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International News

Cleaning equipment market showing 'above-inflation' growth for 2018

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A new report on the commercial cleaning equipment market from MTW Research has found that sales are exhibiting above inflation growth in 2018, though cleaning manufacturers and distributors face several challenges and shifting product trends.

Amsterdam: the perfect place to become certified!

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ISSA is aiming to get you certified during next month’s Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. ISSA's Cleaning Management Institute will be hosting two training courses at the Rai exhibition centre:

Matrix expands network

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Having recently acquired Matrix Cleaning Systems' previous Australian distributor, Abco Products has become the steam cleaning machine specialist's new distributor. With locations in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Abco can provide national coverage.

Eco-responsible cleaning products receive impressive endorsement

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Hydros Solutions International's ECO.3 range of eco-responsible cleaning products has been awarded top spot by The Good Shopping Guide in its assessment of ethical companies and products.

"This is great news for our customers as they now have a third-party review confirming our products are indeed safe, non-toxic and ethically produced," says the company's Brent Dunleavey.

Waxie guides school to a sustainable waste diversion program

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In a joint effort, EcoSafe national manager Jason Sanders, EcoSafe regional program manager Daniel Redick, and Waxie senior account consultant Jeff Kothe, worked alongside school staff to drive sustainability efforts at Beulah Payne TK-6 Elementary School in Inglewood, California. The partnership successfully eliminated waste through student education and streamlined waste management.

Hero Wipes to launch new bloodborne pathogen antiseptic wipes for EMS providers

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The Hero Wipes brand has expanded its product line to tackle another threat faced by first responders: bloodborne pathogens.

With the launch of Hero Wipes EMS, first responders now have a wipe that effectively cleans and kills 99.9% of germs to reduce the risk of infection that bloodborne pathogens present. And, of course, if they are good for first responders, they are good for anyone who risks coming into contact with someone else's blood - such as cleaners.

Waxie Sanitary Supply names executive vice president

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Waxie Sanitary Supply has announced the promotion of Mike Midas to executive vice president for the Northern California, Pacific Northwest and Colorado regions.

Tissue & Hygiene Market Industry Trends & Outlook 2018, just released

The newly-released Global Tissue & Hygiene Market Research Report 2018 provides strategists, marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the global tissue and hygiene sector.

Along with strategically analysing the key micro markets, the report also focuses on industry-specific drivers, restraints, opportunities and challenges in the tissue and hygiene market.

New software reduces cleaning rounds from 90 to 68 per day at Unilever HQ

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Opened in 2009, Unilever's headquarters in Germany is a striking feature in Hamburg's newly redeveloped harbour district. With offices and public areas, washroom visitor numbers can be as high as 5,000 on a weekday.

Kimberly-Clark announces strategic investment in its Mobile, Alabama Mill

Kimberly-Clark Corporation has approved a capacity expansion project at its Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility that will support K-C Professional's continued bath tissue category growth in North America.

"The Mobile team is excited about the role we will play in supporting the projected growth of the bath tissue category in North America as a result of this capacity expansion project," says Todd Visscher, mill manager for Kimberly-Clark 's Mobile operations. "This investment, the commitment of our employees, and the community support will together bolster Mobile Mill's competitive position within Kimberly-Clark."

Students launch self-cleaning fish tanks - using coconuts

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Two French entrepreneurs are revolutionising fish tanks with a product that uses half a recycled coconut and means an aquarium rarely has to be cleaned, having starting their business CocoPlant while studying at Université Paris-Saclay.

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My daughter served up a large nut roast last Wednesday evening and not wanting to lie down in bed too soon after eating, or strain my eyes trying to read a book in bed by lamplight, I did what many of us do and sat up with my laptop, clicking through a multitude of websites to read things that caught my eye on the previous website I'd visited. A bit of a 'magical mystery tour' if you like - some of it interesting, some inspirational and some making me think: "Well that's 10 minutes of my life I'm not going to get back".

Keeping an eye on the local election results I looked at various news sites to see the slant each publication/broadcaster was putting on the incoming declarations (it's incredible how the same news can look so different, depending upon the writer's political bias!) and ended up scanning down the other news to see what was going on in the world.

One headline that caught my eye covered the sacking of three refuse workers who'd been caught on CCTV mixing up residents' carefully sorted recycling. I clicked through to the story and was met with a banner ad showing a range of waste & recycling bins by Binopolis, sitting above the story.

I didn't read the rest of the article as I was too busy focusing on the inspired thinking behind the ad. I have to take my hat off to those who decided to use the bad news to show off its company's or client's great collection of bins. Brilliant! That's one brand I won't forget in a hurry!

