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International News

UMF|PerfectClean announces first annual Education Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award recipient

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Ana Ruth Morales-Garcia, custodian at Colorado College, has earned UMF|PerfectClean's first annual Education Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award.

MSL Solution Providers launches new SDS subscription service

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To help chemicals manufacturers and suppliers stay compliant and ease the pressures of compiling Safety Data Sheets, microbiological testing firm, MSL Solution Providers, has launched a new SDS subscription service.

Delta-Q innovative mid-power charger is now in full-scale production

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With its unique 3-in-1 design, this highly efficient charging system integrates a 3.3KW battery charger, a 500W DC-DC converter to power the vehicles' auxiliary loads, and an EV charging station interface. These key features, encased in a ruggedised IP67 design, provide OEMs with an attractive package for simplifying electrification of their off-road applications.

Why air purification in the workplace is important this allergy season and how to achieve it…

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By Dyson Professional

“Conversations around air pollution and the dangers and health risks attributed to it have been commonplace for several years now, with many regulations already in place to lessen its dangers. In comparison, its counterpart of indoor air quality is a largely under reported and under researched topic - until now.

Survey finds positive ROI for businesses with clean washrooms

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Businesses that fail to keep their washrooms clean and maintained are unwittingly flushing away customers' repeat business and sales. According to the latest Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corporation, almost 60% of Americans make it a point to stop at a business and will spend more money at the establishment if they know it has clean and maintained washrooms.

ARCSI announces Canadian regional ambassador selections

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The Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), a division of ISSA, has announced two Canadian regional ambassadors as part of a new outreach program, the ARCSI Regional Ambassadors. The Canadian Regional Ambassadors will represent the residential arm of ISSA in Canada.

The new ambassadors are:

* Mark Baker, Motivated House Cleaners, Paradise, Newfoundland
* James Menzies, JEM Cleaning, Mississauga, Ontario (pictured)

Kärcher and TTS agree on strategic partnership

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Kärcher and TTS Cleaning have joined forces, thereby pooling their resources and capabilities in order to offer customers around the world their broad range of products and services in a customised manner in the future.

Metsä Tissue receives again the highest Platinum rating in EcoVadis evaluation

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Metsä Tissue, part of Metsä Group, (including Metsä Greaseproof Papers business) has received the highest Platinum rating in EcoVadis sustainability and social responsibility evaluation. The company is among the top 1% of all the companies rated by EcoVadis. Metsä Tissue once again scored highly in each of the four themes assessed, performing best in the environment section with a score of 90/100.

Paul G H Bakker, founder and chairman of WoolSafe and ITFA

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We're sad to have heard from WoolSafe's global marketing director Steve Bakker, that his father Paul, WoolSafe founder & chairman, passed away peacefully on 5th April 2023, aged 82. Well-known and liked and respected by many in our industry around the world, Paul had been active in the carpet and cleaning industries as well as with standardisation work for many years.

SOAPBOX: ‘The cost of going Green’, by Michael Richardson, CEO, The Perfect Little Company

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“There's been much written about funding for Green projects but very little on how ‘going green’ saves money. So with the aid of over 60 UK corporates, we've done a little calculation to highlight just one example, vacuuming in offices.

Candidates announced for ‘Product of the Year ISSA Pulire 2023’

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An impressive 22 products from 18 companies exhibiting at the upcoming international event ISSA Pulire 2023 (9th – 11th May, Milan), have been announced as candidates in the third edition of the ‘Product of the Year’ Awards.

Stacey Turner wins UMF|PerfectClean’s National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award

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UMF|PerfectClean has announced that Stacey Turner, hygiene specialist at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, Indiana, has earned the company's 14th annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award. Stacey was nominated by Riverview Hospital director of housekeeping Scott Smith for her exemplary work as team lead of the hospital's environmental services (EVS) department.

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Monarchist or republican, lover of a Royal family, abolitionist or somewhere in between, you have to admit that the British always stage a jolly good pageant – even in the pouring rain! With almost 30million TV viewers in the UK and US and coverage on other TV stations throughout much of the globe, the world’s eyes were focused on London last weekend for the coronation of Charles III and there was plenty to celebrate even for those who don’t support the idea of a monarchy. I loved the sheer diversity of the event, the mix of different cultures, national costumes and creeds – not just for the main event but also for the concert the following evening. I’d not planned to watch that bit but am so glad I did. When we all work together we can achieve great things, can’t we?


But onto the cleaning: I’m sure I wasn’t the only one cringing at the sight of the horse mess being dumped by the four-legged members of the parade… wondering about its effect on those following… Does it flick up onto the riders’ faces or uniforms or their horses? And what about what appeared to be rectangular patches of sand all over the place? To cover the horse mess or a last-minute attempt at reducing the impact of potholes on the incredible precision of those on parade, moving as one? I discovered after the event that this was a proven way of easing the path of the horses and ancient ceremonial carriages – particularly over the grates and on the bends. Clever idea! Still lots for the cleaning teams and volunteers to deal with though, (as if they didn’t have enough to do already).

