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International News

Interclean Amsterdam 2020 goes virtual

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After 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.

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

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

Bunzl to make further acquisitions in the US and Ireland

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Bunzl 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.

Cintas donates face masks and essential supplies to local schools

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Cintas 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.

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

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The 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.

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.

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We had a chuckle at home today, over the Nottingham Trent University student who forgot to shut his window when hurriedly leaving his room in Halls to head home before lockdown kicked in. He returned this week to find that pigeons had moved in, not only leaving pigeon mess all over the room, but laying two eggs in the sink and a hatched chick in the wardrobe! 

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I pity the poor souls who had to clean up after both of these incidents, but perhaps not as much as the worker at the Exhall, Warwickshire, waste management centre who, investigating a terrible stench recently, opened a dumped chest freezer, only to find the body of a murdered man inside.

As my daughter (who used to work as an office cleaner every evening after college) said: "You wouldn't know where to start, would you?" I'd felt the same, but quickly realised that this is probably where every good cleaner's training and experience kicks in.



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This Week's News

Nilfiskā€™s Virtual Launch event will help you smarten up your business

* Nilfisk-robot.jpgNilfisk has not rested on its laurels over the past 100-plus years - whether it be over technical innovation or the marketing of its products – so it comes as no surprise that it is using the Internet for a ‘virtual launch’ event next month.

Medtech firm launches to help companies create safer working environments

* Medtech_Jamie-Sam.jpgA new engineer-led work safety business, headquartered in Yorkshire, that uses the latest technologies and applications to combat pathogens, has launched to help organisations create safer, cleaner working environments post-Covid.

Having worked within the medical technology sector for the last 12 years, sister and brother, Samantha and Jamie Moore, have set up Moore MedTech in response to the problems businesses and facilities management specialists face when reopening and operating workplaces safely following the outbreak of the pandemic.

Greyland continues expansion with new additions to sales force

* Greyland-new-Recruits.jpgGreyland has been joined by two highly respected sales people with a huge amount of industry experience between them.

Samantha (Sam) Farr, and Phil Wallen, have now been taken on by Greyland, in order “to cope with the massive demand for cleaning chemicals”, which the global pandemic has brought about.

Screen protection kills Coronavirus and 99.99% of most common surface bacteria

* Testing-Virus.jpgScreen protection specialist InvisibleShield’s 2020 glass screen protectors - treated with Kastus anti-microbial technology, have been confirmed by an independent global testing laboratory to be effective against human Coronavirus as well as 99.99% of the most common surface bacteria.

All InvisibleShield anti-microbial glass screen protectors produced in 2020 and beyond will feature Kastus technology.

Service high footfalls easily with the Pedal Pro 7000 hand sanitising station

* FIG1.jpgAre you servicing high footfalls? Want to keep your venue as Covid safe throughout the day for staff, visitors, and pupils? Struggling to keep up with demand on your hand sanitiser station? Then the Pedal Pro 7000 is your solution!

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the hygiene and safety of staff, visitors and attendees has become the No.1 priority for businesses. The challenge is even greater for those welcoming large footfalls. Whole industries are now facing so many challenges in their day-to-day operations, particularly those with large footfalls such as event spaces, museums, offices, schools and universities.

A multi-channel sales strategy is key for competitive industries to stay ahead

* Nick-Davies_OGL-Computer.jpgwrites Nick Davies, head of software development, OGL Computer

“Many cleaning and janitorial product suppliers will have seen a surge in online orders during the pandemic as demand rose, especially from new customers.

During the pandemic, selling cleaning and janitorial products via more than one sales channel became key to continuing operations in this competitive industry.

Taski unveils IntelliSpray technology for businesses tackling post-pandemic health concerns

* IntelliSpray-Protects.jpgIntelliSpray technology, newly developed by Taski, is a fully integrated solution that allows facilities to scrub floors and disinfect them in a single pass, achieving a new standard in hygiene - the ultimate cleaning machine, now with integrated disinfection.

As the world emerges from the strictest of lockdown conditions, businesses face a variety of challenges, most prominent of which is the health of workers and customers. Lingering concerns regarding cleanliness and pathogens will elevate hygiene expectations and facilities are responsible for exceeding those expectations. IntelliSpray forms a core component of Taski's support for businesses facing these challenges.

Employees welcome ISS's new Group CEO

* ISS-employees-welcome.jpgISS’s new Group CEO Jacob Aarup-Andersen, celebrated his first day at the office on 1st September, along with thousands of ISS employees around the world who watched him speak at an online live broadcast event at the company's headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"I have truly looked forward to this day since the announcement in May,” he said – and – referring to the IT malware attack that hit the company in the beginning of 2020, and to the Covid-19 pandemic, added: “I have been thoroughly impressed by how all my ISS colleagues across the world have handled an immensely challenging start to 2020.

MEWA, quality and innovation to support industry 4.0

* MEWA.jpgWhen the first Model T rolled off the assembly line at Ford in Detroit in 1908, Hermann Gebauer founded MEWA in Ostritz, Germany.

Factories were then on the threshold of Industry 2.0, producing products faster and cheaper, enabling more people to buy them.

Why Cleaning now must be everyone's responsibility

* Cleaning-everyones-responsibility.jpgKimberly-Clark Professional partners with the British Institute of Cleaning Science to bring expert practical advice on how to operate successfully in the post-pandemic era of the cleaning industry.

High-profile judges announced for cleaning, hygiene & FM 'Technology & Marketing Awards'

LaCerta has announced its full list of high-profile judges for the new Technology & Marketing Awards for the cleaning and facilities management sector.

Sponsored by Vectair Systems, the awards are a chance for marketing & PR professionals, leaders, CEO's or anyone working on exciting campaigns in the cleaning, hygiene and FM sectors, to showcase and share their success.

Ecolab to deliver five million litres of hand sanitiser to the NHS

* Ecolab-manufacturing.jpgEcolab is to supply NHS Supply Chain with five million litres of hand sanitiser, Skinman Soft Protect FF, by the end of the year.

Ecolab has been a long-term supplier of NHS Supply Chain, providing critical infection prevention solutions, combined with service and training to help ensure cleaner, safer and healthier healthcare environments. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for infection prevention solutions has surged, and Ecolab has worked closely with NHS Supply Chain to help ensure the right products are delivered where they are needed the most across the NHS and health & social care.

SOAPBOX: Repositioning cleaning in the new normal

* Dominic-Ponniah.jpgby Dominic Ponniah, CEO at Cleanology

It goes without saying that the last few months have been challenging and, with no vaccine available and queries over the value of antibodies against Covid 19, we still face an uncertain time ahead. The profile of cleaning has never been so high and, as businesses start to reopen, hygiene is top of everyone's agenda.

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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.


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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.

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