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International News

UK Government joins WHO and CDC in confirming safe use of hand dryers during pandemic, following industry campaign

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The UK Government has joined global health experts, including the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), in approving the use of hand dryers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. This follows a campaign from the hand drying industry requesting Government to update its official guidelines.

Workplace washroom cleaning and sanitising made easy, with Powertec

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As many of us start returning to work, washroom hygiene in our places of work has become even more important. Santoemma says its Powertec system offers the ideal solution for workplace washroom cleaning and sanitising and that when used with the Sani-Clean chemical, a thorough daily clean and sanitise operation is guaranteed.

Keeping ourselves and others safe and well - the science behind surface wiping

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Current conditions have changed our daily lives in a short period of time. Now more than ever we all want to know that we are doing everything we can to keep ourselves and our colleagues and visitors safe and well. To ensure we can do this requires understanding the science behind surface wiping and cleaning, says Kimberly-Clark Professional.

Demon Sanitiser and Tornado P2 Mini-Bowser with Sanitiser Head

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Demon takes great pride in its capability to engineer machines to the needs of clients, and the company has recently developed a new sanitising version of one of their most popular pressure washing units.

Ecocleen makes sanitisation and specialist deep clean investment

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Ecocleen, the commercial contract cleaning specialist, has expanded its sanitisation and specialist deep clean capabilities with the adoption of advanced electrostatic spraying machines. The company has invested in a range of portable and handheld sprayers, which are designed to effectively disinfect a wide range of premises in a fraction of the time and cost previously needed. T

New handguard reduces germ transfer from surfaces workers can't avoid touching

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A compact antimicrobial handguard to help prevent the transfer of viruses and bacteria, including Covid-19, from everyday touchpoints such as door handles, touchscreens, keypads, switches and push buttons, has been launched in time for us to to get back to work.

Bunzl Canada's smart restroom system raises bar on hygiene compliance

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Bunzl Canada has launched of two new system components to enhance the capabilities of its advanced, IoT-based restroom monitoring system, WandaNext.

EFCI launches second chapter of ‘In Good Hands’/’Helping Europe Reopen’ campaign

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This week, EFCI - the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry in Europe - launched the second phase of the campaign #InGoodHands, which, for two weeks, will underline the cleaning industry's key role and voice its specific needs to support Europe's economic and social recovery.

Soapbox: Disinfection vs Decontamination - why dry steam vapour cleaning is crucial to fighting COVID-19

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Says Thomas Stuecken, Osprey Deepclean:

"As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, the face of environmental hygiene needs to change, and we must adapt fast. We need to put standard cleaning practices under the microscope and raise the bar on what's considered 'standard practice'.

Global shortage of trigger head sprays countered by Greyland

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Due to the unprecedented demand for Greyland chemicals during the COVID crisis, coupled with the shortage of trigger head sprays, the company has decided to supply its ready to use trigger spray products with flip top lids, plus two spare trigger heads.

A guide for washing out used trigger heads has also been produced.

Winning employee 'hearts & minds' essential for safe return to work, advises Bureau Veritas

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As the UK Government unveils new guidelines for making workplaces 'Covid-secure', global health & safety expert Bureau Veritas is advising businesses that their safe return to work depends on their ability to "win the hearts & minds of employees" alongside creating clear policy, systems and processes with regular monitoring.

SOAPBOX: Covid-19 and PPE Equipment: Do they conform?

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Paul Wonnacot, managing director and president at Vectair Systems, writes:

Question: what do Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic and (amongst others) the UK have in common?
Answer: all have been duped into purchasing unsafe, non-conforming and dangerous Protective Safety Equipment (PPE) needed for essential workers in the fight against coronavirus.

The category winners of the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020

The first day of Interclean Amsterdam online, Innovation Day, revealed the category winners of the Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2020.

As the current pandemic is impacting the world and as the people become more focused on hygiene and cleaning, it has become even more crucial to highlight all the great developments and innovations in our industry.

