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Clean Air Day: Time to breathe

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Clean Air Day, being marked today, is an opportunity to improve public understanding of air pollution, build awareness of how air pollution affects our health and explain the actions we can all take to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health.

Mid-year 2021: ACI making ‘critical connections’ with regulators on priority industry issues

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Throughout 2021, the American Cleaning Institute has focused significantly on enhancing ‘critical’ regulatory connections with the new leadership to ensure the ACI is out in front on priority policy issues impacting the cleaning product supply chain.

IICRC opens nominations for Hall of Fame Awards

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Hall of Fame Awards. The deadline for nominations is 30th June.

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I doubt that there are many of us who, when considering how our astronauts live during missions, don’t immediately think of bodily functions, such as ‘going to the toilet’. Although I’ve wondered briefly how these brave souls fulfil their needs, the subject’s not something I’ve properly investigated - and I’d never even considered things such as body odour or the need to change underwear, until I read a press release this morning… Headed: ‘Tide to design first laundry detergent for space, to begin stain removal testing on International Space Station in 2022’, it talks about how Procter & Gamble is partnering with NASA to explore how to efficiently clean astronauts' clothing in resource-constrained environments and in varying gravities. Importantly, the study could have potential on-planet implications such as innovative solutions for resource and environmental challenges on Earth.

Astronauts on the ISS wear clothing several times before changing it when replacements are delivered. Currently, 160lbs of clothing per crew member per year is launched to ISS but with limited cargo capacity and the difficulties planned deep space missions will pose, an alternative needs to be found. Major challenges for off-Earth laundering include ingredient safety and compatibility with NASA life support systems, as well as the limited amount of water available per wash-load and the requirement that the wash water be purified back to drinking-quality water. Tide has developed a fully degradable detergent, specifically designed for use in space, to solve malodour, cleanliness and stain removal problems for washable items used during deep space missions, while being suitable for use in a close-loop water system. 

Onboard a 2022 cargo launch to the ISS, ‘Mission PGTide’ (P&G Telescience Investigation of Detergent Experiments) teams, in partnership with the ISS US National Laboratory and SEOPS, will test the stability of cleaning ingredients under microgravity conditions and exposure to the radiation levels experienced in space. The researchers may also study how a combined washing and drying unit could potentially be integrated into planetary habitats with low-gravity surface conditions. Future missions to and from Mars expect to span multiple years, and these long-duration flights will require laundry solutions designed for extreme space-based environments and varying gravity conditions.

Although the press release wasn’t specific about why the wash water needs to be returned to drinking-quality, I’m now mulling over the possibility of having to drink water that’s been used to wash underwear which has been worn for, potentially, several days…



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This Week's News

Middle East Cleaning Technology Week targets 2022 for 6th edition in Dubai

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The sixth edition of the three-day event was to run in September 2021; however, after careful consideration and extensive consultation with stakeholders and trade partners, it was decided that moving the show to 2022 would "allow more time for the industry to recover."

Cleaning made simple with Nilfisk's new Core Pressure Washer range

* Nilfisk-Core-Pressure-Washer.jpgNilfisk, one of the world's leading manufacturers of cleaning equipment, is proud to bring a brand-new, award-winning range to the UK market; the Nilfisk Core Pressure Washers.

Recognised for its simple, clean, and Scandinavian design combined with a striking black frame and blue body, the Nilfisk Core 140 and 140 IH Pressure Washers have been awarded a prestigious 2021 German Design Award in the Excellent Product Design, Gardening and Outdoor Living category. Additionally, the same range has been awarded the 2021 Red Dot Design Award in the Garden category.

New agreement delivers surface disinfection to global public health commodity procurement programs

* surface-disinfection-agreement.jpgAREV Nanotech Brands, a publicly traded life science enterprise, and sanitising and disinfecting company Germinator, have entered into a definitive agreement to provide the Genesis hypochlorous acid (HOCl) platform of surface disinfection to global public health commodity procurement programs to aid refugees and Internally Displaced Persons throughout Central and South America, Africa, eastern Europe, and Asia.

Bunzl's pre-close statement reveals two further industry acquisitions

* Bunzl-pre-close.jpgIn its pre-close statement issued today, in which it recorded, 'Good overall growth against continuing pandemic-related challenges,' Bunzl announced that it has completed the acquisition of two more businesses - one in the UK and the other in Australia.

The first, Comax, is a distributor to the leisure, janitorial, care home and foodservice sectors in the UK, supplying an array of cleaning & hygiene products, as well as catering and kitchen supplies. The company generated revenue of £14 million in 2020.

