* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 30th January 2020 Issue no. 903

Your industry news - first

The original and best - for over 20 years!

We strongly recommend viewing Cleanzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.

English French Spanish Italian German Dutch Russian Mandarin

Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of The Cleanzine.

International News

Procter & Gamble's Robert Bartolo receives 2020 ACI Distinguished Service Award

* Proctor_Rob-Bartolo.jpg
Dr Robert Bartolo, director - Global Product Stewardship at Procter & Gamble, is the 2020 recipient of the American Cleaning Institute Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award. Dr Bartolo is being recognised for his exceptional contributions to the cleaning products industry and to ACI and the honour was presented at the 2020 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.

Collaboration will deliver complete smart waste solution

* Smart-bins.jpg
Smart waste management through the installation of smart waste bins is expected to improve the efficiency of waste collection, transportation and recycling of waste. As sensor-enabled bins communicate the level of waste in them, they can reduce the number of trips haulers need to make, lowering costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Forum Pulire 2020: dates and new location confirmed for fifth edition;

* Forum-Pulire.jpg
Following the conclusion of the latest successful Pulire trade show, ISSA Pulire Network Srl has announced the dates for the forthcoming fifth edition of Forum Pulire, an international congress dedicated to the theme of cleaning and integrated services.

Team Software acquires UK-based Innovise

* TEAM-Software-Acquires.jpg
Team Software, which provides technology solutions for contractors in the North American cleaning and security markets, has acquired Innovise, the UK-based technology innovator specialising in software for security guarding, cleaning and facilities management businesses.

Mini wet wipe dispensers offer added protection

* Mini-wet-wipe-dispenser.jpg
Wet wipes from Addgards' new mini wipe dispenser will not only clean your hands, surfaces, desks and equipment, they'll also disinfect - killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria.

Packaging: Becoming greener through innovation

* James-Woollard_PolytheneUK.jpg
by James Woollard, managing director at Polythene UK

Wherever you look in the news, environmentalism is present. Flicking through the pages of a print newspaper or scanning online news outlets reveals daily stories looking at the environmental crisis and the ongoing changes to the planet.

For instance, as an indicator of the growing emphasis on climate change, Time person of the year for 2019 was 16-year-old Greta Thunberg; the youthful face of the campaign to combat the 'climate emergency' - a state of affairs that's been highlighted by such luminaries as Sir David Attenborough.

Prochem training recognised for NCCA membership level upgrade

* Prochem-industry-news.jpg
Associate Members of the National Carpet Cleaners Association can now elevate themselves to Member level upon completion of Prochem's Stain Removal training course.

Advancing through the NCCA's four membership levels is dependent upon members attending a recognised qualification in professional carpet and upholstery cleaning at base level and then progressing over time with additional training and industry experience.

RAS unveils plans for higher Happy Toilet standards

* RAS.jpg
At the 11th LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards ceremony held to commemorate World Toilet Day, the Restroom Association of Singapore supported Singapore's bid to become a smart nation by adopting holistic Detect, Feedback, Eliminate & Clean (DFEC) smart solutions for its Happy Toilet Programme.

Mitie takes first IFM step in pharmaceuticals with GlaxoSmithKline

* Mitie-GSK.jpg
Mitie has been awarded a five-year contract with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Manufacturing Supply Chains, the science-led global healthcare company, following a competitive tender.

The contract is worth around £150 million over five years, with an option to extend the contract for up to two years.

Heavy-duty foaming hand cleanser has true grit

* Heavy-duty.jpg
SC Johnson Professional's Solopol GFX is thought to be the world's only heavy-duty foaming hand cleanser with grit.

Consistently called the best hand cleaner for grease removal by those who use it, Solopol GFX transforms heavy-duty hand cleaning liquid into a rich, cream foam that washes away quickly and completely.

Cintas Signature Series now offered in 11 colours

* Cintas-Signature.jpg
The Cintas Signature Series line of designer washroom accessories offers businesses a stylish alternative to the industrial look of standard commercial washrooms.

Originally available in nine vibrant colour choices, the Signature Series is now available in 11 colours, with the new addition of True Blue and RealTree Edge Camo.

New Battery Industrialisation Centre powers up with additional cash boost

Coventry is set to receive millions of pounds in extra funding to make sure the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre is a world leader for years to come.

