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International News

CMS Berlin 2019: Hotels and catering form important target group

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The organisers of CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning. Management.Services. say that one of the show's main target groups is decision-makers responsible for cleaning in the hotel and catering sector, since there are few industries that place such an emphasis on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene for ensuring personal wellbeing.

Programme to end open defecation in Jharkhand ends up transforming gender roles

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The Indian state of Jharkhand is one of the areas where misconceptions about menstruation are widespread, with young women banned from socialising with friends, from cooking, playing sports, going to school, sleeping on beds or going outside at all.

New study finds the germiest places in cars aren't where people think

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Drivers assume that the germiest places in their cars are the places they touch most, but it's the places that go unnoticed that need the most attention, according to a recent consumer survey and car swab test conducted by CloroxPro.

GumBusters: Who you gonna call?

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The Pulire exhibition in Verona is renowned for showcasing the latest technologies in all fields of environment management and cleaning technology, so it comes as no surprise that the innovative cordless gum removal technology from OspreyDeepclean was so well received there recently.

Origo2 from Vileda wins 'Pulire 2019 Product of the Year'

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The Pulire organisers created the new Product of the Year award to recognise the research of professional cleaning industry companies as well as market response to their products. Toni D'Andrea, Paul Goldin, Michel de Bruin, Tibor Ritz, Virna Re and Cássia Almeida sat on the international judging panel.

Endless opportunities hiding amidst ageing infrastructure to fuel portable pressure washer market

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The global portable pressure washer market is a bustling avenue expected to grow with new opportunities, with the ageing infrastructure in major countries like the US and new infrastructures in growing ecomomies likely to open new prospects, as well as a growing demand from the automotive cleaning market, according to a new report.

Total cleaning & laundry solutions for Indonesia - a growing market

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Indonesia is showing a steady growth in the cleaning and laundry market, driven by the rising number of commercial and residential properties, healthcare facilities and hospitality facilities, and the development of more automation, more innovative products and solutions which are effective and efficient.

Waxie mourns loss of longtime employee, Jim Fischer

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Waxie Sanitary Supply says it is with a heavy heart that it announces the loss of longtime employee and vice president business development, Jim Fischer, who passed away suddenly in Scottsdale, AZ, US on 13th May.

Brightwell Dispensers acquired by SEKO Group

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Brightwell Dispensers, one of the UK's premier manufacturers of soap and paper dispensers, issued a statement last Thursday (featured on our Facebook page) through which it was pleased to announce that it was acquired by Seko S.p.A. (Seko) on 30th April.

Seko, founded in 1976 and based in Rieti, Italy, is a global leader in chemical dosing and control technology, with 22 subsidiaries and a network of partner distributors worldwide.

Brightwell Dispensers will continue to operate under its own name as a separate entity to Seko, retaining its existing R&D, sales, marketing and administration functions while continuing its long-term growth strategy.


OptiSolve germ report on hotels reveals which surfaces have the most germs in a hotel

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We all know how dirty hotel rooms can be, but where are the worst places for germs? This week at the Canadian Sustainability Conference in Toronto, the OptiSolve Germ Report team and host, Jason Tetro, unleashed the powers of their Pathfinder technology to 'make the invisible visible' in hotel rooms.

CMS Berlin 2019: expanded show space and highly anticipated 'Cleaning Summit'

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The eagerly-anticipated CMS 2019 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services. is turning out to be something of a success... A high level of demand by exhibitors from Germany and abroad, has meant that the space allocated for stands has had to be expanded - and, for the first time, the show will host the CMS World Summit 2019. Its main theme - 'Inject Innovation'- is attracting leading decision-makers from every continent.

Exemplifying the 'American Dream', 73-year-old crowned 2019 School Custodian of the Year

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And the winner of the 2019 Custodian of the Year contest is... Aristeo Flores! With over 278,600 votes, Cintas Corporation yesterday crowned Aristeo Flores of Scotts Valley, (California) Middle School the 2019 Custodian of the Year. Aristeo will receive a $5,000 cash prize and his school will also receive $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products.

