*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 9th June 2016 Issue no. 727

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International News

Don't flush - just because it says flushable, it doesn't mean you should

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Urging people to take a closer look at their personal hygiene disposal habits, the Ontario Clean Water Agency and the Clean Water Foundation - together with the Regional Municipality of York, Town of Mississippi Mills, Niagara Region, City of Barrie and Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury - have teamed up to launch the I Don't Flush 2016 public awareness campaign on personal hygiene products.

Expert warns of harmful microbeads in oceans

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Global water, energy and maintenance solutions provider, NCH Europe, has launched HDHC Natural, a heavy duty hand cleaner with a non-abrasive scrub formulated from olive stone instead of the harmful plastic microbeads that are contributing to the pollution of our oceans and damaging sealife.

RayVio launches ultraviolet LEDS to facilitate clean water and environments

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Health and hygiene company, RayVio, has today announced that it has launched a new series of ultraviolet LEDs with what it says are the highest power output available from a small surface mount device footprint.

GenEon's on-site disinfectant generating system awarded coveted EPA Registration Number

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GenEon Technologies has been awarded a US Environmental Protection Agency Registration Number for its On-site Generating System.

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016 - a resounding success

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The 2016 edition of ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam has concluded four busy days marked by high temperatures and many happy people. Visitors came from across the globe to see new technologies and find out what is new and upcoming in the industry.

The Quirkies - introducing the Cleanzine quirky awards

As the press we’re given dozens of USB sticks over an event and these are so much better than the heavy and cumbersome press packs we used to have to lug around in the old days (an innovation in itself).

Uniwipe expands cleaning range with UK wide launch

Uniwipe, a leading provider of powerful, effective wipes, has overhauled its branding and packaging following the launch of a new cleaning range to the UK market. The updated range capitalises on Uniwipe's proven success in the clinical market, which includes the wipes being used across the NHS.

Known Cost Cleaning + outstanding results

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Introducing Just Add Water, the all-inclusive floorcare and maintenance plan from Karcher. Renowned for technical machine innovation, and more recently for its digital management innovations, Karcher's latest process innovation is new territory for the cleaning giant. 

Another carpet care product gains EnviroSeal certification

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Fiber ProTector Water Based has joined the growing number of WoolSafe approved products gaining independent green accreditation, and became the first carpet protector to be able to display the EnviroSeal Mark.

Praesidio: A new standard for touchless hand hygiene in public areas

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One of the products that caught our attention in Amsterdam last week was Ophardt Hygiene-Technik's new Praesidio, which is said to provide a new standard for touchless hand hygiene in public areas.

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It’s long been said that ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ and a good picture can make an enormous difference to anyone’s ability to get their message across. And with the advent of the Internet, we have the ability to go one better – to shoot and upload a video, or include links to short movies on our websites. The only issue is in directing potential clients to that video – otherwise it’s all rather a waste of time, effort and money, isn’t it?

I can recall in our early years at Cleanzine, (must have been at least 700 issues ago!) that we ‘shot’ Kaivac’s No Touch cleaning system in action at a cleaning exhibition and shared it with our readers, who probably back then only numbered a few thousand, mainly UK-based.

How things have changed!

I can’t quite remember what I was looking for (one of the hazards of the Internet – one can get easily distracted from the task in hand!) but I chanced upon a picture and a link to a short video on Unger’s Facebook page today, which led me to A E Mackintosh Cleaning Services’ website.

Now this is where things get clever…

I’ve always told people asking about marketing that a good case study or client endorsement works wonders when it comes to convincing other, potential customers that they ought to get in touch. We can all blow our own trumpets but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re any good and it’s not as likely to sell our services as someone else singing our praises will, is it?

A E Mackintosh has a pretty decent website. Indeed for a small business, it knocks spots off of many much larger outfits – and some global players too – who could do a lot better. As well as the video showing how it uses the new Unger Stingray for great results, there are lots of before & after pictures covering the various services the company offers, which prove that it does what it says it will.

I often visit websites looking for images to illustrate stories I’m including and there’s nothing usable at all. What a waste! So look out for more on A E Mackintosh in future as its website features lots I can use in Cleanzine.

And if you’re worried about not having enough potential customers visit your wonderful website that’s full of news, pictures and movies, Cleanzine can help!

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This Week's News

BCC publishes survey into UK cleaning industry

The British Cleaning Council has published a survey examining changes in the UK cleaning industry over a 6 year period up to 2014. The study looks in detail at a number of key industry areas like; employment, wages, demographics and company turnover.

The Council was asked to collect the UK data by the European Federation of Cleaning Industries, and the figures will be added to EFCI stats over the next few months to provide a Europe-wide picture.

New clinical outcome study shows 46% decrease in surgical site infection rates at hospital

* Xenex.jpgOperating theatres are supposed to be sterile environments, but studies show that they remain contaminated with microscopic pathogens even after they have been cleaned. The remaining germs and bacteria can pose a threat to the next patient in that room - but there are ways to dramatically reduce this contamination, as a new study has confirmed.

