to distribute Osprey's industrial dry steam cleaning equipment to a variety of different sectors, including healthcare, transport, leisure and hospitalit...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! CORRECTION: The original link below provided in yesterdays broadcast issue was incorrect. Please use the link below in this version. ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam kicks off ...

GNB Industrial Power unveils additions to its battery range

GNB Industrial Power, a division of Exide Technologies, has announced the addition of two new batteries in its Sonnenschein line of products, as well as unveiling an improved version of its innovative spiral wound battery.[TRIMTO] For cleaning machines GNB has developed the new Sonnenschein GF 12 076V, which has improved high current tolerance...

Tech-Clean's new Trailer Mount System

This powerful new Trailer Mount System from Tech-Clean, one of the UK's leading pressure washer innovators, is totally self-contained and powers 2 pressure washing lances or 2 gum spotter lances at the same time.[TRIMTO] The 8 x 4 twin axle trailer is kitted out with a 17hp Kubota diesel driven pressure washer yet technical developments mean t...

First high speed hand dryer to receive noise reduction accolade

Airdri, the responsible provider of sustainable hand drying systems, is believed to be the first in the high speed (fast dry) hand dryer category to be awarded the Quiet Mark for its new high speed hand dryer, The Classic+ MkII. The international mark of approval from the UK Noise Abatement Society encourages worldwide companies to include noi...

Coventry City Council endorses Ingot Services with renewed contract

A thriving Suffolk company has proved its continued success by once again winning a contract with Coventry City Council to provide kitchen extract cleaning for all its commercial kitchens. The Coventry City Council contract was, as before, put out to tender and Ingot's professionalism, competitive pricing and high standards once again won thro...

We have Mail: Vectair Systems' Matthew Wonnacott

Regular readers of Cleanzine may recall reading our reports on the life-threatening injuries inflicted on Vectair Systems' marketing manager Matthew Wonnacott, by a hit & run driver five months ago. We're delighted to report that Matthew is now on the road to recovery - although we understand that he won?t feel back to normal for around 16-...

Connect Hygiene Products to launch new foam soap range

Connect is launching a new range of foam soaps and dispensers under the Leonardo brand. The attractive, easily maintained dispensers are simple to use with a push bar operation benefiting those with reduced hand strength and suitable for high hand hygiene situations when using an elbow to dispense is the preferred option.[TRIMTO] With tran...

Natural bacteria help defeat the 'drought'

As the water authorities across the UK make contingency plans to combat the reduced reservoir and water table levels ( we are technically in a drought - although with the flash floods a visitor might be forgiven for thinking that we're not  - Ed ), one company based in Bath is helping businesses nationwide save water - and mo...

Jangro success in the North

Jangro Member Scott Janitorial of Keighley, North Yorkshire, celebrates 25 years of providing a daily janitorial supply and delivery service across the county. Founded in 1986, the business grew rapidly, particularly in the education, cleaning, healthcare and leisure sectors including small to very large organisations. Today it is one of the ...

Donna's shining in her new job

A Bootle woman who has spent the last nine years looking for a job has finally succeeded and, according to her boss, is really shining in her new role. Donna Reynolds, who has spent years applying for vacancies, is now employed by Alpha Cleaning Services, which undertakes commercial contracts in offices and business premises throughout the Nor...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! This time two years ago, many of us were wondering how (or if) we were going to be able to get out to ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam because the Icelandic volcano that had erupted was s...

Bio-enzymatic cleaners find new use: restoring masterpieces

Researchers at the Institute of Heritage Restoration and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, are cleaning 17th-century frescos using what the professional cleaning industry knows as bio-enzymatic cleaners, reports Robert Kravitz.[TRIMTO] Bio-enzymatic cleaners are formulated with specific enzymes and 'good' bacteria that essentially...

Welcome to Unger’s new age of nLite’ment

Unger is ushering in a new age of enlightenment with the launch of HiFlo nLite – which it says is the most advanced water-fed pole system to hit the market in years.[TRIMTO] This latest innovation from Unger - the company that provides smart cleaning solutions to more than 80 countries worldwide - will change the way that windows and fa&...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners installs new Master

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners held its annual ceremony of Installation at the medieval St Olaveís Church within the City of London, recently.  Following the ancient traditions of the City Liveries, Mr Peter W.J. Robb was installed  as Master for the year ensuing. Mrs Maureen A. Marden was installed as Senior...

ISSA's Mark Armitage to retire

Although he’d warned us at the last ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam that it was coming, Cleanzine was sad to learn that popular international cleaning industry figure Mark Armitage, has officially announced that he will be retiring from his position as ISSA Director of Exhibition Services (Europe) with effect from 30th June 2012.[TRIMTO] Ma...

No compromise on cleanliness, says poll

  Making sure premises are clean and safe is a priority for the public sector despite current cutbacks, says a new opinion poll. The online survey by healthcare cleaning industry blog site www.cleanleanhealthcare.org concluded that cleanliness and safety is the most pressing issue for public sector institutions, with 40% of the vote. ...

City Of London bins that broadcast news - and recycle newspapers

In January, Renew Solution launched its innovative, high-tech information and recycling units in The City of London after being awarded a 21 year contract through a tender from The City to tackle the problem of free papers littering the streets of the Square Mile.[TRIMTO] After years in research & development, Renew's solution is an 'intel...

Simple ladder carrying gadget wins two awards

Strap-n-Go, the developer of the Strap-n-Go line of ladder handle products and accessories, has won two awards for its patent pending Ladder Handle system.[TRIMTO] The US National Safety Advisory Council honoured Strap-n-Go Ladder Handle with the ?Top Safety Innovation Award?, as the most innovative product that will keep employees safe and in...

NHS selects SoChlor in advanced infection control tender

NHS hospitals and clinics in the UK will soon have a new range of state-of-the art infection prevention products available from NHS Supply Chain. GV Health's SoChlor environmental disinfection range has been approved by NHS pharmacists and selected by NHS Supply Chain for use throughout the NHS in the recent advanced infection control tender.[TRI...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Welcome to our Show Daily. The second day of the show was busy, with everyone we spoke to very happy with the level of business they were doing. Many mentioned the div...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Welcome to the first of our ISSA/Interclean Dailies; designed to give you a flavour of the show and what you can expect to see and do here if you’re coming along… and wha...

Plum

John had told me about a helpful stranger from Denmark who'd come to his aid when his laptop gave up on him at a show in Poland three years ago, so when he saw the gentleman on stand 04.327 he recognised him immediately. Bo Winther Barkholt from Plum, told us: “Every time we’re here we have a great show and it’s been the same th... ISSA/Interclean 2012: some facts ·          At 50,000 square metres, the show is the biggest ever ·          There are 690 exhibitors from 42 countries ·          180 exhibitors are here ...

Italian manufacturer Adiatek has given birth to a new Baby

- a single-brush scrubbing machine with 35 cm working width, which is powered by batteries with a built-in charger. "Our 'Baby' is perfect for cleaning floors in environments which have very small dimensions, such as offices, shops, workshops, taverns, terraces, private pools and any other environment that has very narrow passages," explained the...

Cromwell Polythene

Cromwell Polythene is using the exhibition to relaunch its clinical waste sacks range, which makes extensive use of star seal technology to maximise carrying capacity, while optimising leak resistance. "Star seal technology enables bags to be manufactured without gussets, eliminating gaps along the seals where leaks sometimes occur," explained...

Altiplas-TBI Group

French manufacturer Altiplas-TBI Group’s (10.507) new lockable Ecodis H-DIS Dispenser rather cleverly accepts hand towel rolls of almost any length and from 190mm to 215mm wide, or sheets of different formats and lengths, for distribution sheet-by-sheet or in flat format, without the need for a complex internal mechanism. Comprising plas...

Alfa HygiCare

Dutch company Alfa HygiCare’s (D11.128) new ‘Untouchable’ faucets and dispensers look the part but they’re not all about being aesthetic – they’re practical too. Perfectly combining the functionalities of a faucet and a soap dispenser, they’re ideal for the healthcare and food industries.[TRIMTO] The U...

Seminar Programme

Leading experts are addressing the most significant trends in the industry in an exciting seminar programme during ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam, world's leading trade fair for cleaning professionals. The sessions will cover subjects such as doing business worldwide, preventing the spread of infection, the new ways of working and the aging population. [TRIMTO] ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Welcome to the second issue of the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam Daily from Cleanzine. Despite the rain (a first in my many trips to this lovely city!) the show got off to a very ...

Innovation Awards 2012

Vermop Salmon's Mag mopping system, which had so impressed John and me when we first saw it at CMS Berlin in September, was announced the overall winner. The winning team were clearly delighted and so were we as this cleverly designed mopping system, which uses magnets to attach the mophead to the mop. is unlike anything we've ever seen before. ...

Category winner - Machines, accessories and components:

The B 80 W from Karcher is an 80-litre walk-behind scrubber dryer designed for areas between 1500 and 3000 square metres. Simplicity and time saving are the key criteria for any user when purchasing a machine like this, and the B 80 W meets those needs. One of the features that impressed the judges most was the intelligent RFID key system. This c...

Category winner – Cleaning Management and Training Solutions

Infection Prevention Monitor (IPM) from Alpheios, offers hospitals and other healthcare institutions a practical insight into how they are dealing with protocols for infection prevention, and how the risk of cross-contamination can be avoided in their buildings Independent hygienists carry out inspections using the IPM app on an iPad, the... Visitor’s Choice winner: For the first time, the visitors had a chance to vote for their favourite nominee. They selected category winner Alpheios with its IPM as winner of this year’s competition. Amsterdam Innovation Award supports African water project The Amsterdam Innovation Award supports the African Medical & R... Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart: an overview on trends One of the highlights of the awards ceremony was the presentation made by Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart. We thought 2010’s keynote speaker couldn’t be equalled but here again, we were held enthralled as we were surprised with new facts and figures and given lots to think about. ...

Bay West

Wausaupaper’s Gary Rudemiller (vice president operations towel & tissue and Michael Wildenberg (senior vice president towel & tissue) are visiting the show from Kentucky in the US and are shown here with some of the Bay West Europe team. Disposables UK holds the licence to manufacture and sell Wausaupaper’s Bay West ran...

HTC

Swedish company HTC’s divisional business manager Andrew Baird was demonstrating the Twister diamond cleaning system as we walked past. We knew people were singing the system’s praises so stopped to find out more. "The secret behind this system’s outstanding results is mechanical cleaning with billions of microscopic diamonds...

Proandre

We really liked the new orange and blue colours on Proandre’s stand and our words of praise soon persuaded the team to pose for a photo for us. In the centre is Jose Vilches, who distributes Proandre’s products in France. Proandre is a Spanish firm with international presence, dedicated to the production and istribution of hyg...

Toucan Eco

Since its launch in March 2011 the Toucan Eco system has challenged the way that environmentally friendly chemicals are produced. Using only tap water and salt, this amazing device employs electrochemical activation to produce an effective disinfectant and cleaner in three minutes on the spot... No need for packaging, distribution costs o...

Kimberly-Clark

We're all worried about the spread of germs in the workplace and Kimberly-Clark has come up with a great way of ensuring that all the products we need to keep ourselves and our immediate workplaces clean as part of its Healthy Workplace Project, (ably outlined to us by the company's Richard Millard - but more of that later).[TRIMTO] The hygien...

Truvox

Something was different about the Truvox stand (01.407) this year but it wasn't until we stepped onto it that we realised why... It had a much more international flavour. Indeed, on closer inspection, we noticed that the stand staff had the names of the other brands the company represents - Tacony, Powrflite and CFR embroidered on their...

Gojo

...rsquo;s Mike Sullivan (thanks for recognising me Mike despite the 16-year old photo that appears on Cleanzine each week!) told us that this ‘next generation’ of hand hygiene solutions has been created through a combination of hi-tech research and development, industry knowledge and customer feedback. The result is, he said, the most exc...

OspreyDeepclean

"Harnessing the power of Nature" is the theme of the OspreyDeepclean stand this year, explained the firm's Enrique Mena. That's why a windmill features so prominently on the stand - which of course is all about the cleaning power of water - in the form of steam to be precise. A windmill may have been the centrepoint of the stand - but the...

Vectair

We were delighted to see Vectair’s Matthew Wonnacott braving the crowds to show us how well he’s recovered from the attack by a hit and run driver last November, which nearly claimed his life… Horrified though to hear that the police and even paramedics had thought he was simply ‘drunk & disorderly’ and had made...

Miniskills competition

After chatting to Peta and Alan Tilley from Prochem Europe (06.102) and learning more about the Royal Warrant of Appointment to HM The Queen, which the company was granted this year for the supply of carpet cleaning products (no mean feat that, as we learned, so congratulations Prochem!) we took some time out from speaking to all the ma...

Vileda

Just when you think you've seen everything you can when it comes to waste bins, along comes Vileda Professional (04.307)! We were really surprised to discover that these bins aren't actually made from stainless steel, but are instead, plastic! This means they look smart and expensive, but are not prone to some of the problems one finds with stain...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Welcome to the final issue of this year’s ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam Daily. I have to apologise for any spelling mistakes etc that you’ve had to put up with over the week b...

Contico

"It's all a blur!" exclaimed a delighted Vernon Holmes when we visited the Contico stand at the end of the week. Most readers will know that the company was recently taken into new ownership by mill operator Robert Scott & Sons. Contico has been a major and popular player in the professional janitorial sector for the past 37 years and the acquisition by Robert Scott & Sons will both enhance and secure the company's future in the supply and manufacturing of its range of added value, manual cleaning products.  ...

Unger

Unger is showcasing its new HiFlo nLite water-fed pole system and Dave Rogers - like us, all the way from the UK - told us it has been attracting a lot of interest. "This will change the way that windows and façades are cleaned forever by combining the best features of our telescopic and modular poles into a brand new system that deli...

bpi

Rachael Barton and the team from BPI Recycled Products (said to be Europe's largest recycler of waste polythene) exhanged the the beautiful peaks of Derbyshire with Amsterdam and its many canals, in the hope of making contact with potential new distributors for Europe - initially for Western Europe and the Benelux countries but also with those from further afield. You can find them on stand 11.106.[TRIMTO] T: +441723841848 E: W: www.thegreensack.co.uk ...

Lucart Group

Regular readers of Cleanzine might remember our report from the Pulire show in Verona last year, in which we publicised our admiration of Italian company Lucart and the way it operates. Eco Natural Lucart spearheads the new generation of ecological paper, in as much as it is made by recycling the cellulose fibres found in beverage...

Spot the birdie

... receive a prize well worth having. If the winner is a supplier - a month's worth of advertising in Cleanzine - if a contract cleaner or end-user a profile on the service you offer - all completely free of charge. When you consider that each of our advertisements receives, on average, 100 click-throughs each week, you'll see that this is one d...

Electrolux

We’ve uncovered yet another great innovation being launched at the show – this time from Electrolux. The company’s new Abecs laundering system can double the life of any manufacturer’s microfibre cloths and mops whilst controlling the spread of bacteria on surfaces and the cloths and mops themselves. Microfibre cloth...

Premiere Products

We were surprised to find long-established UK company Premiere Products slap in the middle of the American Pavilion this year! Were we just about to discover a surprise company takeover?  "Nothing of the sort," explained an amused MD Dr Ken Barnes, "We booked the stand in Las Vegas, and I'm an American, so a certain assumption wa...

TreColli

What a great way to find a comfortable seat when you work for a roller brush company! This amusing conversation piece was found on the TreColli stand and by the looks of it being thoroughly appreciated by a clearly delighted Elisa Ferrari between dealing with visitors. Verona based TreColli is a major supplier to the manufacturers of the world...

Macro

The Snappy is the latest machine to join the range of well designed and innovative machines from Italian manufacturer Macro. While step-on scrubber-driers are not completely new, its the little ideas that go to make this one so neat. First of all, the operator space is in the centre of the machine, not only good for balance, but also for support for the operator's back, to reduce fatigue during the 3.5 hours battery run time. And then there's the easy access for maintenance simply by removing the front panel as shown.  ...

TomCat Edge

"Chemical free stripping: help the environment while saving money and just use water to remove floor finish", claims US firm TomCat whose Edge series machines have been creating a great deal of attention at trade shows around the world. The Edge system combined with their maroon prep pad prepares a floor for quick and easy recoat. The oscillating head doesn't fling water away from the cleaning area so less water is required to clean! And because it uses less energy than disk units you get longer run time per charge. ...

Hako

The new Hako-Jonas 800E sweeper combines the compact dimensions of a walk-behind with the efficiency and convenience of a ride-on. Sabine Paul (left) and new colleage Viviane Bolz (right) told us that the manoeuvrability, full visibilty of the work area and comforable seating position together with incredibly easy operating procedures make this ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Welcome to our round-up of last week's highly successful ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam - all in one place for you, as well as some of the final day's items that couldn't mak...

LPM Cleaning & Support Services wins Zenos Outstanding Supplier Award 2011-2012

Further underlining its ongoing commitment to innovation, service delivery, quality and value for money, UK contract cleaning specialist LPM Cleaning & Support Services has been presented with the Outstanding Supplier Award 2011-2012 by IT support training provider Zenos. For Zenos National Facilities Manager Rob Cooknell, LPM is a worthy ...

ISSA/Interclean 2012: show review

  W:  www.kcprofessional.com Lucart Group Regular readers of Cleanzine might remember our report from the Pulire show in Verona last year, in which we publicised our admiration of Italian company Lucart and the way it operates. Eco Natural Lucart spearheads the new generation of ecological paper, ...

Crothall Healthcare releases Infection Prevention White Paper

US environmental services provider Crothall Healthcare (said to be the only healthcare cleaning company to achieve CIMS and CIMS-GB certifications, with honours, from ISSA) has announced the release of its Infection Prevention White Paper. Thisvcomprehensive and exhaustively researched document summarises both the importance of environmental hygi...

Tork stand at ISSA was 'Designed for your convenience'

Tork products are 'Designed for your convenience' - that was the key message from SCA at ISSA/Interclean. The Tork stand incorporated a number of convenient features for visitors - including water bottles, protein bars and even a baker on hand to provide freshly-baked cinnamon buns. There was also a wash-station allowing visitors to freshen up...

JPM Contract Cleaners up for business award

Commercial cleaning specialist JPM Contract Cleaners has been shortlisted for a Regional Business Excellence Award. JPM is in the running for the award of 'Medium Business of the Year' - for those companies with a turnover of between £5m and £25m - and is up against stiff competition from an array of successful businesses.[TRIMTO] ...

Industry first for ServiceMaster Clean

Disaster restoration expert, ServiceMaster Clean, is pleased to announce that Christopher Friend based in East Kilbride, Scotland, has become the youngest individual, at 17, to be awarded British Damage Management Association technician status. ServiceMaster Clean specialises in disaster restoration services alongside commercial cleaning exper...

Tomcat's Clean Caddie offers auxiliary cleaning option

Yet another innovation that really impressed us at the show was the Clean Caddie by Tomcat. "This is an optional three-dimensional cleaning accessory that can be easily mounted to the Mini Mag series auto scrubber," explained a helpful William Koeppel.[TRIMTO] "Traditionally, automatic scrubbers clean one dimensionally on hard floor surfaces, ...

Rubbermaid Hygen Clean Water System awarded BICSc Accreditation

Everyone on the Rubbermaid Commercial Products stand, was delighted that the company's Hygen Clean Water System had been awarded a Cleaning System Standards Certificate of Accreditation from the British Institute of Cleaning Science.[TRIMTO] The BICSc accreditation scheme is designed to provide the industry with an independent assurance of fie...

Vikan: working smarter

Working smarter is the key to achieving a step-change improvement in hygienic performance and efficiency. Vikan demonstrated how you can gain 30% more efficiency and hygiene with the launch of three new tools at the show: a long handled dustpan and brush (pictured), a flip mop and a wall bracket. [TRIMTO] Vikan is striving to lead the way...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! An important report was released yesterday by the UK’s Cleaning & Support Services Association. ‘Employment Growth... The Case for Cleaning’ could have lessons f...

New initiative to help schools lead the way on reducing water pollution

The fact that much of the UK is still officially in drought, despite what felt like endless weeks of rain, is just the latest reminder of the importance of water conservation. Climate change and rapidly increasing population mean that the sustainable management of water is crucial if we are to meet future demand. A new initiative aims to help ...

Harry Hill highlights need for dog fouling equipment

I'm not a big fan of Harry Hill but when one of our readers told me Harry and the BBC's Dominic Littlewood had featured some dog fouling removal equipment on TV, I just had to find out more ( writes the editor ). Having watched the TV Burp sketch, I then clicked through to a more serious discussion of the piece of kit that had been featured. I...

New website for Principle Cleaning Services

Principle Cleaning Services has announce the redesign of its company website which has recently been given a 'new look' to bring it up to 2012 and is designed with the user in mind. With innovative, moving pictures on the interactive home page, it enables users to download even more information such as the latest press coverage, corporate brochu...

Hands-free hygienic cleaning solutions from Vileda Professional

Vileda Professional has announced the launch of the new Swep Duo Plus frame, which facilitates the easy and hygienic removal of dirty mops.[TRIMTO] "One of the main criteria required for infection control is to reduce the risk of cross contamination between areas," comments Karen Barker, Marketing Manager at Vileda Professional. "Bringing this...

Professional cleaning from Spain at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2012

Ed: I know we said last week that it was the final round-up of our Show report. However, we're still uncovering new information about it, which we'll be bringing you over the next few weeks. Here, ASFEL's Thais Rodriguez reports... The Spanish manufacturers of professional cleaning & hygiene products that participated with ASFEL (The Cle...

New study finds office kitchens and break rooms are 'crawling with bacteria'

If you thought the restroom was the epicentre of workplace germs you don't want to know about office break rooms and kitchens. The place where US workers eat and prepare their lunch topped the list of office germ 'hot-spots' with sink and microwave door handles found to be the dirtiest surfaces touched by office workers on a daily basis. ( Ed:...

40 year jubilee for cleaning contractor

When Tony Birkin launched his contract cleaning business in 1972, little did he imagine that 40 years on, the company would be celebrating '40 years of cleaning services you can rely on'. Over the last 40 years, Birkin Cleaning Services has gained a strong local reputation, managing both large and small cleaning contracts for offices, leisure ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Regular readers of Cleanzine will be well aware that I'm a strong supporter of fortnightly - rather than weekly - bin collections and that I've been an avid recycler since long before...

Quality triple score for the Wrennalls Group

The Wrennalls Group, a Lancashire based carpet cleaning consultancy, is celebrating a triumph for excellence across its management systems dealing with quality, health & safety and environmental accountability by achieving IS0 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management and BS OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety. The three accredi...

NHS hospital conducts trials in efficacy of electrolysed water as a sanitiser

Since November 2011, a London NHS hospital has been researching the effectiveness of electrolysed water as a potential sanitiser, to establish conclusively that existing global research into electrolysed water stands up to scrutiny. Chlorine, the long standing 'gold standard' within the NHS, is being trialled against acidic electrolysed water (hy...

Wheelie Bin 'Wash and Lift' is a really winner!

If you were to clean 150 bins a day; each step of the cleaning process must be repeated 150 times. Each stop and start would be tiring and time consuming - and, as we all know, time is money. Morclean's efficient system has been specifically designed to keep these steps to a minimum. There is no need to have to manoeuvre a wheelie bin inside a...

Rapid tests support FSA initiatives for safer food

Hygiena International is supporting the Food Standards Agency and local authorities by supplying simple, rapid test systems that provide instant information about surface cleanliness and the associated risks when a surface isn't clean.[TRIMTO] The tests assist food law enforcement officers in inspections by identifying hotspots and inadequate ...

Proandre: air fresheners come with a selection of fragrances

Proandre, the Spanish firm that produces hygiene systems for the washroom as well as accessories for the pest control business and distributes them around the globe, has launched two new air fresheners. Effective in spaces between 25m? and 60m? in size, Neo breeze is designed to create a pleasant and constantly perfumed environment, whilst rem...

Regent centre stage in 2012 Q1 new business gains

First quarter new business gains for Regent Samsic reveal the diversity of the company's experience in the UK cleaning and security sectors, both individually and combined. New sites on the company's books include one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts. At the heart of Bristol's harbourside, the Arnolfini (pictured) houses...

Sparkling out from the crowd, new company offers a sparkle clean service

After years of being instructed to sell homes that were sometimes less than perfect in their presentation, Tina Pearce, a former new homes sales director and her husband Mike, have set up Sparkles Southern. Sparkles Southern is a specialist company focussed on providing a comprehensive cleaning service for new homes developers and housebuilder...

Afa Dispensing Group celebrates 40 year anniversary

Dutch company Afa Dispensing Group (Afa), a world leader in technologically advanced liquid dispensing systems, is celebrating 40 years of packaging innovation.[TRIMTO] Thought to be first to introduce trigger sprayers in Europe back in 1972, Afa has marked the 40th anniversary of its trigger sprayers business with the opening of a brand new I...

Panztel launches advanced system for the management of remote workforces

Panztel, a pioneer of remote workforce electronic monitoring systems, has just launched its new eziTracker Scheduler. The culmination of an extensive R & D investment, eziTracker Scheduler is a comprehensive and fully integrated software platform for managing remote workforces and a significant evolutionary development of the company's market...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The eyes of the world have been on us in the UK this week as we celebrated Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - and bar the weather, I don't believe we disappointed! I daresay...

Mobile window cleaning system from Turkey gobbles up the dirt

Reverse osmosis (RO) is a filtration method that removes many types of large molecules and ions from water by applying pressure to the water when it is on one side of a selective membrane. The result is that the raw water is retained on the pressurised side of the membrane and the pure water allowed to pass to the other side.[TRIMTO] To be 'se...

Best Western introduces new cleaning technologies for hotels

As part of its continued dedication to lead the hospitality industry in customer care, Best Western International is rolling out its 'I Care Clean' programme throughout 2012 that will bring advanced cleaning technologies used in hospitals, such as UV wands and black lights, to the more than 2,100 Best Western hotels in North America.[TRIMTO] A...

CSSA holds 45th AGM and Annual Luncheon at the Savoy

Members of the Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA) attended their AGM and annual lunch in London at the Savoy Hotel last Friday, formally electing Peter Goodliffe of OCS Group as Chairman of the cleaning industry's leading trade association. [TRIMTO] Bob Vincent of LCC Support Services was elected vice-Chairman and Michael ...

In-house BICSc accreditation starts for Regent staff

The newly-launched Training Academy at Regent Samsic's Coventry headquarters is now accrediting certification to the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) to staff members. Regent Cleaning contract manager Manuel Costa (centre) received his BICSc Certificate from HR Director/Quality & Environmental Manager Bozena Wojciechowska, and...

Growing quickly... JDS Products

JDS Products is a UK manufacturer of quality stainless steel washroom dispensers, accessories and waste bins. The company was formed in early 2010 and has since then successfully designed and developed over 30 new products. Specialising in stainless and mild steel dispensers, JDS offers its Synergise range in both brushed satin and a highly po...

CCE 2012 is a Guinness World Record Breaker!

This year's China Clean Exhibition in Shanghai has proved to be a Guinness World Record Breaker by engaging the greatest number of people ever to simultaneously clean a square at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre![TRIMTO] On 9th April, there were 110 industrial delegates using Karcher walk-behind sweepers to clean up the square in the...

Right Royal Jubilee clean up in central London

As the Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal party sailed past the crowds lining the Thames on Monday, an 85-strong clean team waited in the wings to return the streets to their royal best. But it wasn't without a lot of prior planning... With thousands of extra visitors flocking to central London to help celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, V...

RJN delivers Pure, Green and Clean

Since its introduction to the market, RJN Chemicals has seen a phenomenal response from all industry sectors to its cleaning product FreshClean, making the company perfectly positioned as a key player in the market with its new product SanitiserPlus. Managing Director, Mal Stevens explains the evolution of FreshClean and the introduction of Sa...

A good name that sells

Greyland brand distributor Cleanwipes is a busy janitorial supplies business with bases in London and Brighton, and although it is a long established and well known name now, it's not the one it started with! Nearly 25 years ago Brighton based Senator Cleaning owned by founder and sole director Peter Coles bought its supplier - Cleanwipes. ...

Ingot wins top club contract

Kitchen cleaning expert, Ingot Services, has netted a prestigious contract with football's Premier League giant Liverpool FC. After seeing off some stiff competition the Suffolk-based company is all set to deliver a top cleaning service for all of the busy kitchens at the Anfield ground. Managing Director Alan Maynard says: ""We are delight...

Andrew Jones named as new President of AHCP

The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals has named healthcare facilities management veteran Andrew Jones as its new President. Taking over as the AHCP's figurehead and leader, Andrew brings over 30 years' experience at senior levels in the healthcare facilities management sector of the NHS to the role.[TRIMTO] Speaking at last wee...

Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest winner crowned

After weeks of hard work and anticipation, Lake Orchard, Michigan native - Susan Brennan - was named the winner of the Eighth Annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, brought to you by Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com and sponsored in part by Charmin. [TRIMTO] Final judging took place yesterday at Ripley's Believe It or Not! ...

Industrial pressure washers for high quality cleaning

The Demon range of high quality pressure washers can be used in a diverse range of applications including cleaning plant machinery, washing vehicles and graffiti removal. Choose a hot or cold water pressure washer, dependant on your application, to clean away your soils.[TRIMTO] The Tornado bowser range of machines allows you to clean anywhere...

Initial Facilities toasts success of apprenticeship scheme

Twenty-four cleaning operatives and supervisors working on the London Underground were the toast of Initial Facilities at a ceremony in central London celebrating the successful completion of their apprenticeships. They were joined by colleagues and representatives from Transport for London, London Underground and the Skills Partnership.[TRIMTO] ...

Regent Cleaning gets the silver

Regent Cleaning has had its approach to the prevention of accidents and ill health recognised in a Silver Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. The scheme does not just look at accident...

Cleanscene Down Under

CleanScene12, to be held in Sydney in October this year, is set to be the largest cleaning industry trade expo ever held in Australia, reports Terry Fraser, CEO of the National Cleaning Suppliers Association of Australia. And adding to the event's prestige, ISS Facility Services has agreed to be the major sponsor of the CleanScene12 Innovative p...

Soap sales soar after dispenser link at Knight Air

Knight Air Products is a busy distributor in the North West of England, whose customers consist of a wide variety of commercial, industrial, hospitality and healthcare establishments, and local authorities.[TRIMTO] Starting out as a supplier of fragrance machines by the current MD Paul Knight's father, the company soon branched out into genera...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! When I was filming for the BBC some years ago, we chatted to members of the public about one of the predecessors of something we take for granted these days - toilet tissue. We showed...

Lindaus launches HF6 professional multifunction vacuum / carpet cleaner

Italian manufacturer Lindhaus has unveiled its new HF6 Plus - HF6 Pro multifunction vacuum / carpet cleaner, which it says represents the future of first class canister vacuums.[TRIMTO] Compact and lightweight, the machine has a high-efficiency 1200W Rotafil motor, 6-stage filtration with optional Hepa filter and an integrated powerful blowing...

Freudenberg North America targets zero manufacturing waste

In an ambitious drive to reach zero manufacturing waste in its North American facilities, Freudenberg North America's 16 companies will increasingly pursue industrial processes that focus on recycled product content, plant recycling, lower water and energy consumption and increased use of sustainable materials over the next decade.[TRIMTO] The...

Savortex becomes the first-ever hand dryer to achieve a Guinness World Records title

Last Thursday, Guinness World Records formally announced that the Savortex Vortex 550 EcoSmart hand dryer has achieved a Guinness World Records title for energy efficiency.[TRIMTO] The world record, 'Most hands dried using 30kJ of energy', was devised by Guinness officials as a challenge to measure the energy efficiency in hand drying. The Vor...

B & V Water Treatment calls for action after WWF report

Three recent reports highlighting the global economic damage which will be caused by unsustainable water consumption have prompted a call by leading water treatment and water saving engineering company B & V for organisations to reduce their water footprint.[TRIMTO] A report by HSBC this month says the world's economic growth is likely to ...

Truvox makes big splash at Royal Commonwealth Pool

Only the very best cleaning equipment will do for a pool that is set to host the diving when the Commonwealth Games come to Scotland in 2014 and which will also play host to the British Olympic team training camp in the build-up to this Summer's games - and after going to great lengths to find the right supplier, Edinburgh Leisure found the perfe...

Rubbermaid unveils new products designed with the end-user in mind

Rubbermaid Commercial Products, has introduced two new products, designed specifically to work in conjunction with one another for a superior cleaning experience for the end-user - the Pulse 2-Sided Mop and the Flow Backpack.[TRIMTO] Exceptionally lightweight and durable, the innovative new PulseMop and FlowBackpack allow the operator to move ...

OspreyFrank - the new name in pressure washing

Combining two of the strongest brand names in cleaning technologies, the UK based OspreyDeepclean and the German manufacturer Frank GmbH, have joined together to create a powerful new name in pressure washing: OspreyFrank.[TRIMTO] Osprey has an enviable pedigree in steam cleaning innovation and has built a globally recognised brand, whilst the...

JP Morgan chief asked: "Why do you deny the people cleaning your buildings a living wage?

Ed: The following was being released yesterday (as this issue of Cleanzine was being completed) by the Service Employees International Union in the US... Earlier today, following JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon's testimony in front of the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Committee regarding his company's recent massive banking...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! John and I have recently been discussing ridiculously high paid jobs, which would be gladly snatched from those lucky enough to be doing them, by others eager to fill their shoes for ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! When we broadcast our last issue we'd rather lost track of time and had forgotten that the extended Diamond Jubilee celebrations were upon us. We don't know about your inbox but ours ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! According to the London 2012 Olympics website: "Thousands of staff across the cleaning and waste sectors are needed for hire by London contractors." I understand that this figur...

New nappy bag dispenser adds value in the washroom

PHS Washrooms has launched a new nappy bag dispenser for baby changing areas, which combines discreet design with convenience and sustainability.[TRIMTO] The hardwearing unit is made from ABS plastic and is available in white, polished chrome and brushed chrome. Each dispenser holds 40 scented biodegradable bags and the design ensures that jus...

energy-efficient laundry a hit with staff and residents at Walsh Manor

Residents at Walsh Manor in East Sussex have found the recently installed HS 6008 LOGI PRO washers and Econ-O-Dry dryers from Girbau UK easy to use, never out of action and cleaning clothes brilliantly, while the busy estates management team is no longer tied up repairing machines.[TRIMTO] Walsh Manor provides living accommodation and faciliti...

New rechargeable and washable wireless keyboard is ideal for healthcare use

iKey, which manufactures rugged computer peripherals, has launched what it believes is the industry's first rechargeable wireless keyboard designed for infection control. To date, the SBW-97-TP is iKey's most innovative and flexible user-friendly design.[TRIMTO] The SBW-97-TP is said to be the first fully sealed, rechargeable, wireless keyboar...

ln Depth helps historic Liverpool sparkle

In Depth Managed Services, has secured the window cleaning and industrial cleaning contract with Liverpool City Council to keep two key historic Liverpool buildings sparkling clean for the thousands of visitors they draw each year.[TRIMTO] St George's Hall (pictured above) and the Town Hall are icons of the city and need to look their best to ...

Cretan hotel enjoys cost efficiency that doesn't sacrifice on quality

Nestled below the Cretan mountains, the Cactus Beach Hotel is a mere stone's throw away from the balmy blue waters that surround the idyllic Greek island of Crete. Located in the popular summer tourist destination of Stalis and only 35 km from the Island's capital, Heraklion; the hotel offers four star accommodation that promises - and delivers -...

Newcastle-under-Lyme Council wins fourth award with support from Acumen

The successful partnership between Acumen Distribution and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has led to the Council winning its fourth award for its recycling and waste services in the past 12 months. The Council beat off stiff competition from other local authorities to win the 'Recycling Awareness Campaign' award at the National PAWRS (Plan...

Cornish bakery fined for worker's injuries

A night shift cleaner got caught-up in the unguarded machinery of a moving conveyor belt at a Cornish bakery and had to be released by co-workers.[TRIMTO] Wioletta Drozdz, 27, from Newquay, had both forearm bones broken in her right arm when the incident happened in the early hours of 10th December 2010. Bodmin Magistrates fined Ms Drozdz's...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! One of my daughter's university friends has a holiday job in a local high school, working as a grounds / building maintenance assistant - and he and his colleagues have an interesting...

Creating a virtuous cycle in food hygiene

The food service industry doesn't know enough about food safety and hygienic practices. That's not to say that there aren't plenty of examples of good practice. And there are certainly plenty of experts in the field running efficient, safe operations. But there is much more still to learn in the industry.[TRIMTO] NSF International, an independ...

Countries outside the EU drive Idrobase Group to a +11% increase in sales

Despite what you may read in the international press about the dire state of the global economy, it's not all doom and gloom and indeed one small to medium sized company based in Veneto, Italy, is really bucking the trend with increased sales - particularly to countries outside the EU.[TRIMTO] Idrobase Group, which specialises in the productio...

Silverdell secures contracts in Canada worth £13 million

Silverdell, the specialist environmental support services group, has secured two decontamination and dismantling contracts worth a combined total of approximately £13m. The work is being carried out on sites in Canada for two separate multi-national companies. These contracts were secured since the acquisition in May of EDS, a specialist pr...

A quarter of sick days are due to musculoskeletal problems

The lastest Labour Force Survey, which was recently published by the Office of National Statistics, shows musculoskeletal problems now account for more than a quarter of all sick days even though the majority are avoidable.[TRIMTO] In 2011, 131 million working days were lost to sickness which is actually 4% lower than the previous year. This ...

Owner cloning, dead fish and dead companies

by Ed Selkow When my daughter first wanted a pet, I wanted a teachable moment on responsibility so we started with a goldfish. She fed it and despite doing what I thought was a good job; Goldie was floating lifeless in less than two weeks.[TRIMTO] We went and bought a hamster and named him MC. We were set with a great cage; toys and every...

CMS 2013: Worldwide canvassing campaign under way

Early Bird discount on bookings up to 1st October 2012 Canvassing efforts, press work and the promotional campaign for CMS 2013 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. have been launched on an international scale, with application forms already sent out to exhibitors. From 24th to 27th September 2013, the international trade fair for cleaning ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Cleaning the London Olympic village has finally made the headlines but not in the way I'd expected it to. "10 to a room and one shower for 75 people: inside the 'slum' ca...

Paper disposables manufacturer fined for safety failings

A paper products manufacturer has been prosecuted for putting employees at risk with dangerous machines at its Hitchin, Herts, production site.[TRIMTO] The Health and Safety Executive identified multiple defects at United Paper Products, on Bury Mead Road, Hitchin, during a visit in February 2010. Stevenage Magistrates' Court heard on Monda...

And yes, we made them muddy!

Someone at Karcher must have asked: what's the best way to launch a new pressure washer? I know, let's go off-road and make something muddy! Well, they did just that on Tuesday of this week when the company launched their new HDS Compact at the Motor Heritage Centre in Warwickshire. Not only is the Centre host to one of the world's greatest collections of classic, vintage and veteran British cars, but adjacent is an off-road course worked by a fleet of Land Rovers. And yes, we made them muddy! ...

European support, RPS Corporation

After 14 years gaining valuable experience as Cleaning Equipment Sales Manager for the Dutch distributor of Factory Cat Industrial Cleaning Equipment, Ewout de Lange has joined the manufacturer of Factory Cat - RPS Corporation - as that company's Sales Manager for Europe. His office is based in The Netherlands).[TRIMTO] RPS manufactures floo...

Karcher sets new standard for compact hot water pressure washers

Karcher has launched a new compact hot water pressure washer range that offers a number of key cost-saving and time-saving benefits including 20% reduced fuel consumption. The range consists of three models: the flagship HDS 6/12 C 240v which features adjustable water flow and pressure and a steam function; the 110v HDS 6/10 C; and entry-level HD...

Principle Cleaning goes into orbit!

2012 has been a great year so far for Principle Cleaning Services and it has now added a three-year cleaning contract for Inmarsat's global headquarters in London to its expanding portfolio.[TRIMTO] Inmarsat has been at the forefront of mobile satellite services for more than 32 years and is a leading provider of global voice and broadband dat...

Family-friendly event for the carpet & hard floorcare industry booking now

Following the success of the event last year, the second Carpet Cleaners Carnival - aimed at the soft furnishing and floorcare industry - will be held in September this year.[TRIMTO] The National Carpet Cleaners Association, the UK trade body dedicated to the cleaning of carpets, soft furnishings and hard flooring, has been setting the standar...

Keeping on the right side of clients

Increasingly it has become a commercial imperative that employers of cleaners, security and maintenance staff have a cost-effective method of keeping track of their remote workforce in place. Missed or late visits jeopardise client relationships and, understandably given the prevailing difficult trading climate, it is now commonplace that clients...

Early bird tickets available for BCC conference

A limited number of early bird tickets, priced at £99, are now available for the BCC Conference 2012: Business Efficiency and Innovation.[TRIMTO] The Conference, which is organised by the British Cleaning Council, has established itself as a must-attend event for professionals concerned with commercial success in the modern world. The la...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Although some events in the 2012 Olympic Games have already taken place, the official opening tomorrow means that the eyes of the world will be upon us. When we hosted the Commonwea...

Eco friendly sanitising for super yachts

Shore Solutions, one of Europe's leading suppliers to the Super Yacht industry, has teamed up with EOwater, the distributor of Hoshizaki ROX electrolysed water systems, to provide its clients with a groundbreaking solution for chemical-free cleaning and sanitising. ROX combines ordinary tap water and a mild salt solution with an electric curre...

Scots MP to carry out 'work experience' today at Perthshire hygiene firm

Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid-Scotland Claire Baker, will today visit a small Fife business, sanitary hygiene services firm Co-An UK, to carry out a 'work experience' placement.[TRIMTO] She is visiting as part of the Forum of Private Business's 'Business Buddy' scheme, a project which puts politicians and other key Government decis...

Molly Maid supports Tories' call for tax breaks for those hiring cleaners

Molly Maid supports Tory Minister, David Gauke's view on tax avoidance which was revealed on Tuesday. As the UK's largest employer in the UK's billion pound domestic cleaning sector, Molly Maid also says Prime Minister David Cameron's idea of implementing family-favouring tax policies - which would allow homeowners to write off a proportion of th...

SCA's acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's European tissue business now complete

SCA's acquisition of Georgia-Pacific's European tissue business has been completed. The purchase price amounts to EUR 1.32 bn on a debt-free basis. The acquired operations had sales in 2011 amounting to EUR 1.25 bn. Georgia-Pacific has a well-established presence in Europe in both away-from-home and consumer tissue products. Their products ...

LPM publishes first cleaning supplies catalogue

LPM Cleaning & Support Services has published a new catalogue detailing a range of quality cleaning products available direct to both trade and the public through its trade counter and warehouse in Leeds.[TRIMTO] The 34-page catalogue is divided into sections - including washroom, housekeeping and kitchen - with each area colour-coded for ...

Christeyns targets caterers with UK launch of cleaning & hygiene range

A comprehensive new cleaning and hygiene range is being launched in the UK by established laundry cleaning specialist Christeyns. The new range is aimed at keeping the catering industry clean, safe, healthy and legal, as well as offering a first-class support package. Specially developed for safe, effective cleaning of all food preparation,...

Proventix records the 10 millionth hand wash

Proventix Systems of Birmingham, Alabama, US, has recorded more than 10 million hand washing events to date resulting from a push by hospitals across the country to improve patient safety through increased hand hygiene. Proventix captures hand-hygiene events around the clock, boasting what is thought to be the largest 24/7 hand-hygiene database.[...

Ramon wins Gold at London Hospital 2012

Ramon Hygiene Products has provided more than 160 TTS Trolley Systems complete with Deep+ Microfibre mopping into the New Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, London. The hospital will be the official hospital used during the London Olympic Games.[TRIMTO] The new hospital has three blue glass towers, complete with helipad, with the tallest to...

Stream: Contico's new mop handle doesn't need a bucket

Contico Manufacturing, one of the UK's largest single source suppliers of wholesale cleaning, janitorial, spraying and hygiene solutions, offers clients throughout Europe a choice of over 2000 products -all designed and manufactured to withstand the rigours of everyday intensive commercial cleaning. Probably the largest available range of clea...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! My local railway station is being rebuilt to include shops, housing, a hotel, an upgraded ticket office and more comfortable platforms with better facilities. It's taking an age, i...

Vectair Systems: giving 'in kind'

It is always nice to be associated with charities that are well deserving of help, and Vectair has in the past supported a number of charities that fit this description.[TRIMTO] One such organisation that Vectair tells us it was pleased to offer a donation to during July, was 'In Kind Direct', which redistributes surplus goods from manufacture...

Training collaboration leads to jobs success

A collaboration between Newcastle-based B-Skill and Asset Skills in Scotland is successfully helping people back into employment and increasing productivity.[TRIMTO] Training provider B-Skill has been working with the employer-led skills body since the beginning of the year to deliver 'Preparing for Work: Cleaning Training' programmes to unemp...

ServiceMaster Clean introduces new guidelines for restoring damaged property

A free best practice guide to restoring damaged property has been introduced by damage management expert, ServiceMaster Clean.[TRIMTO] The unpredictable nature of the British weather, veering from droughts to deluges in just a few months, can badly affect building structures. Fire, water leaks or malicious damage can also cause extensive damag...

Luxury Foaming Soap saves on water

New Luxury Foaming Soap is the latest new product from Greyland, one of Britain's leading cleaning chemical manufacturers.[TRIMTO] A luxury instant foaming soap, only a small amount is required to provide effective skin cleansing. No water is necessary to create a smooth creamy lather for everyday hand washing, or even, during water restrictio...

Oxypharm ticks all the boxes at key Birmingham hospitals

When it comes to validated airborne disinfection, the Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust has clearly stated which it prefers, following its investment in 20 Oxypharm Nocospray machines to carry out the disinfection programme across its three key Trust Hospital sites.[TRIMTO] Since its original introduction to the Trust, The Oxypharm hydr...

Sanicom at your service!

The Sanicom 2 grey water pump is a commercial unit designed for 'heavy use' in demanding commercial and professional situations.[TRIMTO] With its twin 1500W motors and a maximum operating temperature of up to 90 degrees C, the Sanicom 2 means additional dishwashers, two minute glass washers, coffee stations, extra sinks and basins, even laundr...

Nicely packaged support at Cafe Culture that was full of beans

Cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland recently supported Donovan Bros, one of its catering industry distributors, when they exhibited at Cafe Culture, part of Hotelympia in London.[TRIMTO] Established over 70 years ago by five brothers as a packaging supplier to caterers, Donovans today is a £7m turnover multi-interest business, and a...

Global Soap Project helps Haiti fight cholera epidemic

Thanks to a new partnership with Salesian Missions, Global Soap Project recently distributed its largest donation of soap to date, reaching approximately 5,000 people in Haiti.[TRIMTO] Global Soap Project works to prevent hygiene related deaths and improve global health by recycling used hotel soap and turning it into new bars that are distrib...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! British sportspeople have not been renowned for their ability to come first for some time, but here we are rivalling the very best on the London 2012 medals table! Many put some of th...

Vectair Systems appoints exclusive Import Partner for operations in India

Vectair Systems has appointed Excel International as the exclusive Import Partner in India for its washroom and hygiene products with effect from 1st August, 2012.[TRIMTO] "Our fully coordinated washroom and hygiene brands are already established in over 110 countries worldwide," says Joe Ovenden, Sales Director of Vectair Systems. "Now, by j...

John Ayres

Further to our news last week of the sad passing of John Ayres, one of the founding fathers of the UK cleaning industry, his daughter Sally Ayres has asked us to broadcast the following information:[TRIMTO] John's funeral will take place at 12.30 pm on Friday 17th August at Woking Crematorium, Hermitage Road, St. John's, Woking, Surrey, GU21 8...

Stop-painting.com introduces Velcro-backed floor markings for defining carpeted areas

Stop-painting.com has introduced a new line of removable floor marking tapes, specially designed to be used on carpeted floors. Made with durable patent pending Superior Mark material, these new Velcro backed floor marking tapes are perfect for classroom floors, municipal buildings and any carpeted floor that needs to be visually organised to dir...

Train cleaner in race to find missing Olympic tickets

Despite the many empty spectator seats at this year's Olympic Games, the tickets were really hard to come by, so you can imagine the anguish of the woman and her son when they arrived at the Olympic Park in East London this week, only to realise that they had discarded their tickets with other rubbish they had left on the train that had taken the...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Having just returned from a festival where I enjoyed the use of some very impressive 'compost loos', as opposed to the more traditional type - and about to head off to another, whi...

Olympics clean-up is a winner for Ryans

The thrills and spills of the Olympics and the diverse events around it left a huge challenge for Ryans Cleaning which stepped up to the plate to deliver its own winning performance.[TRIMTO] The Ryans team cleaned up more than 550 tonnes of waste left in Hyde Park and Victoria Park, where more than a million visitors passed through over the tw...

Yet another British success in the 4 x 4

New from Matrix Cleaning Systems - thought to be the only manufacturer of a range of steam cleaning machines in the UK, is 4 X 4 SDV8: the first of a range of machines to be manufactured by Matrix for the industrial sector.[TRIMTO] Made from stainless steel and featuring a continuous fill boiler system which facilitates refill at any time dur...

Bill Gates names winners of the 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge

...mp; Technology) and EOOS for their outstanding design of a toilet user interface. As reported in Cleanzine just over a year ago, the foundation issued a challenge to universities to design toilets that can capture and process human waste without piped water, sewer or electrical connections, and transform human waste into useful resources, such a...

SHL Global Leadership Study reveals talent time bombs

SHL has launched its first Global Leadership study, providing a worldwide view of leadership potential. The study identifies the top 25 countries based on the analysis of over a million people from SHL's global Talent Analytics database. Hong Kong, Germany and the UK have more effective leaders today than any other country in the study while Denma...

Handy slimliner trolley suits tighter spaces

Only 40 cm wide, the new Slimliner trolley from Vikan, renowned for its advanced hygienic cleaning solutions, is purpose designed for professional and efficient cleaning in busy environments with limited space.[TRIMTO] Flexible and easily manoeuvrable, the Slimliner is ideal for use in shops, restaurants, offices, schools and health clinics. ...

Fast, mess-free pressure washing with the FRV 30

Cleaning of tiled walls and hard floors with a pressure washer is a popular choice for contract cleaners and facilities managers because it is fast and highly effective. However, one drawback of using high pressure for this kind of task is that a lot of splashing can occur and the water used for cleaning is left standing on the ground. As well as...

London calling: The Cleaning Show 2015

Two weeks ago Cleanzine met with Martin Scott, who used to organise the established Cleaning Show on behalf of BCCE, to find out why he has now set up the Cleaning Expo, which will launch at the NEC, Birmingham, in March 2015.[TRIMTO] Last week we met with representatives of the Cleaning Show: Douglas Cooke, Chairman of the British Cleaning Co...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! You wouldn't go to a dentist to get a broken bone set and you wouldn't put a train driver at the wheel of a bus and expect him or her to do a great job, so why on earth are we getting...

Karcher launches new eco!efficiency emission-free hot water pressure washers

Karcher has introduced a new range of electrically-heated hot water pressure washers, which offer emission-free hot water cleaning with dramatically reduced energy consumption and heating-up times.[TRIMTO] The new HDS-E eco!efficiency range is available in three variants - 12, 24 and 36KW - and features all the design attributes of Karcher's H...

JLS dancers model Dickies clothing at tour concert in Brighton

Backing dancers for JLS, one of the most successful acts to come out of the X Factor, strutted their stuff in the latest Dickies clothing a couple of weeks ago at the Probiz County Ground in Hove. The dancers were kitted out in Dickies coveralls and black Redhawk Cargo shorts, accentuating smart and fashionable design for the sell-out concert.[TR...

Italian paper producer Sofidel Group, buys US-based tissue manufacturer Cellynne Holdings

In a press statement issued yesterday, Italian paper producer, Sofidel (Regina paper towels) announced that on 31st of August 2012, it sealed the deal to buy the US company, Cellynne Holdings. This acquisition raises Sofidel's production capacity to 1,000,000 metric tpy and gives it access to the US market.[TRIMTO] Founded in 1988, Cellynne Ho...

Ladder Association launches 2012 Ladder Exchange

For three months starting 1st September 2012, anyone in the UK who buys, uses or has responsibility for supervising the use of ladders, can take advantage of this year's Ladder Exchange - the annual campaign that enables 'dodgy' ladders to be replaced for brand new ones, at a discounted price, at any one of the Ladder Exchange's official partners...

Thuraplug - the revolutionary plughole cleaner

However clean the basin may be, if the plughole hasn't been cleaned there is always a chance that contamination can occur - take splashback from spitting out toothpaste when cleaning your teeth, for example...[TRIMTO] Inexpensive, easy to use and reusable, Thuraplug ensures that the sink plughole is really clean as, instead of the cleaning pro...

Fast, economical, hygienic mopping from Vileda Professional

Vileda Professional has announced the launch of its new ClickSpeed pre-prepared flat mopping system with hygienic 'touch free' mop removal and exceptional Microfibre cleaning performance at an economical price.[TRIMTO] "ClickSpeed is the latest addition to our range of innovative microfibre cleaning solutions," comments Karen Barker, Marketing...

Antimicrobial Technology expert releases White Paper

X-Static, the silver-based antimicrobial technology expert, has released a White Paper to educate those responsible for infection prevention on the issue of contamination of soft surface fabrics in healthcare settings. Titled 'Soft Surface Bacterial Contamination: Considerations for a Complete Infection Prevention Program', it examines current da...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Four weeks ago we announced the winners of the international Bill Gates 'Reinvent the Toilet' challenge and I was delighted that these included a team from Loughborough University....

Top marks for Nviro in Health & Safety

Cleaning, hygiene and facilities management specialist Nviro, has achieved BS OHSAS 18001, the internationally recognised standard for occupational health & safety management systems - a certification achieved by fewer than 1% of UK businesses.[TRIMTO] Assessment involved a rigorous two-day scrutiny of Nviro's health & safety managemen...

MITIE wins Odeon cleaning contract

MITIE has been awarded to cleaning contract for Odeon Cinemas.[TRIMTO] The contract has been awarded to MITIE's retail cleaning team, which also cleans thousands of outlets seven days a week for other world-famous retail brands. Approximately 600 employees working on the contract have transferred to MITIE and additional sites will be added in ...

Idrotech Elephants 'tusked' with removing coal dust in China

There is a herd of elephants in China. These elephants are not pachyderms though, but powerful fog makers (named 'Elefante') that were despatched from Idrobase Group's Italian headquarters to the faraway province of Shanxi, close to where China meets Inner Mongolia and where there is a coalmine that creates a lot of dust.[TRIMTO] The Elefantes...

Cooking behind bars

The recent airing of a reality television programme in the UK in which celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay attempts to turn a crew of convicts at Brixton prison, London, into a kitchen that can produce and sell food to the public, shows just how difficult it can be to run an efficient kitchen.[TRIMTO] Any chefs watching Gordon Behind Bars ( www.chann...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! An article in my local paper got me thinking about how much the sales side of the cleaning industry has changed over the years. The Epsom Guardian drew my attention to the story by sh...

Vectair Systems unveils a new generation of handcare dispensers

Vectair Systems Limited has launched the Sanitex MVP range of soap and surface cleaner dispensers that are stylish yet cost-effective and simple to operate and service.[TRIMTO] Measuring less than 10cm in depth and operating with less than five pounds of force (lbf), the dispensers - both manual and automatic - are fully ADA compliant and com...

The Hako Virtual Adviser: a stroke of genius!

The benefits of cleanliness within company premises and a well-kept appearance both inside and out are well known.... They promote affinity, motivation, atmosphere, quality of work and life, road safety - and of course they create a good impression for visitors![TRIMTO] Machines deployed for indoor and outdoor cleaning, lawn and grounds mainte...

Rubbermaid launches Clean Look coordinated washroom products

Rubbermaid Commercial Products' new Clean Look dispenser range consists of the Air Care, Skin Care and Surface Care systems, which carry the same coordinated sleek look and contemporary style.[TRIMTO] Each dispenser is available in black, white or chrome finishes, complementing and accentuating the design of every style of washroom while simul...

Betco announces new Fastdraw Foamer II

Betco has released details of the newest addition to its Fastdraw chemical management system. The Fastdraw Foamer II is a durable foam gun that utilises Betco Fastdraw products. New features include a SureComfort grip handle, spray and rinse capabilities and adjustable spray patterns.[TRIMTO] The foam gun generates rich and thick foam for c...

Dust Control UK unveils new training programme to combat silica

Dust extraction specialist, Dustcontrol UK, has unveiled a new training programme to help combat the serious issue of Silica within the work place.[TRIMTO] Dustcontrol UK will help contractors reduce their exposure to dust and fight Silica by training clients on best working practices and making sure they are using the most appropriate dust ex...

Extended foamer range delivers choice and versatility

Rieke Dispensing has launched a new range of foamer dispensers suitable for a wide variety of applications including hand soaps, hair care, personal care, household and pharmaceutical products.[TRIMTO] The five new models, the F1, F2, F6, F11 and F12 series, join Rieke's existing RF08 Finger-Tip and PF17 Palm variants, meaning the company now ...

Lighter container from RPC UKSC for Royal Warrant holder Prochem Europe

RPC customer Prochem Europe has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen for the supply of carpet cleaning products, and has chosen RPC Containers UKSC's five litre LX container to help meet its environmental objectives.[TRIMTO] For many years RPC's RT56 Jerrican was Prochem's first choice for packing five litre pro...

If you want to do business in Turkey, don't miss Pulire Eurasia

If you're planning to do business in Turkey, don't miss Pulire Eurasia 2012, which takes place in just over a week, from 27th - 29th of September.[TRIMTO] The Turkish economy has recorded what is believed to be the highest growth rate in Europe (+7%) and the positive trend continues to rise. Turkey is becoming more and more a bridge between Eu...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! As a keen recycler I know all about the importance of taking something someone no longer wants and turning it into something positive, but I have to draw the line somewhere and tha...

Hygiene Group is the right ingredient for Cereform

Contract cleaning specialist Hygiene Group, is working with one of the UK's top bakery ingredient companies. Cereform manufactures a wide range of ingredients used in the UK baking industry at its 420 sq m facility in Northampton. One of its key products is bread improver, which is used by many of the country's top bakeries each day to contro...

BICSc celebrates outstanding year at Annual Awards Dinner and Golf Day

The British Institute of Cleaning Science hosted its Annual Awards Dinner and Golf Day last Thursday at the Marriot Forest of Arden Hotel, Birmingham. The successful event celebrated excellence in accredited training and assessment within the industry, and honoured those who have made a definitive contribution to both the Institute and the indust...

Ladder Association stresses need for safe equipment following prosecution

The average company these days will have any number of health & safety rules in place. But a blatant disregard of obvious safety issues will ultimately result in (at least) a hefty fine following prosecution.[TRIMTO] This is the response from the Ladder Association following the prosecution of a builder's merchant in Birmingham for numerou...

Instazorb super absorbent granule now available in UK

Super flexible, multi-use, non toxic absorbent granule 'Instazorb' is now available in the UK via specialist chemical and online instrumentation expert, Process Measurement & Analysis (PMA).[TRIMTO] InstaZorb challenges preconceptions of what is possible with an absorbent granule, having the capacity to absorb up to 465% of its own weight ...

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust chooses In Depth for windows contract

In Depth Managed Services, one of Britain's leading cleaning and facilities-management specialists, has been awarded the contract for window cleaning by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.[TRIMTO] The three-year contract is to clean the windows at six sites including Leeds General Infirmary, where the third series of Channel 4's Bafta-award-wi...

Auto Bella launches complete auto car wash capability

Thanks to the introduction of the new Auto Bella accessories in the catalogue, Idrobase Group is now able to offer an 'all inclusive' solution to those wishing to set up an automated car washing business. Available in options to suit different needs and able to process up to 50 cars a day, the offering includes: Rotating stainless...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Personal hygiene - or the lack of it - and its link to the spread of infection has been hitting the headlines again in recent weeks. First there was the repeat of the news which...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Having spent much of the past fortnight both day and night, 'camped out' at a South West London hospital with a sick relative, I was in the perfect position to observe at...

Selden acquires Jeyes Professional Division

Selden, one of the UK's leading independent producers of chemical cleaning products, has acquired the Jeyes Professional brand from Jeyes Group for an undisclosed sum. Jeyes Professional Division became a wholly owned division of Selden as of Monday, 1st October 2012.[TRIMTO] The sale sees manufacture, distribution and administration of Jeyes ...

Sweeping away a feather fiasco

The Initial Facilities cleaning team at London's Piccadilly Circus came to the rescue recently and saved the day as more than 1.5 tonnes of feathers threatened to swamp the Underground Station.[TRIMTO] The white chicken feathers had been released above ground as part of a spectacular aerial performance by Les Studios de Cirque, who had transfo...

Green Seal awards 1st Specialty Cleaner Certification to PortionPac

Green Seal announced yesterday that PortionPac Chemical Corporation's Pot & Pan Detergent and NeutraPac Floor Neutralizer have achieved certification as the first Green Seal-certified specialty cleaning products on the market. Meeting the GS-53 standard (Specialty Cleaning Products for Industrial & Institutional Use) means that these pro...

KD masters Prochem's Sapphire

Prochem Europe has extended its reach into the truck mounted extraction cleaning market with a successful sell-in of the Sapphire Scientific range.[TRIMTO] A typical advocate for investing in Sapphire Scientific truck mounted carpet cleaning is Keith Dugard of KD Contracts in Dover. He has bought a Sapphire Scientific 370SS from the series' ex...

Gum success for Newham Council

Tackling the sticky problem of chewing gum on the streets of Newham borough is being made a lot easier with the help of new steam cleaning machines.[TRIMTO] The units, which feature high-pressured steam jets, are being used by council staff to rid the streets of unsightly gum in the latest stage of Newham's drive to make the borough a place "w...

Karcher repeats popular £100 cashback scheme

Karcher has announced the repeat of its highly successful £100 cashback incentive on new HDS hot water pressure washers. For every HDS machine (excluding upright models) sold through a participating Karcher dealer between October 8th and November 30th 2012, the company will reward the customer with a cheque for £100. Using hot w...

New features on offer at The Cleaning Show 2013

The organisers of The Cleaning Show have announced an impressive number of new features at the next exhibition which will take place at the NEC in Birmingham from 19th - 21st March 2013. With such a full programme of attractions, the largest number of exhibitors yet, as well as a co-location with the very popular IMHX 2013 event, The Cleaning ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! My goodness last week's leader prompted some responses! Most of the callers and emailers wished to remain anonymous (some sadly still have sick relatives in hospital) but each and eve...

Ryans ploughs through a clean 10 years

Ryans Cleaning, of Tipperary, Ireland, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of servicing the National Ploughing Championships, one of the largest outdoor events in Europe.[TRIMTO] The event, which saw more than 200,000 people visit over a three day period, took place in September at Heathpark, New Ross, County Wexford. A team of 45 specialis...

Emprise bulks up its gym cleaning portfolio

Support Services supplier Emprise Services, has announced that after a year of partnership with gym chain, Pure Gym, Emprise has now been named the sole supplier for cleaning and associated services to the entire Pure Gym portfolio, which currently includes 43 gyms across the UK.[TRIMTO] Pure Gym is a value gym chain that offers its members 24...

Sewage waste to become plastic

Cleanzine has just got wind (sorry - couldn't resist that!) of a pioneering, groundbreaking innovation that will help turn municipal sewage sludge into raw materials, to be used by paper and plastics industries around the world.[TRIMTO] The technology, developed by Israeli company Applied Cleantech, has been some years in development. It has r...

Edge set to unveil "the first truly portable industrial steam cleaner"

UK cleaning equipment distributor Edge is set unveil three groundbreaking new products at a special event later this month.[TRIMTO] The UK-wide company will be introducing three new models to its Steam Tec range, including what the company says is the first industrial steam cleaner to be truly portable. The new battery model, which comes in...

Assign - next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling software launched

Wheatley Associates has launched Assign, its next-generation mobile and field workforce scheduling and productivity software solution.[TRIMTO] With its combined focus on usability and functionality, Assign radically rethinks the concept of real-time scheduling. Its highly intuitive user interface provides extremely easy access to a wealth of f...

Korean airforce chooses RCM sweepers

RCM has proudly announced that the Korean air force is using its sweeping machines.[TRIMTO] Four Boxer RCM sweepers have been provided by the Sungbo Hydro Engineering company, the Seoul-based RCM importer for Korea, which beat off stiff competition to win the contract to supply the equipment. "Only when you take into account that in Korea, ...

Study finds PurThread hospital privacy curtains resist superbug contamination eight times better than control curtains

In what is hailed as a first of its kind study conducted by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, standard control curtains were found to be eight times more likely to be contaminated with the superbug vancomycin resistant enterrococus (VRE) than experimental PurThread privacy curtains which only had one positive VRE culture during t...

Ausclean WA is looking for presenters - can you fill the role?

If you are at the leading edge of cleaning and hygiene, ensure your experience is shared - submit an application to present a paper at Western Australia's upcoming dedicated cleaning and hygiene show. Sessions covering hygiene in healthcare and hospitals, green sustainability, new technology and outdoor cleaning are all welcome, as are marketi...

Tickets selling fast for 25th Anniversary Loo of the Year Awards presentation extravaganza!

The 'must attend' event for all those involved in 'away from home' toilet provision/servicing is a few short weeks away and tickets are selling fast![TRIMTO] Whichever part of the supply/service chain you're in, from 'hardware' to disposables manufacturer/supplier, from facilities manager to service provider and toilet attendant or cleaner, or...

Irish manufacturer seeks distributors

Dublin-based Safe-Stride is one of Ireland's leading independent suppliers of commercial hygiene products, specialising in cleaning systems and floor safety for the retail, leisure, hotel and catering industries. Safe-Stride's focus is in manufacturing detergent products for distributors that support programmes for warewashing, foodservice and la...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! My daughter (newly back from university) and I fall out more about our weekly food shop than we do about anything else. I'd rather go to the store myself - although admittedly I come ...

New CIWM President launches benchmarking report and demands greater global efficiency

In front of 200 guests at the House of Commons, the 2012/13 Chartered Institution of Wastes Management President John Skidmore was inaugurated this week and used the occasion to launch a major CIWM report. [TRIMTO] Entitled Professional Perspectives on Waste & Resource Management, the report provides a current picture of waste and res...

Speed manufacturing makes for record sales at Greyland

After a short period 'bedding down' in the new 34,000 sq ft factory and warehouse, Greyland are already back to posting record sales figures! "After several years of successive growth, the business urgently needed to expand capacity," says Greyland Managing Director Richard Dyson.[TRIMTO] "Following a short period to allow for settling in wh...

We have mail: Campaign to Protect Rural England's Past President, Bill Bryson, writes...

Dear Friends You've no doubt seen them many times before. Bedraggled but defiant, snagged at lofty heights, their unnatural livery of garish hues jarring against the sky. They are the flags of mindless consumption; the pennants of profligacy.[TRIMTO] I am, of course, talking about the littered carrier bag which, when it's not choking wildli...

Karcher acquires Socofren SA

Karcher France has acquired the business of Socofren SA, in a move that sees it consolidate its strong position in the ultra high pressure market in that country.[TRIMTO] "Following the acquisition of the German Woma brand, Karcher France decided to buy Socofren, which distributes the brand in France," says Francois Malmanche, President of Kar...

From beach to bottle: Method's new product line features ocean plastic packaging

Environmentally-conscious cleaning product company Method is launching its latest innovation in sustainable packaging - bottles made from a blend of plastic recovered from the ocean and post-consumer recycled plastic. This limited edition packaging is for a new Method product, a two-in-one hand and dish soap.[TRIMTO] Scientists estimate that s...

New independent studies show Purell Advanced Instant hand sanitiser to be ahead of the game

Gojo Industries announced yesterday the results of a series of independent lab studies testing the ability of instant hand sanitisers to meet FDA Healthcare Personnel Handwash germ kill requirements at various dosage levels.[TRIMTO] The studies, which included more than 20 different hand sanitisers, concluded that the patent-pending Purell Adv...

WFBSC Curitiba reinforces industry's public hygiene and sustainability roles

"For one week Curitiba (Brazil) will be the world capital for cleaning," said the World Federation of Building Service Contractors' president Adonai Aires de Arruda (pictured left with WFBSC executive VP Andrew Large) when officially opening the WFBSC Congress 2012 last week, reports Alan Hardcastle, Consulting Editor of the Australia-based InCl...

A self sustaining solution for electronically controlled taps

With water saving being a crucial factor in the building and refurbishment of commerical projects to ensure that they meet the necessary criteria for efficiency and sustainability, Geberit has launched a new innovation that ensures its electronically controlled taps are the most energy efficient on the market.[TRIMTO] Geberit's electronically ...

New success signals unparalleled award hat-trick for SkySiren

The internationally-award winning SkySiren has received a fresh accolade at the annual Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) awards. The national safety group awarded the 'Innovation of the Year' prize to the pioneering anti-entrapment system which was launched by Nationwide Platforms at the end of 2011. In awarding the prize...

Greyland 'wins gold' from supplier to the London Olympics

The Supplies House is Greyland's biggest distributor customer so when the call came in that the cleaning contractor at the London Olympics was about to run out of soap, it's no surprise that the delivery was made the very next morning! This example just serves to illustrate that "using Greyland as your warehouse" is not just an empty phrase! ...

Sustainable floorcare costs less with 3M Scotch-Brite Surface Prep Pads

As the name behind Scotch-Brite Cleaning Solutions, one of the world's best known cleaning brands, 3M has a reputation for developing environmentally preferable solutions that outperform their conventional alternatives. The latest addition to the company's floor care range is the 3M Scotch-Brite Surface Prep Pad - a premium quality floor strip...

Truvox Multiwash machines keep Glasgow Royal Infirmary floors clean

If you were to rank the locations where regular hygienic cleaning and maintenance are must haves, then hospitals would certainly be serious contenders for the number one spot. [TRIMTO] Ensuring that healthcare settings are clean and tidy is not only important from an aesthetic point of view - creating a good impression for patients and vi...

How to tackle Springtime pests

By Marion C. at Victor Pest, a global leader in efficient and cost-effective pest control solutions Springtime has been a little slow this year, but the sun is finally making its way out from behind the clouds. However, the sunshine also marks the arrival of many pests and the start of a busy season for facilities management companies who ne...

Solving the dilution dilemma...

Soluclean is an eco-friendly and easy to use range of pre-dosed concentrated surface cleaning products encapsulated in fully water-soluble sachets, which helps take the guesswork out of how much cleaning chemical is needed for the job in hand.[TRIMTO] Fully biodegradable and phosphate free, the range covers virtually every aspect of the everyd...

Betco launches new Stealth MicroRider scrubber

Betco Corporation's newest equipment innovation - the Stealth MicroRider - is said to reduce cleaning costs by up to 36%. The machine includes the new Eco-Mode feature that allows an operator to conserve energy and reduce water consumption on demand. With a productivity rate of more than 30,000 sq. ft per hour, the new Stealth MicroRider grea...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! A friend told me about a snippet he'd read in the newspaper this week, about how entertainer Paul O'Grady (perhaps better known to some as drag queen Lily Savage) hasn't forgotten his...

Vectair names TNT Unlimited 'Manufacturer Representative of the Year 2012'

TNT Unlimited, an independent sales agency based in Palatine, Illinois, has been awarded the Vectair Systems 'Manufacturer Representative of the Year' award.[TRIMTO] TNT Unlimited's Tim Twitchell and Kevin McClain were awarded with an honorary plaque along with a generous cash prize at the ISSA Interclean show in Chicago. Presenting the award ...

Nviro wins Employer of the Year award

South East cleaning and FM specialist Nviro has had its work with new graduates recognised by Smart Training & Recruitment, which recently awarded it the title 'Employer of the Year.' This award demonstrates Nviro's dedication in the marketplace, as well as showing that it is more than just a cleaning company, since it really helps those w...

Americo launches a new corporate identity

Americo Manufacturing Company, the Georgia, US-based manufacturer of sustainable floor pads, floor mats and cleaning accessories that are sold in over 70 countries worldwide, has unveiled a new logo.[TRIMTO] The original logo was used since Americo's founding in 1969. "While our former Americo logo was well known and recognised throughout the ...

Kaivac introduces new AutoVac system for the professional cleaning industry

Kaivac - renowned for its innovative equipment (pictured) that takes the hard work out of cleaning washrooms - tells us that pre-introduction tests on the latest 'link' in its popular OmniFlex Crossover cleaning system indicated that the equipment rivals the cleaning performance of traditional automatic scrubbers at a fraction of the cost. [...

Healthy Schools Campaign thanks supporters as it launches new guide

The Healthy Schools Campaign in the US is recognising PortionPac Chemical Corporation as one of its longest-term supporters as it releases its influential 'Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools'. This is the fourth edition of the guide, following the successful distribution of nearly 125,000 copies of earlier editions.[TRIMTO] "...

A BSCAI Service Employee of the Year Award winner for the fifth year!

Tim M Murch, CBSE, President of contract cleaning company MMMM (Mitch Murch's Maintenance Management Company) has announced that MMMM has been awarded the Building Services Contractors Association International 2012 Service Employee of the Year Award for an unprecedented fifth time.[TRIMTO] Nominations came from some of the Association's 1,200...

New OptiSilk range brings touch of luxury to Optimum Professional

Optimum Professional, a leading brand of disposable paper products for the cleaning and hygiene market, has extended its product offer into a new market with the launch of OptiSilk, a range of luxury silky soft toilet tissue. It is part of its continuing commitment to provide innovative products that meet the needs of its customers.[TRIMTO] T...

Hat trick for Cagney Contract Cleaning

Dublin-based Cagney Contract Cleaning scored a hat trick last week at the Irish Contract Cleaning Association's Cleaning Industry Awards, which are held every other year, winning: Overall Winner for the Convention Centre Dublin Best Cleaned Premises in the Hospitality (Convention Centre Dublin) Overall Supervisor ...

SCA aims to save Eur300 million p.a. by cutting costs and increasing productivity

On Monday, at its Capital Market Day in Stockholm, SCA announced that it had introduced a programme to cut costs and increase productivity within its hygiene division, with a view to saving some Eur300 million a year. The jobs of an estimated 1,500 people will be affected.[TRIMTO] "Our efficiency programme from 2011 goes according to plan and ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Readers who've been with us since our launch more than 10 years ago may well have become fed up with my repetitive calls for the need for every cleaner to be properly traine...

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National head office puts Trust in Principle Cleaning

Following its recent move to a new London office, The National Trust has appointed Principle Cleaning Services as its cleaning contractor.[TRIMTO] Completely independent of Government, The National Trust is a charity that relies for income on membership fees, donations and legacies together with revenue raised from its commercial operations. I...

Clean up at The Golden Service Awards 2013!

Kimberly-Clark Professional is delighted to announce the launch of the Golden Service Awards 2013. Designed to recognise service excellence in the cleaning & support services industry, the awards provide a benchmark for quality and are the ideal opportunity for contract cleaning companies and in-house cleaning teams to promote the excellent ...

Anti-microbial plastic - an answer to the lack of human hygiene

Anti-microbial plastic is the best answer to contamination from the lack of basic human hygiene revealed in a recent survey, according to the CEO of Britain's leading specialist in degradable and anti-microbial plastics.[TRIMTO] Commenting on research from Queen Mary University and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, showing th...

ISSA/Interclean North America 2012 exceeds expectations

The results of the recent I ISSA/Interclean North America 2012 exceeded expectations, both statistically and according to the stream of positive feedback received from exhibitors and attendees. Busy booths, important business connections, and high-quality education and speakers are among the top reasons given by satisfied participants.[TRIMTO] ...

PDI signs agreement with HealthTrust for surface disinfection products

PDI, provider of infection prevention education, clinical support and products, has been awarded a contract for surface disinfection from HealthTrust, the group purchasing organisation that supports nearly 1,400 acute care facilities, as well as 10,600 ambulatory surgery centres, physician practices and alternate care sites in the US, with an ann...

New 6K Hydrophobic Surface Protection System - it isn't like other glass coatings and it protects steel too!

CRL's new surface protection system has been specifically designed to protect both glass and stainless steel, making them look cleaner for longer and cutting the time taken to clean them. [TRIMTO] 6K by CRL is a two-step surface protection treatment with a three year protection lifespan. It uses nanotechnology and provides a hydrophobic, ...

Omega power - an incredibly compact stainless steel steam cleaner!

Matrix Cleaning Systems - thought to be the only UK manufacturer of a range of steam cleaning machines, has launched what it says is the smallest steam & vacuum machine on the market that is manufactured from stainless steel.[TRIMTO] The compact Omega has been designed to offer user friendliness, reliability and robustness, but at an affor...

ISS continues solid performance in challenging market

ISS experienced a strong positive trend in organic growth in 2011 following the start-up of several large Integrated Facility Services contracts leading to organic growth of 6.2% for the group. The organic growth in 2012 is negatively impacted by the challenging macroeconomic conditions, decline in non-portfolio services, exiting customer contra...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Plans to increase the speed limit for some HGVs in a bid to boost economic growth were announced last Friday by UK Roads Minister Stephen Hammond. The current speed limit on singl...

Betco launches new Stealth cylindrical sweeping scrubbers

Betco Corporation has launched two new Stealth cylindrical sweeping scrubbers. The ASC20BT and ASC24BT are 20in. and 24in. cylindrical floor scrubbers that improve efficiency by eliminating the need to dust mop a floor before scrubbing, thanks to the dual brush technology, which allows the Stealth machines to sweep debris off the floor while they...

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HiFlo Pole Gloves - a timely launch!

With a cold snap that has taken most of us in the UK by surprise and our friends across the Atlantic dealing with one weather problem after another, the launch of Unger's premium quality HiFlo Pole Gloves is highly timely. But of course they are not just for use in cold weather; they are perfect for all-year-round protection.[TRIMTO] Specifica...

A new standard in skincare science

Health and hygiene go hand in hand - and we're reminded of this fact almost constantly. Seemingly not a day goes by without a story about these inextricably linked subjects hitting the headlines from virus outbreaks in hospital wards to the continued fight against healthcare associated infections. These are potent reminders that developing goo...

Time to get on the acquisition trail (but take a different path)

...ll's user-friendly analysis tells you which businesses could be worth investment. Readers of the Cleanzine are entitled to a £50 discount of this report by calling 01642 626419 and quoting reference PR/SV18. E: W: www.plimsoll.co.uk ...

CK Group Cleaning Services wins Museum of London

CK Group has won the prestigious Museum of London contract for all housekeeping and portering services, taking over from MITIE. Located over three sites, London Wall, Docklands, and the archeological offices based in Islington, the Museum of London tells the story of one of the world's greatest cities and its people.[TRIMTO] The London Wall...

Trilogy system... the cleaning revolution!

TTS tells us that the patented three-in-one Trilogy washing System, which was launched earlier this year at ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam, is proving popular with users everywhere. Indeed it has been described as "an operator's dream" by those who love that it enables them to dust, wash and dry both horizontal and vertical surfaces without having ...

Soapbox: World Toilet Day - what can you do?

Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, asks: World Toilet Day - what can you do? Although it's unthinkable for those of us living in the more wealthy parts of the world, it is a harsh reality that one in three people on our tiny planet don't have access to either a toilet or drinkable water. Poor sa...

Business efficiency and innovation in the spotlight at BCC annual conference

Andrew Neil, former editor of The Sunday Times and currently known for his BBC political programmes, was the keynote speaker addressing 200 delegates from the cleaning industry at the British Cleaning Council conference 2012, which focused on business efficiency and innovation.[TRIMTO] The event, held at Coin Street Conference Centre, London,...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! When I learned of the proposed changes to employment legislation, which will offer all employees the chance to work flexible hours, I shook my head in disbelief. Running a business is...

Kaivac's AutoVac system NFSI certified

The National Floor Safety Institute NFSI has awarded 'High-Tractio'" product certification to Kaivac's new AutoVac system.[TRIMTO] The AutoVac is part of Kaivac's NFSI-Certified OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning System product line. This technology was required to pass rigorous NFSI testing when used as a system in order to qualify for this certific...

David Bellamy OBE steps down as President of BICSc

The British Institute of Cleaning Science has announced that Professor David Bellamy OBE has stepped down as President after over a decade of service to the Institute.[TRIMTO] As Colin Hasson, Life Vice President of the Institute explains: "He leaves an Institute now starting on its way to the 100th anniversary. His enthusiasm - as for all his...

Compostable refuse sacks set a record

The use of compostable refuse sacks reached a new record in the UK this year with more than 786,000 being used during a few short weeks in the Summer. As a result, it is believed that more large compostable sacks were used in those weeks than were used by the whole of the UK in the last year.[TRIMTO] The stimulus was LOCOG (The London Olympic ...

Handy poster demonstrates how to tackle odours and stains in healthcare settings

Prochem Europe has published an A4 Odour Control Healthcare Guide poster for hospitals, nursing and residential care home users, which gives handy, illustrated tips on safe and efficient urine decontamination, stain removal, odour control and carpet cleaning. The poster can be downloaded at:[TRIMTO] www.prochem.co.uk T: 020 8974 1515 E: W: www.prochem.co.uk ...

Forum announces five-point plan for jobs and growth

The Forum of Private Business has written to the Chancellor ahead of next month's Autumn Statement to outline a five-point plan to help deliver jobs and growth for the UK economy.[TRIMTO] The Forum is urging Mr Osborne to concentrate on measures that will help the small business sector flourish by reducing business costs, boosting employment i...

Soapbox: Why we should all ignore GDP statistics

Recent press reports have suggested the European economy is plunging into a triple dip recessionary phase. But if we need to know how the economy is faring we should look more closely at the figures where some startling trends are evident, argues Robin Chater (pictured), the Secretary-General of the Federation of European Employers - the leading ...