Currently under construction, the Centre will be a cutting-edge research facility that will facilitate the scale up and manufacture of the batteries that power the electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and autonomous vehicles of the future.

Larry Lopata joins Vectair Systems as vice president of sales for North America

* Larry-Lopata.jpg
Larry Lopata has been announced as the vice president of sales, North America, for Vectair Systems, responsible for growing existing relationships and seeking new industrial distribution, with specific focus in the jan-san channel.

Mike Tofari joins Vectair Systems as vice president of business development

* Mike-Tofari.jpg
Vectair Systems has announced that Mike Tofari has joined the company as vice president of business development for North America.

Hygiene Specialist announces ‘Excellence’ Award recipients

* UMF-Nationa-Hygiene-Specialist-Award.jpg
UMF Corporation has announced the recipients of the company's 10th annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence award, which acknowledges the important contribution of environmental services departments in hospitals and long-term care facilities across the US.

Protect health with Kennedy's antibacterial solutions

* Protect-with-Kennedy.jpg
Be prepared against the winter viruses with Kennedy Hygiene’s sanitising solutions…

The company’s hand sanitising gel is effective against MRSA and Winter germs, and combined with the ultra-hygienic automatic soap dispenser Savona Auto, it provides maximum hygiene.

AfterClean InstaClear and AfterClean ContinuFresh

* AfterClean-Products.jpg
Question: What do you get when you bring together a fast moving consumer goods innovator, a project management accountant and a shared interest in the environment?

Diversey acquires AHP Intellectual Property from Virox Technologies

* Diversey_pathogens.jpg
Diversey has acquired the global intellectual property rights related to Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide technology, from Virox Technologies.

AHP is a globally patented blend of commonly used ingredients that produces exceptional potency as a germicide and superior performance as a cleaning agent.

LaCerta sums up key marketing trends for 2020 that will impact cleaning industry

* LaCerta_Carly.jpg
What key marketing trends do cleaning and hygiene companies need to be aware of? Carly Bishop from LaCerta Marketing says:

"The first is that brands are focusing on 'customer experiences' - also known as CX. Companies need to adapt the way that they approach the sales process, and instead aim to provide fantastic customer experiences.

Welcome to the


Cleanzine - the original Cleaning & Hygiene industry e-news

Read by industry professionals in 163 countries worldwide!

* refuse-collectors.jpgI’m always saying that cleaning’s a thankless task but two recycling centre workers have been showered with praise this week for searching through rubbish to locate and retrieve a woman’s £20,000 life savings that had been accidentally thrown away by her family during a clear-out. Tony Scanlon and Kenny McAdam, who work at Dalmoak Recycling Centre in Scotland’s Dunbartonshire, spent two hours sifting through binbags of rubbish for the cash, which the woman, in her 80s, had secretly kept in Bisto gravy tins.

I wonder if they said: "Ah! Bisto!" when they uncovered the tins?

According to the report by the BBC, the pair are no strangers to these unusual searches, having previously retrieved a wedding dress, wedding rings and car keys. Local heroes then!

Something else that brought a smile to my face was news that Poole Park West Gate public toilets are to be closed from 3rd February. Not permanently, I'm pleased to say, but for around six weeks while they're refurbished inside and out. The work will include replacing all toilets, cubicles and lighting, as well as external repairs to the block.

* public-toilets-Refurb-Poole.jpg
The clever council is ensuring that people will still feel able to visit the area. It's installing portable toilets while the work's carried out and publicising the fact that visitors can also use nearby toilets at The Ark (open 10:00 to 18:00 seven days a week).

I'm well aware of the pressures local authorities are under when it comes to budgets, which means that far too many shut down our public facilities for good - and with an aging population and a crisis on our high streets that's a dire decision to make. The fact that Poole is not only managing to keep toilets open but is also refurbishing them, proves it can be done. My question is, if some councils can see how crucial it is to provide good toilet facilities, why can't the rest of them?



Twitter-t.jpg You can also follow us on Twitter @cleanzine









Jan Hobbs

This Week's News

Celebrating global achievements and elevating attention for innovation

* Celebrating-Interclean.jpgThe Amsterdam Innovation Award returns once again, with the 13th edition of the prestigious event set to take place at Interclean Amsterdam 2020.

Facilicom UK appoints new director of sales and marketing

* Facilicom-appt.jpgContract cleaning and services provider, Facilicom UK, has appointed Lucy Lott as its new director of sales and marketing. Lucy joined the team in January, bringing with her over 20 years in the cleaning and FM industry, having previously held roles with ISS, Carlisle and Carillion.

