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Dubai Mall is first shopping centre to achieve GBAC STAR

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The Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, along with 14 additional facilities around the globe have achieved GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

Secure sanitation the sustainable way, with TomCat

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With the Coronavirus pandemic running rampant we cannot afford to take any chances with our cleaning equipment or processes and TomCat's floor cleaning machines will help cleaning contractors go that extra mile in terms of both hygiene and sustainability, whilst cutting costs.

Sanitise vehicles by nebulisation at 50 microns

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A new accessory available from Santoemma enables the company's dense foam extractors to be used to sanitise vehicle interiors without overwetting, by nebulising a sanitising chemical at 50 microns.

Marc Wolpers is new vice president sales hygiene at W+D/BICMA

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Marc Wolpers has taken over the position of vice president sales hygiene at W+D. Reporting directly to the management, Marc is managing the entire sales department of the W+D Hygiene Solutions division and thus manages both the W+D sales team and sales for BICMA Hygiene Technology in Mayen.

Bed bugs secure $1.18m investment for UK AI firm

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Investors have rewarded the commercial success of Spotta's smart pest systems with a $1.18 million seed funding round.

This investment reflects Spotta's huge potential in global markets in hospitality, farming, forestry and other sectors to solve the £320 bn ($400 bn) problem of insect pests while dramatically reducing pesticide use.

Splashback, urinals, and the Covid connection

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The World Health Organisation reports that Coronavirus can spread in an infected person's urine. Referred to as 'viral shedding', this means that if traces of contaminated urine become aerosolised and inhaled, the disease can infect others in the washroom.

Partnership produces premium performance rechargeable antimicrobial micrillon micro-denier fibres

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UMF Corporation, which researches and develops high-performance products, programs and training for infection prevention and commercial cleaning, has announced its partnership with Universal Fiber Systems, the US manufacturer of synthetic filament-based and specialty fibres.

SOAPBOX: Coronavirus is easy to kill... with a little common sense

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When lockdown started, we all joked about how big the party was going to be when it ended, but of course that hasn't happened; partly because lockdown is being only gradually eased, but also because of widespread fear.

Hospitality sector needs to heed new cleaning techniques

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With hotels, restaurants and cafes all gradually reopening to the public, establishing a thorough cleaning regime now is crucial for the safe return of guests.

Cleaning companies are adopting new technology to cope during Coronavirus

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Cleaning companies have faced huge challenges during the response to Covid-19. Whilst some areas of the sector have seen businesses totally shut down, many have been scrambling to keep up with demand, having to adopt new standards and new ways of working.

WoolSafe approval for cleaning and sanitising solutions

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Two of the primary cleaning and sanitising solutions being used in Coronavirus-related 'deep cleans' have been approved by The WoolSafe Organisation for use on wool carpets, fabrics and rugs: Prochem’s Microsan and Clensan.

Savortex responds to Covid-19 with launch of revolutionary new 'smart' hand sanitiser

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Savortex has announced the launch of its 'Smart' Hand Sanitiser, a cleverly-designed hygiene product that will help restart the office economy in a post-Covid environment.

Kärcher strengthens municipal vehicle offering with acquisition of Max Holder GmbH

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Max Holder GmbH, popular manufacturer of compact, multi-functional municipal and viticulture vehicles used globally, has been acquired by Kärcher.

Second phase begins: Investigation into impact of Covid-19 on commercial recycling

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Rubbermaid Commercial Products begins the second phase of its Love Recycling study with a survey investigating what impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on commercial recycling so far in Europe and its potential ramifications.

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I touched on the subject a couple of times during lockdown, but what's happened since has really focused my thinking and I can see that our industry is going to need to focus on what comes next - and what it plans to do about it - too.

The UK Government (and what I'm about to say may also apply to other countries) is desperately trying to get a new nation of homeworkers back into their offices and thus also onto crowded and unreliable public transport systems deemed so unsafe we've recently been instructed to wear masks whilst travelling. We've become used to avoiding the early morning alarm call to shower & don business attire before what's often a stressful journey to our workplaces, we've embraced online business meetings and we've enjoyed a better quality of life and more time with our families since several hours a week are no longer spent commuting. Many offices are not set up for social distancing, either, so where we physically work isn't necessarily down to personal preference.

