* Cleanzine-logo-7a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 19th November 2020 Issue no. 945

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International News

Diversey announces 3% to 4% price increase in Europe by January 1st 2021

Diversey has announced a 3% - 4% price increase across its Professional product ranges in Europe, effective January 1st 2021, due to continued cost movements and investment.

Virtual ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard Course

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If you are managing a cleaning business and are wishing to bring your organisation to the next level, you should consider joining the international edition of the training course 'Fundamentals of Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS)' and become a CIMS Certification Expert.

Germinator mobile sanitising & disinfecting adds ATP monitoring to its service offerings

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The Germinator mobile sanitising & disinfecting system now comes with the option of adenosine triphosphate monitoring as part of a now patent-pending methodology.

Leading the way in infection control: A Covid-19 fighting solution

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The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought chaos, as health officials and organisations scramble to find preventative measures for the spreading of the virus until a vaccine is discovered to bring transmission under control.

New array of finishes expands design flexibility with Bradley's Touchless Washbar

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Bradley Corp. has added five new beautiful finishes to its popular WashBar series to complement every designer's vision for washroom design.

These durable and environmentally-friendly finishes further enhance Bradley's growing line of WashBar models.

Leobot wins Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020

The third day of Interclean Amsterdam Online, the Show's first-ever 100% virtual event, started with the announcement of the winner of the Amsterdam Innovation Award.

European social dialogue: SSDC's plenary meeting devoted to Covid-19

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Late last month, EFCI (the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry in Europe) and its members took part in the plenary meeting of the Industrial Cleaning Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee.

Forum Pulire 2020, a growing event

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The new digital version of this unique multidisciplinary congress attracted 45% more public than the 2018 edition, with 729 participants from 26 nations.

Spotta puts bed bugs to the test

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In its first year of operation, Spotta's Bed Pods have reduced the amount of bed bug incidents discovered by hotel guests from 50% to just 3.3% in its customers' properties.

Clean N Coat offers combined solution to 24/7 cleaning and sanitising

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Finnish manufacturer Affix Labs’ new ‘Clean N Coat’ surface cleaning product, is applied in the same way as other cleaning products but has the added benefit of leaving but an almost invisible, ultra-thin, anti-microbial coating that actively protects surfaces for up to seven days.

Meet Billy

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Billy is an electronically-controlled industrial compact steam cleaner, specifically designed to clean and sanitise food facilities such as restaurants, bakeries, pubs and lounges, grocery stores, butcher's shops and delicatessents, as well as hotels and transport systems, where it can sanitise up to 600sq.m/hr.

Procurement Excellence recognised with CIPS certification for Mitie

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Mitie has been awarded the Procurement Excellence Programme certification by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) at standard level, demonstrating its commitment to maintaining a responsible, sustainable and professionally-managed supply chain.

CIRI to host ‘Covid-19: the second wave’ webinar series

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In its ongoing effort to provide cleaners and disaster restoration professionals with the latest research related to Covid-19 and protection of the built environment, the Cleaning Industry Research Institute will host ‘Covid-19: the second wave’ a three-part webinar series beginning Thursday, 12th November.

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We’re running a couple of interesting reports this week – one from the US and the other from Canada, which discuss people’s perceptions of cleaning and how seriously they affect decision-making when it comes to giving a particular facility our custom or choosing instead to walk on by.

Prior to this year’s upheaval, we’d go into buildings and use transport facilities, expecting them to be clean, but resigned perhaps to still use them if they weren’t. This year we’re concerned that if they’re not clean, we may end up becoming severely ill, or even dying – or, if we happen to have the ability to be one of the millions of asymptomatic Covid-19 carriers - making lots of other people ill.

Years ago, the word on the street was: “Waft a bit of furniture polish around if you want to convince people that a room’s been cleaned”. Nowadays people expect so much more, don’t they? You have to prove that the cleaning’s been done efficiently. No excuses.

News this week then about the discovery of dirty hotels, via a Which? report, and filthy London Underground transport systems (via a commuter, who having given several poles a quick clean down in an empty tube carriage, revealed a filthy wipe), comes as something of a surprise.

Whether or not you believe this pandemic is as bad as the various authorities (globally) say it is, now is not the time to cut corners with the cleaning, is it? At the very least, your reputation is at stake – and with many businesses facing a gargantuan struggle to stay afloat, cleaning, or lack of it, can really add that ‘make or break’ element, can’t it?



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This Week's News

Face mask laboratory tests show light-activated dye can destroy human coronaviruses

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CovGuard SHyCoCan: a breakthrough innovation against coronavirus in enclosed spaces

* Covguard.jpgCovguard Shycocan is a breakthrough innovation now available to defend against coronavirus within enclosed spaces. The device, launched by BV Consulting, is designed to disarm, disable and protect against Covid-19, providing real-time protection in buildings.

New data reveals consumer confidence in business cleanliness

* New-data.jpgFindings from a recent US national survey has unveiled strong consumer confidence in business cleanliness, with two-thirds of Americans (65%) saying businesses are cleaning enough.

The findings from the survey conducted for American Cleaning Institute by Ipsos underscore shoppers' confidence in not only the cleaning products and recommended protocols, but also their confidence in businesses to implement these protocols effectively within their workplace. The survey analysed consumer perceptions of cleaning measures following an unprecedented decline in sales for many small businesses and retailers due to Covid-19.

ISSA recognises 2020 Industry Achievement Award Winners

* Brian-Slack.jpgISSA has announced its 2020 Achievement Awards honorees, who have been recognised during the ISSA Show North America Virtual Experience, which is underway now.

