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International News

ECDC reviews risk posed by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in healthcare settings

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Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae - the subject of an updated rapid risk assessment published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control - represent a risk to patients and healthcare systems, causing infections associated with high mortality due to the limited treatment options available.

Research shows polyurethane kitchen sponge helps keep E. coli at bay

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FXI, the producer of innovative foam products, reports that a groundbreaking study by Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a renowned professor of microbiology and environmental sciences at the University of Arizona, reveals that using a kitchen sponge made of polyurethane foam significantly reduces the spread of E. coli, decreasing the risk of infection by up to 90%, when compared to a traditional cellulose sponge.

CBRE Group to acquire majority interest in FM provider Ramot Group in Israel

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CBRE Group announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority interest in the Ramot Group, a leading facilities management provider in Israel.

Tissue industry professionals from four continents to convene at Tissue World Istanbul

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Tissue World Istanbul, the international gathering of the tissue industry, will take place at the Istanbul Congress Centre from 4th to 6th September 2018.

Veritiv brings Reliable Brand products to Canada

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Veritiv Corporation, a North American business-to-business distribution solutions provider, is making its Reliable Brand of comprehensive facility solutions products, such as towel and tissue, bin liners, chemicals, floor pads, and hand hygiene products - available in Canada for the first time.

Georgia-Pacific announces agreement to sell European nonwovens business to Glatfelter

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Georgia-Pacific announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to sell Georgia-Pacific Steinfurt GmbH, the company's European nonwovens business, to Glatfelter, a global manufacturer of speciality papers and engineered products headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.

Family-owned company invests in electrostatic cleaning technology

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Operating for more than 55 years, family-owned City Wide of Southwest Connecticut has recently invested in the Clorox Total 360 System with a view to remaining proactive and better able to deal with cross-contamination and outbreaks of viruses such as influenza.

Bio Productions managing director to join Green Organisation awards judging panel

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Angela Gill, managing director of Bio Productions, has been invited to join the judging panel for the international Green Organisation 'Green Apple Environment 2018' awards.

DVGW approval and certification for Brightwell Dispensers EcoMix and EcoMulti standard chemical dilution systems

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Brightwell Dispensers has received the DVGW (German Technical & Scientific Association for Gas & Water) approval certificate for its EcoMix and EcoMulti standard chemical dilution systems.

New biobased nonwoven cloths support CSR cleaning policies

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Wecoline has launched an environmentally-friendly range of biobased nonwoven cloths. Available in four colours, the cloths are made from a combination of PLA and viscose, which makes them ideal for fitting in with a Corporate Social Responsibility cleaning policy.

Skanwear champions employee safety and company culture with launch of branded PPE

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Protective clothing expert, Skanwear, has launched its new range of PPE with bespoke company branding for workplaces across the UK and Europe.

CDC-funded clinical trial proves UV disinfection effective in decreasing C. diff hospital-wide

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A new study proves that enhanced terminal room disinfection with Tru-D SmartUVC leads to a decrease in risk of acquisition of targeted multidrug-resistant organisms such as C. diff and VRE for all patients, hospital-wide.

Global carpet cleaning products market - introduction of differentiated products to boost growth through 2022

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Global technology research and advisory company Technavio has published a new market research report on the global carpet cleaning products market from 2018-2022. 

Hospital sees 47% reduction in HAIs after adding pulsed xenon UV disinfection to cleaning protocols

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A germ-fighting robot that uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to sanitise rooms at Trinity Hospital is giving a boost to the hospital's infection control program.

Welsh global biosciences company extends probiotic cleaning range to empower consumers

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Cardiff-based, Genesis Biosciences, a global biosciences company specialising in safe and natural microbial products, widely used in the professional cleaning industries, has launched its products on Amazon, in a move that will make the innovative cleaning range available to the consumer market.

New Kaivac 2750 comes with patent-pending black box

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Kaivac's all-new 2750 No-Touch Cleaning system not only has greater capacity, so users can clean more areas without refilling the machine, but it also offers a wide range of additional features and benefits. Chief among them, the 2750 incorporates Kaivac's patent-pending removable Black Box engine compartment.

The Black box contains the essential components powering the 2750. Users can return the Black Box for rapid repair or exchange. This helps minimise downtime and cost.

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Now that's what I call a perfect cleaner/client relationship: the cleaner is committed to doing a great job and is respected and appreciated by the building users, who chat to him, treat him as a friend and find out a little about his background. The feeling of 'belonging' and being appreciated for the effort put into the job, encourages the cleaner to go about his work even more enthusiastically, which in turn creates smiles and happy feelings throughout the facility and encourages those using it to do their best to keep it clean and thus ease the cleaner's load. It gets better...

The facility concerned here is the University of Bristol and one student is so enamoured with the cleaner's attitude that - thinking the cleaner and his wife might like to visit family back in Jamaica (but could never afford to on a cleaner's pay) he asks his fellow students if they'd consider joining a Crowdfunding effort to pay towards a Jamaican holiday for the cleaner.

