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SOAPBOX: The potential for viruses to spread beyond washrooms and implications for public health

by Professor Mark Wilcox OBE…

“Proper hand washing with soap and water after using the toilet is essential in killing germs and removing microbes on the hands. Hand drying following hand washing completes the process and is needed as damp or wet hands spread infection more easily.

Aramark and Pringle Robotics team up to deploy autonomous floor cleaning robots across the company's businesses

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To improve efficiency and achieve superior cleaning results, Aramark, global provider of food and facilities services with operations spanning the education, healthcare, business & industry, sports, leisure and corrections industries, is partnering with Pringle Robotics, a developer of autonomous robotic solutions for facilities management, to install floor cleaning robots and operational software solutions at key customer facilities.

M2 Care Halo smear free professional glass cleaner can be used on sensitive equipment

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M2 Care Halo is a fast drying, streak free glass cleaner that cuts through greasy fingerprints, nicotine and food based grime in a flash.

Prevented Ocean Plastic and USAID open high-capacity plastic collection centre in Indonesia

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On UN World Oceans Day 2024 (7th June), Prevented Ocean Plastic celebrated the grand opening of a new, high-capacity waste plastic collection centre in Makassar, Indonesia, acknowledging support from US Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Global FM market set to grow by USD 826.91 billion from 2024-2028: boosted by increasing demand for cloud-based solutions

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The global facilities management market size is estimated to grow by USD 826.91 billion from 2024-2028, at a CAGR of 9.61% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest market research report, ‘Global Facilities Management Market 2024-2028’.

Taking steps to stop the spread of Legionnaire's Disease

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National Safety Month is observed in the US every June to emphasise the importance of safety in various environments. When it comes to water safety, of particular importance is preventing the spread of Legionnaire's disease - and that's not just in the US but the world over.

Nexaro NR 1500 compact vacuum robot meets latest safety standard for commercial cleaning robots

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The autonomous robot vacuum cleaner Nexaro NR 1500 is said to be the first compact vacuum robot in the world to meet the latest international safety standard IEC 63327 for commercial cleaning robots, which was only adopted at the end of last year.

Clean Zero cleaning solution wins CBRE ESG Innovation Challenge 2024

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2San’s Clean Zero chemical-free cleaning solution has been named the winner of the CBRE ESG Innovation Challenge 2024 – an Award that recognises and celebrates groundbreaking solutions that advance environmental, social, and governance practices within the commercial real estate industry. 

Arena experience enhanced through sustainable hygiene management from Tork/Wells Fargo team-up

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Today, Wells Fargo Center, (home to the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers and one of the US’s top venues for concerts and events) announced a formal partnership with Tork to enhance sustainability, efficiency and overall fan experience through innovative hygiene solutions at the venue, following its recent $400 million renovation.

Partnership improves healthcare facilities with innovative technology solutions

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Smart building specialist R-Zero, has formed a strategic partnership with SC Johnson Professional, to bring innovative and technology-driven solutions to the healthcare sector that intelligently monitor and improve efficiency and operations across smart cleaning, staff productivity, patient experience, space utilisation and energy consumption.

Metsä Group's tissue paper business receives fifth Platinum Rating in EcoVadis evaluation for 2024

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Metsä Group's tissue paper business, including greaseproof paper business, has once again achieved the highest Platinum rating in the EcoVadis sustainability and social responsibility evaluation for 2024. This marks the fifth consecutive year the company has been recognised with this esteemed rating, placing it among the top 1% of all companies assessed by EcoVadis.

Vitesy's Natede Smart air purifier detoxifies using natural ability of plants

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Italian-built air purifier Natede Smart is a beautiful accessory designed to complement any interior, but its simple design is deceptive: It features the most advanced sensors for temperature, humidity, pollutants (VOCs), fine particulates (PM2.5) and carbon monoxide (CO). And unlike many other air purifiers, it doesn't collect toxic agents inside a filter, but eliminates them in a safe way.

Essity invests in new R&D centre in France

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Essity is investing in a new global centre for research & development, in Alsace, France, dedicated to tissue hygiene products. The state-of-the-art facility will focus on tissue to meet the evolving demands of branded tissue in both professional hygiene & consumer markets.

Top three hit jackpot in 2024 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest

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Cintas Corporation has this week announced this year's two runners-up in the Custodian of the Year Contest.