Agreement confirms elite supplier status

Cromwell Polythene has been appointed an approved supplier by Nationwide Hygiene Supplies, formalising an arrangement that has its roots in a trading relationship that is almost 40 years old.[TRIMTO] Under the terms of the new agreement, Cromwell will now be able to supply all 19 Nationwide members with more than 500 products, including a core...

Ingot Services continues its support for Suffolk youth charity

Out & About, the Suffolk based charity which provides opportunities for disabled young people across East Anglia, has held its annual awards evening, honouring its young volunteers. Corporate sponsor, cleaning contractor Ingot Services, was there to join in the celebrations.[TRIMTO] Ingot's Managing Director Alan Maynard was delighted to b...

Buc-ee's New Braunfels bathroom is America's best

Americans have voted the New Braunfels' Buc-ee's washroom as America's best. This branch of the Texas convenience store chain is said to "have a bathroom as big as Texas and some of the most spotless loos in the Lone Star State, making this pit stop perfect for any road warrior and fit for a king". And with 83 toilets to choose from, guests even ...

Cleaning and environmental apprenticeships firm receives industry accolade for second year running

Nordic Pioneer, a training company which specialises in workforce development as well as cleaning and environmental apprenticeships, has been presented with the Eric Hill Memorial Award by the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners for the second year running.[TRIMTO] The livery company presents the Eric Hill Memorial Award (in remembran...

And in contrast 70% of African women lack a safe toilet increasing their risk of illness, shame, harassment and violence

Seven in 10 women in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to a safe toilet, threatening their health and exposing them to shame, fear and even violence.[TRIMTO] This means that on World Toilet Day, last Monday, 19th November, 297 million African women and girls lacked safe and adequate sanitation and of those 107 million don't have a toilet at al...

Demon success with Hurricane Combi pressure washer

Launched at IOG Saltex last year, Demon's Hurricane Combi is proving hugely popular with a range of industries and with cleaning and facilities management companies, local authorities, sports arenas and marinas.[TRIMTO] The Combi was born from the success of two products, the Hurricane Pressure Washer and Rotowash Professional floor cleaner, a...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Some 18 months after joining the cleaning industry I attended my first British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Dinner. I think it was in 1993/94 and Dame Shirley Porter was the a...

Limescale removal technology heralded as a breakthrough

However clean your washrooms may appear to be, if there's limescale they're not clean enough as the limescale will quickly build up and as well as being unsightly, it will attract bacteria, which will soon start to smell really bad. Hard water scale removal system ContraCalc incorporates the latest advances in physical water conditioning, offe...

NCL introduces Ultra Concentrated Speed Stripper

National Chemical Laboratories has announced the introduction of Bolt Ultra Concentrated No-Rinse Speed Stripper. Bolt quickly penetrates and easily removes even extreme floor finish build-up, with application time and labour cut to a minimum thanks to its excellent wetting and slow drying features.[TRIMTO] The product does not contain caus...

Free Greyland wallplanner!

Yes, it's that time of year again. Planning for 2013. Who's away on holiday, when? And which deliveries is that Bank Holiday going to clash with? Don't trouble with computer spreadsheets that will either crash, or keep bringing up last year's arrangements, plan it all out at a glance - with the free Greyland Wallplanner![TRIMTO] Available t...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Some 18 months after joining the cleaning industry I attended my first British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Dinner. I think it was in 1993/94 and Dame Shirley Porter was the a...

Global product launch from KGS

  Abrasives specialist KGS, which has some 10,000 customers in more than 70 countries, has announced the global launch of its new KGS Flexis pads with Ferrzon. The Swiss manufacturer says that its KGS Flexis pads are the only pads in the world to contain Ferrzon, which in turn is thought to be the only substance that can scratch a diam...

Jangro launches smart cleaning training programme

Cleaning isn't the easiest job in the world and those whose job it is to clean, need to be trained to do it properly. Think: sometimes powerful machinery, trailing leads, potentially dangerous concoctions of chemicals, dilution rates that should be adhered to and wet floors - all mixed with members of the public who may or may not be the cleaner'...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! There is a saying in my neck of the woods that the law is an ass. I daresay you have your own version of this as no doubt those who make a pig's ear (mess) out of deciding how convict...

Synergy Health shows support for MRSA Action UK

Synergy Health has become a corporate sponsor for MRSA Action UK, a leading charity dedicated to raising public awareness and influencing Government and healthcare providers in the fight to prevent MRSA and other healthcare associated infections. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Synergy Health's Infection Prevention & Control divisio...

Vectair partners gynaecological cancer research charity to launch its Femcare MVP range

Vectair Systems, technological innovator and leading manufacturer of away from home hygiene products, has teamed up with The Eve Appeal gynaecological cancer research charity to raise awareness through the launch of its Femcare MVP range of feminine hygiene units.[TRIMTO] In the UK, 50 women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer every day...

The High Seas Hobbit toilet wins the 2012 Lepicol Home Throne Award

Rather timely when one considers that the British premiere of The Hobbit took place last night, but this fun toilet in a whisky barrel won this exciting new award at last week's Loo of the Year Awards.[TRIMTO] Entered by Matthew and Carol Short, farmers who live in Frazerburgh, north of Aberdeen, it was judged to be the best 'Home Throne' toil...

Blaklader to launch multi-certified product range designed for tough conditions

Blaklader is now venturing heavily into workwear for tough and hazardous working conditions with the launch of a new line called 'Multinorm'. The collection provides maximum protection for skilled workers such as industrial workers, electricians, welders and other groups exposed to electric hazards, fire and heat hazards, liquid chemicals or toug...

Harper Brush Works sold to Cequent Consumer Products

Harper Brush Works has completed a going concern sale transaction with Cequent Consumer Products of Ohio, in the US.[TRIMTO] Founded by Alphonso 'A.K.' Harper 112 years ago, Harper Brush Works has sold a variety of products for commercial industrial and home settings including brushes, push brooms, buckets/dust pans, automotive cleaning tools,...

ISS and Telenor sign Nordic IFS contract

Telenor, the international provider of tele, data and media communication services, has entered into a strategic partnership with ISS, where ISS will be delivering Integrated Facility Services to most of Telenor's operations throughout the Nordic countries.[TRIMTO] The new contract, signed with Telenor Real Estate, includes delivery of propert...

Avoid the perils of window cleaning in frozen wintery conditions

London-based Spectrum Window Cleaning, says its specialist commercial window cleaning services are better tailored to overcome the challenges of the cold winter weather and that its tried and tested systems deliver superior results in all weather conditions, providing end users with faster and longer-lasting results.[TRIMTO] Window cleaning in...

Five new cleaning contractors will keep Mecca clean

Five new cleaning companies are being sought, to clean the Muslim holy city of Mecca when the agreement with the current contractor expires, says the local authority. The number of cleaners will be increased from 6,500 to 17,500.[TRIMTO] Muhammad Al-Mourqi, the mayoralty's director of cleaning, has told the Saudi Gazette that some of the cur...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Coming up to Christmas we editors receive lots of information about predicted trends for the coming year and a press release that arrived today, which perhaps I shouldn't have look...

Hunters, farmers and a steady diet of new cleaning accounts

Our columnist Ed Selkow, who through more than 35 years in cleaning has stacked up an impressive depth of experience and knowledge of the industry, argues the case for being a farmer rather than a hunter... If I can save myself some time, then I figure I am ahead of the game. I have to explain hunting and farming almost every day so now I ca...

Carlisle awarded Arriva contract

Carlisle Support Services has been awarded the contract to provide Arriva, the UK's largest bus operator, with fleet and depot cleaning services. The contract will be the UK's biggest bus cleaning contract and will involve operations across the country.[TRIMTO] This contract win exemplifies the type of enlightened partnership approach to prov...

UKCPI Council welcomes new leaders

The UK Cleaning Products Industry Association has announced three new appointments to the leadership of its Council. Brandon Pilling of ACDOCO has been named Chairman and he will be supported by two Vice-Chairs - Petra Hangweier of Unilever and Steve Elder of Ecolab.[TRIMTO] The Council provides the overall leadership of the association and co...

Hull firms in court for worker's death in roof fall

Two Hull firms and a company director have been sentenced for joint safety failings relating to the death of a worker who plummeted more than eight metres through a fragile rooflight while cleaning gutters. Kevin Jackson, a father of five, suffered multiple injuries including several fractures of his skull, 15 broken ribs and severe damage to his...

Vileda Professional launches flexible and disposable high level cleaning solution

Vileda Professional has announced the launch of its new MicroDispo Dustermop - a flexible and economical solution for cleaning all of those hard to reach areas.[TRIMTO] With a bendable frame and telescopic handle, the MicroDispo Dustermop gives cleaning professionals an easy to use solution that can be bent into position and is slim enough to ...

LOTY 25th Anniversary winner is Staffordshire County Council

Staffordshire County Council was thrilled to win the much coveted UK Overall Winners Trophy at the special 25th Anniversary Loo of the Year Awards Event in December.[TRIMTO] "For the second year running a county council has deservedly won the top award," said Awards managing director, Mike Bone. "Staffordshire County Council places significant...

Weathering through the Winter with Aquatread and Scraper II mats

Winter is here for many of us and your building's floor mats are more important than ever. The harsh weather of this season will show no mercy on your flooring and maintenance budget. Making an investment in floor mats could be the best decision you make this season.[TRIMTO] Ice-melting salts, snow and water can damage your building's carpet w...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Currently suffering what appears to be my second relapse into the flu which started several days before we broadcast our last issue of Cleanzine before Christmas, I've had plenty of t...

Greyland: as seen on TV

Product Placement is, after advertising, one of the biggest growth areas in media today. Some companies pay literally millions for their products to appear in hit movies such as the latest Bond film in order to reach a global audience.[TRIMTO] So imagine Greyland Managing Director Richard Dyson's surprise when his mobile phone started receivin...

Soapbox: Funding needed to keep Britain's open spaces clean and litter-free

Bill Bryson, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, argues against cuts to the Tidy Britain budget...[TRIMTO] You may not know this but the Campaign to Protect Rural England has campaigned against litter since its inception in 1926. The era and causes were different but the result was the same - England's beautiful landscapes and waterways ...

World's largest floor cleaning franchise plans global expansion

Chem-Dry, said to be the world's largest carpet, rug, stone and tile cleaning franchise with 3,500 franchises in more than 35 countries, is embarking on a global expansion, having identified several target markets including France, the Philippines, Turkey, Germany, Taiwan, India, Iceland, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The company is seeking master...

Aurora Capital acquires DuBois Chemicals

Aurora Capital Group has announced that it has acquired Ohio, US-based DuBois Chemicals - established in 1920 - from The Riverside Company.[TRIMTO] DuBois offers a broad range of proven and customised chemicals solutions together with excellent customer service and technical support. Differentiated solutions offered by DuBois reduce downtime,...

Talks being held today to avert further protests and strike action at hospitals

The GMB union and Sodexo are meeting in London this afternoon in a last ditch attempt to avoid further protests as were seen outside Brighton and Haywards Heath hospitals yesterday and to avert industrial action.[TRIMTO] The union says that while Sodexo has apologised to staff working as cleaners, caterers, housekeepers and porters on NHS cont...

Cleanerswarehouse appointed exclusive distributor for Vitec Global in the UK

Lancashire based online trade warehouse, cleanerswarehouse.co.uk is delighted to announce that it has widened its offering to the cleaning sector by becoming the national distributor for the Vitec Global product range.[TRIMTO] Famed for a series of products that all incorporate the patented, groundbreaking Vitec antimicrobial chemistry, Vite...

Cleaning at the sharp end!

Principle Cleaning Services has scored something of a coup by winning the contract to clean London's fabulous new landmark building: The Shard at London Bridge Quarter - the new commercial district emerging on London's South Bank. Principle is delighted to be working in partnership with London Bridge Quarter Estate Management, the dedicated on-s...

Clever FM solution can help increase efficiency and lower costs

Facilities management today is a highly complex task involving a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure that a building or complex operates at optimum efficiency for the people and businesses inside.[TRIMTO] The disciplines which fall under the heading of facilities management are far-reaching and include planning, design, construction, furnitu...

Porsche Museum in Germany serviced by ISS

When the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany was looking for a facility services provider, ISS came out as the preferred supplier. ISS now provides the museum with cleaning services, maintenance, glass and facade cleaning, garden maintenance, snow removal and pest control.[TRIMTO] The modern museum building in Stuttgart, which has about 5,600...

A new weapon in your cleaning skills armoury?

The Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum is being given a special clean by chief conservator David L. Olin and visitors are able to watch the process while hearing a narrative of the scenes in the painting, via a sound & light programme. [TRIMTO] The work is expected to end on 1st February, a...

Biggest idiot on a ladder crowned by Ladder Association after public vote

What better way to kick off the New Year than to show you an image that as well as giving you a laugh should help ensure that you take ladder safety more seriously throughout 2013 and beyond?[TRIMTO] After three months of picture submissions and voting, the UK Ladder Association's global 'Idiots on Ladders' campaign has discovered the biggest ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Britain has seen three major High Street chains go into administration this week: Jessops (for many years The High Street's camera specialist), Blockbuster (the long-time leader in...

Swedish cleaner goes off the rails!

That old adage that if anything goes wrong/missing, blame the cleaner, proved true on Tuesday when a cleaner in Sweden stopped working on the Stockholm commuter train she was cleaning, climbed into the driver's seat and drove it away. Needless to say the woman, who was in her 20s, had not missed her vocation; the train left the rails and ended up...

Holden Industries acquires Vector Technologies

Holden Industries has announced its acquisition of Vector Technologies, based in Wisconsin. Vector designs and manufactures powerful industrial vacuum cleaner and cleaning systems, combination vacuum & jetters, abrasive blasting and surface preparation equipment, spill response equipment, asbestos and hazardous waste industrial vacuum removal...

Triangle Services commences operations In Colombia

Triangle Services, a privately-held supplier of managed support services to the facilities and aviation communities, has announced its entry into the international marketplace with the opening of an office and operations at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia.[TRIMTO] Triangle President and Co-Owner Perry Fine expressed his exc...

FM professional and membership bodies "failing employers" - FM chief spearheads campaign for action

A leading facilities management employer is spearheading a campaign urging greater cohesion and more effective representation among FM membership bodies.[TRIMTO] Chris Cracknell, Chief Executive of international facilities services organisation OCS Group and Chair of FM skills body Asset Skills, is convinced industry representation is too frag...

Idrobase Group closes 2012 at +13% and sets the targets for 2013

2012 was positive for Idrobase Group, which closed the year with a turnover 13% up on 2011. This result is in line with the business expectations and was positively influenced by the success of the new products launched in 2012 involving all the corporate brands.[TRIMTO] From the professional Idrobase hp washers to the accessories and spare p...

New colour for Karcher products makes differentiation easier

Cleaning equipment manufacturer Kärcher has announced a comprehensive change to the colour of its Professional products. Starting this month, all Kärcher professional products will change from their traditional yellow colour to their new colour of anthracite. The colour change creates a clear differentiation between consumer-use produc...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! British Prime Minister David Cameron has finally made his long-awaited speech about Britain's position in the EU and - perhaps surprisingly, he seems to have won a lot of people over....

ISS wins contract with NIBSC

ISS Facility Services has announced that it has been awarded the contract to provide security and cleaning services to the National Institute for Biological Standards & Control (NIBSC), a centre of the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Based in South Mimms, Hertfordshire, NIBSC is a multi-disciplinary scientific establishment whose purpose i...

AlturaSolutions releases report on marketing directions that will impact the Jansan industry

E-commerce will grow significantly in the professional cleaning industry and will evolve into 'm-commerce' (mobile-commerce) allowing end users to view and buy janitorial tools and equipment on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, according to Robert Kravitz, President of AlturaSolutions Communications, a marketing and public relations...

ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe just three months away

Since its launch in 2003, ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe has established itself as the premier trade show for the cleaning industry in Poland and surrounding countries, including the Czech Republic, Russia, the Baltic states, Romania and the Ukraine. With 193 exhibitors from 29 countries and almost 3,700 visitors from 57 countries, ...

Time is running out to make the most of exhibiting at Ausclean WA

The calendar has ticked over and we're now flying through the first month of 2013 which means the Ausclean WA is getting very close! The event is taking place at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, on 19th and 20th March 2013. If you're a supplier to any aspect of the cleaning and hygiene industry this is the show for you to promote your products...

Greyland says don't get caught short!

Known for their 'does what it says on the tin' approach to making and naming chemicals, Greyland has a range of products suitable for every area in the washroom so there's no need to get caught short! For cleaning stainless steel urinals without causing unsightly chemical reaction to the metal surface Triple S the Stainless Steel Safe toilet c...

Staying pristine at every height, one year on!

A landmark rugby league venue is set to be restored to an immaculate condition at every height ahead of its ‘first birthday.' The £25m St Helens RLFC Langtree Park stadium opened in January 2012 and is undergoing annual maintenance works in the close season thanks to the powered access expertise of Nationwide Platforms. To facil...

Unilever brings zero waste to landfill commitment five years forward to 2015

Unilever has today announced that more than 50% of all its factories have achieved the goal of sending no waste to landfill in 2012. This was achieved whilst the company reported annual sales of €51 billion - up from €40 billion when Unilever set out its new vision of doubling the size of its business whilst reducing its environmental i...

Andrew Large announces departure from cleaning industry

...ing out of hospital cleaning services and to support the payment of the London Living Wage. He told Cleanzine that the timing of his departure would be flexible to ensure that whoever was taking over would be completely ready to handle the role before having to take full responsibility for it. He also said: "I have been with the CSSA as Chief Ex...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! When I started school, grown-ups used to joke about how I needed to learn my ‘Three Rs’, (Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic) but these days any mention of the Th...

VLA Healthcare removes Sharps Terminator from sale in the UK and Germany

VLA Healthcare announced last Friday that is has removed the Sharps Terminator from sale in both the UK and Germany. The decision to remove the product from sale and to cease all promotional activity, was taken due to concerns over reliability and performance issues pertaining to the product, which were uncovered during NHS testing and evaluatio...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I’m sure we’re all aware of how frustrating it is and how much ill feeling is created when a washroom doesn’t have toilet tissue or soap. Unnecessary waste and th...

Ashkin sees 2013 as 'tipping point' for sustainability and the cleaning industry

Stephen Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, believes 2013 will be a 'tipping point' year for the professional cleaning industry as cleaning professionals become more involved in reducing clients' operating costs by becoming more sustainable.[TRIMTO] "Building owners will increasingly turn to their s...

Kimberly-Clark Professional collaborates with Disney on Healthy Schools Project

Kimberly-Clark Professional is collaborating with Disney in its new campaign to improve hand hygiene among children. Data published by the Department of Education has revealed that every day, thousands of children across the UK are absent from nurseries and schools due to minor illnesses, often spread by poor hand hygiene. Independent studies ha...

Betco launches Photon Max with SRT Floor Finish

Betco Corporation has announced the newest addition to its Floor Care line. Photon Max with Scuff Resistance Technology (SRT), utilises proprietary technology and is a high gloss, remarkable response floor finish that has superior black heel mark resistance.[TRIMTO] Photon Max with SRT is low odour and perfect for retail, supermarkets and healthcare - indeed anywhere the highest gloss is demanded. T: 1-888-462-3826 W: www.betco.com ...

Innovation in the hand towel industry: next generation products from Comax UK and Katrin

The C-Fold towel has been a core part of the hand towel industry for many years and has served it well. However, as the industry makes way for new technologies, better understanding of delivering real benefit is leading organisations to make new product choices - and with good reasons.[TRIMTO] Catriona Lee, Marketing coordinator at Comax says:...

New contactless soap dispensers from Kennedy: 'Savona Ellipse Auto'

The Savona Ellipse Auto range of soap dispensers is the latest set of products to be developed by Kennedy`s research and development team. The dispensers provide an ultra hygienic solution for hand washing. Based on infra-red proximity technology combined with a high speed dose delivery, this automatic soap dispenser delivers one of the most user...

How important are public washrooms?

Residents and visitors to the our towns and cities expect to find clean, hygienic and well maintained publicly accessible toilet facilities when they shop, eat, drink or just enjoy the attractions provided. Without this crucial provision they will find somewhere else to spend their time and money.[TRIMTO] Good washrooms demonstrate that the pr...

Rubbermaid launches Spa Fragrance Collection for commercial environments

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) is launching its Spa Fragrance Collection for air care in commercial environments. In response to marketplace trends and needs, three spa quality fragrances utilising natural, essential oils proven to positively impact mood, have been added to RCP's Air Care portfolio. The fragrances have been proven to enh...

Cleaning contractors wade in to clear flooded NHS site

When flooding forced the closure of the NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) Centre near Bristol, contractor Regent Cleaning helped get the vital facility operational again in just two weeks instead of the anticipated two months. While other NHSBT sites around the country took in stocks of blood to continue supplying hospitals in the Midlands, S...

Major expansion plans at Avica

Avica UK, the fast growing, independent janitorial, education and catering supplies company, has embarked on a major expansion programme across its three branches following exceptional business growth over the past year.[TRIMTO] The Watford warehouse and headquarters was the first to be upgraded and expanded. Now the Tunbridge Wells site has...

Singaporean washroom association launches awareness-raising online game and competition

What is thought to be the first online game that enables players to experience the demanding work of a washroom cleaning attendant, was launched recently at the LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Carnival & Awards ceremony in Singapore, by the Restroom Association (Singapore). [TRIMTO] And although the main purpose of 'LOO Whiz' is to educ...

EU's REACH chemical review flags small business fee cut

A European Commission's review of the REACH regulation on Tuesday calls for a cut in charges to small businesses under the world's most far-reaching environmental law.[TRIMTO] "Our main message will be that so far REACH is functioning well, but there is a need to reduce the impact on SMEs (small and medium enterprises)," a Commission source to...

Room disinfection robot gains UK acceptance after successful NHS trials

It may look like a futuristic gadget from a science fiction movie, but this germ-killing robot is a new, efficient method of tackling hospital superbugs, which could save the NHS more than £200 million a year if adopted nationwide The remote-controlled Tru-D SmartUVC device is an automated total room disinfection system that uses SmartUV...

Truvox scrubs up at the Trojans Club

Rugby is a full contact sport - with the players' kits taking as much punishment from mud and grass as the players themselves through tackles and line-outs. It can be a dirty game - literally - and the same goes for spectators, who huddle on the sidelines to cheer on their teams and collect their own share of the mud. This means that rugby clubs ...

Gojo signs agreement with US HealthTrust

Gojo Industries has announced a new contract with the US-based HealthTrust to provide its 1,400 member hospitals and 10,600 ambulatory surgery centres, physician practices and alternate care sites with access to purchase the full line of Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer and Provon hand hygiene and skincare products through the group purchasing organ...

CMS 2013 Berlin: allocation of hall space has already begun

CMS tells us that Messe Berlin's preparations for the international trade fair for Cleaning Systems, Building Management & Services are well advanced, more so than in any previous year. With many bookings already taken from all the leading market players the task of allocating individual stands and special display areas in the halls has alrea...

Auditors slam Europe's waste system - for waste

The European Court of Auditors has criticised the EU's waste management infrastructure, which has received €10.8 billion in structural funding since 2000, for its "limited" effectiveness.[TRIMTO] The average European citizen generates around 500kg of municipal waste per year, a source of environmental degradation unless properly collected...

National winner John puts the Who? in Which?

A newcomer to cleaning trained by Prochem Europe has won a national small business award. The Which? 2012 Local Business of the Year Award has gone to Prochem customer John Kilkenny, of north London-based, Advanced Clean. A relative newcomer to the cleaning industry, John attended a Prochem training course in 2010. "When the recession impac...

Don't let the Winter Vomiting Virus take hold

Britain is in the grip of a winter vomiting outbreak which has already seen many thousands fall victim to the debilitating virus. Cases of the vomiting bug have surged to a five-year high and the health service has reported outbreaks at dozens of UK hospitals. Front-line health workers are being struck down by the virus, leaving overstretched ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Eurostat announced this morning that the Eurozone had posted poor growth figures for the end of 2012 - GDP fell by 0.6% in the final quarter of last year. The German economy contracte...

Restroom Association (Singapore) presents its Loo Awards

Those responsible for Singapore's best washrooms were rewarded for their efforts at the LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Carnival & Awards ceremony in Singapore recently, by the Restroom Association (Singapore).[TRIMTO] For this latest round of LOO Awards, 57 nominations were received for three categories - and a total of 16 recipients, inclu...

New report gives top considerations for hiring commercial window cleaners

Spectrum Window Cleaning, one of London's leading window cleaning firms, today published a report regarding the key areas that building managers should consider when hiring high rise abseiling window cleaning contractors.[TRIMTO] Through the company's position as an increasing force in the London window cleaning market, its investment in techn...

Armchem International launches green version of best selling Tub, Tile & Grout Cleaner

Armchem International, the business-to-business distributor of over 50,000 speciality industrial products and a winner of Merfin's Growing Green Program Award, has introduced a new green version of its number one product, Grout 66.[TRIMTO] The green version is a non-corrosive, non-fuming, tub, tile & grout cleaner that provides top-tier pe...

Unger extends indoor window cleaning range

Following the success of its recently launched products for cleaning interior glass and mirrors at height (using telescopic poles) Unger has now completed the range with the new Handheld Padholder and the ultra smooth, easy glide Microfibre Cleaning Pad.[TRIMTO] Easy to use and durable, the aluminium Padholder is designed to facilitate the app...

No damage, just PURfect results!

Vileda Professional has announced the latest addition to its PU (polyurethane) coated products range - PURmicro microfibre cleaning cloth.[TRIMTO] This innovative new product is thought to be the UK's first knitted microfibre cloth with a PU coating, which allows for super-easy rinsing. The cloth is proven to hold 4000% fewer dirt particles af...

ISS Sweden continues cooperation with Kalmar County Hospital

ISS and Kalmar County Council in Sweden have signed an agreement valued at more than SEK 50 million, which means ISS will deliver cleaning services to the County Hospital in Kalmar for the coming years.[TRIMTO] Kalmar County Council covers the entire county and is responsible for healthcare, dental care, as well as some education. Kalmar Count...

Facilities Show and co-located events to return to London for 2014

UBM Live, announced on Tuesday that the UK-based Protection & Management Series - including IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo and Facilities Show - will move from Birmingham's NEC to ExCeL London in June 2014 (17th - 19th).[TRIMTO] The decision comes at the end of a 12 month period of research and consultat...

CMS Advisory Committee gains a new member

The Advisory Council of CMS 2013 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. has gained a new member today. The arrival of Markus Stojan, Vice President Sales & Marketing Region Central of SCA, marks the inclusion of another representative of the industry from a company exhibiting at CMS. He represents the washrooms and hygiene sector.[TRIMTO] ...

Vectair Systems' popular V-Screen urinal screen range welcomes two new fragrances

Vectair Systems, technological innovator and manufacturer of away from home hygiene products, has introduced two additions to its V-Screen range of urinal screens; Woodland Retreat and Ocean Spray. Vectair V-Screen offers an effective means of keeping drains and urinals free-flowing and combats odour control between washroom cleaning visits. ...

EU landfills or incinerates 60% of its municipal waste: "Must do better!" says FoE

The European Union currently landfills and incinerates 60% of municipal waste. Valuable materials which could be recycled or re-used are being thrown away as rubbish, contributing to demand for more raw materials, says a Friends of the Earth report, released today. The study concludes if the EU is to move to a zero-waste Europe, higher recycling ...

Kärcher wins unfair competition lawsuit against Chinese manufacturer

Having won its lawsuit against Chinese manufacturer Wenzhou Haibao for unfair competition, Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG has become one of the first German companies to be successful with such an application in China. Central to the legal dispute, which was held in the District Court in Guangzhou (Canton), were copies of Karcher's indust...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I finished the news for Cleanzine early this week but decided to leave the leader for a couple of days to see if something interesting came up that I’d want to write about. I ch...

Stackable 10 litre container cuts weight and adds impact

A new stackable 10 litre container from French manufacturer RPC Emballages Moirans, can help brands improve both their sustainability credentials and on-shelf impact.[TRIMTO] The 310 container is the result of thorough research in environmental impact and ergonomics, as well as the increasing demand of customers for personalisation capability....

Bitesize learning with the WoolSafe Academy

Since its launch in October 2012, the WoolSafe Academy has welcomed numerous flooring and cleaning professionals through its virtual doors. Specialising in providing online training courses that are handily divided into bite-size modules, the Academy's flexible nature means that it is fast becoming a leading platform for online training globally....

RIA members create cleaning solution for flood damage

A number of the Restoration Industry Association members have partnered with All Hands Volunteers to create The Sandy Solution, a cleaning solution designed to remediate houses with mould growth as a result of flood damage from Hurricane Sandy. The clean-up can be carried out by volunteers working with the property owner.[TRIMTO] Michael A. Pi...

IFMA: The sustainable office in action - new 'Service Center of Excellence'

Officially opening today, the new global headquarters of the International Facility Management Association offers a strong case study of the application of sustainable workplaces. The Houston-based 'Service Center of Excellence', employs innovative technologies and techniques to benefit the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.[TRIMTO]...

Textile manufacturer sentenced over worker's death

A West Yorkshire textile firm has been ordered to pay more than £115,000 in fines and costs for safety breaches that led to a worker being crushed and killed by a falling stack of rag bales. Forklift truck operator James Welka, 61, died in hospital just hours after the incident at WE Rawson's warehouse in Castle Bank Mills, Wakefield, in...

Helping business to be 'smart' about waste and resources

...help the organisers shape the event and develop a high quality conference programme they are asking Cleanzine readers to take five minutes out and complete the short survey. All entrants will be entered into a draw to win a Kindle Fire. To take the survey, visit: www.surveymonkey.com T: 01604 620426 E: W: www.c...

Prochem Europe customer is UK's fastest-growing franchise

The UK's fastest-growing franchise is storming into the disaster restoration market using Prochem Europe technology and solutions.[TRIMTO] Greater numbers of escape-of-water insurance claims due to record rainfall in the UK in the past year have seen an increase in the need for damage restoration companies and Kings Lynn, Norfolk-based Tempest ...

Game on for LPM Cleaning at SONY Computer Entertainment Europe

LPM Cleaning & Support Services, has won the contract to provide cleaning services to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) for five of its sites, including its design studios.[TRIMTO] SCEE, which has its head office in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation3, PlayStationVita, PlayStation2, PSP ...

AsepticSure disinfection system proving successful in Canadian hospital trials

San Francisco-based Medizone International announced this week the successful completion of safety and preliminary operational trials of its AsepticSure system at Quinte Health Care Belleville General Hospital, affiliated with Queen's University Working with Contamination Control Company (C3), an Ontario-based provider of AsepticSure services...

Will you be attending AusClean WA?

AusClean WA will be held over 19th - 20th March 2013 in Fremantle, WA, and with more than 12 hours of education, 30 exhibitors, happy hour on the show floor and the Cleaning Council WA Golf Day, networking and relationship building has never been so simple in Western Australia. One of the popular education sessions is 'Changing with the times'...

Nviro cleans crime scenes as part of three year contract with Hampshire Police

Cleaning contractor Nviro has successfully retained and increased the value of its contract with the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire after undergoing a rigorous retendering process via Hampshire County Council's procurement team. Nviro won the bid to clean police premises plus additional work involving crime scenes....

Morclean launches machine range for cleaning wheelie bins

Morclean's new wheelie bin wash range - ideal for both domestic and commercial wheelie bin cleaning - is now available for orders. Of high quality design, extremely efficient and really easy to use, the machines complete in seconds what can otherwise be a tedious and sometimes unpleasant job. They can wash two domestic bins simultaneously. ...

'Libera', the industrial high pressure washer from Italy

Libera is a new line of cold water pressure washers from the Italian Idrobase Group. As with all the company's pressure washers, Libera's pump is easy to service because it's visible, its electric motor 'breathes' fresh air and its electric panel is simplified, with only one on/off switch.[TRIMTO] Libera is designed for heavy duty use and is i...

Soluclean product/training videos now available on

...ottle, mop bucket or floor cleaning machine and then - thanks to Lynn - good cleaning practice. Cleanzine keyed 'Soluclean' into the search bar and a whole selection comes up. www.youtube.com is only a couple of minutes long and demonstrates just how useful these videos are - particularly for those who may not have a good command of t...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! As you are no doubt aware, I have written several comment pieces in the 560 issues of Cleanzine we’ve produced, to grouse about the vagaries of this nation’s recycling pro...

Katrin Academy - stepping stones to success

Metsa Tissue tells us it is very pleased to be celebrating a significant milestone next month. No - it's not Katrin's birthday...... (although next year, Katrin will be 40 years young...). It is the first anniversary of the introduction of the Katrin Academy training programme by the Finnish manufacturer.[TRIMTO] The Katrin Academy was establi...

Savortex launches energy efficient hand dryer into FM sector

Savortex, the young and ambitious, technology-driven British manufacturer of energy efficient hand dryers, has launched the new addition to its Vortex EcoSmart Range: The Vortex 540 Diamond White hand dryer.[TRIMTO] The anti-bacterial gloss-finished product boasts significant improvements to the company's established low energy and sustainable...

Spiderman window cleaner surprises patients at children's hospital in Tampa

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital patients woke to a superhero surprise outside their hospital room window last Thursday. Spiderman joined forces with High-Rise Window Cleaning to take on the force of evil known as dirty windows, and brought some much-needed smiles to sick children in the process.[TRIMTO] After rappelling down the roof, the web...

Electrolysed water for The Lab at Westminster Kingsway

The Lab, one of the brand new facilities at Westminster Kingsway College, enables students to explore - and experiment with, the latest innovations in science-based cooking equipment and techniques. It is headed by Rachel Edwards-Stuart, a doctor of food science and also a qualified chef.[TRIMTO] Rachel needed to ensure the highest levels of h...

Motorclean becomes largest provider of car valeting services in the UK

Mobeus has provided an additional £3.2m to portfolio company Motorclean, the specialist car valeting business, to support the acquisition of the trade and assets of Forward Valeting Services as part of a £5m transaction. [TRIMTO] Mobeus financed the MBO of Motorclean in 2011 and this follow on funding takes its total investment in ...

Marriott helps 'Clean the World'

Global hospitality provider Marriott International, has become an official hotel partner of Clean the World, a non-profit organisation that collects, recycles and distributes discarded soaps and other hygiene amenities to communities in need. [TRIMTO] With nearly 47,000 rooms (more than 200 hotels) already participating, Marriott tells us it ...

Landfill still the answer for most, despite EU recycling target

...ycled and 10% was composted. A recent study by Friends of the Earth Europe (which we reported in Cleanzine http://thecleanzine.com/pages/5115/eu_landfills_or_incinerates_60_of_its_municipal_waste_must_do_better_says_foe/ if you'd like to recap) called for tighter regulation on landfill use and incineration and higher recycling goals. It estimate...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! "The show must go on!" said the cleaners at last week's Academy Awards.  Most of us just saw all the glitz and glamour on Oscars night but we hear that if it hadn't been for t...

Sodexo named one of the 'World's Most Admired Companies' by Fortune Magazine

Global FM services provider Sodexo is the most admired company in its sector according to Fortune Magazine's 2013 corporate reputation survey. Nearly 4,000 business executives, directors and analysts rated close to 700 companies from 30 countries on nine criteria, from innovation to global competitiveness, for the survey.[TRIMTO] Among leading...

China Clean teams up with World Toilet Organization to create onsite forum

The organiser of next month's China Clean Expo 2013, UBM Sinoexpo, is teaming up with the World Toilet Organization to create an onsite forum, the World Toilet Form, with the aim of attracting people's attention to China's public health issues as well as promoting toilet culture across China. Professionals and experts from the sustainable sanitat...

New joint venture company will safeguard jobs and deliver key services

A new multi-million pound contract between Norse Commercial Services and Norwich City Council, which will secure the jobs of a local workforce and strengthen the bonds of a public sector partnership, came into effect on 1st March.[TRIMTO] The £4.8 million per year contract to deliver environmental services such as buildings cleaning, str...

Xenex 'robot' halting spread of infection in more than 100 hospitals

As major news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CBS News have recently reported, US hospitals are engaged in a ferocious battle against the deadly pathogens and multi drug-resistant organisms which cause healthcare associated infections. Hospital cleanliness plays a role in the spread of HAIs, which are caused by microor...

ISS soars with Ryanair at Luton Airport

ISS FS Transport has won an additional contract with Ryanair at Luton Airport. The new 18-month contract will cover the cleaning of all Luton airport-based aircraft, which currently stands at four Boeing 737-800s. Services will include aircraft interior cleaning, deep cleaning, toilets and water servicing as well as daily services such as rubb...

Firm fined as stonework cleaning and pigeon spike installation job injures passer-by

Workers using a mobile elevating working platform to clean stonework and install pigeon spikes above shops had a mishap when repositioning the platform, which consequently struck the building and dislodged an 8kg chunk of masonry that fell almost eight metres to the pavement below, striking a pedestrian on the shoulder and knocking him to the gro...

New contract win builds on JTM's social housing portfolio

Commercial laundry specialist JTM Service continues to make a splash across the social housing sector with a new contract to provide communal laundry facilities for Isos Housing. The four year agreement with one of the North East's housing associations consolidates JTM Service's position as a leading laundry specialist for the social housing s...

Energy efficiency on agenda at Facilities Show 2013

With UK energy regulator Ofgem reporting at the end of 2012 in its first annual Electricity Capacity Assessment that Britain risks running out of its energy capacity margin in the Winter of 2015-16, the need for strategic energy efficiency plan has never been more apparent for businesses. The Facilities Show 2013 will this year, within its dedica...

Idrobase buys new premises to cope with increasing business

An expanding order book has forced Idrobase Group to seek extra capacity once more. The company has now bought a new 1,000 sq.m building, adjacent to its historic headquarters in Borgoricco, which will house a new production line and a warehouse. In 1998, after 12 years as a distributor, Idrobase started out with a 900 sq.m building, most of w...

Greyland customer survey - results are in!

The results are in, and the winner is... (cue drumroll) YOU! Yes, the Greyland annual Customer Survey has been evaluated for 2012 and despite all that could have happened (but didn't) during their move a year ago, the overall consensus is that Greyland service is 'Excellent.' Of those who returned their Customer Survey forms, none thought t...

Tissue World, Barcelona, less than two weeks away

The Tissue World Conference, which will take place less than two weeks from now from March 18th to 21st in Barcelona, Spain, will give tissue makers, converters and suppliers to the tissue making and converting industries the opportunity for meetings, idea exchange and learning. It is a truly global event, with visitors and exhibitors coming from...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Next week sees the event that those in the UK cleaning industry have been eagerly awaiting for the past two years - The Cleaning Show, which takes place at the National Exhibitio...

Bird-B-Gone!

Bird-B-Gone has unveiled its latest addition to the Bird Jolt Flat Track line of electric bird deterrents, Clear Track, which is available around the globe. Effective for both small and large pest birds, the Bird Jolt Flat Track System does not harm birds but instead conditions them to avoid the area. The system is said to be the only electric...

Vileda Professional's clean sweep at Manchester Arndale

Vileda Professional, provider of technologically advanced cleaning solutions, is proud to be the cleaning product supplier of choice for the UK's largest inner-city shopping centre, Manchester Arndale. As a flagship site for the owners of a portfolio of shopping malls across the UK, Manchester Arndale want to use the very best produacts on its si...

Olympic legacy lingers on for Bay West

Disposables UK, a leading supplier of washroom dispensing products to the away from home market, scooped a major win at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, when its Bay West range was chosen for venues within the Olympic Park. In all, some 16,000 Bay West dispensers were installed within the Olympic Park, and across the duration of t...

New Soybean Resin urinals cement Waterless Co's environmental credentials!

... Del Casa Model # 2902 - Del Mar Model # 2901 - Santa Fe Model # 2903 As Cleanzine 'went to press' we learned that Waterless Co. has earned one of the highest scores - 4.5 out of a possible 5 - in the new Environmental Leader Technology Reviews Program, which recognises excellence in products and services that provide com...

Hygiene concerns change our thinking on construction materials

Rising awareness and concern about hygiene and infections is affecting companies on many levels. Some are even thinking about changing the materials used to construct their workplaces, to help keep the area safe and hygienic for both employees and members of the general public.[TRIMTO] "People are becoming increasingly concerned about the risk...

Vectair runner in London Marathon!

Have you ever thought about running 42 kilometres / 26 miles? Me neither, but at the young age of 53, Dave O'Donoghue, Export Manager at Vectair Systems, has taken on the challenge of running the London Marathon on April 21st.[TRIMTO] Dave will be joined by his daughter Catie running her first ever marathon and between them they have decided t...

AfidampFAB launches 'Pulire 2013 Innovation Awards'

AfidampFAB (Italian Association of manufacturers of machinery, products & tools for industrial cleaning & environmental hygiene), with organisational support from Afidamp Services, has announced the seventh edition of the Pulire Innovation Awards.[TRIMTO] The awards will take place during Pulire 2013 - the exhibition and conference ded...

New 3M Melamine Floor Pads deep clean and restore up to 5 x more floor

Cleaning and maintaining stone, marble, concrete and other porous floor surfaces presents a particular challenge to facilities managers and contract cleaners; which is why 3M has launched a new, high-performance Melamine Floor Pad tailormade for the job.[TRIMTO] Specially designed for daily, deep and spot cleaning of ceramic, polished concrete...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The Cleaning Show 2013 opens its doors today not only with a large percentage of new companies exhibiting for the first time, but also with an impressive number of new features. Marti...

Dry Fusion: Stand G93

Dry Fusion is using the Show to launch a groundbreaking new product that will allow operators of the popular Dry Fusion Carpet Cleaning System an impressive 50% saving! Re-Act is both a heavy duty pre-spray and pad solution in one. It dilutes 1:10 and replaces the previous 'Restore' and 'Activator' Dry Fusion products yet is more environmentally ...

Jangro: Stand G30

FREE training programme from Jangro Jangro, the UK's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, is launching the first ever distance learning programme for the cleaning industry at the Cleaning Show. Jangro's 'Learning Management Solution' enables you to educate your cleaning staff anywhere, anytime, at a fraction of the cost of t...

Ophardt Hygiene: new hygiene dispensers

Ophardt Hygiene is showcasing an enormous range of dispensers and complete hygiene solutions for public washrooms - including the impressive reliable and robust stainless-steel Santral series, which come as standard with the company's durable 'anti-fingerprint coating' for long-lasting good looks. "AFP ensures a noticeable reduction of visible fi...

Prochem Europe: Stand C70

Our image shows the Prochem stand before all the equipment was brought onto it and while it might look impressive here, just wait until you see it in its full glory - there is so much to discover! For example, there's the Endeavor - a brand new portable carpet and upholstery extractor which has so impressed the judges of the Innovation Awards,...

FactoryCat / Elan Sales: Stand E80

The TomCat Orbitz range of scrubbers from FactoryCat have - literally - landed in the UK this week and you can see them ably demonstrated on a range of floor surfaces including concrete, marble and vinyl - showcasing their ability to strip multiple layers of seal without the use of harmful chemicals, reducing the risk of slip and fall potential a...

Centrego: Stand C80

Centrego will be launching two new versions of the Toucan-Eco that wowed visitors to the last Cleaning Show in 2011 and which has been impressing the cleaning world ever since. As well as the new Toucan Mini, Centrego is introducing the Toucan Eco II which has been created following increased customer demand for a jug-only device that can be used...

Window Cleaning Competition

Window cleaning always has a high profile at the Cleaning Show and this year will be no different. Those in the trade (and perhaps those thinking of taking it up) will have the opportunity to view and try out a huge range of innovative window cleaning products including water-fed pole systems, access equipment, safety equipment, work-wear, squeeg...

PowerCell: Stand A70

As you take in the clever features and sheer functional beauty of the floor cleaning equipment on display at the Show, try to imagine the frustration you'd feel if you owned such a machine and it didn't work... This is the costly scenario faced all too often in the cleaning industry -and it's one that industrial battery supplier PowerCell would l...

PTS Clean: Stand E40

PTS Clean is showing the Italian-built Eureka Picobello 151 Manual Sweeper - a product that we know made the finals of the Innovation Awards in the Cleaning Equipment (outdoor) category, although we won't know until later today whether it has actually won the award or not. The company's Craig HosieIt told us that it was during a recent trip to th...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Although we don’t have the official visitor numbers, The Cleaning Show 2013 got off to an excellent start yesterday with everyone we spoke to saying they’d picked up some ...

Jangro triumphs in Innovation Awards

As well as winning its category in the Innovation Awards, Jangro scooped the overall winner's trophy for its new Smartphone app which breaks down many of the barriers that prevent cleaners from being properly trained. Its new distance learning programme, called ‘Learning Management System’ (LMS).enables contract cleaning companie...

"It's been rammed!"

We've never quite come across this term before by someone referring to their exhibition stand but having seen how busy Dean Smith and the relatively new Sales Manager Europe, Ewout de Lange, and the team had been every time we walked past Stand E80 , we could understand perfectly what Dean meant![TRIMTO] "We don't do hundreds of shows but...

Goodbye and hello

We met outgoing head of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, Andrew Large, along with new Media & Policy Manager for the British Cleaning Council, Melissa Higgs. Andrew is leaving for pastures new - or is that flying the coop? - as he is about to join the poultry industry. Having first met Andrew at another cleaning industry sh...

Hydro Systems Europe shows new prototypes

Hydro Systems Europe’s Alistair Blair-Davies talked us through the attributes of the two new prototypes on the stand – one offering flexible dispensing and dosing and the other being a lower cost version of the company’s top performing foaming system – both of which should be available within the next few months. He sa...

Bright Hygiene: Stand C52

Well… when you see someone that looks like a burly rugby player, wandering around a cleaning show looking miserable and dressed in a tight, bright pink tutu, you just have to go and investigate, don’t you? So why was he dressed like that? “I’m the cleaning fairy,” he confessed. [TRIMTO] “We wanted to dr...

£50M to spend between them!

Who said our local authorities were having their budgets cut to the bone? These three ABCD members, (from left) Mark Herring from Nottinghamshire, Kim Phillips from Rotherham and Simon Hollingbery from Reading have some £50,000,000 to spend between them, reports ABCD General Secretary Pat Maloney (not pictured).

Brightwell Dispensers launches Eco Mix and Eco Shot

So the secret is out… Brightwell is launching a new range of chemical dosing and dilution systems, Ecomix and Ecoshot, as Suzanne Gardent , pictured, explained. “Economix is a proprtioner,” she explained. “Connected to mains water, it creates a vauum and dilutes a pre-determined ratio of chemical into a final solution,...

Numatic International: everything new

Show visitors may be so familiar with the cheeky face on Numatic’s world-renowned range of tubvacs that they think there’s nothing new going on at the company- but that couldn’t be further from the truth as the company’s Jonathan Evans explained. Indeed some 90% of what was on show was actually new – and there were e...

Environmental Hygiene Products shows NHS approved waste bins

This manufacturer had cleverly used some of the material it uses for its sack holders to make the desk on its stand, tying the whole thing together nicely.[TRIMTO] Our picture shows Customer Relations Manager Mark Hollingsworth holding aloft the new Ultimate Evo plastic sackholder, which has a 20 litre solid body and – importantly &ndash...

Pasante Healthcare launches Dizolve detergent sheets

Although we didn’t meet him last time around, Pasante’s Sales Manager UK Retail & Export, Paul Tudor, told us that he’d had such as successful show in 2011 that he’d booked a stand that was twice the size for 2013. And how had he done? “It’s been really busy,” he said. “I’ve taken about 20...

HTC Floor Systems: Stand H80

General Manager Robert Kreicberg, who hails from Sweden, talked us through the way the Innovation Award-winningTwister floorpads operate and said that the most important part of his job had been building the brand and educating users on how to use the new technology without causing blips in the service they were providing to their customers. He s...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! There has been a real buzz on the floor of the hall this last two days. Most exhibitors are commenting on the quality of the visitors, indeed we ran a photo the other day of thre...

Anglian Chemicals: Stand F64

John and I (and many others) were delighted to see that Anglian Chemicals are back exhibiting at the cleaning show and we were equally delighted to learn that business is going very well indeed! [TRIMTO] Our picture shows the team on the stand and we'll be bringing you news of the ISO 9001-certified company's comprehensive range - available th...

BMP Europe

BMP is a global company specialising in the manufacture and conversion of polyurethane elastomers, technical nonwoven textiles and mechanical systems for use in applications ranging from digital printing to industrial cleaning equipment.[TRIMTO] "Continual investment in the development of materials and manufacturing processes to meet the ever-...

Centrego (Toucan Eco) introduces the Fogger

We may be wrong but Centrego seems to save up its new products for launch at The Cleaning Show... In 2011 it was the Innovation Award-winning Toucan Eco that was stopping us in our tracks; this time around it's the Toucan Fogger (pictured here with Centrego's Oliver Weisflog) and the Toucan Mini (also pictured) - a smaller version of the Eco - wh...

Disposables UK unveils new products

Disposables UK is using The Cleaning Show for the launch of a range of new products. A regular at the Show and occupying its usual position at the entrance to the hall, the Group's brands will be on show en masse and will include 'never seen before' products. [TRIMTO] The team is be proudly displaying newly launched products from the Opti...

Florence and the machines strike at Truvox: Stand E20

New marketing co-ordinator Florence Summers and marketing manager Natalie Dowse, told us that they have been kept very busy throughout the exhibition, by stand visitors wanting to know more about the benefits of using Truvox machines.[TRIMTO] "The Orbis cordless burnisher and Orbis battery scrubber have been particularly popular at the show this year," said Florence, who, with Natalie, had been giving vistors tips on the best way of cleaning different types of flooring. T: 023 8070 6600 E: W: www.truvox.com ...

ISSA/Interclean

The ISSA's business services executive EMEA region Leah Lister, originally from Chicago but now living in Liverpool, is hoping to increase ISSA membership by talking to show visitors about the benefits of belonging to this global association.[TRIMTO] She is pictured here with Amsterdam Rai's senior sales manager ISSA/Interclean Gerard Rijnbeek...

Osprey to supply lightweight 8 bar steam cleaner

John and I have always been impressed with OspreyDeepclean products and when we were at Pulire, Verona last year, we were stopped in our tracks by the machines on the Maxima Advanced Solutions stand, so perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised to see Giuseppe Codemo (left in picture) with Thomas Stucken and learn that they have struck a deal![TRI...

Soluclean introduces a first of its kind in toilet cleaning and descaling

Soluclean's stand has been very busy throughout the show, with visitors keen to learn more about the company's eco-friendly and easy-to-use range of pre-dosed concentrated surface cleaning products encapsulated in fully water-soluble sachets. One of the latest product innovations is the Daily Toilet Cleaner & Descaler, which sales director Jo...

Unger UK: Stand C10

Founded in 1964 by Henry and Barbara Unger in Solingen, Germany, Unger Enterprises, Inc. is an international company with offices in the US, Germany, China and the UK as well as manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and India. Globally acknowledged for revolutionising the window cleaning industry over the past 40 years with modern squeegees...

Tersano (International) Srl introduce ozone cleaning

Although the sanitising power of ozone (O3) has been known about and utilised since the early 1900's, it was not until Tersano was able to re-engineer the technology for commercial use that the full cleaning, sanitising and environmental benefits were realised. [TRIMTO] The company's Lotus Pro technology - a finalist in this year's Innovation ...

Connect Hygiene: at the heart of a new £50M business

Announcing a new force in the away-from-home paper market! Formed from the amalgamation of Connect Hygiene Products and Peter Grant Papers, Northwood Hygiene Products will be operating under its new name from July this year. Headed by Chris Wickham and his management team, the operation - which will have a combined turnover of nearly &p...

Seen in the aisles

The British Cleaning Council's Doug Cooke (left) and Mark Woodhead, have been out on the exhibition floor talking to visitors and exhibitors and finding out how people are enjoying the show.

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The UK Cleaning Show is over for another two years and the next time it is held, in March 2015, it will have moved to its new home at London's ExCel. Generally this move was seen...

A rare work ethic!

John Newins of OCS accepts his award for Window Cleaner of the year 2013. The certificate says: 'for Industry achievements and time served'. In the UK and no doubt other parts of the world, 'time served' generally refers to the number of years and weeks an offender has spent in prison! Work has clearly not been like a prison sentence for John t...

'Bin' making the most of the time at the show...

We didn't get to speak to the team on the Morclean stand until the final day, so busy were they every time we walked past.... So we weren't surprised when Managing Director Peter Morley (pictured) told us they'd had around seven good leads an hour, every hour. [TRIMTO] "These shows are normally dominated by the 'big boys' he said. "Visitors re...

the fastest female window cleaner in the world

Deborah Morris, of David Morris Window Cleaning, is now the fastest female window cleaner in the world, having cleaned the requisite number and sizes of windows in just 15.32 seconds. John tells me women can't park cars as well as men can, because they don't have the same spacial awareness. Well I think Deborah's just proved him wrong!  ...

And it wasn't just the Brits that came...

Although many people say this is a UK show, visitors came from far and wide - and there were a number of foreign exhibitors too. Unger's Dave Rogers told us on the second day that they'd had visitors to the stand from as far afield as Sweden, Finland, Moscow and Australia - all interested in buying, rather than just window-shopping. On the fin...

And from one cleaning fairy to another...

...visitors coming into the show via the main entrance were given free samples of Fairy Extra Clean washing up liquid. Now all we need are some rubber gloves. We're clearly at the right place to find some...

JAWS open and at the ready...

JAWS (Just Add Water System), an innovative and effective range of green cleaning solutions, has recently launched in the UK following excellent growth in the US, Canada & Australia amongst other markets. Developed by Canberra Corporation, a US company with 40 years' experience in the manufacture of cleaning solutions, the technology allows b...

Window cleaning services right on target!

Christopher Oaks (left), of north of England-based Archer Window Cleaning Services, accepts the award for Window Cleaning Company of the Year Award 2013 from the Federation of Window Cleaners' Scott Smith.[TRIMTO] As well as window cleaning, Archer offers cladding and gutter cleaning services, with its staff using a number of different access ...

German engineering... but British marketing

It's just over a year since Shaun Bradbury of Lancashire-based cleaning consultancy the Wrennalls Group, brokered the deal which enables him to import Columbus Cleaning Machines from Germany - and thus this is the first UK Cleaning Show at which Shaun has demonstrated the machines. They were going down a storm - but as usual, Shaun had adopted a ...

Not your normal, run-of-the-mill feather duster - we promise!

"Ostrich feathers have millions of separate, wispy filaments that collect and hold dust rather than just move it about," explained Roy Davies. "Our Dustease ostrich feather dusters won't leave an electrostatic charge so surfaces such as metal, glass and plastic stay dust-free for longer. They're designed for dusting naturally, so say goodbye to t...

No surprise that this family business is still going strong!

Brian Philbin launched his Nu-Life carpet cleaning business in 1981, but these days we generally see son Mike manning the stand at these shows and stone care products are now taking centre stage.[TRIMTO] "Two years ago we saw the Cheetah Pads in action and quite frankly we weren't convinced," confessed Mike. "After all, we already had a sup...

Training: delivered by an expert

As an operative, cleaning training is one thing but an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Facilities Services will (or should) open more doors. As a contractor, having trained facilities people on board will give you more clout. People with skills in facilities services can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive - and the w...

Never pump again!

Another name we hadn't come across before was Green Gorilla Europe. There was quite a crowd watching Magnus Jonatansson, who hails from Iceland, demonstrate the Green Gorilla Advanced Spray System - and when we realised how the system worked, we could understand why. Magnus explained that his company, Fremst ehf Iceland, has the exclusive righ...

In a hurry to get home Paul?

Well - it was the end of the show and I have to admit that those of us who'd been there for the duration were going a little stir crazy... Paul Pearce of the National Carpet Cleaners Association was keen to get back home to his wife Sandra so we suggested he try the rocket. [TRIMTO] It didn't work of course, but while he was resting his tired ...

Innovation Awards winners: truly in a position to celebrate!

...s of each of the products - together with those of some of the other finalists, in future issues of Cleanzine. More than 70 exhibitors entered their innovations online across a range of categories. For the first time, these were featured in an Innovation Zone at the show and judging by a team of industry professionals took place on the opening ...

"Definitely beneficial"

Everyone on the Kennedy Hygiene stand agreed that it had been well worth exhibiting at the show, particularly with regard to the Savona Ellipse Auto range of contactless dispensers, being shown for the first time in the UK and proving highly popular. The company's Jade Hyland added that she enjoyed the fact that the show wasn't full of similar p...

All the way from Belgium and the 19th century...

Meulebeke, Belgium-based Moerman has been in business since 1885 but its products are anything but antiquated. Indeed, it's considered a world leader in floor squeegee production, with its natural Dura-Flex rubber offering excellent wiping results, coupled with superior durability.[TRIMTO] The company brought its newest product line to Birming...

Truly innovative!

Several people we'd met at the show had told us about this particular product but it was only at the very end of the show that we were able to get onto the OEMAchem (in partnership with Green Harbour Solutions) stand and find out more - such was the interest in it amongst the visitors. We're glad we perservered![TRIMTO] "We're very proud to us...

It was like a late night visit to the supermarket...

...when someone announces over the tannoy that the roasted chickens have been reduced in price by 75%. Everyone wants to buy one but no-one wants to be seen rushing across to the chicken counter in case they appear to be greedy or desperate. They appeared in one of the aisles and ever so slowly, people started edging towards them; before long ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! It was interesting to see that ‘Effortless Cleaning’ was one of the categories in this year’s global Electrolux Design Lab competition and while I’ve not yet h...

Singaporean toilet association shares its expertise

The Restroom Association of Singapore was recently invited by JTC (Singapore's leading industrial infrastructure specialist and housing provider) to conduct a sharing session on washroom hygiene with close to 100 tenants and lessees mostly from the Food & Beverage and retail sectors.[TRIMTO] The invited guests were not only educated on was...

Cleaning supplies director scoops Surrey award

A director of a commercial cleaning and janitorial supplies business has been chosen as Director of the Year in the Toast of Surrey Business Awards. Ollie Rastall, who co-owns Source Supplies with his business partner Dave Piper (left of photo), was selected as a worthy winner by a panel of judges from the Surrey branch of the Institute of Direct...

Initial Facilities plans scheme to create 80 apprenticeships

Initial Facilities has announced plans to expand the apprentice programme within its transport division. The company has committed to recruiting 80 new apprentices following the success of pilot schemes during the past two years. "We are committed to creating an increasing number of career opportunities for young people," said Graham Thwaites,...

Easy Clean Commode wins Good Design award

Clinell, one of the UK's leading infection control brands, has announced that its best selling Easy Clean Commode has won the Good Design award.[TRIMTO] The Clinell Easy Clean Commode incorporates multiple novel and patented features to bring to market what it thought to be the first commode specifically designed to help improve cleaning compl...

Avica further improves customer service levels

Avica, the independent southern janitorial and catering supplies company, is increasing its customer service offer at all three centres by increasing stock levels and extending order cut-off time.[TRIMTO] The company has extended the weekday order cut off time for next day deliveries from 16.00 to 17.00 and orders over £45 will be delive...

Truvox Multiwash provides safety first at Horsham Hospital

A healthy, hygienic environment is essential for any location, but in hospitals and healthcare settings it is particularly important. People attending outpatients' clinics or visiting loved ones rightly expect to see scrupulously clean floors, so facilities managers need to ensure that their floor cleaning regimes, and machines, are delivering th...

Italians still steaming ahead...

Italian company Tecnovap was founded in 1985 by Mr. Giuliano Franchini. Now, 28 years on, the manufacturer produces a wide range of steam generators, accessories and ecological systems in its two Italian factories which cover some 40,000sq.m, before sending them to market in 66 countries.[TRIMTO] The constant commitment addressed to the design...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Many of us will at some time or other have spoken about (or indeed come across someone who has first hand experience of) the dangers of mixing chemicals, but generally this has i...

April in Portugal proves productive for Gary

Janitorial Express, one of London's leading janitorial supply houses and a member of the Jangro Group, has won the Best Turnaround Business Award at the European Business Excellence Seminar held in Lisbon, Portugal. The Awards ceremony followed the EMEA Business Excellence Forum with keynote speakers Sir Clive Woodward and Brad Sugars.[TRIMTO] ...

Report offered to Cleanzine readers at discounted price

A new report on the UK contract cleaning market just published by MTW Research is being offered to Cleanzine readers at a discounted price of 20% off the current website prices. The offer is open until 31st May 2013. Market size, trends & shares 2007-2017 are included for: - Specialised Cleaning - Standard Cleaning - ...

We have Mail: Mike Bone, Managing Director of the Loo of the Year Awards, writes...

...e 'Cleanliness can improve academic achievement and enhance student retention rates' in last week's Cleanzine with great interest. Loo of the Year Awards agree completely with cleanliness being an essential element of good education as well as good toilets. Residents and visitors to the UK's towns and cities expect to find clean, hygienic and we...

Prochem widens specialist solutions offer

Prochem Europe's dominance in the professional carpet & upholstery cleaning technology and solutions sector is reflected in the company's latest product catalogue and price list, downloadable now.[TRIMTO] New lines from the Surrey-based technologist and trainer span an innovation award finalist at this year's Cleaning Show in the Endeavor,...

MITIE's cleaning & environmental business renamed Environmental +

The cleaning & environmental business of MITIE, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, has changed its name to Environmental +, it announced recently.[TRIMTO] MITIE's Environmental + business is one of the UK's largest providers of cleaning, pest control, landscaping, waste recycling and winter gritting, with more than 32,000 employee...

UK manufacturer's compact steam cleaner packs powerful punch

With growing numbers of facilities of all types - and particularly healthcare facilities and infection prevention and control teams - acknowledging the cleaning and infection-fighting power of steam cleaning, Matrix Cleaning Systems has introduced a new machine to answer their needs. Called Omega, the small and easily manoeuvrable 4.5 bar pressur...

Jury announces nominations Golden Broom Award 2013

The Golden Broom Award Jury has selected the nominees for the Golden Broom Award 2013. From all products entered, 10 have now been nominated to go forward for final judging by the Golden Broom Jury who will eventually choose one winner in each category.[TRIMTO] The Golden Broom Award competition is an initiative of the Polish Cleaning Chamber...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! As I write, workplaces on both sides of the Atlantic are in flames and are likely to continue to burn for days. One, in a fertiliser plant in Texas, US, has claimed an estimated 15 li...

New Saniflo MD predicts success

Since taking over the helm of Saniflo UK at the end of last year, managing director Tim Pestell is warmly welcoming the new financial year with an exciting plan for raising brand awareness and growing market share. Tim, who has been with Saniflo since 2007 as sales director, now executes the dual role of managing director and sales director on be...

Disposables UK comes to the rescue of South Yorkshire Fire Service

Disposables UK, a leading supplier of cleaning and hygiene products for the away from home market, has joined forces with South Yorkshire Fire Service to provide products for its washroom facilities in all its stations across the region.[TRIMTO] South Yorkshire Fire Service operates 24 busy fire stations across an area covering Sheffield, Roth...

Clever packaging for concentrated cleaner!

Chemicals Direct's Conservatory Roof and Panel cleaner is a biodegradable, concentrated, multipurpose hard surface cleaner, suitable for use in many applications. It removes grease, grime, dirt, algae, bird droppings and leaf mould and may be diluted between 10-1 and 150-I depending upon the degree of soiling.[TRIMTO] But what really made the ...

Hygiene on the move

It is accepted, by most organisations, that washing hands with warm water and soap, and then drying with a single use towel, removes germs and reduces or even eliminates the potential for germs to spread. This improves the health and wellbeing of staff, increasing morale, which in turn, reduces sick leave and increases productivity.[TRIMTO] Bu...

New study examines possible contamination from hand drying methods

Environmental hygiene research and testing institute Eurofins-Inlab, has published the findings of a study it undertook on behalf of the European Tissue Symposium, in which it assessed the microbiological contamination of three types of hand drying equipment in public washrooms.[TRIMTO] The study was carried out in various settings in the Ruhr...

Lancaster General Hospital (US) adds Xenex's germ-zapping robot to fight superbugs

Lancaster General Hospital's newest weapon against hospital-acquired infections looks a little like R2-D2 from Star Wars. The new Xenex room disinfecting system uses ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is 25,000 times more powerful than the sun to 'zap' nasty organisms that cause infections like the flu, norovirus, MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C. di...

Ryans raises the standard

Eire-based venue and event cleaning specialist Ryans Cleaning has been internationally recognised for its commitment to event sustainability by obtaining the International Standards Organisation's highly renowned ISO 20121 Certification.[TRIMTO] Developed for the London Olympics, the ISO 20121: Event Sustainability Management System standard, ...

Prochem expands training programme with in-depth stain removal course for 2013

With increasing choice of specialist solutions available, the effective treatment and removal of stains from carpet and upholstery is an exacting science these days. The UK's largest commercial provider of training to cleaning professionals, Prochem Europe, has responded to growing demand for advice on the subject with the launch of a new cour...

Making food safety commitments you can stick to

The beginning of a new year is often greeted with solemn promises to make an improvement in some aspect of our work, social or personal lives. From getting fit to learning a new language, New Year's resolutions are a moment when we reflect on what would be better for us. Unfortunately, New Year's resolutions are notorious for falling away: by the...

EMS raises the bar on ambulance cleanliness and infection control

Suffolk based private ambulance operator, EMS, is to work in partnership with medical deep clean and bio-hazard specialist, A+E Cleaning Solutions. All vehicles and equipment in service with EMS will be regularly and systematically deep cleaned to maintain best practice standards for clinical hygiene and infection control - with an emergency cal...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! It was more than 10 years ago that I represented the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers (ABCD) at Cleaning Industry National Training Organisation meetings. The...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I know that as a long-serving and committed member of the cleaning industry I should advocate the need for the regular and thorough cleaning of as many locations as possible. However,...

190 Cleaning Services firms braced for takeover

... are entitled to a £50 discount off this report by calling 01642 626419 and quoting reference Cleanzine PRSV20.  ...

Unger launches HiFlo Control Complete On / Off switch for water fed poles

This simple yet genius On / Off Switch from Unger allows users to instantly control the flow of water when cleaning with water fed poles. Attach the HiFlo Control to the base section of a pole for easy access and water flow adjustment with one swift motion. Save water, time and money - work faster and more efficiently whilst helping the environme...

Rainy days don't have to get you down... Armchem's got you covered!

You may not feel like singin' in the rain, but at least you'll now have a place for employees, customers and visitors to keep their umbrellas and prevent them from making your building wet! Armchem International, the business to business distributor of more than 50,000 speciality industrial products to thousands of customers worldwide, has intro...

Karcher cleans a true London landmark

Karcher has recently cleaned the iconic London Eye, removing traffic film and grime that had built up over 13 years of use. The extensive project took three weeks, with rope technicians using specialist Karcher professional hot water pressure washers to deep clean two or three capsules each night while the city slept.[TRIMTO] The extensive act...

We have Mail: Any idiot can clean?

With reference to your recent lead article (Any idiot can clean? www.facebook.com/Cleanzine ), those of us connected to the cleaning industry are blighted before we even start. Skilled professionals in all their individual areas, (engineers, surgeons, pilots etc) are respected for their skill, their knowledge, and their application. We ...

Incentive FM adds Northampton's venue to shopping centre contract portfolio

Independent facilities management company Incentive FM has signed a three-year deal to provide a fully integrated TFM solution at the Legal & General owned Grosvenor Centre in Northampton.[TRIMTO] Under the terms of the contract, Incentive FM will deliver a full range of services required for the retail environment, including cleaning, sec...

Matrix Industrial Range of steamers now completed

Matrix's Industrial Range incorporates two single phase machines and three, 3-phase machines. These have been specifically designed to fulfil all heavy duty cleaning applications. Each machine features a continuous stainless steel boiler with steam temperatures at source between 165 - 180 degrees deployed at pressures from eight to 10 bar.[TRIM...

Guests expect a 'Spring Clean' standard all year round from hospitality operators

Spring cleaning is not dead. It is here to stay. Indefinitely! According to a recent study by P&G Professional, 61% of European customers expect operators to maintain Spring cleaning standards all year round - making this standard an essential part of building a memorable guest experience.[TRIMTO] P&G Professional, conducted the study ...

Vax Commercial appointed by Travelodge

Vax Commercial has won a two-year contract to supply Travelodge, one of the UK's leading hotel brands, with its VCC-08 tub vacuum cleaner. After an extensive eight-week tender process, which saw the VCC-08 put through its paces at Travelodge's Head Office in Thame and its hotels in Swansea and Swanleigh, the UK designed product came out the clear...

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Nikki Savings, Vectair Systems' Finance Manager, and Dave O'Donoghue, Export Manager, who successfully completed this year's Virgin London Marathon. Nikki ran London in a time of 4 hours 27 mins, which is a fantastic achievement, seeing as she also ran the Brighton marathon the weekend before in 4 hours 4 minutes![TRIMTO] ...

Karcher and Sanoserv win the Golden Broom Award 2013

At the opening of ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe 2013, the KM 105/100 R P from Karcher and the Touch-less Disinfecting Services from Sanoserv were announced as winners of Golden Broom Innovation Award.[TRIMTO] Winner in the Product Category for Karcher, the KM 105/100 R is a new compact ride on sweeper in the one metre working wi...

Chemspec Europe solving the insolvable

Some stains appear to be impossible to remove and the professional cleaner that can 'solve the insolvable' will gain much credibility and valuable recommendations to others. This is the experience of a growing number of customers who use a great new Chemspec Europe product to make really stubborn stains disappear.  Many stains can be rem...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I’m almost ashamed to admit it but news reports that have surfaced recently reveal that some British children are still wearing nappies when they start school (at around four/fi...

Synergy Health partners with Age UK East London to reduce infection risk

Synergy Health has partnered with Age UK East London to help the charity reduce the risk of infection in the community. The company has donated a year's supply of its Assure Antimicrobial Hand Sanitiser to ensure excellent hand hygiene among the charity's staff. This will help protect the health of vulnerable older people, whose immune systems m...

New, simplified naming system for Tork wiping products

The same high quality products with new, simpler names and more customer-focused packaging - this is what Tork manufacturer SCA is bringing to its customers.[TRIMTO] As SCA migrates products from the newly-acquired Lotus Professional brand into its Tork assortment, the names of all Tork wiping and cleaning products are being changed to become ...

A strong turnout in Warsaw!

... held in Budapest. Winners of Golden Broom Innovation Award 2013, (reported in last week’s Cleanzine) were Kärcher with its KM 105/100 R P in the Product category and Sanoserv with its Touch-less Disinfecting Services in the Technology category. The next edition of the show will take place at the same venue from 22nd – 24th A...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Since qualifying as a journalist in 1986 I've attended hundreds of press launches. Although some have been memorable because they've been held at a wonderful venue, there are many I'v...

Trojan batteries and watering system to equip new Pacific Floorcare auto-scrubber

Pacific Floorcare has selected Trojan Battery's deep-cycle flooded T-1275 batteries and the HydroLink single-point watering system for use in its new S-20 automatic floor scrubber.[TRIMTO] "When designing new equipment, Pacific Floorcare includes only the best components to ensure our machines provide customers with outstanding performance," e...

Greyland triggers rapid washroom cleaning frenzy!

With the many different approaches to daily washroom cleaning available, including manual or using pretty expensive pieces of cleaning equipment, one conclusion is inescapable: it needs to be done fast and it needs to be effective. And with the Greyland range of ready-to-use trigger spray cleaners, it gets to be both! Where washroom walls a...

Minister welcomes launch of Clean Britain Awards 2014

The campaign for the Clean Britain Awards 2014, which recognise the efforts of local authorities to achieve high standards of street cleanliness and local environmental quality, opened for entries yesterday at a launch event in Northamptonshire.[TRIMTO] Now in their 25th year, the Clean Britain Awards reflect the importance of a clean and well...

Principle Cleaning revolutionises the industry!

Award winning Principle Cleaning, the contract cleaning company with an impressive portfolio of prestigious customers across London, continues to lead the industry through innovation with the launch of a pioneering method, named Hybrid Cleaning. The company is launching Hybrid Cleaning, the Principle Cleaning (registered) system/process predom...

Pulire 2.0: an extra bit of magic

Thirty years of service to professionals make Pulire a leading event in Europe, ranked second for importance and size, and one of the most influential globally. In 2011, more than 10,000 visitors from 90 countries were able to see and discuss the latest innovations with 300 exhibitors from 21 countries filling more than 16,000 square metres of di...

Management change at MGS International

Dutch company MGS International has announced that with effect from 1st May 2013, Michel de Bruin has acquired the shares of joint owner Rene Buijs. With this acquisition, Michel is now the sole owner of MGS International, a leading manufacturer and supplier of, amongst other things, Greenspeed Microfibre Systems.[TRIMTO] The decision to cont...

New health & safety training school opened

If you find health & safety a minefield with a huge training price tag, there is good news ahead. SOS Training has been formed to help the cleaning, FM and service industries with health & safety training. SOS's principal consultant, Lorraine Larman, has 20 years' experience across many service sectors including catering, cleaning, NHS...

Next generation healthcare secured

The James Paget University Hospital NHS Trust became the first Foundation Trust in Norfolk and Suffolk in August 2006. The hospital prides itself on a continued commitment to modernising and improving patient care. With a strong national reputation for research and excellence in the quality of its training facilities, the hospital trains over on...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! As my daughter Melissa and I were loading up the car on Tuesday to take a myriad of unwanted items and garden waste along to our local amenity tip for recycling, she remarked how luck...

16 finalists nominated for the CMS Purus Awards

Following a preliminary selection by a panel of experts, 16 entries have been chosen for the final round of this year's CMS Purus Awards. This year, exhibitors at CMS 2013 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. were invited to submit their products in five categories. The awards for good design will be presented on 24th September at the opening e...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Pulire 2013 opens today at 10.00 and - if the last event in 2011 is anything to go by, it's going to be very busy until the doors close this evening at 18.00. But don't worry... if yo...

Pulire 2013

Pulire is the largest professional cleaning industry trade show in Italy and it enables visitors to explore the latest developments in a complete range of machinery, chemical products, equipment and components for professional cleaning and hygiene and talk to those who know how to get the best out of them. Some 300 exhibitors have taken more than... In 2011, (after the show had finished of course!) John and I spent a never-to-be-forgotten few hours exploring the incredible 14th century Castelvecchio which stands by the Adige River beside the Castelvecchio bridge. Unlike some museums, this one allowed us within touching distance of the most captivating sculptures, statues, paintings, miniatur...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Day one of the show got off to an encouraging start with the turnstiles spinning from the outset and queues of visitors who were clearly regretting not having taken advantage of the o...

Karcher

Karcher actually has two products in the Innovation Awards special exhibition area but during our visit to the stand we discovered that they combine to form what the company’s David Wickel described as a “System approach” which also includes other products. Very clever it is too.[TRIMTO] More often now we’re seeing vast...

RCM

Also being considered for an award is RCM’s Eco Sanitizing scrubber, which is eco-friendly and saves money. Export Area Manager Celio Franch, told us: “RCM’s Eco Sanitising system is for the professional sanitisation of floors. It reduces 97% of bacteria, eliminates the cost of separate sanitisation, reduces cleaning cost...

Diversey

Diversey’s Antonella Rosina said she believed that this was the only no-touch, double sided mop system on the market. We were impressed by the rather novel fixing system in as much as instead of the more usual Velcro, it has plastic spines coming out at an angle from the plastic frame. These spikes are forced outwards when the mop is applie...

Nilfisk

Launched at the show, this VL500 series wet/dry vacuum cleaning machine has been built to simplify cleaning for women. Its beauty is in the pivot system designed to make emptying easy; it uses the weight of the head to provide the gravitational pull required to tilt the drum to the angle needed to drain the contents. It makes cleaning faster, saf...

Enjoying his work…

Enjoying a break from his usual work was Claudio Pramazzom – known this week as ‘Chef Claudio’ as he’s there to cook up tasty morsels for his hardworking RCM stand colleagues and their guests. He served us with some local delicacies with aplomb and very tasty they were too!

Fimap

We couldn’t find out very much about the Hybrid ride-on machine as those familiar with its features and benefits had taken a party of visitors to visit the Fimap factory for the afternoon. Marketing manager Caterina Compri did agree to pose for us however and she said that it was all very comfortable… www.fimap.com

Sutter Professional

Sutter Professional’s shortlisted Connect Training Solution was cheerfully demonstrated to us by Chiara Traverso and it is very easy to understand and use. Connect enables cleaners to learn their trade remotely, eliminating the need for them to take time away from their work. They can study at their own pace and there’s a fun &lsqu...

Ar-co

“Infyniti represents the most up-to-date concept when it comes to concentrated detergent refills,” said Christian Ardizzono from Arco. “In fact, from a simple unit-dose, it’s possible to obtain all the possible combinations required in terms of common traditional products for the hand and machine cleaning of floors, win...

SRI

Despite the bright and eyecatching stand and the cheerful welcome from Olivier Foret and Bertrand Clausel, we couldn’t help but think, when they poured oil on a display board and filled a cup with what looked like wet sand, that this was just another spill absorbency kit. And when they said: “There’s no need to worry about the q...

Conference programme Wednesday, 22nd May

10.00  - 13.00 - Workshop – Respighi Room - PalaExpo The project of social parties for safety at work: From the research on safety at work to a disciplinary Marco Verzari, Vice President ONBSI 10.15 - Presentation of the results Gianfranco Piseri, Head of Project Group Workplace Safety Luigi Pino Itinera 11.15 - Plann...

Brightwell's new website

Brightwell Dispensers has completely changed its website. It's quicker and easier to navigate, more intuitive and offers better interraction with the user. www.brightwell.co.uk

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Pulire 2013: We expected yesterday to be even busier than the opening day had been and we weren't wrong. There's a real 'buzz' around the show floor and everybody - exhibitors and vis...

Elsea

While I have to admit that I dragged John onto this stand because of the unusual pastel tones of the equipment, (well I am female...) we liked what we saw when we got there. Rino Fulvino told us what - apart from the colour - was new about this range, which is available globally.[TRIMTO] Called the E.2, its passive colours belie its rugged bui...

Isal

Seeing the outside exhibition area at Pulire made me envious of a climate that facilitates the setting up of stands outside in the fresh air. Imagine that in Birmingham! It was clear as we looked around that this 360 Electrica from Isal Power Sweepers was Italian designed - it was so sleek and stylish. However, it has many other attributes as Leo...

Sirmac

We often see moulded pressure washers and we often see stainless steel ones but neither John nor I could recall seeing machines combining the two materials and certainly nothing looking quite as smart as the Sirmac machines. Dr Sara Bagassi told us that this was for extra stability and strength in a machine which was designed to be more compa...

Nettuno

We often meet up with the Nettuno team at these international shows but this time, rather than look for familiar faces, we were stopped in our tracks by an unusual piece of equipment. When we asked Francesca Fratus about it, she grinned and said: "Oh yes, we've just made a big investment in that!" When questioned further, she revealed that the pu...

4CleanPro

We were drawn to the 4CleanPro stand by a striking range of bright green machines and because several visitors were showing a close interest – always a good sign. We were particularly struck by the sleek lines of the Gaia compact scrubber drier which we could see is easy to manoeuvre - and since Patrick Vangestel and the team were explainin...

Teinnova

Considering that industrial kitchens are equipped with exhaust systems designed to evacuate smoke and odours, the extracted vapours contain a high degree of fat that accumulates in the filters, hoods, ducts and extractors. The fat is highly flammable and is responsible for most fires in restaurants. Furthermore, dirty systems force the system&rsq...

Tecnica

Being in Europe it was odd to hear a machine’s width described in inches rather than metric values, but once Tecnica’s Stefano Vidoni explained that the equipment on his stand is popular in the US and UK, it made more sense. The Tecnica HD18 carpet cleaning system is offered in widths of 14 and 18 inches. It comes with a high perfo...

QTS

The QTS stand display was stunning and John and I were fooled by the optical illusion that had been created, which made us think that the basins were real when really they were just a photograph. But it wasn’t just the illusion that drew us onto the stand… the dispensers were really, really fresh and unusual, as you can see from our ...

Coynco

So often I've visited a service station and vacuumed the interior of my car, only to find that when I vacuum the mats that sit in the footwell, the grit and other debris springs from the rubber mouldings and undoes all my hard work. I was delighted to see then, that one of Coynco's coin operated car valeting machines has a special section for ...

Cleanvac

We took a photo of the UK's carpet cleaning guru Paul Pearce on an orange one of these at the UK cleaning show, but we hadn't expected to meet the Turkish manufacturer of the equipment at an Italian event. The company's Murat Ongel talked us through some of the machines on display, explaining that it will take one worker with a manual rotary c...

Wirbel / Ghibli

Wirbel/Ghibli's Gabriele Sidoti told us that the stand had been incredibly busy throughout the show and we noticed that there was plenty for everyone to see. Indeed such was the impact of the range of equipment on display, that as we were leaving John and I saw a major global competitor taking photo's of some of the machines. If he didn't want...

Paperdi

If there were to be a prize for the best stand, my vote would have to go to Italian converter Paperdi. Although the company hadn't actually manufactured the stand (which was made completely from cardboard - from the displays and reception desk to the chairs and tables and stools) it didn't matter. It let visitors see that this was a disposable...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Here follows the final instalment in our report from the Pulire exhibition and conference that took place last week. It all seems so long ago and I for one really miss being in Italy...

Qleen cleaning: far easier than it looks!

One of the things John and I love about exhibitions is that we get to try out the products rather than just talk about them, so when the opportunity arose to try the German-built Lehmann Qleen Pure Water Cleaning System for use on solar panels, we both had a go.[TRIMTO] Although the cleaning head looked quite cumbersome, once it was up on the ...

Some much needed 'Spring Air'

With the rotten weather we've been experiencing in the UK and the promise of similar storms in Verona on the closing day of the show, there had been a real shortage of 'Spring Air', so when we came upon a company of the same name with a young lady standing beside a column that was emitting a plume of pleasant smelling fragrance, we just had to st...

