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Registration opens for ISSA Show North America 2019
Registration is open for ISSA Show North America 2019, which takes place in Las Vegas, 18th - 21st November. To date, this is the largest event produced by ISSA, with more than 16,000 cleaning and facility solutions professionals and 700-plus exhibits expected.
New Blueair air purifier cleans the air in your vehicle in six minutes
Blueair is launching a new intelligent air purifier to keep the air we breathe while inside our vehicles as clean as possible. Designed for safety and tested to global standards, the new app connected Blueair Cabin P2i rids the vehicle of the harmful gases, particles and germs that we are exposed to when on the road.
Relion expands operations with new technology centre in Seattle
Global lithium battery provider, Relion, has opened a new expanded technology center and lab in Seattle, WA, which will serve as a central hub for research and development, product testing, and sustaining engineering. Some exciting new technology is about to launch as a result...
24th 'Pulire - The Smart Show' boasts record attendance
The 24th Pulire - The Smart Show, came to an exciting conclusion in Verona, Italy, last month. Presented by Afidamp Servizi and ISSA, the biennial event was larger than ever, drawing more than 17,000 visitors-an increase of 6% over the previous edition in 2017.
DebMed now key component of an expanded product offering from new parent
DebMed, an established leader in the healthcare market by way of its DebMed Monitoring System and specialised skincare products, is now part of an expanded offering from SC Johnson Professional, which acquired the British manufacturer in 2015. This latest rebranding marks the company's continued expansion into the healthcare segment.
Citron Hygiene completes follow up acquisition in the UK
Toronto, Canada-based Citron Hygiene has entered the washroom services market in the UK having acquired 1st Class Hygiene from the Fantham family, headquartered in Leicestershire, on 1st May. 1st Class has been operating for over 20 years and provides a comprehensive range of washroom hygiene, pest control services and related products.
Family-owned Biokleen celebrates 30th Anniversary
Back in the late 80s commercial cleaning product salesperson Jim Rimer had, what at the time was a 'crazy' idea. What if you replaced toxic chemicals in common cleaning products with plant and mineral based ingredients? The result was Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner 2 and Biokleen was born in 1989.
CMS Berlin 2019: Hotels and catering form important target group
The organisers of CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning. Management.Services. say that one of the show's main target groups is decision-makers responsible for cleaning in the hotel and catering sector, since there are few industries that place such an emphasis on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene for ensuring personal wellbeing.
GumBusters: Who you gonna call?
The Pulire exhibition in Verona is renowned for showcasing the latest technologies in all fields of environment management and cleaning technology, so it comes as no surprise that the innovative cordless gum removal technology from OspreyDeepclean was so well received there recently.
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This week's Cleanzine has required something of a mission to complete. As you can see, I've had a slight accident with my iMac - and as my MacBook's suffering from a common technical fault and needs repair, I've been somewhat stymied. I won't go into the events that led up to the iMac damage, but suffice it to say that if my passenger door ever fails to shut again, I'm going to check that if the seatbelt's not blocking it, nothing else is either, before trying a more forceful close.
My family's been complaining for years that one or other of my computers seems to be permanently attached to me, so to work without them functioning properly almost feels as if I've lost a limb.
Isn't it odd how relatively new technology can become such a crucial part of life? As a trainee journalist at IPC - then one of the largest publishing groups in the UK, I was apparently the only editorial team member in the company allowed an electric typewriter since I was the only one who could touch-type. I could no way have gone back to a manual machine then, than I could now use an electric typewriter. We grumble about Internet outages and occasional slow speeds, but do you remember the days of 'dial-up'? It's laughable that we had to exist like that, isn't it?
I've been thinking about how much the way professionals clean, has changed during my long years in this industry. Historically, cleaning operatives were set in their ways and managers faced a difficult task in trying to get them to adopt different procedures or work with new chemicals and equipment. I could never understand, for example, why it took so long for backpack vacuum cleaners to become accepted and I still can't fathom out why they haven't gained the market share I expected them to when I first trialled one.
I was wondering... with the pressures being put on cleaning companies to adopt more sustainable practices, while legislation is forcing manufacturers to change their products - by, say, making them more energy-efficient or removing key chemicals from what had been considered a perfect formulation - how well the industry's copIng when it comes to enabling us to maintain standards whilst keeping the cleaners happy?
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This Week's News
Medline announces first infection control product EPA-registered to kill emerging pathogen
Hospitals and clinics now have a tool to combat Candida Auris, a multidrug-resistant fungus that can cause serious infections in hospitalised patients. Medline announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency has cleared its Micro-Kill bleach germicidal bleach wipes to be marketed as killing the fungus on hard, non-porous surfaces.
