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International News

Understanding effective cleaning: methods... measurement... management...

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The Cleaning Industry Research Institute tells us that the theme of its 2019 Science Symposium, 'Understanding Effective Cleaning', was adopted as the topic last month at a combined meeting of CIRI executive committee and Science Advisory Council members.

SAC chair, Steven Spivak, Ph.D., is spearheading the selection of the symposium's technical agenda. "This theme reflects CIRI's core competency," he says. "Methods, measurement and management are critical elements required for effective cleaning, including disaster restoration. Those attending the 2019 symposium will gain a new and deeper understanding of these concepts that collectively define effective cleaning and restoration.

New nanoseptic self-cleaning surfaces address travellers' hygiene issues

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With a flurry of news reports about germs in airports and hotels, travellers are more concerned about cleanliness than ever so it follows that businesses need to become more aware of their responsibilities too.

NanoTouch Materials' new self-cleaning surfaces address these concerns and particularly so its new launch - a self-cleaning film for touch screens that can turn any airport check-in kiosk or in-flight screen into a continuously self-cleaning surface.

HealthSpace and Visionstate to target audit segment of facilities management

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HealthSpace Data Systems and Visionstate have agreed to utilise HealthSpace's current suite of mobile audit applications and extend them for use within the facilities management space.

Visionstate's product suite includes Internet of Things devices that help track cleaning, maintenance and supply utilisation. Its WANDA device is installed in both public and private facilities such as hospitals, airports, shopping centres, arenas and office buildings.

ISS focus on key accounts in fewer markets will lead to 100,000 job losses

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ISS has revealed plans to cut 50% of its customers and some 100,000 jobs - representing a fifth of its global workforce - as it concentrates on key accounts and core services and leaves 13 countries that were among its least profitable markets: Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania. These represent just 12% of ISS's group revenue and 8% of operating profits.

Do you have something to say to the cleaning industry?

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Bring your expertise to the inaugural Clean Buildings Expo, the new event for the commercial cleaning industry. The organisers are looking for speakers who can bring insight and inspiration to an audience of in-house cleaning managers, executive housekeepers, facilities managers and building service contractors.

IICRC seeks volunteers for creation of Leather Cleaning & Maintenance Standard

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to serve on a consensus body for the development of the new BSR/IICRC S340 Standard for Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of Leather Furnishings.

Hoppecke launches new HF premium chargers

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With the launch of its new trak | charger HF premium series, Hoppecke Industrial Batteries says it is pushing the boundaries of technological innovation to provide modern logistics operations with a sustainable and flexible way of managing their energy needs.

Hotel hygiene issues need to be investigated, says China's tourism ministry

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China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has urged local tourism departments in Beijing, Shanghai, Fujian, Jiangxi and Guizhou to carry out an investigation along with the country's health authority on the recent hygiene issues at high-end hotels, according to a recently released statement.

The China Global Television Network reports that the ministry has also decided to dispatch an ad hoc investigation team to the hotels which have been criticized for poor hygiene, after some budget hotels were also found to have potential hygiene issues.

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I've often argued in these Leaders that the cleaning industry's true worth will only be understood and acknowledged if all the cleaners go on strike, but I can see I need to change that to include the partial shutdown of the US Government. From what I've been reading, this has had a huge impact on the provision of cleaning services throughout the US which are under the Government's remit, such as the National Parks, where, I understand, rubbish is building up and toilets are becoming blocked. I just hope park users are doing their best to take their rubbish home with them and that they don't forget to carry their own supplies of toilet tissue and hand sanitisers...

In a little over two months' time The Cleaning Show opens in London's ExCel (March 19-21), and to add to the sparkle, new zones earmarked for the window and carpet cleaning sectors will be included for the first time in recognition of the massive contribution they make to the wider cleaning industry.
The Window Cleaning Village will be for anyone connected to commercial window cleaning and will give them the chance to try out the latest products, attend workshops and network with equipment providers. It will also be the location for a new twist on the window cleaning challenge with the launch of the Window Cleaning World Cup (see more below).

The Carpet Cleaning Village is designed for anyone connected to the carpet cleaning industry and carpet cleaning supply chain. Dave Wheadon from The National Carpet Cleaners Association, says: "It's fantastic that The Cleaning Show has recognised the significance of carpet cleaning within the wider cleaning industry," he says. "The Carpet Cleaning Village will be a space where we and our members can learn about the latest innovations and techniques as well as somewhere we can discuss the key challenges we all face as a sector. I would encourage anyone connected to carpet cleaning to register for the Show or consider exhibiting in the Village as it will help build the profile of professional carpet cleaning as a reliable, responsible and valuable service both commercially and domestically."

Another special area will be The Green Zone, a space offering advice and solutions to those looking to reduce their environmental impact and offer more sustainable services. A Resource Management area is also being developed which will focus on waste management and recycling. Learn more at https://cleaningshow.co.uk/

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This Week's News

Faster cleaning for major new pool complex

* Faster-cleaning.jpgOne of the UK's largest public swimming pools is to be cleaned using Prochem-supplied scrubber dryer technology. The opening of a new leisure centre in Morden Park, Surrey, sees in a major upgrading of wet area floor management geared to improving cleaning outcome with decreased user downtime.

At six lanes with a total length of 25m, the pool at Morden Leisure Centre also boasts a diving pit fitted with a movable floor to a depth of 3.7m - an exceptional facility enjoyed by few other centres in the UK.

Nilfisk TrackClean simplifies management of cleaning fleet

* Nilfisk-TrackClean.jpgHow do you track performance when you have multiple cleaning machines in different locations? What systems can you put in place to monitor the equipment, optimise performance and minimise cost? Fortunately, technology is available; it is tried, tested and will provide the transparency you need 24/7 to lower the total cost of cleaning and improve profitability.

