*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 14th July 2022 Issue no. 1025

Your industry news - first

The original and best - for over 20 years!

We strongly recommend viewing Cleanzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.

English French Spanish Italian German Dutch Russian Mandarin

Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of The Cleanzine.

International News

Old Bottles, new wipe. Vileda Professional r-MicroTuff Swift, the first recycled cleaning cloth from Vileda Professional

Sustainability is at the heart of our corporate activity. Based on more than 60 years’ experience in the business we want to provide more than just cleaning solutions which keep sites and surfaces hygienically clean, they should also contribute to a cleaner planet as well.

New AI app helps track cleaning competence

* Optiqo.jpg
Optiqo's latest mobile application - Cleantracker AI, offers an easy-to-use method of validating cleaning effectiveness by adopting artificial intelligence and machine learning. Combining AI with advanced image recognition, it facilitates the classification and evaluation of surface area contamination.

RAS partners with Ascendo Academy on a restroom inspection course

* RAS-partners.jpg
In its bid to equip premises managers and Environmental Control Coordinators with the essential knowledge regarding clean toilet standards, the Restroom Association (Singapore) partnered with the Ascendo Academy to offer a free course on washroom inspection in addition to the ECC course.

UMF names Lisa Gross National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award recipient

* UMF_Lisa-Gross.jpg
UMF Corporation has announced that custodial service associate Lisa Gross has earned the company's 13th annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award.

Susanne Jorgensen to succeed ISS Americas CEO Dan Ryan, effective 1 July 2022

* ISS_Susanne-Jorgensen-CEO.jpg
Susanne Jorgensen is to take over the role as CEO, Americas Region, ISS, from Dan Ryan, current CEO of Americas and chief group commercial officer. 

New study by Sanitation & Water for All looks at changing external perceptions of water, sanitation and hygiene

* global-study-Water-Sanitation-Hygiene.jpg
The Sanitation & Water for All global partnership (SWA) has this week released the findings of a global study on external perceptions of water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as barriers to driving political prioritisation and investment.

Ecoserv Group introduces monitored waste management

Ecoserv Group, the multi-discipline facilities management company, is launching a managed service to help customers meet their waste and recycling commitments.

Polygiene strengthens management with top recruitment

* Polygiene-appt.jpg
Antimicrobial technology specialist Polygiene Group has just finalised the recruitment of Frank Stevens in the new position of chief operating officer in the company.

Why you have to pick up a calculator to dry your hands in a public washroom

* bathroom-calculator.jpg
By Germán Muñoz, marketing director, Mediclinics S A

Juan Yuste works as a facilities manager in a large shopping centre in Madrid and as such is responsible for managing all the infrastructures and services of this macro-complex, with the aim of optimising all its resources.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


A discussion with John Austen this morning about whether he should put this week’s story ‘Strike averted as cleaners win inflation-busting pay rise’ into the side column as he felt it was “a bit militant” reminded me of a discussion I had with the British Institute of Cleaning Science’s Stan Atkins at the Cleaning & Support Services Association’s Annual Luncheon last month. Stan showed me an advert he’d seen in that morning’s newspaper, placed by a well-known, award-winning cleaning contractor. The work? Cleaning operatives required for 10hr shift the following weekend in central London – all training provided. The pay? £20.19 an hour – and it wasn’t even overnight. It was a day shift! 
Yes John was right about the story sounding a bit militant. However, our discussions made me ponder on the difference between professional contractors who do our industry proud and look after their employees and those who’ve damaged our industry by employing folk who aren’t supposed to be working in the UK, making them work under the most awful conditions and paying them way under the statutory rate. 
Most of the professional contractors I speak to value their staff and want to ensure they have a decent standard of living, (impossible on £9.50/hr unless others in the household are earning well) and they’re doing all they can to meet Living Wage Foundation standards. Also these days, contractors are having to pay above what the statutory rate demands anyway because otherwise, they can’t get the staff - and while the staff they do have, can often cover for missing colleagues for a period, working double or triple shifts just isn’t sustainable. Something needs to be done – and fast – to rectify the difficult situation in which our industry finds itself. 
And let’s not forget the heat! Local councils across much of the UK are warning us that our street cleaners and refuse collectors will have to work more slowly in this heatwave and that our bins may not be emptied on the correct day. News outlets have been telling us how to stay safe in the heat and many of us who can work from home, are doing so. Looking at the weather reports from across the Continent I can see that this type of message is likely to have been echoed all over. It highlights once again just how indispensable our cleaners are, for while many of us are able to adapt to the problems the heat brings, the cleaners really just have to carry on, don’t they?



Twitter-t.jpg You can also follow us on Twitter @cleanzine









Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

Vectair Systems appoints Chelsey Schwartz as vice president of marketing

* Vectair_Chelsey-Schwartz.jpgVectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, is pleased to welcome Chelsey Schwartz to its leadership team, as vice president of marketing.

Founded over 30 years ago, Vectair Systems now delivers sanitary and scent solutions to more than 100 countries. Vectair's well-known brands such as Airoma, P-Screen, Wee-Screen and V-Air Solid are featured in facilities around the globe.

Fire destroys Idrobase Group warehouse

* Idrobase-Fire.jpgIn the night between Saturday and Sunday, a violent fire, which broke out around 02:00 as a result of causes that are still being investigated, destroyed one of the warehouses at the Idrobase Group headquarters in Borgoricco, near Padua, Italy.

Cleaning industry body angered by lack of response to its letters to Cabinet Secretary

* Industry-leaders-snubbed.jpgAngry business leaders in the cleaning & hygiene sector have hit out after the Government simply failed to fully respond and agree to their demands for a meeting to discuss the findings in the Sue Gray report, in which cleaners were identified as having been disrespected.

