Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 23rd March 2023 Issue no. 1057
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Lost and frowned!
Used sex toys, positive pregnancy tests and dirty knickers are some of the items hapless cleaners might expect to find when tidying an apartment block in Magaluf this summer, but what about on a bus?
The three shocking discoveries made the top 10 list of the worst items to greet staff from Cordant Cleaning when sprucing up buses across the UK during the past year.
But it wasn't just kinky items that brazen Brits left on the buses, as the cleaning firm also revealed its employees stumbled upon a deep fat fryer, used nappies, vomit containing a set of false teeth and a lump of faeces with a flag stuck on it!
If that wasn't bad enough, cleaning operatives from Glasgow were left feeling squeamish after discovering a used tampon tied to a handrail and a large fresh animal heart under one of the seats, when cleaning one double-decker. The top 10 list was completed by one lucky employee who came across a brown envelope containing more than £300,000 in used bank notes, (which was then swiftly handed over to police).
Despite his team having to dispose of some revolting gifts, Cordant Cleaning boss Guy Pakenham says his colleagues remain professional and take it all in their stride. "More often than not I'm left shocked when my team tell me about the disgusting things they have to get rid of when cleaning buses up and down the UK," he admits.
"However, I can only praise their dedication and good humour; they don't seem to be fazed by anything. Thankfully our staff are are fully trained and equipped to deal with cleaning hazards like these - but we can only urge passengers that next time they defecate on the floor of a bus, or throw up their own false teeth, to remember to take all of their items with them."
Top 10 finds:
1) Used tampon dangling on a handrail
2) £300,000 in used bank notes
3) Large animal heart
4) Poo with a flag stuck in
5) Used sex toys
6) Positive pregnancy test
7) Vomit containing false teeth
8) A deep fat fryer
9) Dirty knickers
10) Soiled nappies
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