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International News

Hospital cleaning trial cuts infections

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A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-benefits.

The cleaning bundle costs approximately AUS$2,500 per 10,000 bed days to implement and is broadly applicable to cleaning in any hospital.

Infection control products come into the spotlight for healthcare facilities

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Technology within healthcare facilities has had to significantly improve to reduce infections. Despite the advancements, though, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that on any given day, one in 31 hospital patients has a Healthcare-Acquired Infection.

'Lock out tag out' procedure can save maintenance and cleaning workers' lives

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Hazardous energy should be safely isolated prior to any maintenance or cleaning work taking place on machinery, electrical or industry devices. To ensure that accidental re-energisation does not occur - which in turn could lead to injury or fatalities - a 'lock out tag out' procedure should be in place.

C. diff rates reduced with bundled approach as part of infection reduction program

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A new manuscript has been accepted by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons which examines C. diff in adult surgical patients.

Ecolab contributes nearly $17 million to communities in 2018

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Ecolab continued its long-standing commitment to supporting communities in 2018 through several initiatives, including corporate giving, grants to nonprofit organisations, in-kind product donations and employee volunteerism, with a total impact of nearly $17 million.

Anago's latest franchise awards mark beginning of 30 year celebrations

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International commercial cleaning franchise Anago Cleaning Systems has launched its 30-year celebrations with the announcement of its annual franchise award recipients at its annual meeting and convention - a three-day strategy session and celebration among the company's 43 master franchise owners.

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VERNON-CLOTH.jpgWell here we are end of another London Cleaning Show week and I'd be being irresponsible if I didn't remind you that it's Friday. John and I have between us spent several long days at the Show and thought you'd prefer a bumper and lively issue rather than one produced 'on the hoof' when we're both tired, & I know how confusing these things can get!

Once again it was a great show and how wonderful that our window cleaning World Cup received global coverage! I don't think I'll ever look at Terry 'Turbo' Burrows again without recalling ITV's 'This Morning's' Holly Willoughby giggling at calling him 'Terry Bubbles' in error and realising it was quite appropriate in window cleaning terms!

As well as uncovering some real innovation, one of the most surprising things for me was being approached by somebody I'd never met, whom I'd inadvertently slated four years ago in my Leader for adding to the woes of my difficult journey across south London to ExCel. We had a laugh about it; I'm forgiven and I'm happy to say that my journey - as well as that of others - is much more streamlined in terms of direction as he who wishes to remain nameless instigated some changes following my comments. Getting from A to B in unfamiliar territory's still not all plain sailing though... 

I had a lovely welcome from ExCel cleaner Vanessa Mansford who kindly opened the exit door from the ladies for me when I couldn't find my way out and had to ask. As I'd been through the entire area whilst looking, I could confidently tell her she was doing a great job and thank her for her efforts. I also had occasion to tour the gents a little 'after hours' and that was just as good (and as much of a warren!). Having to catch four trains and a bus I wanted to change into comfy travelling gear and as the ladies was shut I slipped into the empty gents next door. That too was sparklingly clean and much sweeter smelling than some I've previously had occasion to visit so we as an industry are clearly doing something right!

Congratulations to the ExCel cleaners then and also to the winners of the Cleaning & Support Services Association's Awards: Robertson FM, Renova, Genesis Biosciences, Principle Cleaning Services & Mirius. More on them next week as well as... 'the one that got away'!



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This Week's News

Cleaning Show awards highlighted some real innovation

* Morclean-innovation-award.jpegOne of the many reasons people visit an exhibition is to see the new launches and while some of these will be on the exhibitors' stands waiting to be discovered by passing visitors, others will have been entered into the Innovation Awards by their manufacturers.

These awards are always hard fought and the winners justifiably proud; this year's shortlisted entrants were clearly excited to learn who had won and I must say, those of us who had looked closely at the innovations were very impressed with what we had found. The eventual winners were definitely part of an excellent group, all of whom deserve to be congratulated.

Whizzing window washers' World Cup success

* Whizzing-window-washers.jpgCongratulations to American Jeremiah Hickey (centre), the first-ever Window Cleaning World Cup winner! With Jeremiah, who runs On the Spot Cleaning in California, are Swedish champion Jimmy Strom (right) who came second and Darren Ansbro of D A Components, Stockton on Tees, who came third.

Try as they might though, none of them was able to break Terry 'Turbo' Burrows' Guinness World Record, which Terry's held for 10 years.

Jangro: enjoying the stand with the 'wow' factor

* Jangro-wow.jpgJangro won an Innovation Award for its new Digital Wall Chart Creator but if we'd had our way we'd have given the organisation an award for stand design too. Isn't this striking!

Called the Jangro Garden and sited opposite the entrance, it really gave the hall the 'wow' factor and impressed everyone as they ventured in. Here, surrounded by relaxing foliage, flowers and grass seating, (emphasising its green credentials) Jangro revealed many exclusive new launches, including:

GumBusters reports 'remarkable' response to launch of GB Eco cordless dry steam machine

* GumBusters-GB-Eco.jpg"As this year's Cleaning Show draws to a close, the response to the launch of our latest cordless dry steam machine for gum removal - the GB Eco - has been nothing short of remarkable!" said GumBusters shortly before the show ended.