Back in 2002, Cleanzine was the first e-zine launched into the UK's cleaning sector and our early advertisers showed some of that inspired thinking, supporting a new medium when the Internet was still in its infancy. Brightwell Dispensers, which celebrated its 70th birthday last year, has been with us continually since day one and like us, it's well-known in a lot more countries than it was back then. If you'd like to know just what we can offer for even a small outlay, do get in touch with John Austen to find out more - but not next week please, as we'll be at the Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. I'm told that all 13 halls at the RAi have been filled with exhibitors for our industry's most eagerly-awaited event. What an achievement!

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This Week's News

ISSA and Afidamp FAB create jointly owned global platform for the cleaning industry

ISSA and Italian trade association for cleaning industry manufacturers, Afidamp FAB, have announced a new partnership focused on jointly developing and executing go-to-market opportunities for their members and the industry at-large, on a global scale.

This new collaboration is one step in a larger international expansion strategy for both associations. Under the joint project, ISSA and Afidamp will co-own the existing Pulire family of events, both exhibitions and educational events, as well as develop new options to help connect members and share knowledge across the worldwide cleaning industry.

Enhancing detergent performance in low temperature washing

Research that explores new ways for laundry detergents to improve their cleaning performance in lower wash temperatures has been honoured with the American Cleaning Institute Distinguished Paper Award, recognising the most outstanding research to appear in 2017 in the Journal of Surfactants & Detergents.

The award was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists' Society, during a luncheon of the group's Surfactants & Detergents Division.

Hand drying method can affect risk of microbial contamination in hospital settings

* Hand-drying-method.jpgThe UK's Professor Mark Wilcox MD, consultant microbiologist, Leeds Teaching hospitals, is to present highlights at Interclean 2018 in Amsterdam next week, from his latest research study into washroom contamination. The research has shown that hand drying methods can affect therisk of microbial contamination in hospital settings.

His presentation 'Hand drying - first do no harm', will take place on Thursday 17th May from 13.00 to 14.00 on the Interclean stage during the Symposium at RAI/Interclean 2018.

Cleanology builds on new property services division

* Cleanology.jpgCommercial cleaning expert Cleanology has launched a one-stop-shop property maintenance service to help building managers deal with emergencies and keep properties in top condition. The new service offers 24-hour call out for a range of problems including plumbing, drainage, air conditioning, building works and electrical issues. Cleanology can also provide locksmiths and make buildings safe in the event of broken glass.

CEO Dominic Ponniah, says the move was an obvious next step for the company. "Cleaning operatives know buildings better than the people who work in them," he notes. "We are familiar with all the issues that premises may encounter and are often the first to spot a problem.

Wet wipes: Water UK calls for us all to take responsibility

* Water-UK.jpgWater UK, the representative body for water and sewerage providers in the UK, has issued a statement in response to recent adverse press regarding the content, use and disposal of wet wipes. Speaking on Tuesday, the organisation's director of corporate affairs, Rae Stewart, said:

"Water companies spend billions of pounds every year improving water and sewerage services in this country, but our sewers are just not designed to handle these new wipes which clog up the system.

Pants down for equality: Bathstore launches Looathon to promote bathroom equality

* Pants-down.jpgSpecialist bathroom retailer, Bathstore, is taking a stand on promoting bathroom equality by launching 'Pants down for equality' - an all-day Looathon designed to highlight the conditions many disabled people face when using public toilets.

The campaign is launched in partnership with Sarah Brisdion, who helped bring the issue to public attention in December 2017 through her #ChangingPlaces toilet selfies. The Looathon, which will see Sarah sit on a toilet from 10:00 until 16:00 tomorrow, Friday, May 11th, will take place in Bathstore's Baker Street showroom in full public view.

Company fined for exposing employees to dust

A furniture manufacturer has been fined after exposing its employees to significant quantities of hardwood dust, a hazardous substance known to cause occupational asthma and nasal cancer. It was noted that the absence of a 'robust cleaning regime' had exacerbated the problems.

Luton Magistrates' Court heard how employees in Andrena Furniture's workshop were exposed to hardwood dust on a daily basis. One of the reasons for such high levels of the hazardous substance was found to be the company's extraction system, which when tested during an HSE inspection in 2016, was found to be inefficient.

Allure: where appearance and microfibre cleaning come together

* Allure.jpgThe new Wecoline Allure microfibre concept is said to benefit from the optimal combination of cleaning with the best microfibre materials and a professional appearance. The materials in this new Allure line all come in anthracite and are in the trusted premium quality. "As a result," says the company, "the professional's complete equipment is at the same time the cleaning company's business card".

