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International News

Janitorial services explore technologies such as foggers and ozone in wake of Covid-19

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ResearchAndMarkets.com’s new report on the janitorial services industry reveals that as more countries reopen their economies, demand has increased for janitorial services to carry out cleaning of commercial spaces reopening after prolonged closure, and that some janitorial services companies are exploring using technologies such as disinfecting fogs or mists and ozone machines to destroy virus particles.

EZ-San hygiene range: Vectair launches four new products for North American market

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Vectair has announced the launch of its EZ-San hygiene range. Available in North America, The Caribbean and Latin America, the range is designed to optimise hygiene on the go. As more and more public spaces look to reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown, the company hopes public hygiene standards can improve.

Cleaning and disinfecting/sanitising with Hako: Solutions for increasing hygiene standards

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The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for exceptional cleaning and hygiene for commercial enterprises, industrial companies, hotels and restaurants, as well public facilities.

PSP introduces range of disinfecting fogging guns to UK in fight against spread of Covid-19

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PSP has added a range of disinfectant fogging guns to its cleaning and disinfecting product offering.

Cintas donates 100,000 face masks to Matthew 25 Ministries

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Cintas Corporation has donated 100,000 facemasks to Matthew 25 Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organisation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the US. The facemasks will be distributed to organisations on the front lines of Covid-19 prevention, containment and treatment.

Helping industries keep employees' hands ready for business

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In response to the pandemic, Ecolab has increased its production capacity seven fold in Europe to provide customers with critical hand sanitiser and surface disinfectant solutions to help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

As businesses across Europe are reopening and welcoming employees and customers back, Ecolab is introducing two new hand sanitisers to help meet demand, putting customers' business in safe hands.

Research: Key detergent polymers pose low risk to surface waters

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Newly published research conducted by the American Cleaning Institute, Integral Consulting and Procter & Gamble indicates that an important ingredient used in detergents and cleaning products poses a low ecological risk to waterways.

Interserve's Support Services division to merge with Mitie

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Interserve Group and Mitie have announced a proposed merger of Interserve Support Services (comprised of Interserve's facilities management operations in the UK and overseas across both public and private sectors) with Mitie for a combined consideration of £271m, comprising £120m cash and a 23.4% shareholding in Mitie to be held by/on behalf of Interserve's shareholders.

Manufacturers must rethink global operations in face of Covid-19 - study

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Manufacturers must redesign and reform their Global Supply Chains or Global Production Networks (GPN) if they want to survive and prosper in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new study reveals.

Autonomous cleaning through innovation: ICE launches Co-Botics portfolio

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ICE tells us it is ‘very excited’ to have launched its Co-Botics line – something it says is the industry's first comprehensive range of autonomous cleaning machines, from a small vacuum to a large sweeper and scrubber dryer.

New ultra-compact class consummate for cleaning confined areas

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Working areas such as restaurants, canteens, sanitary facilities or small retail shops with confined, choc-a-block floor spaces or furnished with tables and chairs are a real challenge for cleaning technology equipment.

KT and Hyundai accelerate digital transformation with smart robots

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KT Corp., South Korea's largest telecommunications company, has signed strategic cooperation and investment contracts with Hyundai Robotics and Hyundai Heavy Industries to speed up joint development of intelligent service robots including those for the cleaning and foodservice industries, technological research in autonomous driving, and smart factory solutions.

Triton introduces essential handwash units

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The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more rigorous hygiene processes and frequent handwashing in the workplace, as well as in the home.

New ultra-portable surface sanitisation solution aids continuous cleaning applications

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Goodway Technologies is launching BioSpray-5, a lightweight, ultra-portable surface sanitisation system that helps to improve the overall safety and wellbeing of occupants by effectively disinfecting surfaces against bacteria and viruses quickly.

Unger Black Series: Improved limited edition of a top seller

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Breathtaking design, high quality: Unger is releasing some of its top sellers for window cleaning in a strictly limited special edition. The Limited Edition Black Series is available now.

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What are your feelings about returning to normality and in particular, attending crowded industry events such as exhibitions and awards celebrations? I ask, because I received an email this week from Douglas Cooke, executive chairman of multi-award-winning Principle Cleaning Services, director of the Cleaning & Support Services Association and past chairman of the British Cleaning Council, voicing what I'd been thinking myself: Isn't it a little too early to be gathering together this year, when it's not actually crucial that we do so?

