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International News

New antimicrobial laundry product kill germs on fabrics uses same technology as Covid-killing spray

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A new laundry product that eliminates germs and odour-causing bacteria on clothes between washes, reducing the spread of disease and keeping clothes and other laundry fresher and safer for longer, provides up to one month's (or five wash cycles) protection against bacteria and germs on laundry.

It's time to make a change - Introducing ICE AquaSmart (powered by Sanzonate)

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Right now, as the world is dealing with the huge effects and consequences of the Coronavirus, another global crisis continues to worsen every day...

Pre-registration for Shanghai’s CCE2021, starting 30th March, now open

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More than 35,000 industry leaders and 600-plus companies from around the globe are expected to convene at the China Clean Expo from 30th March - 2nd April, 2021 for a four-day event being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China.

Here, there and everywhere, the microplastics in tap water threatening health and wellbeing

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A new study published by researchers at the Penn Environment Research & Policy Center found microplastics in 100% of samples taken from 50 iconic rivers, lakes and streams in Pennsylvania.

"Vacuuming is a waste of skilled time," says CEO of Vacuum Manufacturer

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In a recent poll of cleaning professionals, only 2% ranked vacuuming as 'important', yet vacuuming takes about 25% of a cleaner's time. Automated vacuuming costs less, can clean better, saves energy and frees up skilled cleaning teams to concentrate on the important tasks.

Vectair Systems launches an 'Ice Cool' fragrance

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Vectair Systems has introduced a new fragrance, Ice Cool, to its innovative Professional Passive Programme.

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Although it's probably not for the last time, the UK's on its way out of lockdown while other countries are at various stages of the process, like ocean waves hitting the shore. The hospitality and entertainment industries have suffered enormously over the past year and I can't see things improving with everything so volatile and no-one seemingly knowing for sure what's going to happen from one day to the next. I'd hate to be responsible for organising or specifying cleaning services for hotels, restaurants, pubs and the like as it's impossible to predict just what's needed, where and when. Likewise, airlines and airports... while one country may be considered safe today, it could be a different story tomorrow, which makes cleaning virtually impossible to plan as you have no idea how many passengers or visitors you're likely to need to clean for - if any.

A UK friend has started taking Airbnb bookings for this year. Having stayed in several Airbnb's myself and thus fully aware that cleanliness is very much at the mercy of the hosts' own standards, I wondered what my friend might mean by claiming to clean her place to Airbnb's 'enhanced cleaning protocol's 5-step process' between guests. As this is something all hosts must do to prevent Covid-19's spread, I decided to investigate and was pleasantly surprised...

I wasn't able to discover which experts helped Airbnb develop its cleaning handbook but having read the publication they've certainly thought things through and - as long as hosts adhere to the process, their homes are likely to be far cleaner than some I've experienced. There are even comprehensive room-by-room cleaning checklists to follow.

The five steps: Prepare... Clean... Sanitise... Check... Reset... include a wealth of useful tips which I can imagine are invaluable to those from a non-cleaning background. These include points such as ventilating the space, wearing PPE which should be disposed of after the clean and the emptying of vacuum cleaners and cleaning of equipment - including product containers - between guests. It emphasises the need to use appropriate products and to read and carefully follow directions, as well as to observe dwell times. Other points that may not occur to the layperson include not flitting between sanitised and non-sanitised rooms and to finish cleaning completely before washing hands and replacing gloves before replenishing guest supplies. If I ran Airbnb, I'd insist that these instructions are in place forever more. It would make a huge difference and with everyone's expectations higher than they were a year ago, may just help that part of the hospitality sector back onto its feet.




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This Week's News

ACI welcomes Matthew Bisenius as Director, Government Affairs

* ACI_Matthew-Bisenius.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute has announced the appointment of Matt Bisenius as director, Government Affairs. Matthew will be responsible for the development and implementation of ACI legislative and targeted regulatory policy with respect to federal issues, laws and standards.

Matthew joins ACI from the office of former US Congressman James Sensenbrenner (WI), where he most recently served as chief of staff. Previously he was the director of Legislative Affairs at the National Propane Gas Association.

