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Sanuwave receives US patent for use of shock waves in cleaning and grooming of water submerged structures

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Sanuwave Health has been granted a US Patent entitled 'Cleaning and Grooming Water Submerged Structures Using Acoustic Pressure Shock Waves'.

Getting down and dirty: Matrix machines take the graft out of industrial cleaning

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Industrial sector steam cleaning machines - believed to be the only such machines manufactured in the UK, are offered by Matrix Cleaning Systems in 110v, 240v or 380v, single and 3-phase versions, operating between 8 and 10 bar pressure.

SC Johnson Professional partners with National Service Alliance

SC Johnson Professional has announced a new strategic partnership with the National Service Alliance (NSA), the industry-leading group purchasing organisation for building service contractors and related businesses in the US.

Lucart strengthens presence in tissue market with acquisition of Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System

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Lucart has welcomed 2018 with a major investment aimed at strengthening its market position in the Iberian peninsula, through the acquisition of the assets of the Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System.

Riwal completes integration of AFI GmbH in Germany and appoints new Country Manager

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Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental and sales specialist, has completed the integration of AFI GmbH, which was acquired in May 2017, into its organisation.

ACI unveils 'Exploration Clean': Teaching the chemistry behind cleaning

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The American Cleaning Institute has launched 'Exploration Clean', an online experience aimed at teaching middle-school students the science and chemistry behind cleaning.

This is the first step in creating a platform containing educational modules for children describing the science and engineering that goes into cleaning products, and extends ACI's efforts to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which originated with 2016's 'The Science of Soap' exhibit and online education materials.

Record breaking visitors at Asia's largest expo on cleaning technology

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Asia's largest Expo on Cleaning Technology & Hygiene Solutions - Clean India Pulire 2018 along with Waste Technology India Expo, Laundrex India Expo and Car Care Expo saw record numbers visit the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center, in Mumbai last month.

Attendees were able to experience the latest technologies and solutions for cleaning, waste, laundry and car care from across the world, while learning more about the potential of the Indian market and establishing connections that will enhance manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sales.

Regina Henrich joins ISSA as European manager

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Joining ISSA as European Manager is Regina Henrich, whose most recent role as a strategic management consultant is just part of the extensive corporate and marketing experience she brings to her new position.

Qatari litterbugs look out!

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The Qatari government is cracking down on litterbugs in a new initiative starting today, in which municipal inspectors will start catching culprits, issuing warnings and meting out punishments - which can, in the most severe cases, include a jail term.

Prochem Europe boosts cleaning technology offer for 2018

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Innovatory cleaning technology and solutions in the latest product catalogue from Prochem Europe, include key new releases for 2018.

CMA launches inquiry into purchase of Zenith Hygiene Group by Bain Capital

The Competition & Markets Authority launched an inquiry yesterday, into the acquisition of Zenith Hygiene Group by Bain Capital, through Bain Capital's investment in Diversey.

Supply chain reaction: global certification expert states big data key to improving safety standards

As increasingly complex supply chains make it difficult for large manufacturers and retailers to monitor quality and safety across global suppliers, certification provider Bureau Veritas has revealed that adopting a data-based approach to supplier monitoring could be key to driving standards forward.

Christeyns takes over the Spanish Betelgeux

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Christeyns has expanded its activities in Spain and Portugal with the acquisition of Betelgeux, Spanish producer of hygiene products for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry.

Christeyns has built up a strong reputation as specialist in cleaning and disinfection products in the European food industry. With the acquisition of Betelgeux, Christeyns fortifies its position in this market and takes a step forward in the geographical expansion towards Latin-America.

Why 9,854,955 B2 has a certain ring to it for Kaivac

On 2nd January, 2018, Kaivac welcomed the new year with a notice from the US Patent Office. Kaivac's OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning System has been awarded a new patent - number 9,854,955 B2 to be precise. The patent applies to almost all OmniFlex systems including the Dispense-and-Vac, AutoVac, SUV, or hybrid combination of these systems.

Clean Harbors to acquire Veolia North America's Industrial Cleaning Services Division

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Clean Harbors and Veolia Environmental Services North America, a subsidiary of Veolia North America, announced on Tuesday the signing of a definitive agreement whereby Clean Harbors will acquire Veolia North America's US Industrial Cleaning Services Division for $120 million in an all-cash transaction.

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Cleaning is back in the spotlight and as generally happens, the resulting scrutiny hasn't shown us in the best light. First, there was the collapse of Carillion, which - although not just cleaning-related, led the public to once again question the merits of outsourcing and its ability to provide value for money. While most of us accept that when it comes to the more difficult disciplines, a specialist contractor's knowledge is required, the perception that 'anyone can clean' has caused many to wonder whether we should put an end to the outsourcing of cleaning.

