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International News

New head of Nilfisk in Europe, Middle East and Africa boasts global profile

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Nilfisk has appointed Steen Lindbo as new executive vice president for Nilfisk in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Steen brings to the role more than 25 years' international experience from the power tool and hand tool industry, working for the US-founded company Stanley Black & Decker.

Surface disinfectant market to grow at a healthy CAGR of 10.40%

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The global surface disinfectant market depicts the presence of a highly-fragmented structure, says Transparency Market Research on the basis of a newly published report. This is mainly due to a low entry barrier present in the market that has made it possible for innumerable players to progress in this sector

KCP champions Scott Clean workplaces to promote hand hygiene on Global Handwashing Day 2018

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This year Global Handwashing Day took place on Monday, 15th October and Kimberly-Clark Professional embraced the annual event's theme 'Clean Hands - a recipe for health' by supporting facilities managers with a range of tools to help them champion hand hygiene, health and wellbeing in the workplace in relation to snacking and eating.

CMS Berlin 2019: Record early bookings a year before launch day

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With barely a year to go before CMS 2019 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. opens its doors, Messe Berlin is able to report keen interest from exhibitors. Early bookings by domestic and foreign companies are at their highest level since the fair's launch in 2001.

Avmor celebrates Its 70th Anniversary by looking forward to the next 70 years

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Avmor, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions, is celebrating its 70th year in business. And while the company proudly looks back on its founding and growth over the years, its president, Mattie Chinks, says the company is primarily focused on the future.

Cintas Xtraction floor mat captures dirt and water with ease

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Snow and salt don't stand a chance against Cintas Corporation's Xtraction floor mat, which has been rolled out across North America. The mat is the latest addition to Cintas's High Performance Series, a line of superior mats.

Changes at the top for Diversey

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Diversey has announced that Dr Ilham Kadri will be relinquishing her position as chief executive officer on 31st December, 2018, to take another executive role, which will be announced shortly.

10th Anniversary of World MRSA Day - A call to action

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World MRSA Day, October 2nd and World MRSA Awareness Month, October, are annual designated awareness dates and draw critical attention to the global public health crisis. 'The ongoing MRSA Epidemic - A Call to Action' is this year's global theme.

WHO calls for increased investment to reach the goal of a toilet for all

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The world will not reach the goal of universal sanitation coverage - where every person in the world has access to toilets that safely contain excreta - by 2030 unless countries make comprehensive policy shifts and invest more funds.

Cleaning products industry has $59 billion direct impact on US economy

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The cleaning products industry has a direct impact on the US economy totaling $59.1 billion, supporting 64,000 jobs and including $8.3 billion of labour compensation, according to a new report released by the American Cleaning Institute.

ISS divesting Netherlands non-core cleaning portfolio to Dutch contractor CSU

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ISS is divesting its non-core single-service cleaning portfolio in the Netherlands to Dutch cleaning company CSU. The divestment concerns approximately 70 Dutch customers and, pending approval from the Netherlands Authority of Consumer and Markets (ACM), will see the transfer of around 2,200 employees to CSU.

Industry giants partner to offer premium smart washroom management system

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Kimberly-Clark Professional and Gojo Industries have announced that the two companies are partnering to offer a premium smart washroom management system in connected away-from-home washroom environments such as office buildings, airports and universities.

New Clorox Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odour Remover safely deals with body fluids

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Stains and odors are a distraction for people everywhere, but odours from bio accidents like faeces and vomit actually make them concerned for their health & safety, tarnishing the reputations of commercial facilities more easily than other common messes, according to a new survey from Clorox Professional Products.

IEHA launches healthcare initiative at ISSA Show North America 2018

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IEHA, the 1,300-plus professional member organisation for those employed in facility housekeeping at the management level, has announced a new program initiative geared specifically to cleaning and maintenance professionals in healthcare facilities.

Tennant to improve coverage in China with acquisition of Gaomei Cleaning Equipment

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Tennant Company announced this week that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gaomei Cleaning Equipment Company, a privately held designer and manufacturer of commercial cleaning solutions based in China.

Goodway's new industrial descaling system boasts large capacity for high performance

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The GDS-100, is a portable, clean-in-place pump system ideal for descaling cleanings, used to remove limescale, calcium and mineral deposits, rust and other contaminants from HVAC and process manufacturing equipment.

Bullen announces new Spray N Roll and Spray N Go products

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Bullen Companies has announced the release of its new Airx Spray N Go and Spray N Roll pathogen control system. The new system includes a new Airx Spray N Go disinfectant cleaner and a new Spray N Roll II dual tip spray system.

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As an industry, we've long pushed the idea of UV light for cleaning hospital interiors and to activate water for safer surface cleaning, but how about UV light for cleaning the insides of our drinking water bottles - and the water itself? Launched this week thanks to a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, the Larq self-cleaning water bottle is now available in five colours (www.livelarq.com). It basks its inner surface and the water itself in UV-C light in the 280nm range, eradicating up to 99.99% of harmful and odour-causing bacteria at the touch of a button - or, in self-cleaning mode, every two hours.

