*Cleanzine-logo-6.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 9th October 2014 Issue no. 644

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International News

CaterWaste launches BioBear food waste processors and wins Award

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CaterWaste, manufacturing and supply specialist of wet and dry food waste recycling equipment, has launched its 'BioBear' range, claimed to be the most technologically advanced recycling equipment within the catering industry. The launch took place at the Food Hospitality Ireland Show in Citywest where the BioBear was named 'Overall Product of the Show.'

Selling recycling to a sceptical public

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People with a negative view of recycling are more likely to change their attitude after seeing positive messages about the benefits. That's the main finding of recycling research commissioned by PR agency Ceris Burns International and undertaken by Mindlab International.

Fatboxx - the advanced solution for safe recovery of used fats and cooking oils

Restaurants, cafes, hotels and food manufacturers use huge amounts of cooking oil and fats every day - and these need to be collected in a safe and environmentally-friendly way. That's why Fatboxx, available in the UK from Peter Ridley Waste Systems, is taking the sector by storm. These valuable resources can now be collected simply, for safe recovery, with no fuss or mess.

African show to highlight workplace hygiene solutions

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The one international trade exhibition in Africa for all sectors of the professional cleaning industry, CleantexPulire, is set to take place in Johannesburg South Africa from 28th - 30th July 2015.

Next year's event will mark the 10th edition of this exhibition, established in 1998 to build a platform for African cleaning professionals to congregate, view the latest product innovations, network and create new business opportunities.

BC Partners to sell Spotless to Henkel

Funds advised by European private equity firm, BC Partners, have reached an agreement to sell Spotless Group SAS to Henkel AG & Co. KGaA for an enterprise value of €940 million. Completion is subject to approval from European antitrust authorities.

RCM in Monza for Formula 1 GP

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"27 is the number to remember," says RCM's Marzia Mucci. "But it's not about the victory of some stable or pilot, or a particular anniversary. It refers to the period of time since when RCM has been cleaning the world's fastest circuit in Formula 1.

"Every year, starting from Friday - the day of free practice - until Sunday, when the race takes place, RCM sweepers help to keep Monza circuit, and its service areas, clean and safe.

Ausclean Expo - focus on cleaning & hygiene

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Registration is now open for those wishing to visit Ausclean on 14th October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Superhero's mission is to make Japan's streets super clean and achieve world peace

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Japan is well known for its comic-loving culture so it's probably the one place where you might expect to catch a real superhero in action, writes Melissa Hobbs. Cue Mangetsu-man (translated as Mr. Full Moon), who has taken to the streets of Tokyo and revealed his special powers - a dustpan, brush and broom.

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Either things have changed a great deal since I qualified as a journalist in the late 80s, or I’ve become a lot less naïve over the years. Either way, I’m probably the first one to tell people: “Don’t believe everything you read in the papers”.

The Internet has had a great deal to do with my own changing perceptions of the national press as I’ve been able to read a wider range of newspapers and watch news from different countries. Social media in particular, has made an enormous difference with an alternative view or conspiracy theory on most subjects we’d normally have taken ‘as read’.

Now we have Ebola and my goodness are some writers trying to scare us (although I for one never did believe that story doing the rounds about ex-Ebola sufferers who’d risen, zombie-like, from the dead)! I was taken in briefly though, by a scaremongering video showing hospital cleaners doing a poor job in a room in which an Ebola patient had died. It turned out that they weren’t cleaners at all.

Several companies have been in touch to let me know about their products and services that should help combat the spread of Ebola (one or two of them are featured below) and I’m sure that over the coming weeks I’ll receive – and feature - many more. Bearing in mind some of the more general ‘news’ I’ve read on the subject, I believe the best way of approaching what may turn out to be a long-running debate, is to start with the World Health Organisation’s statement - issued on Monday, on what it knows about Ebola and how it is thought to spread. You can read it below.

If there’s any situation that drives home the importance of those whose job it is to clean, to have a thorough training in (and understanding of) cleaning and infection control, it’s this one. Cleaning crews tasked with making safe once more, anything or anywhere that could potentially enable the virus to spread, will show the world they are worth their weight in gold.

I wonder when it is finally over and done with though, whether the world will remember the crucial role the cleaners will have played…


You are welcome to attend a Free training/presentation on odour and mould removal restoration and decontamination products. LVC is welcoming ALRON from Sweden www.alron.se on Monday 13th October. The introduction is focusing on 'light' and 'heavy' Odour & mould removal, disinfection and decontamination to include eliminating smoke in hotel bedrooms to the heavy restoration and disaster recovery after a fire or a flood.

This presentation will be of interest to housekeepers within the hotel industry for the 'lighter' problems as well as restoration and decontamination companies for professional specialist work. Alron introduce themselves as: 'Scandinavia's leading supplier of microbiological products, systems and services for the remediation industry.'