Spring forward with four fresh new products from Greyland

* New-Products.jpgAs seen at the Manchester Cleaning Show and now available to order, the new line up of Spring fresh products from Greyland consists of three 750ml trigger sprays and an angle neck.

The ready-to-use Limescale Remover does what it says. Spray on, wipe off. Job done. But it smells nice too, in keeping with the berry colour of the product. No nasty chemically odours. A must product for London and the South East with its hard water problem.

New study by MoppedUp reveals how having a cleaner is no longer regarded as a luxury

* mopped-up.jpgThe number of people in the UK that employ a cleaner has risen dramatically in the last five years, with 28% having used one in the past 12 months - up from just 12% in 2011.

This remarkable rise goes some way to showing how, despite the squeeze on disposable income during the recession, having a cleaner is no longer regarded a luxury, as millions more see it as a way to free up their spare time for the things they really love.

Dublin street cleaning and maintenance may be privatised

* Dublin.jpgStreet cleaning, road and housing maintenance are amongst services that Dublin City Council may be about to privatise, as a result of the refusal of councillors to back chief executive Owen Keegan's plans for a new 'super depot' in Dublin 8, which would have become a centre for street cleaning and maintenance staff serving all of Dublin city centre and the southeast of the city. A workforce of around 400 could be affected.

Sanicubic XL goes out to sea

* XL-on-drilling-platform.jpgOne of Saniflo's leading products for the commercial sector, the Sanicubic XL, continues to enjoy great success and is specified for some very unusual and heavy-duty projects.

Three of the robust pumps, which feature Vortex technology, are now sitting out at sea on a drilling rig providing drainage from toilet and bathing facilities for up to 24 people at a time. Two Sanicubic XL pumps are in use at any one time with one as a back-up.

Facilicom charged up for Tesla deal

* Facilicom-Tesla.jpgContract cleaning and soft services provider, Facilicom UK, is a company on the move after securing a contract with premium electric vehicles company, Tesla UK.

Working with partners, Facilicom will provide cleaning and maintenance services to all Tesla's UK sites, including showrooms at Brent Cross, Heathrow Airport, Oxford Street (London), Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford and Weybridge in Surrey.

Railroad cleaning up tracks from leaking tanker

* UP-train.jpgA railroad tanker (Ed: Love the term but totally in awe of the 'rolling stock' - isn't it magnificent!) carrying 25,000 gallons of animal fat leaked along tracks Monday from Missouri Valley in Harrison County to Fairfax in Linn County, a distance of approximately 200 miles.

Environmental specialists from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources inspected the track along the route where the spill occurred and found the amount of spillage varied greatly. The material could be found on the track right-of-way and at crossings.

Four killed cleaning sewage plant in India

Four people were killed and three hospitalised last week after they came into contact with poisonous gases while trying to clean a sewage treatment plant in Sonepat, in the North Indian city of Haryana. The deceased ranged in age from 18 to 36.

Police told Hindustan Times that seven men had been instructed by a contractor to clean the sewage treatment plant at a local shop and that two of them had gone down into the plant without any masks or other safety equipment. When they complained of breathlessness, the others followed them into the plant and before long all of them had been overcome by the poisonous gases.

Excelerator takes it to the next level

* morenreman.jpgMoerman tells us that while the main asset of the Liquidator 2.0 is still the fact that it reduces the need to cloth-prep and detail windows, its new firmer, stronger and more securely fixed end tips have made the tool even better.

The Liquidator 2.0 is a channel with specially designed end tips that support the Dura-Flex rubber blades all the way to the outer edges of the rubber blade. This allows the tool to go all the way to the rim of the window, leaving zero water residues, drastically reducing cumbersome and time-consuming cloth prepping and detailing.

Indepth Managed Services mobilises new facilities management contract with Eddie Stobart

* Eddie-Stobart.jpgIndepth Managed Services can officially announce its appointment to provide cleaning services for transport and logistics giant, Eddie Stobart. Indepth is servicing Eddie Stobart's purpose-built service support centre in Appleton, Warrington; providing daily cleaning services. The centre boasts a unique design, distinguished by the clever use of fitted-out shipping containers as interior office and training spaces.

CleanCore partners with Healthy Schools Campaign's Green Clean Schools Programme

* Cleancoretech.jpgWith green cleaning becoming ever more prevalent and integral to the health and wellness of children, CleanCore Technologies, manufacturer of aqueous ozone cleaning systems, has announced that it will be a sponsor of the Healthy Schools Campaign's (HSC) Green Clean Schools programme.

Generous CHSA members raise £8,300 for charity

* CHSA-Gala-Ball-2016.jpgMembers and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association raised £8,300 at its Annual Gala Ball for the Chairman's Charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee.

"Raising money for charity is at the heart of our ethos," explains Stephen Harrison, chairman of the CHSA and managing director of Harrison Wipes.

