*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 28th March 2019 Issue no. 863

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International News

Whizzing window washers' World Cup success

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Congratulations 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.

Touching down: the Toucan Eco III

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Centrego 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).

Producing the steam behind the drain cleaning 'brain'

OspreyDeepclean 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.

When the outlook is unclear - futureproof your cleaning

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For 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.


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Leaks 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.

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.

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While I applaud companies that have impressed awards' judges with their innovative products, you have to be - as the saying goes - 'in it to win it'. So often when I'm walking around exhibitions, I'm astonished that some of the products I see haven't been entered into the competition and thus miss out on the recognition as well as the resulting publicity. Even if your product hasn't made the shortlist, its attributes will have been noted by the judges, one or more of whom may end up being a customer or may, through word of mouth, bring in new customers.

Knowing what I'm about to write next, I'm worried I may appear to be 'having a dig' but that's not the case. There are many valid reasons why manufacturers won't enter awards - costs and time factors being just two; while some products aren't quite ready to 'show off' by the submissions deadline and when the next round of awards come up, the technology is already familiar to us.

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Of the many innovations at the show (and yes - there were a lot) it was this cloth being brandished by Vernon Holmes that made me exclaim: "Why didn't someone think of that before!" 

One procedure I learnt during my British Institute of Cleaning Science cleaning training is that we mustn't just scrunch a cloth but should fold it meticulously, the idea being that we use one surface, then change the way the cloth is folded to reveal another clean surface and so on and so forth, until all the surfaces have been used. This means there's a greater connection between the cloth and the surface been cleaned and it saves time in the long run because both sides of the cloth are used in their entirety, resulting in fewer visits to the water/chemical source for rinsing/ringing/replenishing, as well as less chemical wastage. 

Sometimes it's difficult to get the message across to the cleaners and I know that when under pressure or cleaning something particularly dirty, it can be difficult to forget which of the folds you've used and which you haven't.

The cloth Vernon was holding didn't need any explanation. If you can count, it will work for you! Available from IIC Products (Innovation In Cleaning: 01743 283606 / [email protected] / www.iicproducts.com ) it takes my award for 'The one that got away'!



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This Week's News

The perfectly organised cleaning cupboard?

* perfectly-organised.jpgIf you're unsure how best to organise your cleaning cupboard, the British Institute of Cleaning Science gave the perfect demonstration at the recent Cleaning Show in London.

Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2020 launched: new sponsors announced

* GSA-2020-launched.jpgThe Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Services Awards 2020 has been launched, with new headline sponsor the Cleaning & Hygiene Supplier's Association announced.

These are the premier awards recognising excellence in the facilities management and contract cleaning sectors and will take place on 4th March 2020 at the Hilton on Park Lane, London.

When doing less is better for business

* doing-less1.jpgFor cleaning professional and National Carpet Cleaners Association member, Marcus Davis, the secret to a successful contracting business in a very challenging and competitive market, is to focus on what the customer wants and craft a solution that looks the part and does the job.

That term 'professional' is another keyword in Marcus's marketing: given he runs The Professional Cleaning Co, it's all about 'doing what it says on the van'.

Case study highlights pioneering work in sanitation using malodour control technologies

* FIRMENICH.jpgSwiss manufacturer Firmenich has launched its third case study to highlight its pioneering work in sanitation using malodour control technologies. Firmenich says it is reinventing the toilet experience in low income countries by eliminating the unpleasant smell of public toilets and helping to contain the spread of diseases from human waste.

After launching this case study with the next generation of business leaders at Wharton School's Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania., Firmenich's CEO, Gilbert Ghostine, also shared this work with World Bank executives, demonstrating how business can effectively advance the UN sustainable development goals.

New battery-powered handheld vacuum cleaner reaches those parts...

* Karcher-battery-hand-vac.jpgThe new battery-powered HV 1/1 Bp handheld vacuum cleaner from Kärcher combines powerful performance with cordless freedom. Thanks to its compact and lightweight design, the machine can be used for a wide range of applications. The vacuum cleaner is available in three versions; with the appropriate accessories for tradesmen, building service contractors and vehicle cleaning.

The lithium-ion battery (18 V) supplies the HV 1/1 Bp with power for 20 minutes of work. In eco!efficiency mode the runtime increases to over 30 minutes, while also reducing the operating noise. The charging state can be seen on the battery at all times. And thanks to the new quick charger, it only takes 60 minutes to charge fully.