Pilot study demonstrates that hand drying method can have significant impact on transmission of microbes from hospital toilets to wards

* Pilot-study-hand-drying.jpgA pilot study to investigate whether microorganisms that remain present on poorly washed hands can be transferred beyond the washroom environment to clinical and patient areas has found that drying hands with paper towels as opposed to jet air dryers results in lower rates of virus contamination on hands and clothing.

CDC updates views on transmission of Covid-19

* Ashton-CDC-update.jpgAn April 5, 2021 ‘Science Brief’ from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appears to call into question the amount of surface disinfecting necessary to quell the spread of Covid-19.

According to the CDC, while it is possible to contract the disease by touching Covid-contaminated surfaces and then touching your nose, mouth, or eyes, the chances of this happening are "generally less than one in 10,000".

ACI urges FDA to address hand sanitiser safety concerns

* ACI-FDA-Hand-Sanitizer-Safety.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute is pressing the US Food & Drug Administration to clarify policies on labeling and refilling practices involving hand sanitisers.

In a letter sent to the agency, ACI expressed concerns related to the "new, increasingly widespread practice of providing hand sanitisers to consumers in public settings...that are often sold in bulk and used to fill existing dispensers, which can create a serious risk to public health & safety."

Dnata and Uveya take cabin cleaning services to new heights with UV technology

* dnata-cabin-cleaning.jpgDnata, one of the world's largest air services providers, is working with Swiss start-up technology company Uveya, to deliver the highest level of safety for air travellers and help provide confidence and peace of mind throughout the journey. The two companies will take aircraft cleaning services to a new level by utilising ultraviolet technology to sanitise the cabin.

Dnata's enhanced cabin cleaning service was trialled on board the aircraft of Swiss regional carrier Helvetic Airways.

Waterlogic UK and Ineos Hygienics’ new strategic partnership offers touchless hand sanitiser dispensers.

W* Waterlogic-INEOS.jpgaterlogic, global designer, manufacturer, distributor and service provider of purified drinking water dispensers, has formed a partnership with global healthcare brand INEOS Hygienics, to add contactless hand sanitising solutions to its existing quality hydration and hygiene products for UK businesses.

The partnership comes at a time when hydration and hand hygiene in business premises is important to their day-to-day operations.

ISS divests activities in four Eastern European markets

* ISS-Eastern-European-markets.jpgISS has entered into an agreement to divest its activities in four Eastern European markets to B+N Referencia Zrt. The move is in line with ISS's strategy to simplify and focus its business towards key account customers.

The divestment includes ISS's main subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and Hungary. The buyer is the large Hungarian facility management company B+N Referencia Zrt. ISS will continue to support and remain as a partner for its global key account customers present in the affected markets.

SoftBank Robotics EMEA and Ricoh sign agreement to support the operation of collaborative cleaning robots

* SoftBank-Robotics-Ricoh.jpgSoftBank Robotics EMEA - creator of cobots (collaborative robots) designed to empower people in their work - has appointed Ricoh Europe to support the increased demands in the deployment of its smart cleaning innovation, Whiz.

When arriving at their place of work, cleaning professionals can programme Whiz to perform vacuuming against memorised routes while they focus on more vital and high value tasks. The cobot is suited for busy environments such as hotels, offices, healthcare and airports.

Lanxess completes acquisition of disinfection and hygiene solutions provider Theseo

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Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park stadium opens 2021 season with new disinfection plan

* Voston-Fenway-Park.jpgBoston Red Sox has teamed up with Reckitt to create enhanced disinfection and cleaning measures at Fenway Park stadium, where heightened sanitation procedures will be implemented in advance of welcoming fans back to Fenway Park for the regular season.

Becky Wall appointed managing director of Loo of the Year Awards

* LOTY-Becky-new-MD.jpgBecky Wall has been appointed managing director of Loo of the Year Awards. She succeeds Mike Bone, who became chairman at the same time, (1st April) and who will continue to be involved in Loo of the Year Awards activities.

