Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly industry and hygiene industry news 22nd January 2015 Issue no. 657

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International News

How long can Ebola live?

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One of the problems in dealing with the Ebola outbreak is no one knows exactly how long the virus can live on contaminated surfaces.

This is the conclusion of Kyle Bibby, University of Pittsburgh, in an article he published in the December 2014 issue of Environmental Science & Technology Letters.


Upgrade your facility with antimicrobial products from Ophardt Hygiene

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The infection control benefits of frequently touched products and surfaces that incorporate antimicrobial copper are well-documented; one only needs to key in the words 'antimicrobial copper' to a web search engine to be presented with the results of numerous clinical studies which prove that those upgrading their facilities by installing products incorporating the material, are taking their infection control programmes very seriously indeed.


Manufacturer highlights need for good hand hygiene in schools with new focus on food preparation

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has extended its Hand Wash Heroes resources to help schools and nurseries educate children about good hand hygiene as a critical part of food preparation. The new materials will support teachers and staff following the renewed focus this year on practical cooking in the National Curriculum.


It vacuums, it cleans, then it blow dries... Meet the new Aquarius Speedyclean!

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The Aquarius Speedyclean is the latest ultra-sleek design carpet & upholstery cleaning machine from Kiam Power Products. It vacuums, it washes and will even blow dry your carpet too...

Guardian24 registers its one millionth lone worker activity

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Guardian24, a leading provider of lone and mobile worker safety solutions, announced in November that it had registered its one millionth lone worker activity for the year.

OCS forms joint venture with Saudi's Zahid Group

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OCS Group has announced the formation of a facilities services joint venture in Saudi Arabia with the Jeddah-based Zahid Group.

Restora removes challenging adhesives from linen, reducing costs for healthcare laundries

Ecolab has introduced the Restora programme for healthcare laundries. The programme uses a patent-pending formula to remove medical adhesives from linen during the wash process, thus enabling healthcare laundries to reclaim linen that would have previously been discarded due to adhesive stains, helping to extend linen life and reduce replacement costs.

Introducing the Poovac, the new, battery-powered poop scoop

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Trafalgar Cleaning Equipment's latest arrival to its extensive range of cleaning equipment is the Poovac - a battery-powered 'poop scoop'.

The Poovac, developed and engineered by Trafalgar, is here to make poop patrol quicker and more hygienic.

A battery-powered vacuum cleaner specially designed to collect pet mess - either wet or solid - from outdoor spaces, Poovac is set to transform the way we keep these spaces clean.


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It's an inside job! Long term employee Lilia Lamberto becomes Principle Cleaning's HR head


Soapbox: What can the fight against HIV teach us about Ebola?

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By Margherita Licata and Kofi Amekudzi, Technical Specialists at the International Labour Organization

UK manufacturer BPI Recycled Products wins first French contract

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Recycling giant bpi.recycled products is moving into a new market, with its first sacks contract in France. The UK manufacturer is to supply France's Saumur Council with its EN13592 accredited mixed-waste sacks.

New website for Energic Plus

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A new year is considered the time for 'new beginnings' and keeping with that tradition, Energic Plus, the renowned supplier of battery chargers and accessories for batteries used in industrial applications, has launched a new website.

Ready to hit the gym...

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January is traditionally the time of year that people flock to their local gym in an attempt to work off the excesses of Christmas, which means the cleaner's job becomes an even more difficult one. Designed to eliminate oily residue, Betco's Dust Mop Treatment is water-based and compatible with all gym and floor finishes.

Zylast wins USAID 'Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge'

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Zylast hand sanitising technology has been selected as one of only three initial winners of the USAID Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge, for which more than 1,500 applications were received.

New report says cleaners and waste management workers ‘’still at risk from workplace carcinogens

Cleaners and those involved in waste management have once again been highlighted as an at-risk group when it comes to occupational cancer as a result of exposure to carcinogens in cleaning products – this time in a report just published by the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work.

EnviroThaw de-icer - the eco-friendly, non-damaging alternative to rock salt

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EnviroThaw is a high performance and eco-friendly granular alternative to rock salt, which can be used on any paving surface without causing the damage that can be caused by rock salt.