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Recent UK News

Mitie launches new specialised drone service

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Mitie has this week announced the launch of a new drone service. The technology facilitates improved property surveying, efficient thermal mapping and the inspection of high-rise buildings - previously unreachable. The drone inspection service offers unrivalled benefits in terms of quality of the inspection, cost reduction and instant reporting; it was trialled by Mitie's pest control business.

Cleaning and FM industry will share, inspire and innovate at upcoming 2016 Facilities Show

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From 21 - 23 June 2016, cleaning and facilities management professionals will flock to ExCeL London to discover new solutions, network and share knowledge and innovation at the cutting edge of the FM industry.

The cleaning industry will be out in force, showcasing its products and services.

RP Adam opens new £100,000 powder plant at Selkirk factory

RP Adam Ltd (Arpal Group) has opened a new £100,000 UK powder production plant at its manufacturing base in Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders.

The new facility has been designed to meet a growing demand for powdered detergent across the UK, and will initially handle 400,000 kilos of product per year, aiming to exceed the one million kilo mark by 2020.

Road sweeper refuel cost worker his life

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A waste management and plant hire company in Derbyshire has been fined after a worker was fatally crushed between two vehicles while refuelling.

Derby Crown Court heard how 39-year-old Matthew Lambert was refuelling his road sweeper at the yard of Leedale.

'Domestic Bliss that is Best of British', writes Hazel Langley of Induction Junction

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There are few things Stephen Munton, director of the Domestic Cleaning Alliance , would like to do more than put his 12 plus years as what he terms 'a local scrubber' to good use, writing comedy.

Although he admits "there is probably a limit to the number of people who want to sit and listen to the endless, often un-scriptable, stories we domestics have," I for one could listen all day.

Operation Magnify; Bulletin 4 - Immigration Act 2016: John Findlater of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, writes...

Dear CSSA Members and Industry Colleagues,

We have been advised of the following by Philippa Rouse, Head of Illegal Migration, Identity Security & Enforcement from the Home Office's Immigration & Border Policy Directorate (IBPD): The Immigration Bill 2015, which had been introduced in Parliament in September 2015, has now received Royal Assent and will be known as the Immigration Act 2016.

Arrow Solutions launches £1m international expansion plan

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The launch of two new innovations and significant international expansion is promising to deliver 10% growth in sales this year for an East Midlands manufacturer of specialist chemicals.

Monthind Group takes staff numbers to over 1000 following Cambridge acquisition

Monthind Holdings, parent company of Monthind Clean, has announced the acquisition of Cambridge-based commercial cleaning contractor Atkins Gregory.

Monthind will take over responsibility for all Atkins Gregory staff, contracts and its headquarters in Cambridge, while the business will continue to trade as Atkins Gregory.

Regent Samsic boosts London market share with acquisition of JPC Cleaning

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National building support services contractor, Regent Samsic has acquired London-based JPC Cleaning. The acquisition accelerates Regent Samsic into the upper echelons of the UK soft services supply sector and boosts substantially its share of the prime London region marketplace.

Taxi drivers need toilets too

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The latest issue of Truckers Toilets' UK discusses an article in the Fourways Review, which reveals that the City of Johannesburg is partner to a scheme that includes property stakeholders and communities, aimed at providing 2,000 public toilets for mobile workers.

Delphis Eco awarded second Royal Warrant

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Delphis Eco, the UK's fast-growing manufacturer of environmentally friendly cleaning products, has been granted Her Majesty The Queen's Royal Warrant.

The granting of this Royal Warrant reflects Buckingham Palace's commitment to sustainable initiatives, including the use of ecological cleaning products.

Busman's holiday for Bournemouth window cleaner

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Luke Rayner, who heads up the Sandbanks, Bournemouth-based Harvard Window Cleaning, is feeling pretty content, having been flown to the Majorca house of one of his local clients to clean the windows there - a job that took him a week.

CSSA agree new board structure at spring meeting

Price Bailey's Offices in Old Broad Street was the venue for the CSSA's first board meeting since relaunching in February.

Members were invited to reconstitute the board of directors and executive management bodies, which has resulted in the CSSA now having one of the most experienced boards in the cleaning industry. Former BCC chairman and CEO of Principle Cleaning, Doug Cooke, returns as chairman, Bob Vincent, chairman of LCC Support Services, will be vice-chairman, and Mike Rutherford, Alba Victoria Cleaning & Support Services, is treasurer.

BIFM asks you to make your views known

The British Institute of Facilities Management wants to know if (and how) your organisation engages with the sustainability agenda. Are you aware of which teams take the lead; how the facilities management division contributes; and what metrics are used to report on the impact of sustainable business strategies?

Energy efficiency research and development project worth £900,000 launches in Scotland

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A research and development project worth £900,000 has been launched in Scotland to develop breakthrough technology in the energy efficiency market.

Events & Exhibitions

Clean Buildings Expo
11-12th August 2020
Baltimore, USA

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels


Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020


Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


3-6th November 2020
New Autumn dates


Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2020
+ Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards
Solihull, W Mids, UK


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