Date: Monday 13th October Time: 1.30pm for 2pm start Free refreshments! Venue: LVC - Unit 4 Brookside, Colne way industrial estate Watford WD24 7QJ - Note: Sat-nav postcode - WD247NE RSVP: [email protected] Tel: 01923 - 44 55 50 www.lvcuk.com

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This Week's News

World Health Organization Ebola situation assessment: "What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans"

* WHO-liberia-etu-training.jpgThe Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit.

The virus has also been detected in breast milk, urine and semen. In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70 days; one study suggests persistence for more than 90 days.

Soapbox: Sanitation Canada... What would happen if it came here?

* Marc-Ferguson.jpgMarc Ferguson, international business development manager for Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch and OmniFlex Cleaning Systems, which are sold in Canada, writes about the global spread of epidemics

In February 2003, a doctor who had been treating people with atypical pneumonia cases in China flew to Hong Kong to attend his daughter's wedding. He was staying in a local hotel when he began to develop symptoms similar to those of the patients he had been treating. In less than 24 hours, this illness, which would soon be known as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, would spread to approximately a dozen other hotel guests, including a 78-year-old woman from Canada.

Fast-casual restaurants and healthcare facilities will help US janitorial and housekeeping cleaning suppliers grow, finds Kline

* Kline-cleaners.jpgStringent sanitising rules within a growing number of assisted living facilities and nursing homes, as well as in acute care settings such as hospitals, drive growth of the janitorial cleaning products market in the US.

However, the relatively fresh and rapidly growing concept of fast-casual restaurants represent the highest growth, according to the 'Janitorial and Housekeeping Cleaning Products USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities' just-published by worldwide consulting and research firm Kline & Company.

BBS latest firm to sponsor November conference

* Ruby-McGregor-Smith.jpgThe British Cleaning Council has announced a further major sponsor for its conference in November: BBS. This addition of the commercial training arm of the British Institute of Cleaning Science, brings the number of sponsors for the event up to eight, with Kimberly Clark Professional being the lead sponsor.

"It shows that our conference is the place major firms want to be seen at, and I'm delighted as this year's conference is set to be the best yet," says BCC Chairman Doug Cooke.

ETS to reveal new hand drying research data and findings at Eunetips and HIS Conference 2014

The European Tissue Symposium (ETS) has announced that it will be presenting new study results at Eunetips and the HIS (Healthcare Infection Society) Conference 2014, taking place respectively 15th - 16th and 16th - 18th November, 2014 in the Lyon Convention Centre in France.

The HIS Conference 2014 takes place in cooperation with the French Society for Hospital Hygiene. ETS will be located at booth 19.

New range of range of steam cleaners with self-descaling boilers comes to UK

* Clean-Vapor-vac.jpgChris Lloyd - owner of Cleaning Equipment Services for over 17 years and son of ex-Rentokil Initial managing director Peter Lloyd, has joined forces with Chas Kent - one of the steam cleaning industry's longest serving specialists,to form Steam Clean Systems; a company believed to supply the UK's only range of steam cleaners with self-descaling boilers.

"In the UK, many areas suffer from extremely hard water and the resulting limescale is one of the biggest problems in steam cleaner reliability," says Chas.

Delhi's 'ban' on waterless urinals needs a rethink, says expert

The failure to correctly maintain the 800-plus waterless urinals in the city of Delhi has led to their unpopularity and upcoming ban, according to one manufacturer, who argues that there should be a rethink on the decision.

i-Clean launches waste management arm

* i-clean.jpgBest-practice benchmarking specialist i-Clean, has expanded its Efficiency Reviews to include Waste Management to meet the broader needs of its customer base.

The service, now available, offers best-practice expertise and support to help facilities managers move their organisations up the waste hierarchy, from zero tolerance to landfill through to making waste an asset of their business.

Vattenfall and ISS Sweden sign contract for nationwide collaboration

* ISS-vattenfall.jpgSwedish energy company, Vattenfall, has chosen ISS as sole provider of integrated facility services at all 250 offices and plants in Sweden. The new Nordic agreement will run for two years with the option to extend for a further two years.

Keep Britain Tidy celebrates Diamond Jubilee with special awards programme

* Keep-Britain-Tidy.jpgTo mark its 60th birthday, Keep Britain Tidy has announced the charity's Diamond Jubilee Awards.

These awards offer a great opportunity for organisations and individuals to promote and celebrate the great work they are doing to make a difference. The award winners will be announced at a landmark awards ceremony at the stunning Lutyens Crypt, Liverpool on 12th February, 2015.

New school characters for Vectair's Sanitex MVP soap and surface care dispensers

* Vectair-three-muskateers.jpgHand Hygiene has always been highly important in the education sector, especially amongst children of nursery, primary and early secondary education age - although it can be difficult to get the message across. One of the best ways to promote healthy hand hygiene amongst youngsters is to educate them in a fun way.

Window washers brought to safety after getting stuck outside 17th floor of building

* window-washers.jpgTwo window cleaners were brought safely down from where they had been stranded for several hours on a faulty platform 17 storeys up a Californian building last Wednesday, following the combined efforts of the California Occupational Safety & Health Authority, Tractel scaffolding and the Orange County Fire Department.