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It’s rare that I wish people ill, but with much of the world coming out of lockdown there’s one group I’ve been angrily cursing - and at the very least I’d love everyone who’s part of this group to remain in lockdown forever. Many of us, incarcerated for so long, have had time to contemplate the meaning of life and I’d hoped that we’d all have discovered what’s really important, in the big scheme of things. New beginnings for the planet, if you like… What appears to have happened is that being isolated has helped grow what I can only describe as an underclass of humans, who, now finally released, are hell-bent on doing as much damage as they can. Yes. I’m talking about those who are ruining our public places with their litter. The problem’s far worse than it ever was, when I had expected it to be better. And when you consider that some of the culprits will be carrying Coronavirus, it makes their littering so much more than just plain selfish, doesn’t it, since they could make someone ill and even kill them?

Mainstream press has been full of pictures of beaches and other beauty spots – including those in our National Parks – devastated with detritus. This littering has to stop. Local councils and even the police need to get tough on litterbugs. I’ve written in the past about people fined for accidentally dropping money, ice-creams and losing a thread from clothing. Our current problem isn’t accidental; it’s a deliberate act of vandalism; a choice. So why are the authorities making a choice to let the litterbugs away with it? The whole thing beggars belief.

I live near Epsom Downs, home to the world-famous Epsom Derby horse-race. There’s something quite magical about being up on the Downs and encountering a group of riders emerging from the early morning mists. Often you hear the hooves and feel the ground trembling before the spectacle appears before you. I’ve not been up there this year, but a post in a local Facebook group alerted me to the horrors I might find on my next visit.

Steven McCormick created a Facebook Live video out of pure frustration at the amount of litter he encountered. He also appealed to neighbours to become volunteer litter pickers to help with the “huge problem". Apparently, there’s work for them every day: https://www.facebook.com

I have to ask… Is it just Brits who do think it’s OK to litter?



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This Week's News

CHSA calls on CMA to investigate unscrupulous traders

* CHSA-CMA.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has written to the Competition and Markets Authority requesting that it investigate possible profiteering by unscrupulous organisations capitalising on the exceptional demand for cleaning and hygiene products.

The CHSA has requested the investigation particularly examine the delisting of reputable companies by online trading platforms, in favour of organisations charging exceptionally high prices.

British Cleaning Council asks to meet minister to discuss key industry issues

* BCC_Jim-Melvin_Paul-Thrupp.jpgThe British Cleaning Council has written to the Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets to ask for a private meeting to discuss a number of issues that are key to the cleaning sector and the recovery from Coronavirus.

We have mail: Cleaning and Sanitising awkward objects and surfaces

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As an avid reader of, advertiser in, and contributor to Cleanzine, I have noticed the call for help at the bottom of Jan's Leader editorial (28th May). There is a simple answer to all the problem items and surfaces mentioned for sanitising: steam cleaning.

Jangro helps businesses get back to work safely

* Jangro-Deep-Clean.jpgJangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has launched two new guides to help businesses prepare for the return to work, as the country eases out of lockdown.

The first is about how to control the risk of Covid-19 via deep cleaning, while the second focuses on the importance of hand hygiene, with tips and advice on how to achieve compliance.

GP Pro releasing advanced tech to manage and measure heightened hygiene protocols

* GP_PRO_Overdue_Alert_Room.jpgIn direct response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, GP Pro, a division of Georgia-Pacific and a leading provider of advanced dispensing solutions for commercial facilities, will soon release Kolo Hygiene, an innovative new feature of its Kolo Smart Monitoring System specifically designed to help facilities successfully manage, monitor and measure heightened cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting practices.

IICRC opens nominations for Inaugural Hall of Fame Awards

* IICRC-Hall-of-Fame.jpgThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification(IICRC) is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Hall of Fame Awards. The deadline for nominations is June 30th.

The Hall of Fame awards are open to all past and present IICRC constituents who have at least 25 consecutive years in the inspection, cleaning & restoration industries.

Contractors blown away by easy fit of phs Warner Howard's newest hand dryer

* Contractors-blown-away.jpgPhs Warner Howard's newest hand dryer is approaching a milestone of 20,000 installations thanks to its groundbreaking features which make it easy to fit, saving on cost and resource.

The Airstream Vitesse incorporates a new fast-clip system which allows contractors to simply fit a backplate during installation.

New clean safely platform enables businesses to clean with confidence

* New-Clean.jpgLaunched this week, the Clean Safely platform powered by RSC Bio Solutions, provides curated solutions that meet the escalating challenge to safely eliminate viral threats in public, commercial, and industrial spaces.