Wecoline Allure microfibre cloths, including a version with a scrubbing edge, come with trim in seven different colours to provide optimal support for colour-coded cleaning regimes.

Registration opens for IICRC's third-annual technical conference

Early bird registration is now open for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification's third-annual technical conference, which this year has the theme 'Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup'. Featuring a suite of expert speakers in the field of trauma and crime scene cleanup, the Las Vegas conference will offer attendees an inside look at what it takes to work in this niche field.

"This year's technical conference will provide an excellent networking and learning opportunity for those looking to diversify into and get involved with another area of cleaning and restoration," says Pete Duncanson, IICRC Chairman. "We're excited about our lineup of speakers thus far and look forward to introducing attendees to those considered leaders in this growing field."

Italian startup determined to solve indoor air pollution problem with plants

* Natede.jpgItalian startup Clairy continues to raise funds for its second successful Kickstarter campaign for the smart indoor air purifier Natede, which, in the first half that ends 1st June, has already hit €500,000.

Until then, anyone anywhere in the world will be able to join the campaign and pre-order this natural and smart air purifier at a very discounted price on the future retail price. At first sight Natede is a plant holder; look closer and you can see that it's a beautiful and sustainable air purifier, designed and crafted in Italy. It also comes with its own stand, in pure fine wood.

Bunzl Canada's candidate wins Great Canadian Sales Competition

* Bunzl-Canada.jpgBunzl Canada has this week announced that its candidate was the winner of the annual Great Canadian Sales Competition in Toronto. The winner and runners up were announced at a gala evening attended by corporate sponsors and contest finalists.

Bunzl is one of the founding sponsors of the competition and said it is delighted to see its representative candidate, Herbert Bempah, selected as the winner and awarded the $7500 grand prize.

Hotels saving big with biological wastewater treatment

* Hotel-biological-wastewater.jpgIt may not be top of mind for hotel guests, but wastewater in hotels is serious business. With wastewater from kitchens, bathrooms and public areas to consider, hotels need a solution that is affordable, easy to maintain and, most of all, effective. For many, environmental impact is also a significant consideration.

To prevent blockages, many hotels are turning to biological drain products to 'clean' wastewater, but many of these solutions use solvents or free enzyme treatments which can damage the environment and don't prevent one of the biggest concerns, odour.

Rentokil collaborates with Ministry of Health to increase food safety in Kuching

* Rentokil-Kuching.jpgHaving identified food safety in supply chains as an area for improvement, the Ministry of Health of Sarawak, Malaysia, invited Rentokil Initial to share on how data can be used to improve pest management during the Internal Audit Seminar. This was the second occasion Rentokil had collaborated with MOH in 2018 and rendered its expertise on pest-related issues.

The workshop that took place at the end of April broached topics that enabled food safety officers to glean invaluable insights in online pest management tools and hygiene practices that should be implemented to create a safer food production and management experience.

Self-cleaning surfaces create cleaner healthcare facilities and improve patient experience

* Self-cleaning-surface.jpgCleanliness is a challenge for all facilities but especially so for healthcare establishments. Hospitals, physicians' offices, dental offices and surgery centres are under tremendous pressure to maintain a high level of cleanliness to help ensure the health of their patients.

NanoTouch Materials, in Forest, Virginia, has used new advances in nanotechnology to create NanoSeptic self-cleaning surfaces, enabling healthcare facilities to achieve a higher level of cleanliness. NanoSeptic skins and mats turn dirty high traffic touchpoints, such as reception counters, door handles, and over-the-bed tray tables into continuously self-cleaning surfaces.

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Recent UK News

Guernsey to pilot 'pay as you throw' waste collection service next year

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In just under 18 months' time, Guernsey Council will become the first in the British Isles to start collecting waste on a 'pay as you throw' basis.

Collection arrangements for all island households will change from September this year, when new collections are introduced for food waste and glass recycling.

Not Just Cleaning learning how to work safely and effectively

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NJC continually strives to ensure that employees are not harmed by the work that they do and to achieve this, the company applies industry best practice wherever it exists. However, the risks presented by some activities are not always fully understood and Reach & Wash cleaning is one such activity.

Although Reach & Wash avoids working at height, and therefore the risk of falling, it does involve manual handling of long and unwieldy poles. While NJC applies safe practice, the true extent of the risks is not fully understood at present.

Salisbury group gets global award for outstanding innovation

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Salisbury Group, the national facilities management and maintenance company, has been named winner of the Outstanding Innovation category at the 2018 Global Business Excellence Awards.

