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International News

Built-in antimicrobial technology leaders become a united powerhouse

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Microban International is bringing together its Microban and Ultra-Fresh brands and technologies under a single umbrella.

Q Performance launches quality cleaning solutions for foodservice industry distributors, manufacturers and operators

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This month, Q Performance debuts its comprehensive product line of industrial chemical solutions, designed for the highest-quality cleanliness throughout the foodservice industry.

The role of surface and hand hygiene in keeping communal areas safe

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The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenges of communal spaces in the context of the transmission of infectious diseases.

Co-workers often spend long period of time in close proximity, usually with limited access to hand and surface hygiene materials.

The great job reassessment

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There is considerable discussion about the problems cleaning contractors and others in the professional cleaning industry are now having finding workers.

However, according to Matt Morrison of Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning system, there is more going on than we may realise.

America's Best Restroom Contest finalists announced: vote for your favourite now

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Cintas Corporation has announced the 10 finalists for the 2021 America's Best Restroom contest.

Betco announces new program for grouted floors

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Ask anyone in the industry which floors are the most difficult to keep clean, and many would say grouted stone and tiles - until now. Betco's new Stone, Tile, and Grout (STG) turns back the clock on grimy, stained floors and keeps them looking legitimately brand new.

A cleaner and safer return to office work

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People will be concerned about cleanliness as they return to post lockdown work-life but observing some simple steps goes a long way to ensuring a smooth and safe transition, says Jim Roberts, product manager at visual communications specialist, Beaverswood…

New Clean-a-Card offers rapid and effective automated hotel key card disinfection

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The pandemic has posed never-before-seen challenges for the hospitality industry, requiring owners, managers and brands to take new precautions to keep guests and staff safe. Despite our enthusiasm to travel again, we are more conscious than ever before about sanitation, safety, and cleanliness.

Proper maintenance of HVAC systems helps tackle IAQ concerns in a post pandemic world

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Goodway Technologies, the industrial HVAC maintenance product specialist, is reminding facilities managers how critical the correct maintenance of an HVAC system is to indoor air quality.

What is the difference between sales reps and distributors?

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"Sales reps and manufacturers' reps are similar - however, they are not the same as distributors," says distributor-membership organisation Afflink's Michael Wilson...

Eco-friendly equipment that eliminates up to 100% of bacteria and viruses and 99.99% of Covid-19 now available in Brazil

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For over a year, the huge DownTown Condominium office and retail centre has served as the Brazil pilot site of R-Water's eco-friendly device, widely used in the US to clean and disinfect surfaces in facilities such as hospitals, restaurants, sporting facilities and more - and which, in certain applications, is applied via drones.

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My Leader last week focused on supply chain issues caused by the UK’s Track & Trace system - which is, no doubt, having an impact overseas too - and I’d previously talked about the difficulties cleaning teams have in getting to and from work with transport systems either shut or operating restricted timetables. Linked to this is a thread I’ve been following on social media regarding missed bin collections, which instead of the usual ‘bash the bin people’ comments, discussed why collections weren’t taking place (shortage of qualified bin lorry drivers because of Covid and/or isolation regulations, despite Government exempting refuse collection workers from the strictest isolation regulations) and what to do about it. This underlined just how much attitudes have changed thanks to the pandemic. There were links to articles about our success in transport services cleaning (even if the services aren’t running!). So yes, the industry has certainly improved in people’s eyes, over the past 18 months or so…

Local social media groups are brilliant at keeping residents up-to-date with fast-changing local issues, (“Tesco Express is fully stocked with toilet rolls and no queues to get into store”) and putting the vulnerable or sick in touch with residents who can deliver shopping etc. Now bin collections have become sporadic and residents in many towns have been asked to not put their bins out unless they’re full, to speed up the round and enable operators to provide cover to other areas, I love that neighbours are combining their waste, to reduce the number of bins that need emptying and ensure that there isn’t a build-up of waste. With more than a third of some workforces having to isolate and haulage companies offering hugely inflated salaries to entice bin lorry drivers away from their local authority employers, I can’t see things improving quickly, so the more we can do to help, the better.

The links I mentioned earlier revealed that swabs and air samples taken this year at four major railway stations and Intercity train services running between the stations, found no traces of Covid-19. Well done to the cleaning teams at London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly stations and on the trains themselves! The news follows similar tests on London's tube trains, buses and stations, which found no sign of Covid-19 or new variants. Network Rail says the test results are "proof" that the "dedicated approach" by station cleaning teams and train staff to keep passengers safe, have worked. Excellent news and congratulations to everyone involved!



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This Week's News

Kleen-Tex sets its sights on the future with senior promotions

* Kleentex3.jpgKleen-Tex, one of the world's leading floor mat manufacturers, has extended its European Executive Committee with a series of senior promotions to support its continued growth worldwide.

The strategic appointments will bolster Kleen-Tex's dedicated growth objectives throughout 2021 and beyond, including bringing extensive new product development to market across the Commercial and Industrial, Promotion, Residential and Textile industries.

Keith Hartman hired as new vice president of marketing at Kaivac

* Keith-Hartman_Kaivac.jpgKaivac has appointed Keith Hartman as vice president of marketing, replacing long-time incumbent, Tom Morrison, who is retiring at the end of this year. Keith has a long history in the professional facility services industry, having spent 21 years working for Cintas – including as director of sales & operations, director of training & development, and senior marketing manager.