Vectair Systems supports environmental RSPO initiative to minimise effects of palm oil industry

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The recent documentary (aired on the BBC), 'Climate Change: The Facts', told how the soaring demand for palm oil was leading to large scale deforestation with large areas of rainforest being torn down and replaced with palm oil plantations. It also explored the effects that palm oil sourcing is having on the orangutan population, as well as other breeds of animal.

IEHA partners with UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality

IEHA, a Division of ISSA, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality (HCOH) have agreed to partner on research to assist hotel housekeepers.

The organisations will work together to further shared goals of research-driven education for directors of housekeeping in hotels, casinos, cruise ships and similar venues worldwide.

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I'm sure that like me, you'll have been dismayed, reading about and seeing the pictures this week of the clean-up operation on Mount Everest. That the world's highest mountain should become so sullied, beggars belief. I was about to ask: 'What are people thinking?' when it occurred to me that the instinct for survival is greater in most of us than will be the desire to 'leave no trace' and when one considers how many people are dying up there, I understand why climbers want to descend as easily as possible. Thus, some of the rubbish doesn't surprise me, although I daresay that the majority of it could be carried back down by descending climbers, even if it's not their own rubbish they're taking.

Speaking at a function organised to conclude this season's Everest Clean-up Campaign, Nim Dorjee Sherpa, chairman of Nepal's Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, said that measures to control the pollution are under discussion and that a bar-code tracking system will be used to force climbers to bring back their waste as they return to base... It will be interesting to see how that one works out!

Dandu Raj Ghimire, director general at the Department of Tourism, said that the clean-up had been "very successful despite unfavourable weather", and that the team had collected more than the expected amount of waste and number of bodies. The total amounted to around 24,000lb of waste, (disgraceful, eh?) mainly comprising wrappers, cans, bottles and oxygen cylinders, as well as four bodies. Around 10 tonnes of degradable waste was passed to the 'Blue Waste to Value' company for recycling. More rubbish still needs to be removed though, as well as bodies.

That's quite a cleaning job to have, isn't it? I wonder how many cleaners there are in the world who need to also be expert climbers. Thinking about that and the item we're carrying this week about cleaning an underground science lab which simulates the surface of Mars, has had me thinking... some years back (actually it was during the last millennium!) whilst editing Cleaning & Maintenance magazine, I covered a story about the cleaning of an aquarium - I believe it may have been in Brighton - which involved the cleaners donning diving gear and taking to the tanks to carry out their work.

It strikes me that there must be an awful lot of unusual cleaning projects around the world. If you're involved in any of these, I'd love to hear about them!



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This Week's News

2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards open for entries

* 2020-Kimberly-Clark-GSA.jpgThe 2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards are now open - with the call to cleaning and facilities maintenance companies for entries that demonstrate the very best standards of cleaning excellence.

ACI adds three to strengthen communications, advocacy and science teams

* ACI-adds-three.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute, the trade association for the cleaning product supply chain, welcomes three new employees:

Taylor Bradley as manager, environmental & scientific affairs, Arielle Brown as manager, government affairs and Joanne Oh as communications & outreach coordinator.

24th 'Pulire - The Smart Show' boasts record attendance

* 24th-Pulire-success.jpgThe 24th Pulire - The Smart Show, came to an exciting conclusion in Verona, Italy, last month. Presented by Afidamp Servizi and ISSA, the biennial event was larger than ever, drawing more than 17,000 visitors-an increase of 6% over the previous edition in 2017.

The three-day show closed with excitement regarding what the ISSA/Afidamp partnership-the ISSA Pulire Network-will bring for the 2021 edition.

Arrow Solutions signs up global customers for its new, safer corrosion preventative product

* Arrow-Solutions-global.jpgIndustry's growing desire for non-hazardous products that still offer the same performance is driving the introduction of a major product update by one of the UK's leading manufacturers of professional cleaning and maintenance chemicals.

