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International News

British company delivers 9.5 tonnes of infection control products to Chinese hospitals

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UK infection control company GV Health has delivered 9.5 tonnes of infection control equipment and healthcare disinfectants for use by medical staff in Chinese hospitals.

ACI to 'stand and deliver' on four strategic pillars

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A new strategic plan approved by the American Cleaning Institute Board of Directors will allow the association to be more agile, more forward-thinking, and better position ACI for the long term, said Melissa Hockstad, ACI President & CEO..

Airdri launches Air Purifier to flush away washroom bacteria

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Airdri has added a new air purifier unit to its portfolio, to tackle washroom bacteria and eliminate odours.

Complementing its range of hand drying solutions, the Airdri Air Purifier uses custom thermal convection technology to kill airborne and surface bacteria and viruses, as well as eliminating bad odours caused by bacteria, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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EFCI, The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry, has welcomed the Irish Contract Cleaning Association as a member. Established in 2000, the ICCA is the representative body for the professional commercial contract cleaning industry in Ireland.

Cintas shows appreciation of school custodians in nationwide contest

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Cintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its seventh-annual Custodian of the Year contest, which honours the best-of-the-best amongst school caretakers. Nominations are being accepted at www.custodianoftheyear.com until 2nd March, 2020.

Celebrating global achievements and elevating attention for innovation

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

New product offers clean bill of health for gyms

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Environmentally-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.

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

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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

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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;

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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

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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

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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.

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Years ago whilst completing my journalism exams and on-the-job training at Industrial Equipment News, we incorporated pages that enabled us to highlight products which were a little bit different. ‘Did you miss it?’ allowed us to rerun items that had attracted lots of enquiries previously. ‘I wish I had…’ was the equivalent of today’s social media recommendations whereby people who may have wanted to replace a piece of obsolete equipment, or who were struggling to find a spare part, could post their requirements in the hope that another reader had just what they were looking for. The pages worked well until a colleague ran the two together across facing pages. ‘Did you miss it? I wish I had…’ didn’t have quite the same connotation somehow and it was a lesson I never forgot.

Another section was 'What a good idea!' and I soon learnt that very good ideas are few and far between. I'd get excited upon reading a press release, only to be told by my older colleagues that whatever was being pitched as 'new', had in reality been around for some time. I still get excited at press releases, but these days the sentiment tends to be more deserved.

I got the old stomach flutter earlier this week upon learning that UK residents can find inspiration on how to breathe new life into their broken possessions at what promises to be the largest repair event of its kind ever held. The Big Fix 2020 will see 75 repair cafes from around the UK join forces and run simultaneous events on 15th February. Repair cafes? I'd never heard of them. But once I'd got through the first couple of paragraphs, I was thinking 'What a good idea! That will help reduce landfill!' Even better, the initiative isn't just a UK one - it's global. And I'd never heard of it!

Around the world there were an estimated 19,836 Repair Café meetings in 2018, repairing an estimated 350,000 items and saving the equivalent in waste.

Now that's a good idea!

You can read more, below - & my thanks to Devon County Council for bringing me up to speed!

It's always sad to read about heroes having to sell their medals & especially so when it's someone we know... Former contract cleaner Ronnie Russell was driving home from work in the '70s when he chanced upon an attempted armed kidnap on Anne, the Princess Royal. Several people had been shot but this didn't deter ex-boxer Ronnie who decked the culprit with a couple of punches!

I interviewed him 20 years later whilst editing another industry publication & he struck me as being a lovely man with a great sense of humour. He told me he didn't think twice about his own safety, but did what he had to do. Now struggling with ill health, he plans to sell the medal he was awarded for bravery, to provide for his future. You can read more about Ronnie and join John Austen's fundraiser to help 'one of our own' keep his medal, via: https://www.gofundme.com




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This Week's News

Study shows increased hand hygiene at top 10 airports can reduce spread of coronavirus by 37%

* Airport.jpgAs coronavirus spreads across the globe via infected travellers, authorities are attempting to contain the outbreak and avoid a pandemic.