Reading the arguments in newspapers as well as reader comments on online broadcasts and social media, I've known for some time that a huge majority of those whose companies are happy to keep everyone working from home, are delighted. Apart from noisy neighbours using what sounds like heavy machinery for lengthy DIY projects, what's not to like about working from a home (or even garden) office?

A new survey by Accumulate Capital, of over 500 senior business decision-makers, has revealed that: 73% believe the pandemic will result in more UK businesses downsizing to smaller office spaces in the coming 12 months (37% are already planning to relocate to a smaller commercial space themselves over the same period)... 50% acknowledge that their preference for commercial working spaces has changed significantly... 58% believe that working from home will become the norm. These are huge changes.

But it's not all about offices, is it? Many stores, restaurants and pubs have announced closures as we, the public, have taken to shopping online & no longer feel that socialising outside of the home in the 'new normal' is the fun it used to be.

The contract cleaning industry is going to have to hugely refocus its efforts, bid for new contracts in different areas and train staff in new procedures - and fast if they're to survive and thrive. Manufacturers and suppliers will be asked for different products and equipment, too.

Are you ready? I certainly hope so...



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Evaluating electrostatic sprayers for surface disinfection

* Evaluating-electrostatic-sprayers.jpgAuthor: Katherine Velez, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Clorox Healthcare

Using established technologies in innovative ways can help facilities navigate the ‘new normal’ of clean needed to meet pandemic and post-pandemic standards.

Victor poised to recapture podium position

* Victor-vacuuming.jpgThe new owner of the world-renowned brand of Victor floor cleaning machines, has ambitions to raise the brand to its former prominence.

Established in 1946 and a pioneer in the world of rotary floor buffing machines, the highly reputable range of Victor machines became a mainstay in many cleaning cupboards in hospitals, schools, retail environments, public buildings and more…

Prochem launches fast spray mist disinfecting for floors and surfaces

* Prochem-model.jpgA mobile solution for quickly disinfecting facilities and public areas has been launched to market by specialist cleaning systems innovator, Prochem Europe.

The Micro-Mist is purpose-designed for fast application of disinfecting solutions in a fine mist to interior floors, carpets, upholstery and multiple types of surfaces and touch-points.

Bin wash app now live!

* Bin-Wash-App.jpgEver the innovator, Morclean has developed a new bin wash app available as a free download. Now live on Android (Google Play Store) with IOS (Apple) to follow soon, it is designed to assist bin wash operators in organising their cleaning rounds, plan their journeys, know what's been cleaned that week and much more - whoever's equipment they use.

Operators can add customers to the app manually or import them via the spreadsheet template provided. Customers can be grouped into rounds; rounds can be grouped into larger groups if the operator so wishes.

Triforce officially kills SARS-CoV-2 in only three minutes

* Triforce.jpgTriforce is among the very first disinfectants to receive US Environmental Protection Agency approval on a SARS-CoV-2 kill claim.

Data from testing on SARS-CoV-2 in EPA-approved labs confirms that Triforce kills the virus that causes Covid-19 in just three minutes, while nearly all others on List N have only demonstrated efficacy against a harder-to-kill virus or similar human coronavirus.

The best cleaning processes for post-Lockdown hotels

* ODC-for-post-lockdown.jpgAs much of the world is beginning to open its doors once more, many customers and clients will be wondering how they'll be kept safe from the Coronavirus. While many cleaning procedures in hotels may be largely unchanged, the opportunity to provide hotel guests with greater levels of hygiene is now prime.

The Coronavirus has shaken every industry and made us all question our approach to hygiene, with hospitals and clinics having to maintain a high level of cleanliness to combat a growing risk of infection and the hospitality industry having to impose social distancing throughout restaurants.

Green cleaning company boosts eco credentials by saving c.45 tonnes of virgin plastic

* Green-cleaning_Bio-D.jpgEthical cleaning company Bio-D has released its first annual Sustainability Report, outlining key achievements and company commitments to successfully create cleaning products that don't cost the Earth in any sense.

Outlining the organisation’s economic, social and environmental impacts, the report details how Bio-D has saved 43.59 tonnes of virgin plastic over the last 12 months by creating bottled packaging from post-consumer waste.