Arrow Solutions, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018, has launched Shield NF this week as its new corrosion-preventative, dewatering and light lubricant solution and has already signed up a number of customers from across the automotive, aerospace, rail and oil and gas sectors.

DebMed now key component of an expanded product offering from new parent

* DebMed-key-component.jpgDebMed, an established leader in the healthcare market by way of its DebMed Monitoring System and specialised skincare products, is now part of an expanded offering from SC Johnson Professional, which acquired the British manufacturer in 2015. This latest rebranding marks the company's continued expansion into the healthcare segment.

Deep cleaning 4,600 feet down...

* A-mile-down.jpgA science lab almost a mile beneath the earth that simulates the surface of Mars sounds like something out of science fiction. But for Mitie cleaner and lab assistant, Barbara Suckling, the most remarkable thing about her place of work at the Boulby Underground Laboratory in North Yorkshire is the exacting levels of cleanliness required by the scientists who work there.

For over five years Barbara and her Mitie colleague, George Currie, have supported the research of some of the country's most respected geologists, astrophysicists and climate scientists.

Citron Hygiene completes follow up acquisition in the UK

* Citron-Hygiene.jpgToronto, Canada-based Citron Hygiene has entered the washroom services market in the UK having acquired 1st Class Hygiene from the Fantham family, headquartered in Leicestershire, on 1st May. 1st Class has been operating for over 20 years and provides a comprehensive range of washroom hygiene, pest control services and related products.

NuShield films protect interactive displays at new Statue of Liberty Museum

* NuShield-statue-of-Liberty.jpgLCD screen protection, germ and glare-elimination technology specialist NuShield, is helping protect the interactive displays and the public at the recently opened Statue of Liberty museum on Liberty Island, US.

The NuShield Triple A screen protector films placed on the large interactive displays in the Engagement Gallery eliminate glare on the screen, which is produced by the glass-enclosed construction of the building. This film also provides anti-microbial protection which is useful in killing germs since thousands of visitors will be touching the screens each day.

Hanwha launches campaign to help clean Vietnam's Mekong River

* Hanwha-Vietnam-clean.jpgTo commemorate World Environment Day on June 5th, Hanwha launched a 'Clean Up Mekong' campaign in Vinh Long Province in collaboration with the Vietnam Environment Administration and the Global Green Growth Institute of Vietnam.

The campaign will combat the pollutants floating in the Mekong River and will rely heavily on Hanwha's solar-powered boats, which use conveyor belts to quickly and efficiently scoop floating trash on the river's surface.

CHSA members and guests raise over £8,000 for Grief Encounter

* CHSA-May-Ball-2019.jpgMembers and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, together with their guests, raised over £8,000 at the Association's Annual Gala Ball for the Chairman's Charity, Grief Encounter. Grief Encounter supports bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close.

"We set the goal of raising £10,000 this year to pay for a Residential Retreat for up to 30 bereaved children," reveals chairman of the CHSA, Stephen Harrison. "Thanks to the generosity of our members and their guests we are now well on the way."

Loo of the Year Awards provide excellent sponsorship opportunities

* Loo-of-the-Year-Awards.jpgLoo of the Year Awards have provided unrivalled promotional opportunities for many leading UK and international companies with differing needs, annually since 1987. There are a range of sponsorship packages available and bespoke packages developed and executed to meet the sponsors' needs and budget.

Family-owned Biokleen celebrates 30th Anniversary

* Biokleen.jpgBack in the late 80s commercial cleaning product salesperson Jim Rimer had, what at the time was a 'crazy' idea. What if you replaced toxic chemicals in common cleaning products with plant and mineral based ingredients? The result was Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner 2 and Biokleen was born in 1989.

Jim, along with his daughter Cindy and, for the past 15 years, his son-in-law Barry Firth, have grown the company into the third largest natural cleaning products company in Canada, according to Spinsscan.

Cordant Group embarks on marathon climbs for charity

* Cordant-Group-3-Peaks.jpgA fearless 35-strong squad from Cordant Group will be taking on its steepest challenge to date as it embarks on a series of fundraising climbs. The team will be taking on the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as it raises money for Centrepoint, the UK's leading youth homelessness charity.

