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International News

Nilfisk’s Virtual Launch event will help you smarten up your business

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Nilfisk 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.

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

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Screen 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.

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

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Are 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!

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

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IntelliSpray 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.

Employees welcome ISS's new Group CEO

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ISS’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.

MEWA, quality and innovation to support industry 4.0

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When 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.

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).

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I hadn't meant to follow on from last week's leader about student accommodation but just had to post this pic of the loo my friend's son was faced with when he arrived at his privately-run university digs this week: disgusting in normal times, but with Covid-19 apparently now latching onto the UK's youngsters, unforgivable! It wasn't just the loo; the housemates were forced to clean the entire house and this included rubbish removal and washing dishes. I hope they charge the landlady minimum wage rate or above - and for the materials used. Who'd be an end-of-tenancy cleaner if that's how these premises are left? 

I rarely mention new products in my leaders but like the cleaning cloth Vernon Holmes was pictured holding last time I did so 17 months back, which had numbered sections to ensure it was used efficiently, there are times I'm so taken with new ideas that I can't help myself. Today it's KinderStep, (more below) which enables children and the vertically challenged to wash their hands in public washrooms properly, without having water running down their arms and dripping off their elbows onto the floor. What a great idea and one I can see becoming as popular with the public as baby changing facilities now are!

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KinderStep reminded me of how, years ago, I learned that my 'vertically challenged' friend Bob hated one local pub because he couldn't reach the urinals and issues were created if he was 'caught short' when the one cubicle was occupied. He emerged from the washrooms red-faced, flanked by two chuckling male friends who regaled us with an action replay of how they'd had to hook their arms under Bob's armpits to lift and hold him so he could do what he needed to - easy enough when sober but precarious after a few beers. We all laughed, but now older and wiser, I can see that this can't have been very dignified for Bob. I do hope that those installing a KinderStep at the basins in the 'gents' will also consider fixing one in urinal banks where there aren't already children's facilities.



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This Week's News

CHSA launches accreditation scheme for chemicals manufacturers

* CHSA-Chemical.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is launching an Accreditation Scheme for the Manufacturers of Cleaning Chemicals.

This move means the CHSA has achieved its strategic ambition of accrediting all members. The combination of the Association's rigorous Code of Practice and its Accreditation Schemes guarantees its members trade ethically and work hard to maintain standards in the industry.

Principle raises £25K for Richard House, London's first children's hospice

* Principle-25K-Childrens-Hospice.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, has raised £25,000 for Richard House Children's Hospice in East London.

Staff based at Principle's head office and throughout its many client sites supported the initiative, holding events such as office tuck shops, quizzes, sweepstakes, barbeques, sponsored bike rides, walks in Snowdonia and more.

£15 billion sales boost for FM Market

* FM-sales-boost.jpgA new report on the UK facilities management market from MTW Research concludes that outsourcing is set to outperform the UK economy in 2020, with 85% of FM contractors having healthy finances despite the pandemic.

Based on data from 80% of the FM market, the report forecasts a return to pre Covid-19 sales faster than initially expected, with revenue exceeding 2019 levels by H2 2022 with a 10% sales boost.

Phs Compliance supports businesses back to work after lockdown

* PHS-Compliance.jpgProperty and facilities management services firm Phs Compliance has launched a new coronavirus surface swab test as part of a range of measures to support businesses reopen safely as lockdown measures ease.

The new surface testing service alerts businesses if their premises are contaminated by Covid-19 and helps identify infected areas, enabling them to take action.

Kinderstep affords efficient handwashing for children as well as the height-challenged

* KinderStep.jpgEveryone should be able to wash their hands - the most basic hygiene act and one that saves lives during the pandemic.

Kinderstep International's mission is simple: allow children and people of short stature to wash their hands properly in public washrooms.

Jangronauts to the rescue!

* Jangronauts.jpgJangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, is urging all educational establishments to review their handwashing facilities.

With Covid-19 still in general circulation, an enhanced focus on hand hygiene is required to prevent the spread of infection.

Avidbots launches Neo 2, the next generation in robot floor scrubbers

* Avidbots-Neo-2.jpgAvidbots has announced the launch of Neo 2, its next-generation autonomous robot floor scrubber platform. Created to be the industry standard, Neo 2 has been engineered from the ground up to be the highest in quality, reliability, and serviceability with industry-leading technology and software, says the Ontario, Canada-based company.

What's in your Pub toilet? Some pubs are making a potentially dangerous error

* Nemesis.jpgBy Adrian Gee-Turner of Sterling Presentation Health

"The hospitality sector is under tremendous pressure, and generally speaking has responded to the Covid challenge with enthusiasm and professionalism.

Introducing the new compact ride-on sweeper S16 battery-powered

* Tennant-Vaclensa.jpgTennant Company tells us it is thrilled to launch the S16, its newest battery-powered ride-on sweeper, which delivers leading-edge Tennant innovations to combat real-world challenges facing today's facilities managers.

Lince Disinfettante: the all-in-one solution for sanitising indoors and out

* Idrobase-fogger.jpgFebruary 2020, the threat linked to Covid-19 spreads in Europe - Instantly Idrobase Group brings into play the fog maker Lince Disinfettante, which soon finds wide use in institutional and welfare contexts (schools, kindergartens, administrative offices) but also in recreational sites (discos and shops).

GreenZone scoops two bronze awards at the International Global Good Awards.

* Greenzone.jpgGreenZone Cleaning and Support Services, an already award-winning commercial cleaning company with sustainability and social impact at its core, has just scooped bronze at the international Global Good Awards for both 'Company of the Year' and 'Employee Engagement and Wellbeing' categories:

No mean feat considering the prestigious, corporate company it found itself in.

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Recent UK News

Medtech firm launches to help companies create safer working environments

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A 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.

Greyland continues expansion with new additions to sales force

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

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

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writes 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.

Why Cleaning now must be everyone's responsibility

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Kimberly-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.

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

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

SOAPBOX: Repositioning cleaning in the new normal

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by 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.

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:

- What have we learnt?
- Are you prepared for the second wave?

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.

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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