The Awards are owned and run independently and since their introduction in 1987, the annual Loo of the Year Awards competition has strived to focus the spotlight on recognising and rewarding the very best washrooms throughout the UK and Ireland. It is considered the 'washroom standard' and a Loo of the Year Award is an established benchmark of washroom provision and compliance to national standards.

Christeyns UK supplies water saving equipment for Eton College

* Eton-College.jpgLaundry chemical and engineering specialist Christeyns UK has helped Eton College in Windsor meet its environmental goals with a new water filtering system.

Eton College, the prestigious boarding school in Berkshire, has been educating for the future for over 600 years. Founded in 1440, this outward-looking institution with over 1300 students, has a proud history and rich heritage, yet embraces innovation in its pursuit of excellence and the provision of a well-rounded education.

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Recent UK News

New business development role for Tidy Green Clean Aberdeen North

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Tidy Green Clean Aberdeen North has appointed its first business development executive, Scott Melville.

Coronavirus: 30% of workers claim they may refuse to go back to work unless employers provide assurances on air quality

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Research released this week by Rentokil Initial has found that concerns about catching Coronavirus in the air have risen since the end of 2020. More than one in four (26%) Brits are worried about airborne transmission, a 19% increase from when Rentokil Initial conducted the same survey back in November 2020.

City nurseries see sickness fall after tackling indoor air quality with phs

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Air quality specialists at phs Group has released the results of an air purifier trial at four nurseries across the country.

CHSA launches new brand: 'Our Standards. Your Guarantee'

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has announced the launch of a new brand. It follows the CHSA's achievement of its strategic aim of every member being Accredited… ‘Our Standards. Your Guarantee’.

Principle unveils Safe Space video in preparation for return to the workplace

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Principle Cleaning Services, which launched Safe Space at the end of last year in conjunction with Hygiena and Gem Scientific, has unveiled a new video to illustrate how Safe Space protects people in the workplace.

L'Occitane contract award for Indepth

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Indepth Managed Services has been awarded a contract with international retailer, L'Occitane en Provence, to deliver window cleaning services to 85 of its retail stores across the country, plus daily cleaning services at its UK head office in London and flagship store on Regent Street.

The National Carpet Cleaners Association achieves CPD status for carpet and upholstery training course

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The National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) takes a step further in raising the standard of professional recognition and development for its members training in the care of soft flooring and upholstery.

Jangro introduces new deep cleaning resources

Two new resources are now available to help ensure shared spaces, such as education and catering establishments, are cleaned effectively.

Samsic's 13 million steps for children's charity

A team of 40 working for Samsic UK and subsidiary JPC Cleaning has raised over £5000 for children's charity Rainbow Trust by walking over 13 million steps in a month.

Strong role models are key to the advancement of women

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Earlier this month on International Women's Day, women in the cleaning industry were advocating the benefits of strong role models and sharing of experience. But at the end of the day, they say, success comes from hard work and excellence at work.

Textile Services Association is warmly welcomed to BCC membership

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The Textile Services Association has joined the British Cleaning Council as an associate member, becoming the 22nd member of the BCC, in a move which benefits and strengthens both organisations.

Liz Benison appointed as new country manager for ISS UK and Ireland

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Liz Benison will join as new country manager for ISS UK and Ireland on 1st May 2021. She will also become member of the executive group management and report directly to Group CEO, Jacob Aarup-Andersen.

Probiotic surface cleansers could significantly reduce hospital acquired infections

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A study into a major cause of hospital acquired infections has begun. The work is exploring how contagion bacteria survive even deep cleans with chemical products and is evaluating a novel approach to reduce HAI through the use of probiotic hard surface cleaners.

Fresh air has benefited many of us in lockdown - but will we miss it when we head back to our offices?

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Fresh air and exercise have been two of the benefits for many during the last 12 months of on-off lockdowns. And as the latest lockdown starts to ease in the UK with schools returning and plans being made for businesses to reopen, many of us will be thinking of ways to keep up a healthier lifestyle and not slip back into old habits.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
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7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

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8-10th November 2023


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13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


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13-14th March 2024

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