The Jack D. Ramaley Industry Distinguished Service Award has been presented to Brian Slack (pictured left), CEO of Pro-Link, and the ISSA NextGen Rising Star Award in Honor of Jimmy Core has been presented to Kyle Pickens (pictured below right), regional sales manager with Home Depot Pro.

99Point9 Hygiene appoints industry expert to its board

* Keith-Baker.jpg99point9 Hygiene, the technology company producing the automated door handle disinfecting system approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency, has announced the appointment of Keith Baker to the company's board with immediate effect.

53 million disposable face masks sent to landfill every single day

* face-masks-to-landfill.jpgThe UK is binning an incredible 53,000,000 disposable face masks every single day, with reports that many face masks are ending up being carelessly discarded in the street ending up in streams and rivers.

"If you walk around any street now you will see disposable face masks being blown around with leaves in the gutter - they are the new cigarette butt - people are simply chucking them after use,” remarks Charlotte Green from waste company TradeWaste.co.uk

A glance into the future - Interclean Amsterdam Online

* Science-Interclean.jpgThe first-ever Interclean Amsterdam Online, which took place from 3rd – 6th November 2020, marked the shift of rethinking our future. The pandemic is changing the world and the way to digitalisation is taking the lead and is moving us forward.

Attendees from over 120 countries watched 81 sessions with knowledge provided by 136 experts. More than 7,000 professionals signed up for the virtual platform and made in total over 20,000 connections in four days.

DCS announces property management cleaning survey results

* DCS-Cleaning-Survey-Results.jpgCanadian-based consultancy DCS Global has announced the results of its recent survey amongst property managers on cleaning costs, plans and communications and it says that the majority are reporting lower cleaning costs and strong communications efforts.

"Our survey clearly shows the majority of property managers are staying on top of cleaning issues during the pandemic," says Randy Burke, president and CEO of DCS.

Double the success for Genesis Biosciences at inaugural Wales STEM Awards

* Genesis-Biosciences-Wales-STEM-Awards.jpgPioneering natural microbial and anti-microbial manufacturer, Genesis Biosciences, has won two Wales STEM Awards in the event's inaugural year.

The Cardiff based global biosciences company was among 42 innovative businesses to be named finalists in this year's highly anticipated awards, which celebrated those making a difference to, and championing, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Wales. The winners were announced in a virtual ceremony hosted by Sian Lloyd on November 12th.

Plaudits aplenty for British manufacturer

* Plaudits-for-Bio-Productions.jpgCleaning chemicals company Bio-Productions has received recognition from a variety of sources in the past month, after enduring its most challenging year to date.

The Burgess Hill, West Sussex-based company, was awarded a manufacturing accreditation by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association in October. It was also named a 'UK Business Hero' by the Sussex Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of its efforts to support the local community during the Covid-19 crisis.

Fast-growing NuServe gains coveted B Corp certification

* NuServe-B-Corp-certification.jpgA leading family-run cleaning contractor is celebrating after being recognised by the B Corporation (B Corp) for meeting rigorous social and environmental standards.

NuServe, which has been certified by B Lab, the not-for-profit behind the B Corp movement, takes pride of place in being only the second UK company providing services in cleaning and facilities management to achieve the accolade.

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Recent UK News

Key industry appointments for hygiene experts

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Christeyns Food Hygiene, manufacturer of professional hygiene products, is celebrating the appointments of two of its senior staff members, as they take on key roles in renowned industry associations.

Long-awaited publication ‘BICSc Standards & Best Practice’ released

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Since 1961, The British Institute of Cleaning Science has been an industry leader in education, standards and best practice. At a time when cleaning and hygiene remains a top agenda item, the Institute has released a brand-new publication aptly named 'Standards & Best Practice'. 

With contributions from highly regarded industry experts, the publication combines intelligence, experience and knowledge which, when followed, will become an integral part of your organisation's overall performance.

Cleaning and FM industries pay tribute to Patrick Jongbloet

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Members of the cleaning, hygiene and facilities management sectors have been paying tribute after popular colleague, Patrick Jongbloet, passed away.

Hunt for CSSA's 2021 Innovation Showcase award winners is now on

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The Cleaning & Support Services Association's 2021 Innovation Showcase, which celebrates the cleaning industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives, has been launched with the help of sponsor the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association.

The deadline for entries is 31st December 2020.

UK prepares for giant lockdown fatbergs

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With our nation starting yet another lockdown today, BusinessWaste.co.uk is urging closing businesses not to throw oil and grease down the drain and for households to think about what they flush down the toilet.

New act at Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatre group receives rave reviews

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatre group has announced a range of hygiene measures across theatres, to make the West End more Covid-secure and help protect staff and visitors in preparation for when the West End eventually reopens again.

£400 penalty for Rowlands Castle fly-tip

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An investigation into a fly-tip in Rowlands Castle has led to a £400 penalty charge being paid. The tip containing garden waste and household rubbish was found on an unlit rural road last month.

Significant win for Incentive QAS

Incentive QAS, the cleaning arm of the Incentive FM Group, has secured a significant contract amidst unprecedented pressures within the sector.

Greyland’s Richard Dyson elected to CHSA Council

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Greyland CEO, Richard Dyson, has been duly elected by its members to the Council of the CHSA at its Annual General Meeting held in October.

IWSA members 'doing their bit'

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The Independent Washroom Services Association was founded on the principles of collaboration and support and that is being demonstrated strongly this year.

Jangro LMS offers safe training solution amidst pandemic

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Infection control measures have forced the cancellation of many events this year ,however, even with Coronavirus prevention protocols that are currently in place, cleaning industry staff can still learn and develop their skills, thanks to the Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS).

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
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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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