Some 230 contributors quickly raise £1,500 and when the cash gift is presented with a note thanking the cleaner for his "positive energy" over the 12 years he's spent in the University's cleaning team, the cleaner is so moved by the gesture that he ends up in tears.

"You have brightened many of our days and we want you to know that we love and appreciate you," read the note.

How wonderful! I've substituted the Leader I'd prepared for today's Cleanzine, for this mention of the happy and constructive relationship between the cleaner, Herman Gordon, (whose mantra is to keep away "negative vibes" since the students need to be able to study) and the students, (who say Herman's "the epitome of happiness") because an experience I had last week has left me pondering over the relationship between cleaners, their clients (the building owners) and their clients 'once-removed' (the building users).

I've been wondering how we can put a stop to this whole scenario of the shameful abuse meted out by we, the general public, on our environment as well as on those whose job it is to clean it. You can read all about that experience in next week's issue. Herman Gordon's story has been all over the UK press this week but if you're one of our thousands of overseas readers who aren't familiar with it, it's worth a Google!

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This Week's News

HCAI quarterly trends January to March 2018, published

* HCAI-quarterly-trends.jpgPublic Health England's latest quarterly commentary on trends in reports of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and MSSA) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteraemia, and Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), mandatorily reported by NHS acute Trusts in England for the period January to March 2018, has been published and they show that there is still work to do when it comes to finding ways to prevent the spread of infection.

MRSA bacteraemia:

Views at a concert

1: I wasn't heartless enough to take a picture of the woman vomiting. If she was genuinely unwell, she has my sympathies, but if she'd drunk so much before the headline act had even set up, that she ended up being sick, I hope she learnt her lesson.

Nanotera launches powerful plant-based surfactants for oil industry

Nanotera Group has introduced powerful, plant-based cleaning agents which it says perform at record times, to replace chemical and hazardous products currently used in the oil & gas industry.

Dedicated to protecting the environment, the company's scientists focus on producing 100% plant-based, environmentally friendly cleaning products that are readily biodegradable. The range of products match, or exceed the efficacy of traditional products which have a high impact on the companies' green footprint and the planet.

To Hydrofinity and beyond...

* Hydrofinity.jpgXeros Cleaning Technologies, the developer of water-saving commercial laundry solutions for hotels and commercial laundries, is changing its name to Hydrofinity from July 10th.

The company previewed its new brand identity at the Hotel Show Africa in Johannesburg this week, saying it expects the name change to be implemented in all the countries where it is active by August.

Ukraine gears up for 16th International Cleaning Forum

* Ukraine-cleaning-Forum.jpgUkraine is getting ready to welcome delegates to its 16th International Cleaning Forum which is being held from 2nd - 5th October, 2018 at the International Exhibition Center, Kyiv.

Described as a specialised project for cleaning industry professionals in Ukraine, this event has established itself as a meeting place for key players and experts working in the Ukrainian cleaning market, and includes leading producers, suppliers and innovation technologies consumers, as well as consumers of cleaning equipment, sanitary - hygiene equipment and expendable materials, professional and household chemicals, dry cleaners and laundry equipment and accessories.

'Cleaning for a Reason' wins Silver in 'Power of A'

ASAE, the centre for association leadership in the US, has awarded its 2018 'Power of A' Award (Silver Level) to ISSA for its 'Cleaning for a Reason program' - a nonprofit organisation that partners with residential cleaners throughout the US and Canada to offer free in-home cleaning to help women who are battling cancer. It which works with more than 1,200 professional cleaning companies, and was adopted by ISSA last year.

ASAE created the Power of A Awards to showcase how associations use their unique resources to solve problems, advance industry and professional performances, kickstart innovations, improve world conditions, or enrich lives.

One week left to nominate terrific toilets for America's Best Restroom contest

* US-best.jpgOnly one week remains to nominate your favourite washroom in America! Through July 9th, Cintas Corporation is accepting nominations for the 17th annual America's Best Restroom Contest.

The winner will receive $2,500 in facility services for washroom cleaning, along with a lifetime of bathroom bragging rights!

Avoid paying £thousands in compensation through better office maintenance

* Avoid-comp-claims.jpgUK businesses need to take slips, trips and falls more seriously. Unfortunately, these types of accidents at work are an all too common occurrence and could be avoided.

To protect your employees from slips, trips and falls and side-step significant compensation claims, follow the advice from Unison, the Trade Union.

Remember: toilet provision is mandatory for delivery drivers

* TT-UK.jpgWith the very hot, dry weather many of us are experiencing at the moment, which means we're taking on extra fluids to cool us down and provide hydration, Gillian Kemp, leader of the 'Truckers Toilets UK Campaign', has a timely reminder for lorry and van drivers:

"Don't forget to let the Health & Safety Executive know if you are refused access to a toilet when you are delivering to a company or making a collection!"

Who'd be a window cleaner?

* Shard-window-cleaner.jpgThere's window cleaning, and then there's window cleaning.

My daughter, attending a business meeting in the upper reaches of one of London's newest iconic landmark buildings - the Shard, snapped a picture of two window cleaners in their cradle (actually working rather than admiring the view).

