*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 22nd September 2022 Issue no. 1033

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International News

Employees continue to struggle with stress, while awareness and utilisation of wellbeing programs in the workplace remains low

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While employees across Europe and the US continue to report high levels of stress, a surprising percentage do not take full advantage of their workplace's wellbeing initiatives, despite employers' continued prioritisation of these programs.

Researchers develop plastic film that can kill viruses using room lights

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Researchers at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, have developed a groundbreaking plastic film that can kill viruses which land on its surface, with room light. This breakthrough could lead to a significant reduction in the transmission of viruses in healthcare environments but also in other settings that uses plastic films - for example, food production factories.

Microban launches Refresh: a patent-pending odour capture technology that is completely metal free

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Microban International has introduced Refresh - its newest, patent-pending, sustainable odour capture technology that is completely metal free. This innovative technology is proven to reduce odours by up to 93% on polyester and polyester-rich blends, even after 30 launderings.

Nexaro's new industrial cleaning robot vacuum system increases efficiency while saving money

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Rising wages, a glaring shortage of labour and the stigma of a supposedly unattractive profession: the industrial cleaning industry is undergoing a profound transformation that makes the use of new technological approaches more necessary than ever.

First carbon footprint audit produced for Toucan Eco reveals low CO2 emissions

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Centrego, the manufacturer of Toucan Eco cleaning and disinfection systems, has completed the first carbon footprint audit for its Toucan Eco Active Plus system.

Clean on the road - Focus on Mobility Cleaning at CMS Berlin

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CMS Berlin is making a guest appearance at InnoTrans, a leading global trade fair for transport technology, and from 20th to 21st September will have information about Mobility Cleaning on the virtual industry platform CMS Plus.

Greenteck Global agrees exclusive distribution deal with Alliance Scotland

GreenTeck Global has signed a five-year partnership with Alliance Scotland for distribution of the company's innovative range of natural cleaning solutions throughout Scotland. As part of the relationship, Alliance Scotland will represent GreenTeck Global's COSHH-free products across all sectors, from local authorities and public transport bodies to hospitality companies.

Maintenance Cleaning - the benefits

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Regular maintenance of carpets will not only prolong their working lives but also make cleaning them easier for operatives next time round. Prochem area sales representative Jon Ewing looks at one clean that makes the point clear'

Industry veteran Carlos Reinoso joins ETS Board

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Paper industry veteran Carlos Reinoso has been appointed vice chairman of the European Tissue Symposium.

Touch-free, hygienic and water-saving: The right tap for every washbasin

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TOTO has introduced two new automatic tap collections featuring the Self Power and water-saving Eco Cap technologies. Perfect for everything from high-end hospitality bathrooms to busy washrooms keen to conserve water, these collections were both recognised with the international Red Dot Award and Green Design Award for their outstanding design.

Indian government to step up enforcement to eradicate sewer cleaning deaths

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More stringent enforcement of the laws banning the manual cleaning of underground sewers and septic tanks in India has been promised as part of a new government drive aimed at stamping out the practice which claims numerous lives each year, reports the British Safety Council.

New software launched for BrightLogic laundry range and Levels mode

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Brightwell Dispensers has launched BrightLogic 2 software to support its recently upgraded and more flexible BrightLogic system. The new software is ‘backward compatible’ with BrightLogic 1 bluetooth units and is compatible with Windows 7 and upwards.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


It will have been hard for you to miss the coverage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll’s funeral on Monday, since it was beamed all over the world and according to the figures, most of those with access to a TV or other viewing device will have watched at least some of it. Something you may have missed though, was a tweeted video from Parliamentary worker Sarah Jane Sewell which brought a beam of delight to my face - and no doubt, to the faces of those from our industry who’ve seen it too. 

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In case you haven’t seen it, hundreds of people lining the streets around Whitehall were filmed breaking into hearty cheers and applause for a group of Westminster Council cleaners who, wearing high-vis clothing, were walking along the funeral route during a final check and picking up any litter and removing any other obstructions prior to the Queen's coffin procession between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Hall. How wonderful! Others on social media thought so too and praised the crowds – lined up several deep - for recognising the cleaners’ hard work, with one tweeting: “Absolutely amazing work they’re doing! Unsung heroes!” with others voicing such sentiments as: “Behind every successful event there’s a team of hard workers. Glad to see them getting the recognition they deserve,” and: “That’s lovely. People doing jobs like this rarely get any credit but people soon notice if they aren't there.” 
I couldn’t agree more! 
In last week’s Leader I mentioned how clean our streets appeared to be and asked whether this could be down to the cleaning crews working overtime to ensure everything was perfect or whether the locals were being more respectful, because of the sad turn of events. I’ve been asked not to share his name but I received a call from one of Cleanzine’s readers who quipped that perhaps people were afraid to drop litter in case they were caught on one of the many cameras and shamed either on social or mainstream media or even fined by the local authority for littering!
We watched the day’s events in a large group and there was much talk about whether straws would have been drawn to see who’d have the unenviable task of cleaning up the mess left by the horses and those who’d had to march through the mess and thus spread it, or whether anyone would have volunteered to clean it all up. I do hope whoever was involved, also received cheers and applause from the watching crowds.