This technology addresses the most common consumer complaints raised about reusable bottles: odour and contamination, difficulty cleaning, and shortage of on-the-go access to pure drinking water. It's a safe, non-toxic and mercury-free choice for those looking to ban single-use plastics from their daily routine for good.

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The professional-grade stainless-steel bottle is free from BPA, BPS, and Phthalates and it's double-walled and vacuum sealed so can keep beverages ice-cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. I think this is a great idea and it's even better to know that our industry's been using the technology for some time. Bearing in mind that 844 million people live without access to clean water, I'm delighted that Larq will be donating 1% of proceeds to charities which strive to make clean drinking water more accessible and omit plastic pollution, through its partnership with '1% for the Planet'. And what to do with all those plastic bottles we'll no longer be washing and refilling?

Well... Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on her official tour of Australia with Prince Harry, has been wearing shoes made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, by Rothy's of San Fransisco (www.rothys.com). Like the Larq bottle, they're good for the environment and they look great too, don't you think?

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This Week's News

Technology: Will news that carbon fibre can store energy in a vehicle body impact on cleaning machines?

* Carbon-fibre-energy.jpgEd: I came across something this week that I'm thinking could potentially change the way we manufacture/use batteries for/in cleaning machines. Not being a battery expert, I may have gone off kilter; however, the technology's interesting so I thought I'd share it. I'd love to receive your comments on whether you think it could be viable.

A study led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has shown that carbon fibres can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up new opportunities for structural batteries, where the carbon fibre becomes part of the energy system. The researchers' vision is of vehicles where a large part of the body of the vehicle consists of structural lithium ion batteries.

Introducing the latest in backpack vacuum cleaning technology

* Backpack-vacuum.jpgWightman & Parrish has been lucky enough to be chosen as one of the leading distributors of Pacvac, the latest in backpack vacuum cleaning technology.

The ISSA 612 Cleaning Times & Tasks shows backpack vacuum cleaners have a cleaning rate of 676sq.m per hour - some three times faster than a traditional upright vacuum cleaner which can clean at a rate of 208sq.m per hour. This means, by using Pacvac, you can save time by creating a more productive workforce.

RAS publishes Happy Toilets @ Preschools Booklet & Handbook to mark 20th anniversary

* RAS-20th-anniversary.jpgIn collaboration with Dyson Airblade hand dryer distributor VISO Pte, the Restroom Association Singapore has developed a booklet and handbook to mark its 20th anniversary.

The two publications were launched recently at Cherie Hearts @ Charlton by Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Revealed: new names for recycling trucks!

* Recycling-trucks-named.jpgWychavon District Council and its waste and recycling collections partner FCC Environment have now sifted through over 300 resident entries for names for the 15, brand spanking new waste and recycling trucks which are taking to the roads this month.

The names are:

- Reggie Refuse
- Sir Trash a Lot
- The Incredible Bulk
- Lambergreenie
- Recyclosaurus Rex
- Jus-bin Timberlake
- The Ter-bin-ator
- Binderella
- The Flying Dustman

Envirocall leads Emma Bridgewater post-fire clean-up

* Envirocall-leads.jpgIn August six fire crews tackled a blaze at the Emma Bridgewater factory site in Lichfield Street, Stoke-on-Trent. The fire caused significant damage to the factory.

Through its partnership with Unitas, Envirocall has been appointed to undertake the environmental clean-up of the fire-damaged parts of the factory.

Dust specialist launches most powerful gas-powered extractor to date

* Dust-specialist.jpgRemoving hazardous dust on an industrial scale has been made easier thanks to the UK's dust extracting specialist launching a high performance, gas-powered extractor on the market. Dustcontrol UK's new and innovative propane-driven DC Storm LPG can last up to eight hours and doesn't require any cables, making it ideal for environments with a limited supply of electricity.

The robust machine's 15 kW/21hp motor has the capacity to manage dust extraction in conjunction with work involving large-scale concrete construction and brickwork projects.

Viridor invests £3.7m in Crayford materials recycling facility to improve quality and safety

* Recycling.jpgViridor has invested £3.7 million in enhanced paper purity and fire protection systems at its Crayford Materials Recycling Facility near Dartford. The Crayford MRF receives 300,000 tonnes of co-mingled content from 28 local authorities each year.

Crayford MRF, through extensive mechanical recovery and manual quality controls, processes large volumes of municipal and commercial dry mixed materials (paper, card, plastic bottles, cans and glass) to produce a range of high quality recyclable outputs.

Environmental Cleaners laud perseverance and expertise of military forces

* Environmental-Cleaners.jpgThe Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has recently held its annual Military Awards. This event shines a light on the fantastic achievements of the servicemen, women and cadets that contribute to making our armed forces one of the most respected and accomplished in the world today.

The event took place at London's impressive Trinity House, accommodating over 100 guests to witness the ceremony.

Star Platforms raises its game with £2m investment in working at height equipment

* Star-Platforms.jpgBusiness is on the up at Bedfordshire-based Star Platforms, as the company invests £2 million in new working at height equipment to support the opening of its fifth depot.

