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International News

Firmenich proves malodour control is key to tackling today's sanitation crisis

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Marking World Toilet Day, Firmenich - founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895 and now arguably the world's largest privately-owned perfume and taste company - released pioneering research demonstrating that malodour control is key to tackling today's sanitation crisis.

DEAL Program announces 2019 Award Winners at ISSA Show

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Each year, Sustainability Dashboard Tools presents the DEAL Program Awards to distributors throughout North America and Europe that have taken significant steps to reduce consumption and operate more sustainably and efficiently.

Global steam cleaner market expected to grow considerably over coming years

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The global steam cleaner market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 6% during between 2018 and 2024, according to a new report that cites changes in our attitude towards 'green cleaning' as one of the reasons why.

Hygienalia+Pulire pulls in more visitors and exhibitors than ever before

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The 5th edition of Hygienalia+Pulire - the Spanish trade show for the professional cleaning and laundry sectors, attracted 6,264 visitors: almost 20% more than the previous edition.

Dust extraction specialist launches new range of industrial vacuum cleaners

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Dustcontrol UK has officially launched its new and upgraded range of powerful Tromb vacuum cleaners.

Global window vacuum cleaner market to reach revenues of over $1.4 billion by 2024

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According to Arizton's recent research report, 'Window Vacuum Cleaner Market - Global Outlook and Forecast 2019-2024', the market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of more than 10% during the forecast period.

Cromwell Polythene launches scented, antimicrobial tiger sack for clinical waste

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romwell Polythene, an expert in sacks, bags and speciality products for the capture and containment of waste and recyclables is launching a scented and antimicrobial tiger stripe sack. The new product is part of its Sansafe and clinical waste management range.

Tork launches new cleaning management software for smarter cleaning routines

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Tork is entering the software industry by releasing what it believes to be some of the market's most advanced cleaning management software - Digital Cleaning Plans.

´╗┐Air-Scent to acquire Sani-Air Associated Products

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Professional aircare specialist Air-Scent International, has acquired Sani-Air Associated Products to further its global position in the commercial air freshener market.

ACI'S Richard Sedlak to retire after 42-plus years

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Richard Sedlak, the American Cleaning Institute's executive vice president of technical & international affairs, is retiring from ACI at the end of 2019 after more than 42 years at the Association.

P-Wave introduces its most plastic-lean, splash-eliminating urinal screen

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Air-freshening innovator P-Wave has delivered a new angle on splash prevention and a major step forward in terms of urinal deodorising technology with the launch of its new Slant6 urinal screen.

Intelligent hand washing solutions for optimal hygiene

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Kennedy's soap dispensers and consumables accommodate every hygiene need, including commercial and industrial, high and low traffic environments. Contemporary and elegant, the dispensers are complemented by environmentally-friendly consumables.

Christeyns Food Hygiene tackles biofilm detection

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Chemicals specialist Christeyns Food Hygiene has launched a biofilm detection product to aid safety and quality in the food supply chain.

According to a report published by the European Food Safety Authority and the European centre for Disease Prevention and Control in December 2018, there were 5,079 foodborne and waterborne outbreaks reported in 2017 - an average of 100 such outbreaks per week, some of which affected several countries.

MetaShield's Nanoprint advanced coating reduces fingerprints and smudging by 70%

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MetaShield has announced the launch of Nanoprint, an anti-fingerprint nanotechnology-based coating which reduces the appearance of fingerprints and smudges by as much as 70% on a variety of products and surfaces, improving their day-to-day appearance and increasing their cleanability while decreasing maintenance time and costs.

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It must have been around 25 years ago that the University of Westminster’s report was released on the potential hazards of warm air hand dryers as opposed to paper towels. I ran the news in the magazine I was editing at the time, and spent much of the following few weeks ducking the flack that came from the hand dryer manufacturers as well as the magazine’s sales team. I was told that “the bottom dropped out of the market overnight”.

The report has been doing the rounds ever since but I’ve steered clear. My view is that we each have our preferences when it comes to drying our hands and that a poorly maintained washroom where piles of damp hand towels are left lying around – sometimes having been used by those who’ve not bothered to wash their hands properly first – can be just as hazardous.

Now one of the manufacturers whose hand dryers are seen in so many of our washrooms has hit the headlines again for the potential ill-health its products are accused of spreading. I can imagine another ‘head in hands’ moment when the news (& what came with it) hit the fan.

It’s reported that more than 100 NHS trusts have had to take thousands of Dyson bladeless fans off the wards because they’re linked to healthcare associated infections. Purchased between 2013 and 2017 for £350 a pop they’re worth a staggering £1.2million in total and although they were thought to be more hygienic than the standard version, (since there weren’t any blades on which dust and germs could gather) new NHS guidance has warned that they act as what has been termed a 'reservoir for micro-organisms'. Bladed fans are now deemed safer. They’re a lot less expensive too.

