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Cleaning has been in the news a great deal more than usual this week – and particularly so yesterday with the dramatic rescue of a window cleaning team from outside the 69th floor of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan. I’m always saying that cleaning isn’t the easiest job in the world and while cleaning the windows of a tall building must have its benefits in terms of fantastic views and lots of fresh air - as well as providing the cleaners with the ‘wow factor’ when telling others about the work they do, that’s only as long as things are going well.

Well actually, that last point takes on even greater importance when things aren’t going well and I should imagine that those involved in yesterday’s drama will be dining out on their experience for months to come!

For those that missed it, the cleaners’ cradle appeared to have become dislodged and was left swinging in the wind, almost vertically on what appeared to be just one cable, with the two cleaners inside it. I can only imagine what they must have been going through while awaiting rescue, which came after about two hours when a hole was cut in a window to enable the men to climb from the cradle and into the building. You can see the action, at www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30031157

Elsewhere, Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, Scotland, has come under fire following three inspections by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate which allegedly discovered trolleys splashed with blood, ‘suspicious’ brown marks on a shower floor, faecal contamination on toilet walls and panels as well as on a call bell, equipment contaminated with blood and body fluids and 'significant amounts of dust and grime'. Worryingly, some of the dirty equipment was labelled as ‘clean’. Apparently the addition of the equivalent of eight full-time staff to the cleaning team following the first inspection, has failed to perfect the cleaning regime and the HEI has raised its concerns with the Scottish Government. I wish the cleaning teams the best of luck in rectifying the problems and good health to the people of East Kilbride until they do…

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This Week's News

The Living Wage: a view from the sharp end

Andrew Marshall, managing director of London specialist in contract cleaning, Julius Rutherfoord, highlights the impact of the Living Wage and calls for others to show their support during Living Wage Week. He explains how Julius Rutherfoord is working with its client, City University London, to support cleaning staff by paying the London Living Wage.

“Living Wage Week takes place each November and is a celebration of the Living Wage and Living Wage employers. The cleaning profession has developed greatly over recent years, but it is still seen by some as lagging behind other sectors when it comes to offering support and development to its employees. 

2014 ISSA Innovation Award Programme winners announced

* nss-eForce-Burnisher.jpgISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is pleased to recognise the winners of the 2014 ISSA Innovation Award Programme, which were announced during the ISSA Excellence Award Ceremony at the ISSA/Interclean North America trade show last week.

This year's ISSA Innovation Award Programme featured more than 50 innovative products and services from manufacturers and service providers throughout the cleaning industry. Products and services were entered in five categories: Cleaning Agents, Dispensers, Equipment, Services & Technology, and Supplies. Industry distributors, wholesalers, and facility service providers voted to determine the award winners.

Winter matting tips and suggestions from Crown Matting Technologies

* EcoPlus-wiper-scraper-Crown.jpgMats play an important role in keeping facilities clean, safe, and healthy year-round... but become crucially important in Autumn and Winter when safety is a primary concern.

So, for those managers/building owners who are just now starting to think about mats, Adam Strizzi, marketing director with Crown Matting Technologies, offers the following suggestions for selecting and installing an effective winter matting system:

Revolutionary energy saving ventilation canopy shortlisted for two healthcare awards

* eco-flow.jpgMedical Air Technology (MAT) is celebrating after its revolutionary ECO-flow product was shortlisted for both the 'Innovative Carbon Reduction and 'Sustainability' categories in the Building Better Healthcare Awards which took place in London last week.

The awards celebrate innovation, architecture, people, products and services that are helping to transform patient care across the UK.

British Cleaning Council's 5th annual conference hailed a great success

* BCC-conference-cheque.jpgCleaning industry professionals from across the UK gathered in London last Thursday for the British Cleaning Council's 5th annual conference.

The one day event was sold out well in advance and delegates were treated to superb array of keynote speeches written around the theme of the day 'changing perceptions.'

Veltia's V7 Tri-Blade: probably the most powerful hand dryer in the world?

* tri_sq_cherry_red.jpgAs far as statements are concerned, Veltia has no worries endorsing the new Tri-Blade which was released earlier this month.

Designed to compete in the hands in 'blade' market, the Tri-Blade holds its own in terms of pure drying ability.

Workplace washroom survey reveals odd behaviour - such as eating!

When 'using the loo' at work, do you know what is happening in the cubicle next to you? A new study released today by SCA, shows a surprising number of Americans have used their workplace washrooms for more than they were intended. Some of the oddest activities identified by the 2014 SCA Hygiene Matters Consumer Survey were eating (8%), exercising (7%), smoking (5%) and sleeping (5%) - all of which men are more likely to do than women.

One quarter of Americans say they have used their washroom at work to text (25%) and nearly as many have gone there to talk on the phone (23%), according to the survey.

WoolSafe announces first EGTS 1502 approved product

The WoolSafe Organisation has announced the first WoolSafe Approved product to pass the stringent EGTS 1502 environmental standard: nKapper from Carpet Cleaner Industries CCI GmbH.

The new standard aims to satisfy demand for carpet care products that are both effective and safe for the environment, with WoolSafe teaming up with Enco Global Testing Services (EGTS) to test the effectiveness and the environmental impact of products, respectively.

Leviton's new antimicrobial treated switches and wallplates keep hospitals, schools and kitchens safer

* Leviton-kitchen.jpgLeviton has this week introduced the first in its new line of antimicrobial treated devices. The offering includes toggle switches and stainless steel wall plates in various configurations.