She will be responsible for growing the contract cleaning business in new sectors, as well as overseeing marketing strategy, raising the profile of the Facilicom UK brand nationally.

BICSc & BBS launch conference to inspire industry professionals

* BICSc-Clean2020.jpgOn 23rd April, The British Institute of Cleaning Science and BICS Business Services will host Clean2020 - a one-day conference aimed at inspiring cleaning industry professionals.

Whether you are working at entry level, managing a cleaning operation, or you are a company director, BICSc guarantees that you will gain insightful knowledge around topical items that are affecting the cleaning industry and its people.

Biffa opens £27.5m County Durham plastics recycling plant and announces new £7m facility

* Biffa-Aldridge-MRF-Trommel.jpgBiffa has opened its new £27.5m state of the art PET plastic bottle recycling facility in Seaham, County Durham. Investment in the new facility, which is amongst the most modern and technically advanced of its kind in the world.

ISSA acquires Inclean brand and full ownership of ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo

* ISSA-acquires.jpgISSA has announced the acquisition of the Inclean brand-including the flagship print publications Inclean Magazine and Inclean NZ magazine-from The Intermedia Group.

For over 30 years Inclean magazine has stood as a pillar for delivering need-to-know information to contracted and in-house service providers, product distributors and manufacturers.

Cromwell Polythene expands recycling expertise

* Cromwell-Polythene-signage.jpgRecycling specialist, Cromwell Polythene, is expanding its operations following the purchase of Moorgreen Flexible Packaging from Duo Plastics.

New product offers clean bill of health for gyms

* Gym-bioproductions.jpgEnvironmentally-friendly manufacturer Bio-Productions has announced the launch of its new Ultimate Gym Cleaner, which represents a fresh era for keeping all surfaces in the gym spick and span and squeaky clean.

Christeyns proud to continue partnership with state-of-the-art laundry business

* Christeyns-new-Swiss-Laundry.jpgLaundry chemicals manufacturer Christeyns says it is proud to have contributed in the creation of the new Swiss Laundry purpose-built facility in Papworth, Cambridge.

This completely new 38,000 sq.ft facility now houses some of the most technically advanced and sustainable laundry systems in Europe and is capable of processing up to 500,000 pieces of linen per week.

Purehold door handle hygiene technology wins Award at ISSA Melbourne Cleaning & Hygiene Expo

* purehold-doors.jpgPurehold’s hygienic door handle solutions certainly impressed at the recent ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo in Melbourne, with the judges decreeing it the winner of the Innovation Award for Cleaning Agents.

“Until now, door handles have remained largely unchanged over the decades and continue to be a source of cross-contamination between users; especially in large communal setting such as hospitals, schools and large office blocks,” says the company’s Matt Roberts.

BCC works to reduce injuries in the cleaning sector

* BCC_Paul-Thrupp.jpgThe British Cleaning Council is calling for its members to share information on musculoskeletal disorders and injuries suffered by cleaning sector colleagues in the workplace.

The BCC is working with the Health & Safety Executive Cleaning Industry Liaison Forum (CILF) to identify areas identified as problematic, with the aim of developing tailor-made solutions for cleaning sector businesses.

Berry bpi recycled to supply Welsh council with recycled polythene refuse sacks

* Berry-bpi-recycled.jpgBerry bpi recycled products is celebrating after winning a major contract to supply a Welsh local authority with 14 million blue recycling sacks made from 84% recycled polythene.

The UK-based refuse sack manufacturer started supplying Carmarthenshire County Council with the sacks between September and December 2019, giving residents a green alternative for disposing of items destined to be recycled, such as plastic bottles, paper and tin cans.

GV Health focuses on the environment at Arab Health 2020

* GV-Health.jpgGV Health is focusing on the environment at Arab Health 2020 with new Polycare compostable healthcare waste bags and Polycare compostable healthcare aprons.

Sustainability is high on the list of concerns for healthcare providers in the Middle East. The rapid decline of off-shoring international healthcare waste since China, Malaysia and other countries banned imports of foreign waste has forced many healthcare providers to overhaul their waste disposal processes.

