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Working across both the cleaning and the kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms industry, it's something I've often been asked about and ended up in discussion over, but I've never thought about delving into the past to get the answer... I'd always thought it was a matter of opinion. But no.
Thanks to Australian consumer group Choice, whose researchers have taken the trouble to look at the 128-year-old patent for the traditional toilet roll and holder, the issue has now been solved. Choice uncovered the patent from September 1891 with images depicting the paper going up and over the roll, rather than underneath it and down beside the wall.
"We have a conclusive answer to the controversial question of whether to hang your toilet paper over or under the roll," says the group. "At risk of permanently losing members, we're here to answer it once and for all: over is the correct method. Perforated toilet paper was invented in 1871 by Seth Wheeler. He subsequently re-patented his invention in roll form in 1891. His patent application includes detailed diagrams that clearly show the paper going up and over the roll, not under. So placing your toilet paper overhand is using this wonder product precisely as its creator intended."
And yes - I've been doing it wrong all my life, but I put that down as much to always having had small bathrooms as I do to anything else. And no, I'll probably not change!
Most people have said to me that they hang the paper in the same way as their parents did; some however, like it going down the wall to prevent the end from tickling their legs or to prevent dust build up on the exposed sheets, while others don't do it this way for fear of having users contaminate the wall as they touch it to tear off a sheet. Some contractors I've spoken with have said that although the dispensers they use are designed for the roll to go up and over, they deliberately put the roll in upside down to reduce waste, as it's more difficult to let the roll run free that way - clever that!
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The Cleaning Show, the UK's biggest cleaning, hygiene & waste management exhibition, is set to be bigger and better than ever before. The three-day event at London's Excel (19th - 21st March 2019), is set to be packed with exhibitors from around the world, leading industry experts and thousands of visitors who are involved in the cleaning, waste management and facilities management sectors.
Some of the highlights and themes this year include:
Tennant, the US-based global manufacturer of floor and outdoor cleaning machinery is set to return to the show after a 10-year gap, while carpet cleaning equipment firm Host Von Schrader will be making its debut at the event - indeed it is one of the sponsors of the Carpet Cleaning Village. Other new names include several software companies and app developers such as Adonai7, Blue Rock Systems and Squeegee.
Last year saw a series of negative headlines from cyber-attacks to high-profile business failures. The fallout from these stories shaped a number of responses affecting the cleaning industry, and this year promises to be an important time for business resilience, especially with Brexit on the horizon.
For this reason, the British Institute of Cleaning Science is delivering its first 'BICSc Lab' event dedicated to business resilience in association with Rubbermaid Commercial Products. The event will take place on 15th May at QE2 Centre in Westminster, London, and is open to all industry professionals.
To mark International Women's Day - 8th March 2019, meet the multi award-winning Camilla Marcus-Dew, head of sustainable growth at social enterprise, Clarity-The Soap Co., bringing products with social purpose to the cleaning and hygiene sector...
Camilla is the co-founder of the luxury, ethical The Soap Co. brand and is one of many committed and dynamic women in the fast-growing social enterprise sector, worth some £60bn annually.
Following the vibrant second edition of Interclean Istanbul in 2017, the 2019 edition of the region's showpiece professional cleaning exhibition returns to Turkey for yet another exciting get-together.
On 10th April, Interclean will arrive in Istanbul once more to bring cleaning and hygiene professionals together from around the world. The last exhibition attracted more than 2,000 visitors from over 80 countries - and the 2019 show will build on that to offer delegates an ever-more complete regional outlook on the industry.
The electrically-powered IdroFoamRinse200 is ideal for cleaning non-carpeted areas that do not require vacuuming before cleaning and which have drains in the floor, such as washrooms, saunas, swimming pools, showers, gyms, changing rooms and camping grounds.
The machine can spray foam and rinse continuously, since it takes the water used in the process directly from the facility's water supply (as opposed to having its own tank), so downtime tends to be dictated by the machine's user, rather than the machine itself.
Large cities pay up to one million euros a year to have graffiti removed from public areas. And it is estimated that smaller cities pay up to 200,000 euros a year at least. Municipal decision-makers, service providers and employees of housing associations are looking for an easy, reliable, gentle yet environmentally-friendly method of removing unwanted graffiti.
With its Tornado ACS, Systeco is offering an integrated, all-in-one solution based on the vacuum-blasting method. The unit uses a blasting agent specially selected for each surface, which is applied to the area to be cleaned. The paint particles are removed from the substrate and separated from the abrasive by a filter. The abrasive can then be used on the surface again to remove the paint.
National Carwash Solutions, the US-based global provider of car wash systems, cleaning solutions and maintenance services, has formed a strategic partnership with Vacutech Vacuum Systems, a company that works with customers in commercial and industrial operations who require specialised vacuum systems - including car wash operators.
National Car Wash Solutions boasts such car wash industry brands as MacNeil, Ryko, TSS and CleanTouch.
Avica UK customers can now order up to 19:00 Mondays - Thursdays for next-day delivery, and up to 19:00 Fridays for Monday delivery, choosing from a range of over 14,000 cleaning, catering and healthcare products held in stock. With the acquisition of Noble Express in 2018, Avica UK now offers an impressive and increased range of over 8,000 catering products alongside its already popular cleaning and healthcare ranges.
Customers will continue to benefit from Avica UK 's well-established affiliation to Jangro and will receive a personal service at all stages of their order, with designated customer account managers and a bespoke fleet of low emission Avica UK delivery vehicles.
Minster Cleaning Services began in 1982 and has been a BFA Full Member since 1992. The company has branches across the UK and employs more than 5,000 people. Half of Minster franchisees have each built up businesses with sales of more than £1million and the top branches have each achieved annual turnover in excess of £2million.
TC Facilities Management tells us it is delighted to have reached the finalist stages of the Corporate Social Responsibility category, Cleaning & Support Services Association awards 2019, for its work with the British Heart Foundation; the charity that conducts groundbreaking research in to heart and circulatory diseases and their causes.
The winners will be announced next month at an invitation-only lunch event, taking place during the Cleaning Show on Wednesday 20th March, 2019, in London.
Mitie has become the only UK Facilities Management company to receive Certified Top Employer UK 2019 recognition from the Top Employers Institute. The award recognises Mitie's dedication to providing the very best working environment for employees.
The certificate is awarded to organisations of the highest calibre that have worked hard to create, implement and progress their people strategies. Top Employers lead the way in 'people-first' HR practices, and Mitie has qualified amongst a prestigious list of peers.
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