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Hand dryers are changing.
To the casual observer, the industry’s physical innovations go without saying. The form factor of the hand dryer has seen considerable advances in recent years, with some manufacturers opting – for instance – for ‘hands in’ designs whereby the user’s hands are placed inside a cavity rather than hovering underneath a device.
"Our Multiwash II has been the benchmark for scrubber dryers for many years, and we are delighted to be launching the new Multiwash Pro range," says Truvox International executive director, Gordon McVean.
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My father told me many years ago that while my positivity was my greatest asset, it could sometimes be my biggest downfall. I hope I'm not going to cause upset here, but I've been thinking about the good that's come out of the pandemic - perhaps to help counter the doom and gloom, as well as the sheer misery some of us have suffered. I've written before about how lovely it's been - as someone living between two major airports, not to have planes constantly circling overhead, that the benefits of working from home have been enjoyed by those who found their previous commutes exhausting, and how people started helping one another, either via social media or charities, to ensure that everyone – particularly the vulnerable living alone, had everything they needed.
Also on the positive side, cleaning became recognised as a crucial service, with the general public finally realising that cleaners actually have something important to offer! Some contractors fared better than others during lockdown… ‘Work from home’ mandates changed cleaning contracts and schedules. Many businesses closed, meaning contracts were lost for good, while others had different needs that their contractors worked hard to fulfil. Manufacturers and janitorial suppliers were suddenly asked for different products and equipment and had to produce these with limited staff and an unreliable supply chain. I don’t think we did a bad job under the circumstances, do you?
Now, throughout a fair bit of the developed world, vaccine mandates are being brought in and although the focus in the UK has been on carers and hospital nursing teams and doctors, who have been told, “no jab, no job” I’ve known all along that those whose role it is to clean our care homes, medical centres and hospitals will also come under that mandate. Our industry is already crying out for people willing to become cleaners, yet, potentially, huge numbers may be about to leave their jobs because they won’t accept, or can’t physically commit to, a regime of ongoing vaccines. I wonder whether the downing of tools by those who’ve successfully kept our public spaces Covid-safe for us for coming up to two years now, will reiterate, (but from a different side of the coin) just how crucial they are to our wellbeing? Worrying times ahead for us, I feel…
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With an increasing number of commercial and household cleaning products making misleading environmentally responsible claims, Genesis Biosciences has welcomed the Competition & Markets Authority's new 'Green Claims Code'.
The code gives guidance on what terminology companies can use when marketing products as 'green' and encourages thorough checks into eco-friendly claims. A further review into misleading claims both online and offline is due to begin in 2022 with a focus primarily on textiles and fashion, travel and transport, beauty products and cleaning products.
Given the ever-increasing focus on the quality of the air we breathe, especially heightened over the past two years, SoftBank commissioned a study to establish what effects the simple task of vacuuming has on airborne particulates.
Partnering with Infogrid - the smart building expert - utilising its air monitoring sensors, over 400,000 data points were taken in several sites, monitoring airborne particulates under normal activity and subsequently following the deployment of automated cobots.
Following an extended period of closure due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, London Museum of Water and Steam appointed Ice Cleaning to provide a specialist mould remediation service to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and safety were achieved for returning visitors.
Based in South-West London, the popular tourist attraction is home to the world's largest collection of stationary steam pumping engines, with thousands of people visiting the museum each year to learn about the history of London's water supply.
UK trades firms are investing more in technology to stay on top of costs and manage the increase in demand they predict going into 2022, according to a study by field service software provider BigChange and independent research consultancy Opinium.
The study shows that 85% of firms expect to be busier over the next 12 months, and nearly one-in-five (17%) anticipate that workloads will at least double. Expectations of growth are highest among building maintenance, facilities management, cleaning and waste management firms. At least 88% of business leaders surveyed from these sectors said they expected workloads to increase going into 2022.
The return of the in-person show to what many say is the convention capital of the world, reaffirmed the industry's commitment to hosting safe events and delivering innovative solutions that support cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention around the world.
The company was a bronze winner for environmental best practise at a presentation ceremony in London, which celebrated the greenest individuals, companies, councils and communities within the UK.
Coming off the back of significant year-on-year growth, Brain Corp has seen momentum build throughout 2021 with the company recording 226% growth in floor area covered autonomously between April and October, 2021 alone. While increases in robot deployments were seen across all industry sectors, the most significant growth came within retail outlets, shopping malls and logistics facilities.
Domestic cleaning franchise, Poppies, is celebrating after being named one of the best franchises in the UK.
The new range has been co-developed with elite sports teams to help prevent the spread of infection amongst athletes, while keeping performance front of mind and reducing lost training days. Thought to be the first of its kind range - designed by sports people, for sport – it offers a specialist fast drying, non-slip formula that leaves hands and equipment protected and ready for action.
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