NHS reports show that the incidences of healthcare acquired infections are rising year on year. Worryingly, the number increased by 20% last year alone. Clearly the figures are not just down to the type of fans being used and much more needs to be done to stop the spread of these infections. My view is that something also needs to be done about NHS procurement. I’m sure it wouldn’t be in such financial crisis if the money it did spend was spent more wisely. Fans, in a hospital, violently wafting the air around? Whatever their cost, surely they’re not the best things to have in a hospital environment… Why not just turn the heating down or open some windows instead?



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This Week's News

ISSA Awards 2019 Innovation of the Year

* ISSA-Awards-2019.jpgAs the ISSA Show North America 2019 came to a close in Las Vegas last Friday, attendees and exhibitors alike convened at the ISSA Innovation Showcase on the show floor to meet the winner of the 2019 ISSA Innovation of the Year award.

The 2019 ISSA Innovation Award Program included 42 of the cleaning industry's most innovative products and services. The program celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and featured three and a half months of online voting.

Interclean Amsterdam shares the top cleaning and hygiene trends for 2020

* Zero-waste-lab.jpgIn the run-up to the 2020 event, Interclean Amsterdam reveals the three trends set to shape the professional cleaning and hygiene industry in years to come...

Following its remarkable success in 2018, Interclean Amsterdam returns to the Dutch capital in 2020 for another edition of the world's most advanced cleaning and hygiene show. Attracting more than 33,000 attendees from across 143 countries, the 2018 event was once again a truly international affair. And next year's show will be no different, bringing the industry together to celebrate the best of cleaning innovation.

Mirius concentrates on the environment with new Eco Select Cleaners

* Mirius-Eco-Select.jpgMirius, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of professional cleaning and hygiene products, has launched a new range of concentrated cleaning products - Eco Select.

Eco Select Concentrates make up a highly concentrated, ultra-economical range designed for professional cleaners and the five products cover all applications:

Vaclensa introduces vacuum cleaner made from recycled plastics

* Vaclensa-vacuum.jpgVaclensa, one of the UK's leading suppliers of professional cleaning machines and now part of the global Tennant brand, has replaced it long standing C167PT Tub Vacuum Cleaner with a new version made from recycled plastic.

The C167PT vacuum cleaner has been a staple product offering from Vaclensa for many years and can be frequently spotted in use throughout the UK in hotels, shopping centres and offices, but as the company looks to the future it has taken a serious interest in its sustainability strategy and environmental impact.

Factory Cat/ Tomcat parent announces tech-partnership with Brain Corp

* ozone.jpgBrain Corp, a San Diego-based AI company, creating transformative core technology for the robotics industry, and RPS Corporation, manufacturer of global commercial cleaning equipment brands Factory Cat and Tomcat, have formed a technology partnership.

Great Britain second highest rated in the world for water and sewerage services

* GB-2nd-in-world-for-water.jpgA major new international survey has revealed that the satisfaction rating for Great Britain's water and sewerage services is the second highest in the world. GB comes second only to Germany across 28 countries surveyed, with results 18 points higher than the global average.

The Ipsos poll for the Global Infrastructure Investor Association revealed that 73% of respondents thought GB's water and sewerage services were good, compared to 55% globally and a 60% rating for the same services in the G8. Britain's satisfaction rating is well ahead of individual countries such as France, Poland, Sweden and Spain.

NIC promotes Gary Haman

* NIC_Gary-Haman.jpgCongratulations to Gary Haman on his promotion to the position of regional director at NIC Services Group, where he has already been instrumental in the delivery of exceptional service, according to the company's national operations director, Ken Atherton.

Bloo launches MOT health check toilet to coincide with ProNature launch

* Bloo-launches.jpgBloo has revealed the 'MOT Health Check Toilet' of the future, to show its commitment to a more sustainable future. This is to also coincide with the launch of ProNature, Bloo's first toilet cleaning rim block, which is made with a 100% recycled plastic basket.

The brand - owned by parent company, Henkel - has pledged to make all consumer packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2030. ProNature is a response to Bloo seeing a 33% increase in consumers buying eco-friendly products, and as part of its work to reduce the company's global footprint.

Denis Rawlins joins Matrix distributor network

* Matrix-new.jpgMatrix Cleaning Systems has welcomed a new distributor into the fold. Denis Rawlins - founded in 1969, has been supplying commercial and industrial cleaning equipment and matting into businesses, industry, and the public sector ever since and like Matrix, enjoys an enviable reputation, with foundations built on strong traditions of quality, care, speed of delivery and exceptional customer service.

Key problem areas in the bathroom

* Kaldewei_Problem-Areas.jpgWhether travelling on a holiday or business trip, what really matters to hotel guests is a clean, hygienic bathroom. This was the result of a recent representative Forsa survey, commissioned by Kaldewei. When asked about the most important feature of a hotel, almost two thirds of interviewees (62%) cited a clean bathroom.