The huge party - which includes many of the managing directors from Cordant Group's businesses, including Brendan Musgrove (Cordant Security), Guy Packenham (Cordant Cleaning), Kelly Kendall (Cordant People) and Jamie Reynolds (PMP Recruitment) - have signed up to the daunting event on Saturday 15th June.

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Recent UK News

X marks the spot!

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We understand that the client originally enquired after oscillation... "And whilst we are big fans of this technology," says Factory Cat, "It's not the best idea in a busy workshop!"

Ecocleen selects Keep Britain Tidy as its corporate charity

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Ecocleen has selected Keep Britain Tidy as its corporate charity for the next 12 months. The company, a leading commercial contract cleaning provider, will raise awareness of the charity's campaign to reduce litter, improve local places and prevent waste as well as raise more than £5,000.

Soapbox: single use plastics

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Stephen Cameron, business development director, SWRnewstar, writes...

"UK supermarkets and the Government are raising the stakes when it comes to removing single-use plastic.

Addressing Plastics at CHSA Conference: an update

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We have further news on the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's conference taking place on Thursday 13th June, which we featured earlier this month...

Bluewater management impressed with Incentive FM's work

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The management team of Bluewater, Europe's leading retail and leisure destination, has been so impressed with Incentive FM's operational delivery and strategic management over the past three years, that it has awarded the independent facilities management company, a new five-year contract.

City Corporation clamps down on dishonest restaurants

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The City of London Corporation is clamping down on dishonest restaurants that display inaccurate food hygiene ratings in their windows. Recent spot checks by the City Corporation's Trading Standards officers found that out of 140 food premises visited, 22 of them (16%) were displaying a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme sticker higher than they were entitled to.

Cromwell Polythene's new business development manager takes over from retiree

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Family run business, Cromwell Polythene, which supplies a range of polythene and compostable products to aid recycling and waste management, has promoted Alex Lee to the position of business development manager. He takes over from Richard Rowling, a valued member of the team for over 10 years, who is now retiring.

Host UK t/a Host von Schrader to cease trading: PRESS STATEMENT

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It is with great sadness that we, the Directors of Host UK t/a Host von Schrader, have to announce the closure of the business.

Salisbury City Council, Idverde and East Hampshire District Council celebrate award for cleanest city

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Salisbury City Council welcomed street cleaning contractor Idverde and East Hampshire District Council, who provide environmental enforcement services, to the Guildhall last week, to celebrate Salisbury being one of the cleanest cities in the UK.

BSC's report makes case for urgent action on impact of air pollution on outdoor workers

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The British Safety Council has launched a report 'Impact of air pollution on the health of outdoor workers' which provides compelling evidence to recognise ambient air pollution as an occupational health hazard in Britain. In the report, the charity presents the demands that spearhead its campaign to limit the dangers of air pollution to the health of outdoor workers, such as street cleaners and refuse workers.

Green Hills Cleaning wins £5000 of Nilfisk cleaning equipment

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Wiltshire based Green Hills Cleaning - a member of both the Domestic Cleaning Alliance and the National Carpet Cleaners Association, has won Nilfisk's' Cleaning Cupboard of equipment worth £5000.00. The cleaning equipment haul is all battery operated, comprising the VP600 tub vacuum, the GD5 battery backpack, the SC250 micro scrubber and the larger pedestrian scrubber dryer, the SC400.

OBITUARY - Ron Tilley

Prochem Europe regrets to announce the passing of its founder and chairman, Ron Tilley, at the age of 88 years.

A man of abundant charisma and wit, blessed with the capacity to engage all about him while putting them at their ease, Ron built a highly successful career in the cleaning sector and with it, a company that was to go on to become one of the most innovative solutions developers and a leading light in the training of the cleaning professional (a job designation that did not exist when he entered the business in the late 1950s).

Events & Exhibitions

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
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Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

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


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