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As an avid reader of, advertiser in, and contributor to Cleanzine, I have noticed the call for help at the bottom of Jan's Leader editorial (28th May). There is a simple answer to all the problem items and surfaces mentioned for sanitising: steam cleaning.
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"As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, the face of environmental hygiene needs to change, and we must adapt fast. We need to put standard cleaning practices under the microscope and raise the bar on what's considered 'standard practice'.
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A reader sent me a screenshot of an article in this week's Metro, headed: "Cleaner called Winston rids Churchill statue of vandals' 'racism' graffiti". Wonderful headline - I'd have loved to have written that! Looking at the picture though reminded me of how I felt upon learning that there's been a far higher percentage of UK BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) Covid-related deaths than one would initially expect: that this is because they're often involved in frontline work - much of it underpaid & often largely unappreciated. And while I'm on the subject, in dozens of visits to various hospitals with several family members over the past 10 years, I can't recall us having been looked after by a consultant, doctor or nurse who's not been part of this group, so yes - frontline in that sector too.
Our weekly claps for the NHS have in some way shown our appreciation for our nurses, doctors and consultants, so let's appreciate for a moment the important job this present-day Winston is doing to keep his namesake as well as many other monuments and historic buildings pristine...
Winston Churchill's statue overlooking Westminster Palace in London's Parliament Square - daubed with graffiti during recent Black Lives Matter protests, has been saved on many occasions thanks to the skills of 59-year old Winston, who’s worked for conservation specialist DBR since 2006. Winston, (who still doesn't want to reveal his surname) and his colleagues use steam and a mixture of mild chemicals to clean graffiti and other mess from statues and building facades and as we in this industry know, the work requires specialist skills that most of us don't have, to avoid the risk of causing permanent damage.
Governments all over the world are talking about the 'new norm'. I'm hoping that the new norm (when we find out what it really entails) includes a huge and ongoing appreciation for the fabulous work Winston and others like him are doing.
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While the world experiences the Coronavirus pandemic, it is good to see improved hygiene standards being implemented in public buildings, and that hand dryers are contributing to fulfil these standards in an efficient and sustainable manner.
The electric Handdryer Association's position paper demonstrates its continued commitment to hygiene, sustainability and efficiency in the face of the ongoing pandemic, and explains how hand dryers are not only key in the fight against coronavirus, but also for long-term economic business survival and sustainability.
Honeywell and Dimer has announced a partnership to bring an ultraviolet cleaning system to airlines that, when properly applied, significantly reduces certain viruses and bacteria on aeroplane cabin surfaces.
Purvin joined ISS as the CEO of ISS India in 2014 and has since then successfully led the strategic transformation through the implementation of the ISS Way strategy. The growth rate within Key Accounts in ISS India has steadily increased during his period as the CEO and has witnessed high people engagement and improved financial performance.
While vacancies in the UK dropped in the week following the Prime Minister's easing of lockdown restrictions, dipping 10% week-on-week, the uptick in maintenance and cleaning roles during this period indicates an attempt to get Britain working again.
That's according to the latest real-time statistics from the global network of job boards, Broadbean Technology.
Having found significant market success with its IC Series chargers rated from 650W to 1200W, Delta-Q Technologies has set its sights on lower power applications with its new 350W RQ350 sealed charger for electric vehicles and industrial machines.
In this statement from Alex Dyson, Greyland Commercial Manager, “From not existing, the new Greyland Spray and Wipe Ultra Disinfectant has had huge impact on the Cleaning industry since its launch in early March 2020.
Trading patterns are very hit and miss at the moment, with different pressures hitting UK Cleaning chemical manufacturers on a daily basis.
Hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE), the US hotel asset management company, has released its latest projections which offer significant insights to the anticipated costs that hotel owners and operators can expect to incur as they prepare to reopen.
Post Script, hotelAVE's operational efficiency division, estimates that new cleaning protocols could potentially cost the US hotel industry alone as much as $9 billion on an annual basis, based on factors such as the increased frequency of cleaning guest rooms and public spaces, new supply costs and reopening expenses.
Set to take place in 2021, the Marketing & Technology Summit will be the very first one-day event tailored specifically towards marketing professionals, senior leaders, owners and influencers in the cleaning, hygiene and facilities management industries.
Marketing is constantly evolving, and the ever-changing technological landscape now means a marketer's role encompasses more than ever before.
"By [their] very design, plumbing systems are a harbinger of pathogenic microorganisms which, under some circumstances, have the potential to enable airborne transmission of viruses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV-2), which causes Coronavirus disease (Covid-19)," it reports.
Gojo is continuing to take significant steps to expand its capacity to meet exponential increases in demand for Purell sanitiser, soap, wipes and surface spray, as more and more businesses and institutions reopen with a sharp focus on cleanliness and hygiene.
By running its facilities 24/7, working with its existing suppliers to dramatically increase raw materials and component supplies and by implementing creative partnerships with other companies that have directed bottles and caps its way, the manufacturer is producing more than twice what it did before the pandemic started across all of its operations.
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Recent UK News
With public toilets as well as loos in pubs and shops being closed during the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been an outbreak of what has by some been described as 'fly peeing'.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has written to the Health Secretary, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, asking that those working in the manufacture and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products be eligible for priority testing for the Coronavirus.
As part of a strategy to help businesses begin to navigate through the changed landscape of post-Covid workspaces, Samsic UK has rolled out a programme enabling users to participate in real-time environment hygiene control.