More recently, covert filming by an undercover reporter for Channel 4's Dispatches has revealed footage of a hotel housekeeper being told to use the same guest towel to clean entire bathrooms - including the toilet! If you're reading this from one of the 160-plus countries outside of Britain that Cleanzine reaches, the hotel involved - the Premier Inn - is one of our biggest hotel chains. You can imagine the damage this news has done to the brand - and ISS, the contractor involved. As well as being instructed to follow unhygienic cleaning practices, undercover reporter 'Irina', was told to work unpaid to achieve room-cleaning targets that were too tight for her, meaning she was effectively paid below the legal national living wage.

Because Irina was considered too slow, she was paired with the hotel's fastest cleaner who shared her shortcuts, which I know contravene the contractor's training principles of using specific equipment for certain tasks and following accepted colour-coding regimes. So once again a reputable contractor's ability to deliver has been called into question, because of the actions of what may have been just one cleaner who thought she was working smart to meet targets, or perhaps gain recognition or promotion, and who just happened to be caught out...

This isn't the only such incident TV crews have brought to our screens though. Other contractors have had their reputations damaged but the real problem is, it's not just the contractor that's harmed, but the entire industry. With so many operatives working from so many different locations, how on earth can management control the actions of every employee and prevent 'rogue' cleaners from passing on their bad habits? It strikes me as being an impossible task but I think we need to find a way, if outsourcing as we know it, is to survive.

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This Week's News

CMA investigates Rentokil Initial / Cannon Hygiene merger

The Competition & Markets Authority is investigating the completed acquisition on New Year's Day of Cannon Hygiene by Rentokil Initial. An initial enforcement order has been issued to Rentokil Initial under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002, which covers the consequences of mergers in terms of the potential, substantial lessening of competition within the UK market for goods or services.

Manchester Cleaning Show to focus on future of cleaning and wider FM issues

The full programme for the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, has been announced.

The two-day event - being hosted at Event City in Manchester on April 11th and 12th 2018 -will be focused on the future of UK cleaning. The FM sector will also be well represented, with The British Institute of Facilities Management, exhibiting.

We have Mail: Helping to improve standards in public toilet provision

Hi Jan

Thanks for publishing our latest news item.

I was very interested to see that you also published items from Simon Rice, managing director of HSG, and Susan Cunningham. It must be unique for a publication such as Cleanzine to publish three news items all concentrating on improving the standards of washrooms in the UK - well done!

HSG provided a preview of the Clean App as an exhibitor at the 2017 Loo of the Year Awards and Susan and I have been liaising regarding public toilet campaigns for the past 10 years. I am proud to be associated with both.

Best regards,

Mike Bone, Loo of the Year Awards
T: +44(0)1403 258779
W: www.loo.co.uk

Safety at height with Foot The Ladder

* Foot-the-Ladder.jpgIdeal for any cleaning or maintenance worker who works at height this product is a UK innovation, manufactured here, and negates the need for a second person to foot the ladder whilst a colleague works at height! Everybody appreciates that using a ladder can be dangerous, even if a person is only a few rungs high. Each year there are numerous ladder related incidents and accidents in the UK alone.

Lindhaus LW30-38 eco Force floor scrubbers offer high efficiency, low sound levels and maximum energy savings

* Lindhaus-LW30-38-eco.jpgThe new Lindhaus compact LW30-38 pro floor scrubbers are now a part of the eco Force family of commercial machines.

They have a new design with classic blue features and many technical innovations that improve the performance of both machines:

Diversey partners with Eindhoven University of Technology on pioneering research in robotics

* Diversey-Eindhoven.jpgDiversey has announced that it is partnering with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and a select group of other leading European industrial companies on pioneering research in the field of robotics.

The vision of the research project is to provide mobile industrial robots with an open world view that adapt to changes in their working environment. An important aspect of the project is helping the robots to learn to understand what they see so that they can better adapt to new circumstances.

Fair Work Ombudsman enquiry uncovers 'rampant exploitation' of Woolworths cleaners

Cleaning contractors at 90% of Woolworths' Tasmanian supermarket sites have not always complied with workplace laws. This is one of the findings of the Fair Work Ombudsman's enquiry into the procurement of cleaners in Tasmanian supermarkets, whose report was released yesterday.

The report reinforces the importance of the FWO's ongoing focus on businesses, improving its supply chain governance after successive enquiries have revealed a correlation between multiple levels of subcontracting and workplace breaches.

