*Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 15th October 2020 Issue no. 940

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International News

Raimondo Raimondi elected president of RCM

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Raimondo Raimondi has been unanimously elected as the new president of RCM SpA. He succeeds of Roberto Raimondi, who has been president since 1983.

New report details cleaning products industry’s response to pandemic

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The American Cleaning Institute has released a new report: ‘Rising to an unprecedented challenge: The cleaning products industry’s response to Covid-19’.

Middle East Cleaning Technology Week moves to September 2021

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Middle East Cleaning Technology Week, the region's leading exhibition for the commercial cleaning & hygiene industries, will be moved to September 2021, joint organisers Messe Frankfurt Middle East (MFME) and VIS have announced.

InnuScience unveils RSG product range

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Biotechnology-based cleaning systems specialist InnuScience, has introduced its RSG (Ready Set Go!) range of products that can be used wherever there is a water source and which include a simple integration with a portable dilution system.

Ambius revolutionises health & safety for businesses with Hygiene360

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Business leaders are faced with an onslaught of new decisions to keep their customers and employees safe from the spread of Covid-19.

Ambius, known for its commitment to helping organisations promote healthy spaces through interior landscaping and scenting solutions, launched Hygiene360, a suite of full-service solutions that tackle the spread of germs on surfaces, person-to-person and in the air.

Indoor air should be the key factor in combating viruses

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The effectiveness and predictability of combatting the pandemic can be improved by direct changes to indoor environments. Advanced indoor solutions can reduce the risk of a virus spreading by up to 90%, depending on the premises. However, even simple means are worth trying.

Nilfisk’s latest launches respond to increasing demand for autonomous cleaning

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Nilfisk has announced the launch of two high-performance additions to its portfolio of autonomous solutions.

CMS Berlin 2021 is gearing up to go

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The Coronavirus pandemic has made it clear to the world how important cleaning and hygiene are. It has also placed the spotlight on the building cleaning trade, an industry that is vital to the economy.

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There aren't many hours left to visit the virtual Manchester Cleaning Show (https://cleaningshow.co.uk/manchester) today, so if you haven't yet logged in, do try soon! Based on innovative technology which allows visitors to interact with each other by sending messages and business cards, we can 'browse' exhibitors' virtual booths, discover company profiles and videos and even pose questions that will be answered virtually. There is also an informative pre-recorded programme of presentations from some of the industry's leading figures, which will be made available after the event, for those who've not been able to log in and take part in real time. 

These presentations feature a wide range of topics that are highly relevant to anyone working in the sector; some focus on the industry's hugely important role during the pandemic and how it can assist in the reopening of the economy. The Show is free to attend, with no apps to download and you can view everything on a device of your choice. Hope to see you there!

Next Wednesday, 21st October, marks the sixth annual Thank Your Cleaner Day - and, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, this special day which highlights the important work our world's cleaners carry out, is more important than ever before. Acknowledged as the 'keyworkers' they are, cleaners were fighting the virus on the front line while the rest of us were locked down and never more than now do they deserve our thanks and appreciations.

In case you're not familiar with it, thank Your Cleaner Day (www.thankyourcleanerday.com) originated in New Zealand when the local trade organisation for Building Services Contractors worked with Kärcher to recognise the unsung heroes of the cleaning industry. Over 30 countries now take part across the world, from Australia to the Dominican Republic, from the US to Singapore. Kärcher continues to champion the cause and encourage as many businesses to take part as possible. Do please help to spread the word.



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This Week's News

Royal visit for green cleaning pioneer

* Royal-visit-Bio-P.jpgBio-Productions, an industrial cleaning product manufacturer with an award-winning record for producing environmentally-responsible products for customers across the globe, welcomed HRH The Princess Royal on a tour of its Burgess Hill, Sussex, facility.

Founded in 1986, the company has led the way in developing 'greener' alternatives to harsh chemical compounds, including, most recently, an alcohol-free hand sanitising gel to combat Covid-19.

Demand for Purehold's hygienic door handles booms due to Covid-19

* Purehold-horiz-handle.jpgSince the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak, demand for Purehold's range of 'clip on' antimicrobial door handle solutions for 'push' doors, 'pull' doors and 'lever' doors has boomed, due to the simplicity of installation and silver ion technology which has been proven to kill bacteria and viruses.

Chief medical officer for the UK Government, Professor Chris Whitty, recently confirmed that people can catch Covid-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face.

ACI survey finds decline in handwashing practices since beginning of pandemic

* GLOBAL-HANDWASHING-DAY.jpgAs we commemorate Global Handwashing Day today (October 15th), the American Cleaning Institute reports a 14-percentage point decline in frequent handwashing since the start of the pandemic, according to a new national survey.

The research, which was conducted by Ipsos for ACI, both in March and again in September 2020, tracked changes in consumer cleaning behaviours spanning the first six months of the pandemic in the US.

Do you have the retail floor cleaning blues?