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This Week's News

Jon Graves appointed as Greenteck Global's first chief operating officer

* Jon-Graves.jpgGreenTeck Global has strengthened its leadership team to support the company's ambitious growth plans by recruiting Jon Graves as chief operating officer.

The appointment follows a series of high-profile contract wins for the specialist hygiene technology innovator, including a five-year exclusive partnership with Alliance Scotland throughout Scotland, plus a five-year deal for Phs Group to supply GreenTeck Global's innovative EcoFlow washroom system.

Queen's passing brings back memories for BCC deputy chair Delia Cannings

* BCC_Deputy-Chair_Delia-Cannings.jpgThe sad passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II brought back proud memories for British Cleaning Council deputy chair Delia Cannings. Delia, who was then working as head of vocational sciences at a Birmingham college, was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2002, for training that was specifically focused on the cleaning & hygiene industry.

She was invited to a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Afterwards, Delia was honoured to talk with both the Queen and Prince Philip.

NIC Services Group announces promotion of Ken Atherton to COO

* NIC_Ken-Atherton.jpgKen Atherton has taken on the new position of chief operating officer at the award-winning facilities management company, NIC Services Group.

"Since joining the business in 2005, Ken has worked tirelessly in helping bring success to NIC which, at times, has included overcoming considerable difficulties,” explains John Spencer, Group chairman. “During these years Ken has always remained fully committed and professional to the business, and I am sure that you will all join me in congratulating Ken on his promotion."

CHSA calls for support for our industry in face of energy crisis

* CHSA-calls-for-energy-support.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has called for support for the industry in the face of the energy crisis.

"Our members are being hit hard by the soaring cost of both fuel and energy," warns Lorcan Mekitarian, chair of the CHSA. "We need the Chancellor (pictured) to act in his statement on Friday, 23rd September, if they are to be able to reliably supply good quality cleaning & hygiene products for the long term.

Genesis Biosciences consults with US Green Seal to implement industry-wide standards

* Green-Seal.jpgA global biosciences company with its European headquarters in Cardiff, Wales, has been in instrumental in the introduction of new Green Seal Standards that will ensure products in the cleaning industry, and in particular 'spray-applied' microbial-based cleaning products, are safer for the end-user and more eco-friendly.

Genesis consulted with Green Seal in the US in November 2021 to help develop the new standards, which deal with the revision to criteria for products in spray packaging.

Rensair launches smarter solution for indoor air pollution

* Rensair_Compact.jpgIndoor Air Quality specialist Rensair has launched an affordable, WiFi connected air purifier for smaller indoor spaces. Lightweight (9.5Kg) with heavyweight performance (clean air delivery rate of 460cu.m/hr), the Compact is ideal for small-to-medium-sized enterprises, conference rooms, doctor & dental surgeries, classrooms and homes.

Using Rensair's proven, hospital-grade technology, the Compact combines HEPA filtration with germicidal UVC light in a smaller, quieter package. It is highly effective in removing a minimum of 99.97%-plus of pathogens and other forms of airborne particulate matter, including bacteria, pollen, dust and mould.

New frontline workwear uniforms inhibit bacterial growth

* NNT-Polygiene-workwear.jpgIf you work in a high-pressure environment, you want to feel fresh and comfortable, which means that the added advantage of clothing that's not just smart but also inhibits bacterial growth is obvious. To tick all these boxes, NNT and Polygiene have teamed up to create a new range of protective uniforms.

Ice cream inspired washroom’s topping Canada’s best

* Majesty-and-Friends-Best.jpgCongratulations to Majesty and Friends in Edmonton, Alberta, for winning Canada's Best Restroom contest 2022!

Majesty and Friends is a modern design boutique. Its motto is ‘FUN, FUN, FUN’, so its washroom needed to offer the happiest vibes. The bright mural was inspired by the happiest treat on earth - ice cream. The flooring is Atra Flooring from Liverpool and the sprinkles are made by Urban Walls. The building at Manchester square is the biggest Instagrammable spot in Edmonton. Pink toilet paper and a cherry brush? Yes, please! With sprinkles!