Ascom helps hospitals optimise hand hygiene workflows and compliance monitoring

* Ascom.jpgAscom, the Swiss-headquartered supplier of healthcare ICT solutions, is helping hospitals improve hand hygiene and thus reduce healthcare associated infections, by delivering an advanced mobile solution that tracks staff compliance to hygiene procedures.

New Ascom Unite Cleanminder automates hand hygiene mobile alert reminders for caregivers and delivers compliance reporting feedback.

Fifth-annual $10,000 prize contest seeks best US school janitor

* 5th-Janitor-of-Year_142.jpgThe school janitor/caretaker is often one of the hardest working, yet least recognised, individuals around. Do you know an amazing school janitor or custodian? Cintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its fifth-annual Janitor of the Year contest which honours the 'best-of-the-best' school janitors and custodians across America.

Created to shine a spotlight on those who work behind the scenes year-round to make schools a clean, safe and positive place, the contest will award $5,000 to the winning janitor and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services to the school.

Cleaners' strike 'completely paralyses' Gaza hospitals

Hospitals in Gaza have been struggling to function following a strike by cleaners which started on Sunday over alleged non-payment of salaries. Gaza's health ministry spokesman Ashraf al Qedra said on Monday that operating theatres were "completely paralysed" due to the accumulation of dirt and rubbish in the hospitals for the second day in a row.

Walkthrough sanitising unit for humans

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Developed to process 15 employees per minute, it will sanitise hands and gloved hands with an E-3 'no-rinse' hand sanitising solution and simultaneously sanitise footwear with a high concentration sanitising chemical as employees walk through.

New recycling service leads to impressive improvements

* New-recycling.jpgScotland's Lanarkshire Council has thanked residents for their efforts to improve recycling, following the introduction of a new waste and recycling service in October.

Despite problems during implementation, 19,830 tonnes of waste was recycled in the first three months compared with 18,666 tonnes over the same period in 2016 - an increase of 6%. Of that, between 90% and 95% was assessed as being the highest quality of material by the commercial companies that process the waste.

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Recent UK News

If you do one thing this year...

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... Don't miss the Manchester Cleaning Show - 11-12 April, Event City, Manchester. Now in its second edition after an incredible launch event which was considered so important that it featured on BBC Breakfast in 2016, this regional show has grown tremendously.

With 100 exhibitors offering demonstrations, discounts and advice, the thousands of visitors expected to attend will also be able to enjoy event highlights including a fantastic line-up of speakers giving advice on future-proofing your business, recruitment, health & safety and creating business growth.

WAMITAB new role of training & assessment manager

The Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board has announced the appointment of Karen Slade to the newly created role of training & assessment manager with the responsibility of developingnthe organisation's plans to seek approval to become an End-point Assessment Organisation.

App launch aims to improve industry standards

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HSG UK has launched what it believes is the UK's first fully integrated management tool and review app to help venues and washroom services providers address issues and raise standards.

HSG UK in Derby, has developed the Cleen App which is free to download and enables customers and visitors to log reviews of washrooms in any type of venue from restaurants and shopping centres to sports stadia and airports.

2018 Loo of the Year Awards launched

Many businesses pride themselves on the cleaning standards of the buildings they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning. The washroom is the most frequent place visited by most building users and first impressions count. High standards must be achieved consistently if the organisation's and/or the associated cleaning or facilities management company's reputation is to be maintained. So how do service providers know how to compare their results with their competitors and how do they gain recognition?

Entry into the annual Loo of the Year Awards offers a way of receiving an independent assessment of 'away from home' toilet provision and recognition of the standards achieved based on 'the washroom standard' for the UK.

Home Office: Investigation into the Disclosure and Barring Service

An investigation is being held into the progress made by an initiative designed to modernise the Disclosure & Barring Service, which provides services that help employers check people's backgrounds against police databases such as criminal records and government lists of those considered unsuitable to work with or in the vicinity of children vulnerable adults.

This service is widely used by organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector, such as schools and care homes, to check prospective employees, volunteers and those involved in cleaning the buildings.

New appointment as Cromwell Polythene continues to grow business

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Cromwell Polythene - one of the UK's leading suppliers of sacks, bags and speciality products for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables - has appointed a new business development manager for London and the south east of England. Darren Kitchiner, who has worked in the plastic industry for 27 years, is tasked with expanding Cromwell Polythene's sales in both the janitorial and local authority markets, alongside building relationships with existing customers in the region.

Sanitaryware Supplies Company secures exclusive UK distribution of Grate Seal range

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Sanitaryware Supplies Company (SSC) has secured the exclusive UK distribution rights of the groundbreaking Grate Seal drainage solution range - originally brought to international market by the environmentally-conscious Australian firm Gentec.