Matrix equipment now available through Jangro

* Matrix-Jangro.jpgOne of Matrix Cleaning Systems' aims is to continually increase its distribution network. Thus it is delighted to announce that it is now an approved supplier to Jangro.

A dynamic force in the cleaning supply industry and the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, Jangro currently has 46 members. The Jangro mark has evolved over the years to be recognised as the premier independent brand for the professional janitorial service contractor.

Report reveals patient confidence in hygiene protocols but lack of knowledge over safe disposal of meds

* Stericycle-Patient-Safety-Report.jpgAmericans are confident that the medical care they receive is safe and follows proper protocols. In fact, 91% who sought medical attention at a doctor's office, hospital, urgent care or other medical facility in the last year agree that the protocols followed, made them feel safe and protected.

That's according to findings from the recent study, 'The Patient Safety Report', conducted by Stericycle, which provides specialised compliance-based healthcare and waste solutions.

Bio-Productions: proud finalist in two Gatwick Diamond Business Awards

* Bio-Productions-Diamond-awards.jpgLast Friday 10 members of the Bio-Productions team attended the 2019 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards at the Effingham Park Hotel. The company, led by managing director and local business advocate Angela Gill, was in the final three in both the Manufacturer of the Year and the Employer of the Year categories.

With 45,000 businesses and £24 billion GDP, the Gatwick Diamond is one of the strongest regional economies in the UK. It is also home to London Gatwick Airport, the busiest point-to-point airport in Europe. GDB represents 5,000 local businesses with over 20,000 employees.

Businesses offered free recycling waste collections

* free-recycling-waste-collections.jpgEach year the businesses let tonnes of glass go to waste instead of recycling - but an innovative new service is set to change the landscape of recycling. Recycling provider, FreeCollections.co.uk, is introducing a free glass waste collection service for businesses in the UK, removing both the administrative and financial burdens, which are a barrier for businesses that are reluctant or unable to recycle.

Do you have a business which is struggling to meet its targets for sustainability - or would simply just like to become more environmentally friendly? This service is a simple way to improve your green credentials and can also cut down on costs.

Clean Works announces new way to clean food products without using water

* Clean-Works.jpgClean Works, based in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario, has developed an innovative technology that cleans food without using water. The process represents a paradigm shift in the way food products are cleaned.

"Our process, with our strict operating procedures, gets rid of almost all contaminants, bacteria and pathogens on food," says Paul Moyer, co-owner of Clean Works "It reduces health risks by making fruits and vegetables safer to consume, increases their shelf life, and saves significantly on water."

Vince Smith becomes Bullen's new national sales manager

* Vince-Smith_Bullen.jpgVince Smith, who has been with The Bullen Companies for over 20 years, has been appointed national sales manager. Vince had previously been director of operations, responsible for all aspects of customer service, logistics and office operations.

Vince not only understands the everyday challenges that each customer has, but also understands the ultimate goal that they wish to achieve: They want their business to grow and become more profitable. The combination of his sales and operational knowledge can help make this happen.

TC Facilities Management scores a clean sweep in quality audits

* TCFM-clean-sweep.jpgFollowing a rigorous two-day assessment, TC Facilities Management has successfully passed three external management systems audits including the new ISO 45001:2018 standard.

This and the other new 2015 versions for ISO 9001 and the Environmental audit ISO 14001 were all passed without any non-conformities or observations, emphasising the commitment of TCFM's senior management to these standards.

WAMITAB awarded major contract by Ministry of Justice

* WAMITAB.jpgWAMITAB (Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board) tells us it is pleased to have been selected by the Ministry of Justice as the exclusive Awarding Organisation for cleaning, facilities management and waste management qualifications across Her Majesty's Prison Service establishments in England and Wales.

Following a transition period from August 2018, the contract officially goes live from Monday 1st April 2019.

Cordant Services enters shopping centre market with Capital & Regional Contract

* Cordant-Services.jpgCordant Services, part of Cordant Group, has been awarded a three-year contract to deliver a soft services solution across eight UK shopping centres managed by Capital & Regional, the specialist community shopping centre property investment company.

This significant business win represents the first time Cordant Services will provide solutions to the shopping centre market, building on its longstanding and successful presence within the wider retail sector.

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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.

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

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


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