As you may be aware, John and I also produce an e-zine for the kitchens, bathrooms & bedroom sector. Just days before lockdown, KBB 2020 held its biennial exhibition at the NEC. It's huge; it's glamorous and like our cleaning industry events, it's great fun. Suffering from what may well have been, in the big scheme of things, mild Covid-19 symptoms, much as I didn't want to miss the show, I decided not to attend. Ditto the Golden Service Awards which took place the same week. There was simply too much at stake. Yes on top of feeling incredibly unwell I was thoroughly miserable at missing out, but having seen how the pandemic has rampaged through humankind, I'm grateful to have made the decision I did, since I can safely say I've not been responsible for someone else's demise.

Back then we didn't know that some folk could be asymptomatic and although I realise how much the cleaning industry relies on the income and publicity these events bring in, along with the lucrative relationship-building and chance to catch up with old friends who've become like family over the years, I have to say that I agree with Doug's sentiments on this one.

So, although I'm probably risking some long-term relationships here, I'm asking the question: Should it be business as usual Autumn-ish 2020 or should we reschede for 2021? And in true 'hold the back page style' I've delayed broadcast to incorporate breaking news. Well done Interclean - I love what you're doing!

After you've read Doug's Soapbox comment, do read the Public Toilet Forum pieces from Paul Wonnacott and Gavin Cunningham and give those some thought too. They offer great ideas and by discussing these and coming up with a plan that could be adopted just about anywhere, we'll be doing our own bit - if we haven't already - to ensure that people using away from home toilet facilities can do so comfortably and safely for years to come.




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This Week's News

Soapbox: Principle Cleaning Services' Douglas Cooke says we need to think again about industry gatherings in 2020...

* Doug-Cooke.jpg"Over the years, Principle Cleaning Services has won numerous awards, dating back over 20 years! With the Covid-19 crisis, we have decided to devote all our energy and resources into supporting our staff and clients.

We have, therefore, decided not to enter any awards or attend high profile functions and this includes trade shows, for the rest of 2020 at least. We believe our approach is responsible and appropriate given the current pandemic and economic climate."


PUBLIC TOILET FORUM:- We have Mail: Susan Cunningham

Hello Jan,

I was delighted to read your latest issue of The Cleanzine as you managed to cover so many aspects of the important topic of public toilets.

Thank you for including a link to my first draft for a proposed Hygiene Ratings System for public toilets. Judging by my post, you will be receiving some very interesting letters from your readers. Also, in case you haven't received a copy, here is a link to the BSI guidance "Safe Working during the Covid-19 pandemic - General guidelines for organisations July 2020 Version 2" (issued 2nd July).

PUBLIC TOILET FORUM:- We have Mail: additional thoughts on toilet rating system

Dear Jan,

Having read the article in the Cleanzine on 2nd July, I would like to build on the letter from Susan Cunningham, based on my many years of buying and sourcing cleaning contracts for large companies. The principles she proposes are sound, particularly in displaying the basic information/standards to reassure facility users.

PUBLIC TOILET FORUM:- We have Mail: Paul Wonnacott

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I hope this mail finds you well?

Following your lead article last week, I personally wrote to Susan Cunningham commending her on the continued efforts she is making, as well as offering whatever help and assistance our organisation can provide, in promoting her quest for Toilet Hygiene Standards.

Interclean to become hybrid event in November

* INTERCLEAN-Hybrid-event.jpgInterclean has just announced its inaugural hybrid event. Interclean has extended the physical event, taking place from 3rd - 6th November at RAI Amsterdam to a combination of online and offline making it possible for everyone to join, taking in mind global government and company restrictions on travelling and large gatherings.

Online and onsite educational sessions will complement each other and are available for everybody throughout the day as well as the possibility to (virtually) visit companies, plan meetings with whom you want to meet and socialise with your peers.

Secure Clean Building Services releases guidance on Coronavirus and cleaning

Secure Cleaning Building Services, a contract cleaning company serving the midwest US, has just authored a new guidance entitled, 'Cleaning in the Post-Coronavirus Environment'.

Mitie to provide services at a further seven Coronavirus Regional Testing Centres

* Mitie-coronavirus-testing-centres.jpgMitie is building on its support for Britain's efforts against Coronavirus by providing services for a further seven Coronavirus Regional Testing Sites. The Centres are based across England and Wales at Ashford, Deeside, Ebbw Vale, Gloucester, Newbury, Ramsgate and Salisbury and are in addition to those located at Bournemouth, Inverness, Llandudno, Penrith and Perth.

As with the sites it currently supports, Mitie will be providing clinical waste management, security services - such as traffic management and lane support - as well as cleaning and catering for all employees based at the Centres. In total, Mitie will have around 900 colleagues working across the seven sites.

New Shield Guard range certified effective against coronavirus

* Shield-Guard.jpgShield Guard from Healthguard Hygiene has been officially certified effective against the Novel Coronavirus, one of the first two products in the UK to be EN 14476A:2019 tested and approved.