FV-Cart: The vacuum cleaner that follows you everywhere

* FV-CART_Train.jpgThe battery powered FV-Cart vacuum cleaner is a powerful and handy professional trolley model, suitable for cleaning operations that involve frequent changes to the environment in which the cleaning is carried out.

FV-Cart features a rotation system involving the three wheels, which enables the user to easily manoeuvre the machine up and down steps.

Brightwell Dispensers appoints a new managing director

* Nathan-Palmer.jpgBrightwell Dispensers, the global designer and manufacturer of high-quality and innovative soap, paper and chemical dilution dispensing systems, has appointed Nathan Palmer as Managing Director. Nathan succeeds Stephen Woolmer, who retired after 26 years in the business at the end of last month.

Nathan has extensive experience across manufacturing businesses in multiple countries, business functions and market sectors. He was most recently working for Linde, a global leader in industrial gases and engineering, as managing director of its business in North-Eastern Europe.

Cintas introduces Advantage 97 product line

* Cintas-Advantage-97.jpgCintas Corporation has launched its Advantage 97 product line, which includes all of Cintas's most popular and most trusted safety products and personal protective equipment stocked locally in Cintas warehouses across the US, giving customers peace of mind that local inventory will always meet their demand.

Late night demo exposes floor

* TomCat-demo.jpgIn co-operation with Trafalgar Cleaning Equipment; their customer had painted the floor six months prior, but then not really seen it since, due to accumulated dirt, dust, and ash build up.


Taking a load off the planet: Oxwash's green tech secures £2.08 million to accelerate laundry sector cleanup

* OXWASH.jpgPutting a sustainable spin on laundry, Oxwash, the UK-based startup backed by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, has raised £2.08m ($3M) in seed expansion investment, to clean up the traditional and environmentally-costly washing and dry cleaning sector with its space-age technology.

Launched in 2018, while ex-NASA scientist and Forbes's Europe's 30 under 30 alumni, Dr Kyle Grant, was completing his Synthetic Biology PhD at the University of Oxford, Oxwash was born out of his frustration with the perpetually broken washing machines on campus.

100% of hotels in Qatar are now Qatar Clean Certified

* Qatar-Clean-Certified.jpgThe Qatar National Tourism Council has marked a milestone in its Qatar Clean programme, with 100% of QNTC-licensed hotels now ‘Qatar Clean’ certified.

Launched in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health in June 2020, QNTC's Qatar Clean programme has been designed to ensure the highest standards in hygiene and cleanliness, with rigorous procedures in place to ensure the safety of guests.

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Recent UK News

Tennant UK appoints robotic cleaning expert

Tennant UK has welcomed Andrew Jones into the role of AMR deployment and service expert to support customers in driving efficiencies and allow their employees to perform high-value tasks alongside their AMR Robotic Floor Scrubber.

Egholm set to grow in the UK market

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Egholm A/S is a family owned; family run company with deep roots in the West of Denmark. Founded in 1989 by the Egholm brothers, the company has a vision to become the leading manufacturer of utility machines in Europe.

CHSA offers a warm welcome to Socius

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association tells us it is delighted to welcome the Socius Network into the Association. The Network was welcomed on board after each of its 18 members successfully passed the initial audit conducted by the CHSA's Independent Inspector.

Disinfection and safety experts team up to help businesses stay safe and clean

As businesses reopen after lockdown with an increased focus on cleanliness and hygiene, two Swansea-based businesses have teamed up to help business owners be confident they are creating safe spaces for staff and customers.

Cleanology's fair pay campaign pays off

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Cleanology's long-term commitment to fair pay in the cleaning industry has resulted in a win at the Living Wage Champion Awards.

Business cleans up with major growth in sweet 16th year

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A prominent North Wales business has broken the mould with a refreshing approach to the cleaning industry.

Face-to-face training is returning to Prochem Europe's Training Academy

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Prochem Europe is to reinstate its face-to-face training sessions at its Chessington, Surrey, Training Academy.

New 'super' tax relief being missed by many warns phs Wastekit

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Businesses in are being urged not to miss out on a new temporary tax relief initiative by the UK Government, which allows them to claim back 130% of the cost of waste equipment such as balers and compactors.

Kent school adds Prochem misting system to anti-Covid cleaning programme

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A leading Kent special educational needs school is keeping Covid-free with regular treatments of Prochem antimicrobial solutions using the company's new M500 Micro-Mist surface disinfecting system.

Bothongo Hygiene Solutions £5 million in sales in first year

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A fast-growing hygiene company has celebrated its first year in business by smashing the £5 million sales barrier and launching more than 100 new products.

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