Welcome to the Cleanzine


Why are people so ignorant of the processes and products involved in cleaning? Why is cleaning rarely considered by anyone other than those in the industry? Tonight I'm heading to Stonehenge - the heart of Salisbury's World Heritage site and one of Europe's most well-known prehistoric monuments - to celebrate the Summer Solstice and perform with Shakti Sings choir within the stone circle. Following yesterday's ridiculous attempts by Just Stop Oil to promote its cause by spraying the Neolithic stones with orange paint, I fear that the vibe will be less of love and wonder and more of anger and frustration.

JSO tweeted that it was "just corn starch" and perhaps had the crime not been committed two days before the ancient site would be crammed with pilgrims, the paint could have been left for the rain to wash it away - we're certainly having enough of the stuff this year to make that a possibility! But English Heritage will want the Stones at their best and will no doubt have called in the cleaners who'll have had to use not only precious water but cleaning fluid and possibly powered equipment too. And the team will have had to get to the site which is in the middle of nowhere. I doubt they'll have used Shanks' Pony (walked) to transport all the equipment required to make everything pristine again. Further, the endangered lichens growing over the Stones are unlikely to have survived the attack - or perhaps the subsequent cleaning. JSO has hinted that this may just be the first ancient monument to come under attack, saying: "Supporters, along with citizens from Austria, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands and Switzerland, will join in resistance this Summer, if their own governments do not take meaningful action. Stone circles can be found in every part of Europe - showing how we've always co-operated across vast distances. We're building on that legacy."

Whatever your stance on the use of fossil fuels, I can't help believing that you'll agree with me that polluting our environment as JSO has done here, isn't going to attract supporters to its cause. Also that the vandals are dealt with severely enough to deter others from following suit. Perhaps JSO supporters ought to research how adversely their lives will be affected if oil and its by-products are no longer available. As one commenter tweeted: "All tech uses oil in its manufacturing processes. Manufactured clothing, glasses and lenses, medicines, food, books and paper, the Internet, you name it; oil is involved in it somewhere along the line."





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This Week's News

BCC launches mini-manifesto directed at protecting the health and wealth of the nation

* BCC-mini-manifesto.jpgThe British Cleaning Council's has produced a new mini-manifesto that sets out the cleaning, hygiene and waste industry's priorities to help create a resilient UK and the areas where it is seeking the next Government's support to achieve this vital objective.

The BCC is ready to work collaboratively with the new Government to ensure that cleaning & hygiene policy, law and regulation is directed specifically at preparing to protect public health both in advance of, and in the event of, another pandemic.

Used coffee cups are NOT litter insist some rail users: Train operators probe 'the science of littering'

* Used-coffee-cups.jpgThe cleanliness of trains is a topic often in the spotlight, with operators battling to keep their carriages clean for the thousands of people who step aboard every day. But a research project led by the train operator Northern has opened-up a debate about what actually constitutes littering.

According to some respondents to a study of nearly 2,000 regular rail users, used coffee cups left on trains are not considered to be litter. But do you agree?

Top industry players advocate on Capitol Hill

* Leading.jpegThe American Cleaning Institute hosted its annual Capitol Hill fly-in last week for member companies to engage with congressional offices on issues most important to the cleaning products industry. The lobbying event focused on issues related to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and recycling, among others.

"Manufacturers need policies and processes that encourage the market entry of new chemicals that will help meet the growing demand for more sustainable products and chemistries," says Blake Nanney, ACI director, government affairs.

Kärcher UK announces 'Suck Up The Deals' offer ahead of busy Summer season

* Karcher-deals1.jpgAs the hospitality, public services and wholesale industries head towards a busy Summer season, Kärcher UK has unveiled an offer designed to provide industry professionals with the means to level up their cleaning services.

From now all the way through to the end of August, businesses can capitalise on Kärcher's Suck Up The Deals offer - which offers a free manual cleaning bundle (valued up to £65.00) with the purchase of any qualifying vacuum or spray extractor, including Kärcher's tub vacuums, wet and dry vacuums and handheld vacuums.

Berry Agile Dominoes!

* Domino_black.jpgNew, fully recyclable, rectangular bottle is available with recycled plastic and allows for customised branding on all sides.

Global sustainable packaging giant Berry Global Group has launched a customisable, rectangular Domino bottle available with up to 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic that will suite smart washrooms perfectly.