Ecogum: zap chewing gum on the go

Enjoying the freedom, sunshine and fresh air of the external exhibition area - and having a very busy show too - was Neil Maddox (pictured left) and his sidekick 'Jason'. Neil showed us how Ecogum works and just how easy it is to use.[TRIMTO] "Ecogum is an environmentally responsible chewing gum removal system that is easy to use for long peri...

Magris goddess

This young lady wasn't just standing there handing out brochures and looking pretty, she was directing visitors to this distributor's stand to the experts they needed to speak with about the products that had caught their eye. As there were several new products on the Magris stand, she was kept very busy!

Ophardt Hygiene: "A great show with lots of interest in products old and new"

By the time we got there Ophardt Hygiene's stand staff were exhausted. And so were we! They told us they'd had, "a great show with lots of interest from visitors in the established products as well as the new ones". He said that everyone had been impressed by the reliable and robust stainless-steel Santral series, which come as standard with the ...

Magris (ABG Systems): Chips with everything!

Paulo Anesa of Magris explained how these ABG mop head laundry control machines work, before posing for us.[TRIMTO] Cleverly, each mop head contains a chip so the machine's operators can check that they've all been removed from the machine, before the next customer's batch is loaded. T: +39 035 4525911 E: W: www.magrisplanet.it ...

Clean air in a cube all the way from Switzerland

The Clean Cube 037 Basic, Clean Cube 037 and the Evo Clean Cube 027 Mini, are made in Switzerland by the Cleanservice Group in association with Magris. These EEC certified atomisers pump out 0.3 micron particles that contain hydrogen peroxide, to clean, disinfect and refresh rooms. The particles can capture and break down bacteria, viruses, fungi...

Ready to race - an automatic escalator and travelator deep cleaning machine

"If you're going to enter us in a race you won't catch us!" quipped Rosemor International's Efi Rosen, posing with his new ET15 automatic escalator cleaning machine.[TRIMTO] "Our Rotomac machine, which is based on aircraft engineering, is still the world's only horizontal and vertical, fully automatic escalator cleaning machine and it is used ...

It was all Greek to us and we liked what we saw...

Many people believe a refuse sack is, as they say, a refuse sack. Well those of us in the cleaning industry know that there's a real difference and that generally you get what you pay for. A good sack, which will take more weight and volume, will cost more, but will be less likely to split. A cheap sack will end up costing more as you either hav...

Now... will this get me all the way to the airport?

Judging by the picture I was starting to feel a little jaded and may well have been wondering whether I could use this piece of equipment to make a quick getaway (well it is hard work trekking around a large show all day, then producing a daily newsletter for global broadcast the following morning prior to the show's opening!) and I know I was di...

Lithium is the future, when it comes to batteries

Stefano Giuliani told us that there had been an incredible amount of interest at the show for Discover Energy Europe's Lithium battery, which was being shown for the first time at a European exhibition. "Lithium is the future of battery systems," he challenged.[TRIMTO] The company showcased a wide range of Discover Clean & Green EV Tractio...

Industrial vacuum cleaners: powerful, versatile and easy to manage

One thing I do know is that I would have hated to have to break down the TMB stand and take all the exhibits back to base![TRIMTO] The company offers a large range of central vacuum cleaning systems and wet & dry vacuum cleaners - many of which were on show - and Roberto Marcolini posed with one of the largest on the stand, before explaini...

Yes it was a train carriage...

Emmediemme had one of those 'stop you in your tracks' stands but this time it was in the literal sense as on display was part of a train carriage which served very well as a demonstration vehicle, as amongst other products, the company was showing graffiti removal systems and a hand aerosol that cleans and disinfects seating and which is designed...

Food industry brush ensures that no bristles get into the food!

One stand that caught our eye was that of Ariston Cleaning Solutions - simply because of the fantastic colour coding options offered by the range of brushes, shovels and other 'light'cleaning equipment on display. But was it all just about the colour coding? Certainly not, as John and I soon discovered![TRIMTO] One of the products that impress...

Tecnovap: delicious wine AND lots of new products!

One very busy stand with lots on show was Tecnovap - and incredibly, visitors were offered as refreshment some really good wine produced by Tecnovap owner Giuliano Franchini. So enjoyable was the wine and the company of the stand team, that we could have stayed there chatting and supping all day... but as I said, there was lots to see...[TRIMTO] ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I mentioned in last week’s leader that this week’s issue would carry an interview with Martin Scott, who used to be the face of the UK Cleaning Show and who many claim has...

Dustcontrol introduces new 'green' approach for mobile product range

Dust extraction specialist, Dustcontrol, has unveiled a new eco-green motor, which has been fitted to the company's 'AirCube' mobile dust extractor range.[TRIMTO] The new motors are now being used in Dustcontrol's AirCube 500 and AirCube 2000 models. Each motor has 100W lower consumption than previous Dustcontrol motors, but are more powerful ...

Osmond singer's visit is music to the ears of Disposables UK

Disposables UK Group, recently played host to Merrill Osmond, lead singer of the world-famous 'The Osmonds' as he paid a visit to the company's Huddersfield premises to promote a gala evening. The event, to be held in Leeds on 1st September, will raise funds for charities, The Hearing Fund UK and Music and the Deaf, with monies benefitting de...

Labour savings with Untouchable with SRT

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, located just 10 miles west of New Orleans, handles more than 8 million passengers each year and understandably, the floors take a 'beating'.[TRIMTO] The Building Service Contractor for this facility was looking for a way of making and keeping the floors clean and shiny. The prior finish that w...

Study: Hospital laundering practices may expose patients to infection-causing bacteria

New study results published online in the American Journal of Infection Control found that 93% of tested laundered towels used to clean hospital rooms contained bacteria that could result in healthcare-associated infections.[TRIMTO] Most people don't expect to leave the hospital sicker than when they came in, but HAIs are a significant problem...

New 3M Scotchgard Resilient Floor Protector makes stripping a thing of the past

Cleaning and protecting vinyl flooring has just become a lot faster and more affordable with the launch of 3M Scotchgard Resilient Floor Protector. Not only is it much quicker to apply than traditional acrylic floor coatings; it doesn't require stripping - reducing labour costs and improving productivity, without compromising standards.[TRIMTO] ...

Interview with Martin Scott, Exhibition Director, Cleaning Expo

Cleanzine: We’ve had calls from people in the industry who are accusing you of creating a split within the industry by setting up a rival show to the established Cleaning Show, which as you know is moving to London’s Excel for 2015. People are saying that your show will effectively take money from the British Cleaning Council, which ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! As my daughter Melissa and I were loading up the car on Tuesday to take a myriad of unwanted items and garden waste along to our local amenity tip for recycling, she remarked how luck...

Soapbox: Lyn Crowther FCMI,FBICSc, Founder/Owner, Cleanwise Training and Management, asks:

Why Choose the CSSA Management Diploma? How many employers can be confident that they are producing the managers and leaders they need for the future?[TRIMTO] For over 50 years there has been cleaning operative training available which has improved the way we clean today. However there has been no recognised management / leadership trai...

Healthcare cleaning chief calls for national training & qualifications for cleaners in NHS hospitals

The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' National Chair Denise Foster is calling for the introduction of nationally recognised qualifications and training standards for all NHS cleaning staff. Currently no vocational qualifications are required to work as a cleaner in the NHS and many hospital cleaners start work with little knowledg...

In Kind Direct Charity Household Essentials Campaign - urgent stock appeal

Throughout June and July, In Kind Direct is running an urgent campaign for stock donations from the industry.[TRIMTO] Due to a big increase in the number of charities seeking help, In Kind Direct, one of The Prince's Charities, is seeking donations of a wide range of essential cleaning items (listed below) to pass onto struggling UK charities ...

Profits down as UK cleaning firms feel the pinch

... financial rating, a valuation as well as an acquisition attractiveness assessment on each company. Cleanzine readers are entitled to a £50 discount off this report by quoting reference PR/SV18 when ordering. T: 01642 626 419 E: W: www.plimsoll.co.uk ...

Hill-Rom launches new hospital hand hygiene monitoring solution

Nearly every major public health organisation agrees that ineffective hand-hygiene (hand washing or using disinfecting sprays, wipes or gels) is one of the most significant contributors to the problem of hospital-acquired infections. [TRIMTO] Further compounding the problem is the fact that compliance rates amongst caregivers are difficult to ...

Proandre launches new range of stainless steel products

Proandre strives to offer the market the most innovative and cutting edge solutions, responding to customer needs with products that combine design and quality.[TRIMTO] For this reason, the firm has launched a new range of stainless steel products - a highly attractive material which adds a touch of class to the product, as well as being very ...

Outdoor area maintenance an important part of CMS 2013 Berlin

Be it green area maintenance, clearing leaves, providing winter access or cleaning forecourts, as far as the specialists of the cleaning trade are concerned, outdoor area maintenance is an integral part of the cleaning, maintenance and conservation work required in maintaining a property - and the international cleaning trade fair CMS 2013 Berlin...

White Cross Bay says Cleanall, can clean all its premises again this year

White Cross Bay, Windermere (part of the South Lakeland Parks group) has awarded its cleaning contract to Cleanall Services for a second year. The contract includes the provision of the pivotal turnaround cleaning of the lodges on changeover day as well as the cleaning of the complex: bars, restaurants, swimming pool and gymnasium.[TRIMTO] "C...

Rome to the Dome - pedal power style!

...oes. As an ex-serviceman himself he feels an affinity with a truly worthwhile cause. Dennis told Cleanzine yesterday that having tried the 'easy' route along the coast and up the Rhone valley in 2001 and encountering the Mistrale (not fun) he opted for a route over the Alps in 2003 only to be met with 42 degrees C in the hottest Summer for decad...

Bolton recycling firm sentenced after worker crushed

A Bolton company has been ordered to pay almost £130,000 in fines and costs after a worker suffered serious injuries when he was crushed between two trucks at a recycling plant.[TRIMTO] The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted DS Smith Paper after the firm failed to observe correct safety procedures around the tipping area at its Sev...

Two become one

SCA Hygiene Products has announced the migration of two of its key brands into one. Lotus Professional, a brand of former Georgia-Pacific EMEA, will migrate to the existing SCA Tork brand. This means Lotus Professional products are set to have new Tork names and packaging. However, inside the pack nothing has changed and customers will find the s...

Savills awards Emprise global headquarters contract

Emprise Services, the support services provider that specialises in cleaning and security, has been awarded a dual service contract for global real estate services provider Savills' Margaret Street headquarters, which is close to London's Oxford Street. Savills has awarded Emprise a three year contract to deliver daily and periodic cleaning, s...

Special deals available on travel and accommodation for CMS 2013

Berlin is a vibrant city that barely sleeps. And this is also the case during the international cleaning trade fair CMS 2013 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. which takes place from 24th to 27th September.[TRIMTO] Each day the German capital offers its visitors from around the world several hundred events from its extensive programme of ...

How good housekeeping can add a little spice to your life!

Or cranberry, or even peach! These are the subtle fragrances available in some of the Greyland range of ready-to-use trigger spray housekeeping products. Greyland Furniture Polish (yes it does what it says on the label) is a good quality everyday polish for most hard surfaces that leaves a gleam in the eye, as well as on the furniture.[TRIMTO]...

RJN Chemicals launches myth busting campaign for the UK market

RJN Chemicals manufactures some of the UK's most sustainable commercial cleaning and sanitising products. RJN's flagship product FreshClean has been in production for over 10 years, and sits comfortably amongst the brand leaders as a highly effective, industrial cleaning solution that tackles almost every conceivable cleaning challenge - from gla...

Vernon Holmes to seek new industry opportunities

Following the acquisition in March 2012 of Contico Manufacturing by Robert Scott & Sons it is with sadness that the company now announces the departure of Contico's Commercial Director, Vernon Holmes.[TRIMTO] Vernon, who has been with Contico for the past 38 years has decided that, following the successful transition of ownership, the time...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Some 15-odd years ago I got sucked into the American dream… no not the American dream you’re thinking of, but that very American idea of Network Marketing and the dream t...

Cleantec Innovation raises the flag for Thanet

Not even last year's sewage leak could stop Thanet's beaches from sweeping the board at the Blue Flag Awards this year, thanks in no small part to the expertise of Cleantec Innovation.[TRIMTO] The East Kent Company's environmentally-aware cleaning products were used during an ongoing clean-up operation, resulting in eight prestigious blue flag...

10th anniversary of Recycle Week shows just how far we've come

Over the past decade, the UK has recycled an astonishing 50 billion plastic drinks bottles - enough, laid end-to-end, to stretch to the moon and back more than 10 times over![TRIMTO] This is just one of impressive facts to come to light as Recycle Week - the national event to encourage more people to recycle more things more often - celebrated...

Regent expands training to FM services

Regent Samsic has expanded its staff training and development programme into facilities management services.[TRIMTO] Facilities managers have extensive responsibilities for providing, maintaining and developing a myriad of services, and Regent Samsic recognised that its managers and team leaders would benefit from the opportunity to develop th...

PCMC's flexible flow wrapper: success!

Paper Converting Machine Company is excited to announce that the XF1000 wrapper has successfully completed production testing at the Sofidel America facility in Florida (formerly Cellynne Tissue). All speed, changeover and reliability objectives were immediately achieved upon initial testing, and were sustained over a 12 month production test per...

Quadralene triumphs in Medilink East Midlands Business Awards

Quadralene Group has walked away with the Export Achievement Award in this year's Medilink East Midlands Business Competition. The Derby-based chemicals manufacturer collected the prize at the Innovation Day awards evening held recently at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport.[TRIMTO] The company manufactures a wide range of speciali...

Maximise your exposure - enter by July 15th!

Enter your innovative product or service in the 2013 ISSA Innovation Award Programne and maximise your presence with four months of exposure on ISSA.com. And if you're exhibiting at ISSA/Interclean North America 2013, your entry will be featured on the trade show floor and in an ISSA-TV Live Stream interview.[TRIMTO] Last year, one entry al...

AHCP welcomes new National Chair

The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Sharpe to the role of National Chair.[TRIMTO] Simon has worked within the NHS since 1980. In 1984, he achieved the British Institute of Cleaning Science's Midlands Student of the Year award, going on to work as a Supervisor and then Assistant...

Jangro/Macmillan on the road to raise £100,000

Jangro, the UK's largest network of independent janitorial supply companies with 41 outlets, is on the road to raising a £100,000 pledged to Macmillan Cancer Support.[TRIMTO] The fundraising campaign started with a sponsored walk involving 27 head office staff and friends, each covering five miles around the Rivington and West Pennine Mo...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I’m delighted to have received an email from Brightwell Dispensers’ Dennis Carver, telling me that he and the other brave souls (several from the UK cleaning industry) who...

IFMA: World FM Day statements from IFMA President and CEO, IFMA Chair

World FM Day was launched by Global FM in 2008 to increase the profile of the facilities management profession around the world. Over the years, it has inspired hundreds of individuals, companies, associations and partners to celebrate their successes and demonstrate the important contribution facilities management brings to the built environment...

AusClean Pulire education programme released - register now

The education programme has now been released for AusClean Pulire, the event that is being held at The Grand Pavilion, Rosehill Race Course, Sydney, on 15th and 16th October 2013.[TRIMTO] Celebrating the Australian cleaning industry's commitment to public hygiene and sustainable practices, the event will be much more than simply seminars, work...

Spectrum successfully completes industrial rope access cleaning at Tilbury Docks

Spectrum Window Cleaning, one of London's leading rope access cleaners, has this week announced the successful completion of an industrial rope access cleaning at Tilbury Docks - the main port for London. Industrial cleaning carries its own perils and health & safety is of paramount importance for facilities managers when hiring contractors.[...

ISS Account Director boosts employment in East London with award winning 'Training to Work' Scheme

ELBA (East London Business Alliance) has awarded Chris Burkert of ISS Integrated Solutions the BOOST Award for his contribution to its Project BOOST 'Training to Work' Scheme. ELBA, a leading social regeneration charity, has over 20 years of experience in facilitating successful partnerships between business and the community.[TRIMTO] Chris, w...

Top compliance accreditation for ServiceMaster Clean

Commercial cleaning and disaster restoration specialist, ServiceMaster Clean, has been awarded the Gold accreditation from exor, which demonstrates that its standards are acknowledged as being amongst the highest in the industry.[TRIMTO] Exor's approach towards compliance is based on an active and robust programme of checking, testing and inde...

CHSA hosts MP's visit to promote standards in cleaning products

The importance of cleaning products and the cleaning industry was under the spotlight during a recent visit to an Essex headquarters by MP Dame Angela Watkinson. The Hornchurch & Upminster MP went on a tour of wiping and cleaning cloth specialist Harrison's Wipes premises in Romford to learn more about how non-woven wiping cloths are pro...

Charlesbank Capital Partners invests in Trojan Battery Company

Charlesbank Capital Partners announced this week that it has made an investment in Trojan Battery Company, a leading global manufacturer of deep-cycle lead acid batteries. Headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Trojan has been owned by the Godber family since its founding in 1925. The transaction, which was funded with both equity and debt, ...

Businesses fly-tipping reaching epidemic proportions

Britain is at risk of being buried under a rash of fly-tipping, one of the UK's leading waste management companies says. According to businesswaste.co.uk , every single day there are scores of incidents where hazardous waste is dumped in streets, fields and residential waste bins across the UK as unscrupulous business criminals attempt to ...

Disposing of its old premises...

Disposables UK Group, which supplies cleaning and hygiene products to the away from home market, will move to larger premises and invest £1.7m in new machinery as part of its ambitious five-year growth plans. Previously spread across four sites totalling 107,000 sq ft, which included manufacturing, distribution and administration, it has c...

New anti-bacterial trolley system is a first

A breakthrough in the battle against bacteria has been made with the launch of what is claimed to be the first anti-bacterial cleaning trolley system to the UK market. Developed by Italian company, Filmop, and launched in the UK by Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, the A-B Plus Anti-Bacterial System offers a total solution to infection control in clea...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Working from a home office as I do, can be a little isolating - but it has its advantages… for example, I’ve produced this issue of Cleanzine from my garden in the sunshi...

It's in the can! ISS selected by HJ Heinz in Europe

ISS and HJ Heinz, the renowned marketer to retail and foodservice channels, of branded foods such as Heinz Baked Beans, have entered into a new partnership covering the delivery and management of Integrated Facility Services throughout Heinz in Europe.[TRIMTO] Building on almost 20 years of co-operation in the UK, the new five year agreement c...

Changing places at Loo of the Year Awards

The growing need to accommodate more accessible toileting is being recognised at the 2013 Loo of the Year Awards.[TRIMTO] Mike Bone, managing director of Loo of the Year Awards, says: "As the 500th Changing Places toilet is passed, the Award scheme, promoted by the British Toilet Association, is recognising the success of the concept of these ...

Gala dinner farewell for Jangro's Chairman

Bryan Squires, who created the Jangro concept and brand in 1980 drawing together a handful of like-minded independent distributors, has retired as Jangro Chairman. He has accepted the post of Lifetime Honorary President.[TRIMTO] Some 120 Jangro members and suppliers enjoyed a fund raising gala dinner and dance in Bryan's honour at the Forrest...

Moerman launches Handy Squeegee

The new, Belgian-made Moerman handy squeegee is particularly suited for removing water from commercial and food processing kitchen tables and worksurfaces, walls in food service rooms and dining tables.[TRIMTO] Featuring a rigid colour-coded frame, an ergonomic grip for comfortable hold and 'green' Dura-Flex Rubber, (recommended wherever hygie...

New Orbis MotorScrubber 20 tackles hard to reach areas

The cleaning of tricky, hard to reach areas is made much easier thanks to the versatile Orbis MotorScrubber 20, a brand new product now available from Truvox International.[TRIMTO] Ideal for retail, healthcare, leisure and education environments, the Orbis MotorScrubber 20 reaches the parts other scrubbing machines cannot reach thanks to its t...

Pulire 2.0: Italian cleaning show releases technical data

Technical data regarding Pulire 2.0, the professional cleaning exhibition which took place in the beautiful city of Verona, Italy, towards the end of May, has now been released by the organisers.[TRIMTO] The second largest cleaning exhibition in Europe, this latest event - the 21st in the series - didn't disappoint with a total of 272 exhibito...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The story below in ‘This week’s news’, headed ‘Contractor ended up biting off more than it could chew’, highlights some of the issues faced not only by t...

Peek performance from multi-purpose polish

Peek multi-purpose polish cleans, polishes, restores, and protects 38 surfaces... brass, copper, stainless steel, silver, gold, chrome, fibreglass, ceramics, glass, acrylics, painted surfaces and much more.[TRIMTO] Claimed by many to be the easiest and most economical product to use, with no spills, residue, odour, cloth saturation or mess, yo...

Violetta: a small pressure washer that offers high performance

Idrobase Group introduces Violetta - said to be the smallest professional cold-water pressure washer on the market. Reliable and extremely handy, thanks to its small size, Violetta is ideal for continuous work of up to three hours' duration. It is designed and made in Italy and even though it is small, it has all the characteristics which are ...

Daring to Dream Even Bigger in 2014... China Clean Expo

To maintain its reputation as one of the biggest cleaning events in the world, the China Clean Expo 2014 will create another six new shows and a series of onsite events in accordance with the current status and trends in both local and international cleaning markets.[TRIMTO] China Clean Expo, which has a history stretching back more than 10 ye...

Soapbox: A warning about the pitfalls of using untrained staff - the problems can start with product procurement!

... Ed: the article that discusses the 'expert witness' findings, can be found at: http://www.thecleanzine.com/pages/4446/we_have_mail_hospital_cleaning/ ...

NHS Supply Chain chooses new all-purple cytotoxic/cytostatic waste bags from GV Health

New all-purple cytotoxic/cytostatic waste bags from GV Health have been selected by NHS Supply Chain for use in the NHS throughout England and Wales. Improving the proportion of recycled clinical waste is a key objective for the NHS as it improves safety and reduces environmental impact by lessening the use of incineration.[TRIMTO] An added bo...

Prozone approved by TÜV SÜD

Vectair Systems' Prozone has been approved by TÜV SÜD to the standard BS EN60335 parts 1 and 2 - said to be the first ever ozone generator to achieve this standard. "Ultimately," says Vectair, "this demonstrates Prozone as a product that cannot only clean the air around us effectively, but as one that is also completely safe to...

Something in the air

The absence of malodours is far better than trying to mask the atmosphere - which is why Greyland place more emphasis in their product range on odour neutralisation, than on air fresheners. Very unpleasant odours in and around rubbish bins, waste tips and sewage farms can be successfully managed with Greyland's Cherry Deodorising Fluid. In bul...

New griddle cleaning system cuts cleaning time in half

Cleaning dirt-encrusted griddles used to be one of the toughest jobs in a commercial kitchen - but not any more, thanks to 3M's new Scotch-Brite Quick Clean Griddle Cleaning System.[TRIMTO] Quick, safe and easy to use, the product cleans flat griddles in half the time of traditional griddle cleaning products by incorporating a powerful but non...

GSA finalists announced

Kimberly-Clark Professional in partnership with the Cleaning & Support Services Association, has published the list of finalists for the Golden Service Awards 2013. With a record number of entries for the programme, the GSA 2013 judging committee meticulously reviewed each application to narrow down a list of finalists. [TRIMTO] Congratula...

EnerSys batteries for advanced cleaning machine performance

Cleaning machine operators and OEMs can achieve significant operational benefits and cost savings with reduced CO2 emissions by specifying Hawker XFC, powerbloc or powerbloc dry batteries from EnerSys in their sweepers, scrubber driers and other floorcare equipment.[TRIMTO] The Hawker XFC battery is ideal for applications involving opportunity...

Street cleaners search waste for precious metals

Cleanzine has, over the past 11 years, occasionally carried news about cleaners having inadvertently thrown away priceless works of art, or finding vast amounts of money left lying around, which they've then handed back to the owner. This time however, a street cleaning company is deliberately sifting through the rubbish it collects in the hop...

Top franchising manager switches career path to take on Chemex franchise

After a 15 year career in managing franchisees for leading franchisors, Andrew Davis has switched career paths to run his own franchise. Andrew has joined cleaning & hygiene supplies specialist Chemex to run its North Leicestershire franchise. Previously, Andrew was a regional manager with Dyno-Rod, supporting 20 franchisees. Before that ...

Facilities Show signs exclusive partnership with FMA for 2014 event

UBM Live, organiser of the Facilities Show, recently signed an exclusive partnership agreement with the Facilities Management Association that will see the two organisations collaborate closely for the 2014 event when it moves to London's ExCeL.[TRIMTO] The terms of the partnership will see the FMA continue to play an integral role in the deve...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! In last week’s Leader for Cleanzine’s sister publication KBzine, I said I was saddened to hear about postie Graham Bennett, who had died while delivering letters in the un...

Principle achieves outstanding reduction in emissions

Since becoming a certified CarbonNeutral company at the start of 2011, Principle Cleaning Services tells us it is delighted to have recorded a huge reduction in its emissions. The London based, sustainable company has worked with The CarbonNeutral Company, a world-leading provider of carbon reduction solutions, to set a target to reduce its carbo...

Disposables UK opens new state-of-the-art site

Disposables UK Group, has reached another milestone in its ambitious five year growth plan, with its move into its new 150,000 sq ft state-of-the-art premises in Meltham, Huddersfield. Disposables UK, which manufactures and distributes paper disposables and associated cleaning and hygiene products for the 'away from home market', officially op...

MBS Access invests in 15m, Italian-manufactured CMC spider lift

Spider lift rental specialist, MBS Access, has added a 15m working height CMC S15 tracked spider lift to its fleet. The Essex-based hirer took delivery of its latest platform at the beginning of July from The Spiderlift Company, UK distributor for CMC Aerial Platforms, the Italian manufacturer.[TRIMTO] At 780mm wide, 1950mm high and with a cla...

Soapbox: Sound familiar?

John Laws of the Australian Cleaning Contractors' Alliance sounds off about some of the problems created by changes to the Fair Work Act, which were implemented by the Federal Government at the beginning of the month.[TRIMTO] "A good Employer Body will be up in arms at any changes to basic terms and conditions of engagement and work, and so ...

TC Facilities Management acquires Equinox Security Management

TC Facilities Management has acquired London-based security business, Equinox Security Management, for an undisclosed consideration. The acquisition takes immediate effect but Equinox will continue to operate using the same name and management team, although under the TCFM’s umbrella. “This is a truly significant move for us,&rd...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! It’s that time of year again when I go back to my hippie roots and immerse myself in the world of tents and compost loos, drum circles, gong baths, World music and Indian head m...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The organisers of next year’s ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam – the Silver Anniversary edition of this global cleaning industry event – tell us it is off to a good start w...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Of course I don't know all the facts and it may be that the driver of the street sweeping machine that caused some £5K - £10K worth of damage to a Grade II listed hotel th...

Prochem adds advanced stain removal to training programme

The latest advanced course to be added to the Prochem Europe training programme is likely to prove the ideal solution for carpet and upholstery cleaners wanting to learn more about stains. An intensive day-long investigation into their nature, origin and how to remove or improve them, The Prochem Stain Removal Course provides extensive hands-o...

Success in converting waste into energy bags Veolia further Australian Business Award

A groundbreaking process that turns ordinary household and commercial waste into energy to make bricks has won a major Australian national award for Veolia Environmental Services, a global leader in the waste management and resource recovery sector.[TRIMTO] This is the fourth year in a row Veolia has won an Australian Business Award, which rec...

WAMITAB hosts Skills Village at RWM 2013

The Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board - the leading authority in qualifications for the waste and resource management sectors - is continuing its commitment to improving industry standards by launching the 'Skills Village' initiative at the Resource Efficiency & Waste Management Solutions show: RWM 2013.[TRIMTO] The WAM...

Regent Cleaning all-rounder at Yorks County Cricket Club

R egent Cleaning has retained its status as official cleaning contractor at the legendary Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The company, which won the contract in 2010, is also this year's player sponsor of the club's swing bowler, Ryan Sidebottom.[TRIMTO] For the Regent Cleaning team, all the action takes place at the 17,000-capacity Carnegie Cri...

Acumen and Newcastle-under-Lyme BC help 'Tonight' programme highlight how councils can reduce landfill

In the ITV programme 'Tonight - Throwaway Britain', presenter Jonathan Maitland spent time with Acumen Distribution's recycling team and interviewed Trevor Nicoll, Head of Recycling & Fleet Services at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, to illustrate how local authorities can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The Council ...

Community Clean releases the ultimate environmentally friendly street cleaner

Having spent more than a decade working with businesses such as local authorities, stadium owners, theme parks, shopping centres, car park operators and construction companies, street cleaning specialists at Community Clean have introduced the latest innovation in cleaning technology to the industry in the UK.[TRIMTO] The Cyclone offers an ext...

Brighton Cityclean dispute settled

Cleanzine understands that there will be no further industrial action in the Brighton Cityclean dispute following a significantly revised offer from the Council which has been accepted by members of the GMB union. The dispute, which concerned proposed pay cuts of up to £4,000 a head for staff within the city's refuse, recycling and street cleansing departments, led to a week-long strike. Negotiations took place which led to a proposal to redesign the service, thus preventing pay losses for staff. www.gmb.org.uk [TRIMTO] ...

Cleaner's work takes him to majestic heights!

When this chap first started cleaning, I doubt he expected that he would one day be cleaning the windows of one of the most iconic buildings in Europe - Buckingham Palace! But no access equipment and a chance peek in the windows for him... he has to cope with a cleaning tool on a pole that is approximately 100ft long in the knowledge that he i...

Cleaning competition moves through Europe

The Hungarian Cleaning-technology Association (MATISZ), in association with AFIDAMP, has been holding a series of EXPOROM professional cleaning-technology competitions, named Clean Europe 2013, as part of a tournament.[TRIMTO] The first in the series took place during April in Warsaw, Poland, the second event was held in Verona, Italy during M...

Buy your tickets for the WCEC Charity Ball

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is holding a Charity Ball on 14th September at The Grange Hotel, St Paul's, London. The evening will start with a champagne reception at 18:30, followed by a three-course dinner at 19:30pm and carriages at 00:30. Music will be provided by The Jive Aces in what promises to be a fun-filled and exciting evening![TRIMTO] Tickets are £110 and are available from: Keith Lambert - Clerk to the Company 0208 704 1515 Maureen Marden - Master 0208 393 6157 ...

Iranian researchers produce self-cleaning coatings for the textile industry

Cleanzine has learned that Iranian researchers at Gilan University have synthesised self-cleaning coatings for use in the textile industry. The coating has been made by synthesising titanium dioxide nanoparticles doped with silver and zirconium on polyacrylonitrile fibres. This has created a medium which has photocatalytic self-cleaning proper...

JTM scores new commission with The Bantams

A new commission with Bradford City Football Club has kicked off for commercial laundry specialist JTM Service - whose customers include some of Yorkshire's iconic sporting clubs. JTM's growing portfolio within the region's sporting sector spans Leeds United and Yorkshire County Cricket Cub.[TRIMTO] JTM is supplying The Bantams with specialise...

New 3M Graffiti Stain Removers are tough on graffiti and kind on cleaners

3M has launched a new range of low-risk graffiti stain removers which protect cleaners and the environment without compromising on performance. Specially formulated for use on brickwork and concrete, painted surfaces and plastic, the removers are effective on a wide range of graffiti substances including aerosol spray paint, permanent markers,...

Survey finds most cleaning pro's would recommend joining cleaning industry

A survey conducted by AlturaSolutions Communications, a jansan industry communications firm, for Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and the OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning system, finds that 63% of those surveyed would recommend getting involved with the professional cleaning industry.[TRIMTO] While less enthusiastic, about a third respon...

Toucan Eco gains VAH infection control certification

Disinfection and cleaning fluid produced by the Toucan Eco has gained Certification from the VAH Laboratories in Germany. Recognised throughout the EU, the VAH List of Disinfectants comprises all products which have a valid certificate issued by the Disinfectants Commission.[TRIMTO] The List serves as a basis for the selection of appropriate d...

Research paper into women's sanitary disposal in public washrooms - The key findings

Over the past three months, Vectair Systems has been researching and gathering data about sanitary disposal within the US. The research paper included questions that would help Vectair learn more about what women really think about feminine waste disposal in the washroom, health and hygiene in public washrooms, as well as their usual practices an...

Joint effort to work on environment

The organiser of the China Clean Expo (UBM Sinoexpo) and the Shanghai Environment Protection Industry Association have come to a mutual agreement to work together on the China International Waste Management & Recycling Show 2014, concurrently held with China Clean Expo 2014, in an attempt to create a leading professional show in this industry...

OxyPharm disinfection units now available through rental service

The OxyPharm System, available through Healthcare cleaning specialist CK Group, is an effective whole area bio-disinfection solution for wards, operating theatres and intensive care rooms. Based upon vaporised hydrogen peroxide, OxyPharm quickly and effectively disinfects all surfaces, fabrics and fittings, along with the air within the room. [TR...

Soapbox: Carpet Care - Wet or Dry?

Dry Extraction Cleaning is often maligned and little understood, Geoff Greeley - Vice President of Market Development and Support, explains... These days the majority of industry experts should really be called wet extraction cleaning experts. Their understanding of dry extraction is on a par with a trombone player explaining how to play a vio...

Racecourse stays cleaned up for festival

Events and venue cleaning specialist Ryans Cleaning made sure Galway Race Festival ran smoothly by working day and night over the festival week. More than 127,000 racegoers enjoyed the events during the festival, which was hit by extreme rain for two of the days despite ideal conditions for the rest of the festival.[TRIMTO] Pat Ryan, CEO of Ry...

UV-C disinfection redefined

Aware that highly resistant forms of bacteria can survive even the most thorough disinfection process, healthcare support services provider Crothall Healthcare, has announced its decision to provide the next big step in UV-C disinfection for its healthcare customers.[TRIMTO] The company is working with Surfacide, which has created a three-emit...

Hotels lose around 30 customers for each bad review; cleaning is key

Cleanliness is the number one concern for customers as well as a leading global driver of value for the hotel sector according to research - and facilities management can play a strategic role in increasing revenues and improving guest retention.[TRIMTO] In an industry worth around £40bn a year in the UK but with occupancy and room rates...

Terminix expands into Canada with acquisition of Magical Pest Control's assets

Terminix, the world's largest pest and termite control provider, has announced its entry into the Canadian pest control market with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Toronto-based Magical Pest Control.[TRIMTO] Founded in 1997, Magical Pest Control is one of the largest pest control companies in Ontario, specialising in comm...

Greyland caters for all

A bright sparkling kitchen, food preparation or service area truly speaks volumes about the establishment, the staff, and the level of hygiene that can be expected by customers. Not only is this desirable, it is readily achievable with the right cleaning products.[TRIMTO] The extensive range of catering cleaning chemicals available in bulk pac...

Oates of Australia to sell Soluclean throughout Australia and New Zealand

Soluclean's overseas distributor network continues to grow, following the company's recent successful shows at Clean Expo China in Shanghai and ISSA Interclean in Warsaw. Soluclean has now announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Oates of Australia to sell the Soluclean range throughout Australia and New Zealand.[TRIMTO] Oates ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Sadly, with everything else that’s going on in the world right now and much of our media focused on ‘celebrity’ rather than real issues, most people will be unaware ...

New approach to old and increasing problem of insects

There are 200 million insects to each and every human being on this planet and, whilst some, like bees, perform an essential service, many can be a serious nuisance and are regarded as pests. The increase in insect problems arises from recent changes in climate and the rapid growth of natural, biodegradable materials in home fabrics and building...

Elan Sales Open Days

Elan Sales Ltd, master UK distributors for Factory Cat have moved to new premises. The company is celebrating with Open Days next week September 11th, 12th, 13th. As well as FactoryCat and TomCat machines Elan will also have the ORBITZ floor preparation machines available, that went down a storm at the Cleaning Show, with demonstrations of mar...

Norse grows education sector cleaning services

Norse Commercial Services and its subsidiaries are seeing continued growth in the education sector across the UK.The Norfolk based company, which has joint venture partnerships with 11 local authorities around the UK, has recently won a £2.5 million, three year agreement with Norfolk Educational Services group to provide cleaning services a...

Square is the new round!

When you place your next order for FreshClean, you may notice things are not quite as they were... The team at RJN Chemicals is constantly striving to improve its products and packaging, from adjusting the fragrance levels, to choosing the right dispensing spoons for the job! Research, development and acting upon customer feedback, regardless ...

New AMA report reviews UK contract cleaning market

''Contract cleaning is a mature and highly fragmented market and one of the most competitive of all the outsourced sectors. Despite the economic downturn and continued budget cuts across private and public sectors, the market has performed reasonably well compared to the wider FM and construction markets and is currently worth around £5.3bn...

New urinal screens have matching fragrances

Proandre has launched a new range of urinal screens, made of flexible PVC, which support a high percentage of fragrance (20% more). Designed to be used in high-throughput public toilets and adaptable to all types of urinals, they are offered in Orange (tangerine fragrance) and Red ( Passion Fruit fragrance).[TRIMTO] The fully flexible filter i...

Incentive FM's cleaning and security expertise enriches shopping centre portfolio

Having proven itself by providing impressive cleaning and security services to Friars Square Shopping Centre in Aylesbury, Incentive FM has been rewarded with an extended and expanded contract. Under the terms of the new contract, which was awarded by Jones Lang LaSalle, the commercial property specialist, Incentive FM will expand its remit, w...

World Water Week opens with a call for life-saving cooperation over water

Global leaders have gathered in Stockholm for the 23rd World Water Week, calling for strengthened cooperation over water. With the world's population and economies growing fast while the amount of available water remains the same, collaboration over our most essential resource is more urgent than ever.[TRIMTO] Addressing the opening session of...

It's in the can... new corporate video from Robert Scott & Sons

Did you know that over 410,000 mops and 1 million dishcloths are produced every week by manual janitorial cleaning products manufacturer Robert Scott & Sons - and, that this UK-based company also supplies many of the country's leading retail chain stores with a range of cloths, mops and cleaning items from its portfolio of over 2000 products?...

100,000 cans in the bag - with help from Cromwell Polythene

A public-spirited Leicester man, who began collecting aluminium cans for recycling less than three years ago, is within sight of his target of 100,000 cans by the end of this year. Though he is passionate about the environment, 40 year-old Adrian Ablett's original inspiration came from supermarket giant Tesco, which launched an initiative to r...

LCC cleans without chlorine

LCC Support Services, the independent national service provider, has taken another major step forward in its campaign to preserve the environment. Following extensive trials, LCC is installing Lotus Pro aqueous ozone (AO) systems into the cleaning rooms of many of its larger client sites, thus enabling its staff to provide more hygienic and ...

PASMA launches Tower Week

In its first national Tower Week, industry body Prefabricated Access Suppliers & Manufacturers Association, plans to promote not only safety and best practice, but also the benefits of mobile access towers in a growing number of different applications. The week will also provide a snapshot of current tower use to inform future safety campaign...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I find it both amusing and frustrating that our industry is so far ahead of the cosmetics and personal care industries when it comes to colour coding savvy. Why? Well I’m ...

NanoSeptic self-cleaning surfaces show promise in battling MERS outbreak

Safe Life FZC, a new breed of healthcare distributors based in the United Arab Emirates, is employing the latest technology to combat dangerous outbreaks like the deadly Coronavirus or MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). So it's no surprise that it is attempting to break the cycle of transmission by adopting self-cleaning NanoSeptic surfaces...

Regent Samsic grows cleaning and security client portfolio

Regent Samsic has reported new business gains in both its cleaning and security operations for the third quarter of 2013. Additions to the contractor's cleaning portfolio includes St Paul's Girls' School in Birmingham and Myton School, Warwick; Mercedes-Benz Bristol; regional offices operated nationally by Provident Financial; and further wins...

P&G Professional's new range can be ordered through your distributor

In business today, you only get one chance to delight your customers and earn their loyalty. To help operators up their game and deliver a new level of clean that building users will really notice, P&G Professional today announced the hotly anticipated launch of a brand new range of cleaning and disinfecting products designed for direct distr...

New Hydromist 13 Pro-Spotter makes light work of spots and stains

Truvox International has expanded its renowned Hydromist range of carpet cleaners with the launch of the Hydromist 13 Pro-Spotter.[TRIMTO] This lightweight, compact and manoeuvrable carpet and upholstery spray extractor is a perfect addition to the Hydromist range, ideal for use in locations such as small pubs and clubs, hotels, offices, care ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! John and I are flying out to Berlin on Monday to cover CMS - the big cleaning exhibition that's held there every other year, which this year runs from Tuesday until Friday. Do look ou...

Freudenberg announces screw connections based on hygienic design "consistently achievable"

With its Hygienic Usit ring, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies Process Seals has developed the first step toward completely new hygienic standards for screw connections in the food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. For the first time, complete screw connections meeting Hygienic Design standards are achievable with the combination ...

Costs of gum removal will be slashed with new Gumwand invention

A British company has invented and launched Gumwand, a new product that is set to slash the cost of removing chewing gum from pavements and floors to under 1p per piece of gum. Gumwand is 100% environmentally-friendly and safely removes gum from pavements combining steam and 'green' detergents. Gary Fage, Director at Janitorial Express has bee...

Reserve your seat for important conference now!

Join the front runners of the cleaning industry at The British Cleaning Council's annual conference at the CBI Conference Centre in London's Centre Point Tower on Thursday 28th November 2013 from 09:00 until 15:30. The conference will focus on 'Future Proofing the Cleaning Industry' and will once again include a high profile speaker line up....

Show places increased attention on industrial cleaning and safety

The organisers of Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo tell us that as the improvement of China's manufacturing industry in response to new market conditions is more important to the Chinese government than rapid economic growth, they are putting increased effort into its China International Water Jet and Industrial Safety Show 2014, one of the leading Industri...

Janitorial Direct joins the Matrix network

Matrix - established nearly a decade ago and now recognised as the UK's leading steam cleaning machine manufacturer with an extensive portfolio of high quality light commercial to industrial 4 bar and 8 bar cleaning systems in its portfolio, has welcomed Janitorial Direct to its network of distributors.[TRIMTO] Janitorial Direct is ideally sit...

Demand increasing for non-chemical cleaning & sanitising

There is a growing acceptance that 'traditional' chemical methods are no longer the only solution for effective cleaning and sanitising. The main reason has to be the detrimental impact of chemicals on the environmental - however, there are many other benefits from going chemical-free, not least of which is a dramatic cost saving.[TRIMTO] Elec...

Good food hygiene is good for business

Customers are becoming increasingly aware of the food hygiene schemes and are actively looking for rating stickers when choosing where to eat out, Food Standards Agency research shows.[TRIMTO] More food businesses are now displaying their hygiene rating stickers and a third of them say that this has resulted in greater customer confidence, bet...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! CMS Berlin, the International Trade Fair for Cleaning Systems, Building Management and Services, opens its doors today. It is expected to attract over 15,000 prominent trade visitors ...

Deals with water damage; cleans hard floors and facades

Cebe Reinigungschemie: The new CEBE Benovac FE has auto feed function as well as automatic discharge, which makes it ideal for use in water damage restoration, as well as for hard floor and facade cleaning. The hard floor tool and the wall tool make it possible to clean with up to 80 bar of pressure while at the same time removing the cleaning...

- Eugen Gutmann GmbH

Eugen Gutmann GmbH won the Equipment category for the Gutmann Modular System. Its ability to provide an economical and lasting solution for equipping a machine with individual brushes, was the reason given by the judges for awarding this system the prize. "We all need to look at our resources," said the company's managing director Jurgen Belle.[T...

Abranopp - the revolutionary cleaning system for structured floors!

Joest Abrasives: Structured flooring is problematic in terms of cleaning and care in that the deeper zones of the structure cannot be optimally reached and cleaned using tried and tested conventional cleaning products such as super pads and cleaning brushes.[TRIMTO] The patented (European-Patent EP 2 353 484 B1) Abranopp cleaning pads offer...

- Vermop Salmon GmbH

Vermop Salmon GmbH received the award in the Brand Communication category. Liquid Individual is a modular system that enables cleaning agents to be combined to meet individual requirements, from fragrance and colour to formulation, dosage, packaging and labelling.[TRIMTO] Vermop makes the cleaning agent and advises clients in the complex field...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! CMS Berlin, the International Trade Fair for Cleaning Systems, Building Management and Services, opened its doors on Monday. It is expected to attract over 15,000 trade visitors from ...

- Sebo Stein & Co. GmbH

Sebo Stein & Co. GmbH was the final winner in the Machinery category. In the words of Dietmar Mühr, the features of the Sebo Professional D8 dry vacuum cleaner that impressed the panel most were the rotating suction tube, infinitely variable output control and the IEC connector for simplified operation.[TRIMTO] We were impressed with ...

- Nilfisk division of Nilfisk-Advance GmbH

Nilfisk division of Nilfisk-Advance GmbH, was one of the other winners in the Machinery category, for the VL500 75-2 EDF wet-dry vacuum cleaner, which has a dual filter system. This provides for user-friendly operation on both dry and wet surfaces without requiring the filters to be changed - a reason cited by the judging panel for Nilfisk's win....

Atoll: compact, individual - and the right size for any requirement

Stahl Wäschereimaschinenbau:  The manufacturer currently produce Atoll washing machines in 13 different sizes, offering something to suit most requirements. Its small 'professionals' are suited for a filling weight of 5.5 and 7.7Kg, the compact models take 10, 12, 14, 19, 22 and 29Kg and the large volume machines have a load capacity...

CMS Purus Awards: the winners - Kärcher

2013 Purus Awards finalists: This year there were five prize-winners in three categories. Three exhibitors were selected as winners in the Machinery category because their products were so good, it was impossible to choose one over the other two. Who said there was never anything new in cleaning! Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG - one of ...

Contractors love Omniflex as it does a lot for very little!

As usual there was a crowd taking in the demonstrations on the Kaivac stand, every time we walked past. “It’s not surpising,” said Marc Ferguson. “The contractors love it as it does a lot for very little!” Omniflex is the entry level variant of the No-Touch Cleaning Systems offered by Kaivac. It can be purchase...

Fleet management made easy!

Hako-Fleet-Management-Solutions offers fleet managers an easy method of accessing detailed data of all machines in their fleet at any given time. A wide range of information and individual machine data is available in real time via a secure Internet connection - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.[TRIMTO] Hako automatically saves and updates an...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Regular readers of Cleanzine will be aware that last week John and I were out in Germany, covering the latest in the series of biennial cleaning exhibitions that have been being held ...

Tornado cleans up without water and without chemicals

The aptly named new Tornado mobile jet system is based on a worldwide patented negative pressure jet principle. Designed as a mobile compact device, it is no bigger than a standard industrial vacuum cleaner, but the combination of units, which incorporate a jet cap and jet lance, a filtering cartridge and dust separation unit, as well as the ...

High density floor pads made almost entirely from waste melamine

On the One-Step stand, John and I were treated to an in-depth explanation by Dr Wolfgang Rauwald of Charlott Produkte, on the benefits of using melamine in floor pads for walk-behind scrubber driers. Shown here, the high density Combo-Pads are made almost entirely from waste – they comprise almost 100% recycled material. They’re vi...

DiBO’s power and reliability now also in a compact version

DiBO used the show to launch the ECN-S compact industrial cold water high-pressure cleaner. “The intention was to build a little brother of the ECN-M and ECN-T range, complying with DiBO’s rigid quality standards but still available at an attractive price,” explained Bart Knol.[TRIMTO] “When developing the ECN-S, we ...

Tomcat demonstrations attracting the crowds yet again…

As with any show Tomcat demonstrations draw the crowds and CMS was no exception with Solingen-based agent Rebi GmbH in the hot-seat. In the foreground is the ride-on Tomcat GTX scrubber which is easy to use and can be quickly adapted to the job in hand thanks to the ease of equipping it with different brushes, rollers or pads.[TRIMTO] The Edge...

Mad scientist or nutty professor?

Exhibitions can be pretty tiring, particularly when they last for four days, so having a sense of humour can divert the thoughts from the aching feet and remind everyone that these events are worthwhile. Enter the team from the very busy Dr Schnell stand, one of whom proved that work doesn’t have to be serious. And while you think this employee may be a little scary, you didn’t see, as we did, what he was wearing on the bottom half… www.dr-schnell.com ...

Making the most of every component and every cm of space…

Valerie Comandre talked us through the attributes of the very nifty ARA 66/BM scrubber drier, being launched at the show as ‘the discovery for working while seated’.[TRIMTO] John and I both commended the company for making the most of every component and every centimetre of space in the design; for example the body of the machine i...

VoleoPro - a new versatile and compact trolley from Vileda Professional

Patrick Schowalter showed us how Vileda Professional had really made every inch of space count in the new VoleoPro trolly - just one of the many launches on the stand.[TRIMTO] "It has been developed to meet the market demands for a truly professional trolley, where space is limited and a full-size trolley is too big," he explained. "Compact de...

It’s not easy being green (but they do it anyway)

The Werner & Mertz stand was hard to miss as it was so big and so green and so full of frogs (or Frosch, as the Germans put it). Alena Hill told us that the company is not only innovative in its products, but also when it comes to its packaging materials.[TRIMTO] “The greening of detergents, polishes and cleaning agents not only refe...

Streamlined and smart…

As well as displaying a selection of Brightwell Systems’ equipment, the team from Qbicline was promoting its own automatic dispensers. Its soap dispensers have welded caps and are offered in two versions: refill or cartridge. www.all-care.eu

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! My kettle’s been acting erratically for the past week. Normally, I switch it on and a light glows in the switch itself. Once the kettle’s boiled, the switch flicks itself ...

The POD - reduce your paper consumption by up to 20%

Kennedy has introduced the Paper POD, a mechanical auto-cut paper towel dispenser that can assist in reducing paper consumption by up to 20% (exact figure depends upon paper specification) thanks to its Reserve System.[TRIMTO] The POD is a mechanical auto-cut paper towel dispenser that provides single use paper portions for hygienic hand dryin...

Panztel acquired by Care Monitoring & Management

Remote workforce management specialist, Panztel, has been acquired by Care Monitoring & Management. The Group already owns CM2000, which specialises in monitoring and scheduling technologies for the care sector and Panztel will continue to operate independently as part of the Group.[TRIMTO] "The Group is delighted to have an opportunity to...

Same shift bacteria test approved by AOAC Research Institute for Food & Beverage industries

The MicroSnap test for Coliform and E. coli from Hygiena has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute's Performance Tested Methods Programme. MicroSnap is a novel rapid detection system based on the utilisation of specific substrates linked to a light emitting reaction. It is claimed to be the only microbiology test to give results in eight ...

Katrin Easy Pack is hitting the streets running...

Following hot on the heels of the highly successful (and award winning) Handy Packs, Metsa Tissue is pleased to announce that the Katrin Easy Pack is hitting the streets running...[TRIMTO] Mark Dewick, Metsa Tissue Sales Director for UK & Ireland, explains: "Hygiene is extremely important in any 'Away from Home' environment, but with an ev...

Glass Restore - a new and specialised service from Cresswell Services

Cresswell Office Services announces a brand new Glass Restore Service. The company, dedicated to being flexible in its approach as well as being highly reactive and responsive to its clients' needs, saw a gap in the marketplace for this type of service and it is now being offered to the company's customers.[TRIMTO] The Glass Restore Syste...

Vectair director in livery!

Vectair Systems' Commercial Director, Rich Martin, was clothed last month in livery, for the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners. The WCEC is a highly relevant, modern Livery Company combining the traditions and mystique of The City with the changing needs of a major 21st Century industry.[TRIMTO] One of 108 Livery Companies in the...

Emprise retains The British Library

Emprise Services has been awarded a contract extension with long-standing client, The British Library. Emprise has been working with The British Library since 2003 to deliver daily cleaning, window cleaning, exterior cleaning, hygiene services, specialist cleaning and waste management services.[TRIMTO] Over the course of this 10 year relations...

Anti-Vandal dispenser keeps air fresh

Building managers and building service contractors know it can be incredibly difficult to keep washrooms looking clean and adequately stocked, especially in high-traffic public buildings.[TRIMTO] Washrooms in public facilities such as schools, municipal buildings, stadiums and retail shopping centres, are more likely to suffer from vandals who...

Trafalgar steam to the top

Matrix Cleaning Systems are delighted to announce that Trafalgar Cleaning Equipment achieved the highest sales throughout the UK for 2012 - 2013 to become Top Master Distributor selling the Matrix Steam Range. Being presented with their award from Mike Osiadacz is James Clinch Sales Manager of Trafalgar.[TRIMTO] Matrix Sales Director Mike Osia...

Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014 "selling well" says organiser

Martin Scott, Exhibition Director at Fairweather Events, tells us that the inaugural Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014 show, being held on 3rd and 4th September 2014 at the award winning Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, is selling well with several "big names" already signed up and solid enquiries from many more.[TRIMTO] "The facts speak...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! New research released from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, reveals that 36% of line managers have not received any training for their role and that time for ef...

Hygienic steam cleaning for professionals

The DE 4002 provides thorough, deep and hygienic cleaning without the use of chemicals. Producing steam up to 150°C and with a wide range of standard and optional accessories, it is highly versatile and ideal for use in a variety of environments where fast, hygienic cleaning is a necessity.[TRIMTO] Very simple to use, the machine can be us...

Cleaning Equipment & Materials firms have increased in value, argues new study

...ne looking to compare and understand their own company's value against the rest of the market. Cleanzine readers opting to buy the report are entitled to a £50 discount. Just quote reference PR/PG/SV18. T: 01642 626 419 E: ...

Ryans ploughs through challenge

Ryans Cleaning swept into action for the 11th year in a row at the National Ploughing Championships of Ireland, one of the largest outdoor events in Europe attracting record crowds of around 200,000 people.[TRIMTO] A team of specialist event cleaning staff from Ryans Cleaning descended on the site in Ratheniska, Co Laois, to manage all public ...

Gumwand donates to High Street Revival initiative

Hampshire-based gum removal expert, Gumwand, is giving £3,000 worth of equipment and training to the winning town or city in the national initiative to reinvigorate the High Street: The Revive & Thrive Challenge. The package includes a Gumwand machine, starter pack (including chemicals and brass brushes) and training for the winner of ...

Idiots on ladders: Ladder Exchange focuses on training; number trained jumps 40%

Following September's focus on equipment inspection, the 2013 Ladder Exchange has moved into its second month, emphasising the importance of training for ladder users during a record breaking year for ladder training - which has seen the number of users trained, leap 40%.[TRIMTO] Allowing people and companies to trade their old ladders in for ...

The 2013 Loo of the Year Awards presentation event: reserve your ticket now!

The must attend event for all those involved in 'away from home' toilets - cleaning and FM companies; toilet providers; washroom equipment, product and service suppliers; directors, management and - importantly, toilet attendants and cleaning staff, is just a few weeks away and tickets are selling fast.[TRIMTO] This is an ideal opportunity for...

Kensington & Chelsea council meeting lobbied to support £8.55 London Living Wage

As this week's issue of Cleanzine was 'put to bed', GMB, the union representing workers employed by OCS, was about to lobby the full council meeting of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, to support a motion asking the council to pay a London living wage of £8.55, to direct and contracted staff. This fits in with the GMB ongoing ...

IFMA World Workplace 2013 attendance figures set stage for New Orleans 2014

The International Facility Management Association has released the final registration numbers for the 2013 World Workplace Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, USA. With more than 4,700 registrants, World Workplace 2013 was one of the best attended IFMA events in recent history. With representatives from 49 countries in attendance, the glob...

Zapper launches Scan-to-Pay to help SMEs who suffer from late payments

Zapper's new Scan-to-Pay service help reconcile the £36.4bn currently owed to six out of 10 UK SMEs in late payments. The service makes invoice payments as quick and easy as taking a photograph.[TRIMTO] Zapper allows businesses to add unique QR Codes to invoices, whether they are delivered in electronic or paper format. When customers ge...

ISS Restoration unveils enormous, purpose-built flood and fire training house

A major investment in training and customer service has been launched by ISS Restoration with the unveiling of what the company believes is Europe's biggest purpose-built flood and fire training house.[TRIMTO] The three room bungalow, which has been constructed inside ISS Restoration's national training centre in Mansfield and is part of a &po...

ICRC - Madagascar: Fighting the plague within prisons and beyond

Although the plague has been eradicated from most countries of the world, it is still rife in Madagascar. To fight the disease, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Malagasy prison authorities have just launched a campaign against rodents in Antanimora Prison in Antananarivo, where 3,000 inmates are held.[TRIMTO] "The chronic o...

Hako Group unveils new website

Hako Group has launched its new website. By presenting a fully revised and updated Internet presence clad in a modern design, the company offers its customers a quick and convenient overview of the cleaning and municipal technology product segments and complementary services, all reflected by the Hako Group's clear, new brand architecture: All pr...

Excitement heightens for new window cleaning company

Principle Cleaning Services' growth is continuing as it launches a fresh and exciting new window cleaning company to complement its cleaning services.[TRIMTO] Seeing a gap in the market for a new type of window cleaning service, the new company, named Principle Window Cleaning, will be a boutique window cleaning company headed up by newly appo...

'They dropped everything for GD - just as they did in the old days'

No doubt every industry in most countries of the world will have its notable figures and the UK is no exception with a group that was affectionately known as 'The Rat Pack' when I joined the UK cleaning industry in the early '90s.[TRIMTO] One of the members was Graham Dyson, who sadly has been very ill with Alzheimer's for some time. When Rich...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! As it's European Week for Safety & Health at work, here's a health & safety poser for you...My kettle’s been acting erratically for the past week. Normally, I switch it ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! With the celebration of the best of the UK’s washrooms shortly to take place when the Loo of the Year Awards are announced in just four weeks’ time, the news that teachers...

Jangro member helps care home in Romania

Cutler Cleaning Supplies, Jangro's Macclesfield member, has a long established relationship with Blythswood Care, a Christian organisation providing practical help for the needy in the UK and abroad. Cutlers regularly donate Jangro products to assist Blythswood's aid programmes and has recently sent three pallets of Jangro cleaning and hygiene pr...

Morclean introduces the new model Air-tech (1 and 2)

The Airtec vac is part of the extensive Morclean range of vacs, including air vacs, safety and ATEX vacs, as well as hazardous dust vacs. Morclean has a reputation for problem solving or providing bespoke equipment to niche markets while understanding the need for equipment that is used in specialist applications and the Air-tech is a further...

System Hygienics performs smooth duct cleaning operation

System Hygienics has successfully completed a challenging, but vital ventilation ductwork cleaning project at Gartnavel General Hospital and the Western Infirmary, both in the West End of Glasgow.[TRIMTO] The contract, for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board, involved thoroughly cleaning the ductwork that supplies fresh air to 18 busy o...

Soapbox: When will we learn to look after what we have?

Howard O' Brien, Managing Director of Traffik UK, explains why we should all be paying more attention to the 'Circling Longer' concept and take a common sense approach to the installation and maintenance of commercial flooring.[TRIMTO] The space between action and words on Corporate Social Responsibility commitments can be vast. For instance, ...

Lockable trolley 'removes risk'

A new lockable cleaning trolley system designed for high-risk healthcare environments is already proving its worth at a hospital in a major NHS trust. The new system and equipment, supplied through Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, is being used on Magnolia Ward in Yeovil, part of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The trolleys are made fro...

New industry partnership prolongs lifetime of luxury floorings

UK flooring manufacturer Amtico has appointed Beaver Floorcare as approved aftercare specialist for both its commercial and residential installations. The aim of the new collaboration is to maximise the longevity of Amtico's product range.[TRIMTO] The announcement comes following an 18 month close working relationship between the two companies...

Nviro secures three-year contract with MidKent College

Cleaning and FM specialist Nviro has won a three-year contract with MidKent College, supplying cleaning services to the Maidstone and the newly renovated Medway Campuses. The contract, worth more than £1.5 million, will provide a night time cleaning regime to both campuses.[TRIMTO] A dedicated contract manager will work across both locat...

Disposables UK reports strong increase in sales following Optimum ProWipers launch

Disposables UK, is reporting strong sales of its non-woven wipe range, Optimum ProWipers, which was rebranded in December last year. The Optimum ProWipers range, which includes seven different types of wipes, has generated a 65% increase in sales of non-woven products in the period from December 2012 to July 2013. The news follows Disposab...

Idrobase launches new range of 60Hz pressure washers

Idrobase Group's professional pressure washers and Auto Bella's vacuum cleaners are designed to fulfil the requirements of the North- and Central American markets as well as those of the Japanese market. Manufactured in Italy, the machines have visible pumps, electric motor that 'breathe' fresh air and an uncomplicated electric switchboard. Th...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Visitors to Cleanzine’s Facebook page will have seen the story and image we posted after the issue had been broadcast, regarding changes to recycling laws as part of the Waste F...

New gum-removal system transforms two shopping centres and Olympic site

Gum-removal expert Gumwand, has recently supplied its new machines to two of the UK's most prestigious shopping centres and the Olympic site in Stratford in a move to eliminate the perennial problem of gum litter, and significantly improve the visitor experience.[TRIMTO] Chris Thomas, Key Account Director at Cleanevent Group explains: "The sho...

Healthcare cleaners should be qualified, says poll

Cleaners in the healthcare industry need to be relevantly qualified to undertake their work, according to a new opinion poll. The results, which reveal that 79% of respondents thought cleaning professionals should be qualified, echo the thoughts of the outgoing chair of the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals, Denise Foster.[TRIMTO] ...

National Carpet Cleaners Association: Training dates 2013/2014

The NCCA has published the dates of its forthcoming training courses in the following subjects: Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Advanced Spot & Stain Treatment & Removal, Leather Identification & Cleaning.[TRIMTO] Professional Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning:  November 22nd - 23rd 2013; Jan...

Leading the way on tourism that's both clean and green

Kimberly-Clark Professional has entered into partnership with the Green Tourism Business Scheme to promote the sustainable procurement of hygiene products by companies in the tourism industry.[TRIMTO] Following an assessment of the manufacturer's UK operation, Green Tourism has agreed to endorse a range of hygiene products that provide sustain...

Restroom Association (Singapore) gears up for World Toilet Day

With the United Nations General Assembly designating 19th November as World Toilet Day, the Restroom Association (Singapore) - known as RAS, is organising the inaugural Singapore WASH Conference, LOO Carnival and Hawker Centre Happy Toilet Cleanup to coincide World Toilet Day. The Singapore WASH Conference will be held for the first time at th...

One unique cloth... twice the performance!

Vileda Professional, has announced the latest addition to its microfibre cloth range - PVAmicro, which combines the properties of knitted microfibre and PVA. John and I examined the cloth at the CMS Berlin exhibition last month and were impressed with its qualities.[TRIMTO] This innovative new product is unique to Vileda Professional and inclu...

Green Turtle Americas signs exclusive distribution partnership with Ecolab Equipment Care

Ecolab's Equipment Care division and Green Turtle Americas have formed an exclusive distribution agreement to provide innovative in-kitchen wastewater treatment solutions to the US restaurant and food service industry. Through the partnership, Green Turtle's line of Retroceptor under-sink grease interceptors and Microceptor drain-line coffee grou...

Tacony Corporation partners with the National Service Alliance

Tacony Corporation, the manufacturer of a wide spectrum of professional cleaning tools and equipment including commercial and residential and floorcare products, as well as sewing machines, ceiling fans and lighting, has announced that three of its most popular brands - Tornado, Powr-Flite, and CFR - have recently joined the National Service Alli...

Equality and human rights in the cleaning industry

The Equality & Human Rights Commission is to examine how equality and human rights are protected and promoted in the cleaning sector. [TRIMTO] It will shortly begin gathering evidence on recruitment and employment practices in the sector and the extent to which workers are treated with dignity, respect and fairness. If you would like to contribute, check back on the Commission's website next week or email the team for more information at: E:  W: www.equalityhumanrights.com ...

New 3M Easy Trap Duster traps and holds up to six times more dirt

Keeping buildings dust and dirt free is a constant and costly challenge for facilities managers and contract cleaners; which is why so many are now choosing to use 3M Easy Trap Duster - it's simply a more efficient way pick up dust and dirt. By trapping and removing up to six times more dust, dirt, grit and hair than traditional mops and some ...

We have Mail:personal safety

...rking in the industry and I didn't want to cause him any problems! Jan, Regarding your piece in Cleanzine of 24th October 2013, all I can say is, yes me too, I do things like that, I will not be ruled, I think, foolishly. Anyway I have done a load of daft things during my time, working in distribution as a Transport Manager for a well known ele...

Fosse Shopping Park reappoints Regent Samsic

Leicester retail destination Fosse Shopping Park has reappointed Regent Samsic to provide its cleaning and security services. The two-year term cleaning and security contract, with a one-year extension option, also includes maintenance and park presentation services for the 37-acre site.[TRIMTO] Adjoining the M1 motorway, the shopping park hom...

Inaugural Ausclean Pulire draws international crowd

A partnership with global organisation Pulire enhanced Ausclean PULIRE 2013?s international flavour both on the exhibition floor and in workshops and seminars, reports Inclean magazine. Sponsored by Hako Australia, the event, held earlier this month, attracted some 1,000 end-user and distributor industry executives. "The dedicated cleaning ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Certain members of the press have picked up on the news that the European Commission is to adopt criteria on delivering an Ecolabel to toilets and urinals and have used it to slate th...

Bunzl acquires large Canadian distributor

Bunzl has this week announced that it has acquired Wesclean Equipment & Cleaning Supplies in Canada. Based in Edmonton, Alberta and operating from 13 locations throughout Western Canada, Wesclean is principally engaged in the distribution of cleaning & hygiene equipment and supplies to a variety of customer markets. Revenue in the year...

Golden Service Awards 2013: the results

As a celebration of all that's best about the UK and Irish cleaning industries, the Golden Service Awards are always eagerly anticipated and the 2013 event, held on Friday at the Lancaster London hotel, didn't disappoint.[TRIMTO] Organised by Kimberly-Clark Professional in partnership with the Cleaning & Support Services Association - it ...

ISS, Facilicom & Enhance take pioneering lead in Service Provider Accreditation coalition committed to the Living Wage

To mark Living Wage week, ISS, Facilicom and Enhance have confirmed their commitment to the principles of responsible pay, by being the first in the Facilities & Business Services sector to sign up to a Service Provider Accreditation contract with the Living Wage Foundation.[TRIMTO] The three companies are leading the charge for a coalitio...

Betco makes it even easier to use less water for flushing

Betco Corporation has added three new additions to its ever popular Smart Restroom System which is designed to conserve water - SmartValve for Toto flush valves, as well as two handle adapters for Sloan and Delaney flush valves.[TRIMTO] With the addition of these adapters the SmartValve can be adapted to fit an estimated 92% of the flush valve...

Dancing with the wand

The wand on a carpet extractor plays a far more important role in effective carpet cleaning than many carpet cleaning technicians and cleaning professionals may realise. Some more advanced wands can speed up the entire cleaning process while also allowing carpets to dry more quickly and more thoroughly - if the wand is used properly. Proper wand ...

Contract win cements JTM's position in care sector

Leeds commercial laundry specialist JTM Service has secured a six figure service contract with Maria Mallaband Care Group, one of the UK's leading care home providers.[TRIMTO] The contract, to service laundries at more than 60 sites across the UK for both Maria Mallaband and its sister company Countrywide Care, continues JTM's cycle of growth ...

Vectair announces Quadrasan actuator change

Vectair Systems has announced a product change to its Quadrasan 300 refill bottles.[TRIMTO] Now instead of having actuators separate in the outer shipping carton, the actuators are now fitted to the refill - saving you time in fitting these at point of installation! This change is with immediate effect. T: +44 (0) 1256 319500 E: W: www.vectairsystems.com ...

Greyland rolls out new clearer look labels

The latest incarnation of Greyland labels sees an anti-fade, wet resistant, more durable surface that is not only clearer and brighter than ever, but is augmented with guiding pictograms to indicate acidity / alkalinity ratios, and a QR code as well as a new visible coding system for improved stock control.[TRIMTO] Key images also help with pr...

Survey reveals hospitals focus on reducing infections, but most have not adopted all best practices

DebMed, has announced the results of a survey of more than 400 healthcare professionals from across the US that looked at the methods used to gather hand hygiene data, the reliability of that data and the commitment of healthcare facilities to improving hand hygiene. [TRIMTO] The survey reinforced the sentiment that healthcare professionals ar...

Gojo dispensers are star performers at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

When you're a top flight entertainment venue, hosting some of the most famous names in music, comedy and more, you need to ensure that you provide stylish yet practical surroundings for your audiences. Washrooms are particularly important - equipment needs to be tough enough to withstand regular and heavy usage, but it should also look good, and ...

Solar panel manufacturer now offers means to clean them

With its recent acquisition of Greenbotics, solar technology and energy service provider SunPower, now also offers water saving panel cleaning products. SunPower expects to utilise the robotic technology and the Greenbotics team in conjunction with other product development and large-scale solar field installation projects globally, saying that t...

Chimney sweeps praise DC 1800 for being the cleanest and quietest dust extractor

Established in 1895, Wilkins Chimney Sweep says it is the only professional firm of chimney sweeps in West Berkshire, passed down through the Wilkins family for many generations. Peter Harris started working for Wilkins Chimney Sweep in 1995 and, after having gained three years' experience, bought the business in 1998.[TRIMTO] As the business ...

BCI receives Technology Innovation Award for oil & gas biodegradable degreaser

BCI Chemical Corporation was presented with the Technology Innovation Award for its achievements in the area of innovative value proposition, at the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Best Practices Awards held recently in Singapore.[TRIMTO] With its experience in oilfield chemicals, industrial chemicals and laundry products, BCI has manag...

Distribution partnership agreement takes Sachet Cleaning System to Africa

Soluclean, manufacturer of the award winning, pre-dosed concentrated multi-surface surface cleaning products, has secured a new distribution partnership in the Southern African Region with Chemical Convertors (Pty). Soluclean will work exclusively with Chemical Convertors on developing sales of Soluclean within the African continent.[TRIMTO] ...

Double win for LCC

LCC Support Services is on another winning streak. The nationwide support services business has won the Supplier of the Year Award from Norland Services, for whom it is the main cleaning contractor. This achievement, which comes after working only two years for Norland, was selected from all its supply partners.[TRIMTO] Bob Vincent Executive ...

Soapbox: Are you taking advantage of all the support available to aid growth

"Realise your growth potential," argues Barbara Spiller, GrowthAccelerator Business Development and Innovation Coach and Director of n.b. marketing - a marketing and business development consultancy that includes several companies operating in the UK and international cleaning & janitorial industry in its client list.[TRIMTO] Rapid growth ...

Europe's largest urban shopping centre scoops waste reduction and recycling award

Westfield Stratford City, Europe's largest urban shopping centre, has won top honours at the 2013 Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Awards for Environmental Excellence, which recognise and reward good practice in sustainable waste and resource management.[TRIMTO] The RWM Sustainable Facilities Management Award, sponsored by RWM...

WHO calls for more effective filtration in building ventilation systems

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - a specialised agency of the World Health Organisation - is arguing that because there is convincing evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer, more effective filtration is needed in building ventilation systems to combat the effects of unclean outdoor air systems mi...

How social media is highlighting food safety compromises

Chicopee Europe discusses just how powerful social media has become with regard to its influence on the reputation of a restaurant... Word of mouth has historically been a significant factor for driving business to your food outlet - or, when customers aren't satisfied, in driving customers away. Those social trends are now transforming into c...

Trojan Battery names Start Trading as Master Distributor for Bulgaria

Trojan Battery Co., the global manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has named Start Trading as a master distributor for Bulgaria. As Trojan's authorised master distributor in the region, Start Trading is responsible for distributing and servicing Trojan products throughout the country.[TRIMTO] "Trojan's partnership with Start Trading support...

New Unger MicroWipe Lite microfibre glass cloth offers streak-free, high shine finish

Unger's new, professional quality, lint free cloth delivers a streak-free, high shine finish on glass and mirrors - even without chemicals - so it's perfect for those promoting their business as one that looks after the environment while producing great results.[TRIMTO] The super soft, low friction material is easy to use; either damp to remov...

Chemical Harmonisation: What JanSan professionals must know

The Globally Harmonised System of Classification & Labelling of Chemicals - part of a United Nations programme - is soon going to impact on the professional cleaning industry throughout the United States. [TRIMTO] The US Occupational Safety & Health Administration is in the process of modifying the Hazard Communication Standard to ens...

Cresswell reaches a milestone 18!

Cresswell Office Services is celebrating the fantastic achievement of 18 years in the cleaning industry - a milestone birthday in the UK which is seen in young people as been 'the coming of age'.[TRIMTO] Cresswell, located in London, currently has both an Industrial and Commercial division and its clients come from a variety of businesses and ...

Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS uses Skyguard to protect 600 lone working staff

Based in central London, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises two of the largest hospitals in the UK, employing over 13,000 staff. In April 2011, the Trust took over responsibility for the provision of community services in Lambeth and Southwark.[TRIMTO] As a result of this transfer, the Trust 'inherited' 471 personal safe...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I can remember some years back using one of these leaders to slate the poor cleaning as well as what appeared to be sheer ignorance of the dangers of cross-contamination by one of the...

Expert consensus statement finds paper towels the most hygienic way to dry hands

European microbiologists and hospital hygienists have produced a scientific consensus statement that is said to uphold evidence that hand drying, using paper towels, is associated with lower numbers of microbes on the hands and in the washroom environment, than using warm air dryers or high velocity air dryers. The six experts, working in hosp...

Are these the most unusual toilets in the world?

To coincide with World Toilet Day on Tuesday of this week, Better Bathrooms compiled a list of what the staff feel are the 10 most unusual loos around the world and as well as being unusual they're all currently completely free of charge to use. At 15,190 feet above sea level, Saint-Gervaise-Les-Bains on Mont Blanc has specially designed toil...

Soapbox: Consolidation is key

Sarah Bentley, CEO of Asset Skills, discusses the benefits of the proposed merger between the UK's Asset Skills, the Cleaning & Support Services Association and the Facilities Management Association The proposed merger of Asset Skills, CSSA and the FMA is part of a vision to create a new and consolidated industry body. Following the unan...

Tecnovap - getting it right since 1985

When you can boast such worldwide leaders in the food and beverage industries as Nestle, Ferrero, Milka, Kraft, Barilla, Bauli and Tetra Pak as customers, you're clearly doing something right - and this is perhaps why Tecnovap's steam cleaning equipment, first manufactured in 1985, is now used in so many parts of the world.[TRIMTO] Since the I...

Disposables UK ends year on a high with Business of the Year Award win

Disposables UK has been crowned 'Business of the Year' at the 2013 Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards, following a hugely successful year for the family-run Meltham-based business.[TRIMTO] Disposables UK demonstrated in its submission how, over the past year, the company has overcome difficult trading conditions to grow the business, win ne...

John Laws of the Australian Contract Cleaners Alliance writes...

During November the cleaning industry has been focusing on the good people and their outstanding efforts to provide a quality service to clients. Each state division of the Building Service Contractors Association of Australia has now been running an Excellence Awards programme for cleaning and security personnel.[TRIMTO] Rather than attempt t...

Floorcare answers lead to new questions

About a year ago, floorcare equipment manufacturer Powr-Flite, began a monthly news advisory called the 'Powr-Flite Floor Care Troubleshooter'. According to Debby Davis, product manager for Powr-Flite, ever since the programme began, the company has received a number of questions from cleaning professionals, asking for help in addressing thei...

Leonardo Foam Soap now clinically approved

Leonardo Foam Soap has just received the BS EN 13727 rating which means it now meets the strict hand washing criteria for use in clinical areas.[TRIMTO] For use against MRSA, Salmonella Typhinurium and Listeria Monocytogene, the hermetically sealed pouches keep the soap content bacteria free and with a new nozzle on each pouch, the possibility...

KCP to help customers achieve 'closed loop' recycling

Kimberly-Clark Professional is embarking on a drive to help its customers better understand the concept of 'closed loop recycling' and how it can help them to minimise their impact on the environment.[TRIMTO] Closed loop recycling is a production system in which the waste generated by one product is used to make another. A typical example wou...

Julius Rutherfoord adds Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to bumper crop of contracts for 2013

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - London's only UNESCO World Heritage Site - has selected Julius Rutherfoord as the specialist cleaning contractor best suited to provide the standard of care required for this high profile and sensitive environment.[TRIMTO] Kew is one of London's most popular visitor attractions, recognised as one of the most em...

Pilot washing machine boosts independence for Chinese elders in Newcastle

The independence of a community of Chinese elders in Newcastle who speak little or no English is being boosted through the development of an innovative single button washing machine.[TRIMTO] Laundry provider JTM has devised a customised single programme washing machine for residents living at Mascot House, a scheme run by Tees Valley Housing o...

TVH: supplying machine parts to distributors in 172 countries

One of the exhibitors at the Moscow show last week was TVH, whose Business Development Advisor, Meindert de Boer - despite seemingly spending much of his working life attending exhibitions all over the world - is very enthusiastic about his company and his role within it. "The Moscow show was, for us, a huge success," he enthuses. "The custome...

Russian show a roaring success

Russia's main cleaning industry event took place last week, from 13th to 15th November, at Moscow's Olimpiyskiy Sport Complex. ExpoClean 2013, was the 15th international exhibition for the cleaning industry held in the series. Held since 1999 under the patronage of the Moscow City Government and the Moscow City Department of Trade & Servic...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I can remember some years back using one of these leaders to slate the poor cleaning as well as what appeared to be sheer ignorance of the dangers of cross-contamination by one of the...

Underwater robotic cleaner will ensure continuity of water supply

A new underwater robotic cleaner will ensure that there will be no more water supply disruptions during scheduled cleaning of water reservoirs and tanks, says Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd's (Syabas) of Malaysia. Known as the Underwater Tank Cleaning Robot, the machine will suck out sludge and sediment from the bottom of reservoirs and...

Current cleaning services saved at Southampton General Hospital

Campaigners were delighted to hear this week that moves to cut cleaning services at Southampton's biggest hospital - Southampton General, have been dropped by contractor Medirest, which had planned to cut 48 hours worth of daily cleaning from the daily schedule.[TRIMTO] According to the Daily Echo reporter, the decision has also been welcomed ...

Singled out for innovation prowess

The winners of the 2013 ISSA Innovation Award Programme were announced last week during ISSA/Interclean North America, 2013, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.[TRIMTO] This annual programme provides cleaning-industry distributors and end-customers-including building service contractors and in-house service professionals-the opportunity to choose ...

Sinead takes a leap of faith for charity

Cleaning specialist manager Sinead Cleary is preparing to take a dive for charity - from about 15,000 feet in the air. Sinead, project manager for Ryans, is getting ready to sky-dive for the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre in Thurles, north Tipperary. "I'll be sky-diving in tandem with one of the experts so I'm sure I'll be fine - the impo...

NSF International acquires Brazil's Bioensaios Analysis & Environmental Consultancy

NSF International, an independent global public health and safety organisation that develops standards and also tests and certifies products for the food, water and pharma biotech industries, has acquired Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consulting Laboratory, based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It will become known as NSF Bioensaios.[TRIMTO] ...

WAMITAB becomes British Cleaning Council's 22nd member

The British Cleaning Council is pleased to welcome its 22nd member, The Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board, to the board. WAMITAB is an awarding organisation and charity that develops qualifications for those working in cleaning; street cleansing; facilities management; resource management and recycling and parking, from oper...

Going Inside Sodexo: Global services provider to host Twitter chat to explore responsible sourcing, local community impact, integrated reporting and more

When an organisation understands that quality of life is central to the performance and growth of individuals and its business, serving client needs becomes a much more nuanced yet sustainable operation. For global services provider Sodexo, this recognition has become somewhat of a mantra as it serves a broad spectrum of clients across educat...

Novel safety signs slip into the Visitors' Choice top five

The carelessly discarded banana skin has played a leading part in many a comedy sketch over the years, causing those that tread on it to slip and subsequently do all kinds of damage, so it's ironic that a banana skin is now finding gainful employment in the prevention of prevent slips, trips and falls...[TRIMTO] Banana Products says of its Ban...

University Health Shreveport unveils Xenex germ-zapping robot to enhance patient safety

University Health Shreveport is the first acute care hospital in Louisiana to use Xenex Disinfection Services' germ-zapping technology to increase patient safety. The portable disinfection device uses pulsed xenon to deliver ultraviolet light that is 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight to destroy deadly bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacte...

Idrobase introduces pressure washers for use in agriculture

Idrobase's new Agricola range of pressure washers has been designed for use in agriculture and their names - Country and Traktor, indicate the Italian manufacturer's confidence that they are ideal for satisfying the needs of the agricultural and digging sectors. These professional cold water pressure washers are equipped with the ergonomic RED...

25th ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam launches dedicated Steam Cleaning Pavilion

At ISSA/Interclean 2014, a dedicated Steam Cleaning Pavilion is being launched, where steam cleaning companies will be conveniently clustered to best service the needs of the visitors in the time they spend at the show and make it easier for them to get the most out of their visit. The pavilion will become a comprehensive showcase and information...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Bearing in mind just how much our supermarkets make each year I was rather disgruntled to learn this week that one of the UK’s ‘big five’ chains, Morrisons, is plann...

Banking on better cleaning out of Principle!

Principle Cleaning Services has been awarded the external and internal cleaning contract for Standard Chartered Bank's headquarters at 1 Basinghall Avenue, London. As part of the contract, Principle Cleaning staff will carry out daily office cleaning, general periodic tasks, window cleaning, washroom services, landscaping, waste management and pe...

New Grout Shield cleans and restores old grout to look brand new

The New Grout Shield Restoration System is a revolutionary new way to clean and restore old grout, making any tiled area look brand new again. Grout Shield recolours and seals grout so that it is no longer porous and therefore protects it from future stains, mould and mildew, making it extremely easy to clean and maintain.[TRIMTO] Currently, i...

Free guide shows how to keep your workforce healthy

A free guide to improving workplace wellbeing, with eight practical steps to help reduce staff absence and cross-infection, has been launched by specialist in cleaning & hygiene, Julius Rutherfoord.[TRIMTO] Figures from PwC research this year indicate that sick days cost UK business £29 billion annually - and of course the global cos...