Founded in 2014, Star Platforms helps businesses work safely at height by providing them with a range of powered access equipment, including scissor lifts, cherry pickers and low-level platforms. Following the success of its branches in Luton, Leicestershire, Berkshire and Kent, the firm has recently opened a fifth depot in Thetford, enabling it to serve all parts of Anglia.

NanoSeptic self-cleaning surfaces opens centre for innovation in smart materials

* NanoSeptic.jpgNanoTouch Materials, creator of NanoSeptic Self-Cleaning Surfaces, has finished construction of its new facility, the Center for Innovation in Smart Materials.

After three years of research and development funded by a $2 million grant, NanoTouch decided to foster development of other types of smart materials that improve people's lives and reduce environmental impact.

Middleton Shopping Centre contract win for Aston Services

* Middleton-Shopping-Centre.jpgAston Services Group has been awarded the contract to clean Manchester's Middleton Shopping Centre. Formerly the Arndale Centre, built in 1971, the site comprises three levels of retail shopping and extensive car parking for 378 vehicles.

It provides around 340,000sq.ft of retail space as well as a gym and the Middleton Health Centre.

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Recent UK News

The increasingly important role of technology in the cleaning industry

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Cleanhire, the St Helens, Merseyside supplier of industrial floor cleaning machines, argues the case for incorporating technology into your cleaning program...

YPO joins CHSA as Accredited Distributor

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YPO, the UK's largest public sector buying and procurement organization, has joined the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Accreditation Scheme for Distributors.

YPO's decision to join signifies the Scheme's importance to buyers of cleaning and hygiene products. Only by buying from Accredited members can purchasers and end users of these products be certain 'what's on the box is what's in the box'.


Belfast weekend demonstrates benefits of wet cleaning

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In partnership with William Clements (Chemicals) and National Laundry (NLIE), laundry chemicals specialist Christeyns has run the second of its 2018 Wet Cleaning events. The two-day open house event, held at McCall Cleaners in Belfast, Northern Ireland, showcased Christeyns' innovative AquaWave concept in combination with premium National Laundry equipment.

Van Excellence launches calm solution for poor driver mental health

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Suicide is now the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Many who take their own lives struggle with mental health issues and suffer in silence for fear of isolation, ridicule or lack of support from those around them.

Brightwell Dispensers appoints Rachel Halliday as business development manager

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Brightwell Dispensers has enhanced its sales team with the appointment of Rachel Halliday as business development manager.

Cleaners in the spotlight: Thank Your Cleaner Day 2018

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Cleaning is one of the most important industries in the world yet is often undervalued by those who benefit from the service.

Every day tens of thousands of skilled, hardworking cleaning staff are onsite to ensure premises, working and living environments are kept clean, safe and hygienic ensuring they are 'ready to go' for the next business day.

New deal delivers 80% of waste to energy

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More than 80% of general household waste will be converted into energy in a new contract between North Lanarkshire council and Viridor Waste Management. The contract will see 64,000 tonnes of waste from homes and Household Waste Recycling Centres treated every year.

This material, which would previously have gone to landfill, will be treated at Viridor's new Energy Recovery Facility in Dunbar, where it is converted into energy.

Mitie Pest Control sold to Rentokil Initial for £40 million in cash

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Mitie Group announced on Monday the sale of the entire issued share capital of Mitie Pest Control to Rentokil Initial for £40 million, which will be paid in cash at completion, subject to any adjustment for final completion accounts.

Another year of washroom judging completed

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The Loo of the Year Awards inspection teams have now completed the inspection of thousands of 2018 Loo of the Year Awards entrants' washrooms throughout the UK. They have travelled thousands of miles by road, sea and air have visited towns/cities from Wick in Scotland to The Islands of Scilly and Londonderry in Northern Ireland to Lowestoft in East Anglia.

'Get a Grip' on ladder safety

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The Ladder Association, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping people safe when working at height, is urging ladder users - and those responsible for managing the safe use of ladders - to take a fresh approach to ladder training.

Cleaning as a profession? No thanks!

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Cleaners have the 'unsexiest' job in Britain - with plumbers, accountants and taxi drivers close behind. The poll of UK professions, which quizzed 2,000 people, revealed that the cleaning profession was considered the most unsexy by nearly one in three Brits (28%). This is despite the industry contributing more than £24bn to the economy and employing more than 700,000 hardworking employees across the UK.

Putting some Wow into WCP

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Prochem Europe wowed professionals from both vertical and horizontal cleaning sectors at the annual Window Cleaning Page (WCP) Cleaning Show this year.

The company exhibited as part of the National Carpet Cleaners Association membership following the phenomenal success of the 2017 event, making this joint venture a must for everyone working in carpet and window cleaning, and related enterprises.

Comparison beach litter research to mark Recycle Week indicates a reduction in littering

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Results from a comparison beach cleaning and litter surveying programme by Cromwell Polythene as part of its 35th anniversary activity and to mark Recycle Week (24 September - 30 September) indicate levels of seaside rubbish have decreased.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

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


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