A study just published by the Society for Risk Analysis, analysing the impact of implementing disease mitigation strategies at airports across the globe, finds that increasing traveller engagement with proper hand hygiene at all airports has the potential to reduce the risk of a potential pandemic by 24 - 69%.

Beijing strengthens disinfection of used train berth bedding

* Beijing-train.jpgThe China Railway Beijing Group says it has strengthened disinfection operations of used train berth bedding with high-temperature sterilisation and disinfectant and prolonged washing time amid the current coronavirus epidemic.

IICRC seeks volunteers for new Infection Control Standard

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers for the development of a new industry Standard on Infection Control - BSR/IICRC S410 Standard for Infection Control During Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of the Commercial Built Environment. Applications are being accepted through 29th February, 2020.

"In the wake of the current coronavirus outbreak, IICRC announces this important Standard impacting the health of our nation," says IICRC Standards chairman, Brandon Burton. "We're excited to build out our Standards offerings and invite those with a thirst for knowledge and expertise in these niche areas to join us."

Introducing Brightwell Dispensers’ new spray and foam dispenser range

* ECOSPRAY-Station2.jpgBrightwell Dispensers has added spray and foam dispensers to its growing product offering. These robust and efficient foam and spray cleaning systems have been designed for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces.

The systems are ideal for use by hygiene and cleaning professionals in numerous sectors such as agriculture, commercial kitchens, hospitals, food preparation facilities and many more.

AKBO launches stainless steel version of Blue Princess

* Akbo.jpgAKBO has launched a full stainless steel version of its popular Blue Princess washdown gun. Until now, the Blue Princess has only been available in brass.

Thanks to its small size, light weight, comfortable operation and favourable price, it has quickly become a popular cleaning gun in many countries, where it is perfect for use within the food industry. Because of its properties, it is, we are told, particularly loved by female users.

Greyland leads the way in sustainable plastics use and calls for further UK investment in the sector

* Dyson-display-board.jpgIndustrial and commercial cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has increased the amount of recycled polymer in its bottles, bringing the overall percentage of recycled material used, to an unprecedented 31% in the UK, up from 'just' 25% in 2018/19.

“We are proud to be the first UK cleaning chemicals manufacturer in our market sector taking such steps in eliminating harmful plastics from the environment, whilst significantly reducing our carbon footprint at the same time,” says Greyland MD Richard Dyson.

Principle puts sustainability at the top of its agenda

* Principle-leads.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services, London's award-winning cleaning specialist, has put sustainability firmly at the top of its agenda, with an objective to become the most sustainable cleaning company in the UK.

As part of this drive, the company held an inaugural event on Tuesday 4th February, at Barings' London office, which was attended by over 80 leading FM professionals who heard how Principle, in conjunction with its strategic partners and clients, will achieve its audacious target.

Big Fix goes nationwide!

* Big-fix-nationwide.jpgDevon County Council is co-ordinating a local event as part of something much bigger, during which hundreds of volunteer fixers will donate their Saturday (February 15th) fixing anything and everything from clothes, electrical items and furniture to toys, mechanical items and leather goods, all for just a small donation.

The aim is to fix as many broken items as possible and in the process save 60 tonnes of CO2. The event follows the success of The Big Fix last year in Exeter, when volunteers broke the record for the number of items repaired at a single repair café.

PASMA responds to HSE prosecution following podium fall

* PASMA-responds.jpgA serious accident involving a set of modified podium steps has once again highlighted the importance of proper training and quality equipment for anyone working at height - even at low level. The accident happened when a worker was using the podium while welding metal components.

The podium toppled over, causing the worker to fall approximately two metres to the ground and fracture two vertebrae.

