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International News

IICRC appoints Michael Dakduk president and chief executive officer

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC), the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning, inspection and restoration industries, has appointed Michael Dakduk president and chief executive officer.

Vectair's pioneering Fragrance Technology granted US Patent

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Vectair Systems has welcomed news that its multi-phasing fragrance technology has been awarded with a US Patent for its innovative approach to tackling fragrance fatigue.

The company has been award US Patent reference US 10,517,979 B2 and the invention is summarised on the USPTO website as the following:

Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2020 nominees announced

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The Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2020 nominees have been announced. From the latest robotic and connected technology to developments in sustainable cleaning, a strong list of candidates will compete to win the prestigious event at Interclean Amsterdam 2020.

4ocean’s harbour plastic pollution skimmers to maintain multiple marinas

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4ocean has announced a partnership with Safe Harbor Marinas - the world's largest owner and operator of marinas, which will see Safe Harbor installing 4ocean's Harbor Skimmers at several of its 97 (and growing) locations with the intention of nationwide deployment over time.

NIC featured in the 1000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies 2020

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NIC Services Group has been featured in the Financial Times 1000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies.

This highly-regarded list identifies Europe's fastest growing companies with the strongest organic and sustainable turnover growth.

Nationwide class action filed against Ecolab

McCune Wright Arevalo filed a class action lawsuit against Ecolab on 20th February in the US District Court for the District of Minnesota on behalf of three plaintiffs, alleging they sustained personal injuries through use of its defective and unreasonably dangerous products - OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner and the OxyCide Dilution Management System.

EFCI launches project to help the industry achieve digital transition success

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EFCI, the European cleaning and facility services industry, officially launched the 'SK-Clean: Digitalisation in the cleaning sector - Supporting the skills transition for cleaning agents' project, last Friday.

The project, which will last until August 2021 and is likely to have strong implications for EFCI members, is the first EU-funded project to be fully led and coordinated by EFCI.

Hospital sees immediate monthly cost savings with infection prevention program

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UMF Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance, color-coded cleaning products, partnered with Baptist Easley Hospital, a member of Prisma Health, providing a comprehensive PCPLUS program in support of ensuring safe patient environments.

Facility Inspiration Event to take place at Interclean Amsterdam 2020 exhibition

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On 12th, 13th and 14th May facilities and hospitality managers can once again take part in the Facility Inspiration Event at the Interclean Amsterdam international exhibition.

Sales are increasing for waterless urinals and new study tells us why

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Recent studies have indicated that the market for no-water or waterless urinals is expected to grow considerably during the next 10 years.

Say goodbye to washroom odours

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Want a washroom solution that cares about you, your customers and the environment? For 35 years Bio-Productions customers have used the manufacturers tried, tested and trusted products to eradicate their washroom odours at source.

New Verge soap dispenser and faucet sets harmonise and elevate washroom aesthetics

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Bradley Corporation, known for its state-of-the-art hand washing solutions, has introduced a new line of matching Verge soap dispensers and faucets. 

All round multipurpose sanitiser-cleaner meets EN13697 standards

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Bacta-Care Sanitiser-Cleaner is EN13697 tested and regulated in dirty conditions.

The Nilfisk Liberty SC50 helps staff make the grade

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A little over a year ago, STMA became the first high school in the USA to welcome the Nilfisk Liberty SC50, an autonomous scrubber dryer, onto its cleaning crew.

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BREAKING: The Manchester Cleaning Show will not go ahead this month. Stand by for new dates and information as we get it. NEW DATES: 15th-16th September 2020.

Clean Buildings Expo, Baltimore, USA, postponed.

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Canadian Sustainability Conference and Expo due to be held 7-8th April in Toronto, has been cancelled.


Here's an interesting thought... supply chains.

I don't know how it's been where you live, but in several countries, we've seen the impact the human factor can have on what had previously functioned as a perfectly decent supply chain. There hasn't been a sudden population increase yet supermarket shelves have been stripped bare in many cases, by people panic buying in the fear that Coronavirus containment measures will soon have us in lockdown and we won't be physically able to go out and buy what we need. Spanner in the works doesn't begin to describe it, does it?

The virus has presented our industry with opportunities but with these have come challenges. There's a far greater demand for more frequent and more thorough cleaning. To meet that demand, companies require more cleaners and these cleaners should really be trained before they even start the job (as opposed to being trained by colleagues on the job) as otherwise the outcome could be catastrophic. So, more trainers too. In recent weeks I've seen cleaning companies large and small and in many parts of the world, trying to recruit staff to cover the workload. Whether there's been sufficient response is anyone's guess. Will we see cleaners' wages rise as firms try and tempt people away from a rival, I wonder - and will contractors be able to negotiate better deals as their clients finally realise how crucial a good clean actually is?

And what about cleaning disposables... the extra chemicals needed because a more thorough job is demanded (I've seen calls for stronger chemicals, rather than the 'greener' versions, too). Are these readily available and will the manufacturers be able to supply if huge numbers of their workforce, and/or delivery drivers, go off sick? It's not just chemicals, either. Greater numbers of cloths and mops and the like will be required too, as the need to avoid cross-contamination becomes ever greater.