A large, comfortable bed trailed well behind (26%) followed by other amenities. There are, however, many sources of annoyance in hotels that reduce the pleasure of a stay.

Bespoke laundry stays cool to go green

* Bespoke-laundry-stays-cool.jpgA West London commercial outfit has introduced new sustainable working methods to deliver laundry with a clear conscience.

Tucked away in the heart of Isleworth, West London, is a gem of a laundry that really cares. Not only about the quality of service it delivers but about ensuring that its service is as sustainable as it can be.

Kimberly-Clark's signature sanitation program 'Toilets Change Lives' celebrates five years

* KC.jpgFive years ago, Kimberly-Clark took action to improve sanitation and engage consumers in the sanitation crisis through the launch of a program named 'Toilets Change Lives', which united the company's global brands through nonprofit partnerships, consumer education and on-the-ground sanitation work.

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Recent UK News

Saniflo supports charity that makes obsolete trucks into homes for up to 12 people

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Annual World Toilet Day may spawn many jokes and can be a haven of comedy for all of us that take sanitation for granted. But behind the hilarity is a serious initiative that we all should all aspire to support.

Celebrated on 19th November every year, World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

The facts are stark:

Registration now open for Midlands/North's largest cleaning & hygiene event

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Registration is now open for the Manchester Cleaning Show, taking place at EventCity on 25th and 26th March 2020.

Now firmly established, the Show is the region's largest cleaning & hygiene event offering an invaluable opportunity to meet with suppliers, make new connections and gain knowledge about the key challenges affecting the industry.

Bio-Productions helping to raise funds from rubbish for Air Ambulance

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Ever the eco-warrior, green cleaning chemicals manufacturer Bio-Productions is encouraging everyone in the company to collect their empty crisp packets to be recycled on behalf of the Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex (AAKSS).

Dairy farm fined after employee permanently blinded by disinfectant chemicals

Beechdean Farm, of North Dean, Buckinghamshire, has been fined following an incident in which an employee was permanently blinded by corrosive chemicals used in cleaning.

Fighting back against fly-tippers: one council's 'joined up approach' a huge success

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One Friday last month, Thanet District Council enforcement officers teamed up with Kent Police's Rural Task Force for a day of action, targeting suspected fly-tippers.

Mitie boosts new Fife College contract with sustainability credentials

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Mitie has secured a five-year contract with Fife College, with the option to extend for a further two years. The contract includes the provision of cleaning and waste management services.

Jangro's E-learning platform awarded CPD status

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Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has announced that its innovative training system, The Learning Management Solution has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

11 key modules have gained Continuous Professional Development certification. These are Carpet Care; COSHH Awareness; Colour Coding & Infection Control; Floor Care; Health & Safety; Housekeeping; Kitchen Hygiene; Manual Handling; Sharps Handling; Washroom Hygiene; and an Introduction to Cleaning.

CSSA's 2020 Innovation Showcase now open for applications

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The Cleaning & Support Services Association is now inviting applications for its 'Innovation Showcase', whereby businesses and organisations operating within the cleaning industry can put forward their innovative products or services to a 'Dragon's Den' panel of judges.

All entrants will be invited to present to the Dragons Den teams on 22nd or 23rd January 2020.

Social enterprise, Clarity & Co. reinvents itself on its 165th anniversary

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2019 marks social enterprise Clarity & Co.'s 165th anniversary. Having been founded in 1854 as Clarity Employment for Blind People, this year has seen the organisation adopt a new name and undertake a major organisational rebranding with the launch of a revised logo, updated manifesto and accompanying video featuring many of Clarity & Co.'s employees (www.youtube.com).

IWFM to help profession 'navigate turbulent times' at 2020 Conference

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The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management has launched its 2020 national conference, announcing the theme of 'navigating turbulent times', which will see expert speakers tackle four of the sector's - and the world's - greatest challenges.

Eco-friendly InnuScience sponsors Awards

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Fast-growing InnuScience, an established global leader in commercial cleaning systems based on biotechnology, tells us it was delighted to be the sponsor of the 'Chef of the Year' award at the recent Food Made Good Awards held in London.

Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2020 finalists announced

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The finalists have been announced for the 2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, which recognise excellence in the cleaning and facilities management industry. Many congratulations go to all of the 66 finalists, coming from 32 different companies.

Ignore the 'treatment risks' at your peril

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If you operate as a cleaning contractor then one of the most important things to look out for in your public liability insurance wording is 'treatment risk'. This is a crucial extension to a public liability insurance policy that protects anyone who uses chemicals, solutions or any form of treatment to help clean someone's property.

CSM transforming cleaning business with help from Smarttask

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Glaswegian-based CSM Facilities Management has dramatically improved visibility and control over its cleaning operation with the adoption of employee scheduling and workforce management software SmartTask.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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