* Cleanzine-logo-7a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 28th September 2023 Issue no. 1082

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Now this is what I like to see! Aware that the charges to visit our washrooms on some of London's railway stations had been lifted recently, I've often wondered what difference this has made to the facilities themselves. Passing through Waterloo Station yesterday I decided to see if the 'free for all' move had been a good one, or whether the washrooms would now be inundated with people and thus in a filthy condition and depleted of soap and toilet tissue.

I'm happy to report that everything was perfect. That the attendant was in his or her room and the many cubicles I inspected were clean and well stocked - as were the areas around the washbasins - bodes well. I couldn't find any trails of toilet tissue strewn around and the floor looked clean and dry. It had me thinking that the general public is finally showing its respect for the facilities and those who have to clean them, as well as fellow users, by taking care to leave them as they'd like to find them.

Well done everyone!

I couldn't help but wonder if, had we always treated all our public washrooms with respect, there wouldn't be such a dearth of them now. I can see why decision-makers - faced with a facility that receives constant abuse and thus becomes too expensive to maintain - decide to close it rather than fight a constant battle with ungrateful users. I don't agree with closures though and feel we need to find a way to keep our public toilets open. Education from a young age perhaps, which we see working so well in places like Singapore?

Finally, as those of you who follow us on Facebook will know, we received some sad news from Prochem Europe last week which we posted on our page, regarding Ron Tilley, who has passed away... Both John & I had known & admired Ron for many years. Ron trained me in the art of carpet & upholstery cleaning & I wholeheartedly second everything expressed in the Obituary further down this page, as no doubt, will you, if you got to know Ron through the many international exhibitions he attended, or through his training expertise. I am sure you will join us in sending good wishes to his family and the team at Prochem Europe.



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Jan Hobbs

23rd May 2019

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