I don't know how widespread this is, but I've read reports of hand gels and toilet tissue being stolen from hospitals and other public facilities. How are we going to keep replacing these and who's going to pay for them?

And what will happen when cleaners find themselves having to 'self-isolate', or are unable to get to work because there's no transport, since those who provide it are also unwell or are having to self-isolate? Who's then going to do the cleaning (if of course, there's anything to clean with)?

Supply chains... Intact or in trouble?



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This Week's News

Interclean Amsterdam to be rescheduled


FROM THE ORGANISERS... "In view of the recent developments as a result of the global spread of COVID-19 and, after consulting its exhibition committee, key stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors of the cleaning & hygiene industry, Interclean Amsterdam will be rescheduled. The new dates will be confirmed by 20th March.

The rapid spread of the Corona virus around the world has led to increased travel restrictions from authorities. These restrictions, as well as those imposed within companies, will result in materially reduced attendance of the show. To maintain the international reach and quality of the event, a new date will be set.

Dates for The Facilities Show pushed back to September

* FACILITIES-SHOW-POSTPONED.jpgThe Facilities Show 2020 and its co-located events, which were originally scheduled to be staged in May 2020, will now be held at ExCeL London on 8th – 10th September 2020.

This decision has been made in the light of the ongoing consultation with exhibitors and other stakeholders in regard to the previously announced date and allows all of the events to better fulfil their obligation to deliver the best possible platform for both exhibitors and visitors to do business.

Helping to clean up the industry

* Chris-Wootton_Poppies.jpgChris Wootton, managing director of Poppies cleaning franchise, has taken up a specialist advisory role with the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, to help raise the image and standards of the sector.

"Until the formation of the DCA, the domestic cleaning industry had no regulation and no central voice," explains Chris. "I've been the owner of a cleaning business for almost 25 years and the owner of the Poppies cleaning franchise since 2018. I can vouch for the fact that, individually, there are a lot of business owners out there trying to do the right thing. But it's only by joining forces and uniting under one banner that we can truly create a change. When the opportunity arose to join the DCA in this capacity, I jumped at the chance."

Essity and the BBC assure us that there is plenty of toilet tissue

* Parent-reels.jpgJust after I'd written my Leader I saw a piece the BBC had produced at Essity's UK plant.

It features some interesting statistics and if you've never seen a stack of mother reels from which toilet tissue is made, it's certainly worth a watch at:


Take part in Europe’s biggest commercial recycling project and get a FREE copy of the report

* RCP_LR_EARTH_MASTER-2a.jpgGain the insight that drives impactful initiatives

The Love Recycling research initiative is bringing together professionals involved in recycling, waste management, cleaning and sustainability initiatives – including facility managers, procurement officers and C-Suite executives.

The research will deliver an accurate picture of commercial recycling as it stands today – along with information on how successful initiatives can be implemented. Focused on companies working in Foodservice & Hospitality, Travel & Entertainment, Property Management, Institutional and Manufacturing, the research will offer unique insights into these sectors.

Cleaning industry's finest honoured at 2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards

* GSA-2020.jpgThe elite of the cleaning and FM industry were recognised last week at the 2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards for their outstanding excellence and commitment to deliver performances that continually raise standards.

Created nearly 30 years ago, the biennial Golden Service Awards (@GoldenServAward) is today one of the most prestigious events and sought-after accolades in the facilities management and cleaning industry. The event provides the opportunity for FM companies, contract cleaners and in-house cleaning teams to showcase excellence and set the benchmark for exceptional standards.

Greyland launches Maximum Eco range

* Greyland-Max-eco.jpgIn what may be seen as a game-changing move, leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has followed on rapidly from major product and production developments already this year, including a significant increase in the amount of UK recycled polymer used in its bottles, and has now placed itself firmly in the forefront of environmental concerns with the launch of its Maximum Eco range.

Safe cleaning and disinfection when confronted with COVID-19 infections: how hospitals can ensure they are equipped

* Safe-cleaning.jpgAn independent institute has confirmed the efficacy of Meiko cleaning and disinfection technology, which means it is possible to safely clean and disinfect almost all hospital utensils that could be contaminated - even for faecal-oral transmission.

David Fisman, epidemiologist at the University of Toronto has warned that the potential for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) to spread via faeces presents novel challenges to hospitals in particular.

Idrobase Solutions feature on RAI 1 TV channel

* IDROBASE-TV.jpgRAI 1, the main Italian television channel, has featured Idrobase and in particular the company’s products that can help the fight against Coronavirus.

During the well-known TV show UnoMattina, journalists from the main national broadcaster spoke about Idrobase and the fight against the spread of Coronavirus and other pathogens.

Flood damage to your property? Bio Productions has the perfect solution!

* Micro-Clean.jpgAs you may already know, Micro Clean is a versatile biological stain and odour digester. However, Micro Clean is also an incredible solution for flood damaged properties. We have heard that a lot of properties have needed stripping down and replastering once they have been dried out…

Micro Clean helps to reduce the soiling caused by flood damage and reduces the need for replastering.