"Since the launch of the GB1 in 2015 (the world's first battery powered dry steam unit) our cordless machines continue to go from strength to strength and the GB Eco is no exception!

Touching down: the Toucan Eco III

* Touching-down.jpgCentrego launched the Toucan Eco III device in a user friendly 'plug and play' pack. This is the third generation of the original award-winning Toucan Eco device which produces a combined cleaning and disinfecting solution from tap water and table salt using electro chemical activation (ECA).

The device eliminates the need for transport, packaging and disposal of plastic containers and the fluid does not contain scarce oil or plant-based chemicals, perfumes or dyes. For companies looking to promote their CSR and sustainability the use of this simple but effective technology is the ideal way to show cleaners and end users that their intentions are serious.

Producing the steam behind the drain cleaning 'brain'

Puracator-ODC.jpgOspreyDeepclean is producing the steam behind the cleverly-designed Puracator unit - an effective, innovative and simple solution to blocked drains. And while the strapline is: 'To the P-Trap and beyond!' the machine can also clean, clear and pasteurise the drains of sinks and multi-deck refrigerated display cabinets without the need for you to dismantle the pipework.

Drains block for a number of reasons but frequently it is due to a build-up of fats and deposits and the growth of fungus in the drain. This causes significant blockages and a frustrating amount of aggravation.

British Cleaning Council publishes latest industry research

* British-Cleaning-Council.jpgThe British Cleaning Council has this week published the most comprehensive research into the UK's cleaning industry it has ever undertaken, for the first time broadening the scope to include data from across the cleaning, waste management, landscaping and facilities management sectors.

Combined the BCC has calculated that these industries contributed £49.9bn to the economy in 2016, while the number of employees totalled 914,000.

When the outlook is unclear - futureproof your cleaning

* Unger-futureproof.jpgFor over 50 years, Unger has been committed to creating quality tools that make cleaning faster, safer and more effective. This has included the award-winning Unger Ergo! Clean flat mopping system, the HydroPower RO Pure Water System and the award-winning Stingray Indoor Cleaning System.

The erGO! Clean has been verified by Sitemark, which provides independent best practice benchmarks for cleaning.

Morclean's ThermaSteam

* Morclean-Thermasteam.jpgThe new ThermaSteam trailer mounted industrial steam cleaner is built to effortlessly remove paint, graffiti and chewing gum without the use of harmful solvents or chemicals that typically run down to surface drains. The machine will also remove, oil, grease, wax coatings and bitumen, as well as withstand hard work and regular use.

Fitted with an impressive 500-litre water tank, it will run up to four times longer than a traditional jet washer due to its low water consumption rate of five litres/min versus the more normal 15-20 litres/min. This means that users no longer require a big, bulky generator to run a machine of this calibre in remote locations. The 500-litre tank will realistically run for just over 1.5 hours and is completely self-contained with its own diesel tank.


* Arrow-slipstop.jpgLeaks in public spaces can create numerous health & safety risks for both visitors and staff. These risks not only include slips, trips and falls for the public, but they also put organisations at risk of liability claims. SlipStop - a wide funnel leak collector - was created to manage risk within hazardous areas and it provides an innovative solution to an age-old problem.

Typically, the traditional approach is haphazard and can involve a messy combination of buckets, floor signs, cloths and absorbent pads - even cordoning off the affected area, taking time and resources from security and janitorial staff to manage. Either of these approaches can cause negative customer perception and present significant safety risks, as well as wasting staff time.

Entries now open for the 2019 BICSc Annual Awards

* Entries-now-open.jpgThe British Institute of Cleaning Science is once again holding its Annual Awards Ceremony, on Thursday 26th September 2019 at Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa in Northamptonshire.

The awards celebrate brilliance in training & accreditation throughout the cleaning industry and are now recognised as one of the most prestigious accolades throughout the sector. The passion and determination that goes into being a 'stand out' company or individual deserves recognition, and the 11 award categories are designed to recognise these achievements.

Moerman, Excelerator 2.0

* Moerman-Excelerator.jpgThe new Excelerator 2.0 window cleaning tool is engineered to be easy to use, stable and sculpted to fit comfortably in your hand. Moerman says the tool is particularly useful for closing out windows that have a deep windowsill but and that there are so many reasons why the Excelerator 2.0 will be an absolute winner...

Cannon Hygiene appoints new client lead for Scotland

* Cannon-Hygiene-appoints.jpgHygiene, waste and water management specialist Cannon Hygiene has appointed Ian Sneddon to lead sales of its washroom services and waste solutions in Scotland. Ian, who joins as an account manager, has seven years' experience working in the waste and hygiene sector and joins from Biffa Waste Services.

At Cannon Hygiene he will focus on growing the business's client base in Scotland and developing existing contracts further by recommending additional services from the company's portfolio of solutions. These include its feminine hygiene care, washroom systems, air care, and clinical and waste disposal services.

