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International News

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

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Researchers 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).

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).

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We're running a Soapbox feature today which really hit home when I read it. It recognises that despite the way our industry has come on in leaps and bounds over the past 18 months in terms of public perception, we're still facing what has often been dubbed: 'the race to the bottom' when it comes to bidding for cleaning and FM contracts. I agree with the writer's sentiments entirely that cleaning is an industry of two extremes: that while our top businesses focus on quality of service and staff recognition - also trying to raise hourly pay to something which allows cleaning staff to have a decent quality of life, contracts still seem to be decided on price.

And while I agree that these two 'poles' are unlikely to meet, I was concerned to read that the gap is widening. That really surprised me! How on earth is this happening while Covid is continuing to force lockdowns all over the world?

When will those buying in the services learn the error of their ways and realise that proper, professional cleaning is not only a lifesaver, but with the changed attitudes the pandemic has brought, could make or break a business? If word gets around that, say, people are picking up Covid having visited a shopping mall, entertainment complex or sports centre, others will steer clear. Businesses need customers to survive and with so many lockdowns happening, when those businesses are open, they need to ensure that their clients, customers and workforce not only feel safe, but that they are safe.

While those professionals in the industry are doing their best to get the message across, there are still others who will offer the world, knowing that they can't really deliver what's been agreed for the price. The question is, what can we do to effect a real change? For if we don't do it now, we'll have missed the perfect opportunity...



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This Week's News

Soapbox: Halting the race to the bottom

* Dominic-Ponniah.jpgIt's time for cleaning to stand firm. CEO of Cleanology, Dominic Ponniah, argues that we need to value ourselves and shout about our achievements.

ISSA Pulire 2021 in Verona showcases innovation and research in cleaning sector

* Pulire-2021.jpgThe 25th edition of ISSA Pulire, the international trade show dedicated to cleaning, sanitisation and integrated services, has managed to buck the Covid trend by actually taking place, with representatives of ISSA and Afidamp hosting almost 300 exhibitors at Veronafiere.

The organisers tell us there is an atmosphere of trust among the exhibitors for the return of in-person events after more than a year and a half of absence from the fairs and that ISSA Pulire is, in fact, the first show in the professional cleaning and sanitising sector to be celebrated in its original form since the beginning of the pandemic.

Build bespoke smart charts in seconds with Jangro

* BESPOKE-SMART-CHARTS.jpgJangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has enhanced its award-winning digital wall chart tool with a multi-room function. Users of Jangro's innovative digital wall chart creator can now create bespoke plans for whole buildings, thanks to an exciting new update to the online tool.

As well as individual rooms, there is a new option to generate tailored colour-coded wall charts for multiple spaces within a facility. The online system now includes bedrooms, boardrooms, canteen/staff rooms, classrooms, gymnasiums, hospitality areas, kitchens, offices, receptions, and washrooms, enabling customers to build bespoke cleaning and hygiene guides for whole buildings.

Feature-packed City Ranger 3070 is a real winner

* Egholme-CR3070.jpgEgholm is a specialist at producing high quality, multi-functional utility vehicles incorporating green maintenance, winter maintenance and street cleansing. True four-in-one/365-day machines...

Shoppers concerned about Covid safety as they return to the high street, new research finds

* Covid-safety-concerns.jpgWhile restrictions have now lifted, almost three quarters (73%) of Brits are still worried about visiting shops and cafés where there are no Covid-19 measures in place, new research from Mitie has revealed.

More than half (53%) went as far as to say they will only go into shops which have visible anti Covid measures.

CleanNZ Expo - postponed to March 2022

* CleanNZ-Expo-postponed.jpgCleanNZ Expo is coming back to Auckland.

Originally planned for this September, with current lockdowns, the organisers have taken the decision to reschedule the event to Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd March 2022, at Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland.

Certol International announces sale of business

* Certol-International.jpgCertol International has announced that MicroCare, located in New Britain, CT, the US, completed the sale of Certol in partnership with the company's co-founders and senior management in June. Certol, founded in 1979, will continue to operate under the Certol, Acid Magic, ProSpray, and its other ‘Pro’ brands.

Handy tips on UV-C air purifier placement

* Afflink-air-purifier.jpgAs they struggle to reopen, many facilities are turning to UV-C air purifiers to remove airborne contaminants, including the pathogens that cause Coronavirus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, these devices can be used in "many different settings, such as residential, commercial, educational, and healthcare. The technology uses ultraviolet (UV) energy to inactivate (kill) microorganisms, including viruses, when... installed correctly."

Tennant UK to host North West open day

* TENNANT-OPEN-DAY.jpgFollowing a number of popular open days at its Northampton facility pre-lockdown, Tennant UK will soon host its next open day event at its North West facility - on Wednesday 6th October, 09:00 – 15:00.

The Open Day (at Unit C5 Leadbeaters Lane, Bolton, BL5 1FL - just off Junction 4 of the M61) will showcase a number of innovative cleaning machines suitable for a range of customers and will be the first time Tennant UK presents its new range of walk-behind scrubber dryers; the T191, T291 and T391.

Hadrian's Wall Charity Challenge takes place next week

* Hadrians-Wall.jpgCleaning and security company Aston Services Group (ASG) has decided to take on the Hadrian's Wall Walk Challenge and raise funds for two charities The Alzheimer's Society and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The walk, usually taking from seven to 10 days to complete, will start from Bowness on Solway across the top of England to Wallsend on the East Coast. Covering 84 miles of ancient British history, it follows in the footsteps of the Romans who built this magnificent fortification almost 2,000 years ago.

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Recent UK News

UK Cleaning Show shaping up nicely

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The 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.

Eureka moment

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Meanwhile 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’

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Ozone 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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


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