Designed as part of a solution to work in conjunction with regular cleaning procedures, the products are made with an antimicrobial additive embedded into their construction to help keep switch and wallplate surfaces cleaner.

Winter woes no more... Cold weather no match for rail specialist's new screenwash

* arrow-train.jpgManufacturer of specialist cleaning and maintenance products, Arrow Solutions has given train operating companies (TOCs) some peace of mind as the temperature drops by developing a new Winter Grade Screenwash for use in the rail industry.

The screenwash maintains the same high level of performance as previous strengths, but ensures effectiveness down to minus 20 degrees Celsius.

Harrison Wipes scoops 'Business of the Year' and 'A Decade of Success' awards

* Harrison-Wipes-Award.jpgHarrison Wipes tells us it is the proud winner of the prestigious 'Business of the Year' and inaugural 'A Decade of Success' in the 10th annual Havering Business Awards.

The Havering Business Awards aim to celebrate business excellence and showcase the innovation and entrepreneurial character within the London Borough of Havering business community, where there are over 7,000 businesses.

US Air Force hospital Langley adds Xenex Ebola-zapping robot to inventory

* XENEX_4TypesCellDamage.jpgStanding at 5 feet 2 inches tall, US Air Force Hospital Langley's newest staff member doesn't initially have a commanding presence. However, after five minutes, its impact has the potential to save countless lives around the world.

The 633rd Medical Group recently received a germ-zapping robot, nicknamed 'Saul', which harnesses the power of technology to destroy viruses - including the Ebola virus.

Office Care scores again at Derby's iPro Stadium

* Office-Care-iPro-Stadium.jpgOffice Care, tells us it is delighted to have won the contract for Derby County's iPro Stadium as the firm celebrates 25 years in business.

Office Care had serviced the former Pride Park Stadium between 2002 - 2013 and is thrilled to have been re-awarded the contract for 2014.
Director Martin Booth says it was a testament to the quality of the company's cleaning and customer service.

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Recent UK News

New 2015 Living Wage rates announced

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On Monday, the UK Living Wage rate was set at £7.85 per hour, an increase of 2.6% on the 2013 rate and 21% higher than the National Minimum Wage of £6.50 per hour; improving the take home pay of 35,000 low-paid workers across the country who are employed by over 1,000 Living Wage accredited organisations - many of them in the cleaning industry.

SpaceVac wins 'pole' position

SpaceVac Technologies, the global high level and gutter pole cleaning equipment specialist, has reached 'pole' position - voted best brand in independent comparison tests.

Just how much do you know about cleaning with bleach?

Rafael Cobos AMIMarEST, of FutureClean Systems, writes...

Recent work with a number of different (and unconnected) clients has revealed problems caused by a similar source - Bleach; Sodium Hypochlorite to be more exact. In one example, bleach was used to disinfect a large tank of water, initially through super chlorination and then to maintain clean water. Another example, which is more worrying, is the use of bleach for routine janitorial cleaning.

These are just a couple of many examples we've seen, particularly in cleaning applications which is also a recurring theme amongst smaller cleaning operations.

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FM company MAR Services launches website to showcase range of services


Ahead of the company’s 30th birthday next year, Facilities Management company MAR Services has undergone a marketing overhaul, with the launch of six new websites showcasing all its services, a blog and a reinvented social media presence. 

2014 Loo of the Year Awards success

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Interest in the Loo of the Year Awards continues to grow as entrants recognise the value of gaining prestige and recognition of their brand - and importantly their employee's efforts, as a result of achieving awards.

Duplex begins new innings at Lord's cricket ground

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Barry Wilmot and Duplex advocate, Lyn Webster (LW Consultancy) recently visited Lord's Cricket Ground to demonstrate machines from the Duplex range.

This led Sarah Brett - Purchasing Manager for MCC, owner of Lord's, to choose the Duplex 340/Steam and 620/Steam as its preferred floor cleaning machines.

Portable Sanitation Expo 2015 reveals new location and dates

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The Portable Sanitation Expo - the only UK event that is 100% dedicated to the portable sanitation sector - will be held at a larger venue next year to accommodate the event's growing popularity. Coventry's Ricoh Arena will host exhibitors and attendees from across the industry for two days of networking and knowledge building on 25th and 26th February.

High achieving school appoints specialist cleaning provider for sparkling results

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Edmonton County School, a large educational establishment serving the communities of Enfield and Edmonton, has engaged the services of specialist contract cleaning company, Julius Rutherfoord. The contract has been awarded during a period of extensive building and refurbishment, as the school evolves and expands.

Events & Exhibitions

Pulire Verona
21-23rd May 2019
Verona, Italy

TACCA Day 2019
1st June 2019
Carpet cleaning training, marketing & networking event: open to all

ISSA Cleantex Africa
4-6th June 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa

ISSA Expo Limpieza 2019
5-7th June 2019
Mexico City


ISSA Show Canada 2019
11-13th June 2019


CMS Berlin
24-27th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS World Summit 2019


CMS World Summit 2019
24-26th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS Cleaning Management Services

12-14th November 2019
Madrid, Spain

ISSA North America
18-21st November 2019
Las Vegas

Loo of the Year Awards
6th December 2019
Prestigious Awards in the heart of England
2018 Awards video

Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


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