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Recent UK News

The Cleaning Show 2015: Activity increases with just six months to go

With just six months to go until The Cleaning Show opens its doors, the organisers have revealed that virtually all stand space has been reserved, with new companies signing up and existing exhibitors extending their space allocation. Additional space is currently being negotiated.

BICSc rolls out red carpet for Annual Awards 2014!

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The British Institute of Cleaning Science has been recognised for promoting cleaning industry standards for over 53 years. This year the Annual Awards Dinner and Golf day rolled out the red carpet for a Hollywood themed 'sell out' event to recognise and reward those that have excelled in maintaining high standards via training and assessment across the industry.

Specialist sees jump in enquiries from London-based construction firms on dust control measures

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Following a concerted awareness campaign by the Health & Safety Executive about dust control requirements, and with an additional announcement from the Mayor of London on the introduction of mandatory Supplementary Planning Guidance (which aims to reduce the impact of construction and demolition dust), dust extraction specialist Dustcontrol UK, has seen a surge in enquiries from London-based construction companies, looking for information on the best control measures to implement in order to meet the required air quality standards.

We have mail: on mould

"This piece is essentially not quite accurate, there are over 10,000 recognisable moulds and perhaps over a million are not yet classified, so saying all mould likes cellulosic materials, should be clarified.

Soapbox: "Beggar Brussels!"

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writes Robin Chater, Secretary-General of the Federation of International Employers

"Europe is failing its next generation because neither the European Union, nor national governments are able to tackle over-regulation and the grey economy.

How sympathetic cleaning techniques helped restore four storey Victorian building

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When bespoke building and shopfitting expert Oakland Projects was renovating and modernising a four-storey Victorian house in West London it was quickly decided that the frontage of the building required specialist attention.

Morclean's machines move into Milton Keynes

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Another delighted customer arrived at Morclean's premises earlier this month to take delivery of his new Morclean trailer-mounted wheelie bin wash machine.

Beating off tough competition to seal the deal, Morclean's director Peter Morley handed over the keys on the new machine to Milton Keynes based cleaners, Cleaner Bins MK - a company setting up a franchise operation that specified the machine in its corporate colours - black and yellow.

Harrison Wipes sponsors IoD 'Aspirations in Business 2014' for Essex schools

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Harrison Wipes has announced its sponsorship of the 9th Annual Institute of Directors 'Aspirations in Business 2014' event. The event is focused on inspiring and encouraging the next generation of Essex students, aged 16 - 19, to become the business leaders of the future.

One in four UK businesses think their marketing isn't performing

Almost a quarter (24%) of UK based businesses believe that their marketing isn't performing as it should be, with a third of these (33%) complaining that the difficulty of making an impact with the advertising they do, is the biggest barrier to success.

New research reveals shift from multiple providers to one service provider for FM

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When choosing a new provider for outsourced facilities management, 65% of FM managers feel it is important to have one organisation managing all the different elements of service provision. 

Treating mould

Here's how to get rid of mould... All mould loves cellulosic material - so all wallpaper, grout, plaster and plasterboard and wood, carpet - in short all household fixtures and fittings, are subject to mould contamination and it isn't easy to get rid of.

Where does it come from? Damp.

1. In a big old house the damp course could easily be compromised, assuming that there is one in the first place.
2. From broken gutters, window frames, holes in worn brickwork and grout, leaking roofs and tree roots... Damp wicks through the brickwork and wall finishings. As it dries off, the mould grows on the cellulosic material.
3. From high humidity in unventilated bathrooms and showers, but also in 50/50 humid atmospheres.

Little and often...

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It's no secret that regular floor maintenance saves contractors from the time-consuming deep cleans, while also saving your carpets too. But is this a solution that is sat right in front of many, but completely overlooked?

This case study as Mike Egerton, MD of Host Von Schrader UK, explains may be an eye opener - after all, every little helps.

Bunzl expands in UK

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Bunzl has made four further acquisitions in the UK with aggregate annualised revenue of £34.8 million.

The company acquired 365 Healthcare at the end of June. Based in Droitwich, the business is engaged in the distribution of mainly own brand healthcare products, principally operating theatre drapes and gowns, procedure packs, disposable surgical instruments and dressings, to a variety of customers including hospitals, GP practices and private clinics. Revenue was £10.9 million in the year ended 31st December 2013.

Julius Rutherfoord wins first university cleaning contract with City University London

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City University London, which is ranked within the top 5% of universities in the world, has appointed specialist education cleaning company, Julius Rutherfoord, to maintain its 915,000 ft, 22-site campus in London EC1.

Cleaning company founder exposes Essex scrubbers in book launch

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When faced with a life changing situation almost 40 years ago, Christine Beedle founded Monthind Clean. As a new generation of directors take over the company's helm, Christine, who was awarded an MBE for services to the cleaning industry, launches her first book.

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