Window Cleaning Warehouse acquires Wintecs

* WCW-Wintecs.jpgWindow Cleaning Warehouse, a leading supplier in the window cleaning industry, has acquired Wintecs, the renowned UK online window cleaning supplies store. This strategic acquisition marks a significant milestone for Window Cleaning Warehouse as it continues to expand its footprint across the UK.

Founded in 1998, Wintecs revolutionised the window cleaning supplies market by pioneering what is believed to be the first online store in the UK.

New York's UBS Arena one of the first sports & entertainment facilities to earn Zero Waste accreditation

* UBS-Arena.jpgUBS Arena - New York's newest premier entertainment and sports venue and proud home of the New York Islanders hockey team - has been awarded Silver certification under the TRUE (Total Resource Use & Efficiency) rating system.

Administered by Green Business Certification (GBCI), TRUE helps facilities measure, improve and recognise Zero Waste performance by encouraging the adoption of sustainable waste management and reduction practices, which contribute to positive environmental, health and economic outcomes.

Atlas wins contract with EPAM over 27 sites

* Atlas-EPAM.jpgAtlas has been appointed to provide cleaning & support services to EPAM, the property asset management specialist. The contract covers 27 commercial sites, with 17 in London, and includes daily cleaning, window cleaning, specialist periodic cleaning and pest control.

EPAM says its intelligent property management model and personal approach ensures consistent delivery of quality and value, and it continuously looks to improve its service to exceed the expectations of both clients and building occupiers. Atlas will play a key role in supporting this drive, with the provision of high quality and people-focused cleaning services.

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Recent UK News

BICSc Annual Awards: 2024's finalists announced

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The finalists for this year's British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards have been revealed, after the organisation was inundated with an unprecedented 50% increase in the number of entries.

Mitie enrols first learners on the new Cleaning Hygiene Level 2 apprenticeship

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Mitie has announced the enrolment of 20 learners for its new Cleaning Hygiene Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship programme, helping to kick start their learning & development journey.

Caterbar hosts fifth all-day 'speed dating' event and honours excellence with Supplier Excellence Awards

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Caterbar, the national consortium of independent catering equipment distributors, has successfully celebrated its fifth all-day 'speed dating' event and Supplier Excellence awards.

Barclays banks on further service success with ISS

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ISS has extended its global integrated facility services contract with Barclays, meaning it will continue to provide services to Barclays on a global scale until the end of 2029.

SBFM appoints Stuart Hamilton as chief strategy officer

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SBFM, one of the UK and Ireland's fastest growing soft FM service providers, offering the full range of professional cleaning services nationwide, has appointed Stuart Hamilton as its new chief strategy officer, to spearhead business growth.

Over two-thirds of professionals uncomfortable about requesting mental health leave

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Some 67% of UK professionals state that they feel too uncomfortable requesting mental health leave from their employer or senior leaders in their company, while over a quarter (28%) of professionals wouldn't even consider speaking up about it.

Victory for migrant cleaners at South London private school

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Migrant cleaners at a private school in South London have won an inflation-busting 15% pay rise, full pay sick pay and improved working conditions after they returned a unanimous vote to strike if they were not able to secure a suitable deal with their employer.

Waste management company fined after inadequately trained worker is seriously injured

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A waste management company has been fined after an inadequately trained worker suffered serious burns to his face and body, along with broken bones, after the metal crowbar he was using came into contact with a live electrical conductor.

Veolia will provide NHS Scotland with compliant and sustainable waste management solutions

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Resource management giant, Veolia, has joined the NHS Scotland Recyclates & General Waste Management Framework for the next five years. Working with the Common Services Agency, this strategic placement will enable NHS Scotland Health Boards access to compliant and comprehensive general waste and recycling services.

Birmingham Airport extends partnership with OCS

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OCS has secured a two-year contract extension to continue delivering essential cleaning services at Birmingham Airport. The scope of these services encompasses not only the airport terminals but also various other buildings, including external areas, winter gritting for terminal surroundings, washroom hygiene, and high-level window cleaning.

Celebrating excellence in the cleaning sector

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards! The 18 coveted awards were presented at the cleaning industry's most celebrated event last Thursday, at the London Hilton, Park Lane, by Craig Bowman, general manager, UK & Ireland, Kimberly-Clark Professional and comedian, actor and writer Hugh Dennis.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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