Floor cleaner suits daily maintenance in high traffic areas

* SCJ-Trufill.jpgSC Johnson Professional's Heavy Duty Neutral Floor Cleaner is a cleaning concentrate specially formulated for daily maintenance of high-traffic floor surfaces and deep scrub applications.

It eliminates the need for multiple floor cleaners and is ideal for use on a wide range of flooring types such as vinyl composite, vinyl asphalt, vinyl asbestos, 100% sheet vinyl, terrazzo, rubber, linoleum, marble granite, concrete and sealed wood floors.

Cleaning equipment - Prochem boosts tech output in 2020

* Cleaning-equipment-cat.jpgThe latest cleaning technology and solutions catalogue from Prochem Europe showcases major performance upgrades to the company's SteemPro carpet extractor ranges.

The SteemPro Powermax SX2100 has been updated with a 170psi induction pump replacing its former 150psi while the diaphragm pump fitted to the SX2700 model has also been improved from 220psi to 250psi output.

Low Pay Commission welcomes new remit from Government to increase National Living Wage

* Low-pay-commission.jpgIn yesterday’s Budget, the Government confirmed that the Low Pay Commission would be asked to make recommendations on the National Living Wage with a view to reaching a level of two-thirds of median earnings by 2024, if economic conditions allow.

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement, Bryan Sanderson, chair of the LPC, said:

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Recent UK News

East Anglia's leading independent cleaning company celebrates 45th Anniversary

2020 marks a major milestone for Monthind Clean as East of England's leading independent cleaning company is celebrating its 45th anniversary.

Soapbox: The commuters’ roulette

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"Wash hands frequently"… "Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues"… "Throw away used tissues (then wash hands)” and "If you don't have a tissue, use your sleeve")…

Apparently, these measures to help prevent someone from catching and spreading the Coronavirus cannot really apply when using public transport in the UK. Just take my daily commute into London for example...

I board the train, sometimes having to use a touchscreen ticket machine first, press buttons to open train doors and sometimes have to hold onto something on the train when there are no seats. Either way, I usually pass the time by reading the news; meaning touching my phone again and again.

BCC warns of 'severe shortage of staff' in London cleaning and tourism industries

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The British Cleaning Council has warned that new immigration rules proposed by the Government for next year will cause 'a severe shortage of staff' in the cleaning and tourism industries in and around London.

BCC 'worried and concerned' by proposed post-Brexit immigration rules

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The British Cleaning Council has said it is 'very worried and concerned' about the 'huge' possible impact of Government proposals to introduce an 'Australian-style points-based' immigration system from 2021.

OCS Group marks 120-year anniversary with 'Partnership Made Personal' and full brand refresh

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As the company hits the milestone of its 120-year anniversary, OCS Group has announced the launch of 'Partnership Made Personal'. The new brand promise encompasses the Group's values and enshrines its commitment to work in partnership with customers to help them achieve their goals and improve the experience of their customers.

UKHA launches Hospitality Expo 2020 event

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The UK Housekeepers Association has launched the first-ever UKHA members Hospitality Expo 2020 event, in conjunction with events and awards organiser, MEG Events.

Hospitality Expo is aimed at procurement managers, general managers and housekeepers from hotels across the country and is free. It will take place at the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, on 26th and 27th April 2020.

Data shows post-Brexit immigration plans will hurt UK cleaning sector

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The Government's post-Brexit immigration plans are aimed at reducing the number of what it says are low skilled workers entering the country. Along with the farming, catering, nursing and care sectors, it is highly likely that workers in the gig economy will be excluded from the ‘skilled’ category.

Four signs you are at risk of occupational asthma in the workplace

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Employees working in industries where exposure to irritating substances is common, should look to these four signs from industrial disease experts to minimise the risk of contracting occupational asthma.

There are currently 5.4 million people in the UK suffering from asthma, a condition that causes a sufferer's airways to become irritated and constricted, making it harder to breathe. It is now more important than ever to understand how your job role or working conditions can affect your health.

Why sponsor the 2020 Loo of the Year Awards?

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For 33 years the Loo of the Year Awards have been acknowledged and respected as the standard for washrooms throughout the UK and in all market sectors. Increasingly businesses understand that excellent washrooms are an attraction and not just a cost.

High quality washrooms that meet the needs of customers, visitors and staff must not just satisfy users’ basic needs but also be very clean, hygienic and meet the needs of the various types of users expected - males, females, babies and children, as well as those that need special accessible facilities.[

Famous name joins Templa

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In a flying start to 2020, Templa says it is delighted to welcome Principle Cleaning, one of the UK's largest and best-known cleaning/facilities management contractors to the Templa family.

Facilicom UK launches new helpdesk portal for clients

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Facilicom UK has launched a new online helpdesk portal to help customers and cleaning operatives work harmoniously together.

The contract cleaning and services provider has teamed up with Innovise to be the first to trial the software specialists new workforce management and service delivery web portal, which will seamlessly connect customers with Facilicom.

'Plymouth's worst fly-tipper' jailed after three years on the run

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A Plymouth man who fled to Ireland after committing a year-long fly-tipping spree has been jailed.

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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