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“The pandemic certainly hammered home the benefits of regular handwashing and surface disinfection in controlling microbial proliferation. However, traditional cleaning products often contain toxic chemicals that are damaging to the environment, or that can lead to a range of health problems, including dermatitis, asthma and even cancer.
"The economic situation and production costs determine the prices for new machines. It's an ideal time to sell your no longer used equipment in times of falling inflation rates.
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My radio station of choice these days is Fix Radio, which is aimed at tradespeople. Unsurprisingly it's one of the fastest-growing in the UK: it plays a wide range of music, it’s introduced us to new artists and it has an enormous playlist which means we’re not bombarded with the same songs, over and over. Plus the chats between presenters and guests are interesting and informative for those not in the building trade and are especially useful for those of us who are responsible for the buildings in which we live and work, who will need to employ tradespeople at some stage. Knowing a bit about the problems we’re dealing with, can save us a small fortune when crossing paths with some of the more unscrupulous tradespeople. For yes – there will always be those who’ll try and make more money by bamboozling us with science! We find a good one and we stick with them, don’t we – even if we have to wait a while, (since they all seem to be inundated with work these days)?
When my daughters were considering career and university options, I did my utmost to persuade them to go into one of the trades, telling them they’d earn excellent money and would never be out of work, since their skills would always be in demand. I didn’t realise back then just how accurate my words would one day turn out to be… Yes, it appears that just as it is with cleaners, the services of those working in the construction industry trades are now very hard to come by. According to Fix, some two thirds have had to cancel or delay work because of labour shortages, leading to a real backlog. Mulling over the situation while doing my own cleaning, it occurred to me that perhaps we as an industry are missing a trick when it comes to trying to rebrand cleaning as a profession? Think about it. Many of the professions are, quite rightly, under fire. Look at journalism and the judiciary, for example, and the respect that’s been lost for them because of incompetence, bias and poor decision-making. We all look up to good tradespeople, don’t we? They’ve gained qualifications and have often benefited from on-the-job training with more experienced colleagues – with the lucky ones having served an apprenticeship too, while many are improving their skills with ongoing training. They, like cleaners, are providing essential services that require training and experience if they’re to be done well and safely. For me it’s a perfect alignment.
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Churchill Group, one of the largest independently-owned soft service providers in the UK, specialising in cleaning, catering, security and front-of-house, has announced that it has become an Employee Ownership Trust.
An EOT is a trust that enables a company to become owned by its employees and can be set up by a company's existing owners. EOTs do not involve direct share ownership by employees, rather a controlling interest in the company is transferred to an all-employee trust which is then held for the benefit of employees.
Registration for Interclean China, the dedicated international trade show in China for the professional cleaning & hygiene sector – taking place from 18th -20th October in Chongqing and free to attend - is now open.
Following the successful launch of the show in 2021, this year's event will be open for the first time for international attendees - with more than 200 exhibitors, 40+ keynote speakers and more than 8000+ visitors expected. The exhibition offers the opportunity to discover the entire Chinese cleaning market under one roof.
Thousands of homes and businesses could be left out of pocket this summer according to experts from Rentokil Specialist Hygiene. The organisation, which has launched a new solar panel cleaning service to boost the efficiency of domestic and commercial electricity generation, warns that dirty solar panels will see homes and businesses potentially miss out on the equivalent of up to seven hours of sunshine a day.
With more than 14 hours of daylight due to fall on the UK's 14.6GW* of residential, commercial and industrial rooftop solar capacity per day, Rentokil Specialist Hygiene warns that energy generation could be cut by up to half due to dust and pollen coating the panels.
Multi-award winning office and commercial cleaning company Cleanology has launched its third annual fundraising event in aid of The Hygiene Bank. The event has been a resounding success after raising around £40,000 in its first two years.
This year the popular fundraiser is being held on Tuesday 3rd October in The Balcony Room at the majestic Globe Theatre in London's Bankside.
Sellars Absorbent Materials, a Milwaukee, US-based manufacturer of wipes, absorbents and towel and tissue products, has added a new product to its Toolbox line. Its S700 Spunlace wipers are durable, ultra-low linting and solvent resistant, making them ideal for use in critical clean environments, including aerospace, automotive, printing, manufacturing and medical.
Sellars' Spunlace wipers are super absorbent, have exceptional wet strength, are abrasion resistant and can withstand prolonged use with harsh chemicals and solvents. In addition, they do not contain binders or glues, meaning they are contaminant-free.
"We're all guilty of putting things down the drain without a second thought. But did you know there are some things that you should never put down the drain? Some items can end up costing you a hefty amount in repairs if you're not careful.
There is no one that's seen this more than at MyJobQuote.co.uk - Drain problems are some of the most common plumbing issues that need to be dealt with. In the following list of items that you should never put down the drain, some of the items may surprise you. If you want to avoid some sizeable plumbing costs down the line, make sure to keep these items in mind and dispose of them appropriately rather than putting your plumbing at risk.
ISS has worked with Capgemini, a global business and technology transformation partner, since 2012, when it started to deliver services to office sites in the UK. The contract has since been expanded to also include sites in the EMEA and North America regions as of 2019 and the company is also delivering integrated facility management for Capgemini sites in India.
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