As I’ve said here before, I took my girls, aged seven, to Diana’s funeral – not because I was a particular fan but because I wanted them to be a part of history. The streets were clean and remained so throughout, with everyone – well on Parliament Square opposite the Abbey, anyway – taking whatever rubbish they had, away with them when they left. What on earth has happened to us? According to the report further down the page on the coronation clean-up, more than 39 tonnes of additional recycling and refuse was collected from the area surrounding the much shorter route. Yes - 39 tonnes! And this was on top of the 650 tonnes collected on an average weekend. I’m dismayed… Well done to everyone involved – either paid or voluntary - in cleaning up other people’s mess that shouldn’t have been left there in the first place!

Something else well worthy of mention this week is Principle Cleaning’s announcement. My goodness, that warmed the cockles of my heart! See more, below…



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This Week's News

Veolia delivers a Royal Clean Up!

* Veolia-RoyalCleanUp1.jpgAs London once again hosted the party of the year, Veolia, in partnership with Westminster City Council, worked tirelessly over the coronation weekend to ensure that the city was clean and the streets were ready for the first coronation in 70 years.

As an estimated two million people gathered in London on Saturday for the coronation extravaganza, the Veolia team ensured that the streets were cleaned to grade A standard, and returned to the task two hours after the event. The 100 Veolia operatives and 30 vehicles, many of them electric zero emission and hybrid types, worked around the clock to ensure that everything was fit for the coronation.

Principle announces move to employee ownership

* Douglas-Cooke_Principle.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services has announced that it is transferring the majority of its shares to its 2,300 employees through the creation of an Employee Ownership Trust.

The company, which was founded by Douglas Cooke in 1989, has secured its long term future, enabling it to continue building its legacy, whilst creating an effective platform for growth and retaining its position as one of the industry's leading independent businesses.

Handwashing during 'normal times' can reduce burden of respiratory disease

* Handwashing.jpgNew research published in The Lancet reinforces the idea that handwashing outside of pandemic times is vital in order to reduce the burden of common colds and flu in low- and middle-income countries.
(April 28, 2023) - Analysis of studies involving 160,000 people across three continents reinforces message that handwashing is not just for pandemics.

Handwashing with soap can reduce cases of acute respiratory infection (ARI) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by as much as 17%, according to the review published in The Lancet.

Smelly toilets flushing away British businesses' profits

* Smelly-toilets.jpgSmelly toilets are costing British businesses, as new research reveals poor washroom reviews drag down hospitality establishments' Tripadvisor ratings by an average of one full star.

Initial Washroom Hygiene analysed over 80,000 Tripadvisor reviews for 200 hospitality venues across the UK, in order to understand the correlation between negative reviews relating to the smell and cleanliness of washroom toilets and overall star ratings.

Nanobubbles reduce surfactants by 50% at California Water Resource Recovery Facility

* California-WRRF.jpgby Andrew Dugan, PE, founder of WaterWrites…

A new process using injected nanobubbles has reduced surfactants by 50%, along with odour, at a California Water Resource Recovery Facility, while also reducing the need for chemicals.

Five urinal malodour issues and how to fix them

* Urinal-malodours.jpgWhile we do not hear about it much any longer, some facilities that have recently installed no-water urinals are encountering malodour issues. To explain what is likely happening and how to correct it, we must have a quick refresher on this topic.

AFFLINK celebrates 50 years as home for the independent distributor

* AFFLINK-HQ.jpgAFFLINK, which started as a buying group network of jansan distributors 50 years ago, and known in the US as the ‘home for the independent’ distributor, has expanded. It now provides products and services for many other industry sectors, including packaging, healthcare, hospitality and government.

As a result of this expansion, it now has nearly 600 distributor-members throughout the US.

Poppies celebrates expansion and growth with new headquarters and training facility

* Poppies-new-office.jpgHaving already welcomed new franchisee, Kuldeep Mahi, to its growing network in Q1 this year, domestic cleaning franchise, Poppies, is wasting no time in boosting its efforts to support franchisees through additional marketing and training opportunities. 

As the 24-strong franchise network continues to benefit from high demand for industry-leading cleaning services, Poppies has proudly announced the relocation to a larger, more modern headquarters along with a state-of-the-art training facility for new starters.

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Recent UK News

Veolia launches nationwide vape collection scheme

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Global resource management company Veolia has launched a national vape collection service to help provide safe disposal and recycling routes for the three million vapes currently thrown away each week.

CHSA publishes Fact Sheet on Extended Producer Responsibility

Members of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association and others in the cleaning industry now have access to straightforward information on Extended Producer Responsibility, thanks to a new Fact Sheet, published by the CHSA.

Carlisle appoints new managing director for its cleaning and facilities business

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Facilities management support services provider, Carlisle Support Services has appointed Richard Jenkins as managing director for its cleaning and facilities business.

Federation of Window Cleaners acknowledges excellence

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Window Cleaning specialist and a highly regarded Birmingham business with 20-plus years in the industry, Art Cleaning Services (www.artcleaning.co.uk).

Jim Melvin installed as the WCEC Master, 2023

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The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has welcomed Jim Melvin as its new Master following his installation ceremony on 21st April 2023 at St Olave's Church in the City of London. He succeeds Gary Fage, who has held the role since 2021.

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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