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International News

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

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Global 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).

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.

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These days when we read about airlines it's normally because they've suddenly hiked the fares for travellers whose holiday destination of choice has just had its Covid status upped to Red, meaning they're desperate to get home before quarantine regulations come into force and will pay extortionate rates to do so. As I'm bored with reading this kind of news, I almost missed the announcement that EasyJet has introduced new cabin crew and pilot uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles. Wow!

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Manufactured by Northern-Ireland based Tailored Image and created with high-tech material, each new uniform will incorporate 45 bottles, preventing 2,700,000 plastic bottles from ending up as plastic waste each year. Not only does the fabric reduce plastic waste, but it's made using renewable energy sources and has a 75% lower carbon footprint than traditional polyester. First trialled last year for suitability in the cabin and flight deck environments and compared to the non-recycled alternative, the new fabric's more abrasion-resistant. It also provides more elasticity and a four-way stretch, improving fit and freedom of movement for enhanced comfort and durability. This development can lead to it being long-lasting for the wearer, reducing the need for more uniform items to be produced in the long term. Beyond the new fabric, plastic has also been replaced in all clothing-related packaging in favour of recyclable and biodegradable materials: replacing plastic collar stays with recyclable cardboard ones, plastic shirt clips with metal shirt clips, non-recyclable white coated card with recyclable cardboard card and polypropylene outer shirt covers with biodegradable shirt covers.

The airline has already replaced many items with more sustainable alternatives, such as introducing a small plant-based bowl as a teabag holder, removing over 27 million individual items of plastic from its inflight retail operation in Financial Year 2020, and has never offered plastic straws. It also offers a 50p discount on hot drinks for customers who bring their reusable cup.

Although Easyjet's always been known as a budget airline, these moves - and particularly the new uniforms, make it a premium airline in my eyes.

And although we're not flying anywhere, John Austen and I are off on our Summer break after today. Our next issue will be broadcast on 2nd September. If you're going away, do stay safe and healthy, won't you?



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This Week's News

Laundrapp takes a bite of the big apple with New York launch

* Laundrapp-New-York.jpgAward-winning, on-demand laundry app Laundrapp, which provides eco-friendly commercial and domestic laundry and dry-cleaning services across the UK, is now taking orders from New Yorkers who are keen to free up time by having hassle-free, 48-hour turnaround dry cleaning delivered straight to their door.

The news comes less than six months since the company announced plans to explore the UK's first drone trials.

Clean Group's urgent Covid-19 cleaning helps businesses reopen in Sydney

* Clean-Group-SYDNEY.jpgClean Group Sydney realises how important it is in this unprecedented time in history for businesses to stay as highly sanitised as possible. That's why it is working around the clock to keep businesses open by carrying out Covid-19 cleaning in Sydney.

Its Covid-19 speciality cleaning treatments use state-of-the-art equipment in the most effective way to help prevent business from being a source of virus spread and to help keep their employees healthy and productive. This is something in which those who work for this reputable Sydney commercial cleaner take great pride.

How robots are helping facilities stay clean post-pandemic

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“Owing to a devastating pandemic, keeping public spaces clean has shifted from being a background routine to a forefront concern. This jolt in priorities has been especially felt by anyone managing industrial facilities.

Confidence in NHS grade UV-C light robots boosts care home infection prevention & control

* NHS-grade-UV.jpgSARS-CoV-2 remains an ongoing threat in care homes across the country, but that's not just the only dangerous pathogen for older and vulnerable residents including the various mutated strains of SARS-CoV-2. What do you do if you manage a care home and there is an outbreak?

Diversey to acquire Australia’s Tasman Chemicals

* Diversey-Holdings.jpgDiversey Holdings has entered into an agreement to acquire Tasman Chemicals – the Melbourne, Australia-based manufacturer of professional hygiene and cleaning solutions to the Institutional and Food & Beverage sectors with over 55 years of experience in the market.

Diversey says that the acquisition will enhance Diversey's position in the Australia and New Zealand markets and that the addition of Tasman's manufacturing infrastructure, in particular, which has facilities in Perth as well as Melbourne, provides exciting opportunities to integrate the business and expand Diversey’s product offering.

Matrix announces appointment of new managing director

* Matrix_Natalie.jpgMatrix Cleaning Systems has appointed Natalie Pownall as its new managing director. Natalie has been working alongside her father Bob Pownall for 16 years and it has come the time that Bob has decided to stand down and pass on the reigns to his daughter.

Natalie is a proven business leader within the manufacturing and supply of steam cleaning machines. She has successfully played a huge part in the growth and development of Matrix Cleaning Systems since day one as the office manager and company director. Natalie will continue to use her knowledge and expertise to grow the family business to the next level and looks forward to taking on a more operational role within the business.

Morclean introduces latest swift and simple bin cleaning innovations

* new-swift1.jpgAt this time of year, household bins and commercial bins are at their smelliest - and smells attract all types of creatures and insects, including flies, maggots and vermin - making bins a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.

Webinar ‘Cleaning for Health’

* Webinar-INTERCLEAN.jpgAre you ready to gain more industry insights, grow your network and be on top of the latest trends and developments? Interclean Online brings the cleaning industry together by organising live discussions with industry thought leaders on 8th September 2021. The online webinar ‘Cleaning for health’ is free to attend.

Seaward testers clean up at pressure washer manufacturer

* Karcher-tester.jpgKärcher has specified Seaward portable appliance testers to ensure its commercial activity complies with important electrical safety requirements.

Part of the world's renowned cleaning technology provider helping businesses worldwide to achieve outstanding cleaning results every day, Kärcher UK provides a range of pressure washers, scrubber dryers, vacuum cleaners and more to contract cleaning and facilities management companies across the UK, operating in different target sectors. Clean Sweep Hire, part of the group, provides specialist hire of a wide range of Kärcher industrial cleaning equipment throughout the UK.

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Recent UK News

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

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Kleen-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.

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.

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

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

Soapbox: On a roll - but never packaged in plastic

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Darryl 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…

Top safety accreditation for CK Facilities Management

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South 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
11-12th September 2024


Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Show North America
18-21st November 2024
Las Vegas


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

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


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