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It was supposed to have been a big week for me three days at the Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms exhibition in Birmingham, for Cleanzine's sister publication, KBzine, and a further day celebrating the successes of our hard-working cleaners at the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards. Sadly it never happened as I've been laid up with something that feels like flu. At least it's not Coronavirus though!
We're carrying a Soapbox today written by a London commuter (links to our industry mean they've asked to remain anonymous) who's highlighted some of the issues we face in trying to follow official advice about washing our hands and preventing the spread of germs. The whole Coronavirus thing has created enormous awareness with regard to cross-contamination and how to prevent it. But what if the facilities aren't in place, to be able to do what we're supposed to be doing?
For a lighter-hearted look at the subject (and I know from tweets, social media posts, emails and phone calls that many of you are finding the drama being created by mainstream media a bit excessive) take a look at the short video on our Facebook page. It had me in stitches.
As I've said many times, without the hard work of our cleaners, life as we know it wouldn't exist. That's in ordinary situations. The global spread of Coronavirus has meant that the work of our cleaners has taken on even more importance and I've seen many reports about buildings being shut down for deep cleaning. I can imagine the people involved must be exhausted by now but it's going to get worse before it gets better. Perhaps there will be greater respect for the cleaning workforce in future, from the general public who may now be aware that a cleaner's job is highly important and that those involved need to be properly trained.
So! celebrating cleaners. My hearty congratulations to all of you who either won a Golden Service Award yesterday or who was highly commended. Indeed, congratulations to all the finalists. I know how tough a competition it is! I'm just sorry I wasn't able to be there to celebrate with you.
For the winners, please (click here). There will be more comprehensive coverage including news of all the highly commended companies, in next week's issue.
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5th March 2020