*Cleanzine-logo-8a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 2nd September 2021 Issue no. 982

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International News

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

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Award-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.

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

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Clean 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.

How robots are helping facilities stay clean post-pandemic

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by Michel Spruijt, GM and VP of BrainCorp Europe…

“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.

Diversey to acquire Australia’s Tasman Chemicals

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Diversey 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.

Morclean introduces latest swift and simple bin cleaning innovations

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At 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.

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.

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This Leader has turned out to be quite an accomplishment for me. Often I struggle over what to write; this time I’m struggling to stay upright long enough to be able to complete my 400-ish words! Yes – I have Covid. Writing about cleaning as I do, one might think that keeping myself safe is second nature to me. I wonder whether feeling so close to the sharp end because of Cleanzine has made me complacent?

My festivals have become a way of life for me over the past decade or so; I feel a bit like a child being let out of school – something a package holiday never did unless it was for skiing. I love the great outdoors and I’ve learnt to cope with living at a very basic level. I’m a natural at not having running water or lighting in the bathrooms and I’m proud to say I’ve never suffered from upset stomach or other ills because of poor hygiene. So what happened? And how have I managed to keep myself and my family safe for more than 18 months, yet succumbed to the virus as soon as I felt things were ‘back to normal’ again, despite being out in the open rather than in an enclosed environment? I’ve been wracking my brains and the only answer I’ve come up with is complacency. I’ve got into such a routine that it’s become second nature and as soon as the routine changed, all my ‘training’ was forgotten. I accepted a wristband. Did I sanitise afterwards? No. The compost loos didn’t have hand sanitiser (awaiting delivery). Did it phase me, since I carry my own? It should have set off alarm bells but I didn’t give it a second thought. I used the main shower/toilet block. Did I take extra care because of Covid? No.

We rely on the cleaners to keep shared spaces safe, but what if the establishment/s we’re in, don’t take Covid – or cleaning – seriously enough? And what if the cleaning team’s made up of volunteers with very basic training, if any? I didn’t give this a second thought but I should have stepped in. Is doing things automatically a safe way of living, or should we be thinking, constantly, about every move we make?

Anyway, sorry for the delay in this week’s issue, which I’ve completed with a huge sigh of relief. Please stay safe and don’t be like me, thinking you’ve got it all covered, when in reality you might not have it covered at all…



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This Week's News

UK Cleaning Show shaping up nicely

* Cleaning-Show-speakers.jpgThe UK Cleaning Show, initially postponed because of Covid, is starting to shape up nicely with lots planned for the event, which is now scheduled to take place at London's ExCel centre from 2nd - 4th November this year.

There's an excellent line-up of speakers, who'll cover such subjects as:

LightStrike UV robots eliminated superbug contamination in Japanese hospital reports new peer-reviewed study

* LightStrike-UV.jpgResearchers from Hiroshima University Hospital in Hiroshima, Japan, recently published a study confirming the efficacy of LightStrike pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection technology on surfaces contaminated with the superbug vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE).

Microbiologist shares top tips on how we can avoid catching Covid-19 and other respiratory illnesses

* Val_Edwards-Jones.jpgFreedom Day - a day many of us had been anticipating for a long time, whether that would have been a sense of excitement or fear. It was a turning point in our relationship with the virus but unfortunately Covid won't disappear overnight as the restrictions have. There is still plenty we should do to minimise our risk of catching the virus or spreading it to other people. Val Edwards-Jones, microbiologist, gives her opinion:

"It's important to think about the likelihood of bumping into someone who is infectious. We are at very high numbers of cases even though they are starting to flatten a little, I'd still recommend being cautious, especially within crowded areas.

Debunking the myths about UV technology

* Debunking-Myths-UV.jpgUV-C air purifiers have been used for years to eliminate airborne pathogens in healthcare settings. Due to the pandemic, they are also being used to protect health in schools, offices and all types of commercial facilities. These standalone units can be easily moved from one room to another, allowing them to protect occupant health wherever they are needed.

As versatile as these systems are, some building owners, facilities managers and cleaning professionals are new to this technology. Further, many have heard unsubstantiated myths about UV-C air purifiers.

Eureka moment

* Eureka.jpgMeanwhile in London, some are still using brooms for sweeping. It was great to showcase the alternative, and productivity gains the Xtrema sweeper can provide; the labour-saving over the course of the contract can be quite substantial!

Increased demand for ozone cleaning and new working methods enable manufacturer to ‘Help a Hero – Make a Visor’

* Increased-demand-ozone.jpgOzone Clean has had a very interesting past 18 months with the pandemic and subsequent lockdown. “Due to the anti-viral properties of ozone, demand increased dramatically,” says the company’s Mark Powell.

“We have been faced with many challenges and obstacles that we have overcome so as to support the increased demand from organisations to use ozone in the protection of their staff as well as domestic environments – including the Help a Hero – Make a Visor’ campaign.”

CWS acquires SSE of Ireland

* CWS-International-GmbH.jpgCWS International GmbH, the German based services group, has acquired Specialised Sterile Environments (SSE), an Irish company specialising in Cleanroom cleaning, decontamination and hygiene services to the Irish Pharma and Medtech industry.

This further expands CWS's international portfolio in cleaning and decontamination services in the highly specialised cleanroom segment and contributes to the company's sustainable growth strategy. SSE Cleaning has been sold by its former owner and founder Mary Connell. The deal was closed on 31st August 2021 for an undisclosed sum.

Birth of IGEAX, business brushware for leaders

* IGEAX.jpgAricasa, a leading manufacturer of professional brushware operating in the sector for over 80 years, is looking to the future and becoming IGEAX - new brand identity that combines tradition and innovation… the result of an improvement that represents the excellence of brushware made in Italy.

“IGEAX is the result of the wish to reflect in its name the evolution towards a global transformation, through the elaboration of a new brand identity, which has led to a new naming, a new logo and a new pay-off,” says Gianluca Bignotti, CEO of IGEAX.

AKW donates respiratory equipment to help India

* AKW-Donates.jpgAKW has donated four Positive Airway Pressure respiratory ventilation machines to help ease the suffering of those struggling with the coronavirus in India.

With the help of AKW's logistics partner, XPO, and global relief agencies, the machines have arrived at the Vitasta Health Care Trust in Bantalab Jammu, India, where they will be used to help treat patients struggling with coronavirus complications.

Bio-Productions managing director joins WCEC

* Angela-Gill_WCEC.jpgAngela Gill, managing director of Bio-Productions, has become a Freeman in the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners this month, after taking an oath at a special ceremony in London. Angela took her oath recently after being nominated by one of her clients.

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is a membership organisation and one of 110 livery companies in the City of London. It follows many City traditions and aims to encourage and maintain high standards of practice and integrity in the environmental cleaning industry.

Principle awarded London Bridge City contract

* PRINCIPLE-AWARDED-LONDON-BRIDGE-CONTRACT.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services has been awarded a three-year contract with London Bridge City for cleaning and window cleaning.

The company will provide a 24/7 cleaning operation across the iconic, 21.5 acre estate, using a dedicated workforce to deliver flexible and sustainable cleaning services.

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Hospital Hygiene

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Our weekly updated Hospital Hygiene features current developments and product solutions cleaning and hygiene industry manufacturers are coming up with. Read More.

Recent UK News

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

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SARS-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?

Matrix announces appointment of new managing director

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Matrix 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.

Seaward testers clean up at pressure washer manufacturer

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Kärcher has specified Seaward portable appliance testers to ensure its commercial activity complies with important electrical safety requirements.

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

London Cleaning Show
18-20th March 2025
ExCel London

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


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