Healthguard Hygiene was born out of the InnuScience Group, both owned by the Bothongo Group. Shield Guard is Healthguard's range of quality sanitising products manufactured in the UK under strict ISO9001 conditions.

'SafeDistance,' diminishes workplace woes while protecting employee health

* SafeDistance-app.jpgA study has found that almost half of the UK workforce (47%) are nervous to go back to work and be in close proximity with others, as the Government continues to loosen lockdown restrictions.

Wrld3D and Smartcitti, the creators of the new SmartWorkplace social distancing app SafeDistance, surveyed 2,000 workers in the UK to gain valuable insight into what they are most concerned about as organisations start to reopen their doors.

Incentive QAS pays tribute to frontline staff

* Incentive-QAS.jpgCleaning specialist Incentive QAS has distributed more than 800 wellbeing packs to its staff all over the UK.

With half of the 800-strong company working throughout the pandemic, and the other half preparing to return to work after furlough, the Incentive QAS leadership team has expressed its gratitude during a testing and unprecedented time for the industry.

ACI video captures cleaning product industry's contributions during pandemic

* ACI-COVID19-Video.jpgA new video produced by the American Cleaning Institute profiles how its member companies throughout the cleaning product supply chain have contributed in numerous ways to help battle against the spread of Covid-19.

"Week after week, we continue to see examples of the amazing contributions of ACI member companies, be it through round-the-clock production of essential products and chemistries or donations to organisations and communities in need of supplies and resources," says Melissa Hockstad, ACI president and CEO.

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Recent UK News

We have mail: What price long-term relationships?

Hi Jan,

As businesses adapt to new cleaning processes and to ensuring that they are prepared in protecting their staff, yesterday saw me out delivering another batch of our sanitiser trolleys. With the option of two nozzle types and variable pressure, they can deliver droplets down to 20 microns - and with a 25-litre container and a battery that lasts for almost a day, they combine portability with productivity.

BCC announces the election of two new directors

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Two new directors have been elected to the board of the British Cleaning Council. Delia Cannings (pictured left), national lead for education & training, the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals, and Kim Phillips (pictured right), chair of the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers, both regularly represent their trade associations at the BCC.

TCFM gives workers instant access to 50% of their pay as soon as they have earned it

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TC Facilities Management has partnered with Wagestreamto enable colleagues to instantly access up to 50% of their pay as soon as it is earned. The company has launched Wagestream, through its partnership with Innovise, because it provides genuine financial wellbeing support, and a lifeline to help deal with unexpected expenses and relieve financial stress.

We have Mail: Safety of public toilets

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Hi Jan,

Thank you for once again introducing the issue of the availability and safety of public toilets. You may not be aware that a BSI Committee has been addressing this issue and trying to ensure that sensible, accurate information is available to the providers of sanitary facilities during these very difficult times.

Customers can shop in confidence with Jangro

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As the pandemic continues to fuel unprecedented demand for cleaning & hygiene products, the UK Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association recently advised buyers against purchasing from new, unethical, and profiteering companies. Following this recent warning, Jangro, one of the first distributors to be accredited by the CHSA's Accredited Distributors Scheme, is reassuring customers that it is committed to quality, reliability and prices.

Industry donations help children’s specialist healthcare Trust reopen safely

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The James Hopkins Trust, a respite centre for very severely disabled and life-threatened children who live in Gloucestershire, has recently been faced with the challenge of reopening its doors as the Covid-19 situation comes under control.

HSE Safety Alert issued on use of face masks designated KN95

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The Health & Safety Executive has issued a safety alert about the poor quality of face masks claiming to be of KN95 standard.

£1.5m Textiles Projects Grant Fund re-launched by WRAP in response to Covid-19

WRAP is making its £1.5 million textiles grant fund more accessible and has streamlined the application process so that funds can be allocated more quickly. The deadline£for applications - published as Thursday 18 June - no longer applies. Applications will now be assessed on a rolling basis until WRAP closes the scheme (or all funds are allocated).

770 mile challenge for phs staff

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Staff from hygiene services firm Phs Group are on a mission this month to raise hundreds of pounds for a mental health charity. While they may be based at different locations across the company, seven members of the team have signed up to take part in June One Ten - an initiative to run 110 miles each across the month of June.

Merco consolidates time & attendance requirements with SmartTask

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Merco, the Salford-based contract cleaning company, has used SmartTask to consolidate its time & attendance requirements across more than 100 customer sites in North-West England and North Wales.

High-performance Propelair toilet launches £3.2M funding campaign

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This week the UK manufacturers and patent holders of the world's lowest-water-flush toilet Propelair are launching a £3.2M funding round, including via investment platform Seedrs.

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
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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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