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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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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.
Ever 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.
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As 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.
Ethical 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.
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Cromwell 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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