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Evaluating electrostatic sprayers for surface disinfection

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Author: 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.

Prochem launches fast spray mist disinfecting for floors and surfaces

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A 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.

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

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

The best cleaning processes for post-Lockdown hotels

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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.

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

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A 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).

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.

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Learning earlier this week that our industry's most popular show, Interclean Amsterdam, (moved from May to November thanks to the pandemic) is to become a virtual show only, made me feel quite miserable. Although it was absolutely the right decision for the organisers to have made, this is a huge blow for the industry. If it weren't for our sector's skills, services and products being in such high demand because of the pandemic, I would say that it will have a detrimental effect on the exhibitors' businesses, but as things stand it will be the show's owners and organisers who'll bear the brunt of the change, as well as those of us for whom attending the event is the highlight of the working year. And the good people of Amsterdam, of course.

I feel particularly sad for Rob den Hertog, who - along with Gerard Rijnbeek and before that, Jos van den Berg, has been 'the face' of the show in recent years, because this is the year Rob retires and however successful the virtual event will be, it won't be quite the same as meeting up in person. Rob - we wish you well!

John and I presented the concept of a virtual exhibition to the ISSA while at the Birmingham show well over a decade ago. The idea was that it wouldn't replace a show but would run alongside it, which would not only bring in extra revenue for the organisers, but would give the exhibitors a chance to display their wares to potential buyers who were not able to make it along to the main event. It had everything a live show has. The team liked what was on the CD but perhaps felt that everything was a bit too futuristic to want to take the idea forward. We never dreamt back then that virtual shows would become a necessity, rather than the icing on the cake. How times have changed! And no doubt I'm not the only one wondering whether we'll ever get back to the way we were.

There's more about Interclean below as well as a statement from Rob that I lifted from Twitter. In it Rob talks about his pride at the way our industry has coped with what's been thrown at us. I'm sure most of us will agree with everything he says.



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This Week's News

Interclean Amsterdam 2020 goes virtual

* Interclean.jpgAfter consultation with their Exhibition Committee and major stakeholders, the organisers of Interclean Amsterdam have decided to cancel this year's 'in person' event and will host a virtual version instead from 3rd - 6th November.

"This decision is disappointing for all of us, especially as RAI Amsterdam is ready to organise Interclean Amsterdam Covid-secure and fully in line with all health & safety guidelines, says Bas Dalm, executive vice president exhibition & sales at RAI Amsterdam.

Manchester Cleaning Show: UK cleaning industry needs show of strength

* Cleaning-Show-Boris.jpgDuring a Board meeting of British Cleaning Council Exhibitions last week, members unanimously agreed that the Manchester Cleaning Show should be held as planned, at Event City in Manchester from 14th -15th October 2020.

A statement issued by the Board says:

“Following the UK Government's announcement that trade shows can restart on 1st October, we are ready to host a safe and quality event experience for all event attendees.

Message from Interclean's Rob den Hertog, who retires from his role this year...

* Rob-den-Hertog.jpgIn a statement on Tuesday, which was tweeted, Rob den Hertog, Interclean's director professional cleaning & hygiene, said:

"Well, we can't say that we didn't try. Thank you to everyone who has loyally supported our event; to all those who have worked so hard to try to make it happen. As this is my final Interclean year I also wanted to express a huge thank you personally to all those great people in the industry I have met and have the pleasure to work with.

Bunzl to make further acquisitions in the US and Ireland

* Bunzl-agrees.jpgBunzl has entered into agreements to acquire a US-based safety equipment business with operations in Central and South America, Canada and Europe, and a flexible packaging distributor in Ireland.

MCR Safety, which is based in Memphis, Tennessee, is engaged in the distribution of a variety of largely own-brand personal protection equipment and other safety products to distributors operating in a number of end user markets.

Cintas donates face masks and essential supplies to local schools

* cintas_facemask_service.jpgCintas has collaborated with Adopt A Class to donate more than 100,000 items of essential supplies, including face masks, thermometers and hand sanitiser, to local high-poverty schools.

The donated items will help the schools' faculty and staff with Covid-19 protection and containment as they prepare for the school year.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner adds sanitising stations onboard to keep passengers moving safely

* Amtrak-Pacific-Surfliner-Sanitizing-Stations.jpgThe Los Angeles - San Diego - San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, which manages the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service, continues to improve efforts in partnership with Amtrak to keep passengers safe.

As well as enhanced and more frequent cleaning throughout, at key locations onboard, passengers can now access a variety of cleaning products including alcohol-based hand sanitiser and antibacterial surface wipes.

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Recent UK News

Register now for FREE AHCP webinar taking place 10th September 2020

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The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals is hosting a free webinar on Thursday 10th September, 2020, from 13:00 - 16:00.


Covid-19 - Live Discussion & Debate:

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Victor poised to recapture podium position

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The 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…

Bin wash app now live!

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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.

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

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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.

Cromwell Plastics Recycling extends UK manufacturing and recycling operations

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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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


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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