On sunny, windless days, it must be lovely being up there, making sure the view for those inside the building is as good as your own, because they're looking through beautifully cleaned windows.

When it's windy or raining though, I can imagine it must be dreadful...

Ideal Response appoints new senior technical manager

* gavin.jpgIdeal Response has welcomed Gavin Smith as its new senior technical manager. Bringing more than 20 years' industry experience - including various roles at senior level - to the company, Gavin will be based at the company's Maidstone, Kent headquarters.

Gavin has taken on the task of overseeing and growing the operations department. The employment of new technicians, bolstering operational strategies, and securing further training for the current team are just a few of his plans to help drive the company forward in 2018.


Thursday 27th September 2018
Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa

The BICSc Annual Awards is now one of the largest and most influential networking events in the cleaning industry’s calendar celebrating excellence in training and accreditation. This year's event will begin around 11am with a series of short, snappy and educational presentations. We will be bringing a surprise fun element at our exhibition with the chance to win prizes!

A buffet lunch is included to allow you maximum networking time to catch up with your industry colleagues. Then it’s time to shine at the Annual Awards Dinner with a drinks reception, Awards Ceremony, Dinner, live entertainment and dancing through to 1am!

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Recent UK News

Washroom suppliers' merger may raise competition concerns

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The Competition and Markets Authority has found Rentokil's purchase of Cannon Hygiene may lead to higher prices and lower quality for businesses buying products and services for washrooms.

Chris Klopper

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We are sad to announce that the cleaning industry has lost one of its most well-known public relations professionals.

Chris Klopper, founder & CEO of Mulberry Marketing Communications, a PR and marketing communications consultancy Chris started in 1995 which now has seven offices on four continents, passed away on Sunday after a short illness.

ISSA appoints Frances Ball new business development manager for UK & Ireland

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ISSA has announced the appointment of Frances Ball, as the new business development manager UK and Ireland. Frances, whose appointment reflects ISSA initiatives to continue to build its presence in Europe, will be responsible for further expanding the ISSA's reach in the UK and Ireland and help companies in the cleaning industry to thrive.

Greyland Chemicals leading the way in UK with recycled polymer packaging

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As part of its continuous strategy to be 'best in class' in its market sector, Greyland Chemicals has introduced sustainable bottle packaging in a UK industry 'first.'

Beacon of hope for recycling as major funding agreement signed on plastics plant

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Funding of over £3m has been announced for four projects comprising a groundbreaking new plastics recycling partnership, Project Beacon, which has the potential to recycle all plastics in Scotland and beyond - even those that currently can't be recycled.

Phil Smith takes up new role as group sales director at Templewood /LCC

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Hearty congratulations to Phil Smith, who has taken up a new role as group sales director at Templewood Services/LCC Support Services. An experienced sales & marketing director with over 25 years' experience, Phil boasts some impressive cleaning industry credentials...

Scrubber dryers streamline carpet cleaning in historic Stowe

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Historic Stowe - an independent school housed in a former ducal palace and set within 750 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland in Buckinghamshire, has had its floor cleaning processes streamlined thanks to its use of Truvox Multiwash machines.

Free sustainability guide outlines opportunities for the green transformation of businesses

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A free best practice sustainability guide, highlighting both the challenges to and opportunities for the green transformation of businesses, has been launched by Julius Rutherfoord & Co. Entitled 'A Secure Approach to Workplace Sustainability', the guide highlights practical, green measures and includes a checklist for how businesses can reduce their environmental impact.

CHSA members and guests raised £8,400 for RNIB

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Members and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, together with their guests, raised £8,400 at the Association's Annual Gala Ball for the Chairman's Charity, The Royal National Institute for Blind People.

TCFM contributing to the sterling customer service at Eden Walk, Kingston

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TC Facilities Management joined centre manager, Ailsa Fraser, and other members of the Eden Walk team at an awards lunch to mark its achievement of attaining the British Land Customer Service Silver standard. The awards were held in London last month where more than 300 people were in attendance.

New head of engineering at ICE

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ICE has appointed Lee Owen as its new head of engineering. Lee joined ICE in 2013 as a field service engineer and progressed very quickly to the role of technical support manager the following year. He was then promoted to field service manager in 2016 and was responsible for managing over 30 field engineers in the southern region.

Award confirms recycling best practices

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RPC bpi recycled products has been named 'Plastics Recycling Business of the Year' in the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management, organised by Letsrecycle.com, the UK's leading independent website for the sector.

Greyland customer wins 'No.1 SME Commercial Cleaning Company 2018' award

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Greyland Distributor FX Supplies Ltd has been awarded the accolade of 'No.1 SME Commercial Cleaning Company 2018.'

Arrow Solutions heads to H&C Expo with expanded commercial hygiene range

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One of the UK's leading manufacturers of cleaning products will be showcasing its newly rebranded commercial hygiene range at H&C Expo - the new hospitality and catering show - in July.

Arrow Solutions, which celebrates 50 years in business in 2018, will be teaming up with Yate Supplies to display high-performance products covering housekeeping, washroom, kitchen, dishwasher, floorcare and draincare.

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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