Highways England puts the bins out for roadside collections in South West

* Highways-litter.jpgLocal authorities are being swamped by sackfuls of litter left in laybys across the South West. And following the installation of layby signage along the A30 and A38 in Devon and Cornwall, Highways England is now teaming up with local councils to tackle litter issues around the roadsides of Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Litter on the majority of A roads is the responsibility of local authorities to clear, but in order that litter can be collected safely, Highways England often teams up with councils to co-ordinate any necessary closures.

SC Johnson Professional introduces fantastik Max Line

* MAX-Power-Cleaner.jpgSC Johnson Professional has launched its all new fantastik Max line. The line features two of the brand’s newest and most powerful cleaning products to maximise cleanliness in food service, commercial and institutional locations such as businesses, educational facilities, lodging establishments, automotive industry and more. 

P-Wave brings sustainable freshness to Manchester Cleaning Show

* P-Wave-new-product-show.jpgIf you're looking for air fresheners that really pack a punch, then visit Stand H01 at The Manchester Cleaning Show - at Event City, Manchester from 25th to 26th March 2020 - to meet P-Wave. From highly-fragranced urinal screens to active and passive air fresheners, P-Wave products enhance the washroom experience in thousands of premises every day.

P-Wave has now 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.

Looking to Increase Business? Start by Maintaining the washrooms

* Increase-business-maintain-washrooms.jpgSurvey: 62% of consumers say clean washrooms increase their spending. A growing majority of consumers value businesses' well-kept washrooms so much that they are willing to spend more money when they encounter one, according to new national research.

The number of Americans who will "definitely" or "probably" shell out more cash in response to clean washrooms has climbed to 62% this year from just 45% two years ago. Millennials and Gen Xers are the two generations most likely to open their wallets.

Auto wash station eases hand washing and drying process

* Innowash.jpgThe InnoWash is an innovative hand washing station which allows soaping, hand washing and drying to be accomplished at the same basin without moving to different positions, making the process of hand washing and drying easy and fast.

Offering lots of flexibility, this station includes an auto hand dryer, an auto soap dispenser and an auto faucet. The main mechanisms of each product can be hidden under the counter or installed behind a mirror cabinet.

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Recent UK News

Exciting new conference programme announced for Manchester Cleaning Show

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Organisers at the Manchester Cleaning Show 2020 have unveiled an exciting conference programme for this year's event, as numbers registering to attend continue to exceed expectations.

New survey of house cleaners reveals cleanest and most respectful nations

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A new survey of over 3,000 London-based independent cleaners reveals attitudes towards home cleaning and cultural differences. Cleaners were asked to vote on the most respectful, least respectful and cleanest nations as well answer questions on the cleaning habits of customers.

Audit results show exceptional conformance to CHSA Accreditation Schemes in 2019

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Members of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Manufacturing and Distributor Accreditation Schemes achieved high levels of conformance to the demanding standards of the Schemes, according to the analysis of the 2019 audit results.

Tidy Green Clean shows outstanding potential for serious growth in 2020

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Tidy Green Clean, the environmentally-friendly cleaning business that operates on a franchise model, has started 2020 in an outstanding position for serious growth.

New Visusafe range improves workplace safety and protection

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Improved levels of workplace safety and protection are provided by the new Visusafe range of barriers, column protectors, flexi delineators and speed reduction bumps from industrial visual communication solutions specialist, Beaverswood.

Spirit of community - Brayborne's campus cleaning for Central Beds College

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Managing the cleaning of schools and colleges demands the regular balancing budget against outcome - and then determining the most effective solutions for an educational environment. In most cases, this is an ongoing process that consumes too much time.

Facilicom UK appoints new director of sales and marketing

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Contract 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.

BICSc & BBS launch conference to inspire industry professionals

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On 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.

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

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Biffa 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.

Cromwell Polythene expands recycling expertise

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Recycling specialist, Cromwell Polythene, is expanding its operations following the purchase of Moorgreen Flexible Packaging from Duo Plastics.

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

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

BCC works to reduce injuries in the cleaning sector

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

Prochem - revived 45!

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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

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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