Fully automatic Klindex Expander 1000 offers remote operation

* Klindex-EXPANDER-1000.jpgRemote operation is just one of the benefits of the latest offering from Klindex: the powerful, radio-controlled floor grinder, Expander 1000.

Fully automatic and with six counter-rotating heads, variable speed and adjustable work pressure from 500Kg to 1350 Kg, this machine enables your grinding and polishing jobs to be easily carried out, even on very uneven floors.

Principle champions social value at third conference

* Principle-champions-Social-Value.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services is hosting a Social Value conference, to be held at Barings' London office, next Wednesday, 28th September. The event will cover a range of topics including defining social value, why it is so important and practical advice on how to calculate and implement social value within an organisation.

Principle's CEO, Peter Smith, will open the conference and introduce its guest speakers, all of whom are working on important issues in society. These will include a presentation from the Social Value Portal, which helps companies measure, report and increase their social value.

Paradise in the community

* Paradise-in-the-Community.jpgTo celebrate Warrington hosting Papua New Guinea men's team in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup, national contract cleaning company, Indepth Managed Services, has sponsored a community project that sees artists and local community groups coming together to create an art trail displaying the Raggiana Bird of Paradise, which is the national emblem of Papua New Guinea.

To welcome the Papua New Guinea men's team, who are Warrington's resident team, an art trail around the town centre has been created, displaying the Raggiana Bird of Paradise which features on Papua New Guinea's flag.

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Recent UK News

APPG inquiry postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II... New date to be set for inquiry by the APPG for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry

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The remaining two sessions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry inquiry into the role of cleaning & hygiene during the pandemic have been postponed following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Jangro celebrates two years of Planet Mark certification

Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, has achieved its second year of being Planet Mark certified.

How Silu Wellness Centre has created a feeling of 'zen' with the Vectair Sensamist

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Silu Wellness is a state-of-the-art wellness centre located in Peterborough, UK. Silu brings the latest innovations in fitness, physical health, mental wellbeing, nutrition and holistic therapies to the East of England, offering classes such as dynamic hot yoga, body combat, pilates, body pump, circuits and meditation. It also offers wellness services including osteopathy, reflexology, hypnotherapy and massage.

Students & Abbee cleaning up

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It's not only students going to school this September; many schools & colleges across the UK are also employing Abbee robots to contribute to the net zero pledge, enthuse students and support cleaning staff.

Shades of Greyland

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By Martin Wharmby, who paid a visit to Greyland Limited, to find out how the business has survived the last few years of turmoil, and what the future holds as the company approaches an important milestone.

In its factory on the edge of Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, cleaning chemical manufacturer Greyland Limited is enjoying the best run in the company’s history. While many businesses are still reeling from the COVID years, Greyland weathered the storm of lockdowns and restrictions only to find that the appetite for their wide range of cleaning chemical solutions continues to grow unabated.

Dawsongroup unveils new name to reflect significant fleet diversification

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Dawsongroup has unveiled a new name for its fleet division, Dawsongroup emc, as it gears up for expansion into new sectors. Following significant growth over the past 17 years, the firm - previously known as Dawsongroup Sweepers - has renamed the business to reflect the diversity of its growing vehicle range.

Cleanology secures contract for Europe's largest car showroom

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Cleanology is driving its national expansion with a new contract win covering three of Mercedes-Benz's showrooms in the North-West, including the luxury car company's flagship site in Stockport - the largest in Europe.

Work at height charity launches Supporter Scheme

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The No Falls Foundation, the UK charity dedicated to keeping people safe when working at height, has launched its first official Supporter Scheme.

MPs to begin major inquiry into pandemic cleaning & hygiene

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MPs will begin a highly significant inquiry next week into the role of cleaning & hygiene, and the associated challenges, during the pandemic.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry will commence the much-needed review, entitled 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', on September 6th with the aim of producing a report with policy recommendations which will feed into the national UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

Specialist hygiene company achieves Zero Waste to Landfill as sustainable initiatives take hold

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Warrington-based Christeyns Food Hygiene has achieved Zero Waste to Landfill for the last two years as it puts sustainability at the heart of company policy.

By working in partnership with ACM Environmental, the firm has achieved exceptional environmental performance with Zero Waste to Landfill in 2020, 2021 and on target for 2022.

Crieff Hydro becomes first Scottish hotel group to switch to Greenteck Global's 100% Natural Cleaning Solutions

Following the partnership earlier this month between GreenTeck Global and Alliance Scotland, Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels has become Alliance's first Scottish client to adopt GreenTeck Global's natural cleaning solutions.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

Cleaning Products Europe
9-10th April 2024
Czech Republic


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


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