Jangro's Bespoke Digital Wallcharts

* Jangro-Bespoke-Digital-wallcharts.jpgJangro's new online wall chart creator allows users to build their own bespoke wall charts which are specific to the products they use within the cleaning area. Once a chart is created, the user is automatically emailed a bespoke compliance pack with all the information on the products selected.

The compliance pack contains Safety data sheets, COSHH risk assessments and product usage guides pertaining to the products that feature on their chart.

P-Wave's MyFresh

* PWAVE-myfresh.jpgAir Freshening Just Got Personal! MyFresh is the latest innovative solution from P-Wave that delivers targeted, clean and efficient air freshening for small, personal spaces.

Using a motion sensor located within the front panel, The High Velocity MyFresh fan springs into action exactly when required, reducing fragrance overload and nasal fatigue. Air is drawn in at the rear of the unit through charcoal filters - these cleanse the air prior to being expelled and keep the unit interior free from dust and debris.

Mirius, 100% recycled plastic bottle

* Mirius.jpgMirius (which until recently was known as Coventry Chemicals) has joined forces with one of the UK's largest recycle bottle manufacturers to offer a trigger spray bottle made solely from 100% recycled plastic (rPET). In what is claimed to be a first for the UK cleaning industry, its new 100% recycled bottle is also 100% recyclable.

The bottle is available for customers of own label cleaning products and also across Mirius's off-the-shelf professional cleaning range - Super Professional.

ICE, Aqua Smart

* ICE-Aqua-Smart.jpgFinding ways in which we can reduce water consumption is of huge importance in the cleaning industry, especially given the vast amount of water used during even simple cleaning operations.

Additionally, service providers and end users are under constant pressure to increase productivity and reduce wasted time, so finding a solution to these issues is extremely important throughout the industry.

Pacvac's Superpro battery 700 Advanced

* Pacvac-Superpro.jpgPacvac's Superpro battery 700 Advanced is an advanced battery-powered backpack vacuum cleaner with strong suction, delivering a superior combination of manoeuvrability, efficiency and productivity. The ergonomic configuration makes this one of the lightest and most comfortable cordless backpacks on the market.

This product comes standard with four battery packs. Two batteries are required for machine operation and the other two are conveniently provided as spares to keep you cleaning longer. This gives the user up to 45mins per set of two batteries. The two spare batteries also come with a fast charger which charges both batteries simultaneously in 1hour 45mins.

Untaxed minibus seized for fly-tipping in Smethwick

* Untaxed-minibus.jpgAn untaxed minibus is being crushed after it was seized for being used in a fly-tipping offence. The vehicle was caught on CCTV being used to dump rubbish in Perrot Street, Smethwick, in the early hours, on 18th March.

Sandwell Council's Environmental Protection Team were alerted to the rubbish - which included clothing, fabric and black bags - and immediately found evidence linking it to an address nearby. Letters and prescription medication boxes in the black bags pointed the officers to an address in Sydenham Road, about a mile away. Officers found the vehicle outside the address.

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Recent UK News

Cleaning Show adds more sparkle in 2019

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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.

Cleaning Show 2019 announces more big name exhibitors, sponsors & details of conference programme

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The Cleaning Show (Excel, London 19th - 21st March 2019), one of Europe's biggest trade events dedicated to commercial cleaning, has announced a raft of both new and returning exhibitors.

BICSc launches 'BICSc Lab' business resilience event with Rubbermaid

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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.

The female social enterprise entrepreneur bringing social change to the cleaning industry

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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...

Avica UK extends ordering time to 19:00 for next-day delivery

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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.

Minster Cleaning Services nominated for major franchising award

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Minster Cleaning Services has been shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year Award at the BFA HSBC Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on 27th June.

Bring us 'in house' say #CleanUpOutsourcing marchers

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On Tuesday, hundreds of London workers downed tools and marched on Parliament to demand the end of outsourcing and what they claim is the insecurity, discrimination and low pay it causes.

Lost and frowned!

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Used sex toys, positive pregnancy tests and dirty knickers are some of the items hapless cleaners might expect to find when tidying an apartment block in Magaluf this summer, but what about on a bus?

Seeking the CHSA's 2019 Undergraduate Scholars for potential bursaries

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has launched the search for its 2019 Undergraduate Scholars; up to two will be awarded this year, the second in the CHSA's five-year commitment to the programme.

Cleaning green - Birmingham cleaning company goes electric

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We Clean, Birmingham's thriving, privately-owned commercial cleaning company boasting such clients as Brindleyplace, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Assay Office, MG Motors and Gateley, has taken delivery of its first three electric cars as part of a green commitment to go all-electric with its commercial car fleet.

Bio-Productions shortlisted for two Gatwick Diamond Business Awards

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Bio-Productions has been shortlisted in two categories for the 2019 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. The Burgess Hill-based company, led by managing director and local business advocate Angela Gill, is in the final three in both the Manufacturer of the Year and the Employer of the Year categories.

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Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

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


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