'uBin' - Best Recycled Plastic Product winner 2013

Manufacturing engineer Will Hayes, through his own small company, has designed and manufactured the stylish uBin to encourage responsible recycling of rubbish in offices, schools, universities, hospitals and other typical working environments. [TRIMTO] That in itself is commendable enough, but the fact that the uBin is actually made from UK so...

Hospital Trust renews £3.3m contract with Norse

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Trust (NNUHT) has renewed its facilities management contracts with Norse Commercial Services. The three-year contract (with the option of a further two year extension) is worth over £1.1 million a year to the Norwich based FM provider.[TRIMTO] Norse has been the incumbent supplier since 2005. The...

Outsourcing cleaning can help 'bricks & mortar' retailers make significant cost savings

Commonsense tells us that cleanliness is a key driver of customer retention and an effective means of adding value in the retail sector. Now a new report from Emprise Services argues that retailers should use cleaning services strategically to enhance the customer experience and increase brand loyalty, whilst driving operational cost savings and ...

Firm focus on the future at British Cleaning Council Conference

The British Cleaning Council Conference, which took place last week at the CBI Conference Centre, London, was based on the theme 'Future Proofing the Cleaning Industry'. Delegates were treated to a team of expert speakers giving presentations on future-related topics ranging from the environment to start-up technology to staff retention, while wo...

Picketts Health to sell Zylast for Orbel hand sanitiser applicator

Innovative BioDefense (IBD), manufacturer of the Zylast line of broad-spectrum, persistent antimicrobial products, announced yesterday an exclusive relationship with Australian-based Picketts Health, to provide a modification of its proprietary lotion and antiseptic sanitiser for use in Picketts Health's patented Orbel hand sanitiser applicator.[...

British Safety Council tops the class for IEMA environmental qualifications

The British Safety Council, (which despite its name provides training and certification to anyone, anywhere in the world) has achieved the highest pass rate among UK and international providers of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment's Associate Certificate in Environmental Management. [TRIMTO] New figures issued by the ...

Cleaning Products Europe 2014: book your place now!

...rd Ticket before 20 December, visit: www.cleaningproducts.pira-international-registration.com Cleanzine readers using the code CPEU14CZ when booking will receive a 10% discount on the ticket price. ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Bearing in mind just how much our supermarkets make each year I was rather disgruntled to learn this week that one of the UK’s ‘big five’ chains, Morrisons, is plann...

'Analytical Solutions' key to future distributor/end-customer relationships

Two words facilities maintenance distributors and their customers are likely to be using much more in coming years are 'analytical solutions.' Analytical solutions involve analysing large amounts of data to address an end-customer's specific needs; typically, this requires the use of computers and web-based technologies.[TRIMTO] When used...

Dustcontrol UK launches new mobile dust extraction products

Dust extraction specialist, Dustcontrol UK, has launched a selection of new mobile dust extraction products. The first product entering the market is the Aircube 1200, which will sit between Dustcontrol UK's current Aircube 500 and 2000 models. The new Aircube 1200 can be used in large rooms, cleaning air up to 1100 m3/hr. "The Aircube 1200...

ISS Poland employees supported the COP19

The 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was held at the Polish National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, last month - and some 240 ISS employees were there to make sure everything remained clean and hygiene. They took care of offices, conference rooms, plenaries, technical and social areas to assu...

Swiftclean welcomes increased clarity on legionella control

Legionella control expert Swiftclean Building Services has welcomed the recent changes to the L8 Approved Code of Practice for Legionella control by the Health & Safety Executive, which more clearly spells out the key aspects of maintaining a healthy, legionella-free water system.[TRIMTO] The areas highlighted in the new version of the cod...

Boat hull cleaning made easy!

Ship owners need to keep their hulls free from marine fouling to optimise vessel performance, but that can be a challenge at a time when ever more stringent environmental restrictions limit the use of biocides in antifouling paints, safety laws demand minimal risks and businesses are under pressure to keep costs down.[TRIMTO] That need for an ...

ISSA/Interclean North America 2013 'best in years'

Exhibitors and attendees alike repeatedly commented during this year's ISSA/Interclean North America 2013 that it was "the best we've had in years." The event, co-produced by ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and its trade show partner Amsterdam RAI, took place in Las Vegas, NV, USA, last month, at the Las Vegas Convention Center...

Seven reasons why cold calling scripts are set to fail

In this article, Catherine Emerson of Nseventeen, the consultancy that specialises in qualified and researched business appointment setting, argues that scripted cold calling has a limited place in today's business to business world.[TRIMTO] "Hi, my name's Mark, how are you today? I'm calling to talk to you about your choice of energy suppli...

Norfolk's largest paper bank operator invests in Macpresse equipment

MW White is well known in the Norwich area. Not only is the company said to be the largest paper bank operator in Norfolk, but the family has been involved in recycling and waste management for more than a century.[TRIMTO] A long and impressive history is great to have, but Managing Director Paul White has his plans firmly set in the future. ...

Prochem adds ready-to-use spray option for Fibrefresh

Prochem Europe has responded to user demand for a ready-to-go version of its highly successful Fibrefresh deodoriser. The dual-action biological deodoriser has a fast-acting odour-absorbing formula with long lasting bio-enzymatic action and leaves a really sweet fresh fragrance.[TRIMTO] One of the company's best-received stain and odour remove...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Those that celebrate Christmas but use it as an excuse for commercialism and excess are likely to be inflicting heavy use on their credit or debit cards over the next few days. I wond...

Realistic carpet care explained

In this article, Mike Egerton, Managing Director of HOST UK, argues that if facilities managers and building owners wish to keep carpets clean and help create a healthy environment, they must deal with dirt as it accumulates - a process that requires a planned attack - the strategy of which he goes on to explain...[TRIMTO] As facilities move...

Airdri launches new product development programme and extends export strategy

Airdri, a world leader in hand dryer development, marks its 40th anniversary in 2014 with the launch of a significant new product design programme. Airdri will invest further in research and development to ensure that it continues to anticipate market trends and customer needs as it extends its international export strategy and distributor networ...

Richard Chisnell recognised at Loo of the Year Awards

Richard Chisnell was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Loo of the Year Awards Presentation Event.[TRIMTO] Richard has spent nearly 40 years promoting and improving washrooms and washroom services and he has held senior positions in national organisations that promoted the development of cleaning and hygiene in washrooms. He ...

Brighton & Hove City Council is overall winner of the 2013 Loo of the Year Awards

Brighton & Hove City Council was thrilled to win the much coveted UK Overall Winners Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards annual presentation event.[TRIMTO] Awards managing director, Mike Bone reports: "For the third year running a council has deservedly won the top award. Brighton & Hove City Council places significant importance on t...

Serious about the subject of cleaning? Kick-start the New Year!

Whether you are experienced or new to business, Prochem Europe remains the foremost commercial provider of training in the market and revises course content all the time for cleaning professionals determined to stay abreast of the latest solutions, techniques and legislation.[TRIMTO] The Surrey-based company has just published its 2014 trainin...

New website for London cleaning specialist

London-based specialist cleaning contractor CK Group Services, has just unveiled its new website. Its design allows the CK Group's web presence to come up to speed with modern day web practices and proves to be much more user friendly. It also reflects the professionalism and pride the Group takes in its work. Some of the new features include a m...

Understanding the recovery process will help reduce stress for flood victims

Many flood victims faced with the trauma of recovering their lives and their property will be dealing with an entirely new experience after the storms we've experienced throughout the UK over the past couple of weeks. The British Damage Management Association helps ease the way by providing free information and literature to support victims throu...

Clean india Pulire: ripe for growth

Clean India Pulire, which was held in Mumbai earlier this month, was, according to exhibitor TVH's Meindert de Boer ( www.tvh.com ): "A good show... a warm and friendly show that is still in its early days but which offers good opportunities and is ripe for growth.[TRIMTO] "It was a big event showcasing new technology, equipment, tools and cle...

Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014 'moving along very well'

Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014, which is being held on 3rd and 4th September 2014 at Glasgow's SECC, is - according to organiser Martin Scott - "moving along very well" with stands "being sold on a daily basis." Exhibitors that had signed up by the start of this week include Disposables UK, Merlin Software Services, Nilfisk, PTS Clean, Sebo (UK),...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Happy New Year to you! Being British, I daresay I’m expected to talk about the scary weather we’re experiencing in the UK, Continental Europe, US and Canada, aren’t ...

British Cleaning Council supports CBI New Year Message

The British Cleaning Council has given full support to comments made by The Confederation of British Industry's Director-General, John Cridland, in his New Year address, that the number of people working for the minimum wage is a "serious challenge" and should be addressed by the business community and Government.[TRIMTO] Mr Cridland warned bu...

Seal Shield's new hygienic computer keyboard combats spread of germs

Seal Shield has this week announced the launch of a backlit, waterproof, natural style keyboard constructed with antimicrobial product protection. Developed for the healthcare market, the Silver Seal Glow uses proprietary, waterproof LED lighting, making the product ideal for typing in low light environments. [TRIMTO] Additionally, the Silver...

Disposables UK reports successful 2013 and shares plans for 2014

Disposables UK Group is sharing its European expansion plans following a successful 2013. The Yorkshire-based company, which moved into larger premises in July last year, will continue with its ambitious five year growth plans into new European markets during 2014.[TRIMTO] "2013 was a pivotal year for us," says Paul Halliwell, the company's S...

Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014: The biggest cleaning event in Scotland

The countdown is on to the opening of Scotland's leading showcase for all products and services used in the cleaning and support services industry. Cleaning Expo Scotland 2014 is already set to be a must-attend event with over 1500 pre-registered visitors already and a significant number of high profile companies exhibiting, including: the Federa...

Mr. Clean helps clean up Times Square on New Year's Day after biggest party of 2013

For the first time ever, Mr. Clean has steped up to help in the massive New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Times Square Alliance cleanup of Times Square following what was claimed to be the world's biggest New Year's Eve celebration. Each year, the DSNY completes the heavy clean-up of Times Square in record time.[TRIMTO] This ye...

Monthind makes further acquisitions in Norfolk

East Anglian cleaning company Monthind has announced the acquisition of two Norfolk-based businesses, securing 45 jobs in the area. From this month, Monthind will take over the commercial cleaning contracts of Stulee Cleaning and Dereham General Cleaning, both of which have been operating since 2009.[TRIMTO] "Though this acquisition saw 4...

Time to down tools?

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is continuing to plague employees across a wide range of industries, who regularly use vibrating equipment for long periods, despite there being plenty of precautions to reduce the risks according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby. HAVS, which is also known as Vibration White Finger or dead finger, is ...

Classic squeegee and accessories celebrate Unger milestone

In 2014 Unger is celebrating an amazing 50 years of supplying quality equipment to cleaning professionals - and it is marking it in style by launching some limited editions of the products that have made Unger a trusted name in the cleaning industry.[TRIMTO] When it was first introduced, the ErgoTec Squeegee was a welcome breakthrough in ergon...

Restroom Association (Singapore) commemorates World Toilet Day

At the first inaugural Singapore WASH Conference held at the Tampines Regional Library's auditorium to commemorate World Toilet Day, Guest-of-Honour Ms Grace Fu, Minister of Prime Minister's Office, also Second Minister for the Environment & Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, launched the 3rd edition of the Guide to...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! In this week’s issue we’re carrying a story about how WaterAid is stepping up its advocacy on behalf of the estimated 2.5 billion people across the globe that don’t ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! We women have a reputation for not being able to admit when we’re wrong but I’m pleased to say I’m not one of them. I must confess though that I’m surprised at...

Seven ways to improve your business telephone skills

In this article - the second in a series produced especially for Cleanzine readers, Catherine Emerson of Nseventeen, discusses six ways you can ensure you get the best from your business phone calls. Nseventeen is a consultancy that specialises in qualified and researched business appointment setting. Despite the rise of email, the telephon...

Julius Rutherfoord one of top 50 fastest growing UK cleaning companies

Two business benchmark reports reveal that specialist contract cleaner, Julius Rutherfoord, has boosted its sales growth, as it continues to deliver strong financial performance and expands its office space for cleaning operations in London. Firstly, Julius Rutherfoord has been ranked 18th in the top 50 fastest growing cleaning companies by sa...

New Power Foam cleaning system boosts meat room food safety and cuts costs

Ecolab Whiteout Power Foam, a new cleaning and sanitising system developed for food retail meat rooms, delivers high performance while reducing labour-, water- and energy use. In tests, Whiteout Power Foam, with Ecolab's proprietary low-temperature chemistry, is claimed to have removed 45% more soil at 37.8 degrees Celsius (100 F) than a traditio...

Incentive QAS cast in lead role at Royal Shakespeare Company

Following a competitive tender, Incentive QAS, the specialist cleaning arm of Incentive FM Group, has been awarded a three year contract by The Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the world's best known theatre companies. Under the terms of the deal Incentive QAS will be responsible for the cleaning of RSC's multiple sites in Stratford-upon-Avon...

RCM and Formula Servizi weave 'Magic at MEF'

The Enzo Ferrari Museum (MEF) is one of the most important buildings that Modena dedicated to the creator of what is arguably the most famous sport car in the world.  Next to his restored birth place, architects Jan Kaplick and Andrea Morgante conceived the wide expo area under a unique and big hood: white inside and yellow outside.[TRIMT...

Nviro retains Associated British Ports Southampton contract

Contract cleaning and FM specialist Nviro has successfully won the retender for the Associated British Ports Southampton (ABP Southampton) cleaning contract. The contract, worth over £200k per year, has been awarded for a further three years. The port at Southampton is the largest cruise terminal in the UK and houses a myriad of differen...

Budapest hosts Clean Europe competition in four weeks' time

The Hungarian Cleaning Technology Association (MATISZ) has asked us to remind readers that the next Clean Europe competition, being held in Budapest, is just four weeks away. It is being staged on the final day of the Building Energetics & Renovation Exhibition & Conference, which is running alongside the Revetment Technics Exhibition &am...

Blowing more than those Winter blues away: a new way to use air movers

Many parts of the world are now experiencing the wrath of Winter. And facilities managers and building service contractors must prepare for these months, ensuring their facilities are clean, safe, and healthy. In fact, proper preparation for the Winter season is probably one of the most important things managers and BSCs can do to ensure their...

Adhesive cleaning issues resolved

Gard Chemicals - a specialist manufacturer of adhesive cleaners and release agents for both hot and cold glues to the food, drink, packaging and associated industries - has developed a technologically advanced range of industry approved chemicals. The range is now supplied to bottling halls, packaging and food manufacturers etc. in order that the...

WaterAid steps up advocacy on behalf of 2.5 billion people without a toilet

WaterAid has this week announced a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that puts the global sanitation crisis at the forefront of advocacy efforts aimed at improving the lives of millions of people living without toilets or sanitation in Ghana, India and Senegal. The million grant comes at a time when support for the sanitati...

Atomic Cherry goes ballistic while Passion Fruit hits the spot!

RJN Chemicals tells us that the two latest fragrance additions to its FreshClean range of cleaning chemicals have gone down really well with buyers. Launched last year at the Chartered Institute of Housing Caretakers Conference, where they proved a big hit, Atomic Cherry and Passion Fruit have continued to impress.[TRIMTO] "The fragrances r...

Guidance for councils on weekly bin collections published

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, has published the first ever guidance on weekly bin collections, encouraging councils in England to support weekly services. The guidance also demolishes the 'top 10 tall stories' that 'bin barons' have used as excuses to cut the frequency of rubbish collection services. As part of encouraging councils ...

Unger celebrates 50th anniversary in style with limited edition workwear range

As part of Unger's celebrations to mark 50 years of innovation and excellence in cleaning tool design and manufacture, a limited edition, high quality workwear range has been launched. Each item of high quality outdoor work wearfeatures the 50th anniversary commemorative logo. Practical enough to withstand the rigours of day-to-day work, but a...

Latest VoleoPro cleaning trolley is even more compact than the last

Vileda Professional has announced the launch of its new VoleoPro cleaning trolley - designed to be a compact workstation for use with a range of Vileda's cleaning systems. Karen Barker, Marketing Manager at Vileda Professional comments: "This is the latest generation of our Voleo trolley family, which is now even more compact with a footprint...

Kimberly-Clark awarded first Novation contract for hand hygiene products

Kimberly-Clark and Novation have this week announced that for the first time in the history of the Kleenex brand, Kimberly-Clark is offering its complete line of hand-hygiene products via an exclusive contract through Novaplus, a leading private-label brand for hospitals. The new five-year agreement represents the first Novap Novaplus US contr...

Idrobase Group rated an 'A' grade 2013

Italian manufacturer Idrobase Group closed 2013, 10% up on 2012 - surpassing 10 million Euros in sales volume and continuing what has been a long-term upward trend. "The substantial stability of our supply to the Italian market, which comprises 25% of sales, is a sign of encouragement," says the company's Tommaso Gazzignato. "But it's our exp...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! An item in this week’s issue will spell good news for carpet cleaners everywhere if we can use the information well… While we in the industry have known for years that a ...

ICE outsources commercial and car fleet to IFC

Industrial Cleaning Equipment has outsourced the management of its light commercial vehicle and car fleet to Ampthill,Bedford-based IFC Fleet Services - with excellent results. With annual group sales of more than £10 million, ICE operates in the retail, leisure, transport and commercial sectors throughout the UK. The company runs a flee...

Care home developer Castleoak installs Girbau laundries

New care homes in Welling, Plumstead, and Wadhurst are among the many projects Girbau UK has worked on in partnership with specialist developer Castleoak, to equip the laundries to meet the operators' long-term requirements. At the design stage Castleoak shares information with Girbau UK about the size of the home, number of beds and the locat...

ACI launches Charter for Sustainable Cleaning

The American Cleaning Institute has launched the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, a voluntary initiative to promote and demonstrate continual improvement in the cleaning products industry's sustainability profile. The Charter was unveiled during the ACI's 2014 Annual Meeting & Industry Convention. Designed to go beyond basic legal requ...

What businesses need to know in 2014

We're almost at the end of the first month of 2014 but it's not too late to make a new start... It's still the perfect time of year for us all to take a fresh look at our businesses and identify the changes we can make to win big in 2014. To help us identify those critical New Year resolutions, P&G Professional, the out of home division of Pr...

IFMA 2014 Facility Fusion Conference & Expo crosses borders with US and Canadian dates

The International Facility Management Association will, for the first time, host dual Facility Fusion Conference and Expo events in the capital cities of Canada and the US. The events will run on 18th and 19th March in Ottawa, Canada and 15th and 17th April in Washington, D.C., US. Each conference will include education workshops, leadership t...

New Valet Single Motor Upright vacuum cleaner is easy to manoeuvre

Truvox International has expanded its renowned Valet vacuum range with the launch of the Valet Single Motor Upright. Robust and modern in design, this new model is perfect for healthcare, educational and office facilities, incorporating excellent manoeuvrability for hard to reach areas and a brush head that automatically senses the carpet pile...

Pick up the Katrin Easy Pick, wherever you work...

Metsa Tissue has launched Katrin Easy Picks into the UK market - the next generation of self-contained hand towels that provide instant access to clean, hygienic hand towels, wherever you are. Easy Picks are a compact, lightweight and easy to carry hand towel solution - for use by any mobile workforce. The new name is a reference to the enhanc...

Studies help settle 'great debate'

For decades, facilities managers and owners - and indeed householders, have pondered the health benefits or detriments of installing carpeting, but recent studies are swaying the argument in favour of carpeting. Each year approximately 100,000 people in the US die due to hospital-acquired infections, according to the Centers for Disease Contro...

Sanitex MVP soap dispenser image is 'Solid Edge' design competition winner

Vectair Systems is a company that likes to be innovative in its product design and development, whilst striving for innovation in anything it achieves, so hearty congratulations are in order for Product Development Manager, Matthew Teeling, who has been commended by Majenta PLM - a leading UKSiemens PLM software solution provider, for his imagery...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! We often complain about the standards of cleaning in our nation’s hotels and guesthouses, but having seen the images being beamed around the world of the conditions in various h...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! We Brits are renowned for talking about the weather but it seems that our current flooding issues are making the news around the world.  I'm lucky just to be suffering from a lea...

Superbugs no longer ride in rescue vehicles!

In an unprecedented effort to curb the spread of superbugs such as MRSA, C. difficile and TB in ambulances and other transport vehicles, an advanced and portable UV germicidal lamp manufactured by MRSA-UV is now being used by rescue personnel for the first time. In order to prevent EMS paramedics and transport patients from coming in contact w...

Sustainability is an integral part of the paper tissue value chain

In this article, industry veteran Roberto Berardi of the European Tissue Symposium explains how the sector is taking steps to stay ahead of the curve in meeting the challenges of sustainability .[TRIMTO] When you work in an industry that relies on forests for its base material then you naturally think long term. Business sustainability is a w...

Addenbrooke's staff receive specialist training

Leading healthcare services provider Medirest has enlisted training specialist Jigsaw Training to deliver apprenticeships to its front line colleagues working in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. Jigsaw's partnership with Medirest, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, will see around 31 Medirest colleagues receive specialist training over ...

Chimney sweeps praise DC 1800 for being the cleanest and quietest dust extractor...

Established in 1895, Wilkins Chimney Sweep is thought to be the only professional firm of chimney sweeps in West Berkshire, passed down through the Wilkins family for many generations. Peter Harris started working for Wilkins Chimney Sweep in 1995 and, after three years' experience, bought the business in 1998. As the business grew, Peter want...

Karcher makes a splash at Bristol in yellow, anthracite grey… and green

Even torrential rain and wild winds could not dampen the mood at international cleaning giant Kärcher’s Bristol Grand Opening last Friday, when a resilient crowd of invited dignitaries, local businesses, Kärcher partners and employees braved the weather to see a former car showroom on St Philips Causeway transformed into the UK&rs...

Looking for truckmount drying times but are thwarted by your budget?

If you're looking for truck-mount drying times but find that your budget doesn't quite cover the cost of a new truckmount, there is portable alternative from Prochem Europe (which is also the UK's largest distributor of truck-mounted cleaning technology) in the Endeavour. The Surrey-based company's latest carpet & upholstery extraction mac...

Warrington cleaning company plans to create 700 jobs

Warrington, Cheshire-based Westgrove Group, a commercial cleaning and security specialist, has announced plans aimed at creating 700 jobs while boosting turnover by £30million. The award-winning company, which is headed up by Steve Fives (centre of image) and Simon Whittle (right) with Managing Director Claire McKinley-Smith, was set-up ...

OhioHealth and IBM scientists join forces to prevent infections in hospitals

OhioHealth and IBM have announced a collaboration designed to help prevent infections, using a first-of-a-kind network of wireless sensors and real-time Big Data analytics that measure hand-washing practices. OhioHealth will use the technology to provide hospital administrators with real-time data that can be used to reduce healthcare associa...

Long-term partners seal the deal: Kärcher acquires Italian sweeper manufacturer ISAL

Kärcher has acquired long-term partner ISAL - the Corregio-based, Italian sweeping machine manufacturer and metal component producer, with which Kärcher has worked closely for more than a decade in the development of industrial sweepers. The takeover comes following a bereavement within the ISAL owner family, and according to a stat...

Clever little system from DAS Environmental Expert GmbH facilitates significant increase in energy efficiency and operational safety

Many companies need hot water in their production processes. An innovative system from Dresden (Germany) based DAS Environmental Expert GmbH now facilitates heat transfer from wastewater to process water. This helps to optimise the temperatures in the water flows, which significantly increases efficiency with regard to both energy usage and waste...

CTM UK launches compact ride-on scrubber drier with long warranty

CTM UK has announced the launch of the Pico 66 compact ride on scrubber drier which includes a four year parts and labour warranty - something the company believes is a first for the British floor cleaning industry. This cleverly designed compact ride-on, 26 inch (66 cm) auto scrubber, features two 75 litre tanks , allowing a possible area of ...

Incentive FM takes street cleaning to a new level in Covent Garden

Facilities management business Incentive FM has expanded its three (plus two) year Total Facilities Management contract with Capco. The scope already included the Facilities Management of the Capco Covent Garden portfolio and the cleaning of privately owned land;this has now been expanded to include a wider cleaning remit in the wider Covent Gard...

Why not increase your revenue by adding bird control to your repertoire?

In this article, Alex A. Kecskes, of Bird-B-Gone, explains why birds ought to be prevented from settling on your building, before describing some of the most popular deterrents on the market and the ease with which they can be used. As a contractor, you've learned that one of the best ways to increase revenue is to increase the number of ser...

3M puts a shine on thecentre:mk visitor experience

3M floor pads have put an added gloss on the experiences of shoppers at thecentre:mk by restoring the shine to the centre's Grade 2 Listed Travertine stone floors. By specifying 3M, contract cleaner Europa has also made the floors quicker, easier and cheaper to maintain, to the delight of thecentre:mk's management company, CBRE.[TRIMTO] With 1...

European Tissue Symposium: sponsor, exhibitor and speaker at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2014

As well as being a sponsor, ETS -the European Tissue Symposium, will be exhibiting during the 25th jubilee edition of ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam that will be held 6th - 9th May 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI. During the event, ETS will be presenting new research findings on air contamination associated with different hand drying methods and the im...

Chicopee says its new 100% microfibre wipe outshines the competition

Chicopee Europe, a division of PGI, has developed what it believes is the ultimate cleaning wipe. DuraDry is claimed to be the only wipe on the market that outperforms the competition in all the important areas: cleaning, hygiene and cost. "No other wipe can claim excellence in all three areas," says the manufacturer.[TRIMTO] "DuraDry's 100% m...

Winter building care starts with a sound matting system

With vast areas of the developed world now covered by rain and floodwater, snow and ice, now is the perfect time to review one of the most effective ways to keep unflooded facilities clean and healthy during the Winter months. According to Dennis Knapp, national sales director for Crown Mats & Matting: "An effective matting system is your ...

New additive ideal for hard surface cleaning formulations

Air Products has this week introduced the new TomakleenG-12 additive to its product portfolio for Industrial and Institutional cleaning. Tomakleen G-12 additive delivers improved cleaning performance and can reduce or eliminate the need for oxygenated solvents historically used in institutional and industrial cleaning products.[TRIMTO] Tomakle...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! A few years ago the UK's Labour government decreed that cleaning contractors should in future be responsible for the work that was at that stage being carried out by those qualified t...

Hydro Systems unveils the EvoDrain - an all-in-one solution to FOG problems

Independent chemical proportioning and dispensing systems manufacturer Hydro Systems, had this week announced the launch of the EvoDrain, an all-in-one solution designed to treat fat, oil and grease (FOG) waste in commercial, institutional and industrial kitchens. FOG build-up in kitchens can seem like a never-ending problem. As these material...

Greyland reaches latest milestone - 15 years!

Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has reached its latest milestone in 2014, celebrating 15 years in business. There have been many changes in the world since February 14th 1999. Valentine's Day, and the industry has been in love with the company ever since! The euro had only just been launched, President Clinton was in the Wh...

Jangro training expands

Jangro, the UK network of 41 independent janitorial supply companies, is once again leading the way in products and compliance within the industry. This is not only with its range of 4,000 products, but its popular eLearning suite of training modules called Jangro LMS (Learning Management Solution). Last year Jangro produced eight modules, whi...

Unger founder honoured with posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award

Henry Unger, founder of the global company that has been producing innovative and trusted professional cleaning tools for over 50 years, has received the ultimate accolade - a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Window Cleaning Association. The story began back in 1964 when a young window cleaner decided to take a chan...

Carpets versus hard floors: what do you consider to be more hygienic?

...contaminants. “Hope this is useful and btw, I'm just browsing this site, I do not work for Cleanzine.” Chris Netherton then responded: “Hi Tony, I am in the flood restoration business. Mopping could be explained by ‘dilution is the solution to pollution’, i.e. biocides are controlling the process. Toilet accid...

Survey reveals infection risk and cleanliness to be top concerns of consumers with loved ones in long-term care

The long-term care industry faces a multitude of challenges when it comes to keeping residents happy and healthy, including maintaining cleanliness and reducing the risk of the 1.5 million infections estimated to occur in long-term care facilities each year. Clorox Professional Products recently surveyed US adults with a friend or family memb...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Regular readers of Cleanzine will be well aware of the issues I have with tradespeople, who never quite seem to be able to do what they’re supposed to do. Feeling thoroughly exa...

New job opportunities as commercial cleaning company expands Cambridge operations

Contract and specialist cleaning company, Monthind, is expanding its contracts in the Cambridgeshire area and creating a number of new job opportunities across all sectors of the company's operations. Monthind Clean has a strong foothold across East Anglia, being one of the region's leading independent contract cleaning companies. With the...

CK Consumables to repeat success of Emirates show with follow-up event

London-based CK Consumables has confirmed that it will once again be hosting a show at the world famous Emirates football stadium in North London, building on the success of a similar event held last November, which was supported by TASKI, Diversey and Matrix. The event was a huge success, enabling clients from a variety of sectors to see...

New adjustable 3M Scotch-Brite Fryer and Kitchen Cleaning Tool tackles toughest tasks

Removing baked-on dirt and hard-to-reach grease from commercial grills, ovens and fryers is one of the toughest jobs in the kitchen - which is why the new 3M Scotch-Brite Fryer and Kitchen Cleaning Tool is cleverly designed to give more power to the cleaner's elbow. Claimed to be first kitchen cleaning tool to adjust to the task at hand, this ...

Nominees announced for Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2014

The jury of the 10th edition of the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Awards has selected 10 nominees from a total of 66 entries. The overall winner, the category winners and visitors' choice winners of this international prize for the best innovation in the professional cleaning industry, will be announced during a special awards ceremony on ...

Bunzl makes further acquisitions in Germany and Czech Republic

Bunzl, the distribution and outsourcing Group, has this week announced that it has completed the acquisition of further businesses in Germany and the Czech Republic. The company has acquired Bäumer Betriebshygiene Vertriebsgesellschaft and its related company Protemo in Germany. Based near Düsseldorf, Bäumer is principally engag...

Infection control company combats HAIs with new clean wipe washable keyboard

Seal Shield, the Florida, US manufacturer, has this week launched the Clean Wipe Medical Grade Keyboard. Developed for the healthcare market, the Clean Wipe is waterproof to IP-68 and is a chiclet style keyboard constructed with antimicrobial product protection. The Seal Shield Clean Wipe is a low profile, small form factor keyboard with short...

StepNpull marches into Europe to combat effects of dirty washroom users

Estimates vary but it is widely accepted that at least half of those using public toilets don't wash their hands while many of those that do, don't clean them properly. Typically we carry between 10,000 to a million germs on clean hands - imagine what type of nasty germs you can pick up in the public toilets? New StepNpull is a potentially li...

IFMA Foundation releases free how-to guide: 'Benchmarking for Facility Professionals

The International Facility Management Association Foundation is offering a free how-to guide designed to assist facilities management professionals in making informed decisions on benchmarking and achieving benchmarking goals. The paper, entitled 'Benchmarking for Facility Professionals', was written by Peter Kimmel (pictured), an IFMA Fellow and...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Sorry for the late-ish arrival of this broadcast but John and I have only just returned from a wonderful few days at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham wearing our KBzine ha...

Consumers disappointed with cleanliness and disinfection practices

P&G Professional has this week revealed the results of a major European study into public attitudes and perceptions of cleanliness and disinfection standards in hospitality establishments and care homes in the UK, France and Germany. In the first cross-sector look at cleanliness and disinfection practices across Europe this year, the surve...

Amano Pioneer Eclipse reaches agreement to purchase Clarke American Sanders

Amano Pioneer Eclipse announced last week that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Clarke American Sanders from Nilfisk-Advance. The agreement gives Amano Pioneer Eclipse a market leading position in the wood floorcare industry. The acquisition also strengthens the core floorcare technology business of Amano Pioneer Eclipse by op...

Lean and green office cleaning delivers major savings for all concerned

Cleanliness in the workplace not only reflects an organisation's culture and values; it can also deliver many tangible benefits, including improved employee health, better staff morale, increased productivity and enhanced customer satisfaction levels. A new report: 'Go lean and green to save time and money', offers insights into the importance...

GV Health supports World Kidney Day

GV Health is helping to raise awareness of kidney disease. It is joining in with purple-themed activities on World Kidney Day, 13th March 2014, and donating 15% from all purple cytotoxic bag sales made in March to Kidney Research UK. Go Purple aims to raise awareness of kidney disease by encouraging as many people as possible to undertake acti...

New university scholarship encourages excellence in cleaning and infection control

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is supporting and encouraging the cleaning professionals of tomorrow in partnership with the University of Northampton, with the donation of the John Butler Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners Endowed Scholarship, in memory of John Butler, who was a member of the WCEC and husband of past M...

The new 'Fab Four': Cleaning Expo to join Facilities Management, Maintec and The Health & Safety Event at NEC in 2015

Easyfairs (Facilities Management and Maintec) and Western Business Exhibitions (The Health & Safety Event), organisers of these co-located events taking place at the NEC in Birmingham next week, have announced that their events will be joined by a further co-location in 2015 - a brand new cleaning show called Cleaning Expo 2015. This decis...

How do latest EU Regulatory Laws affect cleaning products market?

Chemicals are arguably the main element and driving force of EU product regulation which, in turn, influences the marketing of products in the EU and worldwide. Although general chemical legislation (REACH or CLP) is well understood and implemented by many companies within the EU, there are some ongoing restrictions and authorisation requirements...

Veltia's New Generation Hand Dryer: technologically advanced

Veltia's V7 New Generation Hand Dryer has a number of interesting features and is based on a patented system which, says the manufacturer, make it the most exclusive hand dryer on the market. It's fast too - using 300 nozzles to produce high speed micro-currents of 100% pre-filtered (and thus clean) air rather than the more usual hot air that can...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! While John and I often attend industry dinners when we’re working away from home, occasionally we have to find somewhere ourselves to eat and this can be a bit of a minefield in...

David Ward MP campaigns for compulsory display of food hygiene 'scores on the doors'

Bradford MP, David Ward, has tabled a Parliamentary Motion calling on the Government to make it mandatory for food establishments in England to display their hygiene rating scores under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Having written to Bradford City Council and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon. Eric Pickles M...

Organisation formed by Asset Skills, the CSSA and the FMA, announces its name

The Building Futures Group is the name of the new organisation resulting from the merger of Asset Skills, the Cleaning & Support Services Association and the Facilities Management Association, following agreement by the board. The Building Futures Group is the only representative organisation for the Housing, Property, Planning, Cleaning, ...

New floorcare guidelines designed for safety

It appears that some regulatory bodies in North America are considering taking significant actions in the hopes of reducing the number of slip-and-fall accidents that occur annually. In the US, the National Safety Council estimates that nearly nine million people end up in emergency rooms each year with many of these job-related accidents. And...

Genband chooses Incentive FM for EMEA head office role

Genband, the global network solutions specialist, has awarded independent facilities management company Incentive FM a three year contract. Under the terms of the deal Incentive FM will provide an integrated solution at the company's smart EMEA head office in Maidenhead, Berkshire.[TRIMTO] Incentive FM will deliver a range of FM services inclu...

Propelair notches up successes in run-up to Facilities Management 2014

Propelair, the UK designer and manufacturer of the revolutionary 1.5 litre flush toilet, is to exhibit at Facilities Management 2014, fresh from showing at Ecobuild. Taking place at NEC, Facilities Management 2014 is dedicated to all members of the facilities management profession and will take a fresh look at the issues affecting the industry...

Dustcontrol launches new dust extraction range for wood floor grinding

Dust extraction specialist, Dustcontrol, has introduced a new dust extraction range for wood floor grinding. This includes two models; the DC F60, and the DC 1800 eco XL. "Working with a wood floor grinder produces a lot of dust which means that the container or the plastic sack has to be emptied a number of times during usage," says Phil Hask...

Top class cleaning at Salvation Army's International HQ

Worldwide Christian church and charity, The Salvation Army, has awarded Julius Rutherfoord the cleaning contract for its headquarters and new training facilities. The Salvation Army's International College for Officers is relocating to Sunbury Court, near London, following a major redevelopment of existing facilities. The site consists of a co...

Mrs Bucket mops up Welsh school cleaning contract

Award-winning cleaning contractor 'Mrs Bucket' has secured its largest contract to date; a six-figure deal to provide daily cleaning at the Olchfa Comprehensive school in Swansea - the second largest comprehensive school in Wales and home to more than 1,900 pupils. The business, which has offices in Swansea, Cardiff and Newport, was awarded th...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! While I’m a big fan of us all working together for the good of mankind and our wonderful planet, the wastefulness of the EU and the idiotic extravagances of those ‘in char...

Principle's window cleaners now at the height of their profession!

Principle Window Cleaning has been awarded its latest window cleaning contract for Searcy's, at the very top of the Gherkin - one of London's tallest buildings. The contract is for the cleaning of the windows and blinds on a two- monthly and six-monthly basis with the main part being the underside of the apex roof which is accessed via a cradle t...

Leading sports and leisure venues go green with Bay West

Leading sports and leisure venues across Scotland are reaping the benefits of 'going green' after installing Disposables UK's Bay West systems in their washrooms via distributor, Wilson Washrooms. Venues including The SSE Hydro and The Clyde Auditorium (also known as The Armadillo) at the SECC (Scottish Conference and Exhibition Centre) in Glasgo...

Dirty cash: Problem of filthy and drug-coated cash won't go away after 2016

The world's coins and bank notes change hands hundreds of times each year, and are a haven for germs and filth. That's the view of a British cleaning company which warns that the public should wash their hands after handling money - particularly if they're using cash to buy food on the go. ContractCleaning.co.uk says that the public is ge...

Croke Park and Ryans are a team

The iconic Croke Park Stadium in Dublin along with venue and event cleaning specialist Ryans Cleaning, have announced a five-year partnership deal. With a capacity of 82,300, Croke Park is the home of the Gaelic Games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association, and this year stages other major events including One Direction and Ga...

Ultra-slim dryer awarded ultra-quiet accolade - the Quiet Mark

Airdri's ultra-slim hand dryer, the Elite, which was initially designed to respond to the standards outlined in the American Disability Act, has been awarded the Quiet Mark. This international mark of excellence from the UK Noise Abatement Society is awarded to technical products that have been developed with noise level reduction as a key consid...

P-Wave goodbye to urinal smells...

You may have seen them in some of the major shopping centres, football grounds and London visitor attractions and wondered about them... P-Wave is the UK arm of the Fresh Products 'Wave', available from Waypoint Distributors and comprising a urinal screen, a bowl clip and a fan & cover that help keep urinals smelling fresh. The produc...

New technology pays off on the workshop floor

Specialist cleaning business S2C is reaping the rewards after investing four years developing what it believes is an industry-changing product to clean floor tiles. Company founder and Managing Director, Steve Cleaver says the product that he has developed is proven to not only remove excessive staining and contamination but to also re-establ...

'Reinvent the Toilet' India will showcase advancements that improve sanitation and health

The Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India event, which is being co-hosted this week by the Government of India's Department of Biotechnology and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and which is supported by the Ministry of Urban Development, aims to stimulate discussion and spur partnerships to improve global sanitation and bring affordable sanitat...

Deb Group acquires Stoko skincare business from Evonik

Deb Group one of the world's leading occupational skincare providers, has today announced that it has reached an agreement with Evonik Industries to acquire the Stoko Professional Skin Care business. Stoko has for over 70 years sought to combat skin disease in the workplace and has unparalleled expertise and knowledge in this field, supported ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! Following last week’s leader in which I said how pleased I was that MEP’s have voted to force us all to limit the use of disposable plastic carrier bags, I received an ema...

The Cleaning Show 2015: some big names confirm attendance

Some leading cleaning industry companies - including Numatic International, Prochem Europe, Reintec, Selden Research, and Hydro Systems - have now signed up to exhibit at The Cleaning Show 2015, which makes its move to ExCel, London next year. It will take place from 10th -12th March.[TRIMTO] "Since our recent announcements about the developme...

Soapbox: The biggest game changer to hit our industry

Stan Doobin, President of Harvard Maintenance, discusses what he believes the 20th Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors means to the industry "Over the past 24 months I have been involved in a project that has both excited and scared me sometimes both at the same time. Almost three years ago I raised my hand to ho...

Not 'cruising for a bruising' thanks to Lonza!

The need for disinfectants was underscored yet again this Winter, as hundreds of people aboard several cruise ships in the Caribbean fell ill with Norovirus. Lonza - founded in the Swiss Alps in 1897 - tells us its hygiene and preservation business can help combat the spread of Norovirus, with its highly effective Lonzagard family of disinfectant...

Elevate your effectiveness - Winning from losing: view analysis of a failure as a failure autopsy

David Frank, president of the American Institute for Cleaning Sciences, everyone fears failure but just about everyone can learn from their failures. "Learning from failures helps prevent re-occurrence," he says, "So businesses and individuals can focus on growth and success." To better understand how facilities maintenance distributors, as we...

Nviro's gone to Specsavers!

Contract cleaning and FM specialist Nviro has secured the contract to clean the Hampshire-based training and support offices of Specsavers, one of Britain's most popular high street brands. Specsavers is a partnership of nearly 2,000 locally-run businesses, committed to delivering high quality, affordable optical and hearing care, so clean and we...

Duct Doctor USA successfully completes Salt Lake City GSA contract

Duct Doctor USA, a veteran-owned small business, recently completed the cleaning of the Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) ductwork at the 353,135 square-foot Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The work was contracted through the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Schedule pr...

Grotech expands green cleaning product portfolio

Following intensive testing and feedback from commercial and domestic cleaning companies, Grotech Production, a specialist formulator and packer to the speciality and general chemical industries, has announced the launch of three new cleaning products, SuperKleen, SuperKleen Heavy Duty Degreaser and SuperKleen Vehicle Traffic Film Remover. Th...

Washroom consumables at Redwood Care Homes maintaining quality care

Redwood Care Homes is a care home group of 13 homes in and around the Midlands, with its head office in Stourbridge. As with all organisations, as the recession started to bite, the company was looking to better control costs in all areas, without impacting on the level of care provided. The following case study describes how the group worked...

Tax breaks offered with water saving scrubber dryer can compare to 28% 'cashback'!

As well as doing a great job and helping to conserve water, Taymec's Floormec Commander Eco scrubber dryer is something of a bargain, in as much as it offers the possibility of what could be considered a 28% cashback. Why? The machine is included in the Water Technologies List set up by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! I write this in an odd-looking light. In the UK (well certainly the parts I frequent, anyway) we rarely have really visible air pollution but over the past couple of days there has be...

Katrin Academy - a real success

The Katrin Academy will be two years old in May, and Metsa Tissue is pleased to say it's turning out to be a real success. Aimed at those selling washroom products and those involved in facilities management and/or contract cleaning, the objective of training programme is to provide an intensive day of immersive Katrin training for small group...

Recycling your food waste is easier than you think!

Restaurants, hotels, pubs, cafes and takeaways that recycle their food waste find that doing the right thing and helping the environment doesn't need to take up additional time or space, or create hygiene issues... and it could even save them money! Every year more than 500,000 tonnes of food are wasted in restaurants, pubs, hotels and quick s...

New Legionella logbook software offers opportunity for streamlined risk management

Legionella Control International has announced the launch of a new legionella risk management software system, LegionellaSafe. The innovative electronic logbook is a state of the art, user-friendly software solution that delivers considerable management, regulatory compliance, safety performance and cost benefits to its users.[TRIMTO] Combinin...

Cleaning Products Europe 2014 'the best ever'

Cleaning Products Europe 2014, which took place in Manchester last week, has been judged 'the best ever' by many of those that attended. Not only did the event bring together more than 120 industry professionals from across 50 different companies in the cleaning products market for a fantastic 'off-stage' networking opportunity, but the though...

New label range for chemical drums launched in time for GHS regulation deadline

CILS has developed the 8100GHS range of thermal transfer and laser computer printable self-adhesive colour labels to help meet the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemical drums and containers. GHS requires that by the end of 2014 manufacturers and end users include specific information on all primary and se...

Affordable Cleaning Services relocates to revamped local premises

Successful Bristol-based cleaning company, Affordable Cleaning Services, has announced a move to a landmark local property, which it is refurbishing as part of a several hundred thousand pounds facelift. Priding itself on hygiene excellence and competitive pricing, Affordable Cleaning Services provides a comprehensive range of cleaning solutio...

Soapbox: What cleaning professionals need to know about pre-sprays

Doyle Bloss, marketing director for US Products, argues that for pre-spraying to work properly, you need to know what you're doing... "With more facilities service providers now including carpet cleaning among their tasks, it is important to learn how to properly pre-spray a carpet. Typically, carpets are first pre-sprayed and then rinsed cl...

An answer to the perennial question: Is it safe to go in the pool?

Sanitary-minded pool-goers who preach "no urinating in the pool," despite ordinary and Olympic swimmers admitting to the practice, now have scientific evidence to back up their concern. Researchers are reporting that when mixed, urine and chlorine can form substances that can cause potential health problems. Their study, 'Volatile Disinfection...

Ryans sets up new HQ

Venue and events cleaning specialist Ryans Cleaning has moved offices as the company expands its operations. The company, which recently scooped the Irish Small Firms Association (SFA) Business Awards for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, has moved to Stradavoher Retail Park, Thurles, having outgrown its base in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipper...

When in Rome...

More than 100,000 people pass through Rome Airport every day, so what do the facility's managers use to cater for all those parents and their children? Vectair Systems' Babyminder of course! "We use the latest technology to find safe and secure ways of improving infant care whilst ensuring maximum hygiene," says the company. "We create peac...

Despite CDC report, some hospitals winning war on superbugs

According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, ongoing efforts are needed to combat infections impacting hospital patients and more work is needed to improve patient safety. According to the CDC, approximately one in 25 US patients contracts at least one infection during the course of their hospital care and every...

Zero landfill for mixed waste!

Following increased demand and requests from customers for landfill diversion, a zero landfill service for mixed waste is now provided by Lowmac Recycling of Irvine, Ayrshire. For more than 40 years, Lowmac Recycling has been responsible for managing the waste of local authorities, industrial and commercial customers. A complete solution for most...

Taking the lid off America's trash cans

On average, Americans send about half of their waste to landfill. Focused on spreading awareness about this eye-opening issue, The Glad Products Company sponsored award-winning photojournalist Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio's newest photo series, a project called 'Waste in Focus', that takes a real life, moment-in-time look at what eight...

New Polish distributor for Morclean BinWash machine

Morclean now has an official dealer for its BinWash machines in Poland. Bravos, based in Gorzow Wielkopolski, is now the official Polish distributor of the Morclean BinWash machine, having fought off tough competition from other interested parties in Poland to become the chosen distributor ( Ed: wondering if it was 'cleaning lances at dawn' ...)....

Rainbow International never left high & dry thanks to discount fuel cards

Wherever calamity strikes, Rainbow International is soon on the scene to help with clearing-up and restoration operations. The disaster recovery and specialist cleaning expert, known around the world, now has 80 branches covering the UK. For the Alness-based Highland and Moray branch, fleet efficiency is a fundamental factor in meeting custome...

Innovative use of waste provides fuel while reducing greenhouse gas emissions

SC Johnson has announced that its innovative use of renewable energy in Indonesia cut more than 13,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions last year. Using waste products as an energy source, the company's innovative use of biofuels at its Medan and Surabaya facilities demonstrates the company's commitment to minimising its environmental ...

Prochem catalogues 40 years in the business

Prochem Europe stamps its 40th year in the professional cleaning technology and solutions sector on the cover of the company's latest product catalogue and price list. As ever, the 2014 Prochem catalogue serves to introduce innovation to the market. New technology from the 1974-founded Surrey-based company, spans the Sapphire 460SS - the ...

Jet water-fed pole systems officially launches in UK

A high-quality, reliable, water-fed pole system that is said to offer outstanding results to professional window cleaners, has been officially launched in the UK by Jet Systems - a new company that aims to provide premium and innovative water-fed pole systems which offer greater value for money than the leading competitors. Both its founders -...

Join the cleaning elite: win a limited edition Ultimate Squeegee from Unger

Would you like to own one of the most sought-after and admired tools ever to have hit the professional cleaning market? The Ultimate Squeegee reflects the attention to detail, design elements and desirability usually associated with the world's most highly engineered and technologically advanced car brands - and Unger is giving you a chance to be...

Russian road maintenance association calls for regulation on development and use of anti-icing materials

RosZimDor, a Russian Association of Winter Road Maintenance formed recently to bring together all sides concerned with combating snow and ice, has announced a drive towards a federal set of standards and regulations of anti-icing materials, the way they are used and how they are developed nationwide. Currently, there is no unified set of rules...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence issued new guidelines yesterday in an attempt to reduce the incidences of healthcare acquired infections – saying it&rsqu...

New Idrobase Group catalogue 2014 is available

From Idrobase pressure washers to new accessories for the Club dei Riparatori, from Idrotech industrial misting systems to Perfect Cool cooling systems. Available in Italian and in English: the complete range of professional pressure washers Idrobase, both hot and cold water, as well as Dinamica and Energetica semi-professional pressure washer...

Leonardo now available to Peter Grant customers

Previously only exclusively available from Connect Hygiene Products Ltd, the highly successful Leonardo range of washroom systems can now also be sourced from Peter Grant Papers. As the steady integration of these Northwood owned companies continues, other changes are being introduced.[TRIMTO] Most notably, the new Essentials range with the...

Denis Rawlins to represent Kaivac in the UK

Kaivac, of Hamilton, OH USA, has announced that it has recently partnered with Denis Rawlins (Rawlins) as its representative in the UK. Rawlins has over 40 years of experience working with commercial cleaning equipment. Kaivac, originator of the revolutionary No Touch Cleaning System, considers this an important step in its renewed commitment ...

Stephen Ashkin says: This Earth Day it's time to party!

Earth Day, which this year falls on Tuesday, April 22, is certainly a time to focus on the health of our planet - all the more serious this year with the release of the United Nations Climate Change 2014 report. Even with such a sobering report though, it can also be a time to enjoy the day, argues Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group.[T...

IFM (UK) announces strategic partnership with 1st Fix Machine Solutions

As part of its ongoing commitment to providing affordable first class aftersales support for its widespread customer base, Industrial Floorcare Machines (UK) has announced that it has entered in to a strategic partnership with newly formed 1st Fix Machine Solutions, to provide complete aftersales service and breakdown repairs, supplementing its o...

Supporting sustainability through entrepreneurship

The City of London Corporation established the Sustainable City Awards in 2000, and this year's ceremony took place a couple of weeks ago. Over the years the awards have become one of the UK's foremost business awards schemes that focus on the environment and sustainability, and they're now affectionately known as the 'Green Oscars.' The W...

New industry body 'The Building Futures Group' launches training arm

The newly merged membership body for facilities management, The Building Futures Group, has just launched its new training arm Asset Skills Training (AST). Asset Skills Training will offer specialist and bespoke training in all areas of FM, cleaning, housing, property, building maintenance and parking. The programmes have been designed by a te...

Initial wins prestigious Red Dot Design Award

Initial Hygiene's new Signature range of bathroom products has won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for product design excellence. The Red Dot Design Awards are an internationally recognised product accolade. Previous winners include high-profile brands such as Mercedes, Apple, Bosch and Issey Miyake. This year, a panel of 40 international...

Bunzl acquires businesses in Chile, the US and New Zealand

Bunzl has just announced that it has completed three further acquisitions in Chile, the US and New Zealand. The company has acquired Santiago, Chile-based Tecno Boga SA, a leading supplier of own label protective footwear, principally to distributors. Revenue in the year ended 31 December 2013 was CLP20 billion (c. £23 million). Bunzl...

Switch on to the benefits of hot: Karcher HDS pressure washers - now with added cashback

When it is so widely known that hot water cuts through grease and kills germs more quickly and effectively than cold water - no one does the washing up or bathes in cold water by choice - it is perhaps surprising that more people haven't yet applied the benefits of hot to their professional cleaning. Karcher though, is offering those that hav...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   My visit to the 25th ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam started with a lesson: when flying, always use a large enough handbag – one that can carry the laptop but sti...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide! It’s many months since I last received information about Electrolux’s ‘Vacs from the Sea’ initiative, whereby the company manufactured a striking range of vacu...

Ecocleen embraces 'the force'

Last month, Ecocleen Services acquired PW (Lincs) Holdings. This strategic acquisition now extends Ecocleen's national commercial cleaning operations into pest control, (Pestforce) window cleaning/specialist exterior cleaning (Washforce) and Locksmiths/Light Security (Lockforce), enabling Ecocleen to offer customers a broader portfolio of solutio...

Teachers call for more time to teach children about good hand hygiene

As many as nine out of 10 teachers believe that good hand hygiene routines in primary schools can reduce sickness and absenteeism among staff and pupils, according to a survey commissioned by Kimberly-Clark Professional. Meanwhile, two thirds of teachers questioned said they would like more time to teach children about good hand hygiene and ot...

Decitex intelligent textiles of France joins UK's NHS Supply Chain

Decitex of France, which specialises in the development of intelligent and innovative textiles for use in professional cleaning, has announced a new contract with the National Health Service Supply Chain. Following numerous introductions and tests in some of the largest NHS hospitals across Britain, it was Decitex's precise knowledge of this mark...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners installs new Master

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has recently held its annual ceremony of Installation and Company Rededication at the medieval St Olave's Church within the City of London. Following the ancient traditions of the City Liveries, Issa K. Tahhan was installed as Master for the year ensuing, along with the Installation of Maureen M...

Australian wins RIA Award; new RIA Executive Committee and Board announced

The Restoration Industry Association has announced that Ashley Easterby of Brisbane, Australia-based Network Restorers, is the latest winner of the Martin L. King Award. The RIA has also announced changes to its Executive Committee and Board. RIA presented its highest individual industry honour, the Martin L. King Award, to Ashley Easterby at ...

Forum Pulire: an industry still poorly recognised

This is the unanimous call of the whole sector of professional cleaning and integrated services, that met at Forum Pulire 26 and 27 March. Respected names from the business, manufacturing, institutional and academic worlds met last month at the second edition of Forum Pulire, the two-day event held in Milan, which examined the most topical iss...

Legionella Control announces breakfast seminars following changes to HSG274 Part 2 Guidelines

Legionella Control International has launched a nationwide series of short but concise 'Breakfast Briefings' to get facilities managers up to speed following major changes to the HSE's ACOP L8 and HSG274 Part 2 (Hot and Cold Water Systems) Guidelines. The regulatory changes affect any company or organisation providing hot and cold water at the...

Chicopee's J-Cloth 3000 win in Poland spearheads export drive

At the Eurogastro 2014 International Food Service Trade Show, the J-Cloth 3000 took home the prize for 'Best Product: Wipes and Detergents'. The prize celebrates the J-Cloth 3000's superior cleaning capabilities and marks a successful entrance into the Eastern European market.[TRIMTO] This was the first time Chicopee was included in the Euroga...

How much could 10 minutes cost you?

Van users have been asked how much they would spend, to save 10 minutes. "We all know that time is money," says Steve Clarke, group marketing manager for The Fuel Card Group, "but sometimes saving a few minutes is not worth the long term cost. Just ask anyone who has been caught employing an unlicensed driver..." The courts have imposed fines ...

A warm Wellcome for Principle Cleaning!

Principle Cleaning Services has won a cleaning contract with global charitable foundation, the Wellcome Trust, which has more than 700 employees based at its headquarters in Euston, London.[TRIMTO] Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936), the founder of the Wellcome Trust, was one of the most fascinating men of his time. A businessman, collector and...

Amazon Filters achieves WRAS approval

Amazon Filters, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of industrial water filtration products, has been awarded approval status for its stainless steel housings by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme. This follows on from approval for its SupaGard and SupaSpun II cartridges. Amazon Filters is one of a few companies capable of providing both ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Next week John and I fly out to Amsterdam to visit the ISSA/Interclean exhibition, which is taking place at the Amsterdam RAI from 6th – 9th May. This show is always eno...

Las Vegas to celebrate new type of wedding

Air travellers in and out of Las Vegas now have an added measure of personal security in the form of an advanced cleaning technology. McCarran International Airport has installed Ecolab's new Hydris cleaning system to help make the airport cleaner, safer and healthier for travellers and airport employees. McCarran handles more than 42 million ...

Swiftclean offers free compliance healthcheck at The Facilities Show

The 'masters of the science of compliance', the team from Swiftclean Building Services, will be offering a free compliance healthcheck to visitors to The Facilities Show, which is being held at Excel, London, from 17th - 19th June. Using the new Swiftclean Compliance Checker, an online tool which allows building managers to see at a glance whe...

Clemas sings the praises of Tennant's T2

Clemas & Co, the specialist supplier of industrial and commercial floor cleaning machines, has been singing the praises of Tennant's T2 compact battery powered walk behind scrubber dryer. Ideal for cleaning small congested areas in one pass; the machine is faster and more productive than using a mop and bucket whilst providing the highest lev...

Survey results show training and infrastructure issues wreck 'distributed leadership'

New research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for Human Resources and people development, has found that rigid organisational hierarchies are one of the main barriers to improving management and leadership skills in today's workplaces. Many employees without formal managerial responsibility ar...

Inteb calls for tighter Legionella regulation

Low energy, sustainability and commercial property compliance consultancy, Inteb, is calling for Legionella testing to be made compulsory, as the fight against the bacteria hots up. Inteb says the possible mutation of the Legionella bacteria that has been noted, which allows it to survive at temperatures up to 61 degrees C, is one reason to ti...

WHO's first global report on antibiotic resistance reveals serious, worldwide threat to public health: warns that hygiene needs to improve

A new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO)-its first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally-reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Antib...

Sky Pro introduces safe,cost effective alternative to manual window cleaning

Sky Pro Window Cleaning systems offer a safe alternative to manual window cleaning. Sky Pro machines require only two people to operate. The operator on the roof raises and lowers the unit using the hoist motor and moves the unit and rigging as each section is cleaned. A second operator on the ground also helps move the unit from section to s...

Moirans shows the lighter side of hazards

RPC Emballages Moirans has launched what is believed to be the first UN certified 20 litre container to weigh just 700g. The new 320 range, blow moulded in HDPE, is part of an ongoing enhancement programme at the site which over the years has seen the weight of its 20 litre UN container reduced from 900g to first 800g and now 700g. Key to the ...

Ecoppia's water-free utility-scale robotic solar panel cleaning solution certified by JA Solar

Ecoppia, an innovative developer of autonomous water-free solar panel cleaning solutions, has announced that JA Solar, a leading manufacturer of photovoltaic solar panels, has certified Ecoppia's solution for use on its solar panels. Ecoppia recently announced similar certification by Suntech Power. Additional certification processes are unde...

Devon Norse takes over civic building cleaning

Devon Norse has strengthened its partnership with Devon County Council with the award of the cleaning and facilities management of the council's civic buildings. In future, facilities management - including security, portering, reception, logistics, car parks, property management and cleaning of the council's 120 buildings will be undertaken ...

Refreshing new type of cleaning industry trade show takes place later this month

We don't have all the details yet, but we've been talking to the organiser of a new type of tradeshow, taking place on Saturday, 17th May 2014, in Bridport, Dorset. Mark Munro tells us that the WCP Tradeshow / Van Festival, is attracting exhibitors that we'd normally expect to see at some of the larger exhibitions - companies such as Window Cl...

RAS hosts study visit for Malaysian delegates

In March, RAS (The Restroom Association of Singapore) was approached by a lecturer from the Malaysian Institute of Industrial Technology of Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL-MITEC) who requested to visit RAS on a study trip with a group of Malaysian government delegates. The purpose of the visit was to gain some information about how RAS conceptu...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Today sees the start of that eagerly anticipated biennial event – the ISSA/Interclean exhibition, being held at Amsterdam RAI until close of play on Friday. Whether it...

Truvox International

Truvox International is launching the Multiwash 340/Pump Battery machine – the latest addition to what has been one of the most popular floor cleaning machines in the company’s range. The new machine, which will be available from June next month, includes all the features that make the Multiwash so successful… It can wash, s...

European Tissue Symposium

The European Tissue Symposium is launching the 4th edition of the ETS International Cartoon Contest., using creative talent to promote the importance of proper hand drying and hand hygiene. Last year's cartoon contest resulted in 71 entries from 37 countries worldwide and a selection of these entries together with the winning contributions are be...

Anti-Vandal Air Freshener

The new Oxy-Gen Powered Shield Anti-Vandal Air Freshener makes its European debut at ISSA Interclean 2014. Like the hugely successful Viva!e Air Freshener, Shield uses patented Oxy-Gen Powered technology to deliver 60+ days’ continuous fragrance with consistent intensity. “Protective heavy duty metal brackets or covers that fit ove...

Immers-A-Clean

GenEon Technologies – a company based in San Antonio in the US, is launching  Immers-A-Clean; a portable, hand-held, electrochemical activation electrolyzing technology for making cleaning, degreasing, sanitising, disinfecting and ionization solutions on demand. The system can make 20 - 200 litres of safe-to-use, sustainable cleaning s...

Morclean Bin Wash and Lift

Making its debut at ISSAInterclean is the fast growing British company Morclean, which as well as taking part in this event to showcase its new-for-2014 bin washing machines, is hoping to make contact with stand visitors keen to discuss the advantages of becoming a Morclean distributor. Says the company’s Peter Morley: “We’re...

Car Hygiene Plus

Italian manufacturer Tecnovap is launching the Car Hygiene Plus car wash system. This easy-to-use, practical self-service system incorporates a steam and vacuum feature for interior car cleaning that uses dry, saturated steam. As well as cleaning and sanitising, it eliminates fungus, bad smells, bacteria and dustmites.[TRIMTO] The system is ai...

Karcher’s B60/10C MopVac wins ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Award 2014

The B60/10C MopVac from Karcher was found by the international team of judges, to have filled the gap between the mop & bucket and scrubber dryer. [TRIMTO] Able to clean open areas up to five times faster than a regular mop, it is much more economical and cost-effective than a scrubber dryer. And the fact that there is no need for elect...

Machines, accessories and components

Category winner: Wetrok - Wetrok Discomatic Mambo – The compact size of this 30-litre scrubber dryer makes it extremely manoeuverable and suitable for a wide range of new applications. The fact that it is powered by a lithium-ion battery gives it a run time that is four times longer than a conventional lead battery. The water feed can be ...

Equipment/tools for cleaning, care and safety

Category and overall winner: Kärcher - B60/10C MopVac Finalist: Sofidel – Biotech is a biologically active toilet tissue, containing microorganisms that produce enzymes on contact with water. These enzymes feed on the dirt in pipes in sewers, helping to reduce the need for cleaning. Finalist: Tennant Europe – Orbio os...

Cleaning management and training solutions

Category winner: European Cleaning Machines Recycling - ECMR – A unique concept for the professional cleaning sector. [TRIMTO] The issue of cleaning machine disposal is a challenging one for our industry, and it will become even more so as regulations will inevitably oblige manufacturers to take more responsibility for machines at th...

The 2014 International jury:

Michelle Marshall – Chair: Chief Editor European Cleaning Journal - United Kingdom; Reinhard Knittler: Publisher Reinigungs Markt - Germany; Paolo Pellizzari: Editor Pulizia Industriale e Sanificazione - Italy; Pierre Deschamps: Chief Editor Batiment Entretien – France; Rob Geissler: Publisher Sanitary Maintenance, Contracting P...

The Outdoor Demo Show: really bringing outdoor cleaning to life

One thing we’ve been guilty of in the past – and which no doubt you may identity with, is that we’re so keen to get into the show that we often walk past the outdoor demonstration area without stopping to see what’s going on…[TRIMTO] This year, Karcher is showing its Dakar cleaning station and the demonstration i...

A welcome return and a novel machine

Making a welcome return after too long an absence from this show, is British manufacturer Dowding & Plummer and its Victor floor cleaning machines. Mention this manufacturer and its brand to anyone who’s been in the industry for any time and they will immediately picture a rotary floor cleaning machine, so what surprised us was rectangu...

Simplifying compliance with complicated regulations

...mprehensively here in a Show Daily, so look out for our more in-depth article which will feature in Cleanzine very soon. T: +44 1298 26226 E: W: www.selden.co.uk ...

Squeegee magic

Moerman’s Sofie Landuyt showed us a number of innovations being unveiled at the show, including a selection of squeegees which, via a wheel on the squeegee head, can be easily adjusted in angle to suit both the user and the shape of the surface being cleaned. They can then be locked in place or left to move freely, to suit the user&rsquo...

It’s so easy to change the battery…

When we covered the new Truvox Multiwash 340/Pump Battery machine in our first Show Daily last week, we hadn’t at that stage had a chance to see it in action. If you missed the piece, you can read all about the machine’s many features and benefits in the column right but one of the features that makes it so impressive is the quick change battery system, which Natalie deftly demonstrated to us.[TRIMTO] T: 023 8070 6600 E: W: www.truvox.com ...

An abundance of brushes available worldwide

Our picture shows Meindert de Boer, Business Development Advisor at TVH, with just a tiny selection of the company’s brushes. Behind our photographer are two much bigger brushes, which are used on road sweepers and fork lift trucks. The company, which has customers in 172 countries, has two main business activities: Parts & Accessori...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Welcome to the third of our daily bulletins from the ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam, through which we’re attempting to bring you a flavour of the show, together ...

Tomcat always adapting

...ticularly liked the machine shown here and we'll be bringing you more about it in a future issue of Cleanzine... ...

SanServ Concentrated Chemical Systems

SanServ’s Suresave Optix, incorporating Aperture, is a space saving concentrate pouring/dosing system which aims to revolutionise the way liquids are poured from containers.[TRIMTO] With its cleverly designed, irremovable Aperture, it prevents ‘free pouring’ of chemicals and other liquids, ensuring that the concentrates are r...

Vacuum dust mats

Netherlands-based MB Dustcontrol BV is launching the Airmax Cleanmat – a novel ‘door’ mat that automatically sucks fine dust and dirt from the shoes and boots of people walking over it. It is activated via a sensor and timer.[TRIMTO] “It has been proven that fine dust is very hazardous for public health and that 80% of ...

Keep your floors looking brilliant

3M is well known for its innovation and has been manufacturing noteworthy products for the cleaning industry for more than 50 years. Here, Florent Gumery, 3M’s European Technical Specialist who’s based in France, is demonstrating the effectiveness of a range of floor restoration products that, he says, enable you to refurbish your own...

Solution Gloeckner

...ll the details as soon as they’re available, so do look out for the news in a future issue of Cleanzine. www.solution-gloeckner.de ...

Come and try it for yourself

Occupational skincare provider Deb Group, which recently acquired the Stoko skincare business from German manufacturer Evonik, is introducing a new Dispenser Monitoring System designed to benefit both facilities management providers and their customers. The network of wireless-enabled dispensers, compatible with Deb’s full range of high qua...

Distributor of The Year Award for Trafalgar

British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix took the opportunity of the show to present their distributor Trafalgar Cleaning Equipment with the Distributor of The Year award - which they have now won for the second year running. "It has been a tremendous effort from James and the team at Trafalgar to hold the award for the second time," said Matrix Sales Director Mike Osiadacz, on presenting the award at the UK Pavilion. ...

Truly eco-friendly, pre-dosed cleaning

Soluclean is an eco-friendly and easy to use daily cleaning system offering pre-dosed, concentrated multi-surface cleaning products encapsulated in water soluble film, saving time, money and waste, reducing storage and transportation needs without compromising on high standards of cleanliness and infection prevention. All the cleaning products...

VAH certified product range now even bigger

Disinfection and cleaning fluid produced by the award-winning Toucan Eco, which gained Certification from the VAH Laboratories in Germany last year, can now be produced using a growing number of systems. For those unfamiliar with VAH accreditation, it’s recognised throughout the EU and accredited companies feature on a list that serves a...

Nothing static about Osprey!

Anglo-German Steam cleaning machine and pressure washer manufacturer OspreyFrank had an impressive line up of 'bit kit' machines on its stand, including the latest version of a conveyor belt cleaner which now operates without any discernible amount of steam being emitted from the cleaning head. This is thanks to an improved design which contains ...

Taking on the big players

As well as acquiring the Oreck Commercial brand, the UK's top selling floorcare brand Vax has completed its move into the professional and commercial marketplace and now offers cleverly-designed scrubber dryers as well as powerful vacuum cleaners, upright and portable carpet washers, steam cleaners and sweepers, all designed using the latest tech...

Vectair’s vibe - a fresh approach

We knew the Vibe - the much talked about aircare dispenser from Vectair Systems, would redefine the world of aircare but we’d never had much opportunity to talk to the team and find out exactly how the technology works and what its benefits are.[TRIMTO] We were very impressed once we’d learned more about it! Paul Wonnacot explai...

We’re not opening the door to let you out until we know you’ve washed your hands!

No doubt – unless you’re one of the culprits of course – you, too have been disgusted at the numbers of people who apparently don’t bother to wash their hands after they visit the bathroom. We all know we should ‘clean up’ but many don’t, no doubt going out and spreading undesirables by shaking hands with...

Inpacs: delivering a subliminal message?

We didn’t get close enough to Inpacs – the international distributor group, to find out just why the stand featured a couple of lads showing off their ball skills, but wondered if it was something to do with showing potential customers and interested distributors that Inpacs members never take their eye off the ball  and are fore...

Hako trade fair promotion extended to 31st May

If you were unable to get to Amsterdam you can still take advantage of Hako's show offer, saving 290 euros (about £240 / US0) on the Hako Fleet Recorder. This innovative system records the operating hours and status of your machine on a daily basis. But better hurry - the offer is valid only until the 31st May, so you have two weeks left! www.hako.com/fleet-recorder   ...

Peter Holt

It is with great sadness, that the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners reports the sudden death of Peter Holt. Peter, who was 69, died last Tuesday, 6th May, whilst attending the ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. He was about to participate in the exhibition’s 25th anniversary celebrations when he collapsed and died of a hea...

A great three-way partnership!

We encountered abrasives specialist KGS’s Sophie Artar ably demonstrating the attributes of Flexis floor cleaning technology, using the ever popular TomCat Edge – clearly a great three-way partnership! Sophie told us that KGS, which has some 10,000 customers in more than 70 countries, has seen KGS Flexis pads with Ferrzon sell real...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Although this is the final part of our live show report from last week’s ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam, it was clear that the new products and real, very clever...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 148 countries worldwide!   Not long after I first joined the cleaning industry back in the early nineties, I attended my first National Carpet Cleaners Association conference. I can remember feeling insp...

Barnsley Norse wins £1.6 million Facilities Management contract

Barnsley Norse has been awarded the soft facilities management contract for buildings in the Barnsley LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme. The three-year agreement, worth £529k a year, includes cleaning, window cleaning, caretaking, grounds maintenance and pest control at nine sites in and around Barnsley and Rotherham. T...

Orbio innovation displaces traditional packaged chemicals with on-site, on-demand disinfecting, sanitising and cleaning solutions

The team from Orbio Technologies, a Tennant Company group, told us that there had been a lot of interest in the company's new OSG (On-Site Generation) technology and in particular the newest addition to the portfolio - the Orbio os3. Through the process of water electrolysis-which combines water, electricity and a small amount of salt-the os3 ...

Nowhere left to hide for germs and bacteria - thanks to rim-free WC

Preventing the build-up of germs and odour in the bathroom, Laufen has introduced a new rimless WC, featuring innovative flushing technology for increased levels of hygiene. The new Pro rimless WC doesn't have a flushing rim, which means that there's one less place in the bathroom environment for dirt and smells to linger. Instead, the water r...

SCA and Tork participates in the Volvo Ocean Race

Global hygiene company SCA and its brands, including the global B2B brand Tork, will participate in the 2014-2015 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race - the toughest open ocean sailing regatta in the world. The extreme environment and conditions of the race will provide extreme challenges, for example when it comes to hygiene, the core business of Tor...

ZeroSmell: one of a kind

As well as a smart and well designed range of warm air hand dryers, visitors to Veltia's stand could learn more about 'ZeroSmell', which helps to improve air quality and increase the comfort of visitors to different areas and facilities. "ZeroSmell is an innovative product that helps to eliminate bad odours," said the team. "This product has t...

Many new launches mark Premiere Products’ 90th birthday

Premiere Products celebrated its 90th birthday at the show with a raft of impressive new presentations, including:[TRIMTO] •          A corporate rebrand •          New design, ‘peel & reveal’ labels •  &nbsp...

Unger: new products and prize draw to celebrate 50th birthday

For a company celebrating 50 successful years in the business in 2014, Unger was never going to let this year’s exhibition pass by without making a big splash and it certainly didn’t disappoint. [TRIMTO] There was a popular prize draw with a daily winner, some limited edition new products and the stand was busy from start to finish...

What a difference a decade (or two) makes!

When we visited the Brightwell Dispensers stand and Suzanne Gardent showed us the computerised interactive ‘blowout’ of one of the company’s products, I remarked on just how much things have changed since I first visited the company’s facility in Newhaven on the South Coast, back in the early 90s as editor of Cleaning &amp...

Familiar face; unfamiliar location...

Although we’re used to seeing David Yli-Juuti, Tersano’s Vice President of European operations, at various exhibitions around the world, we’re not used to seeing Jackie Bromley, who’s pictured here next to the company’s Martin Booth. Jackie, who joined the company as sales director three months ago from Alexandra ...

Wecoline’s new free floor pad app prevents expensive mistakes

I’m not suggesting that a good cleaning contractor will inadvertently run out of the best floor pad for the job, but thanks to Wecoline’s new free floor pad app, at least if that happens, it won’t result in lots of downtime or the possibility of the cleaner using the worst pad for the job and potentially damaging the floor being...

Ecover Professional: a well thought out relaunch

Ecover, the largest producer of ecological cleaning products in Europe, has relaunched its professional range with new products, new and improved formulae and new brand design. [TRIMTO] So impressive is the new range that it is now ‘Cradle to Cradle Certified’; a certification mark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovati...

Inpacs celebrates its 10thbirthday at the show

With a 220sq.m stand placed directly at the front main entrance, the Inpacs Stand in Hall 2.101 was a central meeting point for members, interested visitors and decision-makers of the industry. “With members from 36 countries and guests from 130 countries informing themselves about the benefits of Inpacs, the international aspect of the ...

And how many trees do you kill with your consumption of paper disposables?

Over the years we’ve spent a lot of time chatting to Lucart’s Omar Balducci about the company’s commitment to sustainability and the way it cleverly recycles Tetrapaks - using the aluminium and polyethylene components to produced items such as pens, pencils, desk tidys and street furniture, and the cellulose fibres to manufactur...

Morclean proud to ship out to show's 25th Anniversary edition

For seasoned ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam exhibitors, a late decision to exhibit and then confirmation of stand space around three months ahead of the event, seems to leave enough room for maneouvre, but it can be very tight. When you’re a first time exhibitor and you have a new machine to finish before being in a position to get the marketing...

Prevent Legionnaires this Summer

June marks the anniversary of the widespread Legionnaires' outbreak which affected 50 people throughout Edinburgh hospitals in 2012. To prevent a disaster of this nature happening again, Ecex, sole UK distributor of Air Intake Screens, (as manufactured by Air Solutions Company USA) which can help minimise the risk of legionnaires, urges those ...

Cleanall scales new heights!

Cleanall Services, one of the North West's fastest growing cleaning services companies, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious contract for high glass and vertical surfaces cleaning at the renowned Liverpool ONE shopping, residential and leisure destination. The successful tender is for more than 30 buildings and will e...

Aztec machines making their debut at Clean NZ

Well established and respected in the US, Aztec burnishing and stripping equipment made its debut in the New Zealand marketplace at Clean NZ 2014. Distributor Lesa Systems points out that not only are Aztec machines rugged and high quality, they are also available at extremely affordable prices. "Combining the Aztec LowRider Burnisher, with it...

Think Hygiene, Think Pink

Barry Marsham and Adam Speck, former Sales Director and Sales Manager at Albany Hygiene Facilities, announce the launch of their new company Pink Hygiene. Based in Southend-on-Sea, the newly formed company provides washroom products and hygiene services to businesses across London, Essex and the South East. Pink Hygiene's extensive range inclu...

Samsic strengthens UK presence with Regent rebranding

A major revision of UK contractor Regent Samsic's market offer has launched at www.regentsamsic.com. The Coventry-based company's services have been aggregated into a single brand presence, with increased prominence given to owner Groupe Samsic, reflecting the French giant's upscaled ambitions for the UK building support services marketplace. ...

RCM performs at Urban Renewal day in Formigine

Earlier this month, in the Italian town of Formigine, RCM introduced its 'urban microcleaning' products and showed them off to assembled members of the Environment Department to their best advantage - using them to clean up the main square. The spectators showed great interest in the electrical tricycles/cleaning trolleys which, as our picture...

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Warm air hand dryer can incorporate anti-mosquito technology

Veltia has launched a new 'Anti-mosquito accessory' for its warm air hand dryers, which repels insects while also releasing a pleasant fragrance that adds to the ZeroSmell component of the company's ZeroSmell Hand Dryer V7 dryers. The Anti-mosquito accessory is an innovative, 100% natural product that uses natural extract of Citronella of Java...

A major coup for the NCCA

The National Carpet Cleaners Association has achieved scheme operator status for TrustMark, the Government-endorsed quality mark for expert tradesmen, which means their NCCA members can now apply for TrustMark status so they can be found by businesses and homeowners using the TrustMark postcode search facility. TrustMark users can be confident...

CleanExpo Moscow/Pulire less than six months away

The 16th International CleanExpo exhibition, which is taking place at the IEC 'Crocus Expo', Moscow, Russia, is considered a leading industry exhibition of equipment and materials for professional cleaning, sanitary and hygiene, dry-cleaning and laundry for the area. It will run from 21st - 23rd October, 2014 and there are still a few stands avai...

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services announces top tips to follow when considering a janitorial services company

Clean-Slate Janitorial Services, a Greater Toronto Area-based professional cleaning company that specialises in commercial office cleaning, retail maintenance, floor restoration, carpet cleaning and construction site cleanup, shares some tips on how best to select a janitorial services company.[TRIMTO] "Every season brings new challenges when ...

When nature calls, Fresh Dab Toilet Paper Gel answers

Sometimes toilet tissue just isn't enough, but the biggest problem with bathroom wipes, (also known as personal, baby, body or wet wipes) is that they are designed not to degrade when exposed to water as they are pre-moistened. Even wipes marketed as 'flushable' can take too long to break down and damage sewage systems. There have been more s...

New alarm timers provide restaurants with simple solution to quality control management

Fresh Alarms are programmable timers which offer a simple yet innovative way for restaurant managers to effectively encourage repeat customers and avoid food safety hazards. Restaurants are able to avoid customer dissatisfaction with restaurant cleanliness and inconsistency of food quality with these helpful reminders, which provide consistent...

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Brothers Services grows and achieves important accreditations in the face of economic difficulties

A Dorset-based company which specialises in providing cleaning and maintenance solutions to a wide range of industries, has experienced far reaching success after utilising government funds to develop and expand during the economic recession.[TRIMTO] "We are proud to be a small business built upon an ethos of hard work, professionalism and ded...

New Hybrid: the perfect combination for professional floor cleaning

The Hybrid floor squeegee is one of Moerman's latest innovations for professional floor cleaning. Proudly launched at the ISSA/Interclean show in Amsterdam, this cleverly designed tool is the perfect combination of metal and plastic... a floor squeegee with a heavy duty double water-rim and a metal frame, with a plastic threaded socket. Es...

A hat trick of awards for Chequers Contract Services

Chequers Contract Services prides itself on keeping schemes and properties for housing associations, offices, schools and other buildings spick and span but is now celebrating cleaning up in the recent Croydon Business Awards. The Croydon-based company walked away with three prizes - 'business of the year', 'best business for training & de...

Freudenberg Group sustains success in India

In the 165th year of its history, Freudenberg - parent company of Vileda Professional, was more successful than ever before. In the 2013 financial year, the group reported record global sales for the fourth year in succession, totalling approximately €6,622.5 million, (2012: €6,321.7 million). This represents an increase of almost &euro...

Skyguard launches lone worker iPhone app at Safety & Health Expo 2014

Skyguard - Europe's personal safety service for lone workers, will be launching an iPhone version of its 'Skyguard for Smartphone' software at this year's Safety & Health Expo, being held at ExCeL London between 17 - 19th June. The app, which converts an iPhone into a fully functional personal safety device, is an expansion of Skyguard's r...

Viva!E continuous air freshener gains Carbon Footprint Endorsement

The Viva!E continuous air freshening and odour control system from FDT has been endorsed as a 'Carbon Footprint Approved Product'. In an independent process the product has been assessed and verified for emissions and energy consumption and was found to have a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to aerosol products on the market.[TRIMTO...

PDI leads infection prevention innovation with 'Champions for Change' at APIC 2014

PDI, which provides infection prevention solutions, introduced several product enhancements, exclusive educational resources and inspire 'Champions for Change', at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) Annual Conference which took place in Anaheim, CA, from 7th to 9th, June. PDI is committed to innovation in education a...

Chewing gum: a lesson in easy removal

The Ecogum chewing gum removal machine, available from Clemas for purchase or hire, is worn as a self-contained backpack. It removes chewing gum pieces in under six seconds through the use of gas and environmentally friendly chemicals and as there are no trailing hoses or trailing cables it is safe to use. It is also extremely quiet when in us...

Identify, track and secure assets with new CILS computer printable, durable asset I.D. labels

International labelling specialist CILS has introduced computer printable durable Asset I.D. labels to help businesses identify assets that must be inventoried and tracked for insurance, audit and security purposes. CILS Asset I.D. labels are constructed specifically to each customer's requirements and application, helping save time and improv...

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Grosvenor Services extends premium retail cleaning expertise with Bicester Village

Bicester Village, one of the Collection of nine Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe, has selected specialist premium retail cleaning contractor, Grosvenor Services to provide the high standard of care required for this popular, luxury shopping destination. More than 130 spacious boutiques within Bicester Village, set in the beautiful Oxfor...

Dust - why it's an issue and what industries should be doing about it...

...hich allows valuable resources to be spent elsewhere. This article was produced exclusively for Cleanzine, by James Miller, managing director at Dustcontrol UK. T: 01327 858001 E: W: www.dustcontroluk.co.uk ...