The industry body representing the cleaning & hygiene sector - which is one of the 10 biggest in the UK and worth nearly £59bn - has twice asked to meet Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to discuss concerns over the lack of respect and poor treatment of cleaning staff identified by the report into parties at Number 10.

BICSc Awards: shortlist of finalists revealed

* Martin-Bayfield.jpg

The shortlist of finalists for the British Institute of Cleaning Science Awards 2022, which celebrate the exceptional efforts of leading lights from the professional cleaning industry, has been announced.

The organisation was inundated with entries for these popular annual Awards
this year, in a program which will culminate in an Awards Dinner on Thursday, 22nd September 2022, at The Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Meriden.

TV presenter and former England international rugby player Martin Bayfield is the celebrity host for the Awards – an event renowned as one of the largest and most influential in the cleaning industry's calendar.

Strike averted as cleaners win inflation-busting pay rise

* Strike-averted.jpg

Latin American cleaners from Ecuador and Bolivia who work at Riverside Quarter, a large luxury residence in Wandsworth, London, have won a 16% pay rise bringing them up to £11.05 an hour from their previous rate of £9.50, the national minimum wage.

This pay rise comes after the cleaners, who are United Voices of the World members, voted to take strike action, with 100% of the UVW cleaners balloted, voting to strike. 

Networked devices 'increase cyber-attack risk for building systems'

* Networked-devices.jpgCompanies face an increasing but under-recognised threat from cyber-attacks on building systems and facilities managers need to act now with IT professionals to address the issue, leading independent research and advisory firm Verdantix is warning.

The company highlights how a sharp rise in the number of connected devices across building systems mean that the operational technology (OT) used to run facilities creates a growing risk of cyber-attack. Connected OT networks are converging with their IT counterparts, blurring traditional lines of responsibility for cyber security just as ageing building systems require replacement, and the number of attacks rises.

Matrix awards top partners

* Matrix3.jpgBritish steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix Cleaning Systems has once again recognised the important role its distributors, stockists and service engineers play in its continued success, by presenting the top performers with Awards.

Our first picture shows Matrix sales director Mike Osiadacz presenting the Award for Top Distributor to Ian Hodkinson of B&G Cleaning Systems. Ian deserves our congratulations as this is the third year running, that his company has won this award! Manufacturing, supplying, servicing and repairing the full range of commercial and industrial cleaning machines,

Tips on using citric acid cleaning solutions

* Citrus.jpgCitric acid cleaning solutions are gaining more interest in the professional cleaning industry: they are a very safe, environmentally preferable way to clean surfaces, and, being derived from lemons and limes, they promote sustainability.

However, to take advantage of the benefits of citric acid cleaning solutions, sanitisers and disinfectants, cleaning professionals should be aware of the following do's and don'ts.

The Cleanzine Archive Search

We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of The Cleanzine. If you would like to run a search of the The Cleanzine web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.

Search The Cleanzine:

How to contact us at The Cleanzine:


The Cleanzine is broadcast every Thursday. You may receive it FREE each week by clicking the link above.
To prevent this newsletter from getting swept up by overzealous email filters, we suggest that you add [email protected] to your address book.

Hospital Hygiene

Hospial Corridor

Our weekly updated Hospital Hygiene features current developments and product solutions cleaning and hygiene industry manufacturers are coming up with. Read More.

Recent UK News

Mitie appointed supplier to new Government FM and workplace services framework

* Mitie-services-framework.jpg
Mitie has been named as a supplier on the new Crown Commercial Services framework, RM6232. The appointment enables Mitie to tender for contracts across all Government departments and public sector organisations to deliver a full range of facilities management services, from waste management and landscaping, to building maintenance, cleaning, reception and security services.

Jangro enhances health & safety training module

Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has made further enhancements to its award-winning and CPD-accredited e-learning platform, the Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS). Its newly refreshed health and safety training course is now live and available for operatives to complete at www.jangrolms.net.

London's Pride: biggest clean-up operation to date

* London-Pride-clean-up.jpg
Veolia's fully electric street cleansing fleet and dedicated team ensured a swift and effective clean-up operation for one of the biggest events of the year, collecting over 180 tonnes of waste as more than a million people celebrated the 50th anniversary of the UK's first Pride parade in London.

Sodexo becomes official Supporter of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter

* Sodexo-chefs.jpg
Sodexo has this week been announced as a Supporter of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter, making it one of the scheme's largest employers.

SOAPBOX: Back to normal? No thank you!

* Back-to-normal2.jpg
Jay Coates, Director, Twotwenty2 Cleaning, writes…

“Following two years of upheaval, we constantly hear the desire to return to normality, but do we really want that? At the outbreak of the pandemic, it has to be said the cleaning industry was underprepared; cleaning processes were inadequate for the new challenges, and cleaning companies did not hold the necessary equipment to enable the creation of a safe environment. The cleaning industry quickly took stock, and rose to the task, but several problems remained.

Cleanology goes national in major new expansion drive

* cleanology-truck.jpg
Award-winning commercial cleaning contractor Cleanology is bringing its sustainable and ethical approach from London, to the rest of the country.

Sustainably reducing, reusing & recycling electrical equipment

* Sustainably-Reducing.jpg
Sustainability is at the centre of public discussion. In 2022, world leaders gathered at COP26, deciding that greenhouse gas emissions need to see a reduction of 45% by 2030 and net-zero will be achieved by 2050.

Events & Exhibitions

Care Show London
24-25th April 2024


Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


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


© The Cleanzine 2024.
Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Hall of Fame | Cookies | Sitemap