Hunt for CHSA's 2018 Undergraduate Scholars begins

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has launched the search for its 2018 Undergraduate Scholars; at least two will be awarded this year.

The CHSA has further committed to awarding at least two new bursaries every year for the next five years. The sons and daughters of CHSA members, who on 1st September 2018 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies this year, are eligible to apply.

When the London Science Museum's steam exhibits needed a clean...

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When managers at the London Science Museum in Kensington decided that the museums many steam exhibits needed a good regular clean, they came to the conclusion that the most appropriate method for this was steam cleaning.

After much deliberation, they decided on the Steam Clean Systems SC3000 Industrial Steam Cleaner as the best steam cleaner for their needs.

Anniversary milestone for cleaning company's star supervisor

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A star supervisor from Bio-Productions has reached a milestone achievement with the cleaning company this month.

'Pollen bomb' explosion affecting human and HVAC health

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With the misery of hayfever in full swing, John Grenville from ECEX asks: "Are your building's filtration systems equipped to deal with the season's 'pollen bomb' - a natural phenomenon that causes hay fever and has the potential to reduce the efficiency of plant such as air handling units, chillers and air conditioning equipment?

"Changes in the weather are behind this 'pollen bomb' caused by the simultaneous release from millions of birch, plane and oak trees," he explains.

UK businesses make world-leading pact to tackle plastic pollution

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Unnecessary single-use plastic packaging will be a thing of the past as businesses sign up to a world-first pact, which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.

The UK Plastics Pact, launched today by sustainability expert WRAP, is a unique collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste.

Changing roles and responsibilities within British Cleaning Council announced

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The British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade and membership associations linked to the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors, has officially welcomed several new Council member representatives.

Legal to work here?

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How often do employers of all sizes check if applicants have the right to work here, and how failsafe are their methods? With fines of £20,000 per illegal worker or imprisonment for the employer looming and over 8,400 producers of fake documents in Europe, it is easy for a busy recruiter to miss one fake, using traditional methods.

Salisbury Group sets Gold Standard

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has awarded facilities services provider Salisbury Group, a prestigious Gold Award for excellence in health & safety practices. The Award recognises Salisbury Group's high level of performance, well-developed occupational health & safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss.

Are you ISO 45001 ready?' Embrace change now to help spearhead workplace safety

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With workplace safety presenting one the biggest challenges for modern industry, global certification firm Bureau Veritas is urging businesses to take up the mantel and ensure they are 'ISO 45001 compliant' ahead of time in order to help improve standards for all.

Weltec Biopower expands plant lineup in Northern Ireland

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German biogas specialist weltec biopower is currently building three anaerobic digestion plants in Northern Ireland. All three 500KW plants will shortly be completed and will go live in Summer 2018. Two of them are being set up in County Antrim in north-east Northern Ireland. Another plant is being built in Benburb in County Tyrone. Thus, Weltec will soon account for nine of a total of about 40 biogas plants in Northern Ireland.

Greyland by name - but very colourful by nature!

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A colourful new fleet of long haul trailers has been delivered to Greyland, reflecting on the company's standing as one of Britain's leading independent cleaning chemical manufacturers.

Manchester Cleaning Show exceeds 2016 debut

Last week's Manchester Cleaning Show has exceeded its 2016 debut, with 27% more exhibitors, 40% more floor-space and higher visitor numbers, reports the British Cleaning Council, which co-produces the event with Quartz Business Media. Held again at Event City in Trafford, the 2018 show attracted over 2,400 visitors - nearly 5% up on the first North West show in 2016.

Industry giants to become UK and Ireland's largest supplier of cleaning & hygiene products

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Diversey and Zenith Hygiene Group have announced the completion of the transaction by Bain Capital Private Equity which will combine the two companies, creating the UK and Ireland's largest manufacturer and supplier of cleaning and hygiene products.

I know my place

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Visitors of a certain age to the recent Manchester Cleaning Show could be forgiven for doubling up with laughter as they passed the Greyland stand.

FSA trials new technology for remote monitoring of food businesses

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New digital technology that is increasingly used by food businesses to manage hygiene practices could soon also be used to help environmental health officers monitor food businesses in real time, enabling them to detect food safety problems sooner and improve protection for the public.

Cleaning businesses need to take a systematic approach to support sustainable growth

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A lack of standardisation and business process is a clear barrier to building a valuable contract cleaning company according to Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask.

Principle awarded The Office Group contract

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Principle Cleaning Services has been awarded a new two-year cleaning services contract with The Office Group (TOG), a leading provider of flexible office space, meeting and co-working spaces.

Events & Exhibitions

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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