Said to be some 90% less corrosive than rock salt, it is non-toxic to vegetation and grass, it minimises rust damage and won't tread into and harm carpets. It is also non-harmful to wildlife.

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The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances’ pre-Christmas food waste survey, revealed that our enthusiasm for recycling wilts when it comes to food scraps. While an impressive 87% of we Brits say we put out paper and card for recycling, 84% recycling plastic, 77% recycling glass and 75% recycling metal, only 41% of us bother recycling our food waste, meaning that our less frequently collected ‘main’ waste bin may attract more than a parking ticket when the weather gets hot!

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Another report this week, discusses our need to embrace ‘cradle-to-cradle’ rather than cradle-to-grave’ manufacturing; it says that this could create an extra 200,000 jobs, which can’t be bad, can it?

* Straker-no-stains_142.jpgI’m known for whinging about the waste I witness whenever I’ve visited the local tip, with perfectly good sofas, beds, carpets and other furnishings dumped simply because they’re grubby or no longer to the (ex)owner’s taste. When I show potential buyers around properties during my weekend estate agency job, I  answer their “Those filthy carpets will have to go” comments by saying that a good cleaning technician will quickly (and for a lot less expense) bring them back to virtually ‘as new’ condition.

For anyone who doubts this, just look at these before and after shots from the multi-award-winning Chris Straker ( of Sutton-based Straker Cleaning – who also happens to have been cleaning carpets and upholstery in the Houses of Parliament since 2005 and is one of only a couple of handfuls of certified Master Rug Cleaners in the UK. It's incredible what a good technician can achieve, isn't it? Cleaning - rather than wasting - just has to be the way forward!

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This Week's News

Over 200,000 waste-related jobs could be needed, reveals study published yesterday

* Walter-Stahel.jpgOver 200,000 new jobs could be needed across Britain from the continued development of resource efficient activity to 2030, such as recycling, reuse and remanufacturing, according to a study by WRAP and Green Alliance.

The report 'Employment and the circular economy: job creation in a more resource efficient Britain', indicates that development of resource efficiency, unlike other industrial transitions, requires more labour.


Who assesses how effective you are?

* LOY-2015-logo.jpgMany businesses pride themselves on the standard of cleaning and standard of maintenance of the building they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning. The most frequent place visited by most users of the building is the washrooms. First impressions count and high standard must be achieved consistently if the provider's reputation is to be maintained.

As a service provider how do you know how you compare with your competitors and how do you gain recognition?


Record-breaking Ladder Exchange crowns 'biggest idiot on a ladder'

* ladder-idiots.jpgAfter receiving more entries than ever before, the Ladder Association's Idiots on Ladders contest has ended and 2014's 'biggest idiot on a ladder' has been crowned.

The success of Idiots on Ladders mirrored a record-breaking year for the Ladder Exchange, which traded over 15% more ladders than in the previous year, continuing its three straight years of growth since being taken over by the Ladder Association in 2012.


We have Mail: ozone article inaccuracies

Matt Wonnacott of Vectair Systems, draws our attention to inaccuracies in an article published recently in Cleanzine and a number of other industry publications...

Dear Jan and John, I have been made aware of an article written about Ecobreeze recently (which was included in most magazines) which contained some inaccurate information. Here is the link:


Top five challenges for contract cleaning companies in 2015

* Tornado-bacvacs.jpgMost building service contractors are hopeful 2015 is a profitable year in all ways possible. But even if businesses are profitable, contractors are still likely to face some challenges in 2015.

Accordingly, this month's Business of the Business from Tornado, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment, lists the top five challenges cleaning contractors may grapple with in 2015 - and although the company is US-based, the challenges are facing businesses everywhere:


Introducing new Lemon Cleanser Gel from Greyland

* lemon-cleanser-gel.jpgSimply put: it's 'great for cleaning!'

Gel-type cleaning products have become very popular due to the additional contact time that this type of product has even on vertical surfaces, allowing the cleansing action to cut right through stubborn grease and grime.