Germinator awarded vendor contract by The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS)

* Germinator.jpgA national leader in a fast-growing industry, Germinator Mobile Sanitizing and Disinfecting has announced that it was recently awarded a contract by The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS).

Based in Texas and comprising over 11,000 Members, TIPS is a successful and growing national US purchasing cooperative. It is a department of Region 8 Education Service Center, a governmental entity.

Cromwell Plastics Recycling extends UK manufacturing and recycling operations

* Cromwell-01-Recycling-process.jpgCromwell Polythene's manufacturing and recycling division, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, has extended the group's capacity to recover and reprocess waste polythene. This follows further investment in new machinery and the expansion of its existing Polythene Recovery Service.

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Recent UK News

Loch Lomond Whiskies donates Shield Guard sanitiser to keep European Tour golf safe

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An award-winning Scottish luxury whisky brand, a prestigious golf tour, and a Northamptonshire manufacturer of sanitising products. Ordinarily, these would have little in common, but 2020 has been no ordinary year.

Now Loch Lomond Whiskies has donated more than 1000-litres of Shield Guard hand sanitiser, made with alcohol produced at The Loch Lomond Distillery, to the European Tour UK Swing and this is a story, not just of doing good, but of innovation and agility when faced by an unprecedented challenge.

PUBLIC TOILET FORUM: Bureau Veritas welcomes new Changing Places rule as 'another positive step' for accessibility

With recent changes making it compulsory for many commercial buildings to design changing places toilets for severely disabled people, Bureau Veritas has welcomed the move as another positive step for accessibility and inclusivity.

Bristol cleaning businessman up for major franchising award

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With a background in financial services both in the UK and internationally, Damon Brown gave that all up to run his own cleaning services franchise, and has not looked back.

Clarion calls Samsic to offices in Central and South-East England

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The UK's largest provider of affordable housing, Clarion Housing Group, has appointed Samsic UK to provide cleaning services to its offices in Central and South-East England.


Dear Jan,

I was interested to read the article in Cleanzine on a proposed Toilet Hygiene Rating Scheme, and to follow the subsequent correspondence on the matter. The European Tissue Symposium (ETS) sees this as an interesting initiative.

A certified scheme, with a certificate or badge that is recognised by owners and operators as well as the general public, could offer important guidance as to the hygiene levels required to maintain optimal health & safety - and, of course, it is particularly timely in these times of pandemic.

Cleanology up for national award recognising service industry entrepreneurs

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Commercial cleaning, facilities management and support services provider Cleanology has proved its talent for innovation, ethics and environment by beating other companies to the shortlist for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Judges, including Cath Kidston and Go Compare founder Hayley Parsons, chose Cleanology from others in the London and East of England region.

Winners of CHSA's 2020 Undergraduate Bursary announced

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Three talented and hard-working young people - Sidney Beckles, Garry Richford and Anya Squires - have been named as the recipients of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's 2020 Undergraduate Bursaries.

What a Fantastic idea! Prochem distributor provides NHS workers with free cleaning

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Prochem distributor and home-services company, FantasticServices, has been rallying to support NHS staff nationwide by donating two hours of cleaning free of charge and giving preferential rates to all frontline NHS workers. Now, the company is looking to expand this offer to all key workers in the UK.

Chris James steps down from WAMITAB CEO role

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Following the announcement on 22nd July 2020 regarding the closer integration of the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB) into the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), Chris James has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of WAMITAB.

PUBLIC TOILET FORUM: We have mail - Public toilets: the Ratings Bill and the good Guidance from Wales!

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Hi Jan,

Thank you for drawing attention to the Government's move to make Changing Places toilets compulsory in new buildings.

BCC works with Director of Labour Market Enforcement to fight worker exploitation

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The British Cleaning Council has held a virtual meeting with the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, as part of its drive to ensure the voice of the cleaning & hygiene sector is heard at the highest levels.

Bus operator sets out the future for hygienic bus travel

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Following rigorous research and testing of various products that have come to the market since the Covid-19 pandemic, NAT Group has confirmed its updated cleaning product line-up and procedures to ensure that all Welsh Government regulations are adhered to, and exceeded.

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