Gesture Recognition and Touch-Less Sensing market worth .04 billion by 2020

Hygiene concerns and growth in demand of contact free authentication has boosted the Touch-less Sensing market. In the overall touch-less sensing market, the government application will be the highest revenue generator and lead the market from the demand side. The Americas lead the touch-less sensing market for both sanitary equipment and tou...

Polymer Group acquires Providencia

Polymer Group (PGI) today announced that it has acquired a controlling interest in Companhia Providencia Industria e Comercio [Bovespa: PRVI3] (Providencia), a Brazilian-based manufacturer of nonwovens used in healthcare, industrial and personal hygiene applications. The acquisition is another significant milestone in PGI's strategy of accele...

Advanced hygiene sensor technology improves health at New Cross Hospital

New Cross Hospital, part of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, has this week announced a milestone of one million hand hygiene observations using TeleTracking Technologies' automated hand hygiene sensor as part of the 'Safe Hands' programme. This compares to just 600 visual observations over the same time period.[TRIMTO] Safe Hands is a govern...

Agaia, Al Daa'ma sign exclusive distribution agreement for Evolve

Agaia, innovator of Evolve, claimed to be the first all natural commercial cleaning and laundry technology capable of outperforming petroleum based cleaners, detergents, degreasers, and disinfectants, announced last week that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Saudi-based Al Daa'ma Corporation. The agreement builds upon Aga...

Legionella Control International opens new office to handle growing London/South East Region cases

Legionella risk management company Legionella Control International has thrown open the doors of its brand new Kemp House office in a move that correlates with recent statistics indicating that London and the South East are burdened with the nation's highest number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease.[TRIMTO] The new office will offer ...

Ochsner Health System chooses RL solutions for infection surveillance

RL Solutions, creator of easy-to-use healthcare quality and safety software, announced this week that Ochsner Health System in the USA has successfully deployed RL6:Infection, RL's infection surveillance system, throughout its eight facilities.[TRIMTO] RL6:Infection will help Ochsner to prevent the spread of healthcare-acquired infections and ...

One machine does it all

Although it's well known for its carpet cleaning capabilities, the Host system can also be used to clean grouted and textured floors in a quick and easy process that does not require harsh/toxic chemicals (and thus emits no fumes), which dries quickly and is Green Seal Certified. The Host extractorVac technology combines 130cfm of suction powe...

We have Mail: plastic bags

...s good news for England... Hi Jan, I strongly agree with your opening article in last week's Cleanzine. This is certainly to be welcomed, but I wonder if the levy is set too low in England. When it was introduced here in 2002 the levy (known as the bag tax here) was 15 cents and it has been increased to 22 cents now. At first it seemed li...

Browned off? Fibrebuff's the stuff!

Browning to carpets caused by water damage or tea and coffee staining can be a struggle to shift.[TRIMTO] Prochem Europe's long-standing solution, B162 Fibrebuff, now available in 1Kg containers only, is an acidic powder additive for use with B151 Oxbrite and B105 Fibre Shampoo to remove browning stains or clean water damaged carpet.[TRIMTO] ...

Clean NZ 2014 boasts record numbers at most successful exhibition yet

A recent cleaning and hygiene event that reflected the very best in terms of education and social interaction, Clean NZ 2014 was the most successful New Zealand exhibition yet in terms of stand numbers and more than 850 registered visitors from seven countries through the door, reports organiser The Intermedia Group.[TRIMTO] The exhibition flo...

New V-Air Solid multi-phasing air freshener with sub-micron technology recognised as VOC exempt

Vectair Systems' new V-Air Solid passive air freshener has been recognised as VOC exempt (patents pending) - a truly safe fragrance solution for public places such as hotel guest rooms, healthcare facilities, reception areas and washrooms. But that's not all... the multi-phasing, sub-micron technology is packed into just one single component....

Greyland wins Caterbar supplier award

Leading commercial and industrial cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has been commended for their supply service at the first ever Caterbar Supplier Awards. Held at the Vermont Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne on 12th June, the award, from one of the leading nationwide catering and bar equipment distributors, recognises the great strides that ...

RLJ Equity Partners, acquires EnviroVac Holdings

RLJ Equity Partners, an affiliate of The RLJ Companies, has this week announced its acquisition of EnviroVac Holdings, a premier provider of industrial cleaning, environmental services and on-site maintenance support, throughout the Southeast and Gulf Coast Regions.[TRIMTO] EnviroVac utilises state-of-the-art equipment to provide industrial va...

ISSA and The Building Futures Group to begin joint initiatives

ISSA and The Building Futures Group have announced that they have entered into a co-operative agreement to promote the importance of the cleaning industry in the UK. The two organisations recently signed a declaration of co-operation and intend to bring together industry leaders to discuss the increasing impact of the sustainability agenda.[TRIMT...

Control of Norovirus outbreaks in areas of potential infection

In order to critically review the management of Norovirus outbreaks, Hygiena International ATP test systems (involving a hand-held SystemSure luminometer and UltraSnap swabs) have been used to evaluate the effectiveness of cleaning procedures, following two norovirus outbreaks on a cruise ship. Norovirus is the most prevalent cause of infectio...

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Grosvenor Services hosts Dublin conference to promote exceptional pan-European FM

Grosvenor Services, which specialises in facilities management, security and cleaning in Ireland and the UK, has this week hosted a conference in Dublin promoting partnership in pan-European facilities management. The National Directors Conference was attended by directors of businesses from 15 countries which make up the European Customer Syn...

Bunzl makes acquisitions in Brazil and the Netherlands

Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing Group, announced yesterday that it has made two further acquisitions; this time in Brazil and the Netherlands. Based in Minas Gerais, Brazil, JPlus Comércio e Distribuição is engaged in the distribution of cleaning and hygiene supplies and disposable products ...

i+DCS cleans the new Bristol 'Super hospital'

i+DCS the specialist cleaning division of leading healthcare cleaning contractor CK Group, has carried out the commissioning clean for the newly opened Brunel Building at Southmead, the so-called 'Super hospital' in Bristol. Replacing two smaller hospitals, Southmead is said to set the standard for healthcare in the UK, with over 114,000 sq m ...

Brayborne expands contract cleaning business into facilities services

Contract cleaning company Brayborne, which has more than 1,000 employed staff operating on daily and specialist cleaning contracts across southern England in offices, shopping centres and schools, has announced that it is expanding its business into facilities services to meet the demand from customers for a broader range of services from one tru...

A Wave hello from Cromwell

Cromwell Polythene has extended the range of products sold under its own Wave brand with the introduction of water-soluble strip laundry bags and disposable aprons. The two new products complement the company's Wave branded latex-free, disposable examination gloves for professional use. Hygienic and cost-effective, for the safe containment of ...

Hydrosafe range receives Food Safe Approval

Hydros Solutions has just announced that the newest eco-responsible product in its range has been given food safety approval. Hydrosafe has been certified by Campden BRI and Oéti National Institute for Food & Nutrition Science, as being safe for use on all food preparation areas. The approvals underline the s...

Soapbox: One way to avoid negative restaurant reviews online

By Chicopee Europe Restaurant visitors have become critics. Reviewing has been democratised by the development of websites like TripAdvisor, in which anyone can share their views on a place they visit. The rise of the connected world - symbolised by the now-ubiquitous Android and Apple smartphones - has facilitated easy access to such sit...

BPI RP - '3 mountains, 7 trekkers, 24 hours, 1 great cause'

Seven hardy souls from polythene recycling company bpi.recycled products (BPI RP) are set to attempt the notoriously tough 'Three Peaks Challenge' in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Tomorrow, Friday 27th June, the group of walkers - who are calling themselves the Polytrekkers - will bid to climb the highest mountains in Scotland, ...

Reaching out to a new generation of cleaning professionals

Supporting and promoting professionalism in the cleaning industry, which provides such an essential service to businesses and organisations across every sector, is something to which the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is wholly committed. As it continues into its 42nd year, the Company is now seeking to expand its membership to ...

Improving supply chain communication

Improving sector use maps as a tool to increase the quality of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) chemical safety reports and exposure scenarios was one of the main themes of the sixth meeting of the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios (ENES) held at ECHA (the European Chemicals Agency) recently.[TRIMT...

ISS to become facility services provider for Swisscom

Swisscom, leading Swiss telecom provider, has chosen ISS Switzerland as its new provider of facilities management services throughout Switzerland from 1st January 2015, following a tender process. ISS will be taking over both infrastructure and technical facilities management for an overall portfolio comprising approximately 90 office building...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Cleaning doesn't generally make it into the mainstream news but this week the 'nationals' have carried two major cleaning stories - the post-Glastonbury music festival clean-up...

A breath of fresh air for China's baby pandas

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Pandas has installed advanced IQAir HealthPro air filtration systems in its panda nurseries to protect the health and development of newborn panda babies. The installation of the air purifiers came just in time for the baby-panda birthing season which runs from June through September.[TRIMTO]...

IFMA's World Workplace Conference & Expo is earlier this year and better than ever

The International Facility Management Association is anticipating strong turnout at its flagship event, the World Workplace Conference and Expo, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, from September 17th - 19th, 2014. Exciting programme updates have been made to support the theme for this year's conference: 'FM + Strategy x Innovation = Your F...

Building Futures Group announces wide range of initiatives to support UK cleaning industry

The Building Futures Group, the trade association for the UK cleaning industry, has this week announced access to a six-figure budget for its members to develop industry-led training and development opportunities. This is in addition to discounts on its current training offer which has been developed by a range of industry experts for members. ...

The Bin Wash City: providing a viable solution to a dirty problem

"The aim was to develop a brand new and innovative bin wash machine that would change the way operators think, to be the first to recognise the need for a totally new idea in this industry, and to be proactive in taking steps forward to improve what's currently available in the marketplace today..." So said Peter Morley, ma...

Pure Water cleaning on the move with Unger's new trailer system

Unger's nLite HydroPowerRO XXL provides professional window cleaners with a high quality, 'purpose built' complete solution that delivers 100% pure water, whatever the location. This new trailer system houses a three-stage purification process, consisting of a carbon pre-filter, reverse osmosis (RO) membrane and the latest ...

Service Management 3.0 - the next generation of service

If all companies effectively compete on service, the key differentiator then lies in the service management model and the ability to execute it. A new publication from ISS outlines how the traditional models and themes are no longer sufficient and that future focus should be on the service delivery system and the power of the&...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Cleaning has been very much in the news again recently following the leak of an un-named UK three-star national hotel chainís cleaning schedule. Many of those who sa...

SteriBin fights harmful bacteria

Leafield Environmental has designed and manufactured a SteriBin with 'no touch lid' pedal operation and an optional antimicrobial additive which acts as a barrier against germs and bacteria. The SteriBin was originally designed to meet the cleanliness and infection control regulations of the NHS. The antimicrobial additive has been proven to r...

The unlikely place that says a lot about your restaurant

By Chicopee Europe What do you think is the most representative aspect of your restaurant from a diner's perspective? A popular or special dish? A characteristic element of the decor that sets the tone of their dining experience? Your front of house staff? The head chef? What about your washroom? The message consumers take away about your...

West Berkshire Community Hospital - complex by nature

By their very nature, hospital service infrastructures can be complex, incorporating legislative and innovative ways of providing services at best value. Corporate change over the last few recessionary years has also impacted this structure at hospitals such as West Berkshire Community Hospital. The Hospital provides healthcare services to ove...

New CILS-81000TK self-laminating computer printable labels: perfect for hoses and pipes

Computer printable 'in minutes' straight from a standard laser or thermal transfer printer, the new CILS-81000TK self-laminating durable label range adheres permanently to all industrial pipes, flexible hoses and conduits for failsafe long term identification.[TRIMTO] Featuring a clear 'wrap-around' protective tail, CILS-81000TK labels permane...

Truvox International has moved premises

Truvox International has moved to new premises in Southampton, UK. The move is a reflection of the company's continuing success and a response to a growing demand for its floorcare equipment from customers across the globe. The new premises, located on a business and retail park in Hedge End, in the east of the city, are easily accessible by r...

Masslinn cloth system helps NHS Trust

Healthcare providers are reporting increasing needs for new methods of cleaning to combat the spread of infection. At one leading NHS Trust, staff have adopted Masslinn cloths, which offer benefits including reductions in noise levels over traditional cleaning systems. Previously the Weston Area NHS Trust, based at Weston General Hospital ...

Kick-off for Biogas? South America opts for green energy made by Weltec

Currently, the world is locked on to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Though they have already reached a high technical level as far as football is concerned, the South American countries still have development potential in the fields of biogas technology and renewable energies. In this interview, Aguinaldo Ramalho of the German biogas plant m...

Morclean opens European hub and service centre

Morclean is now operating from a European hub and service centre in the Netherlands. The distribution hub, which opened on 1st July 2014, has been established to sell, service and distribute the company's new range of trailer mounted bin washing machines throughout Europe. Sited about one hour from Rotterdam, the outlet will also provide after...

'Changing Perceptions' - a stronger future for the cleaning industry

The British Cleaning Council's annual conference will take place on Thursday 6th November at Dexter House in London, with the focus this year on changing perceptions in the cleaning industry. Key speakers include Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO of Mitie, and former sales and marketing director for Easyjet, Tony Anderson. Other highlights include t...

Incentive FM adds key contract to fast growing shopping centre portfolio

Incentive FM, has further extended its relationship with property management company Jones Lang Lasalle, after having been awarded a million pound contract for Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool.[TRIMTO] Middleton Grange Shopping Centre covers an area of over 550,000sq. ft and contains 140 stores, including some of the leading name...

Competitive edge is sharpened at Britaniacrest Recycling

Britaniacrest Recycling is a family business, established in 1993 to provide an affordable and professional skip hire and waste management service in West Sussex and East Surrey. Their large site now caters for householders, commercial and retail operations of all sizes, utility companies and multinational corporations. A complete range of ...

Conquering cockroaches

Proper cleaning is the most effective step restaurant and foodservice facilities can take to help prevent a cockroach infestation, according to George Botta with J S Pest Control, Las Vegas. However, he argues, restaurants should be more than cleaned... they should be sanitised. "Cleaning involves removing dirt or debris.. but sanitising ac...

TC facilities management extends FM service into two more Tesco DCs.

Effective 14th July, TC facilities management will manage the cleaning, catering and security services in Tesco's Livingston & Widnes Distribution Centres. This builds upon TC's recent successes with Tesco Avonmouth DC, in the South West and Middleborough DC in the North East.[TRIMTO] These wins see the privately owned facilities company d...

SCA to endorse its customer and consumer brands globally

SCA is endorsing its already strong portfolio of customer and consumer brands globally with the corporate SCA brand. Following the introduction of the stronger and more distinct corporate SCA logo in March 2013, SCA is now responding to the ever-growing consumer demand of knowing where and how products are made by positioning the SCA corporat...

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Newly opened European Logistics Centre brings Kaivac closer to its customers

2014 is proving to be an exciting year for Kaivac, Inc. as it has been successfully expanding operations in Europe and the Middle East over the last 12 months. Recently, the company finalised the opening of its logistics center in Rotterdam.[TRIMTO]  According to president, Bob Robinson, "Kaivac products have proven to reduce cleaning ...

Discomatic powers in to UK

An award-winning new machine - labelled the powerhouse of cleaning machines because it is so compact - has been welcomed by the UK market for its innovative features. Combining cleaning power and endurance with agility and ease of operation, Wetrok's Discomatic Mambo has been brought to the UK by Jigsaw Cleaning Systems. Designed for small...

European Tissue Symposium to present at ISSA/Interclean Istanbul 2014

ETS, the European Tissue Symposium, has announced that it will be part of the seminar programme of ISSA/Interclean Istanbul that will be held on 24th and 25th September 2014. This International Conference will cover a number of relevant topics for the cleaning and hygiene industry. Seminar: 'Why hygiene is important in the washroom' On S...

Cromwell goes for a new line up

Cromwell Polythene is relaunching its extensive range of pedal, square and swing bin liners as part of a deliberate policy to distance itself from those unbranded 'brown box' products, which are often manufactured to a lesser specification. The company has introduced three distinct brand groups - 'Coral', 'Pearl' and 'Oyster' - which, between ...

Follow Vectair on Pinterest!

We are all becoming increasingly social online, so Vectair has added a Pinterest page to its other communication channels (Facebook, Linked In and) to share news, views and pictures with its friends and customers. Pinterest is a place for people to collect ideas for projects and interests. Vectair's boards include 'urinals with a di...

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Latest FSA public attitudes tracker results, reveal greater concerns about hygiene

The results from the Food Standards Agency's 'Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker' for May 2014 have been published, revealing that the top three food safety issues of total (i.e. spontaneous plus prompted) concern for respondents were food hygiene when eating out (36%), food poisoning (28%) and the use of additives in food products (28%). The top ...

How to go from toddler to teenager in online marketing

Elliot Adams, communications manager at Yelp, explains the best way small businesses can use their online profile to attract and maintain customers... "Creating a full website may not always be right for every business, but maximising social media and review sites really goes a long way in building online awareness. A business with an effectiv...

French university students' waterproof toilet tissue dispenser wows competition judges

As SCA and its brands prepare to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race - thought to be the toughest sailing competition there is - the company challenged industrial design students all over the world to develop a product that will protect Team SCA's toilet tissue from the seawater and other very wet environments. Following an extensive review pro...

Sodexo employees in 36 countries mobilised to fight hunger

More than 33,000 Sodexo employees in 36 countries donated and collected enough food for 815,000 meals and raised funds to fight hunger and malnutrition during the global site services provider's annual Servathon in April and May. Altogether, Sodexo employees volunteered more than 82,100 hours to help their local community members have enough food...

Nviro's Isle of Wight Council cleaning contract extended by three years

Contract cleaning and FM specialist, Nviro, has been retained by Isle of Wight Council to clean a wide range of its facilities - including tourist attractions, libraries and fire stations - in a deal worth more than £200,000 per annum. The new contract is testament to Nviro's expertise and the results it has already achieved for the cou...

Accepta launches new Biofilm Management System to combat waterborne diseases

In light of recent outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease and Pseudomonas, the control of bacterial proliferation is more critical than ever it is essential for operators to take a proactive, preventative approach to biofilm management. Accepta has reinforced its status as a global chemical technology specialist with the launch of the innovative ...

JLL awards In Depth contract to clean and maintain seven Honeywell aerospace sites

Cleaning and soft FM specialist, In Depth Managed Services, has been awarded a two-year contract worth £400k to clean and maintain seven aerospace sites for Honeywell. The contract has been awarded through global financial and professional services firm, JLL, which has named In Depth as its preferred cleaning and maintenance supplier.[TRIMT...

Blind spot awareness training is crucial, warns IOSH

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is urging businesses to educate their fleet managers and at-work drivers about the risks of failing to check blind spots before carrying out a manoeuvre. "It's vital that companies ensure their workers are fully aware of their responsibilities to act in a safe and shrewd manner every time they ...

Kier continues the fight against litter in Essex

Repairs and maintenance provider, Kier, has joined forces with a local school to raise awareness of littering in the town of Harlow, Essex. By Supplying Passmore Academy (from Channel 4 TV's 'Educating Essex') with equipment for a recent community day, Kier aims to reaffirm its commitment to the environment.[TRIMTO] Harlow Council currently sp...

Portable 'Natural Cleaner' sanitises rooms in 30 minutes

The  OC700 Natural Cleaner is a portable and environmentally friendly, high performance machine that will sanitise and restore air quality in every living and working area. Hotels, homes, offices, schools, factories, restaurants, coffee houses and clubs, toilets and washrooms, keep fit centres, surgeries, waiting rooms - these are jus...

Kimberly-Clark Professional helps solve aviation industry cleaning challenges

Kimberly-Clark Professional announced this week that its aviation industry cleaning products have been qualified and listed on Aerospace Material Specification AMS 3819C and Boeing Material Specification BMS 15-5G. Specifically engineered to perform in all areas of original equipment manufacturing and maintenance repair operations, the full li...

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Dirty cars cost cash

While owners of classic cars are known for their TLC, millions of new car and van owners are depreciating the value of their cars by failing to keep them in good condition, a poll has found. The study, by car care company Autoglym, reveals that motorists and business owners could lose as much as £2,000 when reselling their vehicles, but ...

NACD comments on FDA's Sanitary Food Transportation Proposal

Yesterday, the National Association of Chemical Distributors submitted comments to the Food & Drug Administration on its proposed rule titled ‘Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food.'  The proposed rule would establish requirements for shippers, carriers by motor vehicle and rail vehicle, and receivers engaged in the t...

Indian Railways outsources mechanised cleaning at 12 ECR stations

Indian Railway authorities in Patna, the capital of the Bihar state - North East India; have outsourced mechanised cleaning work to private contractors at 12 East Central Railway stations. The contractors will not only carry out cleaning services, but will provide basic amenities to passengers too.[TRIMTO] Arvind Rajak, ECR’s chief publi...

Spotless Cleaning Solutions reminds us of the importance of emergency cleaning services

Taking early action is imperative if your business faces water damage as a result of flood, an unexpected leaking roof or the fire sprinklers doing their job. Preventing further damage and recovering the property are two crucial operations that have to be carried out simultaneously but it’s difficult to get it right. Hiring an expert so...

Invest in the best – for strength and success

Professional window cleaners need tools they can rely on - and when it comes to water fed poles, Unger knows that certain features are essential. Poles must be strong and sturdy, but light enough for comfort and ease of use, while also retaining the rigidity needed for cleaning windows or façades at all heights. However, the lightest po...

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BICSc upgrades training programme

The British Institute of Cleaning Science is about to release an updated version of its internationally recognised qualification, the CPSS (Cleaning Professionals Skills Suite). The new CPSS 2.0 is due for release on the 1st of August 2014. Certain skills from the original CPSS have been removed completely whilst other new skills that ar...

CK Group on schedule to complete Bart’s Hospital builders clean this Autumn

CK Group, which won the builders cleaning contract for the Bart’s Hospital refurbishment programme on behalf of Skanska, is on course to complete the project this Autumn as expected. The programme is currently in the second stage of three, with the first phase having been completed by CK Group in 2009. The full builders clean will be car...

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary cleaning to be brought back in house

Hospital cleaning services at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary are going to be brought back in house as part of the ongoing fight against superbugs - despite the facility’s inspection reports showing that the hospital has consistently scored well and cases of MRSA have almost been eradicated, reports the Edinburgh Evening News .[TRIMTO] Th...

Five steps to safer kitchen floors

Restaurants are a minefield for slip and fall accidents, and most of these occur in the ‘back of the house’, or the kitchen area. According to the National Floor Safety Institute in the US, each year more than three million foodservice employees are injured as a result of slip and fall accidents. Further, it is estimated that these...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   It’s that time of year when John & I pack up our computers and take a couple of weeks off from producing what has now become – with more than 100,000 readers in...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   I normally have a somewhat leisurely return to producing Cleanzine following our annual break - particularly as so many European and North American readers still haven't finish...

Nyco launches OM1 Series: first I & I brand using Omnia high-performance solvent

Nyco Products Company has announced the introduction of its OM1 Series brand, said to be the first North American industrial and institutional cleaning brand formulated with new Eastman Omnia high-performance solvent. OM1 Series products, powered by Omnia, are claimed to be 'greener' and safer alternatives to traditional cleaning products con...

Prochem Europe's PSK Professional Spotting Kit will stand you in good stead

As a carpet cleaning professional you can never be quite sure what stains you're likely to encounter, so a high quality spotting kit is likely to stand you in good stead, time and time again. Prochem Europe's PSK Professional Spotting Kit comprises a comprehensive range of Prochem chemical spotters and spotting accessories contained in a tough...

Antimicrobial bin liners make their debut

Leeds-based Cromwell Polythene is adding to its wide range of waste management products with the launch of Sansafe antimicrobial and scented liners, ideal for feminine hygiene and other sanitary waste. Manufactured with a unique blend of bactericides and fungicides - added during the film extrusion process, the bags provide powerful round-the-...

Ebola outbreak lifts demand for specialist chlorine based disinfectants

The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has seen a sharp increase in demand for specialist chlorine based disinfectant cleaners, according to GV Health, a leading British supplier of chlorine disinfectant cleaners to the NHS.  Record levels of enquiries have been received from healthcare organisations based in West Africa as well as ...

A smart new look... the same great quality

British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix has had a complete makeover with its identity. This new, very contemporary look, will be the main feature on all of the machine models in the range.[TRIMTO] "Not only do we have a new look logo, but we also have a new website and plenty of news to share. There are also training videos and a Ma...

WFBSC Congress 2016 to consider our industry's enrichment of people's lives

Themed 'Weaving culture... building maintenance and cleaning that create rich life', the 21st World Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors will be held in Tokyo from 4th to 7th April 2016 [TRIMTO], writes our good friend Alan Hardcastle, of the Australian-based Inclean magazine ( www.incleanmag.com.au ). Hosted by the...

ISS selected as strategic partner in five European countries by BASF

ISS has been selected as a strategic partner by global chemicals giant BASF, to deliver integrated facilities services in five European countries: Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands. Under the agreement, ISS is taking over responsibility for onsite cleaning, facilities management, building maintenance, mailroom, landscaping and ...

Morclean wins national 'green' award for Bin Wash City - the battery driven bin wash machine

Morclean, based in Staveley, Chesterfield, has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the national campaign to find Britain's greenest companies, councils and communities. The company, which competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, will be presented with a trophy and certificat...

ISS UK signs up to kick off new cup recycling scheme

ISS UK is now a Founder Member of the 'Simply Cups' paper cup recycling scheme. The initiative, launched 1st August, will help to recycle the 2.5 billion paper cups that are sent to landfill or incinerated every year in the UK. Simply Cups is a partnership between Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions. It will provide ...

WoolSafe announces third UK Educational Conference

The WoolSafe Organisation is now busy preparing to host its third WoolSafe Educational Conference in the UK, an event that promises to deliver a fantastic mixture of presentations and workshops tutored by the industry's finest while offering an invaluable networking opportunity. The conference takes place in the historic heart of the British c...

Trojan Battery appoints OLIS master distributor for Iceland

Deep-cycle battery manufacturer Trojan Battery Company, has named Ol's as a master distributor of Trojan batteries in Iceland. Ol's is the country's major battery distributor and will supply products to both the business and consumer marketplaces. Ol's supports a variety of applications and industries in Iceland, such as floor cleaning, plant ...

Global rubber gloves market to see demand shift, says a 2014 research report

MarketReportsOnline.com has added the 67-page research report: 'Global Rubber Gloves Market Report: 2014 Edition', to its store. The report reveals that Malaysia retains its position as the world's largest supplier of rubber gloves, commanding over two-third of global market share, and that the US and Europe are the largest importers - especia...

We have Mail: The British Cleaning Council responds to the EHRC report into the cleaning sector; saying: "a good initiative, but the methodology could have been better"

The BCC is the voice of the cleaning industry and welcomes any initiative that seeks to raise standards in the cleaning sector. In this respect we do welcome the EHRC's work, as highlighting malpractice gives all stakeholders the opportunity to discuss these issues in an open forum. Where the Council does have concerns is with the methodology ...

Brayborne wins school cleaning contracts totalling £1.5 million over three years

Brayborne Facilities Services has won eight new cleaning contracts totalling £1.5 million over three years, in schools across the south of England, strengthening the company's presence in the specialist education sector. The cleaning contracts are for schools across Hampshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire including Secondary and Primary...

Business growth funding available through voucher scheme

It is a well-documented fact that small and medium-size businesses are the life-blood of UK's economy. According to the Confederation of British Industry, they account for 99.9% of private sector companies and provide 60% of private sector jobs, so it's no wonder the UK Government is working to create the right conditions for businesses to fulfil...

New 3M Scotch-Brite High Shine Floor Pads just keep on polishing

50 years ago, 3M revolutionised floor maintenance by introducing the world's first synthetic non-woven floor pads. Now the company is setting new standards in high performance floor pads with 3M Scotch-Brite High Shine Floor Pads, precision-engineered to last three times longer than existing high performance floor pads. The Scotch-Brite High S...

Veltia now offers branded hand dryers to enable companies to put their own stamp on the washroom

Veltia now offers the option for its technologically advanced warm air hand dryers to be branded to suit the customer's requirements and Caledonia Washrooms has become the first Veltia partner to give its client an 'own brand' Veltia V7 warm air hand dryer. Caledonia Washrooms' managing director, Iain Stewart, explains the thinking behind the ...

Bio-Productions rebrands for a clean, fresh finish

Bio-Productions, the award-winning ecological professional and janitorial cleaning products company, has launched a new logo, website, product catalogue and labelling system. The new branding, designed by Sussex-based agency Jumpstart Interactive, has been applied across the entire Bio-Productions product range to position the company more fi...

BPI cuts waste levels by one third in six years

Polythene manufacturing company BPI Group - parent company of bpi.recycled products - has slashed its packaging waste by one third in the past six years, the company has revealed. The 33.4% reduction since 2008 was measured as part of BPI's ongoing commitment to cutting the levels of waste generated by its manufacturing operations. BPI achieve...

EHRC finds firms are failing to protect key rights of cleaning workers

An examination by the Equality and Human Rights Commission published just after the last issue of Cleanzine was broadcast, has revealed that some employers in the commercial cleaning industry are failing to meet their responsibilities to their staff in relation to pay, holiday or sick leave and dealing with their concerns. Many cleaners feel that ...

Midland Paper Products launches the new Esfina Carry Pack

In its 10 anniversary year, Midland Paper Products is excited to announce the availability of the new, innovative Esfina Carry Pack, with the Esfina luxury performance 2-ply interfold hand towel. The Esfina Carry Pack is a plastic enclosed case of functional hand towels, with handles that make it easier to lift, carry and use. The pack contain...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   I write this from my hotel in Glasgow, where I’m visiting the Cleaning Expo Scotland at the SECC. It finishes later today and if you’re local and haven’t yet ...

Weltec Biopower receives order for 1.1 MW extension to Dorset food waste-to-energy plant

Weltec Biopower (UK), based in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, has been granted the contract to extend the award-winning food waste AD plant in Piddlehinton, Dorset. Plant owner Eco Sustainable Solutions is expanding with a further 1.1MW of food waste processing capacity. This follows on from the Weltec successes of commissioning two other plants in...

Soapbox: What's wrong with the cleaning industry?

Mary de Cobos of Futureclean Assured Systems comments on the recent Equalities & Human Rights Commission's reports on the cleaning industry and explains how she feels that we as an industry can put things right : I write regarding commentary on the recently released EHRC reports on pay and conditions in the commercial cleaning industry (1...

Will you be joining ISSA/Interclean in Istanbul?

The first ever ISSA/Interclean Istanbul event is poised to create an interesting learning experience by providing insight in Turkey, the Middle Eastern and Northern African region, says the show organiser. Being staged in the city that bridges East and West, Turkey has one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and one that is expected to ...

Ladder Exchange looks at safe use with 'Idiots on Ladders contest'

With this year's Ladder Exchange now underway, the Ladder Association is again asking for submissions to its Idiots on Ladders contest, which has the public send in the worst pictures of ladder use they can find, to show just how dangerous it can be to misuse a ladder. Idiots on Ladders is part of a two-pronged push to help ensure ladder users...

DuPont completes sale of Sontara business to Jacob Holm

DuPont Protection Technologies and Jacob Holm announced yesterday the completion of the sale of the DuPont Sontara business to Jacob Holm. Sontara is a global nonwovens business that produces products used in a variety of medical and wipes applications. Jacob Holm is a leading company for spunlaced nonwoven fabrics.[TRIMTO] "This transactio...

New Tennant sweeper offers industrial strength dry dust control for the toughest environments

Tennant Company, yesterday announced its latest high-performance machine-the S30 Mid-size Ride-on Sweeper-rounding out its complete line of sub-compact to industrial size ride-on sweepers. The S30 provides innovative indoor and outdoor sweeping performance with optimised dust control in both light and heavy dust applications using its patente...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   I've been speaking with the owner of a guesthouse who's had complaints from some of the residents over the past year or so, about the smell of damp. Two of the longer term res...

Chemex donates vital infection control supplies to help curb Ebola in Africa

Vital supplies are being airlifted to help curb the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone by hygiene specialist Chemex. The company has donated several tons of high level hypochlorite disinfectants and hand soaps to help improve infection control. The supplies are being distributed via the Glasgow-based Scotia Aid charity. Since the start of the outb...

Building owners and facilities managers urged to comply with Legionella legislation or face prosecution

Landlords, property owners and facilities managers now face hefty fines if they fail to comply with the Legionella legislation, recently updated by the Health & Safety Executive. The revised legislation deals with the control of risks associated with Legionella, a water-borne bacteria, which can have serious and often fatal consequences if...

Kilrock Products banishes stains with new Blast Away Mould

Kilrock Products is strengthening its position as a leading manufacturer of problem-solving cleaning products with the launch of new Blast Away Mould. Professional strength Blast Away Mould effectively removes mould, mildew and algae stains from tiles, silicone sealants and grout lines. Available as a spray for larger wall and tiled areas o...

Kaivac receives patent for Smart Towel System (and 'smart' it really is)!

Kaivac, known for innovation, has announced that it has just been awarded its 13th patent from the US Patent Office. The latest patent is for the company's Smart Towel System, which was introduced about five years ago. At first glance, the Smart Towel looks very similar to a typical microfibre cleaning cloth. However, what makes it unique...

Pink Hygiene just keeps giving!

Washroom and hygiene service specialist, Pink Hygiene, has donated nearly £1,300 to its chosen charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Providing washroom products and hygiene services across London, Essex and the South East, the company prides itself on its commitment to providing the best service and bringing innovation to the industry, wh...

Sani Professional announces Food Safety Advisory Council launch

Sani Professional, the food safety division of Professional Disposables International, has announced the launch of the Sani Professional Food Safety Advisory Council. Recognising the critical nature of food safety in today's broader foodservice industry, the SPFSAC is dedicated to raising awareness of best practices in the prevention of foodbo...

Nilfisk-CFM to become Nilfisk next year

From 1st January, 2015, Nilfisk-CFM will be changing its name to Nilfisk, with the identifier: Industrial Vacuum Solutions. That is not the only change though, as in addition to industrial vacuums cleaners, pneumatic conveyors and centralised vacuum systems, customers will be able to buy commercial vacuum cleaners, scrubber dryers, sweepers, s...

PHS Group carbon reduction continued

While it is obligatory for UK quoted companies to report greenhouse gas emissions, it is becoming increasingly essential for all businesses, big or small, to highlight their environmental credentials by measuring and reducing their carbon footprint.[TRIMTO] It is suggested that companies implementing policies to reduce carbon emissions perform...

New generation of lightweight, high-reach,gutter cleaners launched

A new generation of high-reach gutter cleaning equipment has been launched after five years of development by Spacevac Technologies. Operated from ground level, the new system has four major features. It removes operational guesswork as it comes with a close circuit TV camera on the cleaning head; it is said to reach higher than any other prod...

JobSearch focus: National Sales Manager / BDM

...o all parts of the country.  If you would like to see this Candidate's CV contact [TRIMTO] ...

Morclean's machines move into Milton Keynes

Another delighted customer arrived at Morclean's premises earlier this month to take delivery of his new Morclean trailer-mounted wheelie bin wash machine. Beating off tough competition to seal the deal, Morclean's director Peter Morley handed over the keys on the new machine to Milton Keynes based cleaners, Cleaner Bins MK - a company setting...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Our image last week of some serious mould in a guesthouse and our request for recommendations on how to deal with it, has certainly prompted some responses! Thank you for your ...

Bunzl expands in UK

Bunzl has made four further acquisitions in the UK with aggregate annualised revenue of £34.8 million. The company acquired 365 Healthcare at the end of June. Based in Droitwich, the business is engaged in the distribution of mainly own brand healthcare products, principally operating theatre drapes and gowns, procedure packs, disposable...

Julius Rutherfoord wins first university cleaning contract with City University London

City University London, which is ranked within the top 5% of universities in the world, has appointed specialist education cleaning company, Julius Rutherfoord, to maintain its 915,000 ft, 22-site campus in London EC1. This three-year £multi-million contract - with the option of two further 12 month extensions - is Julius Rutherfoord's l...

African show to highlight workplace hygiene solutions

The one international trade exhibition in Africa for all sectors of the professional cleaning industry, CleantexPulire, is set to take place in Johannesburg South Africa from 28th - 30th July 2015. Next year's event will mark the 10th edition of this exhibition, established in 1998 to build a platform for African cleaning professionals to cong...

New research reveals shift from multiple providers to one service provider for FM

When choosing a new provider for outsourced facilities management, 65% of FM managers feel it is important to have one organisation managing all the different elements of service provision.  There is a growing trend towards this 'total facilities management' model rather than use of individual service providers. The independent researc...

Cleaning company founder exposes Essex scrubbers in book launch

When faced with a life changing situation almost 40 years ago, Christine Beedle founded Monthind Clean. As a new generation of directors take over the company's helm, Christine, who was awarded an MBE for services to the cleaning industry, launches her first book. 'The Essex Scrubber - Keeping it Clean', is a tongue in cheek read, representati...

Little and often...

It's no secret that regular floor maintenance saves contractors from the time-consuming deep cleans, while also saving your carpets too. But is this a solution that is sat right in front of many, but completely overlooked? This case study as Mike Egerton, MD of Host Von Schrader UK, explains may be an eye opener - after all, every little helps...

RCM in Monza for Formula 1 GP

"27 is the number to remember," says RCM's Marzia Mucci. "But it's not about the victory of some stable or pilot, or a particular anniversary. It refers to the period of time since when RCM has been cleaning the world's fastest circuit in Formula 1. "Every year, starting from Friday - the day of free practice - until Sunday, when the race take...

Harrison Wipes sponsors IoD 'Aspirations in Business 2014' for Essex schools

Harrison Wipes has announced its sponsorship of the 9th Annual Institute of Directors 'Aspirations in Business 2014' event. The event is focused on inspiring and encouraging the next generation of Essex students, aged 16 - 19, to become the business leaders of the future.[TRIMTO] Aspirations in Business has been highly successful in previous y...

Ausclean Expo - focus on cleaning & hygiene

Registration is now open for those wishing to visit Ausclean on 14th October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Co-locating with the Institute of Hospitality in Healthcare Conference, this show offers an opportunity for attendees to visit both events to see the latest cleaning products and services including innovative solutions for cleaners, fa...

KMS Group rebrands to better reflect services offered

KMS Group has had a phenomenal few years which have seen the company grow and develop new business streams and initiatives. As a result of this growth, the company felt it was the perfect time to review its corporate identity in the same way it has reviewed its service provision. KMS Group will now be called KM Facilities Management Group and ...

Superhero's mission is to make Japan's streets super clean and achieve world peace

Japan is well known for its comic-loving culture so it's probably the one place where you might expect to catch a real superhero in action, writes Melissa Hobbs. Cue Mangetsu-man (translated as Mr. Full Moon), who has taken to the streets of Tokyo and revealed his special powers - a dustpan, brush and broom. But it's not just street cleanlines...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Anyone who visited England over the Summer holidays will have quickly realised that we have a litter problem. I despair when walking into Epsom to my weekend office, at the dis...

Soapbox: "Beggar Brussels!"

writes Robin Chater, Secretary-General of the Federation of International Employers "Europe is failing its next generation because neither the European Union, nor national governments are able to tackle over-regulation and the grey economy. As delegates gather next week at a Brussels conference convened by the European Commission to conside...

How sympathetic cleaning techniques helped restore four storey Victorian building

When bespoke building and shopfitting expert Oakland Projects was renovating and modernising a four-storey Victorian house in West London it was quickly decided that the frontage of the building required specialist attention. Decades of weathering and air pollution had left the Victorian brickwork in a poor state with oxidisation of the surfac...

Specialist sees jump in enquiries from London-based construction firms on dust control measures

Following a concerted awareness campaign by the Health & Safety Executive about dust control requirements, and with an additional announcement from the Mayor of London on the introduction of mandatory Supplementary Planning Guidance (which aims to reduce the impact of construction and demolition dust), dust extraction specialist Dustcontrol U...

Pasture Naturals reduce environmental impact

Many companies consider reducing their environmental impact as an integral goal of their business and for several years have been applying environmentally conscious practices as a result. However, despite the increased awareness and desire to 'go green' there is still a surprising amount which could be being done.[TRIMTO] For example, in the h...

Mould 2 ...

...n Assured Systems, follows up her previous article on cleaning mould, which featured in last week's Cleanzine... It is essential that the health & safety issues are considered and in this article we will discuss these in greater detail. Any cleaning company will almost certainly come across mould deposits and their removal even if it is ...

UMF Corporation unveils new colour-coded bucketless mop system

UMF Corporation's new PerfectClean SDX bucketless mop system made its debut this week at Exchange 2014, the Association for the Healthcare Environment annual educational event in the US. "SDX stands for Superior Design and eXecution - translation: the SDX is ergonomically designed to foster increased productivity," said George Clarke, CEO of U...

Klindex now has US base

Italian brand Klindex, is making sure its floor maintenance machines are readily available in the US, by opening up offices and a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. Klindex has been manufacturing cleaning and polishing machines since 1988 and its machines are professional, strong and easy to use: ideal for floor polishing marble, granite, terraz...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   You may recall me questioning the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ which saw people donating to charity for the privilege of being doused with icy water – it was meant ...

Soapbox: The shocking truth about clinical waste sacks

By Lorcan Mekitarian, commercial director, bpi.healthcare As outrageous as it sounds, many of the clinical waste sacks being used by hospitals and other healthcare establishments in the UK are not compliant with the United Nations requirements for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods. The United Nations have set universal standards governing the...

Selling recycling to a sceptical public

People with a negative view of recycling are more likely to change their attitude after seeing positive messages about the benefits. That's the main finding of recycling research commissioned by PR agency Ceris Burns International and undertaken by Mindlab International. Results from the independent study also showed that there is still a mark...

Georgia-Pacific Professional brings its success in medical solutions to dental community

Georgia-Pacific Professional is a leading provider of hygienic dispensing systems, towels and tissue for a wide range of away from home applications. Building on the success of its product lines in healthcare, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, surgical centres and medical practices, the company is introducing its healthcare products...

CaterWaste launches BioBear food waste processors and wins Award

CaterWaste, manufacturing and supply specialist of wet and dry food waste recycling equipment, has launched its 'BioBear' range, claimed to be the most technologically advanced recycling equipment within the catering industry. The launch took place at the Food Hospitality Ireland Show in Citywest where the BioBear was named 'Overall Product of th...

Biomethane for France: Weltec receives order for biogas project with gas processing

French agriculture has a wealth of raw and waste materials that are suitable for biogas plants. However, only half of the available materials are currently used for energy production. Thus, ambitious development plans have been drawn up: By 2020, the biomass share in the field of renewable energies in France is to rise to about 50%. No wonder ...

New powder coating SmartProtec improves hygiene of cold rooms

Viessmann, which claims to be the only manufacturer of modular cold rooms to offer antimicrobiotic powder coating, is strengthening its cold room hygiene package with the development of a new powder coating for all surfaces of exterior and interior walls, floors and ceilings. The antimicrobial coating - now available as standard on Viessmann's...

Fatboxx - the advanced solution for safe recovery of used fats and cooking oils

Restaurants, cafes, hotels and food manufacturers use huge amounts of cooking oil and fats every day - and these need to be collected in a safe and environmentally-friendly way. That's why Fatboxx, available in the UK from Peter Ridley Waste Systems, is taking the sector by storm. These valuable resources can now be collected simply, for safe rec...

Twinkle Clean reaches 1,000th customer

Twinkle Clean, which offers both commercial & domestic cleaning such as event cleaning, end of tenancy and builders' cleans, window and carpet cleaning, office cleaning and rubbish removal, believes it is South London's fastest growing cleaning company.[TRIMTO] Just recently it added Irene Holmes from Acton in West London as its 1000th cus...

CILS' new, durable, computer printable labels, resist solvents

CILS has launched the CILS-8200S ultimate high-performance, solvent-resistant, durable label range, providing permanent lifelong adhesion and resistance to aggressive chemicals and solvents such as Acetone, MEK, hydraulic brake fluids etc, ensuring critical product data remains legible. The CILS computer printable surface coating allows variab...

BICSc rolls out red carpet for Annual Awards 2014!

The British Institute of Cleaning Science has been recognised for promoting cleaning industry standards for over 53 years. This year the Annual Awards Dinner and Golf day rolled out the red carpet for a Hollywood themed 'sell out' event to recognise and reward those that have excelled in maintaining high standards via training and assessment acro...

New school characters for Vectair's Sanitex MVP soap and surface care dispensers

Hand Hygiene has always been highly important in the education sector, especially amongst children of nursery, primary and early secondary education age - although it can be difficult to get the message across. One of the best ways to promote healthy hand hygiene amongst youngsters is to educate them in a fun way.[TRIMTO] Vectair Systems prov...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Either things have changed a great deal since I qualified as a journalist in the late 80s, or I’ve become a lot less naïve over the years. Either way, I’m prob...

Soapbox: Sanitation Canada... What would happen if it came here?

Marc Ferguson, international business development manager for Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch and OmniFlex Cleaning Systems, which are sold in Canada, writes about the global spread of epidemics In February 2003, a doctor who had been treating people with atypical pneumonia cases in China flew to Hong Kong to attend his daughter's wedding. H...

BBS latest firm to sponsor November conference

The British Cleaning Council has announced a further major sponsor for its conference in November: BBS. This addition of the commercial training arm of the British Institute of Cleaning Science, brings the number of sponsors for the event up to eight, with Kimberly Clark Professional being the lead sponsor. "It shows that our conference is the...

Vattenfall and ISS Sweden sign contract for nationwide collaboration

Swedish energy company, Vattenfall, has chosen ISS as sole provider of integrated facility services at all 250 offices and plants in Sweden. The new Nordic agreement will run for two years with the option to extend for a further two years.[TRIMTO] ISS has been supplier to Vattenfall since 2006, a collaboration that has gradually expanded to in...

Window washers brought to safety after getting stuck outside 17th floor of building

Two window cleaners were brought safely down from where they had been stranded for several hours on a faulty platform 17 storeys up a Californian building last Wednesday, following the combined efforts of the California Occupational Safety & Health Authority, Tractel scaffolding and the Orange County Fire Department.[TRIMTO] A Cal/OSHA sen...

World Health Organization Ebola situation assessment: "What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans"

The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit. The virus has also been detected in breast milk, urine and semen. In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70 days; one study suggests persistence for m...

Top safety accreditation for Cynergi Cleaning & Support Services

Cynergi has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors. Employing 275 people, Cynergi is principally involved in the contra...

Keep Britain Tidy celebrates Diamond Jubilee with special awards programme

To mark its 60th birthday, Keep Britain Tidy has announced the charity's Diamond Jubilee Awards. These awards offer a great opportunity for organisations and individuals to promote and celebrate the great work they are doing to make a difference. The award winners will be announced at a landmark awards ceremony at the stunning Lutyens Cry...

New range of range of steam cleaners with self-descaling boilers comes to UK

Chris Lloyd - owner of Cleaning Equipment Services for over 17 years and son of ex-Rentokil Initial managing director Peter Lloyd, has joined forces with Chas Kent - one of the steam cleaning industry's longest serving specialists,to form Steam Clean Systems; a company believed to supply the UK's only range of steam cleaners with self-descaling b...

Fast-casual restaurants and healthcare facilities will help US janitorial and housekeeping cleaning suppliers grow, finds Kline

Stringent sanitising rules within a growing number of assisted living facilities and nursing homes, as well as in acute care settings such as hospitals, drive growth of the janitorial cleaning products market in the US. However, the relatively fresh and rapidly growing concept of fast-casual restaurants represent the highest growth, according...

i-Clean launches waste management arm

Best-practice benchmarking specialist i-Clean, has expanded its Efficiency Reviews to include Waste Management to meet the broader needs of its customer base. The service, now available, offers best-practice expertise and support to help facilities managers move their organisations up the waste hierarchy, from zero tolerance to landfill throug...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   A reader sent me a Daily Mail article yesterday which gave tips on how we can avoid picking up germs in public washrooms. I’m not sure if it was produced to coincide with...

Two new cleaning/FM contractors join the Templa CMS fold

Templa says it is delighted to welcome Maxim FM (Sunderland) and the MPS Group (Essex) as recent recruits to its CMS integrated management software. With an annual turnover of £5m and £1.5m respectively, both companies focus primarily on cleaning, but also offer landscaping, property maintenance and janitorial supplies as part of t...

Wellingborough Norse wins two major building cleaning contracts

Local grounds, cleaning and waste services firm Wellingborough Norse has won two major building cleaning contracts. Southfield School and Latimer Arts College, both in Kettering, have awarded cleaning contracts to Wellingborough Norse which will start at the beginning of November this year. Both agreements are for an initial three-year pe...

High achieving school appoints specialist cleaning provider for sparkling results

Edmonton County School, a large educational establishment serving the communities of Enfield and Edmonton, has engaged the services of specialist contract cleaning company, Julius Rutherfoord. The contract has been awarded during a period of extensive building and refurbishment, as the school evolves and expands.[TRIMTO] High quality education...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners honours the outstanding achievements of our forces

The prestigious surroundings of Fishmongers' Hall, occupying an enviable position on the River Thames in central London, was a fitting venue for the WCEC Military Awards Ceremony, which took place recently. This annual event recognises the work and achievements of Environmental Health Technicians (EHTs) from the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), t...

ETS honours Global Handwashing Day by announcing winners of its Cartoon Contest

Young graphic designers from around the world have scooped the top prizes in this year's European Tissue Symposium Cartoon Contest. The winners' announcement coincides with the release of the updated consensus statement and the celebration of the Global Handwashing Day, which took place recently.[TRIMTO] The winning graphic designs will be ...

NWC to reach new heights with capital investment

BGF, the independent company established to help Britain's growing businesses, announced last week a £3m growth capital investment in Nationwide Window Cleaning (NWC), a leading provider of window cleaning and associated services.[TRIMTO] NWC directly employs and centrally manages 200 staff from around the UK, providing complex and simpl...

It's all coming out in the wash: Laundry giants Girbau & Lavatec announce collaboration agreement

Lavatec Laundry Technology and Girbau Group have entered into a collaboration agreement which will enable both companies to take advantage of one another's manufacturing capabilities. The collaboration agreement allows both Girbau and Lavatec to complete their product ranges with products manufactured by the other - Lavatec industrial products...

A vibrant international community converged on ISSA/Interclean Istanbul

The first edition of ISSA/Interclean Istanbul, held late last month at the Wow Convention Centre, was deemed a success by all parties involved, reports the ISSA. The show was truly an international gathering with 28% international visitors from 70 countries. With 100 leading brands and a high level conference, the event offered an internationa...

RAS features its Happy Toilets on National Environment Agency's mobile app

The Restroom Association of Singapore tells us it was delighted to share its Happy Toilet locations on the latest myENV edition app, so that its Happy Toilets could be easily located island-wide. RAS first conceptualised and launched an online map locator of Happy Toilets called the LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Map in 2009, in its bid to enc...

Don't slip up on safety!

Accounting for 1.3 million lost working days annually, the Health & Safety Executive estimates that slips and trips in the workplace cost UK employers alone £512 million per year - yet the simple act of implementing an effective cleaning regime can drastically reduce the risks, helping to protect both your employees and your business.[T...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   I came across an item in the Bury Free Press this week headlined ‘Bury St Edmunds cleaning company boss astonished at unanswered job ads’ and it set me thinking. I...

Regent Samsic parent gets a gold for CSR

Pan-European service provider Samsic has been certified 'Gold' by Ecovadis, the collaborative platform enabling companies to monitor the corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance of their suppliers across 150 sectors and 99 countries.[TRIMTO] A 2005 signatory to the UN Global Compact Agreement, Rennes-based Samsic - which trades in the...

New air filtration and fragrance system filters, rather than masks smells

A new UK manufactured air filtration and fragrance system called EcoBreeze, which filters out all smells, rather than masking them, is now available and it is thought to be the first aircare product that has a triple action system. First, it draws air through a dust filter to remove all airborne dust particulate; air is then directed through ...

Portable Sanitation Expo 2015 reveals new location and dates

The Portable Sanitation Expo - the only UK event that is 100% dedicated to the portable sanitation sector - will be held at a larger venue next year to accommodate the event's growing popularity. Coventry's Ricoh Arena will host exhibitors and attendees from across the industry for two days of networking and knowledge building on 25th and 26th Fe...

David v. Goliath! Small owner run cleaning company scoops national awards

National Support Services, a Swords, Dublin-based cleaning & hygiene services provider, has scooped two national awards at the Irish Contract Cleaning bi-annual industry awards. The company won the 'Best Overall Cleaner in Ireland' award and the 'Best Cleaner in a Small Cleaning Company' at the awards ceremony, held at Dublin's Ballsbridg...

With perfect timing, Swiss-based Lonza issues guidance on controlling Ebola spread

Lonza, the Basel, Switzerland-based, global manufacturer of disinfectants and disinfectant cleaners, is offering guidance on the use of its portfolio of products as part of an infection control programme for the Ebola virus. On 1st August 2014, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance titled 'Infection Prevention and...

Tissue World Sao Paulo 2015 to serve South America market

Strategically located in the thriving metropolis of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Tissue World exhibition will delve into the growing and diversified tissue markets of Brazil and South America, with a particular focus on Colombia, Chile and Peru. The exhibition and accompanying conference, which will cover the whole industry, from pulp production to...

Simple test for Enterobacteriaceae gives results in one - seven hours

The MicroSnap product range - a simple, rapid test for bacteria giving results in the same shift - has been extended to include Enterobacteriaceae. The measurement of Enterobacteriaceae is a useful indicator of surface hygiene and product quality in the manufacture of heat processed food. Simple, rapid tests such as the specific ATP test syste...

One year before start of CMS 2015: Two-thirds of display area of last CMS already booked

Messe Berlin's marketing work and efforts to attract exhibitors to CMS 2015 Berlin - Cleaning. Management.Services. have reaped early rewards. One year before the start of the bi-annual cleaning trade fair, exhibitor demand for floor space is higher than ever before, particularly from outside Germany, with two-thirds of the display area of th...

SEIU calls on employers to prepare service and healthcare workers on Ebola response front lines

The Service Employees International Union, which has some 2 million members across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, is calling on airlines to partner in bringing infection-control training to airport workers. Union president Mary Kay Henry, issued the following statement about the role of ordinary working women and men in defending against Ebol...

Introducing the Pulire Clean project...

The 2015 edition of Pulire is growing thanks to a new element: the Pulire Clean project, which will address the needs of the fabric care and laundry equipment market. Pavilion 1 of the Verona exhibition centre will be entirely dedicated to this market segment, bringing the equipment and product manufacturers from this sector into the professi...

How a small Bristol business's product is becoming the world's 'first line of defence' against Ebola

A UK company says its revolutionary product could help stop Ebola becoming a pandemic, by not only killing Ebola, but also by stopping it spreading. This product - DuoMax - is now being requested by a growing number of countries around the world. It's already being used at Heathrow Airport and now authorities in China and Australia have asked...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   The cleaning industry’s commitment to manufacturing products, equipment and systems that require less water, took on greater importance for me last week when I was asked...

Karcher's professional cleaning solutions help you clean up after an accident - whenever and wherever

From spilt drinks to muddy footprints and splattered food stains, accidents are inevitable in any workplace. And when unsightly mess is created, it's important that you respond quickly to prevent staining and maintain a pleasant appearance - and this is where Karcher's products deliver the performance and versatility you demand. When you're...

New technology helps control and protect against Ebola

Goldshield's GS24 alcohol-free antiseptic hand sanitiser and protector contains a QAC-based biocide using patented technology, that attaches to a polymer producing something called covalent bonding. This is a form of nano-technology, which allows an 'invisible glove' to be formed on the hand, providing enhanced protection against microorganis...

Ebola highlights importance of infection prevention

The arrival of the Ebola virus on new continents has served as a wake-up call for infection prevention in hospitals worldwide. Patients suspected of or diagnosed with an Ebola virus infection pose a risk for healthcare workers, patients and visitors. This includes the risk of transmission of Ebola within the healthcare environment; and the per...

Templa cleans up 'Down Under'

At last week's Ausclean 2014 exhibition in Melbourne, Templa's CMS integrated management software picked up first prize in the IT category of the Innovation Awards. Talking about the criteria he and his co-judges used in selecting the winners, George Stamas, National President of the Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA...

Airdri achieves accoustic accolade with inclusive new models

...nnounced the availability of its two new hand dryers, the Quest and Quazar, which were previewed in Cleanzine earlier this year, live from ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam. Since then, these models have been submitted to the UK Noise Abatement Society for Quiet Mark assessment and both have been awarded this international mark of excellence, furthe...

Protecting yourself from serious illness: avoid paper money!

As part of its series of advisories on how cleaning professionals can protect themselves from serious infection - especially now that Ebola has made it to a number of different countries - Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch and OmniFlex cleaning systems, suggests one way is to avoid handling paper money! "While this sounds a bit extreme, the tr...

Photocatalytic Oxidation provides environmental hygiene decontamination and conditioning

Self-clean Air & Surfaces' Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO) technology, which is new to the UK, is a valuable tool in the armoury against surface contamination whether solid or fabric. It is currently under review with Doctors Without Frontiers in Norway. Ideal for environmental hygiene decontamination and conditioning such as for air purifi...

Same direction but new track for Panztel

The renowned provider of technology for managing remote workforces has changed its name from Panztel to Ezitracker. Explaining the reason for the change, John Moore, Managing Director, said: "Since the company was founded in 1998 we have traded as Panztel but in the last few years we have become far better known by our brand name - Ezitracker....

2014 Loo of the Year Awards success

Interest in the Loo of the Year Awards continues to grow as entrants recognise the value of gaining prestige and recognition of their brand - and importantly their employee's efforts, as a result of achieving awards. Competition entrants also use the Awards grading to benchmark their toilet provision performance against competitors and can us...

Duplex begins new innings at Lord's cricket ground

Barry Wilmot and Duplex advocate, Lyn Webster (LW Consultancy) recently visited Lord's Cricket Ground to demonstrate machines from the Duplex range. This led Sarah Brett - Purchasing Manager for MCC, owner of Lord's, to choose the Duplex 340/Steam and 620/Steam as its preferred floor cleaning machines.[TRIMTO] The Duplex 340/Steam is pictur...

Italian cleaning industry up 2% in 2013; foreign market accounts for 53% of total revenue

In the 2013 financial year, Italian professional cleaning industry revenue totalled € 1,434,625,675, according to AfidampFAB (The Italian Association of Professional Cleaning Equipment Manufacturers & Space Cleaning) figures; confirming Italy's spot amongst the leading global manufacturers, along with the United States and Germany. "T...

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SpaceVac wins 'pole' position

SpaceVac Technologies, the global high level and gutter pole cleaning equipment specialist, has reached 'pole' position - voted best brand in independent comparison tests. SpaceVac beat its two competitors Omnipole and Skyvac in practical tests on an Essex office block by a national window and gutter cleaning company. One complete basic set of...

FM company MAR Services launches website to showcase range of services

Ahead of the company’s 30th birthday next year, Facilities Management company MAR Services has undergone a marketing overhaul, with the launch of six new websites showcasing all its services, a blog and a reinvented social media presence.  General manager Christa Brazier says: “Our website relaunch is taking MAR Service...

Cleaning industry professionals would rather tackle body fluids than urine stains and odours in washrooms, reveals survey

Most people have a 'get in and get out' strategy when it comes to using public washrooms and do not consider what kind of maintenance is put into these facilities on a daily basis. With washroom maintenance likely to be a topic discussed at the ISSA/Intercleain conference in Orlando (the show ends tomorrow afternoon), Clorox Professional Produ...

Grosvenor Services shines with five wins at contract cleaning awards

Facility services specialists, Grosvenor Services, is celebrating success at the recent Irish Contract Cleaning Association Awards 2014, with an impressive five wins to underline its cleaning expertise and excellent service delivery, especially in the premium retail sector.[TRIMTO] The awards are given bi-annually by the ICCA, which represents...

Kaldewei: "Any grout joint is one too many"

The Asklepios Group, one of the largest companies in the German healthcare sector, and its members of the Green Hospital Program, are focused on developing approaches to a 'green' hospital and this involves ensuring that everything is both hygienic and easy to clean.[TRIMTO] As part of the research project 'Greening the Patient Room - The Pati...

Brayborne re-awarded cleaning contract with Petersfield School for third time since 2005

Brayborne Facilities Services has been re-awarded the cleaning contract for Petersfield School, Hampshire for the third time since 2005. The mixed school has more than 1300 pupils aged 11-16. It was rated as 'Outstanding' in its 2010 Ofsted report and in 2011 achieved Academy status. With a strong presence across the south of England in the sp...

New SideRunner lorry wash facilitates cleaning of smaller fleets, cost-effectively and using minimal water

Launched this week, the SideRunner is a single brush lorry wash machine designed for use by smaller operators of coaches, vans or lorries, typically with a fleet of between five and 50 vehicles. Traditionally a 3-brush rollover system would be ideal for a fleet of maybe 75 - 150 vehicles; this would be a significant investment for the smaller ...

New 2015 Living Wage rates announced

On Monday, the UK Living Wage rate was set at £7.85 per hour, an increase of 2.6% on the 2013 rate and 21% higher than the National Minimum Wage of £6.50 per hour; improving the take home pay of 35,000 low-paid workers across the country who are employed by over 1,000 Living Wage accredited organisations - many of them in the cleaning...

NISSCO awards 2014 Sustainability honours to Americo Manufacturing

Americo Manufacturing was presented with the 2014 Sustainability Award by the NISSCO (National Independent Sanitary Supply Companies) Buying Group at the ISSA Show in Orlando, FL, this week.  NISSCO President, Mark Bozich, made the presentation to Americo Senior Executives with many NISSCO Distributors on hand for the event.  &ld...

Just how much do you know about cleaning with bleach?

Rafael Cobos AMIMarEST, of FutureClean Systems, writes... Recent work with a number of different (and unconnected) clients has revealed problems caused by a similar source - Bleach; Sodium Hypochlorite to be more exact. In one example, bleach was used to disinfect a large tank of water, initially through super chlorination and then to maintai...

Winter matting tips and suggestions from Crown Matting Technologies

Mats play an important role in keeping facilities clean, safe, and healthy year-round... but become crucially important in Autumn and Winter when safety is a primary concern. So, for those managers/building owners who are just now starting to think about mats, Adam Strizzi, marketing director with Crown Matting Technologies, offers the followi...

Revolutionary energy saving ventilation canopy shortlisted for two healthcare awards

Medical Air Technology (MAT) is celebrating after its revolutionary ECO-flow product was shortlisted for both the 'Innovative Carbon Reduction and 'Sustainability' categories in the Building Better Healthcare Awards which took place in London last week. The awards celebrate innovation, architecture, people, products and services that are helpi...

Harrison Wipes scoops 'Business of the Year' and 'A Decade of Success' awards

Harrison Wipes tells us it is the proud winner of the prestigious 'Business of the Year' and inaugural 'A Decade of Success' in the 10th annual Havering Business Awards. The Havering Business Awards aim to celebrate business excellence and showcase the innovation and entrepreneurial character within the London Borough of Havering business comm...

Leviton's new antimicrobial treated switches and wallplates keep hospitals, schools and kitchens safer

Leviton has this week introduced the first in its new line of antimicrobial treated devices. The offering includes toggle switches and stainless steel wall plates in various configurations. Designed as part of a solution to work in conjunction with regular cleaning procedures, the products are made with an antimicrobial additive embedded into ...

Winter woes no more... Cold weather no match for rail specialist's new screenwash

Manufacturer of specialist cleaning and maintenance products, Arrow Solutions has given train operating companies (TOCs) some peace of mind as the temperature drops by developing a new Winter Grade Screenwash for use in the rail industry. The screenwash maintains the same high level of performance as previous strengths, but ensures effectiven...

2014 ISSA Innovation Award Programme winners announced

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is pleased to recognise the winners of the 2014 ISSA Innovation Award Programme, which were announced during the ISSA Excellence Award Ceremony at the ISSA/Interclean North America trade show last week. This year's ISSA Innovation Award Programme featured more than 50 innovative products and s...

Office Care scores again at Derby's iPro Stadium

Office Care, tells us it is delighted to have won the contract for Derby County's iPro Stadium as the firm celebrates 25 years in business. Office Care had serviced the former Pride Park Stadium between 2002 - 2013 and is thrilled to have been re-awarded the contract for 2014. Director Martin Booth says it was a testament to the quality of the...

Veltia's V7 Tri-Blade: probably the most powerful hand dryer in the world?

As far as statements are concerned, Veltia has no worries endorsing the new Tri-Blade which was released earlier this month. Designed to compete in the hands in 'blade' market, the Tri-Blade holds its own in terms of pure drying ability.[TRIMTO] The unit, which comes in 11 standard colours and incorporates all of Veltia's existing technolog...

British Cleaning Council's 5th annual conference hailed a great success

Cleaning industry professionals from across the UK gathered in London last Thursday for the British Cleaning Council's 5th annual conference. The one day event was sold out well in advance and delegates were treated to superb array of keynote speeches written around the theme of the day 'changing perceptions.'[TRIMTO] One of the most though...

US Air Force hospital Langley adds Xenex Ebola-zapping robot to inventory

Standing at 5 feet 2 inches tall, US Air Force Hospital Langley's newest staff member doesn't initially have a commanding presence. However, after five minutes, its impact has the potential to save countless lives around the world. The 633rd Medical Group recently received a germ-zapping robot, nicknamed 'Saul', which harnesses the power of te...

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Restroom Association (Singapore) unveils plans for higher washroom standards on World Toilet Day

At the sixth LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards ceremony held at the Institute of Technical Education College East to commemorate World Toilet Day, RAS, the Restroom Association (Singapore), introduced a new Happy Toilet six-star rating. The current four and five-star ratings have also been reviewed to meet higher public expectations. The three...

Zehnder Clean Air Solutions can reduce manual cleaning costs by as much as 70%

Zehnder Clean Air Solutions, one of Europe's leading providers of energy efficient and healthy air cleaning systems, says its dust management systems can potentially reduce annual cleaning costs by up to 30% when using floorcare appliances and up to 70% when cleaning by hand. Additional benefits include a reduction in absenteeism though improv...

HyGreen collaborates with healthcare professionals to develop Ebola preparedness plans

Hygreen is collaborating with a number of hospitals and infection control professionals in the development of Ebola Preparedness Plans that incorporate HyGreen Hand Hygiene Recording and Reminding System technology. "It is noteworthy that enveloped viruses are highly susceptible to good hand hygiene, hydrogen peroxide vapor and commonly used c...

Rethinking sanitation in support of World Toilet Day

To mark World Toilet Day 2014 yesterday, Roca and We Are Water Foundation hosted a special event at Roca London Gallery that aimed to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation issue, while offering an opportunity to meet the architects, designers and engineers working to change the fact that 2.5 billion people don...

TNT Unlimited president wins Thomas W. Valentino Achievement Award

President of TNT Unlimited, Tim Twitchell, has won the prestigious Thomas W. Valentino Achievement Award, presented by Vectair Systems at the annual ISSA/Interclean North America exhibition held this November in Orlando. Vectair Systems is a global hygiene company operating in over 120 countries. In particular, Vectair Systems is an expert and...

Nanopool GmbH considerably expands presence in Asia

Aitken Spence launches special technology from the German Saar region in Sri Lanka. A strategic partnership with one of Sri Lanka's largest trade and energy concerns, EcoCorp Asia, and Aitken Spence, has enabled Nanopool GmbH to massively expand its presence in Asia. This means that the German manufacturer's surface protection products will ...

EziTracker now used by 25,000 MITIE staff

MITIE now has more than 25,000 of its staff using the EziTracker remote worker management service across the UK and Ireland. MITIE was one of the earliest adopters of the service in the facilities sector, first using it in 2005. Within 18 months EziTracker was being used by 8,000 employees across MITIE's cleaning business and uptake has stead...

100% captive audience for your products!

The 2014 Loo of the Year Awards Event will be held at the St Johns Hotel in Solihull on Friday 5th December (day time event) and this is an opportunity for all companies involved in providing or supplying to washrooms to promote their services, provide hospitality to prospects, clients or staff and also enjoy unrivalled networking opportunities.[...

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Sodexo with Unilever win international FM award

Sodexo won an international FM award in partnership with Unilever at the PFM Awards this month. The company, with Unilever, scooped the 'Partners in FM Corporate - International' category for the successful launch of Unilever's European Facilities Management Transformation. Judges recognised the worldwide FM transformation programme for i...

Three-in-one vacuum cleaner, carpet cleaner and warm air blower launched

The Aquarius Contractor is the new, professional carpet & upholstery cleaner from Kiam Power Products. As well as being a wet & dry vacuum cleaner, it cleans and refreshes carpets and upholstery by spraying a mild detergent into the carpet pile and vacuuming it up - all in one go. The Contractor's two powerful 1200W vacuum motors, whic...

CK Consumables success with 'Emirates 2'

CKC repeats Emirates Open Day success and hosts AHCP meeting. London-based CK Consumables (CKC) has once again held its Open Day at the world famous Emirates stadium in North London, home of the Arsenal football club. Building on the success of the inaugural event held last year, the Open Day was again supported by floor cleaning machine ...

Hospital invests in bacteria-killing copper to reduce infections

Pullman Regional Hospital, a level IV trauma centre in Washington State, has become an early adopter of antimicrobial copper after studies found that the age-old metal could continuously kill deadly bacteria. The hospital has installed copper components throughout its facility as another way of reducing hospital-acquired infections and keepin...

Dust extraction specialist updates its offering with a redesign of its air cleaner range

Dust extraction specialist, Dustcontrol UK, has launched a redesigned version of its ambient air cleaners, updating the specifications to improve efficiency and versatility. The Dustcontrol mobile extractor range has been modified to improve its extraction capabilities, allowing the end user greater flexibility with the inclusion of a newly de...

New lorry wash facilitates cleaning of smaller fleets, cost-effectively and using minimal water

Morclean has launched a single brush lorry wash machine designed for use by smaller operators of coaches, vans or lorries - typically with a fleet of between five and 50 vehicles - that is highly cost-effective and which uses a minimal amount of water. Traditionally a 3-brush rollover system would be ideal for a fleet of maybe 75 - 150 vehicle...

School kitchens ready for the rigours of the academic year, thanks to Swiftclean

Swiftclean Building Services has been engaged by Bootham School, in York, to oversee kitchen extract fire safety cleaning in its Junior and Primary school kitchens. The safety of children should always be the top priority and kitchen extract fire safety cleaning has become even more important for schools, following the changes to Key Stage 1 ...

Karcher to relocate UK headquarters

Karcher UK intends to relocate its Banbury headquarters from the present site on Beaumont Road to a purpose-built facility adjacent to Junction 11 of the M40. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2015 with the move to commence from December 2015. Occupying a 6.5 acre site in Banbury, the proposed three storey building almost doubles the...

ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe 2015 places special focus on vehicle washing

ISSA/Interclean CEE, which is being held from 22nd - 24th April 2015 in Warsaw, offers all you need to know about the cleaning business and its international trends, in the space of just a couple of days - and this year it will offer a special focus on vehicle washing equipment in the 'High Pressure and Car Wash Area', where machines and techniqu...

Whoosh! encourages mobile phone users to keep devices clean and bacteria-free

Maintaining personal cleanliness doesn't end with washing our hands anymore. Research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at the University of London indicates that 82% of mobile phones have some form of bacterial contamination, making it more important than ever to keep the screens of our most frequently used devices clean....

Soapbox: Five personality traits for Facilities Managers

Writes Peter Forshaw, managing director of Maxwell Stephens Recruitment "I attended the British Institute of Facilities Management London region event - 'Question Time' at Somerset House last month where one of the speakers made a comment which I thought was quite funny. When asked about the type of people he recruits, he said: "We like anyo...

Outsourcing to increase globally over coming years, reveals new report

Businesses are entering a new era in the way they are resourced and organised. The 'open workforce' has arrived, and it has dramatic implications for every aspect of business - particularly in terms of outsourcing, according to a new report from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Man...

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EU-OSHA launches free e-guide on managing stress and psychosocial risks at work

As part of the Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign, the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched its e-guide on managing stress and psychosocial risks. Stress is an important occupational safety & health (OSH) concern in about 80% of European businesses and is one of the main reasons for lost working days i...

Change of secretariat for BCC

Following a turbulent 12 months in the facilities management sector which saw the merger of the Cleaning & Support Services Association with the Building Futures Group (formerly Asset Skills), the secretariat agreement between the British Cleaning Council and BFG has been severed by mutual consent. The agreement was originally set up by An...

Fresh design and user-friendly features transform Truvox International's Internet presence

Truvox International has launched its new website, offering a crisp, modern look that emphasises its position as one of the most well-known and trusted manufacturers of industrial and commercial floor cleaning machines in the world. The new design complements the company's move to new premises in Southampton, UK, which took place earlier this ...

Method revealed for achieving lead acid battery 'charge quality' in industrial motive applications

Delta-Q Technologies, the Canadian-based supplier of battery charging solutions for electric drive vehicles and industrial machines, today revealed new insights into its tailored approach to charging lead acid batteries in machines such as floor cleaning machines, lift trucks, aerial work platforms and golf cars.[TRIMTO] The company's new publ...

Soluclean's export drive is paying off

Soluclean, manufacturer of the award-winning Soluclean range of pre-dosed concentrated cleaning products encapsulated in water soluble film, has recently embarked on a major export drive which has taken the company to the far flung corners of the world... just recently, the company has exhibited at cleaning shows in Shanghai and Bangkok and was j...

Bucking the trend: council commits to further public washroom refurbishment

East Staffordshire Borough Council will be commencing a full refurbishment of the public toilets in Bramshall Park at the start of the New Year, as part of its ongoing commitment to provide improved facilities across the Borough. "This is the third scheme we are undertaking as part of a three-year programme to refurbish all our public toilets ...

Fog70 Var - from Padua Botanical Garden to success at EIMA International

The Italian-built Fog70 Var system can be used for anything from cooling and humidifying or the control of dust and odours, to sanitising the environment. "The system atomises water in the surrounding area at variable flow rates, in order to obtain the desired humidity and temperature levels," says the manufacturer. A notable application i...

Hospital ductwork cleaning - long-term partnership pays off

System Hygienics has recently completed remedial work to ductwork at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley, Kent, following the hospital's fire damper testing programme. System Hygienics has more than 15 years' experience cleaning ductwork systems, and in the last few years has been testing fire dampers and carrying out remedial works...

'Festive fall' tips released by the Ladder Association

Industry body the Ladder Association is helping keep people safe over the Christmas period as part of its annual Ladder Exchange scheme, which gives people the chance to trade in old, dangerous ladders for discounted new ones. Each month the Ladder Exchange focuses on one safety theme, and December's is all about the dangers unique to using a ...

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LCC Support Services backs Living Wage

LCC Support Services, the national independent cleaning and support services business, is backing the Living Wage Foundation and its hourly rates on all 2015 tenders. The company is providing every new tender with the requested competitive quote and a second tender based on the Living Wage programme. This allows clients to make their own decis...

Sands China and Clean the World make the most of 'One Project Day'

Sands China and Clean the World made the most of 'One Project Day' Friday at The Venetian Macao's Cotai Expo, with the goal of building 20,000 hygiene kits which are to be donated to charities and community organisations in Macao and other Asian countries. The event is a part of the Sands ECO360 global sustainability strategy and the corporate...

MITIE awarded multi-million pound cleaning contract with Arriva UK Bus

MITIE has been awarded a multi-million pound, five year cleaning contract with transport provider Arriva. The contract will be carried out by MITIE's Environmental + business, whose specialist transport team already works for major airports, train and bus operators around the country. The team will provide vehicle cleaning, shunting, fuelling ...

SmartTask becomes advanced scheduling and mobile workforce management solution for FM sector

Skillweb has launched the next generation of SmartTask to create an advanced employee scheduling and mobile workforce management solution that helps better plan and manage facilities personnel such as cleaning operatives, security officers and maintenance engineers. As a result, companies will now be able to take advantage of an integrated too...

WoolSafe Educational Conference 2014 'the best yet'

The third WoolSafe Educational Conference, held recently at the Museum of Carpet in Kidderminster, proved to be the most popular WoolSafe Academy event in the UK to date. It brought together carpet and chemical industry representatives with the best carpet cleaners, inspectors and industry trainers from around the world for two days of seminar...

Selden Research wins supply chain award

Buxton, UK-based Selden Research has won the Supply Chain partnership for the third year running and attendees from the firm collected the award at a ceremony organised by MITIE. MITIE's annual 'Work Safe Home Safe' awards were set up in 2010 to recognise excellence in health & safety performance, and officials said that their partnership ...

Building Futures Group announces public affairs strategy in lead up to next year's General Election

The Group will be producing the first UK Manifesto that specifically focuses on the Facilities Management Industry. This is the latest initiative in the Group's drive to ensure that the massive contribution FM makes to the UK economy, essential services and society is understood and recognised by future policy makers, end users and public alik...

Delivered Health - the complete solution

With a combination of 30 years plus experience in the care home sector, the team at Delivered Health Solutions fully understand the particular needs of their customers, so when DHS embarked on a process of replacing all carpet extraction machines and hard service cleaners with steam cleaning machines, they chose Matrix. According to Managing D...

Proven Canadian chemical-free cleaning solution launches in the UK

Green World Innovations, manufacturer of high performance disinfecting and sanitising ozone-based products, has launched the Lotus Pro cleaning solution to the UK market, helping transform the way UK businesses clean. The system quickly transforms water into aqueous ozone – nature’s cleaner – by simply infusing water with oz...

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EnviroThaw de-icer - the eco-friendly, non-damaging alternative to rock salt

EnviroThaw is a high performance and eco-friendly granular alternative to rock salt, which can be used on any paving surface without causing the damage that can be caused by rock salt. Said to be some 90% less corrosive than rock salt, it is non-toxic to vegetation and grass, it minimises rust damage and won't tread into and harm carpets. It i...

The single-use solution

Some professional cleaning jobs are best handled by single-use wet wipes. But many solutions available today are 'one size fits all' - standard wipes that arrive already impregnated with standard cleaning solutions. Companies have to accept the chemicals and saturation levels of an impregnated wipe. And this often doesn't fulfil the needs of spec...

Morclean Bin Wash: new concept design for 2015/16 models

Morclean's Peter Morley has been looking forward  for some time to the day he can announce the launch of the company's new 2015/16 bin wash range, and as the year draws to a close reveals that his designers are working on concept drawings in preparation for the new 2015/16 design. He says that after the success, great results and sal...

Compact and lightweight Hybrid Blower 3400 packs high drying power

Rapid drying and ventilation is within easy reach following the arrival of the latest blower to the Truvox International Air Mover range. The versatile Hybrid Blower 3400 is light and compact, yet within its robust body it has the power to generate a high airflow for the faster drying of carpets, walls and ceilings. More compact than a trad...

Chemex guide on Ebola welcomed by UK health workers

As the death toll from Ebola in West Africa continues to increase, healthcare workers in the UK are being provided with a new guide to help protect them from infection. A 44-page guide has been drawn up by scientists at hygiene and infection control specialist Chemex International. The guide has been adopted by the UK's Independent Ambulance A...

Zylast wins USAID 'Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge'

Zylast hand sanitising technology has been selected as one of only three initial winners of the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge, for which more than 1,500 applications were received. The announcement, made from the White House, introduces Zylast as a solution to "help healthcare workers on the front lines provide better care and stop the ...

SpaceVac opens Scottish base

SpaceVac, renowned for its vacuum powered, single operator, lightweight gutter and high level interior cleaning equipment, has expanded into Scotland to open its third UK base. Operating from Aberdeenshire as Control Line Services, the Scottish team will handle all SpaceVac sales and service needs and also offer a gutter cleaning service throu...

10 ways to protect your hands this Winter

With Winter right around the corner, Betco, the US manufacturer of professional cleaning, disinfecting, floorcare, and skincare products, reminds those in the professional cleaning and building management industries that now is the time to start thinking about hand care. "The dry, cold weather can really damage the skin on your hands," says Linds...

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CleanSafe blasts chewing gum problem for London Gatwick

London Gatwick Airport has wiped the floor with one of its biggest facilities management problems by using 'melt and blast' technology to clean hundreds of thousands of pieces of chewing gum from terminal walkways. The UK's second busiest airport wanted to bring its external public areas leading to terminal buildings up to the same World Class...

Manufacturer highlights need for good hand hygiene in schools with new focus on food preparation

Kimberly-Clark Professional has extended its Hand Wash Heroes resources to help schools and nurseries educate children about good hand hygiene as a critical part of food preparation. The new materials will support teachers and staff following the renewed focus this year on practical cooking in the National Curriculum.[TRIMTO] Hand Wash Heroes ...

Soapbox: What can the fight against HIV teach us about Ebola?

By Margherita Licata and Kofi Amekudzi, Technical Specialists at the International Labour Organization The more we learn about the challenges of responding to the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, the easier it becomes to discern parallels to the HIV epidemic - another health crisis , which we've been battling for over 30 years now. The HIV ...

UK manufacturer BPI Recycled Products wins first French contract

Recycling giant bpi.recycled products is moving into a new market, with its first sacks contract in France. The UK manufacturer is to supply France's Saumur Council with its EN13592 accredited mixed-waste sacks. The new contract is for the collection of selected waste streams including plastic bottles, metal packaging, cardboard cartons and dr...

Ready to hit the gym...

January is traditionally the time of year that people flock to their local gym in an attempt to work off the excesses of Christmas, which means the cleaner's job becomes an even more difficult one. Designed to eliminate oily residue, Betco's Dust Mop Treatment is water-based and compatible with all gym and floor finishes.[TRIMTO] "The first li...

Golden Service Awards opens to showcase cleaning industry excellence

The Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards programme is now open for entries. The awards are designed to provide contract cleaners and in-house cleaning teams the chance to showcase the excellent work undertaken in the cleaning industry. Founded in 1991, the bi-annual awards have grown to become the industry's most illustrious event...