Here, John Brill, sales director for Nilfisk, tells us how he sees the TrackClean fleet management system working in practice...

UK's The Cleaning Show announces the first ever 'Window Cleaning World Cup'

* Window-cleaning-World-Cup.jpgTerry 'Turbo' Burrows (pictured), still officially the world's fastest window cleaner after over 20 years, is officially challenging window cleaners from across the globe to try and take his crown at the UK's Cleaning Show expo in London in March.

Being hosted at the Excel exhibition centre (March 19th - 21st 2019), the official Guinness World Record Challenge will also be part of a new international window cleaning competition, The Window Cleaning World Cup.

Newly launched pH neutral spray takes the heat out of oven cleaning

* Bio-P-pH-neutral-spray.jpgSay goodbye to greasy grills and odorous ovens with the help of Bio Productions' new Neutral Oven Cleaner, which offers a non-corrosive and non-caustic solution to even the most stubborn grime and comes without the usual nasty odours one might expect when using a hard-hitting oven degreaser.

"Oven-cleaning might not be the most glamorous job but it is one of the most crucial," says managing director, Angela Gill. "It is especially important to get it right when it comes to cleaning with chemicals in food preparation areas, and we're confident that our Neutral Oven Cleaner is up to the challenge."

Ecoray UV technology helps Grande Brio 35 achieve ultra-hygienic finish

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CHSA'S 2018 inspection results prove exceptional conformance to Accreditation Schemes

* CHSA-marques.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's analysis of the 2018 performance of its Accreditation Schemes shows exceptional conformance in all areas.

The results make it clear; if buyers of cleaning & hygiene products want to be certain that 'what's on the box is what's in the box', they need to look for the CHSA Accreditation Scheme marque.

Manchester wipes manufacturer Techtex buys out competitors

* Techtex.jpgManchester-based supplier of healthcare and industrial fabrics, Technical Textile Services, which trades as Techtex, has announced the acquisition of two competitors, Whitminster International and Klenzeen, to strengthen its presence in healthcare and industrial wipes sector.

The sum paid is undisclosed, but the newly-enlarged business enjoys a £20m plus turnover, and the deal makes Techtex the largest UK independent manufacturer of high-quality cleansing wipes, taking the workforce to 90.

Genesis Biosciences appoints Admiral Cleaning Supplies as sole UK distributor

* Genesis-Biosciences-Admiral.jpgGlobal microbial and anti-microbial product developer, Genesis Biosciences, has appointed Admiral Cleaning Supplies as the sole UK distributor for its professional probiotic cleaning range, Evogen Professional.

The partnership will see Admiral offer the specialist, environmentally-responsible cleaning solutions to the UK HoReCa (hotels, restaurants and cafes) and Soft FM and cleaning markets.

ISS and Vattenfall sign seven-year partnership

* ISSA-signing.jpgISS and Vattenfall have entered into one of Sweden's and the Nordic countries' largest agreements for facilities management services, a flexible outcome-based partnership designed to deliver on the parties' mutually developed vision and objectives.

Exeter businessman scoops Ecocleen's Franchisee of the Year Award

* Exeter-businessman-wins.jpgExeter-based entrepreneur Jim Humphrey has been crowned Franchisee of the Year by commercial contract cleaning provider Ecocleen. He received the Mike Tewnion Award at the company's recent Franchise Network Event having generated significant business growth within the South West region during the past 12 months and securing Ecocleen's largest ever single-site cleaning contract.

"I am honoured to receive this award, which is recognition for all the hard work put in, not just by myself, but the entire cleaning team in the South West region," comments Jim Humphrey. "I was completely new to the industry, but with the support of the central management team at Ecocleen, we have been able to develop a successful business that has amazing prospects for the future."

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Recent UK News

Warm welcome for new products provides perfect 50th birthday boost for Arrow Solutions

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One of the UK's leading manufacturers of professional cleaning and maintenance chemicals is celebrating its 50th birthday in style, after securing substantial business from the aerospace industry for its new impregnated wipe products.

Don't let clogged gutters lead to bigger problems

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Gutters that are filled with leaves, grass and other debris quickly become blocked and lead to internal building damp and mould problems - or even worse, irreparable damage to the property and stock which in turn could lead to higher insurance premiums.

UKATA calls for greater asbestos awareness in the public sector

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A leading authority for asbestos training provision in the UK, the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), is urging all public sector employees to be asbestos-aware in order to better manage the 'ticking time-bomb' in thousands of public buildings.

UK cleaning solutions provider Holchem acquired by Ecolab

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Ecolab has acquired Holchem Group, the UK-based supplier of hygiene and cleaning products and services for the food and beverage, foodservice and hospitality industries.

Tennant to host open day in January

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Tennant Company, one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of professional cleaning machines and services, is opening the doors to its UK office for what promises to be an exciting open day early next year.

Curated for difference-making: First IWFM conference launched

The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management has this week announced a new national summit for the profession that will replace ThinkFM and operate simply as the IWFM Conference.

Donations are in the bag for British Heart Foundation

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TC Facilities Management has created a national charity partnership to help the British Heart Foundation achieve its aim of beating heartbreak forever. The partnership commenced six weeks ago and has set its sights on raising £5K of funds for the charity that conducts groundbreaking research in to heart and circulatory diseases and their causes.

How your workplace can help tackle the plastic problem

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Plastic. It's a hot topic; kick-started into the UK's mainstream consciousness by the BBC's Blue Planet 2. Now, hardly a week goes by now without another headline image showing  oceans and beaches overrun with plastic debris.

This increased focus on plastic is having a positive impact. Legislation is changing, and now lots of organisations are taking steps to tackle the problem and enjoy the benefits.

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