* Retail-floors.jpgRetail cleaning can be challenging, and back of house areas are no exception. Dust, combined with oil and grease from food units renders cleaning difficult.

Time constraints make it hard to have a separate sweep and scrub process.

Kaivac promotes Bob Robinson Jr to chief growth officer

* Kaivac-Bob-jnr.jpgBob Robinson Jr, a member of the Kaivac team since the cleaning systems developer was founded, has just been promoted and is now the company's chief growth officer (CGO).

The position, ‘chief growth officer’, is relatively new for many companies, having been created in the past decade.

Bio-D launches new laundry service trial

* Bio-D2.jpgEthical cleaning company Bio-D has launched a much-anticipated laundry service across the UK for its 20-litre containers.

Working collaboratively with selected wholesalers to return, refill and reuse the containers, the trial will create a closed-loop system - further reducing the amount of plastic used by the company and helping to contribute to a more sustainable society.

Mini Savona: The economical, compact and elegant soap dispenser

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The Mini Savona is the latest addition to Kennedy Hygiene’s hand washing range.

A compact and elegant dispenser, it provides a large amount of soap in a single dose, making it an ultra-economical choice for hand washing, as it cuts waste by negating the perceived need by users, to dispense several doses to collect what they consider to be an adequate amount of soap.

Brain Corp announces new UX design and reporting capabilities that simplify robotic usage at scale

* Brain-Corp-UX.jpgBrain Corp, has this week announced the launch of new user experience (UX) design and reporting capabilities that dramatically improve the way autonomous mobile robots can be used and managed at scale.

The software enhancements are designed to optimise usage of BrainOS-powered robots for different types of users - from a robot operator to management personnel - on a global basis. They also include powerful new software features for BrainOS-enabled robotic scrubbers that deliver improved cleaning efficiency and flexibility for commercial locations.

Bruntwood launches new FM business

* Bruntwood.jpgCommercial property specialist Bruntwood, is expanding its service offering with the launch of a new facilities management business, Unify, which will provide fully integrated FM services encompassing cleaning and specialist cleaning, energy, mechanical and electrical repairs and maintenance.

The company has already secured 30 new contracts, and enters its first full financial year with an £8m contract value order book, as it seeks growth among occupiers of commercial office and public-sector buildings, national retailers and the industrial and logistics industries, alongside Bruntwood's 2,600 customers.

Biogas plant in South Korea to produce heat from food waste

* Biogas-South-Korea.jpgWeltec Biopower is about to build a biogas plant in South Korea. The plant is being set up in the province of Gyeonggi-do, some 60 km north of Seoul, and will transform biogas into heat in an integrated gas boiler.

Facilicom secures contract extension with The Open University

* FACILICOM-OPEN-UNIVERSITY.jpgCleaning and soft services provider, Facilicom UK & Ireland, has secured a new, one-year contract with The Open University (OU). This follows a decade-long relationship with the supported open learning and research experts.

The cleaning specialist began working at OU's Nottingham site over 10 years ago, delivering hygiene and window cleaning services.

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Recent UK News

No Falls Foundation appoints health & safety advisor

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Following his retirement from the Health & Safety Executive on 30th September, Ray Cooke has agreed to serve as the No Falls Foundation's first Health & Safety Advisor.

Cleaning operatives win praise as industry assesses the effects of Coronavirus

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The cleaning & hygiene industry has been assessing the huge impact of Coronavirus and the lockdown on different sectors, businesses, and operatives. A British Cleaning Council audit of members last month shows that organisations and individuals are having to adapt rapidly to the major changes brought by the virus.

An Exclusive solution

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National contract cleaning service provider Exclusive Services Group has appointed Dave Emmerson to the role of solutions director, to support the Hatfield-based contractor's growing use of emerging cleaning technologies and help manage its ambitious sustainability targets.

2020 Loo of the Year Awards event cancelled

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Because of Covid-19 restrictions on the numbers of attendees at events in England, the 2020 Loo of the Awards event, including Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards - planned for Friday 4th December 2020 - has been cancelled.

Working safely while meeting demand during pandemic

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Matrix Cleaning Systems, leading UK steam cleaning machine manufacturer, has - like many other suppliers - had to make many changes to the way it maintains production to meet the global demand for its key products.

Keep a lookout for latex

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With the increased use of personal protective equipment during the pandemic, there is the potential for workers to develop allergic reactions to items containing latex, warns the Health & Safety Executive.

Litter pick for Great British September Clean reveals multiple waste types being discarded

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Cromwell Polythene and its manufacturing and recycling division, CPR Manufacturing, have undertaken a voluntary litter pick for Keep Britain Tidy's Great British September Clean (11th – 27th September).

It's a 'thumbs up' from Cleanzine for winners of this year's BICSc Awards!

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Nearly six months have passed and Covid-19 continues to dominate pretty much everything we do, and whilst the British Institute of Cleaning Science has had to cancel the Annual Awards Dinner, which would have taken place this week, the team wanted to mark the event by recognising just some of those who have played a part in what continues to be a heroic cleaning effort.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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