Biohazard Decontamination Cleaning from within a prison

Within the prison service 'dirty protests' are a rare occurrence, but when they happen, they disrupt the routine of the prison care, separation and hospital units, which are usually where these types of protests happen. They may happen because the prisoner is protesting about a particular issue; however, sadly, it may be due to more serious i...

MITIE to care for Marie Curie

MITIE has been awarded a three year contract with Marie Curie Cancer Care to provide cleaning and laundry services to the charity’s West Midlands Hospice and cleaning, laundry and hostess service to Cardiff & The Vale Hospice.  Each year Marie Curie provides free nursing care to terminally ill people and emotional support for t...

CSSA to terminate its current role within the Building Futures Group

...mber of the British Cleaning Council - as the CSSA had been too for many years prior to the merger. Cleanzine contacted Peter Goodliffe yesterday to find out more about the changes and we are hoping to bring you further information in next week's issue. ...

New website for Energic Plus

A new year is considered the time for 'new beginnings' and keeping with that tradition, Energic Plus, the renowned supplier of battery chargers and accessories for batteries used in industrial applications, has launched a new website. "The old website was in dire need of renewal and was no longer representative for the extensive range!" confes...

Oxford Economic report sets out the economic contribution of the business services sector

The Business Services Association published a report yesterday - commissioned from Oxford Economics - setting out the economic contribution of the business services sector to the UK economy, at national, regional and constituency level. The sector is made up of five categories - Facilities Management, Business Process Outsourcing, IT and digit...

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OCS forms joint venture with Saudi's Zahid Group

OCS Group has announced the formation of a facilities services joint venture in Saudi Arabia with the Jeddah-based Zahid Group. The new OCS Arabia venture will be headquartered in the King Abdullah Economic City, the new port facility and development zone in Saudi Arabia. The joint venture will complement OCS's existing operations in the Mi...

Guardian24 registers its one millionth lone worker activity

Guardian24, a leading provider of lone and mobile worker safety solutions, announced in November that it had registered its one millionth lone worker activity for the year. Guardian24's lone worker solutions provide two key features; the ability to easily raise a covert panic alarm on a chosen device should the user's safety be compromised and...

Changing Places to set standard for school hygiene room provision

Architectural designers and contractors are being given a new solution to a growing problem over specification and installation of accessible hygiene facilities in schools. New Department for Education guidance (Building Bulletin 93) sets out a minimum space requirement for the specialist hygiene rooms, but there are no specific guidelines or ...

Hako Machines delighted to attend 25th CIWM Clean Britain Awards and sponsor category

Hako Machines says it is delighted to have attended the recent CIWM Awards and sponsor the award for the Small Local Authorities category. Clean Britain celebrates the success of local authorities in maintaining high quality local environments that instill a sense of civic pride in the community. These awards also recognise outstanding contrib...

Northwood Hygiene comes tops for service

Northwood Hygiene Products has been awarded the Brakes 'Catering Supplies & Equipment Supplier of the year (2014)'. As one of the country's leading food service providers, Brakes awarded the accolade to Northwood ahead of more than 60 other companies within the 'Catering Supplies Equipment' section of its business, commending the company f...

Introducing the Poovac, the new, battery-powered poop scoop

Trafalgar Cleaning Equipment's latest arrival to its extensive range of cleaning equipment is the Poovac - a battery-powered 'poop scoop'. The Poovac, developed and engineered by Trafalgar, is here to make poop patrol quicker and more hygienic. A battery-powered vacuum cleaner specially designed to collect pet mess - either wet or solid - f...

It vacuums, it cleans, then it blow dries... Meet the new Aquarius Speedyclean!

The Aquarius Speedyclean is the latest ultra-sleek design carpet & upholstery cleaning machine from Kiam Power Products. It vacuums, it washes and will even blow dry your carpet too... Great for cleaning up spills and making your premises clean, hygienic and welcoming. The Speedyclean is simple to operate;C you simply squeeze the hand ...

Some big names return to UK's national cleaning event

With pre-registered visitors up by a staggering 60% compared to pre-registration figures recorded at the same time for the 2013 show, and news that Kimberly-Clark Professional and SCA will be exhibiting, the Cleaning Show, taking place at ExCel in London for the first time, from 10th - 12th March 2015, looks set to be an interesting event. The...

How long can Ebola live?

One of the problems in dealing with the Ebola outbreak is no one knows exactly how long the virus can live on contaminated surfaces. This is the conclusion of Kyle Bibby, University of Pittsburgh, in an article he published in the December 2014 issue of Environmental Science & Technology Letters.[TRIMTO] This is critical information, ac...

Upgrade your facility with antimicrobial products from Ophardt Hygiene

The infection control benefits of frequently touched products and surfaces that incorporate antimicrobial copper are well-documented; one only needs to key in the words 'antimicrobial copper' to a web search engine to be presented with the results of numerous clinical studies which prove that those upgrading their facilities by installing product...

System Hygienics awarded a three-year contract at Papworth Hospital

System Hygienics has been awarded a three-year contract at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge to perform annual fire damper testing on the building's ductwork. Papworth Hospital is the UK's largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital and the country's main heart and lung transplant centre, treating over 23,700 inpatient and day cases and 65,000 out...

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Vectair Systems launches channel to showcase its new range of product videos

Recognising the rise of social media and the importance of video in the way consumers now like to communicate, leading hygiene manufacturer Vectair Systems has launched a channel containing a new range of product videos. The videos have been produced by a leading production company using a film crew that has worked on BBC productions incl...

Biovigil Hygiene Technologies lands new hospital contracts and increases staffing levels

Biovigil Hygiene Technologies, whose principal product is a hand sanitising system for hospitals that detects and monitors hand washing, is moving into larger premises in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to enable it to service its growing numbers of contracts and expand its business even more this year. "We have doubled the size of our office and operati...

Waxie Sanitary Supply improves safety by switching to SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems, the driving performance specialist that helps reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, this week announced that Waxie Sanitary Supply, America's largest independently-owned distributor of sanitary maintenance supplies, is transferring its entire fleet to SmartDrive's video-based safety programme. Waxie, which distribu...

Who assesses how effective you are?

Many businesses pride themselves on the standard of cleaning and standard of maintenance of the building they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning. The most frequent place visited by most users of the building is the washrooms. First impressions count and high standard must be achieved consistently if the provider's reputation is to b...

Cordant Services launches with £multi-million investment

The Cordant Group has this week announced the launch of Cordant Services, in a move designed to offer additional value and services to existing customers, whilst providing a strong foundation for an ambitious growth programme. It is supported by a multi-million pound investment in technology and infrastructure that will see the business offer...

RCM Day: The real cleaning revolution starts in Fiorenzuola

Just a few weeks ago, Macroclean, a company born out of the entrepreneurial vision of RCM and Macro, opened its doors to the Italian distributors for an open day devoted to the presentation of the new 2015 road sweeper models. After the meeting, the guests visited Macroclean's production department and learned about the technical innovations ...

Top five challenges for contract cleaning companies in 2015

Most building service contractors are hopeful 2015 is a profitable year in all ways possible. But even if businesses are profitable, contractors are still likely to face some challenges in 2015. Accordingly, this month's Business of the Business from Tornado, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment, lists the top five challen...

New premises to Host industry favourite

Host von Schrader (UK)'s Mike Egerton tells us that as the lease has expired on its current premises in Capenhurst, the company has moved to a new location last weekend. "Our new premises are slightly larger and will incorporate and small showroom and training school," he says, apologising in advance for any telephone and email disruption that may occur.[TRIMTO] The new address is: Unit 8 Parkway Business Centre, Sixth Avenue, Zone 2 Deeside Industrial Park, Deeside CH5 2LD. T: 01244 289256 W: www.hostvonschrader.co.uk ...

We have Mail: ozone article inaccuracies

...nnacott of Vectair Systems, draws our attention to inaccuracies in an article published recently in Cleanzine and a number of other industry publications... Dear Jan and John, I have been made aware of an article written about Ecobreeze recently (which was included in most magazines) which contained some inaccurate information. Here is the link...

Introducing new Lemon Cleanser Gel from Greyland

Simply put: it's 'great for cleaning!' Gel-type cleaning products have become very popular due to the additional contact time that this type of product has even on vertical surfaces, allowing the cleansing action to cut right through stubborn grease and grime. Formulated by Greyland with the fresh citrus scent and cleaning power of lemons, ...

What a messy desk says about you...

Having a cluttered desk may not be a bad thing, a new survey from OfficeTeam suggests. More than two-thirds (68%) of human resources managers interviewed felt it's at least somewhat acceptable to have a messy desk at work. In fact, 9% even said it's a sign of a creative person. However, nearly one-third (32%) stated they would question an emp...

Rosemor says: "We'll make you an offer you can't refuse!"

Established in 1985, Rosemor International specialises in the manufacture and supply of precision-engineered escalator cleaning equipment and the company is starting 2015 with a bang (as we say in this neck of the woods) by offering current customers using the old Rotomac equipment the opportunity to part exchange it for a new Rotomac ET15B. "...

Record-breaking Ladder Exchange crowns 'biggest idiot on a ladder'

...nd, with one of them footing the ladder in the bucket so the other could climb to the top. That was Cleanzine's favourite and we featured it in one of our December issues! Ladder Association Communications & Social Media Officer, Michael Fern, says: "The public sent in more pictures of people working dangerously at height (during 2014) than ...

Over 200,000 waste-related jobs could be needed, reveals study published yesterday

Over 200,000 new jobs could be needed across Britain from the continued development of resource efficient activity to 2030, such as recycling, reuse and remanufacturing, according to a study by WRAP and Green Alliance. The report 'Employment and the circular economy: job creation in a more resource efficient Britain', indicates that developmen...

MITIE awarded facilities management contract by Turner Broadcasting

MITIE, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, has been awarded An FM contract with Turner Broadcasting. The multiyear contract will see MITIE deliver FM services, including maintenance and repairs, cleaning, front of house, waste management and mailroom services, at three of the broadcaster's sites. Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time War...

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Nanocoatings market worth ,219.05 million by 2019

... & Anti-fouling nanocoatings sector projected to grow with a healthy CAGR, from 2014 - 2019. Cleanzine readers who are amongst the first to buy the report can request a 10% discount. T: +1-888-600-6441 E: W: www.marketsandmarkets.com ...

Luxury Northamptonshire hotel takes a firm hold on hygiene and cleanliness

The luxury Whittlebury Hall conference, training centre, hotel and spa in Northamptonshire has taken a proactive approach to hand hygiene by installing a novel cleanliness product and by doing so has become an industry-leader in cleanliness and hygiene. The hotel has installed a number of specialist hygienic door handles across its facilities ...

Your business is unique so why isn't your FM?

asks Martyn Freeman, managing director of MITIE Facilities Management... "There has been a lot of talk in the industry recently about the need for more effective tailoring of service contracts to match the specific needs of different businesses. As an organisation we always set out to make sure that we get the best value when procuring goods a...

BSA 'Responsible Cleaner Scheme' published

On Tuesday the Business Services Association published the 'Responsible Cleaner Scheme' (RCS), for companies working in the contract cleaning sector. RCS members have come together to protect and promote the welfare and development of their employees; to make sure their experience and capabilities are recognised and developed, and to promote the ...

HyGreen partners with RCA Medical in Johannesburg, South Africa

Hand hygiene monitoring specialist HyGreen, has this week announced a distribution agreement and partnership with RCA Medical, a subsidiary of Ascendis Health, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by healthcare-associated infections as organisms are transmitted from patient to...

Singaporeans taught from young age to respect both washrooms and those that clean them

Armed with such a cool name for a school, inspirational school leaders and a dedicated team of educators, Horizon Primary School, Singapore, ventured into the STAR Programme (Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms) for the first time and on its maiden journey, came out impressively with a series of wonderfully executed projects as well as providing a hi...

GEMI launches Supply Chain Sustainability tool

The Global Environmental Management Initiative this week announced the availability of a new Supply Chain Sustainability tool that covers the soap and cleaning compound manufacturing sector. "This new GEMI supply chain sustainability tool has been designed as a guide to help support and assist with strategic sourcing and procurement, by provid...

Hygienalia+Pulire returns to its birthplace - Madrid

After two successful editions in Valencia, Hygienalia+Pulire, Spain's cleaning and professional hygiene trade fair, returns to Madrid where the Pulire brand organised its first five editions on Spanish territory. The site chosen for the third edition of Hygienalia+Pulire, taking place from 27th - 29th of October 2015, is the 'Pabell-n de Crist...

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Soapbox: Are antimicrobial products making you sick?

Written by the team at Zesty, the London-based commercial and domestic cleaning contractor... Antimicrobial agents seem ubiquitous these days, showing up in many of our everyday products - soaps, detergents, sprays, you name it. They are marketed to us as consumers and as professionals as safer and more protective than ordinary products. ...

Five questions you need to ask before hiring a commercial cleaning company

By Georgia Butcher, MAR Services As you leaf through the piles of proposals cluttering up your desk, the first question on your lips is probably: "How much will it cost?" When it comes to forking out for a commercial cleaning contract, cost is a big part of the decision making process... but it's not the only factor you should consider. T...

British Cleaning Council: an update

The offices of cleaning equipment supplier Denis Rawlins was the venue for the British Cleaning Council's Winter meeting, courtesy of the company's managing director James White. It was the first full BCC meeting since changes were made to the secretariat and there were several items on the agenda - not least of which was the running of the se...

Rwanda's cleaning services sector blossoming

Rwanda's cleaning services sector is steadily improving and is slowly making its mark on the economy - and to ensure that it provides better services and becomes more professional, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority has brought in guidelines and in some cases regulations, reports Donah Mbabazi in The New Times .[TRIMTO] Some regulation...

The future looks bright!

With new facilities in place, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Brightwell Dispensers, whose future is looking very bright indeed. Here we take a look at the company to date, and discover what the future holds. Brightwell Dispensers is a global designer and manufacturer of innovative soap, paper and chemical dosing and dispensing syst...

Idrobase Group crosses threshold of 10 million euros turnover in 2014

2014 was a year of strong investments all over the world for Idrobase Group. Ten years after the opening of the branch in Ningbo (China), Idrobase Group has opened a new company in Bangalore (India) and a production facility in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), with the aim of developing business in emerging markets. The group turnover amounted to o...

APPE launches 'SprayPet Reveal' fully transparent bag-on-valve aerosol system

Packaging solutions specialist, APPE, launched its latest aerosol product 'SprayPet Reveal', at the Aerosol and Dispensing Forum in Paris this week. SprayPet Reveal is a fully see-through aerosol solution providing complete product visibility and creating on-shelf impact. The innovation is the result of a partnership between APPE and US-based ...

Loo of the Year Awards entries invited from the Republic of Ireland

For 28 years, the Loo of the Year Awards have been the UK standard for 'away from home' toilets throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The unannounced inspections by trained and experienced awards inspectors are valued by cleaning and FM companies as a valuable and independent assessment of the standard of their service and rec...

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CMS 2015: 'People and the Market' is focal point of 2nd International CMS Congress

As part of the CMS 2015 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services exhibition and conference, which takes place later this year from 22nd - 25th September, discussions at the 2nd International CMS Congress will examine the two components that significantly influence commercial enterprises in the cleaning industry - 'People and the Market'. Leading ...

Regent Samsic accredited as recognised Living Wage service provider

Support services provider, Regent Samsic, has become one of the first in its sector to become a recognised services provider to work with the Living Wage, the hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK. The accreditation by The Living Wage Foundation reflects Regent Samsic's commitment to the Livi...

Rules are changing for corporate reputation management, reveals Workplace Trends Report

Employees and consumers are gaining greater influence over corporations' behaviour thanks to a surge in e-commerce and social sharing, according to Sodexo's 2015 Workplace Trends Report. A new form of public accountability, dubbed 'Rateocracy', is putting unprecedented pressure on companies to act transparently, highlighting one of the major ...

Cresswell gains FORS Bronze accreditation

Cresswell Office Services tells us it is delighted to have gained certification to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme bronze standard to add to its already strong portfolio of recognised industry accreditations. The FORS is a voluntary scheme for fleet operators, designed to raise the level of quality within fleet operations, and to demonst...

Sodexo sets benchmark for corporate responsibility leadership

Headquartered in France, cleaning & FM giant Sodexo has been ranked, for the eighth consecutive year, as the best-performing company for Economic, Social and Environmental performance in the benchmark RobecoSAM 'Sustainability Yearbook 2015' as Industry Leader and Gold Class. For each industry, the company with the highest score is named t...

Voting with their feet paid off for Bulgarians

A news report on Bulgarian TV that a train's cleanliness had been so poor that it had forced some passengers to seek an alternative means of travel has led to some much needed changes, reports the Focus Information Agency. "We will improve the control and organisation connected with hygiene on trains," said Dimitar Kostadinov, manager of the p...

Tech hygiene became a reality at CES 2015

If there was any doubt that 'tech' hygiene was one of the major story lines of last month's CES 2015, the electronics and technology show, it was put to rest this week with the announcement by Canadian manufacturer Whoosh! CEO Jason Greenspan that an estimated 10,000 mobile device screens were cleaned and polished with Whoosh! Screen Shine throug...

Cleaners more likely to lose their lives to alcohol than those in other work

The Office of National Statistics has just released its latest analysis on the socio-economic and gender inequalities in alcohol-related deaths and it's not the best news for those that clean for a living. The latest analysis of deaths data shows substantial socio-economic and gender inequality in alcohol-related deaths among working-age adult...

ETS chairman Roberto Berardi to detail tissue market prospects at Tissue World

The superior hygiene performance of tissue products and the benefits they present will be discussed by ETS chairman, Roberto Berardi, as a guest speaker at Tissue World, which is taking place from 17th - 19th March 2015, Fira Barcelona, Spain. The presentation will take place at midday on March 17th and will reference the latest scientific stu...

MITIE to address 'momentous changes' in future working practices

MITIE, the facilities management company, has announced details of its keynote address at The Cleaning Show 2015, entitled 'How will you be working in 2020?' The address will consider groundbreaking changes taking place in the cleaning industry, particularly the impact of agile working practices on commercial property and emerging technologies...

From six nations to 57...

Kyran Bracken, Former England Scrum Half (boasting 51 caps) and ITV's Dancing on Ice champion in 2007, will present a motivational Keynote Presentation on the opening morning of the Cleaning Show 2015, to - potentially - visitors from 57 nations, since an analysis of the 5,000 people who have pre-registered to attend the show, shows a spread of v...

Two firms sentenced after airport worker breaks leg

Two firms have been prosecuted after a worker suffered a broken leg when he deliberately steered his ride-on cleaning machine into a balustrade when the brakes failed, in an attempt to avoid hitting pedestrians in Stansted airport. Carl Marshall, 28, of Little Dunmow, Essex, was forced to veer into the central dividing balustrade after brakes ...

Portable Sanitation Expo to donate £1 to charity for every visitor

For every industry visitor attending this year's Portable Sanitation Expo, £1 has been pledged to Beating Bowel Cancer; a UK charity that supports and campaigns for everyone affected by bowel cancer. The expo will be taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 25th and 26th February 2015, and is the only event 100% dedicated to the ev...

Legionella Control publishes advice on how to appoint an authorising engineer

An internationally recognised legionella risk management group has released expert advice guiding institutions on how to appoint a water services authorising engineer. Targeting hospitals, healthcare environments, multi-site property portfolios and other large facilities at risk of waterborne diseases, Legionella Control International has reve...

GenEon's technology reducing school absenteeism

Although the US Environmental Protection Agency has declared that the flu outbreak this year may be one of the worst in recent history with many schools across the nation seeing record absenteeism rates, Paulding schools in Georgia and the Faith Family Academy in Dallas, Texas have documented a significant reduction of more than 10% in absenteeis...

Mundipharma demonstrates efficacy of Betadine formulations against Ebola virus

Singaporean manufacturer Mundipharma has announced successful results from the testing of Betadine formulations against the Ebola virus, which was undertaken at Marburg University, Germany. Betadine products have been used for skin disinfection and surgical skin preparations around the world for over 50 years and are known to have a broad anti...

Betco announces new FiberPro carpet care equipment

Betco Corporation has announced the newest additions to the successful FiberPro carpet cleaning equipment line including the FiberPro 15 Series Box Extractors and the FiberPro 2.5H Heated Spot and Upholstery Extractors. The FiberPro 15 Series Box Extractors are said to deliver the power of a truck mount extractor with the portability of a self...

Soapbox: Employment growth drives UK employment rate to record high while pay growth remains relatively sluggish for the majority

Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development, comments on the official labour market statistics published this week by the Office for National Statistics: "Employers' appetite for taking on workers shows no sign of abating. This is reflected ...

There may be trouble ahead...

...g cleaners, refuse collectors, litter pickers, caterering staff, porters and the like, has notified Cleanzine of two potential disputes: one at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals over what the union says is Sodexo's failure to deal with staff concerns over lack of equipment 'with implications for patient safety' and the other is at the Roya...

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Americans dish the dirt on handwashing, germs and washrooms

According to the Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corp., Americans use various techniques to avoid touching things and coming into contact with germs in a public washroom, with 57% risking injury by manoeuvring themselves into a position that enables them to operate the toilet flusher with their foot! The results are part of th...

Kalorama: Superbug concerns will drive healthcare facility sterilisation services

A device-related superbug outbreak in a Los Angeles hospital has revived concerns over both device and facilities cleaning and sterilisation, says Kalorama Information, which will drive growth in the market for these services. Kalorama notes that the effectiveness of many antibiotics is waning dramatically, as more and more types of bacteria b...

Uridan waterless urinals provide solution to water leakage

Winchmore School, London N21 - a co-educational secondary school, has completed a washroom refit specifying Franke's Uridan waterless Cadet Pod GRP Urinals. "We wanted a waterless solution to reduce water use and maintenance costs," explains Adrian Bailey, facilities manager at Winchmore School. "There are other water-free products availabl...

Last chance to enter the 2015 recycling 'Oscars'

There are only a few weeks to go until the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management close for entries. Celebrating the creativity, innovation and sheer dedication of those working to keep resources in the loop, these free-to-enter Awards are the best way to show your colleagues, customers and stakeholders that you really are t...

ISS China wins large integrated facility services contract

Huawei, the world's largest supplier of mobile telecommunications infrastructure equipment, has outsourced the facilities services for its first large multifunctional living campus to ISS China. This campus provides apartments, recreation centres, a medical centre and many other living amenities for its residents. ISS will provide a full range...

Karcher and ISS Group agree to global partnership

Global facilities services provider ISS A/S of Denmark has signed a global partnership agreement with Alfred Karcher GmbH. Under the agreement, which will run for an initial five years, Karcher will supply cleaning equipment to ISS Group companies worldwide. In the context of ISS's new global supplier strategy, Karcher was selected against sev...

Taking steps against workplace slips

Slips and trips continue to be the biggest cause of workplace injuries, so it is really important that footwear being offered to your workforce offers them the right level of slip resistance. The Health & Safety Laboratory has launched a new footwear rating scheme called 'GRIP.' GRIP provides free information to health & safety manager...

Pulire 2015: cleaning solutions for Ho.Re.Ca.

Pulire, the largest trade show in Italy dedicated to professional cleaning technologies and the second largest in Europe, taking place in Verona from 19th to 21st May, is a key partner for the hospitality (Ho.Re.Ca.) segment. "Sparkling clean hotels, lodgings, wellness centres, spas and restaurants are the most effective calling card for our c...

Cleaners at Sotheby's win London Living Wage

Volunteer-run trade union United Voices of the World has successfully negotiated with Contract Cleaning & Maintenance (London) to secure the London Living Wage - and other notable benefits, for the cleaners and porters at the famous Sotheby's auction house in London. As well as a substantial pay rise to the full London Living Wage of &poun...

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Cleaning contracts help boost sales figures as Norse growth continues

Norse Commercial Services has announced sales figures of over £37 million for the last 12 months, including £4.5 million of new cleaning contracts. This record growth takes the facilities management group's annual turnover to more than £180 million of which cleaning represents around £21m. "Significantly," says Sales Di...

Historic monument so full of pigeon mess, cleaners have to force doors open!

Cleaners tasked with removing several years' build-up of pigeon droppings from the interior of historic monument Landgate Arch in Rye, East Sussex, had to force the doors open to gain entry, such was the volume of faeces inside. The team from CountyClean Environmental Services, ended up having to remove more than two dozen metric tonnes of bir...

CleanSafe completes sports club recovery after "tsunami" flood

CleanSafe Services has completed a major flood recovery exercise at a private sports and fitness club where a pipe burst - allowing a third of the water in the club's swimming pool to empty into the basement. More than 200,000 litres of water drained from the 20 metre swimming pool at the Charing Cross Sports Club in Hammersmith, West London,...

SME Safety Wizard App launched

RNF Digital Innovation has developed a new app designed to help small and medium sized businesses meet their health & safety requirements. The free-to-download Safety Wizard app, drawn directly from the Health & Safety Executive Toolbox guidance, offers SMEs a solution to help navigate a vast array of health & safety information. I...

Cost savings are one of the biggest benefits of Kaivac's new battery-powered autovac system

Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and most recently OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning systems, has just introduced its newest OmniFlex AutoVac with Lithium-Ion smart battery technology. This new cordless system can clean up to 20,000sq.ft/hr, faster than most comparable traditional automatic scrubbers - and, users report they do not need to...

Improved safety standards for environmentally friendly machinery

EN16500:2014 is a new set of safety standards published by the British Standards Institution in conjunction with CEN (the European Committee for Standardisation), designed to rigorously protect users through all operational aspects of a vertical baler. These standards cover all aspects of use including but not exclusive to the bale chamber, th...

Envirosystems to benefit from investment from TorQuest Partners

TorQuest Partners announced this week that it has partnered with management and other co-investors to acquire a majority interest in Envirosystems, from Thornridge Holdings, a privately held investment firm. Headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Envirosystems is one of the fastest growing industrial services organisations in North America w...

easywash365+ foam sets offer increased versatility

With the introduction of its universally applicable easywash365+ foam sets, German manufacturer R+M/Suttner has succeeded in increasing the many application possibilities of the company's foam injector family. The stainless steel injector with high pressure foam lance, which is installed via a T-piece between the outlet of the high pressure un...

Interserve wins contract extension with B&Q

Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has been awarded a three-year, £35 million contract extension with B&Q - the UK's largest home improvement and retail garden centre - to provide cleaning services across its entire UK estate. The partnership began in 2006 with Interserve cleaning 182 stores. This ...

Coverall celebrates '30 years of clean'

Coverall North America, a leading franchisor of commercial cleaning franchised businesses, is celebrating '30 years of clean', a major milestone that marks the company's 30th anniversary. Coverall started in 1985 as a three-person company headquartered in San Diego, California and is now a leading global brand in the commercial cleaning franch...

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New networking opportunity exclusively focuses on cleaning industry professionals

The Hill Club is a new cleaning & soft-service-related professional networking community (Ed: My thanks to industry stalwarts Sally Ayres and Gary Fage for tipping me off about this story, when we bumped into one another at the Cleaning Show, and to Facilicom's Phil Smith who expertly filled me in on the details. Now that's what networking's...

Nationwide conquers the country

Jack McAvoy (27 years), a working at height specialist window cleaner with Nationwide Window Cleaning, has won the top national Award in the 2015 programme organised by the Federation of Window Cleaners, the profession's trade body. Jack, who has been a window cleaner for 11 years, (seven with Nationwide) was awarded the highly coveted and con...

The Federation of Window Cleaners: the facts

Established in 1947, the Federation of Window Cleaners is an independent, non-profit making organisation supporting the needs of domestic & commercial window cleaners in the UK. Its purpose is to support and improve the window cleaning industry by ensuring that the information and training it provides to its members is of the highest stand...

Vax Commercial launches VCSD-03 cordless hard floor spot washer

There's a spillage stain on the canteen floor... or a leaky tap has caused a flood in the office washroom... or clients have ignored your entrance mats and walked-in mud, rain and debris from outside... If only there was a machine that offered all the convenience of a mop and bucket, but which didn't demand all the hard work... Now there is - ...

OspreyDeepclean’s GB1 self-motorised gum removal system impresses Awards judges

OspreyDeepclean’s Thomas Stucken told us he was proud that his new GB1 machine took first place in the ‘Outdoor Cleaning’ category at this year's Innovation Awards. [TRIMTO] (Ed: I’d been impressed when I saw the prototype trialled by several members of an interested crowd outside the Scottish Exhibition Centre during ...

Innovation Awards winners take centre stage

The judges had to choose from a record number of entries into this year’s Innovation Awards competition and from a final shortlist, the following winners were chosen: ·         Best Cleaning Product - Vileda, SpillEx super absorbent pads ·     &...

Best Management System Award goes to ICE SMARTtrak

ICE managing director Mark Bresnihan is pictured here showing a group of onlookers just what can be achieved when the SMARTtrak management information system is used. This downloadable app offers real-time monitoring of equipment and easy-to-follow on-site training via video links. As well as tracking when a particular piece of equipment...

New iMop floor scrubber dryer takes top award

“This machine is going to change the cleaning industry the same way iPhone changed mobile phones,” claims T L Killi’s – and the judges of the Innovation Awards clearly think the company has a point as the machine was judged ‘Overall Winner’ of the Innovations Awards… Said to offer the cleaning perfor...

Victory for Vectair’s V-Air Solid multi-phasing air freshener with sub-micron technology

Vectair Systems' V-Air Solid passive air freshener - packed into one single component - is completely free from any solvents, propellants, HFCs and harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and it does not contain batteries. It is thus deemed a truly safe fragrance solution for public places such as hotel guest rooms, healthcare facilities, r...

What are you doing on this stand?

Paul Sherrington (right), whom we came to know and love from his many years as sales director for Contico Manufacturing, looked so at home on the Decitex stand with Nils Riancho (left) that we decided to take a photograph of the pair.[TRIMTO] French manufacturer Decitex specialises in microfibre wiping and mopping textiles that are easy and i...

Terry holds onto his record

Window cleaners and those wishing to chance their hand, gather to try and take Terry ‘Turbo’ Burrows’ Guiness World Record as ‘Fastest Window Cleaner in the World’, in a competition sponsored by Unger and Principle Window Cleaning and organised by the National Federation of Window Cleaners. Try as they might, none managed to strip Terry of his crown. Better luck next time perhaps... ...

TemplaCMS Dashboards – how good are you at producing management information?

Templa used the Cleaning Show to launch a new Dashboards Module for its popular TemplaCMS Contract Management software. TemplaCMS Dashboards delivers summarised management information across different performance measures in clear graphical format direct to a member of staff’s CMS log-in screen. It ensures that up-to-date financial, ope...

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ExCel Cleaning Show has "exceeded expectations" says BCC Chairman Doug Cooke

The Cleaning Show's move to London has been hailed a great success after a vibrant three day show at the ExCel Arena in London's Docklands last week. BCC Chairman, Doug Cooke, says the show exceeded all expectations and has confirmed that the 2017 Cleaning Show will also be held at the ExCel, with a number of exhibitors having already booked ...

Dickies keeps cleaners safe - and clean, while at work

Cleaning is a generic job - it is carried out in all industry groups and all workplaces, and the cleaning industry has proved over several years to be one of the most dynamic sectors representing one of the largest services to business industries in the European Union. The hazards and risks faced by cleaners include: exposure to dangerous subs...

The most efficient DI Pure Water System ever!

John Austen and I were impressed by Unger's nLite HydroPower DI Filters, which exceed standard DI filter efficiency, performance, workflow and comfort thanks to many new patented design features. So weren't at all surprised to see the company's Mark Unger collecting an Innovation Award at the Cleaning Show last week. The innovative water d...

Baby changing in the gents' wc - the time is now - celebrity endorsed

British parents are backing actor Ashton Kutcher's call for more baby changing facilities in mens' public toilets. Research by a UK-based commercial and domestic cleaning company has found widespread support among both mums and dads for equal facilities in toilets run both by councils and retailers. ContractCleaning.co.uk says that changing...

J D Neuhaus hoists give tank cleaning a lift

More and more companies are turning to air-operated hoists for effective ways to clean storage tanks. These innovative lifting devices, which offer precise load placement control through convenient hand pendants, are being used successfully for truck tank cleaning operations worldwide. In fact, J D Neuhaus air-operated hoists are deployed in ...

International award for innovative hygiene solution SmartProtec

The new antimicrobial powder coating SmartProtec, which sets new standards in cold room hygiene, received the title 'Highly Commended' in the 'Best Food Service Innovation' category of the Gulfood Awards 2015. The awards recognise outstanding and pioneering achievements with significant commercial benefits to the food and beverage industries....

Elevance Clean 1200 now commercially available in Europe

Elevance Renewable Sciences, a US-based chemicals company that creates speciality chemicals from natural oils, announced during the Cleaning Show that its bio-based ingredient, Elevance Clean 1200, is now commercially available in Europe through Equilex Chemicals BV. Our picture shows the product's performance being tested against that of alt...

Wecoline: Setting a new standard in 'green cleaning'

Wecoline won the Cleaning Show Innovation Award for the Best Sustainable cleaning product, with its 'Wecoline Pads by Americo' floor cleaning pads. This is what makes these pads so special... "The complex production process and the many components of conventional floor pads do not make recycling a viable option," said the team. "As a result fl...

Indian Railways' Delhi Division launches cleaning operations at 33 stations

The Delhi Division of India's railway network has launched a cleaning operation focusing on 33 stations, following a directive by the National Green Tribunal. This will include the mechanised cleaning of station premises, drains, rag-picking and rubbish disposal as well as rag-picking a 75km-route length in the National Capital Region. The Gre...

Network with sustainability trailblazers at the Zero Waste Awards

Recycling professionals are invited to join fellow sustainability trailblazers at The Zero Waste Recognition Lunch, which celebrates the fantastic work that organisations from the public, private and third sector are doing to drive down waste from landfill. The event will be held at the 12th Century Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire on Thursday 9th Ap...

Freshu – the sustainable alternative to the wet wipe

The Marine Conservation Society has just issued its 2015 report – the latest in the annual summaries of litter data recorded during British beach cleans each September – and amongst several types of litter that are on the increase, the wet wipe received a special mention. Wet wipes do not easily disintegrate and can block sewers - ...

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Green vegetables gas up

In January 2015, Weltec Biopower started building an anaerobic digestion plant in Loughgall, Northern Ireland. The customer and operator of the 500KW plant is vegetable producer Gilfresh Produce, which will use the plant to process its waste vegetables and other products into energy for both its own use and for feeding into the national grid. ...

Cleaning Show 'still relevant' after strong London debut, say Prochem

Cleaning Show exhibitor Prochem Europe reported this year's event as one "maintaining its relevance in the cleaning & support services industry calendar." Newly-relocated to London's ExCel venue, the 2015 Cleaning Show, which closed its three-day run the week before last, had already attracted an unprecedented number of visitor pre-registr...

i-Clean joins EHRC taskforce

i-Clean Systems, the independent best practice benchmarking specialist that has reviewed the practices of over 200 cleaning providers across 5000+ buildings, has joined the Equality & Human Rights Commission responsible procurement taskforce to share knowledge on best practice and responsible procurement in the cleaning industry.[TRIMTO] F...

KM Cleaning Services expands washroom services

KM Cleaning Services has always provided washroom and hygiene services as part of its overall offering; a service that has been taken up well by its current clients. With a view to expanding this service further the company has acquired a new business development manager - Karen Page. Karen has worked within the washroom & hygiene industry...

Last call for Pulire 2015 Innovation Award entrants: deadline for the project submission is 1st April

Pulire, the thriving cleaning show and conference which takes place in Verona, is just a matter of weeks away, so if you're planning to enter the Innovation Awards you need to do it soon. The show itself kicks off on 18th May and the final deadline for project submission is 1st April.[TRIMTO] This year the competition is based on a new concept...

Innovation and inspiration at Facilities Show 2015

Innovation and inspiration will be core themes of this year's Facilities Show, taking place at ExCel London from 16th -18th June 2015. Delivering unparalleled access to knowledge, innovation and solutions from across the FM sector, the event is the highlight of the year for FM professionals. This year, in partnership with FM publication Fac...

Products most likely to be deficient...

According to the panel governing the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's (CHSA) Manufacturing Standards Soft Tissue Accreditation Scheme, the products of non-members most commonly found to be deficient, are mostly toilet tissue and centre feed rolls, many of which are bought on price per case. "Buying from an Accredited Scheme memb...

Offering the ultimate flexibility: Kennedy Hygiene's new Easyroll Ellipse

Kennedy Hygiene showcased its latest paper dispenser - the Easyroll Ellipse - at this year`s Cleaning Show and visitors were impressed with its flexibility. Targeted at the hospitality industry where it is perfect for food preparation and kitchen areas, as well as the leisure sector where it can be given a thorough workout in gyms and workshop...

Sotheby's awards facilities services contract to Servest, with cleaners to earn London Living Wage

Facilities management service provider Servest Group has won a three-year contract with the global art business Sotheby's to provide cleaning services to locations in London. The contract will see Servest provide core cleaning, washroom, laundry, consumables and pest control services to all of Sotheby's properties on New Bond Street and to the So...

Mitie shares its vision on how we will be working in 2020

Were you at Mitie's Cleaning Show Keynote Address 'How will you be working in 2020'? Don't worry if you missed the Address, which was delivered by Paul Castle, solutions director of Mitie's cleaning business and Peter Smith, practice leader of the Marketing Doctors, because Mitie has created a whitepaper that outlines its vision of the fu...

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CBRE to acquire Global Workplace Solutions Business of Johnson Controls

CBRE Group, announced this week that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Global WorkPlace Solutions business of Johnson Controls. GWS is a market-leading provider of Integrated Facilities Management solutions for major occupiers of commercial real estate and has significant operations around the world. The purchase pri...

High levels of entries being received for 2015 Loo of the Year Awards

Entries are now being received for the 2015 Loo of the Year Awards - now in their 28th year. Managing director Mike Bone reports: "We are thrilled to report high levels of entries for a large range of entry categories. To date, 25% are shopping centres and 39% of all entries have been from cleaning and facilities management companies. "All ent...

Dustcontrol delivers for Speedy Hire

In recent months there has been a concerted effort from the Health & Safety Executive to improve awareness of the potential hazards that workplace dust can pose and the necessary steps that firms need to take to to reduce its impact and ensure the safety of their workforce. Speedy Hire is one of the UK's leading providers of equipment and ...

Everyone can be part of the cleaning evolution with new Crossover modular system

Cleaning is evolving, and neither the size of a building nor a small cleaning budget need hold back progress -thanks to an impressive modular cleaning system - says Denis Rawlins. The company behind the 'Chop the Mop' campaign is promoting the OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning System as an alternative to traditional mopping that allows businesses on...

WaterAid named No.1 water, sanitation and hygiene charity

Philanthropedia - whose mission it is to improve the effectiveness of non-profit organisations - awarded WaterAid the number one spot in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector after surveying experts to identify who was making the greatest impact. WaterAid, which is supportedby so many companies in this industry, has been ranked highest of 1...

Resource Minister launches Clean Britain 2015

When litter costs the taxpayer up to £850m a year and fast food litter has increased by 20%, the call to keep Britain clean has never been more urgent. Entering its 26th year, the 2015 Clean Britain Scheme was launched at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford last week by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.[TRIMTO] The launch e...

We have Mail: a Mitie big success!

...licks on the link, with only 500 of them coming from their email, so potentially 4500 came from The Cleanzine which is great news. I know that initially the link in the email didn't work so I just wondered if you had feedback from people who said they couldn't access it. If so, would you consider running the story again in the next edition of Th...

Cromwell's 'EaZee' answer to waste

Cromwell Polythene has added a handy dispenser pack to its Professional range of refuse sacks for the away from home cleaning and janitorial market. Named 'EaZee', the cardboard carton has a perforated lid, which minimises wastage and facilitates the easier and quicker dispensing of individual sacks. Containing 200 of Cromwell's own ensa brand...

Latest cleaning products and solutions in Prochem 2015 catalogue

Prochem Europe's new 2015 catalogue and price list adopts the company's revised droplet-themed corporate branding, launched at March's Cleaning Show in London, across a 40-page glossy A4 publication that's clean to look at, easy to read and use, with technical specification data now deployed to the company web site, leaving more space for images ...

Six man team completes 20,000 press ups in a day for local hospice

A team from St Anns Shopping Centre in Harrow including four Incentive FM staff, has put in a herculean effort for a local charity, by completing 20,000 press ups in under five hours. Operations manager Shaun Wall from Incentive FM created and ran the event with centre manager Pieter Strombeck from JLL, and both undertook the challenge. The...

Armitage Shanks makes splash with new washroom range for schools

Armitage Shanks, has launched a new range of contemporary school washroom products - offering water-saving benefits and available in a variety of a child-friendly fun colours. The new Contour 21 Splash range aims to transform school washrooms with a wide range of options created to meet the demands of children throughout the different stages o...

New best practice guide to quality cleaning launched by Julius Rutherfoord

A free guide highlighting practical ways in which investing in quality cleaning can save an organisation money, has been launched by London specialist in cleaning and hygiene, Julius Rutherfoord. Far too often cleaning tasks are undertaken by poorly paid individuals, without specialist training and support. These cleaning operatives are likely...

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CPD course covers the latest washroom hygiene regulations

New Government guidelines on provision of hygiene rooms in educational buildings have prompted the development of tools to enable specifiers get it right.... Disabled toilet solution specialist and Loo of the Year Awards sponsor, Clos-o-Mat, has put together a Continuing Professional Development training course dedicated to hygiene rooms. [TRI...

Ghana to reintroduce sanitation inspectors

Ghana's Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development has announced that it will be reintroducing sanitation inspectors to improve hygiene standards and ensure that people keep their local environment clean. When they were in operation previously, the inspectors, known locally as 'nsama sama', used to go from house to house to ensure th...

Soapbox: Ugly bin clutter? There's no need for it

ESE World managing director Dave Hughes joins the 'Bin Blight' debate... and offers three solutions to the problems... "Communities Secretary Eric Pickles reinforced his commitment to tackle the 'scourge of bin blight' by calling on the housing industry to provide more space for waste and recycling containers.[TRIMTO] Too many streets are d...

Prochem upgrade is no small Endeavor

Prochem Europe is reporting a strong market response to upgrades to its Endeavor portable carpet and upholstery extractor shown at last month's Cleaning Show in London, with plaudits for increases in performance output from 150psi to 220psi and 500psi. The Surrey-based cleaning technology specialist has uprated the Endeavor to a standard 220ps...

Latest Norse subsidiary wins new cleaning contracts

Newport Norse, the latest Norse Commercial Services subsidiary, has been awarded three new contracts to provide cleaning services at local educational establishments. The company has won annual contracts with Charles Williams CIW primary, four locations for education organisation Flying Starts, and St Albans Roman Catholic High School in Ponty...

What might you be taking from the washroom?

New research by the University of Westminster, commissioned by ETS, the European Tissue Symposium, concludes that drying hands with single-use towels shows a lower level of airborne microbe dispersal and contamination. This could help achieve more hygienic washroom settings. The study, undertaken by microbiologist Keith Redway who has already ...

ISS wins IFS contract with Codelco Chile - the world's largest copper producer

ISS Chile has been awarded an integrated facilities management contract by Codelco, for the world's largest copper producer's corporate headquarters in Santiago, with cleaning, security, maintenance, pest control, and support services adding 75 full-time employees. ISS Chile currently offers security and cleaning services in several divisions ...

Professional cleaners like using Greyland products

Is it because of the 'no nonsense' product naming that means there can be no confusion on the label as to what the contents do? Far simpler than trying to make sense of manufacturer product codes isn't it? Or is it the great value for money that Greyland products offer? After all, with Greyland it doesn't cost much to clean an awful lot. As...

The evolution of Earth Day: recycling becomes the focus for 22nd April

In 1970, Earth Day was originated to help save the environment from air and water pollution, but today, the celebration takes on a new meaning. Some 47% of Americans associate Earth Day with recycling, while only 23% associate it with cleaning up local parks or beaches - which most resembles the day's original purpose - according to a survey from...

BPI Recycled Products announces sponsorship of Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards

As the new Ambassador Sponsor of the 'Service Delivery Innovation of the Year', Award BPI will be associated with encouraging innovation in the delivery of cleaning services leading to improved customer satisfaction. As a champion of UK recycling, BPI is the largest polythene film recycler in Europe, with scope and expertise to recycle in exce...

Rosemor makes moves in Milan's Malpensa Airport

During trials over the past few days in Malpensa Airport, Milan, the Rosemor's Rotomac escalator cleaning machine produced such good cleaning results that the decision-makers have decided to purchase the latest version of the machine - the new Rotomac ET15B. "The beauty of this machine is its ability to automatically clean the step right to th...

Alpes’hy helps Rosemor make inroads in France

Rosemor International, as a leading escalator cleaning machine manufacturer, decided to exhibit at the French national cleaning show, Europropre, which was held in Paris recently. Rosemor was represented in Paris by the company’s official distributor in France - Alpes’hy. The distribution agreement between the two companies came a...

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Why keep quiet about daytime cleaning?

Working hours are longer, workplaces are busier, and finding time to clean regularly and efficiently is becoming increasingly challenging. Daytime cleaning is becoming a key focus for businesses that want to optimise their productivity, which is why the development of machines to assist with cleaning in occupied environments is high on Vax Com...

Total Fitness works out three year agreement with GPT Waste Management

GPT Waste Management, has been awarded a three year, total waste management contract with national health club chain, Total Fitness. Total Fitness is one of the UK's dynamic health club chains with 17 sites. Its fully equipped gyms and range of fitness suites attract 85,000+ members spanning all ages and abilities. "We are delighted to win ...

Patent for WiperFill's new technology which automatically recycles rainwater into wiper fluid or antifreeze

WiperFill, an innovative inline, under-bonnet vehicle system that converts rain water (or other liquids near the windscreen area) into wiper fluid or antifreeze, has announced that it received the US.Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) 9-millionth patent. Designed to eliminate the need to manually refill the wiper fluid reservoir, WiperFill ...

Time is money: useful tips to speed up the job of carpet cleaning

Here, Doug Berjer, Sales Director Eastern Region at CFR (continuous recycling extractors), shares his tips on ways to get the best out of your working day. Although the tips are aimed at carpet cleaners, they could be used by cleaners involved in other types of work... "In the carpet cleaning industry, time is money. Charges are based on the a...

CHSA launches Accreditation Scheme for industrial cotton mops

Determined to continue driving up standards in the cleaning industry, the Cleaning & Hygiene Supplier's Association has developed and is now launching the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Cotton Mops. Its purpose is to drive up standards in the manufacture, description and labelling of mops. Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the CHS...

£150 million boost for contract cleaning market in 2015

The contract cleaning market is set for inflation busting growth, says a new report from MTW Research, with sales rising by more than 3% in 2015. Following several years of lacklustre demand and sustained pressure on contract prices, the contract cleaning market experienced a return to more positive growth in 2014, with this strengthening in 2...

Mateco, German subsidiary of TVH, wins 'Access Rental Company of the Year' Award

The Mateco group was awarded the international title of 'Access Rental Company of the Year' last month in Washington. Mateco received this IAPA award thanks to the rising turnover figures and the considerable investments in the rental fleet, the network of branches and the safety training courses of the past year. Armin Rappen, Mateco's manage...

Xenex germ-zapping robots arrive in Spain; Clece chooses Xenex for hospital disinfection

Xenex Disinfection Services today announced that Clece, Spain's healthcare provider of cleaning, maintenance, catering and social services, has chosen Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots for room disinfection at hospitals in Spain and Portugal. Clece has deployed Xenex robots at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, where they will be used...

We have Mail - Colin Hasson

...ng industry, but I had to write and tell you how shocked - and saddened - I was to read in the Cleanzine of the passing of Colin Hasson.   Colin was probably my last regular link with the cleaning industry that I served for around 25 years around the turn of the century (and it seemed like a whole century at the time!) as press ...

An extra hall for next year's Amsterdam show!

In response to the increasing demand for stand space and the request for more networking space by the visitors and exhibitors, the organisers of ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam have decided to add an extra hall to the floor plan, creating more possibilities for existing and new exhibitors.[TRIMTO] "The first reaction of exhibitors and partners alike...

Tissue World Sao Paulo conference: meet the outstanding speakers

The world's leading event series on tissue, takes place for the first time in South America next month. From 20th - 22nd May, delegates will gather in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at the Transamerica Expo Centre, to network and to listen to a line-up of outstanding international speakers, including: Thiago Lofiego, director at Bank of America - Merril...

Bunzl announces four acquisitions in Turkey, Canada and The Netherlands

Bunzl announce yesterday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a business in Turkey and has completed three further acquisitions in Canada and the Netherlands. The Company has agreed to acquire Istanbul Ticaret Hirdavat Sanayi and its related company Istanbul Ticaret Is Guvenligi ve Endustriyel Urunler Sanayi. Based in Istanbul, ...

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Pan European study shows that new rapid microbiological test kits should help fight against HAIs

Idexx, a specialist in rapid microbiological test kits for water, has announced the publication of a peer reviewed Pan European study, which demonstrates that its Pseudalert testing system is well placed to help in the fight against Healthcare Acquired Infections. The paper concludes that the IdexxPseudalert/Quanti-Tray method, for the rapid d...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners installs new Master

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners had just held its annual ceremony of Installation at Mansion House within the City of London. Following the ancient traditions of the City Liveries, Timothy J. Doyle was installed as Master for the year ensuing along with the Installations of Phillip Morrish as Senior Warden and John Broadley as...

Hand hygiene monitoring specialist HyGreen, partners with Sinapsis Medical in Istanbul, Turkey

Hand hygiene monitoring specialist HyGreen, announced yesterday a distribution agreement and partnership with Sinapsis Medical Technologies in Istanbul, Turkey. Each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by healthcare-associated infections as organisms are transmitted from patient to patient via the unwashed hand...

Investment improves fortunes at The Laundrette

A makeover and investment in new Girbau washers has transformed The Launderette in Stoke-on-Trent. Within weeks of opening, turnover has more than tripled, helping to deliver a rapid return on investment for investor Dave Robson, proprietor of Staffordshire Cleaning Solutions which took over the once-struggling business. Sound advice and suppo...

Designer of housework management app 'MoppedUp' comes clean about mid-life crisis solution

For many people, reaching 40 is a time to splurge on a sports car or a motorbike. However for Malcolm Lewis, 39, a business analyst from London, the ticking clock signalled a time to create rather than spend. The useful result of Malcolm's mid-life creativity is 'MoppedUp', an ideal home cleaning solution, seamlessly connecting homeowners and ...

Matrix makes easy work of training in steam cleaning procedures and machine set up

We all know how important it is to get the best out of any cleaning machine, and using any type of cleaning machine correctly is all down to the training being delivered professionally and accurately. This can be a very costly exercise - especially if the machine has been supplied by a company that is located a long distance away from where th...

Meanwhile in Iceland...

Some 10,000 members of the Federation of General & Special Workers in Iceland (SGS) are to strike in an attempt to win an increase in the minimum wage. The workers - 32% of whom work in cleaning services provision and tourism, will begin a series of stoppages next week, culminating in a general strike on 26th May. Voter turn-out was just o...

Cleaners kicking up some dust

...group currently on strike (unless the strike action has been averted between writing this piece and Cleanzine's subsequent broadcast). In the first dispute, some 100 bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services department were due to take strike action from 06:00 today until 22:00 tomorrow in a dispute over a &poun...

Should shops provide washroom facilities for their customers?

Gillian Kemp, leader of the ‘Truckers Toilets UK Campaign’ asked readers of the Public Toilets UK newsletter last month whether there should be customer washrooms in shops. “Two main comments were made,” she tells us: (1) Shops selling food and drink to be consumed on the premises should have a customer loo av...

ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe 2015 finishes tomorrow afternoon

The 2015 edition of the ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe exhibition ends tomorrow and with several Eastern European representations such as Neovision, Cormen, Dozit Plus, Fre-Pro and Zenit from the Czech Republic; Bokk Paper, Euro-Clear and Delta Clean from Hungary; Plasta, JSC BS Chemical and Higeja from Lithuania, and Roskosmetika f...

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Seven hour total aerobic bacteria testing certified by AOAC-RI performance testing methods

Rapid hygiene and food safety testing systems manufacturer Hygiena, has been awarded Performance Tested Methods Certification by the AOAC Research Institute for MicroSnap Total - a test claimed to be the first to detect and enumerate total aerobic bacteria and give results within a working shift. MicroSnap Total is a small, simple, low-cost de...

KitchCleanse celebrates 12 years in business

A recognised Knowsley-based cleaning provider is celebrating its 12 year anniversary this month. Established in April 2003 by director Mike Brougham, KitchCleanse is renowned across the UK for providing specialist services including full kitchen, extraction, duct work and oven deep cleaning and maintenance to meet and excel legally enforced hygie...

Dispense with the mess: new eSack system provides facilities managers with efficient dispensing

Polaris Plastics has revolutionised the dispensing of its refuse sacks with the launch of the eSack range, designed to keep both the environment and efficiency at the forefront. The messy flat packed systems that have dominated the market for the past 30 years could well be a thing of the past, as more and more people adopt this new technology. ...

Public sector Cleaner of the Year 2015 announced

Staffordshire County Council school cleaner Samantha Bucknall, has been named Britain's Cleaner of the Year 2015 in the inaugural awards for public sector cleaning staff. The awards scheme has been created jointly by the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and Denis Rawlins, which also sponsors the award. The aim of t...

Distributors demand transparency

Distributors are turning to members of the CHSA's Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes for soft tissue products, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops to obtain greater transparency in their supply chains. Dave Bruce, director of DJB Cleaning Supplies, argues that companies marketing their products without showing the specif...

IRiS 3200m UV-C germ killing robot reaches milestone in durability and reliability

Infection Prevention Technologies and Clean Sweep Group (CSGI) have announced a milestone in mobile UV-C disinfection robot technology as CSGI has performed over 35,000 UV-C germicidal treatments using the Infection Prevention Technologies (IPT) IRiS 3200m UV-C intelligent disinfection robot. "Reliability and speed are absolutely key for us to...

China Clean announces 2015 CCE Brand and Innovation Award winners

Seen by the cleaning industry as recognition of the highest standards among cleaning products in Asia, the China Clean Expo Awards 2015 took place in Shanghai at the beginning of the month with the winners of each category announced below. Winning these awards not only helps companies promote their products, it also increases product awareness...

Strong start for CleanSeal and EnviroSeal accreditation programmes

Since their inception in early 2015, the CleanSeal and EnviroSeal accreditation programmes have received a strong and positive reaction from the carpet care sector, as The WoolSafe Organisation continues to team up with leading brands to increase confidence and credibility in those products tested and approved. CleanSeal certification provides...

CMS going to plan innovation and 'People & Business' congress looking to be real highlights

With some 150 days to go before the start of CMS 2015 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services, Messe Berlin reports that preparations are making very good progress. "Almost all the available hall space has already been reserved," says Dr. Christian Goeke, chief executive officer of Messe Berlin GmbH. "All the main market leaders and many small a...

New module in Cleaning Masterclass series launched

A brand new, unique, online course in domestic and residential cleaning is now available. This course is also perfect for guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, small hotels and holiday homes, where a high standard of cleaning and appearance is expected without question and the lack of good cleaning can ruin the reputation and break the business. T...

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Distributor support, training and advice with Greyland

Distributors of janitorial products, and especially cleaning chemicals, naturally expect product support from their suppliers, and Greyland is no exception. Detailed information on all their chemicals is readily available from their website, and luckily, due to the 'says what is does' labelling policy, customers know exactly what they are look...

Spreading the word, not the microbes, on safe hand drying to optimise hand hygiene

The European Tissue Symposium, ETS, has announced that it will be taking part in the International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC) in order to stress the importance of proper hand drying as a part of optimal hand hygiene. A World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative, which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1...

Introduce weigh scale pallet trucks for significant efficiency improvements

Today's business world is tough, so it pays for enterprises to have strategies in place designed to get them ahead wherever possible. Midland Pallet Trucks is helping businesses boost the efficiency of operations with a wide range of weigh scale pallet trucks that eliminate the need for static weigh stations and give operators the ability to w...

Principle becomes first cleaning contractor in Europe to achieve CIMS accreditation

Principle Cleaning is once again leading the way in the cleaning industry by having gained a coveted CIMS accreditation and in so doing has become Europe's very first cleaning contractor to achieve it. Launched by global association ISSA, the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) is the first consensus-based management standard that out...

Ecoppia's E4 water-free solar panel cleaning robots now cleaning 5 million panels/month

Ecoppia, a developer of automated, water-free photovoltaic (PV) solar panel cleaning solutions, has announced that its E4 robotic solar panel cleaning system is now fully operational on five additional PV production facilities in the Middle East, totalling more than 35 MW. With these new systems in its portfolio, Ecoppia's E4 system is now cle...

SCA to launch new Tork Industrial Low-Lint Cleaning Cloth in North America

Earlier this week, SCA, the producer of the Tork brand of Away-from-Home professional hygiene products, announced the launch of a new, extremely low-lint wiper for technical cleaning tasks involving sensitive surfaces. Designed to meet the needs of clients in lint and static electricity-sensitive industries such as electronics, aircraft manufa...

State Opening of Parliament and Trooping of the Colour may be marred by cleaners' strike

Just prior to the State Opening of Parliament and the Trooping of the Colour at St James's Park, is not the best time for the people responsible for cleaning those locations to be on strike - but that is what we may be facing unless an ongoing dispute can be quickly resolved. Further to a recent news story on the subject, GMB members employed ...

Asia's largest nonwovens exhibition SINCE/ANEX 2015 takes place next week

As Asia's largest exhibition of nonwoven materials, technology and equipment, SINCE/ANEX has become a much anticipated event in the global nonwovens sector. The 16th Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference & Exhibition (SINCE), combined with Asia Nonwovens Exhibition and Conference (ANEX) will be held in Shanghai World Expo Exhibition ...

Emergency messaging critical in preventing cholera after Nepal earthquake

WaterAid Nepal has begun an emergency response programme providing water, sanitation and hygiene services to districts hit by the recent earthquake. The development organisation, which has been working in Nepal since 1987, will work with long established partners in five regions providing water purification tablets and hygiene kits to survivor...

Strengthening healthcare systems and delivery - 'Hand Hygiene is Your Entrance Door'

Hong Kong's Department of Health (DH), through a series of events and promotional materials, called for healthcare workers and the public to pay attention to hand hygiene in support of the annual Hand Hygiene Awareness Day on May 5th. Proper hand hygiene is the key element to infection control in healthcare settings and also a good habit for t...

From evolution to revolution as Rawlins unleashes Battery Autovac in the UK

Denis Rawlins has unleashed the battery-powered OmniFlex AutoVac - a Crossover Cleaning machine designed to do the job of advanced scrubber driers at a fraction of the cost. The OmniFlex range is a modular cleaning system that allows building managers and cleaners on tight budgets to 'cross over' from mopping to hygienic, automated cleaning in...

‘Gum Gulper’ uses steam and biodegradable detergent to break down gum then sucks up slurry

Steam Clean Systems, the Sussex based steam cleaner specialist, has developed a new chewing gum removal system. Named ‘Gum Gulper’, this standalone system utilises super-heated steam and a biodegradable detergent to break down the gum. Its vacuum feature then allows the operator to remove the slurry – something many other st...

TCFM awarded further distribution centre contracts

TC Facilities Management has been awarded the cleaning contract at a new build distribution centre in Daventry, following a rigorous tender process, TCFM is providing all area cleaning at this 980,000sq.ft general merchandise facility, located in the heartland of the distribution centre world. The company is also celebrating other contract wins. ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   When I was tiny, all our rubbish went into a metal dustbin which was collected every week by a ‘dustman’ who’d carry it over his hunched back, along our path...

Soapbox: Employment growth drives employment rate to record high while pay growth ticks up

Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, comments on the UK's official labour market statistics published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS): "This first set of figures for the new government will put an additional spring in its step. Employment growth continues t...

Tissue World new launch: Jakarta Conference 2015

Tissue World, the portfolio of events dedicated to tissue industry worldwide, has this week announced a new event: the Tissue World Jakarta Conference. Taking place at the Jakarta International Expo (JIE) on 28th and 29th October 2015, the event will feature a two-day conference, 15 exhibiting-sponsors and social functions. It will be held con...

SFSPac Degreaser gains Green Seal GS-37 certification

PortionPac Chemical Corporation is proud to announce that SFSPac Degreaser has met the criteria set forth by Green Seal to attain certification under the GS-37 standard. In meeting GS-37 (Cleaning Products for Industrial & Institutional Use), SFSPac Degreaser has surpassed the Standard's strict environmental benchmarks and performs as well as...

Gordon Brush's expansion supports ambition to become a global leader

As part of a master plan to become the nation's largest 'Made in America' brush manufacturer and a global leader in the industry, Gordon Brush, the privately held corporation that boasts one of the world's largest selections of industrial brushes, has acquired a new building, 3.5 times larger than its existing facility.[TRIMTO] Later this year...

President of New York pest management company meets with European counterparts for knowledge exchange

Assured Environments' president, Andrew Klein, recently visited Europe on a quest to discover some of the ways European pest management companies are adapting to new regulations. Andrew, who has been at the helm for more than 20 years, was asked to present at a pest management conference in Spain. Afterwards, he met with industry professionals...

Jet Airways jettisons cleaning mops as fliers fear hygiene issues

India's Jet Airways has jettisoned mops from its list of cleaning items for cabin washrooms after the airline received complaints from passengers that the mops were kept in public view, raising hygiene issues. Hindustan Times reports that the airline, which caters for more than a quarter of domestic fliers, issued an email this week informing ...

One young woman's determination leads to 20 years' success

Futures Supplies & Support Services celebrates its 20th anniversary in the cleaning industry this year. "Twenty years marks a significant milestone for Futures Supplies," says Mandie Kemp, founder and chief executive of Futures Supplies. "We began as a small business working from home with a garage full of toilet rolls and cleaning supplie...

Vectair Systems pleased to announce its first year exhibiting at the Facilities Show

As a leading manufacturer and supplier of technologically advanced hygiene products to over 120 countries, Vectair Systems is happy to confirm it will be at the Facilities Show 2015 for the first time. Facilities managers might already recognise Vectair's well-known brands, such as Airoma, Quadrasan and Sanitex - and with the introduction of B...

New steam cleaners enhance cleaning capabilities: Partnership with Matrix offers market leading solution

Diversey Care has introduced five new steam cleaning machines with specialist manufacturer Matrix Cleaning Systems to offer healthcare, food service and building care customers enhanced cleaning, hygiene and infection prevention capabilities in demanding environments.  The new machines are available exclusively in the UK and Ireland and w...

Karcher marks eight decades of innovation at iconic Concorde Hangar

As part of its year-long celebration to mark 80 years of technological innovation, Karcher, the world’s largest cleaning equipment manufacturer, will be showcasing its latest professional cleaning products at the iconic Concorde Hangar based at Manchester Airport next Tuesday.[TRIMTO] “Synonymous with innovation, resilience and ad...

RWM launches global search for the rising stars of resource management

The international event for recycling innovation, RWM 2015, is launching a global search to find the industry’s ‘Rising Stars’. The competition will celebrate trailblazing initiatives that challenge the way the recycling industry works, identify the top 25 newcomers and inspire a new generation of resource managers.[TRIMTO] ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Today, the much-anticipated Pulire exhibition & conference, Pulire 2015, opens its doors and the scurry of activity to get everything ready for the thousands of ...

Alberti International - Hall 4, Stand G3/2

Will sales of Alberti International’s new Starjet be stratospheric? Alberti International tells us that the flagship of its new range of machines is the Idropulizia Hot, which has been designed to provide reliability and an effective solution to every cleaning need. As well as scrubbing, it offers a myriad of other options thanks to an ...

Also Biotech: committed to looking after the environment

Since 1993 Also Biotech has been committed to developing environmentally responsible products for bio-remediation purposes. The company produces a large selection of biological activators and odour neutralisers specifically designed to solve, in the most efficient way, the majority of problems generated as a result of the way we live our lives; p...

Going Bananas for safety!

People can’t help themselves but stop and look at the award winning Banana Cone, which is manufactured from very thick, bright and high quality polypropylene that is extremely durable, through a plastic injection moulding process. The Banana Cone is extremely durable and the warning message is inherent in the shape of the cone! Bla...

Adkiatek welcomes new Baby to the family

Drawing on its 30 years’ experience in the manufacture of cleaning machines designed to help the teams using them to be more efficient, dynamic and motivated, Adiatek is proud to announce its new ‘Baby’ - a single brush scrubbing machine with 35 cm working width, powered by batteries with a built-in charger. Suitable for cl...

Ariston Cleaning Solutions: “We did our very best while creating the Aricasa Professional line”

Ariston Cleaning Solutions, which manufactures tools for professional cleaning, has now off its portfolio with a new range. It says of its latest offering: “We did our very best while creating the Aricasa Professional line.” “The line is dedicated to the cleaning industry, cleaning contractors, the Ho.Re.Ca sector and al...

Wm System: providing the solution to all your commercial vehicle loading requirements - Hall 2, Stand B1 / Outdoor X2.1

Wm System has been manufacturing loading ramps for commercial vehicles since 1991. Thanks to the flexibility of its products and its experienced technicians, the company is now able to offer a complete range of loading ramps for commercial vehicles and a wide range of accessories aimed at making your commercial vehicles as practical as possible.[...

CWS-Boco Italia Spa: your one-stop-shop for professional hygiene solutions

CWS-boco provides a one-stop-shop for professional washroom hygiene solutions and textile services. The product range includes a variety of modern hygiene systems such as hand towels, soap, fragrance dispensers and innovative entrance mats. The brand Boco is a leading European supplier of workwear and textile services; offering customers indus...

What a difference a day makes

Getting ready: this Brunello-based company offers a myriad of cleaning products, equipment and chemicals under the Kleen Purgatis banner, for just about any type of cleaning task.[TRIMTO] The first photo shows the stand during set-up which was uploaded to the Afidamp Facebook page. The second photo was taken during the show. T: +39 0332 461193 E:  W: www.lshitalia.com ...

Digitisation

What makes Pulire unique is the high digitisation of the event. This concept began in 2013 and this year the app has been enhanced. Now called 2.1, it enables visitors to plan their visit to the exhibition, due to a system of match-making that allows them to book appointments with exhibitors. All information about the exhibitors is be available ...

CLEAN Outdoor - Municipal waste

16:15 – 18:00 - CLEAN Outdoor Municipal waste ‘to measure citizen’: the case history of Verona in comparison with other Italian experiences The new frontiers of urban view of the Smart Cities, the use of new technologies and active participation by citizens in the cleaning of large cities.[TRIMTO] Mascagni Room -...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Day one of Pulire ended in rather spectacular fashion yesterday evening. Heavy rain and lightning flashes accompanied the sounds of Eugenio Finardi and his band, who’d t...

Official opening

The show was officially opened following announcements by (from left) Matteo Marino, President of AfidampFAB, Andrea Miglioranzi, President of AMIA Verona, Stefano Casali, Deputy Mayor of Verona, Giovanni Mantovani - General Director of Veronafiere andToni D'Andrea, Managing Director at Afidamp Servizi, with the event ably held together by Afidamp’s Chiara Calati ...

Innovation Awards winners announced

After much deliberation, the international jury of experts, consisting of Doug Cook - chairman of the British Cleaning Council, Peter Hug - CEO of EUnited , Simon Chen - CEO of ICE , Tibor Ritz - training expert, and Toni D' Andrea - CEO of Afidamp Services, selected the six finalists in the Pulire Clean Innovation Awards 2015. The finalists w...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   As I predicted in Tuesday’s broadcast, yesterday – the second day of the Pulire exhibition in Verona, was very busy throughout the day and we saw a lot of stand st...

Developed following extensive market research: Karcher’s floor cleaning equipment impresses Awards judges

Karcher’s Daniel Friz told us that the Innovation Award-winning KM 125/130 R was developed as a direct response to extensive customer market research and that its design solved many of the issues that users of cleaning equipment (from any manufacturer) highlighted as being potentially problematical… issues, for example, created when ...

Fimap’s Genie XS – so maneouvreable that cleaning becomes like a dance

There was so much to like about the Genie XS scrubbing machine and we could understand why the crowds watching the demonstration appeared mesmerised: the little machine is so easy to manoeuvre that it looked almost like the operator’s dance partner! We loved light weight of the machine and the ease with which it could be twisted a...

The I-Cart: a self-contained mobile cleaning unit designed to hold the I-Mop

The I-Cart is effectively a self-contained mobile cleaning unit that was designed specifically to transport the award-winning I-Mop and all its accessories.[TRIMTO] Italian distributor Diego Lussana (foreground) showed us how everything is colour coded to ensure that the right brushes are used with the correct cleaning fluid in the locations f...

Maxima showcases exciting new concept

Something rather special has joined the striking range of brightly coloured small pressure washers that we would expect to see on the Maxima Advanced Solutions stand. Company owner Giuseppe Codemo told us that the Hera is: “A similar machine to the standard range but of improved quality, durability and function.”[TRIMTO] John and I...

Falpi’s CollegaMe tracking system takes over where a GPS system leaves off

CollegaMe is an inexpensive yet advanced indoor location system based on iBeacon technology. The system uses a CollegaMe platform in the cloud, through which the authorised user can monitor in real time. the position and movements of a mobile tablet or smartphone and communicate via a 3G data connection.[TRIMTO] CollegaMe can be used in areas...

TVH: Offering 21 million different items!

We were aware that TVH offers a myriad of spare parts for scrubbers and sweepers as well as a full range of hydraulic equipment, but we were stunned when the company’s Meindert de Boer told us that the company has 21 million items in its catalogue![TRIMTO] Amongst these are parts for all the big names, such as Tennant, Hako, Nilfisk, PowerBoss, Dulevo, Karcher, RCM, Comac, American Lincoln, Alto and Minuteman, to name but a few. T: +32 56 43 42 11 E: W: www.tvh.com ...

Powr-Flite selects Trojan Battery to operate its scrubbers and sweepers

Further news from the show floor is that yet another commercial floor equipment manufacturer is to be using Trojan's deep-cycle batteries in future. Powr-Flite has chosen Trojan Battery Co., as its primary supplier of deep-cycle batteries to operate its floor cleaning equipment. Trojan will provide Powr-Flite with various models of its dee...

Kaivac's OmniFlex AutoVac

Kaivac, the originator of the 'no-touch' cleaning system for washrooms (the company's Marc Ferguson is seen here in yet another a stand demo) was a nominated finalist for their OmniFlex AutoVac with Lithium-Ion smart battery technology. This new cordless system can clean up to 20,000sq.ft/hr, faster than most comparable traditional automatic s...

Christeyns: Great chemicals, great dispensers!

The team from Belgian family business Christeyns, pose with some of the company’s chemicals housed in their Brightwell dispensers.[TRIMTO] Founded in 1946, the company has enjoyed an average growth of at least 20% over the past 10 years, It services its customers through a network of own subsidiaries located in most European countries as well as Morrocco. T: +39 02 99765200 E: W: www.christeyns.com ...

BREAKING NEWS: Joint venture announced between Sutter Professional, Northwood Hygiene and Brightwell Dispensers

Hall 2, Stand E5-F5/2 Sutter Professional, Northwood Hygiene and Brightwell Dispensers have announced an exciting joint venture whereby the three highly-respected companies will work together to supply Sutter chemicals in the UK and Ireland. More on this story in next week’s issue…

IPC Gansow: High level cleaning from ground level

Although this machine isn’t available just yet, IPC Gansow decided to showcase it amongst the company’s other exhibits to gauge visitors’ reactions - and from where we were standing people thought it was pretty impressive![TRIMTO] Gabrielle Bianco, pictured here with the machine, said it’s very lightweight and ea...

BCC agrees to join European Federation of Cleaning Industries

The British Cleaning Council, has agreed to join the European Federation of Cleaning Industries as the UK’s representative for the cleaning industry. The EFCI is an influential organisation within Europe and is recognised as a social partner by the European Commission, giving it a voice at the highest level of decision making in Europe.[...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   One of the first assignments I had to undertake when I joined the publication Cleaning & Hygiene Today in 1992, was write up a visit my then colleague had made to Staples ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Sat in my garden office producing this week’s Cleanzine - not quite fully recovered from last week’s exploits at the Pulire exhibition and conference, it’s o...

New BSI Standard aims to improve quality of pest management services across Europe

BSI, the business standards company, has recently published the first European standard on pest management services, 'BS EN 16636 Pest management services - Requirements and competences', to improve the quality of these services throughout Europe. In 2008, the World Health Organisation reported that the last 60 years had brought significant ch...

Joint venture between Sutter Professional and Northwood Hygiene: further news

Cleanzine met with John Cornish, Northwood Hygiene Products' Nigel Mynott and Sutter Professional's Aldo Sutter to get the background to the venture and find out what it would mean for the companies' customers. A fifth generation family business in operation since 1858, Italian manufacturer and multi-award-winning Sutter Professional sells mor...

Sanicubic XL provides the solution for Dublin gym

The Saniflo Sanicubic XL, launched at the end of 2014, is proving successful at the Educo Gym in Pearse Street, Dublin. To replace its existing pump, the busy gym used a Sanicubic XL due to its capacity to pump of 40cu.m/hour of black wastewater from multiple appliances. The pump services two WCs, six showers and four basins from the basement ...

It's 'London calling' for Soluclean

Soluclean tells us it will be showcasing its award-winning and now European Eco Labelled accredited products at the forthcoming FM Show at Excel on stand N980. Eco-friendly, water-soluble cleaning products are beginning to capture the imagination of the cleaning industry, says Soluclean, a pioneer of the technology - and following on from the ...

ISSA 'Excellent Idea' contest seeks solution guru

ISSA has launched its Excellent Idea contest, a competition that seeks the best solutions to common business challenges. The winner will be chosen by Shark Tank host Kevin O'Leary and announced during his ISSA Keynote Address at 13:00 on 23rd October, at ISSA/Interclean North America 2015 and the ISSA Convention Seminars, which run from October 2...

Riwal to distribute Magni telehandlers in Poland

Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental & sales specialist, will be the distributor for Italian manufactured Magni Telescopic Handlers in Poland. The Italian based Magni is a manufacturer specialising in telehandlers with a wide international network of dealers. Magni's range of telehandlers comes with a variety of attachmen...

Emprise shows its charitable side to help vulnerable people find work

Support services provider, Emprise Services has shown that charity begins at home after donating a number of its security suits to help vulnerable, unemployed and low-income men find employment. The company had a number of spare unused jackets and trousers in stock and decided to donate them to Suited & Booted, the London-based charity org...

Memorial Service for Colin Hasson

As you may be aware, Colin Hasson, life vice president of The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) passed away in early April. A funeral service was held on 6th May at St Mary's Church in East Haddon. This was attended by over 100 friends, family and industry figures. Colin was a stalwart of the Institute, joining the organisation 38 ...

Genuine Sebo vacuum cleaner bags will guarantee a good clean

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery yet there is no substitute for the real thing. By using genuine Sebo vacuum cleaner bags, you can ensure you get a thorough Sebo clean. Manufacturers design their own vacuum cleaner bags to fit their own machines, so these are always the best to use. Genuine bags are specially designed to maximis...

New twin-linked polymer elevates performance of zinc-free formulae

Omnova Solutions has introduced Mor-Glo Ultra G zinc-free polymer resin, which is designed for the formulation of high-gloss floor care products. The exclusive twin-Llnked polymer technology incorporated in Mor-Glo Ultra G resin results in an extraordinarily strong chemical bond that meets the challenge of producing a durable high-gloss, dirt-...

New ride-on sweeper from Karcher: a closer look at its user-friendliness and efficiency

With the new, Pulire Innovation Award-winning KM 125/130 R, Karcher is offering a technologically high-quality sweeper in the 125 cm class. The new development focused on combining high user-friendliness with efficient operation. Compared with its predecessor, the machine unites a number of features that have already been successfully employed...

Monthind celebrates 40th anniversary

This year is the 40th anniversary of East Anglia’s leading contract cleaning company, Monthind Clean. While there are lots of celebratory events planned, the company is not dwelling on the past; it views the anniversary as a springboard to even greater success. Partner Tony Felgate (pictured) explains: “The company ...

CMS Berlin: a veritable 'who's who'

Germany is the largest market in Europe for commercial cleaning systems and cleaning chemicals, and Berlin, the venue for the CMS 2015 trade show, is at the heart of this market, which is worth billions of Euros. It therefore follows that the list of those who have applied to exhibit at this year’s CMS 2015 Berlin – Cleaning.Mana...

Alpha a plus for Matrix when it comes to the rental market

British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix has developed what it says is the ideal machine for its distributors to offer to customers wishing to hire a machine rather than buy one. The Alpha is a steam-only machine, available in 4.5 bar and 8 bar pressure, with a permanently fitted hose and reduced set of accessories that come stored i...

Pulire 2015 closes with a triple plus sign...

+ 6.3% of visitors, + 9% of exhibition space sold, + 2 percentage points of international visitors from 99 countries around the world (90 in 2013) Pulire 2015 reported even better than expected results, at a time when the international exhibition landscape is clouded by negative signs. An impressive 15,136 visitors, (including 12,789 uniq...

New COSHH essentials e-tool launched

A new and improved COSHH e-tool has been launched, aimed at those working in the catering and hospitality sector. Enhancements include the incorporation of Hazard (H) statements to comply with CLP Regulations in line with the Global Harmonisation System (GHS) of classification and labelling. COSHH Essentials sets out basic advice on what to do...

BSCAI announces enhancements to CBSE and RBSM designation programmes

The Building Service Contractors Association International recently completed significant enhancements to its certification programmes, which set the standard in the building services industry. BSCAI's Certified Building Service Executive (CBSE) and Registered Building Service Manager (RBSM) are recognised as symbols of individual excellence ...

Trojan Battery establishes new R & D Centre in Ireland

US deep-cycle battery manufacturer Trojan Battery Co., has this week announced expansion of its research & development capabilities with the opening of a new R & D centre in Sligo, Ireland. Known as Trojan Battery Ireland, the facility is located on the campus of the Institute of Technology, Sligo, at its Innovation Centre.[TRIMTO] "Th...

Fleet sustainability guidance in free online flip-book

Fleet managers facing increasing pressure on their environmental programmes will welcome the new online flip-book from The Green Journey. The free download, the first in a series, offers clear guidance on setting and meeting strategic sustainability goals. It also outlines essential practical steps on exhaust emissions, journey efficiency and ...

Facilities Show 2015 digital preview is now live

The digital event guide for the upcoming Facilities Show is now available. The guide lists all exhibitors participating at the event, along with a full programme of speakers, theatres and the not-to-be-missed activity taking place across the show floor.[TRIMTO] The Facilities Show will take place at London's ExCeL from 16th - 18th June 2015. To download your copy of the guide, so you can start planning how to spend your time at the show, visit: www.edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk ...

Academia at its best

Metsa Tissue is pleased to announce that three years on, its educational programme, The Katrin Academy, is still going strong. Aimed at Metsa Tissue customers selling washroom products and those involved in facilities management and/or contract cleaning, the Academy provides an intensive day of Katrin training for small groups of people. The ...

Cromwell restructures field sales and launches new packaging division

Cromwell Polythene has restructured its field sales operation, with responsibilities being shared geographically, as well as by market sector. The move coincides with the appointment of Niall McClintock as business development manager, with extensive experience supplying polythene bags to the packaging trade. At Cromwell he will head up sa...

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Follow that…

Post London 2012 Olympics was a massive anti-climax for a lot of people and businesses with involvement in Olympic activities. Whether it was supporting it directly, or riding the wave of positivity and enthusiasm that the Olympics brought with it, there was a definite trough left in its wake for a lot of people. Not so for CE Facilities S...

Anyone who has a floor: new Floorcare product range leaflet from Greyland

A new 1/3rd A4 leaflet is now available from Greyland on its Floorcare product range. Designed as a handy standard-sized letter mailer for the traditional postal service, the aim for the leaflet is for Greyland distributors to target potential new customers. In short, anyone who has a floor.[TRIMTO] Greyland believe in keeping things simple, s...

Top distributor delivered health solutions with Matrix equipment

British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix took the opportunity to present awards to its distributors recently, in recognition of sales achieved. Barbara Hornby of Delivered Health Solutions is pictured here receiving her trophy from sales manager Danny Jackson.[TRIMTO] One of the newer companies in the Matrix network of distributor...

IPAC poster demonstrates Canadian 'Four Moments Hand Hygiene' guidelines better than WHO's

DebMed has collaborated on a study with Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Greenville Health System in South Carolina, comparing the number of opportunities for hospital workers to clean their hands when following World Health Organisation guidelines, against the number of opportunities for hand cleaning when following Ontario Ministry of Health a...

Flynas sets new inflight safety standards to tackle MERS

Flynas, an award winning, low cost, Saudi Arabian airline, has set new standards of in-flight safety, by adding Virus Guard disinfectant wet wipes and sprays to its in-flight hygiene programme, to protect passengers from viruses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Birdflu. The product is said to offer protection for up to 10 days. ...

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Employers face headache to fill key roles as three in four report recruitment difficulties

Organisations are experiencing both escalating skills shortages and increased competition for talent, with three in four organisations (78%) reporting recruitment difficulties in the last year, according to the latest Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development /Hays Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey. The survey, launched yester...

eSack gets stronger

Polaris Plastics took to the road during April and May to launch its new eSack Range, which is revolutionising the dispensing of refuse sacks. Feedback continues to be incredibly positive; customers have already called for an extension to the range in the form of a heavier duty refuse sack in black and clear - a call the manufacturer has alre...

Clean Middle East Pulire becomes annual event; here's your chance to shape its future

Afidamp Servizi has announced that Clean Middle East Pulire - the leading event for the professional cleaning sector in the United Arab Emirates, is going to be held annually.[TRIMTO] The third edition, scheduled for 2nd - 4th November 2015, is shaping up well. However, to further improve this show, the organisers are asking readers to kindly dedicate a few seconds to fill out the opinion poll at: www.afidampservizi.com For further information on the event, or to book a stand: E: ...