The fungus, which has a mortality rate of 35%, has been shown to linger in healthcare facilities despite efforts to eradicate it with traditional disinfectants. It can be difficult to treat and has caused outbreaks worldwide.
Technical rug cleaning, marketing & systems for profit programme comes to UK
The WoolSafe Organisation is bringing over to the UK, the highly respected American rug care specialist, Lisa Wagner and marketing guru Mark Kennedy to deliver the TextilePro Programme.
The three day event, being held 16th -18th July 2019 in Carmarthenshire, Wales, provides a unique technical and marketing educational opportunity to the region's rug cleaning operations.
Restoring the splendour of your floors
Paul Hillman, managing director of Farnborough-based CleanKing, shares his thoughts on floor cleaning and maintenance. One of Paul's teams has recently delivered a fantastic floor restoration and clean for Homebase which received incredibly positive feedback. Other 'big brand' clients include Boots and The Range...
"Over time, floors can become very unsightly if they are not properly maintained. Luckily, damaged or lacklustre floors don't always have to be replaced - often, it is a case of restoring them to their former finery. For example, concrete can be polished rather than putting a new surface down, which is much cheaper.
Mitie gets green light on integrated FM contract with Toyota
Mitie has secured a new five-year integrated facilities management contract with Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK.
The contract will amalgamate many different outside contracts under one management structure and will include the provision of infrastructure maintenance, cleaning and grounds maintenance services to the manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. This is the first time Toyota has taken this approach to FM at any of its plants within Europe.
Ultimate clean-up kit helps avoid lingering smells when guests make a mess
Hotel proprietors, B&B operators and owners of holiday lets are being given a helping hand to clean up after messy guests. Aroma Care Solutions' Little Accident Box is designed especially for those occasions when guests have unfortunate accidents that lead to unpleasant smells which make the room or property unready to let again.
The Little Accident Box has everything you need for to clean up and when used with the bio-enzyme cleaner, tackles the root of the problem, eradicating the sour, lingering smells that could keep the bar smelling unwelcoming into the next day.
WhiffAway adds value to washroom experience with Avelena Clean & Care
WhiffAway Group's technologies and products enhance the washroom experience for hundreds of thousands of people every day, and it has taken this a stage further with the launch of a new and exciting personal care product range - Avelena Clean & Care.
"Avelena has been created to clean and care for your hair and body all in one go," says WhiffAway head of finance and marketing Georgina McLean.
Interserve wins FM contract with Civil Nuclear Police Authority at Griffin Park
Interserve, the international support services, construction and equipment services group, has won a £2.8 million contract to provide facilities management services to the Civil Nuclear Police Authority (CNPA) at its new training centre in Cumbria.
The contract is to deliver a range of services at the CNPA's Griffin Park Tactical Training Facility. The state of the art building is run by the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) and houses the largest live firing skills arena in Europe, along with various training centres, classrooms and offices.
JPC Cleaning appointed to London's King's Cross Estate
Samsic-owned JPC Cleaning has been appointed to provide cleaning and environmental services to London's fast-expanding 67-acre King's Cross estate. One of the city's largest ever redevelopments, King's Cross is being transformed from an underused industrial wasteland into a new zone comprising homes, shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants, schools and a university across 26 acres of streets, parks and squares, with its own brand new postcode: N1C.
London-based JPC has been appointed to all public areas and buildings managed and maintained by King's Cross Estate Services.
British Cleaning Council congratulates Domestic Cleaning Alliance on its fifth birthday
Congratulations to British Cleaning Council member - the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, which is this year celebrating its fifth anniversary. Founded in 2014 by Stephen Munton, the DCA is doing an excellent job in supporting the needs of the people and businesses that provide cleaning services in other peoples' homes.
The DCA's services and benefits - which include domestic cleaning training, advice on running a cleaning business, discounts on supplies, equipment and insurance plus peer-to-peer networking opportunities - was inspired by Stephen's vast experience in the domestic cleaning sector.
HSE publishes in-depth manual handling analysis on kerbside recyclables collection
Targets for reducing the volume of waste going to landfill have led to an increase in the processing of domestic waste in an attempt to reclaim recyclable materials. Manual sorting tasks can be conducted at the kerbside during waste collection and, if poorly designed, can create risks - hence the publication by the Health & Safety Executive of an in-depth analysis of the many types of equipment used and procedures followed.