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David Garcia elected vice president of the CHSA

In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, founder and former chairman of Polaris Plastics, David Garcia, has been elected vice president of the CHSA. David has been an active member of the CHSA for many years. He is currently serving as treasurer of the Association and has previously served as chairman.

Newly formed APPG launches inquiry into workplace falls from height

The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height, sponsored by PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers Association) and chaired by Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewlis, has launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities which occur because of a fall from height and falling objects.

The inquiry is open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until 2nd March 2018. The APPG has two days in Parliament to consider evidence and will then develop a report to make recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.

Lynx eyes national growth through Alex Reid Partnership

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Essex based dry cleaning and laundry supplies specialist, Lynx, has entered a partnership with Alex Reid to become what is believed to be the UK's leading provider of consumables and cleaning chemicals to laundry and dry cleaning customers nationwide.

Set up in 2005, Lynx Dry Cleaning Supplies offer a comprehensive range of dry cleaning and laundry items, from leading international brands such as DOW, Cole & Wilson, Avery Dennison and Dylon.

SmartTask celebrates record year with significant growth in cleaning sector

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The rapid adoption of employee scheduling and workforce management software SmartTask gathered pace last year with record levels of growth in the UK and internationally.

In particular, there was 81% increase in the number of field service businesses using the system, which now includes 40 cleaning service providers. It was launched in this sector during 2017.

Two cleaning contract wins for Enfield Norse

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Enfield Norse is celebrating two new cleaning contract wins: a new £10 million, purpose-built school in Enfield and a 660-pupil primary school.

Confined space entry cleaning - it's routine for some!

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Confined entry cleaning wouldn't be everybody's 'cup of tea' but at Blackburn, Lancashire-based Symclean it's just another part of industrial & commercial cleaning work that its operatives are happy to undertake across the UK.

Ricky Smith takes on new role at ICE

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Congratulations to Ricky Smith who has started a new role as managing director corporate accounts at Southampton-based Industrial Cleaning Equipment. Ricky was previously strategic development director with the company - a position he held for almost five years.

Big Belly bins ravenous for Romford's rubbish

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Havering Council has installed eight new hi-tech bins in a bid to reduce litter in Romford Town Centre.

The Big Belly bins are solar powered and have a special compacting mechanism which crushes litter. They hold up to eight times more rubbish than a normal bin.

New national drinking water scheme will cut plastic bottle use by millions

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People will be able to refill water bottles for free in tens of thousands of places in England in future following the announcement of a new national scheme by the water industry today.

It is estimated that the new scheme will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year as well as substantially increasing the availability of high quality drinking water.

Millennials drive the rise of the domestic cleaner in London

Recent research has revealed that demand for professional cleaning services has gone up by a staggering 25% in the past five years in London. A whopping 50% of this increase has been driven by millennials with boroughs that have high populations of 18-35 year olds seeing some of the biggest jumps in demand.

To find out more about London's cleaning needs, Service Octopus decided to see which boroughs were leading the way in the demand for cleaning services. The resulting infographic gives a fascinating snapshot of the impact of millennials on London's cleaning landscape and offers a glimpse into how 18-35 year olds are harnessing technology and making the most of the on-demand economy.

TC Facilities Management unveils refreshed website

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TC Facilities Management is inviting visitors to explore its recently refreshed website. The refreshed look and feel has been designed to offer a more engaging experience with improved navigation and functionality.

All this to allow both existing and prospective customers to see the full range of solutions TC Facilities Management can offer.

Conference to explore how FM industry can adapt to unparalleled change and disruption

The Facilities Management industry's flagship conference from the British Institute of Facilities Management takes place on 1st May 2018. The theme, ‘Adapt or Disappear’, will explore the major disruptors in FM and how businesses and individuals can turn them to their advantage.

Building on last year's event 'FM in a Connected World', Think(beyond)FM 2018 once again promises expert insights and educational takeaways, with a programme of engaging speakers and actionable content as well as plenty of networking opportunities.

Second acquisition by Nationwide

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Following the recent announcement of the purchase of Reflekt, Nationwide Window Cleaning Group, the UK's largest window, gutter and high-level cleaning business with a £14m turnover, has bought Electromec - one of its key suppliers.

Electromec is a national provider of cradle and access testing services and employs 30 people. Its customers include Manchester Airport, Liverpool Airport, Knight Frank and the NHS. 

Events & Exhibitions

AHCP National Forum
7-9th September 2022
'Managing the new normal'


Cleaning Show
4-7th October 2022

ISSA Show North America
10-13th October 2022

Cleantex Africa
12-14th October 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa

CleanNZ Expo
25-26th October 2022

Interclean China 2022
23-25th November 2022

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