Formulated by Greyland with the fresh citrus scent and cleaning power of lemons, their new Lemon Cleanser Gel is effective in cleaning and maintaining most hard surfaces.


What a messy desk says about you...

* messy-desk.jpgHaving a cluttered desk may not be a bad thing, a new survey from OfficeTeam suggests. More than two-thirds (68%) of human resources managers interviewed felt it's at least somewhat acceptable to have a messy desk at work.

In fact, 9% even said it's a sign of a creative person. However, nearly one-third (32%) stated they would question an employee's organisational skills and effectiveness if that person had an unkempt workspace.


Vectair Systems launches YouTube channel to showcase its new range of product videos

* Screen-Shot-Vectair.jpgRecognising the rise of social media and the importance of video in the way consumers now like to communicate, leading hygiene manufacturer Vectair Systems has launched a YouTube channel containing a new range of product videos. The videos have been produced by a leading production company using a film crew that has worked on BBC productions including Eastenders and Casualty.

By visiting the YouTube channel here:


Amyris to enter industrial cleaning products market

Amyris has announced this week its plans to launch its first industrial cleaning products containing Myralene renewable solvents through US AutoForce and US Lubricants - both US Venture companies.

This will enable Amyris's high performance, renewable industrial cleaning products to gain visibility and access to over 35,000 automotive aftermarket and industrial outlets served by US Venture divisions.


Rosemor says: "We'll make you an offer you can't refuse!"

* Rosemor.jpgEstablished in 1985, Rosemor International specialises in the manufacture and supply of precision-engineered escalator cleaning equipment and the company is starting 2015 with a bang (as we say in this neck of the woods) by offering current customers using the old Rotomac equipment the opportunity to part exchange it for a new Rotomac ET15B.

"Rotomac ET15B has been developed for a better performance," says the company's Efi Rosen. "It is the new generation of the machine... It is more efficient and built for longer term use."


Cordant Services launches with £multi-million investment

* cordant.jpgThe Cordant Group has this week announced the launch of Cordant Services, in a move designed to offer additional value and services to existing customers, whilst providing a strong foundation for an ambitious growth programme.

It is supported by a multi-million pound investment in technology and infrastructure that will see the business offer a fully transparent solution and a strong collaborative approach to customer relationships.


RCM Day: The real cleaning revolution starts in Fiorenzuola

* rcm-day-macroclean.jpgJust a few weeks ago, Macroclean, a company born out of the entrepreneurial vision of RCM and Macro, opened its doors to the Italian distributors for an open day devoted to the presentation of the new 2015 road sweeper models.

After the meeting, the guests visited Macroclean's production department and learned about the technical innovations enjoyed by the M60 model.

MITIE awarded facilities management contract by Turner Broadcasting

* MITIE-Turner.jpgMITIE, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, has been awarded An FM contract with Turner Broadcasting. The multiyear contract will see MITIE deliver FM services, including maintenance and repairs, cleaning, front of house, waste management and mailroom services, at three of the broadcaster's sites.

Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner, operates over 160 channels including CNN, Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

New premises to Host industry favourite

* FREESTLE-HOST.jpgHost von Schrader (UK)'s Mike Egerton tells us that as the lease has expired on its current premises in Capenhurst, the company will be moving to a new location over the weekend.

"Our new premises are slightly larger and will incorporate and small showroom and training school," he says, apologising in advance for any telephone and email disruption that may occur tomorrow and on Monday.

The new address is:

Unit 8 Parkway Business Centre, Sixth Avenue, Zone 2 Deeside Industrial Park, Deeside CH5 2LD.

T: 01244 289256

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Recent UK News

Some big names return to UK's national cleaning event

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With pre-registered visitors up by a staggering 60% compared to pre-registration figures recorded at the same time for the 2013 show, and news that Kimberly-Clark Professional and SCA will be exhibiting, the Cleaning Show, taking place at ExCel in London for the first time, from 10th - 12th March 2015, looks set to be an interesting event.


Changing Places to set standard for school hygiene room provision

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Architectural designers and contractors are being given a new solution to a growing problem over specification and installation of accessible hygiene facilities in schools.