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Recent UK News
Rapid drainage response helps keeps supermarket tills ringing
Specialist drainage services delivered by Lanes Group is helping Booths maintain its reputation as one of the most successful and best-liked food retailers in the North West of England. Co-ordinated from its Preston depot, Lanes provides a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and reactive drainage service for Booths' 28 stores across Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Yorkshire.
Christeyns opens new engineering facility in Bradford
A new engineering facility was officially opened this week by Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, on behalf of chemicals specialist Christeyns. A further significant investment in facilities for Christeyns in Bradford, this new Cutler Heights location will provide an important hub for its commercial laundry engineering division, currently handling multi-million pound contracts for laundries nationwide.
Cordant extends relationship with Eurotunnel
Cordant Services, part of Cordant Group, has secured a three-year extension to continue providing a full portfolio of cleaning solutions to Eurotunnel. This new contract further strengthens the long-standing relationship between the two organisations, which have worked together since 2008
Sebo supports The Pink Ribbon Foundation
Sebo has announced its collaboration with The Pink Ribbon Foundation by unveiling a stunning new addition to the Felix Contemporary Range - The Felix Rose. Sebo will donate 25% of all Felix Rose profits to the charity.
Carlisle Support Services wins 'Industry Champion' Award for dedication to Real Living Wage
At the annual Living Wage Champion Awards held last week, Carlisle Support Services was recognised for its commitment to paying the voluntary rate and promoting the Living Wage in its industry and supply chain, leading more employers to pay the real Living Wage. The contractor was awarded the 'Industry Champion Award' for its dedication to promoting the voluntary rate as a Recognised Service Provider.
2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards open for entries
The 2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards are now open - with the call to cleaning and facilities maintenance companies for entries that demonstrate the very best standards of cleaning excellence.
Kimberly-Clark Professional is committed to driving high standards in the washroom and the company believes that every workplace should be an Exceptional Workplace.
Deep cleaning 4,600 feet down...
A science lab almost a mile beneath the earth that simulates the surface of Mars sounds like something out of science fiction. But for Mitie cleaner and lab assistant, Barbara Suckling, the most remarkable thing about her place of work at the Boulby Underground Laboratory in North Yorkshire is the exacting levels of cleanliness required by the scientists who work there.
CHSA members and guests raise over £8,000 for Grief Encounter
Members and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, together with their guests, raised over £8,000 at the Association's Annual Gala Ball for the Chairman's Charity, Grief Encounter. Grief Encounter supports bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close.
Loo of the Year Awards provide excellent sponsorship opportunities
Loo of the Year Awards have provided unrivalled promotional opportunities for many leading UK and international companies with differing needs, annually since 1987. There are a range of sponsorship packages available and bespoke packages developed and executed to meet the sponsors' needs and budget.
Cordant Group embarks on marathon climbs for charity
A fearless 35-strong squad from Cordant Group will be taking on its steepest challenge to date as it embarks on a series of fundraising climbs. The team will be taking on the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as it raises money for Centrepoint, the UK's leading youth homelessness charity.
X marks the spot!
We understand that the client originally enquired after oscillation... "And whilst we are big fans of this technology," says Factory Cat, "It's not the best idea in a busy workshop!"
Ecocleen selects Keep Britain Tidy as its corporate charity
Ecocleen has selected Keep Britain Tidy as its corporate charity for the next 12 months. The company, a leading commercial contract cleaning provider, will raise awareness of the charity's campaign to reduce litter, improve local places and prevent waste as well as raise more than £5,000.
Soapbox: single use plastics
Stephen Cameron, business development director, SWRnewstar, writes...
"UK supermarkets and the Government are raising the stakes when it comes to removing single-use plastic.
Bluewater management impressed with Incentive FM's work
The management team of Bluewater, Europe's leading retail and leisure destination, has been so impressed with Incentive FM's operational delivery and strategic management over the past three years, that it has awarded the independent facilities management company, a new five-year contract.
City Corporation clamps down on dishonest restaurants
The City of London Corporation is clamping down on dishonest restaurants that display inaccurate food hygiene ratings in their windows. Recent spot checks by the City Corporation's Trading Standards officers found that out of 140 food premises visited, 22 of them (16%) were displaying a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme sticker higher than they were entitled to.
Events & Exhibitions
Expo Clean & Expo Laundry
11-13th July 2019
Jakarta International Expo
24-27th September 2019
CMS World Summit 2019
CMS World Summit 2019
24-26th September 2019
CMS Cleaning Management Services
12-14th November 2019
ISSA North America
18-21st November 2019
Loo of the Year Awards
6th December 2019
Prestigious Awards in the heart of England
2018 Awards video
Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020