CAM Specialist Support launches new company CAM Abseiling to deliver dedicated rope access services

Cleaning and building maintenance expert CAM Specialist Support has launched CAM Abseiling, a new company focused on delivering a comprehensive range of safe, efficient industrial rope access solutions for building owners and managing agents. CAM Abseiling sits within the CAM group and is dedicated to carrying out complex building support serv...

Wellingborough Norse wins Weatherbys' cleaning contract

Wellingborough Norse has been awarded the contract for building cleaning for British horse racing services provider Weatherbys. The company already provides trade waste collection for Weatherbys and because of the existing close working relationship, was invited to quote for the building cleaning. Rob Badcock, facilities manager at Wellingb...

Senior appointment strengthens partnership

A groundbreaking partnership offering technology, support and advice from one source for the UK cleaning market has strengthened its senior team. Ian Sturgeon has joined the new venture between cleaning system specialist Wetrok and Preston-based distributor-training organisation Jigsaw Cleaning Systems. The new Wetrok-Jigsaw partnership offers...

FM must focus on people, not buildings

Mitie, the facilities management company, has found that half of the UK's service sector employees are being hampered by inadequate workplace management and design.[TRIMTO] The findings, based on a nationwide survey of 2,443 service sector employees, show that FM needs to put people ahead of buildings. The research was announced at The Facilit...

Hygie Canada named ‘Company of the Year’ and brings home prize for innovation & technology

Hygie Canada, which manufactures products that limit the spread of bacteria - thereby reducing the risk of infections in hospital settings - won two prizes: Entreprise de l'année (Company of the Year) and Innovation et technologies (innovation & technologies) in the 31st edition of Prix Excellence, a ...

Finalists for CMS Purus Awards announced

Following the selection of a shortlist by a panel of experts, the 15 entries for the final round of the current CMS Purus Awards have now been chosen, from the 60 products that were submitted this year by more than 40 CMS 2015 Berlin exhibitors. The shortlisted products in the five categories of Machinery, Equipment, Washroom Hygiene, Managem...

Worth all the hard work!

Congratulations to Soluclean for winning the Facilities Show & Service Management Expo 2015 ‘best shell scheme stand’ award at this week’s event at London’s ExCel. A delighted Jon Horton told us that it was Nicola Williams (pictured) who did all the organisation and put the stand configuration together.[TRIMTO] T: +44 (0) 161 629 2120 E:  W:  www.soluclean.co.uk ...

Morclean’s cleverly-designed ‘BlueBox’ now available!

Morclean’s Peter Morley had told us some time ago that the members of his R & D team were working hard to finalise a new product that would cause some excitement so we were pleased when Peter announced: “It’s new, it's blue, and of course it's innovative! It's called BlueBox and it’s now available.”[TRIMTO] T...

So much more than cleaning...

I first came across Chris Straker, of Straker Eco Carpet & Rug Care, via the local paper some years ago, when he won a Green Guardian Award for his carpet & upholstery cleaning business. I could so easily have forgotten about him but the fact that he kept on winning awards, year after year, meant that he was uppermost in my mind when some...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   As you’ll no doubt be aware, John and I regularly chat to the sales staff who man stands at the many international exhibitions staged for this industry and most admit th...

Finalists announced for the 2015 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards

Congratulations to the 88 finalists in the 2015 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, whose names have been announced. The judges tell us that this year the standard of entries excelled all expectations, which made the paper judging – the first stage of the judging process - a tough job. The second stage of the judging ...

New OneVue differential pressure sensors enhance safety in healthcare environments

In the wake of increasing unease regarding infection control due to concerns such as the Middle East Respiratory System virus, the Ebola outbreak and contamination from construction or renovation projects, Primex Wireless has announced the introduction of its new PrimexIAQ Series Differential Pressure Sensors.[TRIMTO] The wireless indoor air q...

Hospital Trust fined for Legionella control failings

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £50,000 for failing to control Legionella. The Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, was sentenced on 11th June at Lewes Crown Court after a joint investigation by the Health & Safety Executive and Sussex Police identified a history of...

LCC service delivery direct

LCC Support Services, the independent national contractor and 2015 Golden Service Awards finalist, has now completed its network of regional bases to self-deliver services to its many national clients. The bases are strategically positioned across the UK and operate from Edinburgh, Manchester, Coventry, London and Southampton. They will servic...

Eco-friendly cleaning and developing markets spur growth of ingredients in cleaning applications

The robust market for ingredients in cleaning applications is often overshadowed by that of personal care. Consulting firm Kline, finds that this market carries equally sustainable growth potential, with some country markets increasing at double-digit rates during the forecast period from 2014-2019.[TRIMTO] The recently published 'Ingredi...

Bookings now being taken for Pulire Asia Pacific

From 21st to 23rd September 2016, the Pulire Asia Pacific show will take place and it promises to be quite an event, drawing in visitors from several other similar exhibitions with which it is co-located. If you're planning to take part and want to ensure you have the pick of the stands, you can register your interest now. The show is taking p...

Kilo: the small machine that delivers big on expectations

RCM tells us that instead of saying that its new machine has been 'designed around the man' or that 'it answers to all customer needs' or the like, for simplicity's sake it prefers to project it as a small machine that satisfies most of the purchaser's expectations in terms of price and low maintenance, user-friendliness, comfort and reliability....

Brayborne team goes the 'extra mile' to become a finalist in Golden Service Awards 2015

Brayborne Facilities Services has become a finalist in the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2015 - the biggest Awards programme for the UK cleaning industry. Brayborne Facilities Services, one of the leading providers of cleaning and facilities services in the south east of England, has become a finalist in the 'Large Educatio...

Cannon Hygiene takes Gold in people management

Cannon Hygiene UK has been awarded the Gold standard by Investors in People (IIP), recognising best practice in people management. IIP is a standard used by thousands of organisations across the world, and the Gold award is only given to those businesses that are able to meet an additional 126 requirements on top of the 39 core IIP objectives. ...

Bunzl expands with further acquisitions in the US, Colombia, France and Canada

Bunzl has this week announced that it has agreed to acquire four businesses in the US, Colombia, France and Canada. In the US, the company has entered into an agreement to acquire International Sourcing Company, which trades as Cordova Safety Products. Operating from two facilities and based in Memphis, Tennessee, Cordova is engaged in the sal...

Reducing waste plastic is fantastic for workplaces

Workplaces can play a significant role in cutting the amount of plastic that goes to landfill, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby, after research revealed that the UK is one of Europe’s worst offenders when it comes to disposing of plastic.  Research from Plastics Europe, which is a leading European trade associatio...

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Robert Scott Group acquires Universal Towel Company

The Directors of Robert Scott Group have announced that, with effect from July 1st 2015, the Oldham, Lancashire-based Robert Scott & Sons has acquired the total share capital of UTC - Universal Towel Company. UTC will continue to operate and supply its range of products to the UK and European markets from its current bases in Horsham and T...

Cold Jet launches enhanced Aero Series of dry ice blast cleaning machines

Cold Jet has launched an enhanced product portfolio of dry ice blast cleaning machines designed to guarantee the best pellet integrity, maximum cleaning aggression and the most reliable blast stream on the market. "The rugged Aero Series has always delivered superior performance and versatility with the lowest cost of ownership," says Christia...

IFMA's World Workplace 2015 in Denver takes centre stage after record Facility Fusion attendance

The International Facility Management Association is anticipating another exceptionally productive World Workplace Conference and Expo following a record turnout of 1,295 at the combined 2015 Facility Fusion conferences held in Canada and the US. The 2015 World Workplace Conference and Expo will be held at the Colorado Convention Centre in Den...

Brayborne Facilities Services demonstrates sector leadership by making commitment to Living Wage

Brayborne Facilities Services has demonstrated sector leadership by making a commitment to the Living Wage for its staff and becoming a Recognised Service Provider. In a sector that has often seen poor pay and conditions, Brayborne is actively securing the support of all its clients to meet its objectives in paying a fair wage for a fair day's wo...

Loo of the Year Awards announces new headline sponsor

Mike Bone, managing director of the Loo of the Year Awards, tells us he is delighted that Tork, a leading global brand in workplace hygiene and a valued and loyal Awards Supporter for many years, is the 2015 Headline Sponsor of Loo of the Year Awards. The competition, now in its 28th year, is also sponsored by Airdri, a world leader in hand dr...

Kiam 80 and 100 litre triple motor wet & dry vacuum cleaners are proving popular

Merseyside-based Kiam is offering two of the biggest, most powerful vacuum cleaners available in the UK and they're proving very popular. The Kiam KV80-3 & KV100-3 both feature triple motors; that's three, 1200W bypass motors, giving a massive 3600W of suction power if required as well as the energy-saving options of 1200W or 2400W for les...

Wearable monitoring system dramatically improves handwashing by healthcare workers

New data from Hill-Rom shows its hand-hygiene compliance system, which uses badge-based locating technology to provide automatic, continuous monitoring and recording of every time a staff member uses a hand-hygiene station, dramatically increases hand washing among hospital staff using the system. Analysis of more than 20 million instances of ...

Vax advanced deep cleaning system improves productivity

You can improve productivity and achieve brilliant results with the new Vax Commercial VCW-06 carpet washer - the latest addition to the Vax Commercial portfolio and one the company says is its 'best-performing' machine so far. Designed to make it quicker and easier for you to achieve professional results, the all in one VCW-06 will give you r...

Greyland wins Caterbar supplier award 2nd year running

Leading commercial and industrial cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has again been commended at the Caterbar 20th anniversary Supplier Awards. The commendation, from one of the leading UK nationwide catering and bar equipment distributors, recognises Greyland in the Hygiene section of the awards. This follows last year's award to Greyla...

Soluclean - now EU EcoLabel accredited too!

With many organisations finding it increasingly difficult to implement and manage sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility policies, there has been no better time to look at cleaning products and open up to the innovation that can assist in fulfilling their objectives. Soluclean has the perfect solution; a comprehensive range of pre-...

EU-ECHA Forum plans a project on extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions

Since previous enforcement experience has indicated that safety data sheets are often non-compliant, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement is to prepare and execute a fifth coordinated enforcement project focusing on obligations related to extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational con...

Emprise announces Management Buy Out

The management team of Emprise Services Holdings, a leading support services provider, today announced their acquisition of the Emprise group from its existing shareholders with the support of LDC and RBS. Emprise is a leading mid-market support services provider specialising in cleaning and security with an excellent track record of deliveri...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   When I wrote in last week’s leader about my support of both the London Living Wage and those contractors who pay their cleaners over and above the National Minimum Wage,...

Franciscan monastery in Pankow is all spruced up with professional support

Two days - one makeover: Supported by Hako's Berlin subsidiary, the Franciscan monastery in Pankow has been cleaned professionally. Over two days in June, employees working in sales, administration and service at the cleaning machine manufacturer Hako, worked together in polishing the building and outdoor facilities of the monastery to a shin...

Managing safety in the papermaking process

New guidance is available on managing safety in the papermaking process. The guidance is for managers and users of paper and tissue manufacturing machinery and it provides practical information on managing the risks for those working on papermaking machinery and associated tasks and describes the law that applies to this type of work. This edi...

Survey shows unclean toilets carry consequences for UAE business owners

According to a national survey, nearly 70% of Emiratis who have experienced unpleasant public toilet conditions report leaving the premises without completing their intended business, will think twice about returning or will never return. Magnifying the problem, more than 60% of respondents say they told someone else, posted a comment on soci...

Frosch natural cleaning products to enter US market

Visitors to the CMS Berlin exhibition will be familiar with the enormous stand emblazoned with green frogs and soon that frog will be a familiar site in the US, since Frosch, Germany's 'most trusted brand' for natural cleaning agents with more than 25 years of experience in developing and manufacturing environmentally-friendly cleaning and person...

Seen but not heard... Polaris Plastics joined headliners at Glastonbury

Organisers of the recent Glastonbury Festival opted for Polaris Plastics' eco-friendly, compostable refuse sacks in its quest to collect and hold the waste as efficiently as possible. Over 100,000 sacks were used throughout the Festival, at all waste locations across the 900 acre site. The sacks have been provided by the same Polaris distribut...

CHSA launches Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme to increase access to higher education

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has established a new Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme open to the children of CHSA members' employees. Applications are being sought from now (closing date 30th June 2016) with the first Scholarship commencing in September 2016. The successful applicant will be awarded £1,500 per annum fo...

Leverstock Green Lawn Tennis Club: clearly doing something right!

Leverstock Green Lawn Tennis Club recently celebrated its 50th birthday, and as Wimbledon 2015 began, was proud to feature in a recent BBC article about its success at attracting girls of all ages into coaching. The Tennis Club is 'coming of age' as its membership expands and the club facilities evolve. The club was founded back in 1961 by Her...

Vestex protective attire addresses healthcare uniform contamination concerns

Adoption of innovative fabric technology for healthcare worker and patient attire is growing, as more healthcare facilities forego traditional uniforms in an effort to better protect patients and staff from healthcare-associated infections. As one indicator of this growth, Vestagen Technical Textiles reports that a variety of healthcare facili...

RAS promotes World Toilet Day Commemoration Fund

World Toilet Day has been recognised worldwide on 19th November each year since 2001. This international day aims to inspire the global community to take action to break the toilet taboo and raise global awareness that a staggering 2.5 billion people still do not have access to proper sanitation. RAS, the Restroom Association (Singapore)...

Despite low brand loyalty, wipe sales grow faster than overall I&I cleaning market in 2014

Results of a survey published today show that while there is low brand loyalty, all product categories and companies registered growth in the market for industrial and institutional cleaning wipes in the US, which increased by over 5% in 2014. 'Industrial and Institutional Wipes USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities', issued by worldwide mana...

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Important changes at the British Cleaning Council

As well as accepting a new member, it was all change at the top when the BCC convened for its quarterly meeting and AGM recently, with Simon Hollingbery (pictured) taking over as Chairman from Doug Cooke, who stepped down after three years in the role. The vacant deputy chair position was then put to a vote of the membership, and was won by B...

Health & safety guidance for employers & technicians carrying out fumigation operations

The Health & Safety Executive has issued new guidance aimed primarily at employers and fumigators/fumigation technicians (including the self-employed) to help them comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) when carrying out fumigation activities, both traditional pest control (invertebrate fumigation) ...

Informative new website for Loo of the Year Awards

Loo of the Year Awards has just launched a new website that will be central to its marketing activities but which will also be useful to all 'away from home' toilet providers, the cleaning and facilities management industry, while promoting all aspects of the services and value that the Awards offer. It has been designed to be accessible by de...

Principle Cleaning partners with Broadgate Connect and Elba to support those with mental health issues

Principle Cleaning tells us it is proud to be involved in a pioneering project to help local people who have suffered from mental health issues back into work. The East London NHS Foundation Trust is making a difference to thousands of people's lives, providing them with much-needed mental health services and support. ELBA, (East London Bus...

TVH is 'official distributor' of Delta-Q battery chargers

TVH, which has customers in more than 170 countries, can officially call itself dealer of Delta Q for Europe. The company can now offer its customers Delta-Q battery chargers for aerial work platforms, golf carts, lift trucks, sweepers and other industrial vehicles. "TVH was officially given the title of 'Distributor'," says the TVH's Debbie M...

Portable toilet ascends New York's construction sites

At first glance, the Safety Head may appear to be a barricade or an oversized safety cone. However, upon closer inspection, it is apparent that the bright orange, reflective piece of equipment at the job site is actually a new, one-of-a-kind portable toilet rental which has initially been launched in New York. This portable toilet has been de...

Regent Samsic expands Toucan ECA cleaning technology offer

Regent Samsic has expanded its electro chemical activation (ECA) cleaning technology range to include solutions for medium to large scale site applications. The first cleaning contractor to adopt the eco-friendly 1.5 litre Toucan Eco II cleaning system across all of its UK sites, it is working with solution developer Centrego on a further rang...

Cleaning Show organisers announce new regional event in Manchester

As revealed in Cleanzine several weeks ago, The British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media, organisers of the UK's largest dedicated cleaning & hygiene exhibition - The Cleaning Show - were searching for an appropriate venue in which to stage a similar, regional event in Manchester next year, following the successful show at London's ...

Irish Public Accounts Committee questions "astonishing" amount spent on hospital cleaning

Questions are being asked about the Irish Health Service Executive's €38 million spend on external cleaning companies last year. An item in this week's Irish Times cites a letter sent by HSE assistant national director Ray Mitchell, to the Dail Public Accounts Committee, which is said to have reported that the contract cleaning bill had r...

Window cleaning company fined for safety breaches

A window cleaning firm and its sole director have been fined for health and safety breaches after the company was employed to clean the windows at a nursing home. The Health and Safety Executive successfully prosecuted Brian Stubbs (director) and Brian Stubbs & Company at Stafford Magistrates' Court after a window cleaner was observed stan...

Clean Hands Safe Hands receives US Patent for hand hygiene technology

Clean Hands Safe Hands' award winning hand hygiene monitoring system has received a US patent for its Natural Language Voice Reminder and its variable detection range technology, which in a year-long peer reviewed clinical research study, demonstrated the ability to improve hand hygiene by more than 400%. Clean Hands Safe Hands, helps reduce t...

Poppies Europe approved to join CHSA's Accreditation Scheme for Soft Tissue

Following a comprehensive audit conducted by the Accreditation Scheme's independent auditor Martin Yates, Poppies Europe been approved to join the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Soft Tissue. The company's acceptance into the Scheme follows its acquisition of the away from home div...

Congratulations Morclean: 'Green World Ambassador 2015'!

Morclean tells us it is proud to have won The Green World Ambassador Award 2015, having been given the opportunity to put the company forward after winning The Green Apple Award 2014 for Environmental Best Practice with its Bin Wash City - the battery driven bin wash machine - in a competition that saw it pitted against more than 500 other nomina...

Tork is headline sponsor of 2015 Loo of the Year Awards

Tork manufacturer SCA is raising its profile nationwide by signing a deal to become headline sponsor of this year's Loo of the Year awards. Tork, Europe's leading professional hygiene paper brand, has been an associate sponsor of the Awards for the past eight years.[TRIMTO] "We at Tork have always fully supported the Loo of the Year Awards'...

University praises "exceptional" support from Lanes Group to resolve sewage pump failure

Lanes Group has been praised for its fast action in response to a drainage fault at a Scottish university that resulted in sewage building up inside a deep sump chamber. Facilities managers at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen said the Lanes team's rapid response helped make sure the drainage pump failure was resolved with minimum disruptio...

Chicopee provides charity support

Chicopee has been donating cloths and wipes to FoodCycle, a charity running community projects to reduce food poverty and social isolation across the UK, since 2011 and now also provides the charity's community cafe 'Pie in the Sky', in Bromley-by-Bow, London, with its cleaning products. Pie in the Sky runs a training programme for volunteers to ...

Beverly Hills Pays 0 for every new waterless urinal installed

While most residents of the state of California are now required to scale back water consumption by 25%, in Beverly Hills the reduction is 35%. This is because the city, as well as its residents, has historically used more water than other communities in the state, mostly for lavish landscaping. In a rush to find ways to reduce consumption, th...

Introducing CleanCore Technologies...

CleanCore Technologies, which manufactures aqueous ozone cleaning systems, was started nearly six years ago. The company was first known as Viriditec but changed its name to CleanCore Technologies in 2014 - although the name Viriditec is still used for the company's products that are marketed and sold in Canada. While CleanCore is nearly six y...

"Fair deal for cleaners makes business sense for our industry," says Nviro

The Government's commitment to raising the bar for low-paid workers has been welcomed by cleaning and facilities management services company Nviro, which is calling on the rest of the industry to go further by supporting a true 'living wage' for its employees. Nviro managing director Brian Warren is urging the cleaning industry to move away fr...

How much is a comfortable seat worth?

When RCM decided to introduce a small, ride-on scrubber drier, the Italian manufacturer took into consideration all the technical and structural options that would produce a strong, efficient and reliable machine that was economically enough to compare favourably with a walk behind machine. "Convenience is measured, above all, in the benefits ...

Matrix has added two heavy duty chassis to its range

Offered in two designs to fit many of the British manufacturer's commercial steam cleaning and gum removal machines, the new chassis allow the machine user to manoeuvre the machine more easily and more safely over large areas and uneven surfaces.[TRIMTO] T: +44 (0) 1772 431906 E:  W:  www.matrixcleaningsystems.co.uk ...

Have your say on cutting red tape in the waste industry

The Government has launched the Cutting Red Tape programme and it is asking the waste & recycling industry to get involved. 'Cutting Red Tape' aims to get rid of unnecessary bureaucracy. It intends to shine a light on out-of-date legislation and any confusing implementation, such as unhelpful government guidance or needlessly complex inspe...

Low energy air filters: Quick wins for energy savings in buildings

Camfil UK, a world leader in providing air filtration solutions for maintaining healthy and comfortable indoor environments, has published a paper highlighting the energy saving opportunities that arise from choosing effective air filtration systems within non-domestic buildings. Called 'Quick wins for energy savings in buildings: A Facilities...

3M innovation helps reduce costs and improve sustainability for ISS

3M's innovative range of floor pads and advanced cleaning and maintenance products is helping global facilities services company ISS to drive down costs and reduce its environmental footprint for the benefit of its customers worldwide. The inventor of the original non-woven floor pad, 3M is one of just two companies approved by ISS to supply f...

SNG Commercial expands its Professional product range

Following a successful launch, SNG Commercial has added a number of new products to its Professional range, including handwashes, laundry powders and trigger sprays. SNG's Professional range, which includes the Muvo, Senses and Moss & Rowe brands, has the integrity of the brand leaders but at a more commercially viable price point and is ...

New high performance sweeping attachment: The Sweepertec

July brings the launch of Brushtec's new high performance forklift sweeping attachment range: The Sweepertec. The 100% British-made, new brush system is designed for sites that only occasionally need to be swept and where the purchase of a dedicated sweeper and operator can not be justified. The brush module is designed to quickly and simply a...

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Vavea specifies Gast Group diaphragm pump for low maintenance Aeropulse atomiser

Vavea has specified the Gast Group's diaphragm pump for its low maintenance Aeropulse atomiser - an autonomous industrial cleansing and deodorising system designed for the diffusion of disinfectants and fragrances. It has been developed to offer a combination of reliability, cost efficiency and low maintenance functionality and, for this reas...

Popular family-friendly cleaning event returns to Wicksteed Park this September

On 12th September the National Carpet Cleaners Association will be holding its fifth Carpet Cleaners Carnival at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Open to everyone and free to attend, the Carpet Cleaners Carnival (CCC) is a popular event which brings together participants from the UK's flooring and soft furnishings cleaning industry,...

Cleaning contractor features in HSE's latest health & safety case study video

The Health & Safety Executive occasionally produces video and narrative case studies, where businesses tell their stories of how they manage health & safety effectively and proportionately and how online HSE guidance helps them to do so. The latest suite of case studies includes a video based on the experiences - and expertise - of a c...

Nilfisk acquires Auckland, New Zealand-based machinery specialist Kerrick

Nilfisk Group has completed the acquisition of Kerrick, a large New Zealand/Australian supplier of professional cleaning equipment. Nilfisk says that the acquisition is part of its growth strategy with the aim of playing an active part in the consolidation of the cleaning equipment industry. With Kerrick, Nilfisk's footprint in the Pacific re...

CIRI's Spring 2016 Science & Research Symposium: first call for papers

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute International, planning for its Spring 2016 Cleaning Science & Research Symposium 'Cleaning Science, Health, Environment, and The Clean Standard: [TRIMTO] Field Testing, New Research, Innovative Methods, Findings, and Challenges' (date, details, and location to be announced), has made its first ca...

Metal recycling firm fined after worker suffered hand and arm injuries

Totternhoe Metal Recycling has been fined after a worker was injured whilst delivering waste metal. The 40 year old worker from Bedfordshire, who does not wish to be named, lost the top of his thumb and suffered damage to his hand and arm in the incident which happened last April at The Recycling Centre, The Lime Works in Totternhoe.[TRIMTO] L...

Why do clients buy services from facilities management companies?

For the last three years, Mitie has engaged with senior property and facilities management directors through a series of research projects, conducting extensive interviews to really build a detailed understanding of the factors that are influencing the shape and operation of commercial property estates. In 2015 the group extended the research...

Worries rise over outbreaks of Avian Flu in West Africa

Fears are growing that without timely intervention to stem outbreaks of the highly virulent Avian Flu virus H5N1 across West Africa, further spread across the region and beyond is inevitable. The Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is calling for million for prevention and response activities that will include infect...

UK government agrees high level principles for stewardship regime for rodenticides

A cross-government 'Oversight Group' has agreed a set of high-level principles to assist industry in developing stewardship regimes to control the use of rodenticides. Regulatory risk assessments concluded that the outdoor use of First and Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (FGARs and SGARs) present a higher level of risk to animals ...

Manual cleaning 'not a Goa' says Indian tourism minister

So much rubbish is being washed ashore along the coast of one of the world's most popular tourist destinations - Goa - that manual cleaning is no longer practical. As a result, one of the areas - the Calangute-Candolim beach stretch, is to undergo mechanised beach cleaning in the future. Talking to a Times of India reporter at Calangute beac...

Vacuum cleaner accessories manufacturer Wessel-Werk introduces new nozzles at IFA 2015

Wessel-Werk, which manufactures vacuum cleaner accessories for the commercial, industrial and consumer markets, is introducing its new collection of nozzles for energy saving vacuum cleaners according to EU Energy Regulation 2017, at the upcoming Berlin trade fair IFA 2015. The RD 278 and RD 297 universal floor nozzles, and the CN 250 crevice ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   I read an interesting article last week, penned by Andy Monteith, Baker Tilly's head of construction, in which has asked readers to consider how they handle contracts that the ...

Idexx Water Division launches Quanti-Tray Sealer Plus

Idexx, the global specialist in rapid microbiological testing for water, has announced the European launch of a next-generation instrument that automates sample handling for bacterial enumeration. The new Quanti-Tray Sealer Plus provides increased productivity through improved functionality when compared to its predecessor. The Quanti-Tray Sea...

Children are the future...of messy cars

The nations' cars (and that includes company cars that employees have for personal use too) are a breeding ground for bugs and dangerous bacteria, including staphylococcus and eColi, according to new research from car buying and selling website Carfused.com. After undertaking research which revealed that nearly one in 10 Brits (8%) admit to h...

Tissue World Jakarta preliminary agenda announced

The future trends of Southeast Asia are crucial for the global tissue paper industry: where next for a market that has experienced such rapid and aggressive growth? With a two day conference, 15 exhibiting sponsors and social functions, Tissue World Jakarta, which is being held on 28th and 29th October 2015, should provide some answers. The...

FSC certification yields financial benefits for tropical forest businesses, shows WWF report

A new WWF cost-benefit analysis of Forest Stewardship Council certification on a cross-section of forest operators finds that tropical and small or medium producers, regardless of geography, can benefit significantly from attaining FSC certification. The 'Profitability & Sustainability in Responsible Forestry: Economic impacts of FSC certi...

PortionPac introduces safer, better, smarter solutions

PortionPac Chemical Corporation, which since 1964 has been providing pre-measured, maximum concentrate, portion control detergents in water-soluble packs, tells us that it has improved its entire product line including formulations, packaging and manufacturing, with a view to providing safer, better and smarter solutions for its customers. Thi...

£50k finance deal fuels growth for Warrington cleaning equipment firm

A Warrington cleaning equipment business, which was started by three former colleagues, is on target to create new jobs and significantly increase turnover following a new funding facility from Ultimate Finance. Peter and Deborah Bird, along with Karl Teare, started Rokserv six years ago to sell and refurbish industrial cleaning equipment. The...

MRSA epidemic fuelling antibiotic resistance

Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA), the antibiotic resistant form of Staphylococcus aureus, is rampant in US healthcare facilities, in the community, in livestock and in the environment, according to Jeanine Thomas, founder the MRSA Survivors Network. Jeanine is calling for a comprehensive, aggressive approach to reducing infe...

Brayborne re-awarded cleaning contract with Eastleigh College & Quilley School of Engineering for third time since 2001

Brayborne Facilities Services, one of the UK's leading contract cleaning companies, has been re-awarded the cleaning contract for Eastleigh College & Quilley School of Engineering. With a strong presence across the south of England in the specialist education sector, Brayborne has been working successfully with Eastleigh College & Qui...

Have you got your Unger 'Dog Eared' squeegee channel yet?

...nce of receiving one. Click on the Unger advertisement in the right hand column of today's issue of Cleanzine. T: +44 (0)1902 306633 E: W: www.ungerglobal.com ...

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Delphis Eco chosen to represent 'Green Pillar' by UKTI

Delphic Eco has been chosen by UK Trade & Investment as the only company to represent the 'Green Pillar' in the Government backed 'GREAT Britain' campaign. This is an impressive accolade for the privately owned all-British company which is a leader in the ecological cleaning products market for the commercial sector in the UK - as only 300...

UK show debut for Citymaster 1600

The latest addition to Hako's impressive line-up of sweepers is to make its UK debut at the country's top event for recycling and waste management professionals. Visitors to the Hako stand at RWM (September 15th -17th at Birmingham's NEC) will be able to get a close up look at the first Citymaster 1600 Citycleaner to arrive in the country and dis...

Study finds important gaps in evidence for best methods for cleaning hospital rooms

Tray tables, bed rails, light switches and toilets - all common surfaces that provide the perfect opportunity for swapping germs between patients and healthcare workers. While a new systematic overview in this week's 'Annals of Internal Medicine' points to several promising cleaning tactics for these 'high-touch surfaces', there's a lack of ev...

Norse adds £2.3m cleaning contracts across the UK

Norse Commercial Services and its subsidiaries around the UK have added over £2.3 million worth of new cleaning contracts in the last month. The Norfolk based group has won two major new contracts in Norwich and Cambridge, as well as three others through its joint venture companies in Enfield Medway and Devon. The three-year agreement...

The future of Europe is circular...

Europe could gain around 50 billion euros and 300,000 jobs by moving to a circular economy, according to The Dutch organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). The term 'circular economy' has existed for around five years. It emerged from a thought that is occurring to more and more people, namely, that the population is increasing whil...

Fewer than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health

Fewer than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health, according to a recently released report from a leading expert in leadership development, with only 46% of firms regarding staff health as an employer's responsibility. This is despite the fact that 82.8% of companies believe that business performance and staff well...

Collaboration will boost production of EDLC carbon-based aluminum batteries

Tantech Holdings, the manufacturer of bamboo-based charcoal products, has announced that it has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Zhejiang EGE Battery Manufacturing to jointly develop, market, and sell carbon based aluminum batteries. The batteries, using Tantech's Electric Double-Layer Capacitor carbon material for the cath...

Hygiene practices have helped keep Ebola out of the classroom

As students in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone begin their summer holidays, measures put in place to protect them from the Ebola virus are being credited with having helped keep classrooms free from any infections. Across the three countries, there have been no reported cases of a student or teacher being infected at a school since strict hyg...

Prochem wins eco standard accreditation

With chemical products under more scrutiny than most, it's reassuring to know you can purchase cleaning solutions from manufacturers with a high profile of environmental awareness. The label to look out for is British Standard EN ISO 14001:2004 - and after an extensive audit of the company's Environmental Management System, Prochem Europe has bee...

Italians visit Matrix

It's not quite what we'd term a 'busman's holiday' in the UK (a holiday in which holidaymakers do much the same as they do at work) but it came close to it, when staff from Doman, the Italian steam technology specialist, took advantage of a month-long shutdown throughout August to visit Matrix Cleaning Systems, the British steam technology specia...

TCFM wins cleaning contract with Rugby Premiership Champions

TC Facilities Management tells us it is delighted to announce the award of the cleaning contract at the Allianz Park, home of the 2015 Rugby Premiership Champions, Saracens. Following a rigorous tender process, TCFM has successfully secured the exclusive contract to provide all area cleaning at Allianz Park, located in North London. Along with...

How a water-based residual surface modification technology could help protect the workplace

Goldshield Technologies has developed a surface modification technology that is capable of leaving a mono molecular antimicrobial layer on any surface once dry. The product can be applied like any other liquid sanitiser to a surface, and not only will it kill microorganisms on contact, it will continue to provide protection for up to 14 days. ...

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SCA partners 2theloo as new toilet facility opens in London

The UK's first 2theloo toilet facility - sponsored by Tork manufacturer SCA - was officially opened by Margriet Leemhuis, Deputy Head of Mission at the Dutch Embassy, in London's Covent Garden on August 26th. 2theloo is a highly successful international chain of away-from-home 'toilet stores'. Equipped with Tork toilet tissue, hand towels and ...

Meridian pressure washers for when the going gets tough

Morclean has launched a new range of extreme heavy duty, high pressure cleaners and jetters. The Meridian range includes cold water mobile and static units, hot water mobile units and cold water engine driven units. The machines are fitted with extra heavy duty high pressure pumps and feature robust frames and double thickness stainless steel...

Ecolab to acquire select assets of Swisher Hygiene

Ecolab has reached an agreement to acquire the US operations of Swisher Hygiene for approximately million in cash. Swisher Hygiene provides hygiene and sanitising solutions for the foodservice, hospitality, retail and healthcare markets. Sales in 2014 for the operations included in the agreement were approximately 6 million. Founded...

New networking tool lets visitors make the most of CMS

Messe Berlin has a new networking tool for trade visitors attending CMS Berlin 2015. Ideal for those wishing to arrive at the show fully prepared, this tool can be used to set up appointments and establish new business contacts before the event has even started.[TRIMTO] The CMS networking tool has a database of suitable business contacts with ...

Rosemor to launch new product range at CMS Berlin

Rosemor International is returning to the CMS exhibition in Berlin later this month to launch its new product range (stand 203a, Hall 1.3). Rosemor's Efi Rosen tells us that the company has been working hard with its customers around the world to develop the best solution to escalator and travelator cleaning. Dealing directly with British cust...

Extraction cleaning - the power of powders

Many professional contract cleaning companies opt to use powdered carpet cleaning detergents, over liquids. The main justification is cost. Here, Phil Jones, sales manager and Prochem training course instructor, looks at the options currently on offer from the company... "Often, powdered detergents can actually go much further due to dilution ...

Ladder Association launches 2015 Ladder Exchange

The Ladder Association has launched this year's Ladder Exchange, which will run from 1st September to 31st December. Established by the Health & Safety Executive in 2007 - and now run and managed by the industry trade body - the campaign has already resulted in thousands of 'dodgy' ladders being taken out of service. The Ladder Exchange al...

Sink or swim for industrial equipment: pH neutral rust remover saves equipment otherwise written-off

NCH Europe has this week launched X-Rust 7, a powerful pH neutral rust removal solution. Designed for the immersion of steel based plant and machinery equipment, X-Rust 7 eliminates even the most severe rust in 24 hours. The solution is pH neutral, dilutes 1:10, is effective at room temperature and leaves a temporary protective coating after ...

The Esprit streamlines FM cleaning

An all-purpose machine which streamlines cleaning processes for the facilities management market has been launched in the UK. The introduction of the Duomatic Esprit scrubber dryer follows the announcement of the new partnership between cleaning system specialist Wetrok and national distributor and training provider Jigsaw Cleaning Systems. We...

Vectair Systems launches four new aerosol fragrance ranges

Vectair Systems, famous for its leading hygiene solutions and sanitary brands across 120 countries worldwide, has grouped its new and existing Airoma aerosol fragrances into four new ranges, which are: Classics, Fruits, Oriental, and Airoma Therapy & Spa. These ranges make it easier for customers to identify suitable fragrances for their ...

ISSA names new executive director and board members

Congratulations to John Barrett, who took up his new role as executive director of the ISSA this week, and the new board members. John Barrett replaces John Garfinkel, who will work in a consultative capacity through 2016 to facilitate a smooth transition. John Barrett has served as an ISSA board member for the past six years, with the last th...

Soapbox: CIPD calls for balance in debate on zero hours contracts

Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, writes in response to yesterday's Office for National Statistics report on zero-hours contracts, which have shown a modest increase: "The latest ONS statistics suggest that there has been a further modest increase in the number of people on zero-hou...

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CHSA audits 1,400 products in first half of 2015

From centrefeed rolls and toilet tissue, light duty 5Kg sacks to extra heavy duty 20Kg sacks and mop heads with yarn of 110g to 568g, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's (CHSA) Independent Inspector has audited over 1,400 individual products and more than 800 labels for Scheme compliance in the first half of 2015. The inspectio...

New document offers insights into benefits of integrated pest management strategy

A new document, 'Can you afford to lose 200% of your budget for every pest outbreak?' offers insights into the importance of a pest management strategy for business continuity as well as the impact on an organisation if it suffers an outbreak. Published by Emprise, the well-known support services provider, the document shows how not having an ...

HydraMaster announces new UK representation: Carpet Cleaners World - UK

HydraMaster has announced its new Master Distributor for the UK - Craig Lincoln and Carpet Cleaners World - UK. Craig has an extensive history of working alongside cleaning and restoration professionals throughout the UK and continental Europe and has now developed his own company, which will be selling HydraMaster truckmounts, accessories, tools...

Mitie retains London street furniture cleaning contract with TfL

Mitie has retained the street furniture cleaning and maintenance contract with Transport for London, in a five-year deal valued at over £16m. This is the second time that Mitie's transport team has retained the contract, having originally won it in 2004 and keeping it in 2008. The TfL contract has enabled the team to increase by 25 membe...

Principle Cleaning's growth leads to head office move

Principle Cleaning has moved to new office premises to cater for the growth of the business. The Golden Services Award winner has relocated its head office staff from Hornsey, North London, into larger, more central offices following recruitment and business expansion. Founded by Doug Cooke in 1989, the company has expanded significantly and n...

OspreyDeepclean and Franke GmbH now stronger thanks to acquisition

OspreyDeepclean tells us it is delighted to be able to announce a new, strengthened organisational structure following the acquisition of both OspreyDeepclean and sister company Frank GmbH, by the current management who now own the majority shareholding. "It's a very exciting time for both companies," says Thomas Stuecken, chairman of OspreyDe...

CBI "crying wolf on living wage" says union

The GMB union is accusing the Confederation of British Industry of yet again "crying wolf" over the impact the incoming National Living Wage is likely to have on companies, just like it did when the National Minimum Wage was introduced. "When the national minimum wage was introduced, the CBI predicted that there would be substantial job losses...

Group to present new rail vehicle cleaning standard derived from practical experience

Of interest no doubt to anyone involved in keeping our rail networks clean, the Working Group for Rail Vehicle Cleaning - Rail-Media Institute: VR 115 BMI, will be presenting at the upcoming CMS Berlin, a working standard that has been derived from practical experience. The VR 115 BMI quality management standard has been developed through coll...

OneStep cleaning system for swimming pools launched

OneStep, a new system for cleaning the bottom of swimming pools, has been launched by by Dr. Rauwald Reinigungssysteme off the back of a system initially developed for the environmentally-friendly and efficient cleaning of hard floor surfaces - especially porcelain stoneware tiles. The new, tenside-free cleaners, Pool A(alkaline) and Pool S (a...

City of Montreal to install 12 self-cleaning toilets in million project

Those who are out and about in the Borough of Ville-Marie in Montreal will, from next year, find it easier to visit a public loo, thanks to a new initiative that will see the city installing 12 self-cleaning public toilets over the next three years at a cost of around million a year. The budget was passed last week, despite a similar initia...

ACI AG's new Fresh Wave IAQ gel eliminates unpleasant odours

Applied Chemicals International AG's new Fresh Wave IAQ is a pH-neutral gel that effectively and permanently eliminates odours at the molecular level, replacing them with a pleasant and subtle fragrance.[TRIMTO] This odour eliminator is based on essential oils including those obtained from pine needles, aniseed, cloves, cedar wood and limes, a...

Hako strengthens its presence in key region

A leading supplier of cleaning equipment has strengthened its presence in the North East of England after delivering 10 new sweepers to one of the region's largest local authorities. Newcastle City Council has now taken delivery of 10 Citymaster 600s after Hako won a competitive tender to replace a fleet of machines that had reached the end of th...

Still some tickets available for next Thursday's BICSc Annual Awards 2015

The countdown to one of the UK cleaning industry's most glittering events is well and truly on, and guests at next Thursday's BICSc Annual Awards can look forward to an evening of live music and entertainment, awards ceremony, auctions and late night DJ. If you want to join them, we understand that there may still be some  tickets availa...

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LMCCA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with CRCII and PCRA

Three long-time professional associations formalised an agreement recently that the organisations' leaders say will lead to stronger ties, shared resources and cross-membership for members (Ed: something worth noting by associations worldwide). The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding means greater organisational stability and growth for...

Vectair Systems on the way to green glory

Hearty congratulations to Vectair Systems, for winning a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.  Having competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, the company will be presented with the Green Appl...

Educational sessions to focus on infection prevention

Infection prevention products and solutions provider PDI is to host educational sessions focused on infection prevention in environmental services at the 2015 AHE Exchange, an annual educational exhibition and conference attended by more than 600 professionals with an interest in caring for the healthcare environment. The event will take place in...

Healthy Handwashing Survey results now in

The results are in for Bradley's 2015 Healthy Hand Washing Survey, which this January queried 1,030 American adults online about their hand washing habits in public washooms as well as their concerns about germs, colds and the flu. Participants were from around the country, ranged in age from 18 - 65+, and were fairly evenly split between men (47...

Humans vs. robots to reduce HAIs: environmental hygiene advocates warn against a 'singular' mindset

When it comes to reducing the spread of preventable healthcare-associated infections (pHAIs) in hospital rooms, two advocates of intervention programmes are calling for collaboration instead of over-hyped single solutions that can pit humans against new technologies. In a newly published article, 'Labour vs. New Technology: Can a Robot Process...

Minster Cleaning Services helps Southport Medical Centre to CQC inspection success

Minster Cleaning Services Lancashire has achieved more great feedback from a medical centre cleaning contract following the centre's first Care Quality Commission inspection. The cleaning team was asked to go in and do some additional work and checking to ensure that the visit went as smoothly as possible. Following this work and the inspectio...

Win a pressure washer: 'Grime To Shine' contest calls for cleaning project pics

People who have used a pressure washer for an outdoor cleaning project will agree that there is something very satisfying about blasting surfaces to see them go from 'grime to shine' right before your eyes. B riggs & Stratton - whose products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents - wants ...

ABM rebrands GBM Support Services Group

Facility solutions provider ABM, which has revenues of approximately billion and 120,000 employees in over 300 offices throughout the US, the UK and various international locations, announced this week that it is rebranding GBM Support Services Group and its Eclipse and CGS businesses, under the ABM brand. GBM provides cleaning, security, ...

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New at CMS Berlin:

Pancomp International Oy - Hall 3.2 / Stand 111: Smartphone app for tracking work times Finnish company Pancomp International provides innovative mobile time and workflow management solutions as well as quality assurance systems for companies engaged in building cleaning and other services.[TRIMTO] In addition to the existing, easy-to-use h...

SCA provides supplies and tips for keeping it clean during Papal events in Philadelphia

SCA is provided several of its products during the recent Papal visit to Philadelphia.[TRIMTO] To promote hygiene among the expected crowds, the company is providing hand sanitiser stations for events at the Philadelphia International Airport, the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter & Paul and the two Papal events on the Benjamin Franklin Parkw...

New at CMS Berlin:

Papernet S.p.A. - Hall 3.2, Stand 110 - Dissolve tech towels: tear-resistant, absorbent and water-soluble Italian company Papernet has included a new and unusual line of products in its range: Dissolve tech towels. When dry, these folded towels and towel rolls are tear-resistant, absorbent and as easy to use as a standard paper towel, yet when...

CMS Purus Awards winners 2015

One of the highlights of the first day of CMS Berlin was the presentation of the CMS Purus Awards 2015 for outstanding design. This year the competition attracted 62 entries from over 40 exhibitors, of which 15 entries made it through to the final round of the two-stage selection process. Nilfisk, Vileda, SCA and Karcher were the winners. In t...

New at CMS Berlin:

Pfennig Reinigungstechnik GmbH - Hall 4.2 / Stand 212 - MopFloat dispensing trough with dispensing rings An innovative system for the reliable and effective cleaning and disinfection of surfaces in all categories of clean rooms, including sterile areas, MopFloat complies with the hygienic design recommendations and specifications for precise p...

New at CMS Berlin:

Stein Deutschland GmbH - Hall 3.2 / Stand 205 - Teamdress polo tunics First impressions count, and this is especially true of staff uniforms. Wearers should feel comfortable and fashionable, but the clothing should also be practical. These polo tunics satisfy these conditions, combining the functionality of a tunic with that of a polo shir...

New at CMS Berlin

Schneidereit GmbH - Hall 4.2, Stand 203: New TRAC Time Recording & Controlling system Schneidereit has developed a system for recording attendance times - T.R.A.C. The acronym stands for 'Time Recording and Controlling' and the system enables the deployment of staff in buildings to be organised more efficiently and more economically. Th...

British Institute of Cleaning Science recognises industry achievers at glittering awards dinner

It was an evening of entertainment, networking and first-class cuisine, as over 200 guests gathered at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham for the BICSc Annual Awards. The black-tie event attracted cleaning and facilities management professionals from across the industry who enjoyed a memorable evening, which saw 11 awar...

Silicon Valley waterless car wash company unveils campaign to save two billion gallons of water a year

Silicon Valley-based Eco Green Auto Clean, the eco-friendly car wash product developer that boasts clients such as Google, Apple and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, has officially launched its water awareness campaign, 'One Cup, One Car', which aims to save 2 billion gallons of water a year.[TRIMTO] As California struggles through its fourth year of se...

New at CMS Berlin:

Joest GmbH - Hall 3.2 / Stand 218 - Compact versions of the floor sander The BigBoy junior (on left in picture) is ideal for dealing with both large and small surfaces. Covering a very compact area and with reduced weight, it enables sanding, cleaning or polishing to be carried out quickly and efficiently. Like the larger model it can tac...

New UV System offers advanced reporting and powerful performance against infections

Clorox Healthcare, in partnership with Ultraviolet Devices - a leader in ultraviolet technology, announced the introduction of the Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV Enlight System at the Association for the Healthcare Environment annual conference. The Optimum-UV Enlight System kills a total of 31 pathogens and combines powerful UV technology with ...

New at CMS Berlin:

Schneidereit GmbH: Hall 4.2 / Stand 127 - EasyMopp washing machine monitors and validates disinfection process Schneidereit is presenting what it believes is a world first at CMS Berlin 2015: the EasyMopp washing machine. With its innovative single-button operating system the EasyMopp ensures safe cleaning of mops and cloths in compliance w...

New at CMS Berlin:

Hako GmbH - Hall 1.2 / Stand 200: Scrubmaster B75 R ride-on scrubber-cleaner 'agile and easy to use' Scrubmaster B75 R is the nifty new ride-on scrubber-cleaner from Hako, which can reach those areas that were previously restricted to hand-held machines and walk-behind scrubber-driers. Making its international debut at CMS Berlin 2015, this ma...

BCC members receive dividend after successful Cleaning Show

A portion of the funds raised through this year's Cleaning Show have been distributed amongst BCC members as a bonus for helping to make the move to London such a huge success. The six member associations to receive funds are: the Building Futures Group, the Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers` Association, the Federation of Window Clean...

New at CMS Berlin

MP hygiene - Hall 4.2, Stand 124 - Ultra-resistant paper towels and a quiet dispensing mechanism Made in France by first-time CMS Berlin exhibitor MP hygiene, ultra-resistant DESL+ paper towels are very strong, both when wet and also when dry. They are said to be 30% more absorbent than other types of paper towel and also more economical, usin...

The 'family friendly' cleaning event - a big hit again this year!

On September 12th the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) held its fifth Carpet Cleaners Carnival at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Launched in 2011and held annually since, the Carpet Cleaners Carnival (CCC) has proved extremely popular with both Association members and other companies within the cleaning industry. A fa...

The Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS)

To register please email: For further membership information visit: www.issa.com/emea and www.bicsbusinessservices.com

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Loo of the Year Awards welcomes increased public toilet entries

The 2015 Loo of the Year Awards inspections and grading has now been completed and despite the overall decline in public toilets throughout the UK, public toilet entries in the 2015 Loo of the Year awards increased by 28% compared to 2014, reports Awards managing director Mike Bone.[TRIMTO] "The evidence from our inspection visits is that alth...

Morclean on the way to green glory

Morclean has once again won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world's greenest countries, companies and communities - for its award winning BinWash City machine. Following previous success in 2014 and 2015 in the UK, Morclean competed against more than 500 other nominations in the International Green Wor...

Serving the needs of a broader range of users

Metsa Tissue has introduced a new range of Katrin dispensers, called the Katrin Inclusive range. This new range has been designed in collaboration with industry experts, as well as a wide variety of customers and end-users right across Europe, and takes into account the needs of a wide selection of users, including children, the elderly and those...

Prochem Europe: a real star!

...t I'll be able to bring the rug back into use again. Look out for my report in a future issue of Cleanzine... T: 0208 974 1515 E: W: www.prochem.co.uk ...

Margins remain under pressure in the UK contract cleaning market

The market for contract cleaning services in the UK has seen low level growth over the past two years and is now worth around £5.5 billion. Though the market was affected by the economic downturn, it has benefited from increased standards in cleanliness demanded by key areas such as health and food hygiene.[TRIMTO] Many contract clean...

Soapbox: Same road, different rules: what fleet drivers should know...

By Andrew Hogsden, senior manager, Strategic Fleet Consultancy, Lex Autolease Do you and/or your fleet drivers know the speed limit for lorries on a single carriageway in a non-built-up area of the UK? It appears that 81% of drivers don't and it could be fuelling frustration on the road, according to a study by AA Drive Tech.[TRIMTO] The an...

OspreyDeepclean launches CleanBox technology

OspreyDeepclean and sister company Frank GmbH launched their new CleanBox system at the Berlin exhibition last week and it proved to be a real crowd pleaser. The first fully integrated conveyor belt sanitation unit, CleanBox forms an integrated part of the conveyor belt and facilitates continuous sanitation - even during production - for enhan...

Ophardt Hygiene's new design elements enhance the appearance

The recently launched SanTral Next Generation range of stainless steel products from Ophardt hygiene combine many years of proven quality from this manufacturer with new design elements to create an elegant and stylish appearance that will blend in perfectly with the ambiance of public washrooms.[TRIMTO] Unlike many similar products with a sta...

Bright future for resource efficiency: as doors close on RWM 2015, the innovation continues

Novel approaches and practical insight to inspire a new generation of resource managers were championed at RWM 2015, organised by i2i Events Group in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management. The event, from 15th to 17th September at Birmingham's NEC, provided a packed programme for its 13,000 visitors (subject to offic...

Major brands support new Manchester event

As revealed in Cleanzine some months ago, April 2016 will see the launch of the new Manchester Cleaning Show - a regional spin-off trade event within the Cleaning Show portfolio. What we didn't know at that stage was whether it would win the support of the UK cleaning industry, but we're happy to report that things are looking positive... The ...

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust takes cleaning back in house

... likely to be eaten; and the cleanliness of our hospitals inside and out is vital to safe care." Cleanzine had reported on an issue that was being taken up by the GMB union at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals some months back over what the union claimed was Sodexo's failure to deal with staff concerns over lack of equipment - while ack...

Lack of loos hikes up cleaning costs

Truckers' Toilets UK Campaign's Gillian Kemp has alerted us to an item in the Express & Star, which describes how Stafford's Street Scene team has to clean up Prime Point Business Park off the A34 several times a week - a task that is adding over £7,000 to annual costs - simply because there aren't any toilet facilities. Apparently,...

Brightwell Dispensers launches new EcoMulti chemical dilution system

Building on the success of the popular Eco range of chemical dilution systems, Brightwell Dispensers has expanded its product offering and developed EcoMulti, which offers a cost-effective way of diluting multiple chemicals from one dispenser. “We recognised the emerging demand for dispensing solutions that can dilute multiple chemicals ...

Lanes engineers win seal of approval from wildlife attraction

Lanes Group drainage engineers have cleaned a seal enclosure at an aquarium while being watched by those who have had a vested interest in the quality of their work - the seals themselves. The seals remained in their Seal Cove home at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, while the team based at the Lanes depot in Newcastle carri...

CHSA's sell out Golf Day raises £5,500 for charity

One of the highlights of the calendar, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's annual Golf Day - held at Rudding Park in North Yorkshire - was a 'sell out', raising over £5,500 for the Chairman's charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee. 21 teams took to the course, each supported with a professional from the York...

New research reveals incorrect cleaning 'the major cause' of lack of legal floor compliance in wet leisure environments

A study of hundreds of leisure facilities by Bonasystems, the provider of specialist floor care products and services, has revealed that four-fifths (79%) of 'wet leisure' floor surfaces were not up to Health & Safety Executive standards used to prevent slips and trips and that incorrect cleaning - rather than floor specification - was a majo...

Twinkle Clean harnesses online technology and passes savings onto customers

Twinkle Clean's new online booking system for end of tenancy cleaning in London is proving its worth, according to the company's founder, Robert Garritano, who says: "Our customers love it. We've been able to make savings on administrative costs and pass these savings on to our customers. It's taken our office staff some getting used to though as...

Chicopee develops new system for tailor-made cleaning

Speciality cleaning wipes expert Chicopee, has developed a new dispensing system which allows users to create tailor-made, single-use wet wipes.[TRIMTO] The Single Use Dispense System (S.U.D.S.) comes with a choice of three different types of dry wipes delivered in a perforated roll, which can be used with cleaning chemicals that users already...

Early accolade for latest addition to Hako range

The latest addition to Hako's impressive line-up of sweepers has marked its UK debut by receiving a prestigious European accolade. The Citymaster 1600, seen at last week's RWM Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, has been certified and recommended by Germany's Aktion Gesunder Rucken (Campaign for Healthy Backs) and the Association of German Ba...

Want to do business in the Middle East?

Afidamp Servizi tells us that there are just a few stands remaining for Clean Middle East Pulire 2015, which is taking place from 2nd - 4th November at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, along with two pilot events - Gulf Laundrex & Linen Care and Gulf Car Wash & Car Care.[TRIMTO] The third edition of this grow...

NEHAWU union backs UCT cleaning staff in outsourcing dispute

Dozens of protesters have gathered at the University of Cape Town this week to show their support for cleaning staff whose work is outsourced - apparently to the cleaners' detriment. [TRIMTO] They include members of the Rhodes Must Fall protest group, students, cleaners, members of the National Education, Health & Allied Workers' Union and...

New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans Extend ABM's contract as Official Cleaning Partner

ABM has announced an extension of its contract as the official cleaning services partner for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (pictured), the home of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints. In addition, ABM's contract as the official cleaning services partner of Smoothie King Center, the home of the National Basketball Association's (NB...

How clean is your computer?

Did you know that the average desktop has around 150 times more bacteria than your kitchen table? It's a horrible thought and with many of us now eating 'al desko' we need to remember to keep them clean. Ten years ago, Durable UK launched its annual Computer Cleaning Month to highlight the importance of keeping the personal office environment ...

New escalator cleaning system launched

The REN escalator cleaning system is a low cost, one-person operational device that can clean an escalator in as little as five minutes. The system does not require power as it utilises the escalator's propulsion to generate the cleaning action. Launched last month at the Thai Clean Expo, it made a big impact with visitors.[TRIMTO] "As machine...

Cromwell takes a new approach to recycling

Cromwell Polythene has taken the 'on your bike' philosophy to heart... Six Cromwell employees, including managing director James Lee, are all sporting specially designed cycling jerseys and shorts, paid for by the company as part of its keep fit strategy, when they take to the roads. Between them, Team Cromwell cycle thousands of miles each ye...

Registration now open for 2016 WFBSC congress in Tokyo

Registration is now open for the 21st Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors, which is being held from 4th - 7th April 2016, at the Tokyo International Forum. "The theme of the congress is, 'Building Service Contractors: Services to create rich life' and we will examine and discuss the value of the building service in...

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2015-16 Free Local Authority WRAP Workshop dates announced

WRAP has announced its 2015 workshop programme for Local Authority waste & recycling officers in England. The workshops will take place in Birmingham city centre and the topics and dates are as follows: Approaches to Materials Sales - Wednesday 10th February 2016. This workshop aims to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills they...

One third of employers say more staff are going into work despite being ill

Nearly a third of employers have reported an increase in people coming to work while they are ill, according to the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development / Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey. The survey of nearly 600 employers finds that 31% have seen an increase in so-called 'presenteeism' in the last 12 months. It ...

Community hub celebrates five star hygiene rating

A community hub in Bromsgrove is celebrating after receiving a five star rating in a recent inspection by Worcestershire County Council. The Starlight Cafe in Humphrey Avenue, Charford, which is run by bdht, Bromsgrove's largest provider of affordable housing, was awarded full marks in its most recent assessment last month.[TRIMTO] Worcestersh...

Ausclean Pulire: three days of professional development start 19th October

International speakers from the USA, Europe and Australia will address key topics and concerns for the cleaning industry at Australia's only dedicated cleaning and hygiene exhibition taking place on the Gold Coast later this month. Addressing issues such as hospital infection, best practice procedures and Australian workplace laws, the free p...

New visuals show proper use of surface disinfecting products in healthcare environments

Infection prevention products and solutions specialist PDI, has released an infographic that highlights key challenges across various healthcare settings, as well as guidelines for selecting an appropriate disinfectant for the situation. This tool is part of a larger effort to raise awareness around steps hospitals can take to create efficienc...

Long service college contract for LCC

Cambridge Regional College has almost all the cleaning challenges known to man, but LCC Support Services has handled its cleaning for 15 years and enjoys the task. LCC even won a Golden Service Award for its amazing achievements on this site. As the college has expanded the cleaning horrors have increased too from the 20,000 students who drop ...

Cromwell extends washroom range

Cromwell Polythene has extended its washroom range with the introduction of a white LDPE saddle bag for the discreet disposal of feminine hygiene and other sanitary waste. Measuring 159mm (six inches) wide when open and 240mm (11 inches) in length, the sanitary bags fit most dispensing units for ease of use. Supplied block headed in 50s, the b...

Nationwide buys new headquarters

Nationwide Window Cleaning, the UK's largest window, gutter and high level cleaning business, has bought its own three storey, 800sq.m new office block at Colton Mill Office Park, Leeds. Based only 20 miles from its home for the last three years, the new site doubles its previous floor space and provides a range of additional facilities and antic...

New showroom delivers training and technology

National distributor and training provider Jigsaw Cleaning Systems has opened a dedicated training facility and showroom. The new centre in Chorley offers training, technology and expert advice, providing customers with a single-source support package. Training sessions will be delivered in the specialist academy, while the demonstration ar...

Cleaning gadget beats bacteria on shopping trolley handles

A 2011 study by the University of Arizona, found that 73% of shopping trolleys tested positive for faecal bacteria and 50% for E.coli. The handles are clearly a hotbed of germs, but now, an easy-to-use cleaning device that helps keep the handles of supermarket trollies free from bacteria is being trialled in leading supermarkets in the Middle...

Barry-Wehmiller to acquire Winkler+Dunnebier GmbH and POEM GmbH from Korber AG

Barry-Wehmiller Companies is to acquire the operations of Winkler+Dunnebier GmbH, including POEM (W+D). The acquisition includes W+D's operations in Neuwied and Lohne, Germany, along with the US subsidiary, W+D North America, and the Malaysian subsidiary, W+D Asia Pacific. It is anticipated that the deal will be finalised at the end of this y...

ISS Greece awarded for innovative safety- and people practices

In competition with other global industry leaders such as Coca-Cola and Vodafone, industry contractor ISS Greece has received four safety- and people-related awards in 2015. The awards highlight the company's innovative workplace practices. ISS Greece received, among others, a Silver award in the category 'Healthy Workplace Campaigns' for the ...

Evans' visit to Buckingham Palace

Representatives of Evans Vanodine were honoured to be in the presence of Royalty recently when Chairman Derek Evans and Peter Thompson, international sales manager, visited Buckingham Palace to attend a special business reception and accept an award for International Trade, in recognition of its outstanding overseas sales growth over the last thr...

Financial rewards for keeping Indian public health facilities clean

An awards programme that offers financial reward in an effort to promote hygiene in public health facilities, was the subject of a workshop held in Srinagar, India, last week. During the workshop, the Minister for Health & Medical Education, Chaudhary Lal Singh, asked delegates to dedicate themselves to improving cleanliness in public heal...

Inexpensive cleaning robots being developed to cater for growing market

A recent report issued by Allied Market Research indicates that the robotics market, which was valued at .78bn in 2012, will continue to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.4% annually until the end of the forecast period in 2020 - something Toronto, Canada-based Great Rock Development will be catering for with its return to the robotic...

Survey reveals 10% of Brits don't change underwear every day... personal hygiene takes a back seat to staying in bed once winter sets in

A study of 2,000 adults undertaken by Geberit AquaClean revealed major differences in personal hygiene routines in the Winter versus Summer, with many Brits (33%) halving the amount of time they spend in the bathroom during the colder weather from 30 minutes to just 15 and a staggering 10% of adults admitting that they don't change their underwea...

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Bosch is launching full range of heavy duty tools for grounds maintenance crews

Bosch Professional will be unveiling what it says is a groundbreaking range of heavy duty, battery-powered additions to its Professional garden portfolio at the Saltex exhibition (4th and 5th November at the NEC, Birmingham). All products in the extended range offer a low vibration, low noise, low maintenance cost alternative to petrol-powere...

Reap the benefits of the One Fuelcard

The Fuelcard People have announced the launch of a new product that will offer exclusive benefits to its customers - the One Fuelcard. The One Fuelcard offers access to the largest fixed price fuel network in the whole of the UK (more than 50% of all UK filling stations). It also covers all Shell sites and all Esso stations, as well as all Top...

Campaign launches to change behaviour towards chewing gum disposal

One of the busiest streets in London has been transformed like never before, as The Chewing Gum Action Group launched its national campaign to reduce gum litter, transforming the dotted grey pavements on Oxford Street with brightly-coloured circles to highlight the significant amount of gum that is dropped. As this short BBC video shows ( www...

Fly-tipping statistics 2014/15, released this week, show illegal dumping is on the increase

The latest UK Government reports into fly-tipping, published on Tuesday, show that despite the threat of more severe fines for those convicted of the illegal dumping of waste, the practise is on the increase, with the estimated cost of clearance to local authorities in England alone in 2014/15 nearly £50 million - an 11% increase on 2013/14...

2015 American Cleaning Institute Sustainability Report features first-ever 'Critical Issue' assessment for cleaning products industry

The American Cleaning Institute's 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry's progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI's first-ever industry 'materiality assessment', which maps the critical risks and opportunities facing its value chain.[TRIMTO] The materiality assessment, conducted by sustainability a...

Steam clean the streets with Matrix

Chewing gum is a huge problem - not just for local authorities, but for commercial property owners, transport companies and property management companies who are responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of buildings, streets or commercial transport. Matrix has invested significant development time over the last 10 years to come up with econo...

CHSA members raise £8,500 for charity

Members and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association have raised £8,500 so far in 2015 for the Chairman's Charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee. "We're very proud to raise money for charity and each year we pick a charity with which there is a personal connection for someone within the CHSA or one that ...

Hefter and Denis Rawlins team up to promote innovative scrubber-dryers across UK

Cleaning contractors and facilities managers looking to exploit innovative floor cleaning technology are the target for a new alliance between the UK's Denis Rawlins and Germany's Hefter Cleantech, which manufactures scrubber-dryers. Hefter Cleantech has appointed Denis Rawlins - which has over 40 years' experience advising and supporting comp...

Bunzl to acquire Planet Clean Canada

Planet Clean Canada, which is based in Vancouver, British Colombia and operates throughout Western Canada, is to be acquired by Bunzl. Planet Clean is principally engaged in the sale and distribution of cleaning and hygiene supplies and equipment to a variety of customer markets including the healthcare, hospitality, food processing, governme...

ISSA names first franchise member

Building maintenance company City Wide Franchise, has announced that it is the first franchise member of the ISSA. Through a special membership package, the company can now offer its franchise partners the opportunity to join the ISSA at a significantly discounted rate.[TRIMTO] "The ISSA is proud to welcome City Wide Franchise to our associati...

Georgia-Pacific Professional unveils new innovations under new GP Pro brand name

Georgia-Pacific Professional has, this week, introduced its new brand name - GP Pro - which, it says, "represents a multi-year strategy to aggressively invigorate GP Pro's innovation pipeline and an elevated customer focus on product portfolio". GP Pro's focus on its customers includes these latest innovations: Compact with ActiveAire tis...

Night-time city trek raises cash for good cause

Staff at one of the UK's leading suppliers of cleaning equipment have been trekking through the night to raise nearly £1,900 for charity. A team of 10 people from Hako, based in Crick, Northamptonshire were amongst thousands of people who took part in Cancer Research UK's recent Shine Night Walk through the streets of London. Together th...

Business Performance Group acquires janitorial sales agency Sans Peur from owner Rob Sutherland

Rob Sutherland has joined The Business Performance Group UK as business development director, Jan/San, as part of The Business Performance Group's acquisition of Sans Peur (Spa Fitting and Cleaning). Rob will be reporting to Jade Wilson, sales director. Gordon Christiansen, non-executive director, is excited about what this acquisition means f...

Sodexo achieves ISO55001 for global asset management

Sodexo has become the first services provider to offer a global asset management service in compliance with ISO55001:2014 - having, at the end of a two year project, received the accreditation for its global asset management framework and for the application of the framework at AstraZeneca's Alderley Park and Macclesfield sites. Sodexo is lead...

Two Gojo employees honoured as summit of Sustainability Changemakers

Two Gojo employees have received the first-ever Sustainability Changemaker award from Keep Akron Beautiful and the Summit of Sustainability. Facilities & resource management director Tom Marting and Global sustainability marketing director Nicole Koharik, were each recognised as a Sustainable Changemaker, a person who is a driving force fo...

NewVoiceMedia helps Vax clean up at MCCF Awards

NewVoiceMedia, a global provider of cloud technology which helps businesses sell more, serve better and grow faster, has helped Vax win Contact Centre of the Year - over 50 seats, at the Midlands Contact Centre Forum Awards. Run by The UK Contact Centre Forum, the Awards recognise the excellent people, processes and technology that make up the...

Entrance matting market set to be worth ,722.3 million by 2020

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The UK cleaning industry celebrates its best: Golden Service Awards 2015 Winners announced

The cream of the UK cleaning industry gathered at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane last Friday, to celebrate the achievements of those who'd entered the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2015 and hear the winners announced. The following 23 winners are now officially the Best in the UK Cleaning In...

Hako's new Combi 400 sweeper-scrubber sets standards

The latest advancement in ride-on cleaning technology is now available in the UK with the launch of a new sweeper-scrubber drier from Hako. Ideal for use in all heavy-duty applications, the Powerboss Combi 400 is particularly suited to warehouses, multi-storey car parks and other environments that require long run times and exceptional manoeuv...

LooBlade - a toilet cleaning revolution

Spyglass Innovations' Garry Stewart has attracted 87 backers and a total of £28,336 in funding, with his Kickstarter campaign in which he aimed to raise £20,000 to bring his LooBlade toilet cleaning brush to market. And with the campaign not due to end until next Thursday, November 5th at 18:24, who knows how much more interest th...

Next week's MECTW proudly launches 'Unsung City Cleaning Heroes' initiative

Middle East Cleaning Technology Week (MECTW) is proud to announce the launch of a first-of-its-kind initiative in the region: 'Unsung City Cleaning Heroes' Awards, in recognition of the dedicated services provided by the outdoor cleaning staff in the emirates of Dubai and Sharjah.[TRIMTO] The awards - including a cash prize and certificate of ...

A glutton for punishment?

Cigarette butts and chewing gum are being blitzed from streets by South Holland District Council's powerful new cleaning machine - the Glutton - which has been commissioned as part of the council's successful Pride in South Holland campaign, which aims to clean up unloved sites in the district. The potent machine is highly effective at cleanin...

Consumerism and hedonism display? "Absolute rubbish!" say the cleaners

It's not the first time that cleaners have inadvertently discarded a valuable museum piece thinking it's rubbish, and seeing a picture of the exhibit in this particular case, they can probably be forgiven for their mistake... The artwork, by Goldschmied & Chiari, in Museion Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, focused on 1980s' consumerism and hedonism,...

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Job losses fears at Newport City Council with prospects of move to three-weekly bin collections

GMB, the union for public service workers, fears that new proposals for cuts in Newport City Council will lead to serious job losses in the Street Scene and Greens Departments. There are proposals to move to three-weekly (that's once every three weeks) bin collections and to cut back on grass cutting to 50% of the recommended average. There w...

New medical waste-to-energy programme provides sustainable solution for biohazardous waste

Ingenium, an environmental services company focused on providing innovative, sustainable, hazardous waste management solutions for a wide range of industries, has this week launched Bio-INergy; a sustainable solution for medical red bag (bio-contaminated) waste.[TRIMTO] One of the first of its kind in California, the Bio-INergy programme rende...

Public toilet pet peeves

We now often get charged a fairly hefty price to even get into the loo in a public place, so is it wrong to expect cleaner, fresher cubicles? While some people will accept poor standards despite having parted with 50p to do something our bodies are naturally programmed to do, others are naturally demanding accessible, clean and well-stocked toile...

Delta-Q announces new charging solutions for electric floorcare equipment

Canadian headquartered Delta-Q Technologies has this week announced the introduction of two new IC Series battery charging solutions for use in electric floorcare machines, which are said to offer superior reliability and charge quality. The new IC900 and IC1200 industrial battery chargers join the company's IC650 charger to form a common cha...

Council's recycling sacks get a second life

BPI Recycled Products is working with Oadby & Wigston Borough Council on a closed loop recycling scheme whereby BPI turns the council's used recycling sacks into new refuse sacks. To date, BPI has received 20 tonnes of empty recycling sacks from the Council and turned them into 60,000 refuse sacks for the Council's use. "Everyone is ta...

Recycling recognition awards open for entry

The Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management are now open for 2016 entries. Recognising success and rewarding excellence in recycling and waste management, the Awards showcase best practice and innovative approaches to improving the way resources are managed. Entries are welcomed from commercial organisations across all vertical...

Head office award for TC Security Services

TC Security Services, part of TC Facilities Management (TCFM), has been awarded the contract to provide manned guarding services to a prime headquarters building in Maidenhead, Berkshire. TC Security Services will be responsible for the total security and protection of the 67,777sq.ft building.[TRIMTO] The contract commenced last month and ear...

Polished to perfection

For super-shiny floors, it's hard to beat the latest Ultra High Speed polishers using diamond pad technology, but it's important to select the right model for the job in hand. SEBO's commercial sales manager, Derek Smith, unveils the key to achieving polishing perfection... "There's no question that today's UHS (Ultra High Speed) floor polishe...

Office Bacteria Project - What's lurking on your desk?

By Viking Direct Sickness season is upon us. Cold and flu viruses lurk in every corner of the office, as our colleagues cough and splutter through the day. Sometimes getting ill can't be avoided, but there are precautions you can take to avoid succumbing to the yearly sniffles. Keeping work and common areas as clean as possible, for example...

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After the party a thorough cleaning: Citymaster 1600 acts as 'modern elf' in Dresden's summer nights

When the sun sets in Dresden and the enchanting street lights lined up along the River Elbe illuminate the streets from 'Kaethe-Kollwitz-Ufer' to 'Terrassenufer', where the world's largest fleet of paddle steamers is moored, on to the 'Altmarkt' and then further along on 'Augustusbruecke' and into the 'Neustadt', the already romantic city of Dres...

Pallet Trucks UK puts safety first as harsher penalties are introduced for health & safety breaches

Pallet Trucks UK is urging businesses to put safety first, as the Sentencing Council launches new guidelines that could see harsher penalties for the most serious health & safety offences. The suggested fines in the new document could hit heights of £20m for corporate manslaughter offences and £10m for the most serious health &...

CHSA Gala Ball 2016 - book your place now

The date has been booked for the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's 2016 Gala Ball - 20th May - and places are already going fast. Held annually in the Spring, the Gala Ball is incredibly popular amongst members, providing a way for them to celebrate the achievements of the Association in the company of their partners and colleagues. ...

Soapbox: Definitive Guideline on health & safety and corporate manslaughter offences

The British Safety Council has welcomed the Sentencing Council's newly published Definitive Guideline on health & safety and corporate manslaughter offences, which will come into effect on 1st February 2016 and will apply to England and Wales. The BSC says the document presents a strong argument for focusing on prevention and good governance....

New Matrix brushes and nozzles ensure your colour coding systems go full steam ahead!

British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix is offering you the opportunity to enhance your colour coding systems, with the launch of a range of nylon detailed brushes in a choice of red, blue, yellow and green - as well as in black. But that's not all... you can even colour code the nozzle itself by purchasing the appropriate colour lo...

Discover Stingray - a safe and simple way to clean indoor surfaces!

Recent research indicates that when cleaning indoor surfaces, such as windows, mirrors and elevators, cleaning professionals face two key challenges - efficiency and safety - especially when working at height. Current tools and methods require time consuming rearranging of furniture and electrical equipment for safe access or to reach high or unu...

'Down Under' discovers advantages of waste-to-energy

The ground has been broken for one of Australia's most innovative biogas projects. In the next 14 months, German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower and its project partner Aquatec Maxcon will establish a biogas plant in a Melbourne suburb. The 1 MW plant for the anaerobic digestion of organic waste will be one of the first of its kind '...

Diversey Care honours winners for 'Best Initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility' at Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2015

Sealed Air's Diversey Care division sponsored and presented the 'Best Initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility' at last week's 16th annual Worldwide Hospitality Awards. Club Med and NH Hotel Group shared an award for their joint corporate initiatives, while Gaviota Group received an award for its individual initiative. ...

Networking and innovation in The Netherlands

The RAI has published its latest update and guidance on what to expect from the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016 show. Taking place from 10th - 13th May 2016, the show is dedicated to the theme 'Networking and Innovation' and will include some exciting new features and innovations in the way the exhibition itself is staged. Already confirmed to ...

LIndhaus LW46 Dual Core wins 'Machine of the Year' Award in Finnish competition

The professional Finnish cleaning industry has awarded the LW46 Lindhaus hybrid scrubber drier the title 'Machine of the Year', through a contest sponsored by the magazine Siivoustaito. "This is a particularly significant success since the number of machines and equipments running to win the award were exceptionally numerous," says Michele Mas...

Working at height specialist receives unexpected reward for paying London Living Wage

Working at height expert, CAM Specialist Support, has been presented with the London Borough of Lewisham's Employer of the Year award for its commitment to its staff, including paying the London Living Wage. The award was presented to Matt Johnson, managing director, by Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, when he visited CAM, along with coun...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Today is World Toilet day – one that raises awareness of the importance of washroom facilities, cleaning and personal hygiene around the globe. While many of us com...

ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration published

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification announced yesterday that it has published a newly-revised ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (4th edition, 2015). ANSI/IICRC S500 provides a specific set of practical standards for water damage restoration. It...

Soapbox: Why British and Irish Hospitals have banned bleach

By Michael Gately, CEO of Medentech. Medentech is based in Wexford, Ireland with offices in New Jersey, USA "Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is no longer used in any British hospital for surface cleaning and disinfection, yet contrary to popular myth, bleach has never been 'banned' by the National Health Service. What is it then that has driven b...

When 'easy' is better...

The PW-H28 is one of the latest additions to IPC's range of hot water, high pressure cleaners that has been conceived in close collaboration with IPC clients, who are demanding a simple, compact machine that is easy to use and economical, while being efficient and offering the performance users would expect from a professional machine. This co...

Serenus Biotherapeutics brings Xenex disinfection robots to Africa to help battle pathogens including Ebola.

Serenus Biotherapeutics has entered into an agreement with Xenex Disinfection Services to bring the Xenex pulsed xenon Full-Spectrum ultraviolet (UV) room disinfection system to Africa, where it will be used to combat such pathogens as Ebola (pictured). The Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot is used throughout hospitals, outpatient surgery centres and s...

OCS Group to boost Channel Islands TFM service with acquisition of Meadowcroft

OCS Group has acquired Guernsey-based Meadowcroft, a third generation family-owned building services provider, in a deal it says will boost its offer of Total Facilities Management to Channel Islands businesses and property owners. OCS says that the expanded business will be able to offer clients in Guernsey and Jersey a comprehensive set of p...

Toto Washlet sales top 40 million units globally

Toto, a plumbing industry leader with annual sales of some .1 billion, announced last week that it has achieved a major global milestone with its popular Washlet line of personal cleansing systems. To date, the company has sold more than 40 million Washlets worldwide since their 1980 launch in Japan. During the past 35 years, Toto has ex...

New Matrix Steam Mop Kit offers simple, effective cleaning

Matrix Cleaning Systems' new Steam Mop Kit is designed to provide users of its UK-built machines with even more versatility in cleaning. The Steam Mop Kit consists of a flexible steam-only hose, extension tubes to facilitate high level cleaning of walls and ceilings, a 20cm hand mop for the cleaning of any vertical or horizontal surface and a ...

StarStream: changing the way we use ultrasonic cleaning

Heralded as one of the most important developments in ultrasonic cleaning in decades, a new piece of technology that uses only cold water and ultrasonic bubbles has the potential to revolutionise cleaning in the healthcare industry and beyond. The technology, known as StarStream, works by enhancing the cleaning power of a stream of water. [TRI...

Nilfisk acquires North American high pressure cleaner specialist Hydro Tek

Nilfisk Group has acquired Hydro Tek, the California-based manufacturer of high pressure cleaners. Hydro Tek has a strong position in the high pressure market, and the acquisition significantly increases Nilfisk's market reach in this business throughout North America. Hydro Tek has a diverse product offering and the company is particularl...

Paint packs power to kill bacteria

New Paint Shield has become the first US Environmental Protection Agency-registered paint found to continuously kill difficult-to-treat, infection-causing bacteria. By killing these infectious bacteria on painted surfaces, Paint Shield offers customers an important new weapon in the fight to prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause hospi...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   When I joined the industry in 1992, one of its biggest and most active organisations was the Cleaning & Support Services Association – and as successful as it alread...

Eastbourne cleaners shine at Business Awards

An East Sussex cleaning company has been recognised for its high quality customer service in this year's Eastbourne Business Awards. The Local Cleaners TLC, which was established in the town three years ago, scooped 'Highly Commended' in the Quality Customer Service category. The organisation employs eight members of staff who specialise in pr...

See the dramatic effects fragrance has on the way we feel

If you have ever denied the importance of a washroom smelling clean as well as looking clean, or the impact a particular smell might have on the productivity of your workforce or the way your customers will perceive your business, a new initiative by S C Johnson should convince you otherwise... The company is inviting visitors to explore their...

Workers at 15 US airports join pre-Thanksgiving Day nationwide fast for and union rights

According to a University of California-Berkeley Labour Centre report detailing the stunning rise of poverty jobs at US airports, 37% of cleaning and baggage workers live in or near the poverty level. [TRIMTO] Ahead of the busiest travel day of the year with US citizens trying to make it home for Thanksgiving Day, members of the Service Employ...

New waterless urinals can save washrooms 87,000 litres of water per unit a year

Armitage Shanks has launched a new range of energy- and cost-efficient waterless urinals, which are easy to install and maintain.[TRIMTO] This line of urinals is accompanied by a new collection of circular stainless steel water troughs, ideal for busy washrooms where there is a need to increase throughput. The new waterless urinal range, Aq...

CHSA launches new website

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's (CHSA) new website is now live. Run by its members for its members the CHSA represents all the major manufacturers and distributors supplying cleaning and hygiene products into the UK and Ireland. The new website clearly communicates the CHSA's three primary activities:[TRIMTO] To drive u...

European tissue industry launches multilingual hand-hygiene hub

The European Tissue Symposium has launched a new website, which offers a one-stop-shop for information and sound science. It will prove invaluable for anyone looking for details on the most hygienic way to dry hands following a visit to the washroom. www.europeantissue.com is aimed at facilities managers, the HORECA sector and the scientific...

NuShield provides healthcare facilities with germ-fighting technology

NuShield, known for its LCD screen protection and glare-elimination technology, is providing a vital solution to healthcare facilities that are using mobile and stationary computer technology as part of their patient monitoring or electronic documentation system.[TRIMTO] A study in 2013 by the National Institutes of Health found that the use o...

Timely review wins cleaning contract plus London Living Wage for staff

Thames Cleaning & Support Services tells us it has managed to implement the London Living Wage without increasing its costs - a move that has helped it win the cleaning & support services contract at Blackstone's newly acquired premises at 160 Queen Victoria Street in London. The contract will commence 1st January 2016. "Thames achi...

Hako sweepers arrive in Staffordshire towns

Two historic Staffordshire towns are set to benefit from the latest street-cleaning technology with the arrival of a new fleet of Hako sweepers... East Staffordshire Borough Council has taken delivery of four Citymaster 1600 machines from Gullivers Truck Hire that will help keep the area's streets, car parks and pedestrian areas looking spick ...

Recycling & Recovery International Trade Fair to analyse circular economy from all perspectives

According to estimates from the European Commission, if all of the applicable legislation concerning waste management were to be implemented, more than 400,000 jobs would be created in the European Union, of which 52,000 would be in Spain. The 5th Recycling & Recovery International Trade Fair, SRR, which will be held from 15th to 17th Jun...

Brentford FC upgrades laundry

The laundry at Brentford Football Club's training ground operates seven days a week throughout the 10-month season, catering for 120 players with three sets of kit each. Its old laundry was cramped and its machines were getting old, so the club decided to invest in a new state-of-the-art laundry. Girbau worked closely with the club on the des...