Northwood Hygiene comes tops for service

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Northwood Hygiene Products has been awarded the Brakes 'Catering Supplies & Equipment Supplier of the year (2014)'.


Hako Machines delighted to attend 25th CIWM Clean Britain Awards and sponsor category

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Hako Machines says it is delighted to have attended the recent CIWM Awards and sponsor the award for the Small Local Authorities category.

CSSA to terminate its current role within the Building Futures Group

The Cleaning & Support Services Association is to terminate its role within the Building Futures Group - the organisation formed less than a year ago by the merging of Asset Skills, the Facilities Management Association and the CSSA itself.

More membership applications as CHSA's Soft Tissue Accreditation Scheme strengthens

Membership of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's Soft Tissue Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme has increased by three during a year in which the rigour of the Scheme has been enhanced, according to Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the Scheme's governing Panel.

Golden Service Awards opens to showcase cleaning industry excellence

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The Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards programme is now open for entries. The awards are designed to provide contract cleaners and in-house cleaning teams the chance to showcase the excellent work undertaken in the cleaning industry.

The Building Futures Group to produce UK FM Manifesto

The Building Futures Group has declared its intention to produce its public affairs strategy as the UK begins to prepare for the upcoming General Election. The Group will be producing the first UK Manifesto that specifically focusses on the facilities management industry.

CleanSafe blasts chewing gum problem for London Gatwick

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London Gatwick Airport has wiped the floor with one of its biggest facilities management problems by using 'melt and blast' technology to clean hundreds of thousands of pieces of chewing gum from terminal walkways.

Biohazard Decontamination Cleaning from within a prison

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Within the prison service 'dirty protests' are a rare occurrence, but when they happen, they disrupt the routine of the prison care, separation and hospital units, which are usually where these types of protests happen.

MITIE to care for Marie Curie

MITIE has been awarded a three year contract with Marie Curie Cancer Care to provide cleaning and laundry services to the charity’s West Midlands Hospice and cleaning, laundry and hostess service to Cardiff & The Vale Hospice. 

Chemex guide on Ebola welcomed by UK health workers

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As the death toll from Ebola in West Africa continues to increase, healthcare workers in the UK are being provided with a new guide to help protect them from infection. A 44-page guide has been drawn up by scientists at hygiene and infection control specialist Chemex International.

Soapbox: Best Practice in Cleaning

Rafael Cobos of Futureclean Assured Systems, argues that for Best Practice to be properly applied to cleaning, those responsible for the cleaning process, must also adopt Continuous Improvement measures...

SpaceVac opens Scottish base

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SpaceVac, renowned for its vacuum powered, single operator, lightweight gutter and high level interior cleaning equipment, has expanded into Scotland to open its third UK base.

MITIE awarded multi-million pound cleaning contract with Arriva UK Bus

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MITIE has been awarded a multi-million pound, five year cleaning contract with transport provider Arriva.

NCCA and IICRC 2015 training dates for carpet & upholstery cleaners and restoration professionals

The National Carpet Cleaners Association and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification have released details of their 2015 training courses. Some are already fully booked so if you want to ensure that you don’t miss out, do contact the secretariats this side of Christmas if you can. The courses and dates are as follows:

Gatwick Airport cleaner punched in face after walking in on a woman on the toilet

A male cleaner at Gatwick Airport has asked his employer – OCS - to excuse him from one of his jobs, following an assault by a member of the public.

Events & Exhibitions

Portable Sanitation Expo
25-26th February 2015


ISSA/Interclean Latin America
25-27th February 2015
Mexico City

The Cleaning Show
10-12th March 2015


ISSA/Interclean CEE
22-24th April 2015


GZ Toilet Expo 2015
9-11th May 2015
International Portable Toilets & Public Health Facilities


19-21st May 2015
Verona, Italy

Tissue World 2015
20-22nd May 2015
Sao Paulo


CleantexPulire 2015
28-30th July 2015
10th edition of this show.

Higiexpo 2015 Brazil
4-6th August 2015
Sao Paulo


CMS Berlin
22-25th September 2015
Cleaning. Management. Services.

Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2015


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