Before working at Cintas, Keith attended school at the University of Cincinnati's highly respected Carl H Linder College of Business.


99point9 Hygiene - Key Account Sales Lead

We are seeking to appoint a UK based key account sales lead to help drive large customer acquisition in the UK, supporting our exclusive partnership with our UK distributor, and developing new distributor relationships in Europe. Ideal candidate will have experience in either the Cleaning or FM industry and be familiar with b2b selling. Experience of working in, or existing relationships in Europe (in particular Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Germany) is a benefit.

Revised ANSI/IICRC S100 Standard for Professional Cleaning of Textile Floor Coverings published

* Revised-ANSI:IICRC-S100-Standard.jpgGlobal standards developing organisation, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification, has published of a newly revised ANSI approved standard: ANSI/IICRC S100 Standard for Professional Cleaning of Textile Floor Coverings (7th edition, 2021).

ANSI/IICRC S100 describes the procedures, methods, and systems to be followed when performing professional commercial and residential textile floor coverings (e.g., carpet and rugs) maintenance and cleaning.

EFCI to stage week of online seminars: ‘Cleaning & Facility Services for Europe's Recovery’

* EFCI-Online-Week.jpgEFCI, the European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry association, is organising a week of online seminars from 11th – 15th October 2021 under the banner: ‘Cleaning and Facility Services for Europe's Recovery’.

The week will feature daily seminars as a platform for industry experts to analyse and review the latest development for the industry, with regard to Europe's recovery plans, the new world of work, the greening of cleaning services and the main innovation trends for the sector.

BICSc Annual Awards are back!

The British Institute of Cleaning Science is naturally delighted to announce that the 2021 BICSc Annual Awards will be going ahead. They will take place on Thursday, 30th September 2021, at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham, from midday - 17.00.

This special event will begin with a champagne networking drinks reception, where guests can raise a glass to 60 years of BICSc and catch up with their industry colleagues, followed by a 'Best of British' three-course lunch and Awards Ceremony, which will be hosted by the enigmatic Reverend Richard Coles - cleric, broadcaster, author and former Communard.

Break the chain of infection: find out how at CHSA webinar

* Break-the-chain-of-infection.jpgThe pandemic has changed the view of cleaning and hygiene forever. Understanding how to break the chain of infection has never been more important.

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's webinar - '8 Moments of Targeted Hygiene' - will help contract cleaners and facilities managers break the chain.

WCEC gains Privy Council approval to grant Chartered Practitioner status

* WCEC-logo.jpgThe Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has received a grant of Royal Approval allowing it to confer the award of 'Chartered Practitioner in Environmental Cleaning', to members and establish a register thereof.

The WCEC Education committee has worked tirelessly for a prolonged period, to achieve this new Chartered status. Now there is a new route for members of the cleaning industry to gain a professional credential recognising their skills or expertise. Along with the apprenticeship scheme under development, it provides a clear career path and continuous professional acknowledgement.

Soapbox: On a roll - but never packaged in plastic

* Boxed-rolls.jpgDarryl Penson of Foremost UK argues that using recycled products isn’t going far enough in terms of caring for the environment; we need to focus on packaging and reducing transportation impact too…

We'd all had our fill of toilet roll at the start of the Pandemic, but in being up to our eyeballs in toilet rolls, consumers began to realise just how much single-use plastic was being used to package everything together for our convenience. Pun intended.

Top safety accreditation for CK Facilities Management

* CK-Facilities-Management.jpgSouth East-based business CK Facilities management has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health & safety in the workplace - SafeContractor Gold Safe PQQ Status for H&S Excellence.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health & safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.

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Recent UK News

Airdri Group appoints new head of business development

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Oxford-based hand dryer manufacturer, Airdri, has welcomed Joe Pearce to its senior team as head of business development, to lead the company's sales team, identify and develop new areas of growth and improve profitability within existing revenue streams.

'Crisis' in public toilet provision across the UK: Campaigning organisation calls for more Government funding and legislation

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The British Toilet Association is calling for improved legislation and more Government funding to address the current 'appalling' lack of public toilet provision.


Territory Account Manager


Selco Hygiene Supplies, a long-stablished janitorial hygiene supply company is looking for an experienced self-motivated sales person to represent the company in England & Wales.

This exciting position offers the successful candidate a chance to be their own manager, with a good basic salary, plus commission, and a rare opportunity to earn share options.


Business spending in response to the pandemic, broken down by categories

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Businesses everywhere have had a tough time managing their finances alongside the pandemic, but how have key events influenced business expenses?

ISS launches ‘science of cleaning’ research project

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ISS Healthcare has commissioned an innovative project that will take a scientific and behavioural approach to healthcare cleaning and drive the nation's healthcare journey in our places that heal.

ISS worked closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement in the development of the recently published National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021.

Wave of WFH fatigue hits the UK, but employees still concerned their offices aren't Covid-secure

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With Covid-19 restrictions set to end on July 19th, more than half (52%) of British people currently working from home say they are ready to return to the office and are thus considered to have ‘Work From Home’ fatigue, but more than a third (35%) are still concerned their offices aren't Covid secure, according to new research from Mitie.

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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