CHSA’s new advert spotlights Accredited Members

* CHSA-advert2.jpgFocusing attention on its work to maintain standards in the industry, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s new advert spotlights Accreditation members. Proving the strength and depth in the membership, the names of members of the Accreditation Schemes for Distributors and Manufacturers of Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sacks and industrial Cotton Mop form the Scheme logo.

The CHSA’s Accreditation Schemes ensure that standards in the industry are maintained, guaranteeing that 'what’s on the box, is what’s in the box'.

The Cleanzine Archive Search

We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of The Cleanzine. If you would like to run a search of the The Cleanzine web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.

Search The Cleanzine:

How to contact us at The Cleanzine:


The Cleanzine is broadcast every Thursday. You may receive it FREE each week by clicking the link above.
To prevent this newsletter from getting swept up by overzealous email filters, we suggest that you add [email protected] to your address book.

Hospital Hygiene

Hospial Corridor

Our weekly updated Hospital Hygiene features current developments and product solutions cleaning and hygiene industry manufacturers are coming up with. Read More.

Recent UK News

Prochem - revived 45!

* image004.jpg
Forty-five years since it started supplying carpet and upholstery cleaning solutions and equipment, Prochem Europe stands as one of the UK market's principal innovators…2019 saw that ethos take material form in the company's new research and development laboratory facilities at Chessington along with recent investment in new labeling and filling technology. Alan Tilley managing director says:

Infection control program reduces bacteria by 95% in athletic training rooms

* University-Hospitals-Sports-Medicine.jpg
University Hospitals Sports Medicine researchers, in partnership with Gojo, found that an Infection Risk Reduction Program implemented in participating athletic training rooms reduced the overall amount of bacteria present by 95%, including completely eliminating the presence of influenza and multidrug-resistant organisms, such as MRSA.

Nearly a third of domestic cleaners have thrown in the towel with their own client

* Nearly-a-third.jpg
New research from Direct Line for Business reveals that one in three domestic cleaners - approximately 279,000 individuals - have had to sack at least one of their clients during their cleaning career.

Think you know everything about slips and trips and falls prevention?

* Preventing-slips-and-trips.jpg
Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved and they generate a huge financial burden on industry. Almost all slips and trips can be prevented, often with simple inexpensive interventions.

Mitie accelerates electric vehicle rollout with 250th vehicle delivered to Heathrow Airport

* Mitie-accelerates.jpg
Mitie has reached another landmark in its electric vehicle rollout, having taken delivery of its 250th EV. The Nissan e-NV200 van will be based at Heathrow Airport and joins the 200 electric cars and 49 electric vans already in Mitie's fleet.

Salisbury Group takes flight with Civil Aviation Authority

* Salisbury-Group-CAA.jpg
The Civil Aviation Authority has awarded a total facilities management contract to Salisbury Group. The deal is for a minimum of five years and is worth over £8 million.

Ladder Association responds to recent HSE prosecution

* Ladder-Associatio.jpg
A recent prosecution has again highlighted the importance of ensuring work at height is properly planned, supervised and carried out by a competent person.

Estimating and bidding for success

* ISSA-Logo.jpg
To accurately prepare a workloading plan for a contract cleaning tender there are several fundamental elements which need to be assessed.

Building plans must be reviewed, usually in conjunction with a physical site assessment to identify any cleaning tasks which may not be apparent on the plans and to determine areas where cleaning is impractical.

Samsic rebrands UK operations

* Samsic-CEO.jpg
Coventry-based building support services contractor Regent Samsic is to rebrand as Samsic UK.

TidyChoice 2019 Housekeeper of the Year

Maria Helena Fernandes, a South West London resident, has won the 2019 Housekeeper of the Year Award.

Are washroom cleaners valued?

* LOTY-washroom-cleaners.jpg
The Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards are a unique and integral part of Loo of the Year Awards but relate specifically to the cleaning staff that look after facilities, rather than the washrooms themselves.

InnuScience makes training for housekeepers a h-app-y experience...

F* InnuScience-hospitality-app1.jpg
ast-growing InnuScience UK, which has helped pioneer the use of smartphone training apps for the past five years with the vision of making training simple and enjoyable, has launched a new hospitality training app.

Phs Group transforms customer waste into energy with new Viridor partnership

* PHS-Viridor.jpg
Washroom services Phs Group has announced a new partnership with Viridor which will divert customer waste from landfill into power generation.

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

© The Cleanzine 2023.
Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Hall of Fame | Cookies | Sitemap