Hydrophobic coatings market and surfaces forecast to 2023 examined in new research report

Low-performance, semi-commoditised hydrophobic materials have been used on building surfaces for years. However, the most innovative self-cleaning building products - windows, tiles and wall panels - have tended to use hydrophilic technology. A new report reveals that new superhydrophobic technologies will catch up with hydrophilic products a...

Make budgets go further in 2016 with economy pallet trucks and other lifting equipment

As 2016 looms, the thoughts of many business managers will inevitably turn to how they plan to make the next year a profitable and successful one for the company. Whether they have expansion plans, increased turnover targets or new product ranges set to launch, all businesses will be wanting to enter 2016 with a bang and retain the momentum throu...

Werner & Mertz Professional receives international award for exemplary sustainable product design

Congratulations to Werner & Mertz Professional for winning the 'Cradle to Cradle Products Innovator Award', for its well-known brands Frosch and Green Care Professional. Winners of this respected international award are selected by a jury of internal and external experts affiliated with the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a...

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New set up will create 500 jobs over five years in Quebec's environmental sector

To meet the needs of the Quebec market in waste collection, transport and processing, French-based company Derichebourg Environment has announced that it is setting up its North American headquarters in Montreal. The company expects to create a total of 500 jobs over five years in Quebec. The new subsidiary of what is said to be the European l...

Latex in carpets and rugs: the issues, by Derek Bolton

It is common for people to try and blame the cleaners when fixtures and fittings change over time, so it pays to know what it is you are cleaning, before starting the job, so you can address any potential issues. Here, Derek Bolton, ex-president and technical director and now honorary member of the National Carpet Cleaners Association, shares his...

CleanNZ calls for papers

New Zealand's largest dedicated cleaning industry and hygiene trade show is calling for papers. Submissions must be made by Friday 12th February 2016 and selection will be made by the Programme Committee, whose decision will be final. Papers will be selected on the basis of quality of abstract, originality, topicality, relevance and providing ...

British Toilet Association launches UK Toilet Map

The British Toilet Association has launched an interactive toilet map; a state-of-the-art app that can be used on mobile phones, tablets and PCs. The map displays the exact location of over 780 toilets across the UK and then expand the information to show opening and closing times, as well as vital information on the overall provision within e...

Elsewhere in Scotland...

Caretakers at Glasgow's primary schools are threatening to stop cleaning up spillages and picking up litter unless they are paid up to £1,000 extra every year. The workers, employed by Cordia - Scotland's biggest provider of facilities management services in local government - are also demanding back payments of the annual sum, which could ...

Council to cut 45 street cleaning and open spaces maintenance jobs in bid to save £1.395m

Scotland's Dundee Council, has announced that it is to cut 45 jobs in its street cleaning and open spaces maintenance operation in a bid to save £1.395 million of the £28m it has to shave from its budget over the next two years. The council hopes that all the proposed job losses can be achieved through voluntary early retirement an...

Soapbox: flawed vacuum cleaner testing should be re-examined

Justin Binks, managing director, Sebo UK, writes... EU labelling requirements for vacuum cleaners have already been much debated - but, in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, it is worth nothing that vacuum cleaner manufacturers self-test and self-validate so it is all too easy for results to be fudged and skewed to present products ...

CIRI's Spring 2016 Science & Research Symposium: second call for papers

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute International has made a second call for papers for the conference it is organising with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification and the Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection. The deadline for submission is 15th December 2015. 'Cleaning Science, Health, Environm...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   A letter in the Yorkshire Post last week highlighted a potential cause of cross-contamination in healthcare facilities. It was written by someone who had observed a simple act...

ISSA/Interclean calls for entries for the Amsterdam Innovation Awards

The Amsterdam Innovation Awards are now open for entries. All exhibitors are invited to enter their most innovative designs to be judged by an independent, international jury. The Awards winners will be announced on the first day ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam, on Tuesday 10th May, 2016. Exhibitors wishing to submit products for the Award shoul...

Regular Cleaning differentiates itself from the competition with CIMS certification

Founded in 1969 by the organisation's current chairman Terry Carrigan, at the age of 27, on the timeless core values of 'honesty, attention to detail and attention to clients, Regular Cleaning recently chose to pursue certification to the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) due to the programme's alignment with the company's promise...

EcoWaste 2016 opens its doors in just over a month

EcoWaste 2016 will take place in Abu Dhabi from 18th to 21st January 2016, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Hosted by renewable energy company, Masdar, in partnership with Tadweer (The Center of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi), and co-located with the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit, EcoWaste is part of...

Van drivers face increasing dangers

Van operators must remind their drivers of the increased dangers of winter driving, according to The Fuelcard People. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, has commented upon a joint publication from the Department of Transport and the National Office for Statistics, modelling the impact of the weather on road casualty statistics. He says: "C...

TVH becomes official distributor of Lonking lift truck parts

As of now, TVH is an official distributor of Lonking lift truck parts for the EMEA region. Lonking relies on TVH for a fast and efficient delivery of its parts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Lonking Holding was established in 1993 and has become one of the biggest machine manufacturers in China. The company consists of 19 wholly-owned ...

Reliable cleanliness in the National-Garden-Show (BUGA) City of Havelberg

When the old road sweeper owned by Havelberg's municipal depot broke down right at the beginning of the BUGA 2015, a German National Garden Show hosted - for the first time simultaneously - by five different cities and communities from two neighbouring federal states, rapid help was called for.[TRIMTO] In his capacity as authorised Hako dealer...

Vectair Systems honoured as International Green World Ambassador

Vectair Systems was honoured as International Green World Ambassador at a special presentation ceremony recently at the Houses of Parliament, London. This recognition comes as a result of the environmental success of the company's V-Air Solid multi-phasing air freshener with sub-micron technology, which has won an International Green Apple Env...

Patients at increased risk of infection as Elisabeth Bruyere cuts 30 cleaners

Cuts to cleaning staff at Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital in Ottowa, Canada, are putting patients at increased risk of infection, warns the union that represents the workers. The hospital is in the process of reducing its staff by what the union claims is the equivalent to 30 cleaners in the latest cuts to a hospital that, like others across Ontari...

Simply Cleaning receives Constructionline approval

Simply Cleaning has become Constructionline approved. Constructionline is the UK's procurement and supply chain management service that collects, assesses and monitors standard company information through a question set that is aligned to PAS 91, the standardised pre-qualification questionnaire developed by BSI to reduce duplication within the co...

Cleaning up the detergents industry by sustainable development

The premier Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit was hosted in Paris recently and the consensus was that the cleaning products industry needs to take greater steps to address its environmental and health impacts... For although there have been improvements in product formulations, there remain concerns about contentious chemicals. "Major th...

Sweeping forward with new innovation

Brushtec's latest product - the push/pull Sweepertec sweeper - now comes in a new compact 120cm (47in.) size. Offering the same durable sweeper attachment for forked vehicles as the larger, established version, this new configuration, which has 16 rows of long life stiff bristles, is ideal for areas where a 200cm (79in.) attachment cannot ope...

Offering more than just a pint... pub wins award for best accessible loos in the country

JD Wetherspoon's showcase Velvet Coaster on Blackpool seafront opened this year as the country's biggest public house. It was also the first in the country to include a Changing Places assisted, accessible toilet, for people who need the help of a carer. The venue has now added another accolade to its tally, winning the 2015 Loo of the Year T...

Cleaning company is the overall 'Tork Loo of the Year Awards' winner

'We Clean', a Birmingham-based cleaning company, was delighted be awarded the prestigious Overall Tork Loo of the Year Award Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards annual presentation event last Friday. This is the first time in the Awards' 28-years-history that a cleaning company has achieved this top award and was in recognition of the company...

Operation Magnify focuses on stamping out on illegal working in cleaning industry

A meeting took place last week between leaders of the cleaning industry and Immigration officials, as part of Operation Magnify, the Home Office's latest campaign in the fight to stamp out illegal working. Operation Magnify is targeting the construction and care home sectors as well as cleaning contractors, as these are thought to be some of t...

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Vectair Systems campaigns for hygiene bins in mens toilets

Vectair Systems is taking the lead in encouraging establishments to provide hygiene waste bins in men's toilets, by spreading the word about the issues associated with urinary incontinence. The company is taking inspiration from a recent initiative in Germany, led by the Federal Association of Prostate Self-Help (BPS) in association with the G...

Fatberg, dead ahead!

Mario Kelly, VP of the Waste Water Innovation Platform of global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider NCH Europe, writes... "Forget alligators - fatbergs are the modern day menace in our sewer systems - but unlike the infamous reptiles, they are no urban myth. Earlier this year a 10 tonne mass of fat and wet wipes had to be extract...

New specification for intelligent clothing is published

BSI, the business standards company, has published PAS 10412, Intelligent clothing - LED active high visibility clothing - Specification, sponsored by the Taiwan Textile Research Institute. When workers operate in areas where there is little or no light, they must be visible to each other and their environment. In the absence of light, high vi...

New ANSI/IICRC guides published for mould remediation professionals

Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification has announced the publication of a newly-revised ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mould Remediation and IICRC R520 Reference Guide for Professional Mould Remediation (4th edition, 2015).[TRIMTO] A procedural standard and reference guide for the remediation o...

Facilities Show unveils exciting plans for 2016

Last week over 50 leading companies working within the facilities management industry participated in a planning day for the 2016 edition of the Facilities Show. In 2015 the Facilities Show celebrated a hugely successful event that saw a 14% increase in numbers, resulting in more than 11,000 visitors through the doors. Additionally, there ...

Incinerator firm wins Liverpool export award

A Southport incinerator firm has received a business award for its success in export and growth. Inciner8 fought off strong competition to win a Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce award in recognition of its international expansion and work tackling Ebola in Africa. Over the last year Inciner8 has been working with the United Nations ...

Soapbox: Green cleaning: protecting our environment

by Ken Wainwright, of the National Carpet Cleaners Association "In our environmentally conscious world, ecological issues are becoming an everyday fact of life. Scientists are revealing greater risks and looming disasters to both ourselves and our planet, and at the same time developing new products and initiatives to minimise mankind's negati...

Seven things to do with your old mop and bucket

...hings-mop-bucket/ Look out for more on Betco's latest floorcare innovation in a future issue of Cleanzine... ...

Rising star is not just for Christmas

There's been no resting on his laurels for this year's British Institute of Cleaning Science Rising Star award winner, Jose Damian, who works at soft support services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK.[TRIMTO] Following his accolade earlier this year, Jose has recently been promoted to area manager - his second promotion since joi...

No guarantee with a 'brown box'

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's is warning buyers that a box without a Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme marque means there's no guarantee of what's inside the box. "Buyers who make assumptions about the quality of the plastic sacks they purchase are taking a big risk," explains Mike Stubbs, chairman of the Manufa...

Study reveals remarkable hospital-wide reduction in c.diff hospital acquired infections

In a study on the prevention of hospital-acquired infections, Southern California Hospital at Culver City (SCH) significantly reduced HAIs using an innovative UV-C room and surface disinfection service from Clean Sweep Group (CSGI). The study, published in the December 2015 issue of the American Journal of Infection Prevention, showed CSGI's c...

Eurofins expands into hygiene testing in hospitals with acquisition of Biotech-Germande

Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), global specialist in the bioanalytical testing of food, pharmaceuticals and the environment, has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Biotech-Germande SAS, one of the leading players in the environmental clinical testing and hospital hygiene market, as well as in medical device evaluation in France. ...

Small UK biosciences company competes on world stage

A UK-based biosciences company has been recognised as one of Europe's leading and most innovative microbial product developers, after emerging victorious at a number of prestigious awards. Genesis Biosciences, based in Cardiff, has had a string of triumphs this year after successfully launching its new Evogen microbial product range, Evogen Pr...

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Announcing European Cleaning Days 2016

The Frankfurt, Germany-based European Cleaning Machines Association, EUnited Cleaning, tells us that the successful series of European Cleaning Days held last year will return in 2016. "Those who did not participate in 2015 can contribute to different events and campaigns in 2016," says the association's Jenna Arnold. "In the last eight mon...

CSSA launches recruitment drive with 'Founding Member' offer

... the BCC to reduce the number of associations under its umbrella by encouraging them to amalgamate, Cleanzine asked the BCC what it thought of this split. The BCC's Lee Baker told us: "The BCC is delighted that the CSSA will be fully functional again. There was a growing feeling in the industry over the last two years that contract cleaning, bei...

Introducing MotoMop, Betco's first innovation of 2016

Betco has announced its first innovation of 2016 - the MotoMop small area cleaning machine. "This year, drop the mop and ban the bucket and grab the most important innovation in small area cleaning!" it challenges.[TRIMTO] MotoMop scrubs floors and leaves them dry, eliminating the potential for costly slip and fall accidents. MotoMop is said t...

Zodiac launches cyclonic scrubbing system in a suction pool cleaner

Just in time for the extra influx of people joining leisure centres with the aim of fulfilling their new year resolutions to lose weight and get fit, automatic pool cleaner and equipment manufacturer Zodiac Pool Systems has launched a cyclonic scrubbing system in a suction pool cleaner. Zodiac says its MX8 Elite suction pool cleaner is the fir...

A 'social day' in Leipzig: using a sweeper instead of fountain pen

Paulina Amely Stuth swapped the classroom for a job for one day and donated her salary to social projects, as part of last year's European Cleaning Days series. The 15-year old pupil, who studies at Boehlen Grammar School in Leipzig decided to seize the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at cleaning & municipal technology dealer Sch...

Why Morclean is thinking green for 2016

2015 was a year for environmental awareness as companies and governments became abundantly aware of issues like climate change and extreme weather events, with proposals in place to tackle them head on - the recent COP21 talks in Paris have been a major international step forward. This means industries are shifting towards greener products - h...

CSSA Founder Member helps solve a Crisis over Christmas

In the last issue of Cleanzine we revealed that staff from one of the Founder Members of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, Julius Rutherfoord, would be supporting 'Crisis at Christmas' over the holidays. It wasn't about donating cash or raising funds for the charity though, but about providing free cleaning for several of the ch...

Washrooms fit for a king!

Propelair, the UK toilet manufacturer that has revolutionised toilet flushing with a system using air and only 1.5 litres of water, is celebrating the start of its third year with a string of major installations and a busy order book for 2016 - including such iconic buildings as The Lyceum Theatre - now showing The Lion King. [TRIMTO] The tech...

Communities encouraged to bag quicker flood protection

A British company has come up with an innovative device which enables communities at risk of flooding this winter to fill 480 sandbags per hour. As large parts of the UK continue to suffer flood damage caused by the recent heavy downpours, BCB International, the award-winning Cardiff-based survival equipment company is encouraging UK residents...

Essential clean-up aid bagged for Carlisle flood victims

Essential to any clean-up are black sacks and they are required in their thousands in Carlisle following the recent floods. BPI Recycled Products has teamed up with Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies to donate and distribute free of charge, 43,000 capacity sacks to the Carlisle Floods SOS Appeal. The sacks will be distributed to homeowners...

ISSA and BSCAI explore opportunities in China

As part of its mission to change the way the world views cleaning, ISSA is partnering with the Building Service Contractors Association International to strengthen ties with the Chinese cleaning industry. As part of this commitment, ISSA executive director John Barrett and BSCAI President Paul Greenland, CBSE, recently met with several organis...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   BREAKING NEWS: Building Futures Group announces closure. No doubt you, too, have seen the reports all over the international press this week, featuring confes...

Soapbox: The 'Northern Powerhouse' needed its own Cleaning Show

Says Greyland's Richard Dyson And now it has one! The 6th & 7th April 2016 Manchester Cleaning Show will be a long awaited event, held appropriately enough at the modern Event City venue, Manchester. The much vaunted Northern Powerhouse embodies the same industrial and entrepreneurial spirit that made the North of England into the 'Wo...

Full conference agenda for Tissue World New Orleans 2016 released

Tissue World, the leading portfolio of events dedicated to the global tissue paper industry, has released the full conference agenda for Tissue World New Orleans Conference & Exhibition, taking place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Louisiana, USA from 14th to 17th March, 2016. Across the four days, topics will cover ...

Hand hygiene in the NHS: Parliament debates

A debate was scheduled to take place in Westminster Hall on the motion: 'This House has considered hand hygiene in the NHS'. The debate was tabled by Nigel Mills MP, who has a keen interest in healthcare and hygiene issues. "I tabled this debate to request that the Government ensure that proper checks are introduced so that patients can have c...

Commercial Cleaning Systems benefits from recapitalisation

CCS, a leading provider of commercial janitorial services across the Western US, is to benefit from recapitalisation from private equity firm Silver Oak Services Partners, in partnership with management and co-investors. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Denver, CCS has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada and Washin...

Half of top 10 highest paid CEOs in Europe are based in the UK

UK CEOs are the top earners in Europe, according to a comprehensive new study from Vlerick Business School's Executive Remuneration Centre - with five out of the top 10 highest paid CEOs across the major European economies based in the UK. For the largest firms, those with a balance sheet total of more than €10bn, total compensation (medi...

Soapbox: The decline in antibiotic research places more emphasis on effective cleaning

"Our industry is being called upon to step in and help stop the spread of disease at a time when the pharmaceuticals are stepping out," writes Stephen Ashkin, published author and president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specialising in 'greening' the cleaning industry. Here he discusses the whys and wherefores of this statement... "It...

The luck of the Irish? Facilicom launches new business on the Emerald Isle

Facilicom, has opened a new business in Ireland, extending the company's presence across Europe. The exciting development comes after Facilicom won a contract with an American multinational technology company covering cleaning services at its offices in Dublin, London and Paris.[TRIMTO] "The new business is part of the wider Facilicom group, b...

CHSA audits more product than ever in 2015; suppliers achieve near perfect compliance

In 2015 the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association audited more products than has ever been the case, with Scheme members achieving near perfect compliance. Martin Yates, the CHSA's independent inspector, made over 70 visits to Scheme members in 2015, testing over 600 products and almost 1,400 labels for compliance. With such clear evide...

Managing work-related stress at an organisational and individual level

According to the latest statistics, the total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 in Great Britain was 440,000 cases - or 1,380 per 100,000 workers, with the total number of working days lost as a result, estimated to be 9.9 million days - an average of 23 days lost per case. In 2014/15 stress accounted fo...

Frank Van Zanten to take over as Bunzl's chief executive from Michael Rooney, who will be retiring

Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing group, has today announced that after more than 10 years in the role, Michael Roney has decided to retire as chief executive of the company.[TRIMTO] He will stand down from his position and the Board following the conclusion of Bunzl's Annual General Meeting to be held on 20th April 2016 a...

Dhofar Global named exclusive hygiene solutions provider for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Dhofar Global, a leading supplier of hygiene care products in the Middle East, has been named as the exclusive sanitation and lifestyle solutions provider for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The Group has contracted Dhofar Global to provide all the necessary hygiene supplies and services, support the development of product ranges, as well as...

CSSA relaunch: we have lift off!

Around 60 people - members, potential members, the press and guests from the cleaning industry - gathered in London on Monday for an event that has been hailed a resounding success: the official relaunch of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, 50 years after its initial 'official' launch in 1966. And while many things about associa...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   I stumbled quite by chance across a news story a couple of weeks back, regarding the ‘Clean for The Queen’ campaign, launched last September in an attempt to encou...

Clean for The Queen for Her Majesty's 90th birthday

Clean for The Queen is a campaign designed to encourage those of us who live in the UK to clear up Britain in time for The Queen's 90th birthday on 21st April 2016. It will rally an army of volunteers across the country to clean up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend on 4th - 6th March. Adrian Evans, who has been appo...

ETS to participate at ISSA/Interclean 2016

The European Tissue Symposium (ETS) has confirmed its presence at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016. As well as taking a booth, ETS will participate in the conference programme and share the latest developments on hygiene research and the superiority of single use towels in ensuring optimal hygiene levels in public washrooms.[TRIMTO] From Innovat...

Launch of compact ride-on machine sees Hako enter new market

An important segment of the cleaning machine market is set for a shake-up with the launch of a new ride-on scrubber dryer from Hako. The arrival of the Scrubmaster B75R, with its total operating width of 76cm, marks the company's first foray into the compact ride-on scrubber dryer market. Ideal for working in tight spaces, including work envi...

Industry wants answers after vague BFG closure statement

The cleaning industry was rocked last week with the news that The Building Futures Group had folded. Now people are justifiably asking what went wrong? BFG made the announcement with a brief press release claiming it was closing after 'two successful years', but offered no explanation as to why the end had come now. There is no option to co...

Dozens arrested as US airport cleaners and their colleagues rally for better pay and conditions

Dozens of contracted airport workers and allies were arrested on Monday at demonstrations in cities throughout the US, as part of a national airport workers' civil disobedience against the injustices and inequality which, says the Service Employees International Union, persist at airports across the country. "It's frustrating to have to live w...

7th OEESC takes place from 19th - 21st September 2016 in Manchester

The first Occupational and Environmental Exposure of Skin to Chemicals Conference took place in Washington in 2002. Since then it has occurred every two - three years and has become the premier platform for exchange of new scientific discoveries and practical ideas from all parts of the globe. The exchange of information from the multidiscipli...

Two ice giants merge

Cold Jet, a world leader in the development of innovative, environmentally responsible, dry ice cleaning and dry ice production solutions, has completed the acquisition of IceTech - and with collective global facilities including the US, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Japan and China, the move will facilitate world-clas...

'Could do better' says Oxford City Council's head of environmental health services

Although unlike some food establishments those in the city of Oxford are faring rather well, with 86% of establishments boasting a hygiene standard rating of at least four out of five, Ian Wright, Oxford City Council's head of environmental health services, is calling for greater improvements to be made.[TRIMTO] He's also calling on the Govern...

SkyVac sales are flying high

SkyVac, the UK manufacturer of the most powerful high level cleaning equipment, reports that sales are flying high. SkyVac systems have now been adopted for high level cleaning at the UK's largest airports - Gatwick and Heathrow - and equipment orders are arriving from all over the world. As fast as systems are manufactured, they are shipped ...

New sanitisers for smart phones and tablets can reduce spread of superbugs in under 30 seconds

At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, healthcare technology company, Seal Shield, attracted lots of interest with its Sky family of UVC Sanitisers, designed to kill bacteria and viruses on the hard-to-clean consumer electronics that so many of us are now using in our workplaces. Said to be the world's first UV Sanitiser to kill more than...

UAE's cleaning industry poised for Expo 2020

With the United Arab Emirates having been officially named as the host of the Expo 2020, activities within the country have surged. The construction sector in Dubai alone is positioned to overtake the overall UAE market; in fact, according to news reports, growth across all the emirates is expected to remain healthy at 6.6% despite low oil prices...

Warburg Pincus to invest in Hygiena

Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing, has today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement whereby one of its affiliates will invest in Hygiena, a leader in rapid-results environmental testing. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.[TRIMTO] Hygiena is a leading microbiology and life scie...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   You may recall that in last week’s issue I was grumbling about litter, arguing that people need to be discouraged from dropping litter and that if they won’t refra...

Three key patents issued to antimicrobial company

Agienic, an Arizona-based innovator in antimicrobial technology, has announced the issuance of three key US patents on its novel copper-based antimicrobial materials. These materials provide unprecedented antimicrobial activity at low cost. Safe for humans and the environment, they are believed to be markedly more effective than products now m...

Jeremy Paxman warns that UK's at litter 'tipping point'

Jeremy Paxman, speaking in Solihull at the FPA annual Environment Seminar, set the tone for the litter agenda in 2016 by calling on the whole supply chain to take action to tackle the UK's litter crisis or face legislative action. The ex-BBC Newsnight anchor, speaking in his capacity as patron of the litter campaigning organisation Clean Up Br...

Dhofar does distribution deal with Carind Tissue

Dhofar Global, a leading supplier of hygiene products in the Middle East, has signed a strategic new partnership with tissue paper converting company, Carind Tissue, whereby Dhofar will be the exclusive distributor of Carind's tissue products in Qatar and the rest of the GCC region. The two companies have worked closely together since 2007 and...

Soapbox: What does it take to be a facilities manager?

Writes Peter Forshaw, managing director of Maxwell Stephens Recruitment A few years ago, I wrote an analysis of the facilities management sector as a whole and at that stage my feelings were that the market was still clearly separated into two distinct areas: in-house (corporate management) and outsourced (third party). In my view, the FM mark...

Vectair Systems' V-Air Solid air freshener wins 4th international award in 12 months

V-Air Solid, an environmentally-friendly, non-aerosol air freshener from Vectair Systems, has won the 'Best Innovation Award' in the Washroom Hygiene category in the 2016 Clean India Awards - its fourth award since its launch a year ago. A panel of eight judges, including purchasing director of Reliance Industries & executive housekeeper o...

Bravo makes clean cruising for Condor

Carrying more than one million passengers and 200,000 passenger vehicles annually, Poole-based Condor Ferries operates a year-round service connecting the UK, the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey and the ports of St Malo and Cherbourg in France. Mike Mustill, hotel services operations manager, Condor Ferries, called in Kevin Day at Proch...

Car Laundry launches first car detailing store in Indira Nagar, Bengaluru

The Car Laundry, a chain of professional car care and detailing service outlets across India offering affordable detailing services, has launched its first car care, washing and detailing exclusive store in Bengaluru. The Car Laundry franchisee outlets are also operational in Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain, Sagar, Raipur, Bilaspur and Mysore and are s...

Beating bedbugs and bacteria: how to clean a mattress effectively

We have been reading a lot in the news recently about dirty hotels, poor cleaning regimes and problems caused by an abundance of bedbugs. Lindhaus argues that the periodic cleaning of mattresses is absolutely necessary to prevent the formation of bacteria that can cause allergies and dermatitis.[TRIMTO] "The cleaning of mattresses is often ...

A stitch in time...

Ken Wainwright, of the National Carpet Cleaners Association, writes... "Murphy's Law states that if anything is to go wrong, then it will happen at the most inconvenient time. It also states that when this happens it will usually be mega expensive and the inconvenience will last for days, if not weeks. For us carpet cleaners, one of the thi...

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Water Planet and Genesys International team up to supply membrane anti-scalant and cleaning chemicals in the US

UK-based Genesys International has selected Water Planet, a global supplier of high-performance, membrane-based water treatment solutions, as the US distributor for its line of reverse osmosis membrane anti-scalant and cleaning chemicals.[TRIMTO] In addition, Water Planet is now a licensee of Genesys International's Genairclean for use wit...

Thousands expected at the Manchester Cleaning Show 2016

The Manchester Cleaning Show (6th - 7th April at Event City) is a launch event for 2016 and follows the same exhibition and free conference format of its parent Cleaning Show held in London every two years. The reception to the new, northern spin-off has been remarkable with over 1,000 people registered to attend with just weeks to go.[TRIMTO] ...

Steam Clean Systems unveils its new high powered twin hose steam cleaner

The new ST4000 from Steam Clean Systems is reckoned by its makers to be the most powerful boiler-powered dry steam cleaner in Europe. Its mighty 14 litre boiler delivers a massive 42Kg of steam per hour at a pressure of 10bar... The ST4000's annular boiler is heated by a turbo-powered diesel burner which is so powerful that full pressure is ac...

ICMMA moves operational management to ISSA UK

ISSA and The Building Futures Group have reached agreement to immediately transfer the Industrial Cleaning Machinery Manufacturers Association's (ICMMA) operational management to ISSA's UK membership portfolio, with continued oversight by the group's Secretariat, Hazel Langley. "We are honoured to welcome ICMMA's members into ISSA's UK family,...

Hand hygiene compliance industry group formed to lead change for patient safety

To create meaningful awareness of the patient safety risks and the economic burden to the US healthcare system of outdated hand hygiene compliance measurement, eight US-based hand-hygiene compliance solution providers have formed an alliance. EHCO, the Electronic Hand-hygiene Compliance Organisation, aims to lead and influence changes in hand-...

Researchers turn paper waste into ultralight material that improves oil spill cleaning

A research team from the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering has achieved what is being hailed a world first by successfully converting paper waste into green cellulose aerogels that are non-toxic, biodegradable, ultralight, flexible, extremely strong and water repellent. This material is ideal for applications such as oi...

Floorbrite to brighten up Manchester in April

For the past four decades, Floorbrite has built a reputation as the north's largest contract cleaning and facilities management company and has recently confirmed its stand at the Manchester Cleaning Show. The family-run-firm, which was set up in 1972 by the late Martin Wyers, now employs more than 1,200 people across the north of England and ...

Registration opens for ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016

Recognised as the leading global event for the cleaning and hygiene industry, ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam will again be taking place at Amsterdam RAI this Spring. [TRIMTO] Running from 10th - 13th May 2016, the event is set to be bigger and better than ever, introducing many new initiatives and innovations and bringing together 30,000 attendees ...

Hygiene hits heady heights at Jupiter healthcare hub

Jupiter Medical Centre has bolstered patient and staff safety with two Tru-D SmartUVC robots, which deliver an automated, measured dose of UVC to consistently disinfect an entire room from a single position - ensuring 99.99% pathogen reduction in direct and shadowed areas and eliminating human error, while documenting disinfection results for ea...

Clorox Professional Products provides Winter travel hotel cleaning and disinfecting tips

Winter travel and weather-related travel delays often mean that people spend more time indoors in confined spaces, such as in hotels and on public transportation, which can facilitate the spread of illness-causing germs between travellers - especially during cold and flu season. This increase in the spread of germs means that hotel staff must...

Rebounding European janitorial market offers new opportunities for suppliers

The market for janitorial cleaning chemicals in Europe, which until recently was seen as 'flat to declining', posted modest growth of 1.6%, according to Kline's recently published study 'Janitorial Cleaning Products in Europe: Market Analysis and Opportunities'. Improving economies, end users' preferences for multipurpose product features, and...

Raising cleaning & hygiene skills and standards throughout India with the very best training

In 2015 The Cleaning Masterclass established a partnership with the Institute of Cleaning Sciences & Management - an innovative and ambitious Indian company committed to providing the best in class and a comprehensive knowledge and research capability in the field of cleaning science. This partnership was born out of a mutual desire to ra...

i-Robot robotic floor cleaning machines now available from Vaclensa

We can expect to see a lot more from Vaclensa in the near future and the company's large stand at the Manchester Cleaning Show gave us a taste of things to come. What caught our attention was an area being buzzed around by the new Commercial i-Robot robotic cleaning machine, which has a really low profile for cleaning under cupboards etc. The ...

Greyland new launches at Manchester Cleaning Show

New products seen on the Greyland stand include Cotton Fresh air freshener trigger spray, Bathroom Cleaner and Limescale Remover trigger sprays formulated with anti-limescale for hard water areas, and their 1L angle neck Spring Toilet Freshener. We'll be bringing you more detailed information on these new products very soon.[TRIMTO]

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ISS wins large integrated facilities services contract with Rolls-Royce in Asia and Americas

ISS A/S and Rolls-Royce, have signed a new contract whereby ISS will deliver integrated facilities services to Rolls-Royce in the Americas and Asia. The contract covers the US and Brazil (Americas) as well as Singapore, China, India and Indonesia (Asia) and the services will include facilities management & operations, cleaning, maintenance, s...

Air Liquide announces acquisition of a hygiene specialist in Brazil

Air Liquide has announced the acquisition by its subsidiary Schuelke, a specialist in hygiene and hospital disinfection, of Vic Pharma, a company operating in this sector in Brazil. Founded in 1990, Vic Pharma has more than 100 employees and is the second largest independent player in the Brazilian hygiene market. It offers a broad range of hy...

The new Deb Stoko range: combatting occupational skin issues in commercial premises

Deb has launched its new Deb Stoko range - the broadest range of products designed specifically for occupational skincare across a variety of industries including the commercial sector. The portfolio of Deb Stoko hand cleansers, sanitisers and after-work restore creams have been formulated to address and reduce the spread of infection as well ...

Girbau adds energy- and water-saving 'Smart Load' technology to latest HS Series washers

Girbau's new Smart Load technology on its latest HS Series washer extractors offers on-premise laundries even greater savings in energy, water and detergent use. Smart Load automatically adjusts water consumption and chemical dosing in accordance with load weight, fabric and chosen wash programme to save energy, water and detergent without users ...

Safety of patients may be compromised at Canada's Humber River Hospital, says Union

Teamsters Canada, the trade union representing workers in the service, hospitality, transportation and production industries, believes that the Canadian government should open an investigation into what it says are several serious health & safety problems at the new Humber River Hospital.[TRIMTO] Since the hospital's opening last October, ...

Principle Cleaning discovers its best contract cleaning partner

Principle Cleaning has had a great start to the year and has won a prestigious cleaning contract for Discovery Networks Western Europe office. Based at Chiswick Park, London, the head office for Discovery Networks UK also covers operations in the UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and Flanders.[TRIMTO] Since its la...

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners to celebrate 30th birthday

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners will this year celebrate the 30th anniversary of being granted full livery status by the City of London's Court of Aldermen. While it proudly supports and preserves the ancient customs and traditions of The City, the WCEC is much more than a relic of another age. As befits a soon to be 30-year-ol...

BOC launches Cryoclean snow+ industrial cleaning process

BOC's new Cryoclean snow+ industrial cleaning process, combines dry ice blasting (using CO2 dry ice crystals) with sand blasting to provide a flexible industrial cleaning method for a wide range of industry sectors including automotive, aerospace, additive manufacturing, construction, food, metal and machine construction, pharmaceuticals, plastic...

Sustainability, technology, innovation and opportunity: take your seat at an ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016 seminar!

The organisers of ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam have published details of the ISSA Educational Seminar programme at the event, which takes place 10th - 13th May 2016 and is expected to attract over 30,000 attendees from over 130 countries.[TRIMTO] Attracting top-level executives, technical experts and visionaries from around the globe, the confere...

Book the date: find out about far-reaching regulatory change before it's too late!

REACH, the new regulations governing the way in which chemicals can be packaged, sold and used in the cleaning and hygiene industry, is now in force. According to those who have been working with the new regulations, they are business critical. In partnership with the British Association for Chemical Specialities, the Cleaning & Hygiene Su...

Pre-Mardi Gras job fair ensured a thorough post-celebration clean-up

The City of New Orleans Department of Sanitation and JOB1, held a pre-Mardi Gras job fair to recruit 150 temporary employees who would clean the city both during and after the 2016 festival, which has just taken place. Those attending the job fair were also given information about a limited number of full time, permanent employment opportunit...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   I’ve never been one for ‘celebrity culture’ and find the whole thing rather shallow. I have to admit to taking some interest in this year’s Oscars thou...

One Drop creates world-class water, sanitation & hygiene advisory committee as international water programming expands

One Drop, the international non-profit organisation created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, which promotes the combined power of safe water for consumption and production while inspiring behavioural change towards water and proper hygiene practices through social arts, has announced the creation of an expert level advisory committee on...

Soapbox: Water crisis is the biggest concern for the next 10 years

Writes Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co, manufacturer of no-water urinals, cleaning liquids and cost-saving accessories "According to the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016, the water crisis-the result of shortages, flooding, or droughts-is the number one crisis impacting the planet over the next 10 years. The r...

Green cleaning practices on a high in the Middle East

The United Arab Emirates says it has been a frontrunner in the adoption of eco-friendly practices over the years, constantly setting an example for the rest of the GCC and the Middle East when it comes to taking serious steps towards going green. Companies of every size and type have begun implementing environmental sustainability initiatives a...

Prochem Europe to show at regional UK cleaning event debut

Prochem Europe is exhibiting at the inaugural Manchester Cleaning Show this April at the city's Event City. "Headquartered as we are in the south east of England, we welcome the opportunity to be able to showcase our current offer to customers from the north and Scotland at a regional event with the heritage of the national Cleaning Show," exp...

Mitie's pest control business secures new combined contract with Network Rail

Mitie's pest control business has secured a new contract with Network Rail. The seven-year contract for environmental on-track support services will see the contractor deliver a combined service incorporating trackside pest control, fly tipping clearance and sanitation support.[TRIMTO] "We're looking forward to collaborating with Network Rail,...

Workplace acquired infection often goes undetected

Infection prevention, disinfection and decontamination specialist Sanondaf, is warning businesses that workplace acquired infection is the silent threat which could be having a detrimental effect on your workforce, and your bottom line. Over the last few months many organisations will have experienced an increase in absence levels as the tradi...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   I talk about 'away from home' WCs a lot and I'm well known for grumbling about how many are being closed down, leaving folk with 'nowhere to go'. One thing that's never occurre...

The one piece revolution in brush technology

Brush Technology is producing an updated range of aftermarket municipal brushes. These one-piece belly brushes are designed to work on all modern municipal truck-mounted sweepers such as Scarab, and Johnston trucks. Prior to the introduction of these one-piece brushes (also commonly known in the trade as 'belly' or 'wide sweep cylinder brushes...

New Gojo Mild Antimicrobial Handwash family: Proven protection that's gentle on the skin

Frequent handwashing is both effective and gentle with the launch of Gojo Mild Antimicrobial Handwash. The new formulation has proven efficacy against a broad spectrum of potentially harmful micro-organisms, from bacteria to yeast and virus particles, whilst being mild to the skin.[TRIMTO] Available in both a foam and lotion, the handwash is h...

Drive profitable growth with latest version of Vanquish

Organisations can execute more profitable contracts with the latest release of leading edge workforce management solution Vanquish, which was developed in collaboration with leading contractors from the construction, facilities management and contract cleaning industries. Vanquish builds on the success of previous releases but now incorporates...

Cannon Touch targets spread of workplace germs

Minor illnesses are the second biggest cause of workplace absenteeism in the UK. Reduced productivity and the potential costs of buying in cover for absentees soon affect the bottom line, so it makes sense to do all you can to improve hygiene and with it, the spread of illness-causing bacteria. The Cannon Touch provides an ultra-fine mist of s...

Deb InstantFoam Complete breakthrough: the fully virucidal foam hand sanitiser

Deb Group has launched Deb InstantFoam Complete, said to be the world's first alcohol-based foam hand sanitiser that is proven to be fully virucidal, bactericidal and yeasticidal. [TRIMTO]The perfume-free and dye-free formula is dispensed as soft-structured foam, which is designed for use without water to provide a complete solution for hand san...

Water saving bathroom products see sales levels rise by 25%

A 2016 report by MTW Research indicates that sales of water saving bathroom products have risen by 25%, boosted by housebuilding, domestic refurbishment and a continued emphasis by manufacturers on water efficiency. Based on data from 130 manufacturers and retailers, MTW found that water saving products account for around 30% of the UK bathroo...

CHSA begins search for Undergraduate Scholar for 2016

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has launched its Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme for 2016 and is now on the hunt for the winning Scholar. The Scholarship is open to the sons and daughters of CHSA members who on 1st September 2016 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies this year. The successful ...

Diversey Care's Taski IntelliTrail Fleet Management System improves efficiencies and floorcare machine performance: six-month trial free to new and current Taski customers

On Monday, Sealed Air's Diversey Care division launched a test drive programme for Taski IntelliTrail, a full-service, intelligent fleet management system that allows facilities managers to remotely monitor their Taski floorcare machines with ease. [TRIMTO]Beginning 1st March 2016, customers who purchase a Taski scrubber drier can trial the cloud...

South Africa's UWC cleaning staff protest against outsourcing

University of Western Cape cleaning staff took part in a protest against outsourcing and low wages on Monday. In the morning they occupied the university's administration building and later in the day more than 100 of them gathered outside the student centre and administration building, emptying rubbish bins before banging on them and singing. ...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   BREAKING NEWS Karcher, Nilfisk, Greyland & TJ Killis to be interviewed by mainstream TV channels from Manchester Cleaning Show on Wednesday morning Well &nd...

Permanent coating provides a one step solution to rust treatment

Water, energy and maintenance solutions provider NCH Europe's Maintenance and Partsmaster Innovation Platform has launched Salvage 2+, a durable permanent coating product that prevents liquid from causing corrosion in infrastructure. Salvage 2+ has been designed to combat damage caused when liquid penetrates outer paint layers to reach the su...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   My friend Caroline posted something on her Facebook page yesterday, which really struck a chord: “I just reprimanded an older teenage girl for throwing her empty coke ca...

New report says better waste data collection could underpin stronger Government policies

RWM Ambassadors published a report of waste data collection in the UK at an All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group event this week. The report makes 10 recommendations on actions to be taken across the waste management sector in order to develop datasets which are comprehensive, accurate and timely - and which will provide immeasu...

Fighting infections with viruses

Scientists at the University of Brighton have shown viruses that can kill bacteria may be used to combat common infections related to the use of medical devices and other equipment. This new insight could lead to new methods of preventing infections and could contribute to overcoming problems with antibiotic resistance. The news comes after...

Cleaning on curriculum for children in Singapore

By the end of 2016, students in all Singaporean schools will be involved in the daily cleaning of their school environment, whether it be before the first lesson, during recess, in between lessons, or just before leaving for the day. Through this project, schools hope to instill in students a sense of responsibility and care for both their own...

Nationwide catches the eye of the City

Nationwide Hygiene Supplies has been acknowledged by the London Stock Exchange as one of the '1000 Companies to Inspire Britain'. The report and listing identifies the UK's fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). In order to be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a mi...

2016 Loo of the Year Awards launched

Many businesses pride themselves on the standard of cleaning and maintenance of the building they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning. The most frequent place visited by most users of the building is the washrooms. First impressions count and high standards must be achieved consistently if the provider's - and the associated clean...

Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2016 shortlist announced from record number of entries

The jury of the 11th edition of the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Awards has this week announced the nine shortlisted nominees from a record total of 110 entries. The overall winner and the three category winners will be announced by the jury during the special awards ceremony at the ISSA/ Interclean Amsterdam Show on Tuesday, 10th May ...

Moerman's new ProClean Combinator is designed to save you time and make you money

Moerman's latest addition to its ProClean family of products, the Combinator, is an innovative combination tool designed from the ground up using the company's E.A.S.E. (Efficiency, Amazing results, Safety and Ergonomics) design principles. Created to save you time and make you more money, it is an ergonomic, lightweight and versatile system ...

Becoming part of the Legend...

To provide the cleaning and flood restoration industries with a single source for all of their equipment and solution needs, Dri-Eaz Products and Chemspec Europe, joined forces as of Tuesday 1st March 2016, to become Legend Brands Europe. Both Dri-Eaz and Chemspec have long served the product needs of professional and commercial cleaners, floo...

Quick hygiene test for the brewing industry

Some of the major challenges for brewers are to make safe quality beer that maintains consumer confidence, while meeting retailer expectations and minimising both costs and wastage. This has been achieved in many microbreweries by using a simple rapid test, to determine the hygienic quality of their production equipment and working surface are...

Apply some pressure with Briggs & Stratton

Briggs & Stratton, the world's largest manufacturer of petrol powered outdoor equipment, has launched its new power product line up for the 2016 season which features six new pressure washers. There are new pressure washers in the Elite series. The 3000PX projects 1134 litres per hour with a 3000 PSI and 207 bar. It features an 875EX S...

Taski Intellibot - robotic cleaning reimagined

The new Taski Intellibot range of automatic robotic cleaning machines from Diversey Care is destined to transform floorcare, building care and facilities management by supporting new ways of working and delivering higher levels of efficiency, performance and value. Said to be the first fully-automated commercial cleaners available in Europe, t...

We have Mail: It's not just truckers that need toilets!

...cular, delivery drivers...[TRIMTO] Dear Jan, There is a bigger problem "closer to home" that Cleanzine might like to consider, and that's the problem that many of us at the sharp end of the cleaning industry - "us what do"- face, when we have to do our work where there are no facilities. So many people associate cleaning with cleaning toilet...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   There’s an interesting article on the BBC’s website about debris washed into the ocean by the earthquake-triggered tsunami which hit Japan’s north-eastern co...

Soapbox: Zero-hours contracts here to stay; can be positive if managed well

Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, writes in response to yesterday's Office for National Statistics figures on zero-hours contracts... "Today's figures show a further increase in the number of people on zero-hours contracts, including a growing proportion of people on those contracts...

Charles Bentley launches hygienic toilet brush

Charles Bentley & Son has become the exclusive distributor of a new hygienic toilet brush, after launching the product in the UK and Continental Europe. Manufactured in the UK to the highest standards, the EU- & US-patented Dip-San is claimed by the company to be the only self-cleaning toilet brush on the market. Ideal for the professi...

Expert demonstrations and advice at the Manchester Cleaning Show

This Spring is your opportunity to meet the Bonasystems' experts at the Manchester Cleaning Show from the 6-7 April 2016, at Event City in Manchester. During the Show the team will be running a series of demonstrations on Stand E07. From Pendulum Tests to the latest anti-slip products, Bonasystems will highlight the most recent developmen...

Handcare drives the US I&I cleaners industry, posting 3.6% growth in 2015, finds Kline

In the wake of many infectious diseases, growing awareness of hand hygiene has been driving the market for industrial and institutional (I&I) hand care products in the US. Moreover, sales of professional use handcare products surpass other professional cleaning chemicals, such as floorcare and hard surface cleaners, growing at 3.6% in 2015...

Before and after tests prove benefits of aqueous ozone cleaning system

Recently released ATP test results (a process of rapidly measuring actively growing microorganisms through detection of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP) using an aqueous ozone cleaning system to clean five different surfaces, show the powerful effectiveness of this cleaning technology. The tests were conducted using aqueous ozone cleaning machi...

TVH acquires assets of Danish DanTruck ApS

TVH Group has acquired the assets of the Danish lift truck manufacturer DanTruck ApS.[TRIMTO] TVH supplies spare parts for scrubbers and sweepers manufactured by the likes of Tennant, Hako, Nilfisk, PowerBoss, Dulevo, Karcher, RCM, Comac, American Lincoln, Alto and Minuteman, to name but a few, as well as a full range of hydraulic equipme...

Wecoline introduces new red scrub pad for daily floor cleaning

Wecoline has introduced a new red scrub pad made from the well-known Full Cycle Americo material. This new red quality has been developed to produce a pad with more cleaning power, without adding any abrasive grains to the pad.[TRIMTO] For the user this means a red pad which cleans better and faster. The new red scrub pad has, in addition t...

Holchem addresses spread of Summer illnesses with summer spill kit

Holchem has launched an Industrial Spill Kit. Aimed at businesses where hygiene standards are of the utmost importance, the kit is designed to clean up the effects of illnesses such as Norovirus and contain them to restrict the spread in the workplace. Whether it's generated from a member of the workforce or a customer, any illness within the ...

National Dry Cleaners chooses Girbau wet cleaning equipment

"Dry cleaning is changing," says Adrian Redgate, director at National Dry Cleaners. Established in 1897 and based in Nottingham, National Dry Cleaners has an established reputation for high quality cleaning and outstanding customer service. Led today by Adrian Redgate, the great grandson of founder Henry Redgate, it remains a family business. ...

Vote for South London Aramark strike

Some 175 GMB Union members working as cleaners and hostesses for private contractor Aramark at four hospitals making up the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, have voted overwhelmingly for strike action to win a genuine living wage, suitable sick pay and unsocial hours payments. Many of the staff who keep the four hospital sites clean and pr...

Cordant Cleaning doubles work with Metroline

London bus company, Metroline, has extended its contract with Cordant Cleaning and more than doubled the scope to include an additional six locations, making a total of nine within North West and West London. The new contract is worth more than £3.5 million and this is the third time the contract has been renewed since it started in 200...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   When Quartz’s Vanessa Van Santen-Smith told us at the Pulire exhibition in Verona that she was working with the British Cleaning Council to organise a Manchester cleanin...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Although I write this from Manchester, where John and I are attending the Cleaning Show, this isn’t a ‘show daily’ since there’s lots of other news we&...

Contractor champions 21st century facilities for 18th century London buildings

Julius Rutherfoord has won a cleaning contract with Howard de Walden Estates to maintain a number of prestigious heritage buildings across 92 acres of Marylebone, central London. The Howard de Walden Estate, whose deep historic connections to Marylebone date back to around 1710, is the freehold owner of most of the buildings. It manages and le...

Recycle Week - change of date

...o think about recycling items from around the home that they may not previously have thought about. Cleanzine will bring you updates on what resources are available as soon as we are able to. www.recyclenow.com ...

New Rubbermaid Lumecel technology says "No" to continually replacing batteries

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) has launched the revolutionary Lumecel, a rechargeable energy cell which transforms light into power, meaning batteries will no longer have to be purchased or replaced. Lumecel works seamlessly by capturing energy from either natural or artificial lighting. This means that the energy cell will never need to...

Business owners fear that National Living Wage won't increase productivity

70% of businesses are supportive of the new National Living Wage, though they do not anticipate that it will bring any improvement in productivity. The findings come from the latest results from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey which gauges sentiment from CEOs, MDs and other management from around the UK and Ireland.[T...

Industrial cleaning equipment specialist celebrates 50 years in business

To celebrate 50 successful years in business, Harrison Hire & Sales is welcoming past, present and future customers to its Anniversary Open Day at the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington near York. The event will start at 09.30 on Wednesday 11th May with refreshments offered throughout the day. With industry expert advice, special Open D...

Ideal Response supports The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army recently took part in Europe's largest disaster training exercise in Dartford, Kent, feeding over 2000 first respondents across a four-day period. Needless to say, the Emergency Response Units that were used to feed the first respondents, required a thorough clean before being fully ready for the next job. The Disaster Train...

Incentive FM Group makes strategic acquisition

Facilities services company Incentive FM Group has acquired Specialist Window Cleaning in a move designed to enable the business to self deliver additional services to its rapidly expanding portfolio of customers. This will include low level, rope access, cradle and high-level window cleaning using a combination of traditional and water-fed p...

Kaivac focus on floors: cleaning contractors and stone floors

Natural stone floors such as marble and granite were once rarely found in commercial facilities because they were expensive and they were believed to be 'delicate' floors, needing considerable attention and care. That's changed today. The costs for most stone floors has come down markedly in the past decade. And while these floors do need some...

Rail fastenings manufacturing firm won over by exceptional service

Exceptional customer service backed by impressive service support has convinced a long-established manufacturing firm to invest in the latest cleaning technology from Hako. Worksop-based Pandrol had been operating an ageing ride-on sweeper which had reached the end of its working life and had been deemed too costly to repair. Dale Bloomer, ...

CCM proud to become UK distributor for Waterkracht

Columbus Cleaning Machines (North East), which specialises in effective, efficient and environmentally friendly professional cleaning equipment, has recently been appointed the sole UK distributor for the Waterkracht brand of trailer pressure washers. These trailer pressure washers have a Kubota diesel engine equipped with a heat exchanger con...

10 reasons to start tracking your vehicles

Giselle Bigsby, sales manager of TrackVehicles365, writes... Vehicle trackers are a small device that can be fitted to any sort of vehicle, and through tracking the vehicle via a GPS signal they offer businesses are huge amount of benefits. But why go to the expense of implementing a vehicle tracking system? Here are 10 of the most common r...

Report: More US companies reporting on sustainability

More US-based corporations are reporting the steps they are taking to become more sustainable, according to a recent survey from the Conference Board, an independent business research association working in the public interest, and Bloomberg News. To do this, the corporations are adopting the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. This i...

Julius Rutherfoord launches groundbreaking biometric based time and attendance system

Managing a large number of mobile cleaners across hundreds of sites is a challenge. London contractor Julius Rutherfoord, has launched a groundbreaking biometric based time and attendance system, which helps safeguard the security of sites and the cleaning team, whilst ensuring clients receive the level of service they deserve. Biometric ident...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   I was reading through the Unicef press release this week (see below) which had been produced to coincide with World Water Day, which was on Tuesday. It discussed how the Mille...

Farewell HaFSA; hello Courtauld Commitment 2025!

In June 2012 at the launch of the Hospitality & Food Service Agreement (HaFSA), 70 hospitality and food service organisations committed to collectively deliver targets on food and associated packaging waste prevention, as well as increasing recycling rates.[TRIMTO] The agreement has achieved great things, with membership growing to 230 lea...

New analysis of UK recovered plastics gives clarity to market situation

The latest data and in-depth information about UK plastics recycling and reprocessing was published on Tuesday in an updated Plastics Market Situation Report. Compiled by the UK's resource efficiency expert WRAP, it includes detailed analysis of recovered plastic flows, prices and the sustainability of end markets, including the risks and opportu...

Fourth year medical student scoops top prize in ETS 2015 Essay Competition

Fourth year medical student, Sarah Freeston, has scooped the prize in the 2015 European Tissue Symposium Essay Competition on the most hygienic way to dry your hands. Her winning essay was judged the best by the ETS Scientific Panel consisting of six eminent professors and microbiologists from across Europe. She received her cash prize of &eur...

Battery-powered Autovac wins Innovation Award at 2016 international cleaning show

Amid several competitors at this year's international Cleaning Show - held earlier this month in Bucharest, Romania, (said to be the sixth-largest city in the European Union and one of Europe's most prosperous cities), Kaivac's battery-powered AutoVac system won the top prize for the most innovative product. Close to 100 European and North Ame...

Cromwell at the Manchester Cleaning Show 6th - 7th April, 2016, Event City, Manchester

Cromwell Polythene (stand number F01) will showcase its flagship Professional range of refuse sacks for the away-from-home market at the inaugural Manchester Cleaning Show. The range includes two industry standards that set the bar for guaranteed quality, between them providing greater flexibility, both in performance and cost.[TRIMTO] Avai...

Climate change and lack of sanitation threaten water safety for millions: UNICEF

On Tuesday - World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children living in drought- or flood-prone areas. In 2015 at the end of the Millennium Development Goal era, all but 6...

Bonasystems wins nationwide slip management contract with Mitchells & Butlers

Bonasystems, a market leader in cleaning and anti-slip products, services and consulting, has won a prestigious contract with Mitchells & Butlers to provide slip prevention solutions to 400 of its outlets. Mitchells & Butlers is one of the UK's largest operators of restaurants, bars and pubs in the UK and its portfolio includes well-known...

NCCA courses - some new dates

There have been some changes made to the dates of training courses run by the National Carpet Cleaners Association. The new schedule is: Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning: 13th - 14th May 8th - 9th July 16th - 17th September 18th - 19th November[TRIMTO] Advanced Spot & Stain Removal: 24th June 27th October (DATE CHANGE) Health & S...

Sharing the benefits of being a Living Wage employer

The increased costs of paying higher wages are a concern to many businesses, so London Living Wage employer CAM Specialist Support - a commercial high-level cleaning and building maintenance business - was happy to share its experiences of the benefits with a group of local businesses recently.[TRIMTO] Speaking at an event organised by Lewisha...

Messe Duesseldorf Group renews contract with ISS for another four years

The Messe Duesseldorf Group has extended its service contract with ISS Germany for another four years starting 1st July. ISS is a long-standing partner of the Messe Duesseldorf, a large German trade fair company.[TRIMTO] ISS Germany, which has its headquarters located in Duesseldorf, delivers the entire range of services across Germany includi...

Sharing expertise at the highest level

FutureClean Assured Systems, often employed as an expert in the naval and civilian marine industry, and also a consultant to the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence, shared some of its marine and ship husbandry expertise more widely recently, with a group of Indian marine industry experts and executives out in Mumbai.[TRIMTO] The company's repr...

Easy-to-clean custom wall art could decrease hospital acquired infections

Hospital acquired infections are a rising concern. While experts debate HAI sources, it is universally accepted that increased rigour and frequency of surface cleaning is part of any prevention plan. Often supported by donors, many hospitals now have art initiatives that include wall art. Disinfectants can damage canvas prints and murals. Whil...

Prestige Worldwide Group to seek initial public offering for its nationwide crime scene cleanup company - CrimeSceneCleanUp.com

Prestige Worldwide Group, the parent company of CrimeSceneCleanUp.com, has announced plans to sell shares in its crime scene cleanup and medical waste company. "We are very excited to see investors on Wall Street become part of the first crime scene clean up company ever listed on the stock exchange," said James Michel, CEO of CrimeSceneCleanUp.c...

Khemsoft offers environmentally sustainable non-destructive industrial cleaning

A new industrial cleaning solution offered by Khemsoft, dry ice blasting, is an environmentally friendly and sustainable cleaning method that can help any business improve their environmental impact. Whether the commercial business needs a dry clean, it is trying to reduce the amount of water or chemicals used or is trying to enhance sanitation o...

Not all refuse sacks are created equal

BPI Recycled Products, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of refuse sacks and Europe's largest recycler of waste polythene, is proud to be exhibiting at both the Manchester Cleaning Show and ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016. The company is a global business, recycling up to 95,000 tonnes of polythene film each year and supplying over 270,000 ...

Is Just-In-Time ordering still effective?

Just-in-time (JIT) ordering started in Japan in the 1970s and spread to many parts of the world about decade later. Essentially, it is an inventory management system with the objective of having just enough inventory readily available to meet current demand but avoiding excess. Many cleaning contractors and cleaning & hygiene product manuf...

New wipe meets growing need for touchscreen compatible products in healthcare environments

PDI's new Easy Screen cleaning wipe addresses the increasing use of touchscreen equipment in healthcare and the need for compatible cleaning products. According to the Epocrates 2014 Mobile Trends Report, the presence of 'digital omnivores' - a clinician regularly using digital devices including tablets, smartphones and computers - was 41% in ...

Anti-microbial product making washrooms and feminine hygiene units cleaner and safer

Welsh biosciences company Genesis Biosciences has developed what it says is anti-microbial technology for the facilities management industry, which provides protection to users of feminine hygiene units through a patented 'vapour technology', based on a natural active ingredient being supported under the European Biocidal Products Directive. I...

Win a pallet of cleaning chemicals at the Manchester Cleaning Show

...s and advice, have fun networking... and have a few putts on us! The winner will be announced in Cleanzine next week and by then he or she will already be enjoying their pallet of lovely Greyland cleaning chemicals! www.greyland.co.uk ...

See in action independent inspections that underpin CHSA's Accreditation Schemes

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has released a video of its Independent Inspector, Martin Yates, at work, proving the rigour of the auditing process that underpins the CHSA's Marque of Quality.[TRIMTO] "The CHSA stands for standards," explains Mike Stubbs, chairman of the CHSA's Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Sch...

Robots, apps and connected technology to star at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016

With only weeks to go until the 26th edition of the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam show opens its doors on 10th May, RAI Amsterdam has revealed more details on what to expect at the show. The 2016 show will feature over 800 exhibitors from over 45 countries, showcasing their cleaning and hygiene products and solutions in a total floor area of appro...

Call2Recycle and partners motivate battery users to clean, renew, recycle and win!

Call2Recycle Canada, North America's first and largest consumer/business battery stewardship organisation, has announced its 2016 Spring Cleaning Campaign, offering consumers and businesses across Canada a chance to win prizes for sharing their recycling stories while doing their annual Spring Cleaning. Every Spring, millions of Canadians decl...

Weltec Biopower upgrades municipal wastewater treatment plant in Bavaria

The increasing restriction of the agricultural use of sewage sludge is associated with mounting pressure on municipalities and sewage treatment providers. Moreover, the high power needs drive up the expenses of wastewater treatment plants. As a result, more and more sewage treatment plants decide to employ energy-saving sludge stabilisation in an...

British Library books Emprise for five more years

Emprise Services has been awarded a new five-year contract with the British Library, where it has provided its services at the Library's sites at St Pancras in London and Boston Spa in West Yorkshire since 2003.[TRIMTO] It will manage cleaning, waste & recycling management, pest control, window cleaning, washroom services and specialist cl...

The Preparation Group's open days were a great success

The Open Days held by The Preparation Group at its Lincoln Training & Demonstration Centre to mark the company's 25th anniversary earlier this month, were a great success. "We were delighted by the turnout," says managing director Tracey Glew. "Visitors attended from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds. It was our chance to showcase th...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Nothing quite underlines the fact that having decent, accessible washrooms in town centres is good for tourism and business, as the news recently of a coach firm saying it wil...

Med-X's Nature-Cide insecticide moves into Cannabis cultivation supply

Med-X announced this week that it has struck a deal with cultivation distribution venue GrowMinded to supply its Nature-Cide cleaning and pest control products to cannabis cultivators in several states throughout the US. "The Nature-Cide products have been tested and utilised by multiple cultivators for pest management and pest prevention," st...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary in Defra and Marcus Jones MP, Minister for Local Government, were amongst speakers who lauded the success of the Clean for The Q...

BCC backs Tidy Britain APPG Westminster event

Members of the British Cleaning Council have been invited to attend an event at the House of Commons this month to discuss ways of tackling the UK's growing litter problem. The event has been organised by Keep Britain Tidy in its role as part of the Tidy Britain All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and will be chaired by the BCC's voice in Par...

Papyrus Supplies acquires Veli Mark Oy and strengthens its position in Finland

Papyrus Supplies has acquired the family owned company Veli Mark Oy in Finland, the full service wholesaler within the professional cleaning and hygiene products sector, which uses the distinctive zebra print (and the animals themselves) in its branding. Through this acquisition, Papyrus Supplies says it is further strengthening its Nordic pos...

Airplus - the new air freshener system from Kennedy Hygiene

Kennedy Hygiene Products has unveiled its latest air-freshener system - the Airplus Ellipse - at the Manchester Cleaning Show. A simple, battery-free, door-mounted air freshener solution for washroom cubicles, the Airplus Ellipse offers maximum ease of service with easy loading and activation of the refill: the cartridge has been designed to a...

Singaporean washroom association moves closer to becoming 'Toilet Hub' in 2016

In 2015, the Restroom Association (Singapore) reached new milestones with the launch of its World Toilet Day Commemoration Fund, Happy Toilets @ Preschools Programme and Guide to Better Preschool Toilet Design, Maintenance and Education. RAS president Tan Puay Hoon tells us that the Association is already actively gearing up for its 5-year ac...

WFBSC announces first Berlin meeting for CMS 2017, as Thomas Dietrich takes over presidency

For the first time, the World Federation of Building Service Contractors will be gathering cleaning industry decision-makers from around the world for a meeting in Berlin. From 18th to 20th September 2017, the Federation will be holding its congress alongside the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services...

Unger's Stingray - a safe and simple way to clean indoor surfaces!

Paul Sherrington really looked as if he was enjoying his work demonstrating Unger's recently launched Stringray cleaning tool to the gathered audiences packing the stand throughout the Manchester Cleaning Show - and his enthusiasm was infectious. Even we had a go and we have to say that the Stingray was as easy to use as it looked. "Recent...

Show visitors in race to buy Morclean's Bin Wash

Morclean's Green Apple Award-winning BinWash machine has clearly created a stir because as the Manchester Cleaning Show's doors opened, two organisations made a beeline for the stand and asked to buy the machine on show. Bearing in mind that the doors opened 15 minutes early as there were so many people outside waiting to get in, two machine s...

Honouring World Health Day by protecting indoor air quality

Avmor, Canada's leading manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions for the Jan/San and foodservice markets, believes that the professional cleaning industry should honour this day by focusing on ways to protect human health... and at the top of its list is indoor air quality.[TRIMTO] According to Mike Sawchuk, the company's recently-a...

A good way to teach and test driving skills...

It's all very well having state-of-the-art cleaning equipment but unless your operating skills are up to scratch, you're not going to do the best job, are you? Karcher has been running a competition at the Manchester Cleaning Show to see who can negotiate its tight course the quickest, without knocking over any of the bollards (which incurs penal...

Cleaning makes BBC Breakfast!

Congratulations to all those who made it to Event City Manchester, yesterday at 06:30, to watch or take part in BBC Breakfast's coverage of The Cleaning Show. It was clearly great fun and gave the industry lots of valuable publicity - especially as it was shown regularly throughout the morning.[TRIMTO] In case you missed it the coverage on BBC...

Contract cleaning market to enjoy £100m growth for 2016

A new report from MTW Research suggests the contract cleaning market is set for £100 million growth in 2016, despite the new National Living Wage dampening market profitability. Following a healthy 2015, the contract cleaning market is expected to experience solid growth in 2016, according to MTW's analysis of 70 top cleaning contractors...

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Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners writes about Inez Dorothy Butler nee Oliver

Ed: although we ran a short piece on Dorothy Oliver in last week's issue, we felt - bearing in mind the enormous difference this lady made to the UK cleaning industry and those within it, as well as internationally - it only right that we run the official statement released yesterday by the WCEC... The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cle...

Intelligent call-to-action capability launched at Smart IoT London targets FM companies

ContinuumBridge, a provider of enterprise IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, has launched Spur, an intelligent call-to-action device and service aimed at service providers in the facilities management, retail, leisure and hospitality industries. It provides an intelligent, easy-to-use means for service users to initiate a request or report an is...

SkyVac launches most powerful gutter cleaner

SkyVac has launched what it believes is the world's most powerful pole operated gutter cleaner. The company says that the SkyVac Industrial is at least three times more powerful than any other model; capable of drawing 8000 litres of air per minute and lifting water 150in. It will even remove heavy tufts of grass up to 5 kilos. Celebrating its...

Contract Cleaning Market Report Research & Analysis UK 2016-2020 just published

MTW Research has published a new Research & Analysis market report providing a fresh, comprehensive & reliable review of the public and private sector UK Contract Cleaning Market in 2016 with forecasts to 2020. Fully revised and updated with new, easy to read charts for 2016, this well-respected market report is based on sales from mor...

AHCP 2016 Awards shortlist announced

The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals has announced the shortlist for its 2016 Awards. Congratulations to all those deemed worthy of perhaps going on to become a winner! The shortlist is as follows:[TRIMTO] Best Branch: North West Branch Northern Branch Welsh Branch Individual Branch Supplier: Barry Wilmot - Duplex...

AC7Duo catalyst natural cleaner can safely sanitise a room in 15 minutes

Just imagine the air in a room being made odour free and sanitised safely and efficiently in 15 minutes... This is what the AC7Duo offers at a push of a button. No chemicals or deodorants are required as this commercial grade air cleaning system is inspired by nature - a thoughtful combination of harnessed ozone power and mobility under your cont...

RP Adam secures new contract with Young & Co's Brewery

Cleaning and disinfection products manufacturer RP Adam (Arpal Group) has secured a new long-term deal with Young & Co.'s Brewery, extending the existing contract to 2020. A family-owned business based in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, RP Adam is, this year, celebrates its 125th year in business. The contract extension will include th...

Visit by Mayor recognises business growth

Cleanall Services of Leyland, Lancashire, was recommended by North & Western Chamber of Commerce for a visit by the Mayor of South Ribble to recognise exceptional business growth in the area. The visit was organised by the Chamber and was attended by the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Mary Green, her husband and consort Tony Green and C...

University of London awards cleaning, security and other contracts to Cordant

Cordant Services has secured contracts to supply a wide-range of cleaning, security and front of house services to the University of London. Dedicated teams will create a clean, safe and attractive environment within all the buildings of the University's academic and residential estate The contracts, which will run for five plus two years, wil...

Handwashing gets skipped a third of the time in outpatient healthcare

Despite having policies in place to prevent infections, staff at outpatient care facilities fail to follow recommendations for hand hygiene 37% of the time, and for safe injection practices 33% of the time. This is according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the A...

BCC delighted with visitor numbers at Manchester Cleaning Show

Event organisers, the British Cleaning Council and Quartz Media, say they are extremely pleased with attendance at the inaugural Manchester Cleaning Show.[TRIMTO] Visitor numbers over the two days was confirmed at just under 2,500, which is many more than originally anticipated and exceptional for a regional trade show on its first outing. ...

We have Mail: Brushtec writes of 'solidarity and wire side brushes'

Dear Jan, One of the most dominating stories of the past few weeks has been the uncertain future of the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, Wales. The closure of the plant and others like it around the UK would have far reaching negative consequences, some of which concerns Brushtec. The flat steel strip in our wafer ring brushes is sourced fro...

Esclean offers special promotional and business opportunity for industry professionals

"The 2014 edition of Esclean was a giant leap towards the sector's objectives," say the Spanish show's organisers. "It succeeded in promoting professionalisation and guaranteed product quality, encouraged a culture of professional cleaning and hygiene, fostered the launch of actions aimed at reducing costs while improving the hygienic result of c...

Safety requirements published for human robot collaboration

Eunited Robotics - the European Robotics Association - reports that the ISO Technical Specification with safety requirements for industrial human-robot collaboration (ISO/TS 15066) was finalised by the responsible international ISO working group in December 2015 and published by ISO on February 15, 2016. The document can be ordered at ISO stor...

Wellington Arch undergoes a makeover

Set in the heart of Royal London, Wellington Arch was built as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace, later becoming a victory arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of Napoleon. And if you've been wondering what's going on under the scaffolding that's been erected around it recently, there's another type of battle underway, as cleaning and...

Oust ugly algae for good

Algae on wooden decks... on terraces and pavements... slippery, ugly and damaging. And if aesthetics are at stake - as they are on monuments, tombstones, facades, etc., the cost of algae removal can be substantial - not just in hours, but also in material damage. Over the coming weeks, many cleaning companies will go out on site and temporaril...

Hako helps historic Nottingham's streets stay sublime

Nottingham City Council has taken delivery of two new additions to its growing fleet of road-cleaning machines from Hako that is already helping to keep the historic city looking its best. The arrival of the award-winning Citymaster 1600s marks the latest stage of a strengthening relationship between one of the UK's leading providers of munici...

Employment figures suggest jittery employers spooked by increasing labour costs

Commenting on today's ONS Labour Market Statistics, ( www.ons.gov.uk ) Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development, says: "Existing employer concerns over the cost implications of the National Living Wage, pension auto-enrolment and the impe...

FAQs about the SDS

As most cleaning professionals around the world know, the old Material Safety Data Sheet has been replaced by the new Safety Data Sheet. In the process, numerous questions have come up as to why the old MSDS was replaced along with enquiries specifically about the new SDS forms. To help us figure things out, Tobi Colbert, business development ...

Britannia Washing Systems help keep National Express Fleet in fine fettle

For a high profile brand such as National Express, image is everything. The Group delivers services in the UK, North America, Germany, Spain and Morocco, with more than 800 million journeys annually made on its buses, trains, light rail services and coaches. It strives for operational excellence in everything it does across the organisation, f...

Inciner8 honoured twice by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

UK incinerator manufacturer, Inciner8, has announced today (the Queen's birthday) that it has won two Queen's Enterprise Awards, the UK's highest accolade for business success. The firm has picked up the 2016 Queen's awards both for International Trade and Innovation. Inciner8 was formed just 10 years ago and in that time has grown from a ...

£200m Cash Injection for FM Market in 2016

A new report on the UK facilities management market from MTW Research has found that profitability is set to rise by £200 million in 2016, sustaining optimism for the market despite a slight slowdown in growth.[TRIMTO] Based on data from 70% of the market, the research found that whilst there are some short term challenges for the outsou...

Soapbox: Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, writes about our aging workforce and why the BSC support the new Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign...

The European workforce is ageing fast. By 2030, employees aged over 55 are expected to make up 30% or more of the total workforce in many EU countries. In the UK, 30% or more of the total workforce is already over 50 years' old, while 60 year and older employees constitute 23% of the workforce, and this figure is set to rise to 30.7% by 2020.[TRI...

Cannon Hygiene launches the Imagine collection

Cannon Hygiene has launched the Imagine collection of washroom dispensers in over 40 countries - a modern product range which showcases a fully co-ordinated design scheme to create a style-led washroom suite. The company says that the range will inspire customers to Imagine more from their washrooms with a choice of 24 dispensers featuring a m...

The ultimate flat surface cleaner from Spinaclean

Spinaclean, the specialist pressure washer and cleaning equipment manufacturer, has launched New Slipstream Pro 20, a flat surface and traditional pressure washer for large areas of commercial and domestic paving, brickwork and decking.[TRIMTO] Resulting from trade customer research, this model comes with all the features requested for the ult...

Greyland golf putting comp win could help drive new sales for Prestige Supplies

Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland held a golf putting competition at the recent Manchester Cleaning Show, which John Wolohan of Prestige Supplies, Wigan, won by sinking an impressive 3 out of 5 putts.[TRIMTO] It was a very popular competition, publicised on site by a filled pallet on display in the hall 'cling wrapped and ready ...

Floor cleaning company doubles size of premises

Warwickshire-based Beaver Floorcare was engaged recently through flooring manufacturer Relay Floors to clean and restore the vinyl interlocking tiles to their former glory at a Tesco store. The call came because the onsite cleaning contractor was not delivering the desired standards for the store manager and the high level of appearance that w...

India revises its solid waste management rules

The Environment Ministry of India has revised its Solid Waste Management Rules after 16 years, to encourage citizens to do something to prevent the waste to wealth by following 'recovery, reuse and recycle' principles wherever possible. The rules are now far more widely applicable; extending beyond municipal areas and into urban agglomerations...

ISS UK honoured for support to leading Royal Air Force welfare charity

ISS UK has been presented with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Benevolent Fund's annual Award ceremony held in London. Throughout its partnership with the Fund, ISS UK Defence, which among other things provides facility services at several RAF stations, has given more than £40,000 through donations,...

Reclassifying temporary staff as 'unsupervised' puts businesses and directors in jeopardy, says CXC Global

Agencies that advise employers to reclassify temporary staff as 'unsupervised' are putting both their end clients and their directors in jeopardy, according to CXC Global. The contractor management specialist has warned agencies that following the advice laid out by one recruitment firm recently to reclassify their temporary workers could resu...

Detect bed bugs before they become an issue with new Raid bed bug detector & trap

Bed bugs are known for hiding in dark, sheltered spaces, allowing them to often go undetected before turning into large-scale infestations. Once your establishment has a reputation for harbouring bed bugs it will be hard to shake off - even if you get rid of the bed bugs themselves. The Raid Bed Bug Detector & Trap is a new early-detection...

Cromwell uses MP's Earth Day visit to highlight range of environmental issues

Cromwell Polythene's managing director James Lee highlighted a wide range of environmental issues when local MP Nigel Adams visited the company's Sherburn headquarters, near Leeds, this week. The Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty, who has consistently championed local businesses and, as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Biomass G...

UK public makes food hygiene number one priority when eating out

UK consumers are united in not tolerating poor food hygiene ratings and simply won't visit places that have had food safety issues, no matter what type of restaurant they are. Some 61% won't eat at a restaurant, takeaway, coffee shop or pub that has a low Food Standards Agency (FSA) Food Hygiene Rating while three quarters (75%) said they wouldn'...

Chemours to sell 'Clean and Disinfect' business to Lanxess

The Chemours Company has signed a definitive agreement to sell the Disinfectants, Oxone and Chlorine Dioxide business lines (Clean and Disinfect business) of its Chemical Solutions segment to speciality chemicals group Lanxess for 0 million in cash. The company anticipates closing the transaction within the second half of 2016, subject to cust...

British Safety Council endorses World Day for Safety & Health at Work campaign's message

On World Day for Health & Safety at Work, the British Safety Council has re-affirmed its role in the industry as a champion of health & safety at work and its belief that proportionate and effective management of health & safety is an enabler of business activity. Celebrated annually on 28 April and led by the International Labour...

Thrive residents play key part in selecting new contractors

Thrive Homes put its residents at the heart of the decision-making process before awarding its new communal cleaning and grounds maintenance contracts. The housing association involved its tenants and leaseholders in every stage of the process before awarding its communal cleaning contract to Pinnacle PSG and its grounds maintenance work to L...

Firms must guard against staff fatigue as fines for corporate manslaughter escalate to £20m

Imperago has published a paper outlining the importance of taking staff fatigue into account when devising staff working patterns. Major companies convicted of corporate manslaughter that have a turnover of £50m or more could now face fines of up to £20m according to guidelines by the Sentencing Council that were announced recently. ...

Springfield Clinic operates Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot

Springfield Clinic has announced that it is the first Ambulatory Surgery Center in Illinois, US, to use the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot and is among the leading outpatient surgery centres in the country to incorporate the technology. The Xenex robot, affectionately named Louie by the Springfield Clinic Infection Control Committee, uses Full Spect...

Brightwell Dispensers: exciting new launches

With ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam just around the corner, Brightwell Dispensers - the global independent designer and manufacturer of innovative soap, paper and chemical dispensing systems for the hygiene industry - is back with some exciting new product ranges... 2016 celebrates the release of new product ranges including the Quantura range of ...

Australian cleaners find United Voice helps win proper pay and conditions

Australian Union United Voice has stepped in to help a group of cleaners win the pay and conditions they deserve. The union says that in late 2014, when cleaning contractor Pickwick won the contract for the Murray Bridge Marketplace shopping centre, it hired new workers and compelled them to provide an Australian Business Number. It says that ...

Markets broaden for Regent Samsic in latest round of business wins

A spate of new contracts and additions across the UK measures the continued growth of cleaning and security services provider, Regent Samsic in the year's first quarter. 2016 sees steady brand penetration for the Coventry-based company spanning a wide range of client markets. Joining the Regent Samsic portfolio are a number of sites in the ...

Cleaning Operative of the Year winner announced

In annual awards created by British Cleaning Council members, the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and Denis Rawlins, (which provides sponsorship), June Manley has been named Cleaning Operative of the Year 2016. June, who works at Carr Mill Primary School, St Helens, Merseyside, wins £250 of high street vouchers and...

New contract awards for Principle Cleaning

New contract awards keep coming as London City based Principle Cleaning has recently won a cleaning contract with Vinson & Elkins. Based at the award winning 20 Fenchurch Street, The Vinson & Elkins' London office opened in 1971, making it one of the oldest London offices of any US law firm. A contract with Barings Asset Management at ...

2016 is looking better than last year, says Tennant Company

In results announced this week, Tennant Company has reported net earnings of .4 million, on net sales of 9.9 million for the first quarter ended 31st March, 2016. In the 2015 first quarter, Tennant reported net earnings of .0 million, on record net sales for a first quarter of 5.7 million. "The sluggish business environment that we e...

With every generation comes new innovation!

Rosemor International has recently lined up four different generations of its customers' machines in its workshops. This shows 16 years of innovation and technical development. The Alta 20, built in 2000 was the original model Rosemor brought from Tennant, also known as the Rotomac 300. As you can see the control panel and many other features ...

A pilot scheme...

Truckers Toilets UK tells us that some cities in the US are trialling mobile toilet / shower units to ascertain whether more should be introduced, to alleviate the problems of drivers needing the bathroom, but finding that they have 'nowhere to go'. "The beauty of using a mobile unit would mean that different areas could be trialled and usage ...

Senior EU leader to keynote session on 'Opportunities Offered by the Circular Economy Package'

Dr. Hugo-Maria Schally - head of unit Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy, directorate general for the Environment, Directorate Green Economy of the European Commission, will lead the session titled 'Redefining Innovation - Opportunities of the EU Circular Economy Package' on 12th May at the 26th edition of ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam. As a l...

Dolphin Dispensers to showcase 'high impact' Excel Range at ISSA/Interclean

Dolphin Dispensers, a leading UK-based manufacturer and global commercial washrooms solutions provider, will be launching its extended Excel Dispenser range at this year's ISSA/Interclean event taking place in Amsterdam 10 - 13th May 2016. A master in the art of creating seamless washrooms, Dolphin Dispensers says its current Excel range can b...

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Welcome to the Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!   Well – it’s finally upon us… One of the cleaning industry’s eagerly anticipated highlights – ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam, kicks off on Tuesday mor...

Karcher: already cleaning up in Amsterdam!

At this year's ISSA/Interclean trade fair in Amsterdam, on a trade stand the size of 9 tennis courts, Karcher will be presenting two Innovation Award Finalists alongside 125 other innovative machines and services. In advance of the show, the team from Karcher Netherlands have been helping prepare the city for the influx of some 29,000 pairs o...

More visitors from more countries than ever before

With just five days to go to the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016 exhibition, RAI Amsterdam reports that registrations are running strongly ahead of registrations received for the last show at the same point in the build-up to the event. While the largest number of visitor registrations continues to originate from Europe, this year the largest p...

Spanish cleaning and hygiene industry arrives in Amsterdam

The Spanish cleaning & hygiene sector will be represented at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam by 45 companies and it is the biggest Spanish participation ever. "Amsterdam maintains a high level of confidence and loyalty from visitors and exhibitors from around the world and has become a must for cleaning professionals worldwide," says Thais Rodri...

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"What better way to launch our new GumBusters GB1 into North America than a feature on national television with a slot on CBS News!" says OspreyDeepclean. www.cbsnews.com "And check out our latest blockbuster starring the GB1 on!" www.youtube.com [TRIMTO]

Hako strengthens its offer in key sectors with new strategic team

A leading name in cleaning equipment is strengthening its support for the national and international facilities management companies, contract cleaning and third party logistics (3PL) sectors with the creation of a new strategic accounts team. The move will enable Hako to deliver more specialised support to customers in important markets for the ...

Concentrating on getting the most from your cleaning products

Chemical dosing systems, whether manual dispensing pumps or electronic dosing units, have been around for years and are now a well-established part of any professional cleaning process. The use of controlled dosing technology to enable the end user to accurately dilute a chemical concentrate at the point of use, providing a ready-to-use cleani...

Today is World Hand Hygiene Day

Today is World Hand Hygiene Day and hospitals in Australia are planning to spread the word about maintaining good hand hygiene, while the topic is at the forefront of people's minds. The Advocate reports that infection prevention & control nurse Heather Craigie (pictured) is manning a stall at the entrance of the Mersey Community Hospita...

Customer experience is key

Futures Supplies, award winning supplier of washroom and cleaning products, has always appreciated the importance of providing an exceptional customer experience. Supplying quality products, backed up with the delivery of customer service excellence, has always been part of the company's ethos and continues to be key to the company's success. ...

Leonardo: touchless soap dispensing... with a touch more!

The newly launched Leonardo Soap Dispensers incorporate the very latest features in touchless electronic soap dispensing. There has always been a concern that when the batteries in any electronic dispensing system run low, there is the risk that before the maintenance team has a chance to replace them, washroom users will be unable to access s...

Holchem celebrates record breaking production in 2015

Holchem, the Pilsworth-based cleaning chemicals provider, recently celebrated record-breaking production with 950 tonnes of product being manufactured during a single week in December. The ongoing success of the company is set to continue throughout 2016 and, in response, it will be increasing its site with additional parking to cope with incr...

Darwinsure streamlines insurance for cleaning companies... Online platform extends specialist cover to small business sector

Cleaning companies and other small businesses now have ready access to a streamlined insurance servic