Focusing on the three pillars of cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining, the Clean Safely protocol breaks down these processes into easy-to-manage steps, supported by high-performance products.

Putting copper to work in fight against Coronavirus

* Copper-Against-Coronavirus.jpegHave you ever wondered why copper has been so widely used over the years in kitchens? Well, it's not just for aesthetics. Copper just happens to have inherent antimicrobial properties that can dramatically reduce the spread of germs and disease.

That fact was not lost on a team of researchers and engineers who first met at West Texas A&M University in the US.

USGBC develops emergency Pilot Credit addressing Green Cleaning and COVID-19

* USGBC.jpgThe U Green Building Council (USGBC) is introducing a new pilot credit in the LEED green building rating system called Safety First: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Space.

The credit is intended to support buildings and spaces as they work to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) through sustainable, healthy practices.

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Recent UK News

HSE lifts red tape to kickstart logistics operations safely and effectively

With logistics movements key to the future recovery of the UK's economy, the Freight Transport Association has campaigned successfully for the Health & Safety Executive to amend its Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations reporting guidance to avoid penalising businesses unfairly as they restart or scale up their operations under the Coronavirus pandemic.

It's official: Westminster is full of rats!

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It's official, the City of Westminster is full of rats! The London borough had more rodent call-outs in the last year than anywhere else in the capital, according to data from home services firm Fantastic Services.

CHSA calls on Government to specify employees of manufacturers and distributors of cleaning & hygiene products as eligible for priority testing

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has written to the Health Secretary, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, asking that those working in the manufacture and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products be eligible for priority testing for the Coronavirus.

Cromwell Plastics Recycling donates half a tonne of plastic film to community fundraiser for NHS gowns

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Cromwell Polythene's manufacturing and recycling division, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, has donated 500 kilos of blue polythene film to a fundraising partnership of volunteers and marine businesses making personal protective equipment for the NHS.

HSE reminder on water systems safety during lockdown

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The Health & Safety Executive has reminded building occupiers, businesses and other duty holders restarting operations after the shutdown to review their water systems' maintenance arrangements to avoid creating a public health hazard from waterborne bacteria such as legionella.

CHSA warns buyers to beware of profiteers capitalising on unprecedented demand

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is warning all buyers of cleaning and hygiene products to beware of unscrupulous profiteers capitalising on the unprecedented demand for these products.

Samsic calls for greater user engagement in post-Coronavirus workspace management

As part of a strategy to help businesses begin to navigate through the changed landscape of post-Covid workspaces, Samsic UK has rolled out a programme enabling users to participate in real-time environment hygiene control.

Emergency FM specialist launches Back to Business Covid-19 disinfection and testing service

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SafeGroup, the independent emergency soft FM service provider, has launched a comprehensive and highly-innovative Covid-19 disinfection and testing service to support businesses as they seek to return to work safely and smoothly.

Coronavirus and bed bugs: how to protect your guests when you reopen

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The damage suffered by hotels during the Coronavirus pandemic may not be over once the Government greenlights a return to travel, according to creator of smart pest systems, Spotta. The UK-based company reveals that dormant bed bugs will live around a year without feeding; waiting for hotel guests to return.

Growth continues for Tidy Green Clean

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Tidy Green Clean, the environmentally-friendly cleaning business that operates on a franchise model, is continuing 2020 with its commitment to growth, with the appointment of two new regional directors, including its first in England. Alex McCarthy is the regional director for Northern England and Callum Cruickshank is regional director for Aberdeen West.

Biosciences research company deals with bleach influx into water supply

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As members of the public 'reach for the bleach' to rid their homes of germs following the Covid-19 outbreak, an increasing amount of chemical-based products are making their way into the communal water supply, subsequently reducing the overall water quality.

Clean Sweep works around the clock in Covid-19 battle

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One South Wales cleaning company has pulled out all the stops to do its bit to help the nation's fight and the NHS's response to Covid-19.

Events & Exhibitions

Clean Buildings Expo
11-12th August 2020
Baltimore, USA

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels


Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020


Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


3-6th November 2020
New Autumn dates


Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2020
+ Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards
Solihull, W Mids, UK


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