* Cleanzine-logo-8a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 19th March 2015 Issue no. 665

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International News

Vax Commercial launches VCSD-03 cordless hard floor spot washer

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There's a spillage stain on the canteen floor... or a leaky tap has caused a flood in the office washroom... or clients have ignored your entrance mats and walked-in mud, rain and debris from outside... If only there was a machine that offered all the convenience of a mop and bucket, but which didn't demand all the hard work...

New iMop floor scrubber dryer takes top award

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“This machine is going to change the cleaning industry the same way iPhone changed mobile phones,” claims T L Killi’s – and the judges of the Innovation Awards clearly think the company has a point as the machine was judged ‘Overall Winner’ of the Innovations Awards…

OspreyDeepclean’s GB1 self-motorised gum removal system impresses Awards judges

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OspreyDeepclean’s Thomas Stucken told us he was proud that his new GB1 machine took first place in the ‘Outdoor Cleaning’ category at this year's Innovation Awards.

Nilfisk-Advance becomes Nilfisk

Nilfisk-Advance is changing its name and corporate brand to Nilfisk, to create a stronger alignment with Nilfisk's main global product brands and to increase brand impact as well as understanding for Nilfisk's customers. The new company name will be implemented globally as of April 2015.

Karcher and ISS Group agree to global partnership

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Global facilities services provider ISS A/S of Denmark has signed a global partnership agreement with Alfred Karcher GmbH. Under the agreement, which will run for an initial five years, Karcher will supply cleaning equipment to ISS Group companies worldwide.

Americans dish the dirt on handwashing, germs and washrooms

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According to the Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corp., Americans use various techniques to avoid touching things and coming into contact with germs in a public washroom, with 57% risking injury by manoeuvring themselves into a position that enables them to operate the toilet flusher with their foot!

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I struck lucky last week with my comments on travel plans that went awry and that “it had been touch and go” whether last week’s cleaning show would take place at all! I managed to draw responses from a number British Cleaning Council members saying that I must have been talking about the wrong show (i.e. the event that’s taking place in Birmingham shortly, which was being organised by Martin Scott of Cleaning Show fame) and several from others sharing their travel experiences. You can see some of them on our Facebook page.

To set the record straight, I’m delighted that the show went well and was fully behind it – as the previous week’s leader testifies. I’m also delighted that the show will once again be held in London’s Docklands in 2017 and that some exhibitors have already reserved larger stands than they took this year, (and two years surely gives Transport for London and whoever else is involved, time to get the engineering works over, the trains running to the schedules – and stations – they should and for signposting to be clarified for those unfamiliar with the systems and area)!

In my defence, I wasn’t confusing this show with its rival; two shows – one in a centrally located venue organised by the ‘face’ of the established show and the other organised on behalf of the industry’s umbrella body in an area that many were saying was difficult to get to and expensive to park at… well, it was the talk of the industry for two years and it really was anybody’s guess – however determined the two players may have been. Many manufacturers said they would not support a London show and that they were booking/had booked Birmingham. Clearly one show would not go ahead but until late last year, from where I stood, it was difficult to tell which one it would be…

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This Week's News

Freshu – the sustainable alternative to the wet wipe

* beach-babywipe.jpgThe Marine Conservation Society has just issued its 2015 report – the latest in the annual summaries of litter data recorded during British beach cleans each September – and amongst several types of litter that are on the increase, the wet wipe received a special mention.

Wet wipes do not easily disintegrate and can block sewers - and when they are washed into the sea they can end up on the beaches. There is an alternative though in the form of Freshu.

ExCel Cleaning Show has "exceeded expectations" says BCC Chairman Doug Cooke

* BCC-Show-Stand.jpgThe Cleaning Show's move to London has been hailed a great success after a vibrant three day show at the ExCel Arena in London's Docklands last week.

BCC Chairman, Doug Cooke, says the show exceeded all expectations and has confirmed that the 2017 Cleaning Show will also be held at the ExCel, with a number of exhibitors having already booked stand space for the next show in 2017. Doug predicts the show in two years will be bigger and has urged exhibitors to book stand space early.

Baby changing in the gents' wc - the time is now - celebrity endorsed

* man-babychanging.jpgBritish parents are backing actor Ashton Kutcher's call for more baby changing facilities in mens' public toilets.

Research by a UK-based commercial and domestic cleaning company has found widespread support among both mums and dads for equal facilities in toilets run both by councils and retailers.

The most efficient DI Pure Water System ever!

* Unger-teamUK.jpgJohn Austen and I were impressed by Unger's nLite HydroPower DI Filters, which exceed standard DI filter efficiency, performance, workflow and comfort thanks to many new patented design features.

So weren't at all surprised to see the company's Mark Unger collecting an Innovation Award at the Cleaning Show last week.

New report says 'smart' and self-cleaning surface market will be worth $13.5 billion by 2020

NanoMarkets has announced the release of a new report titled, 'Smart Surfaces Markets 2015-2022', which predicts that the smart surfaces market will grow to around $13.5 billion by 2020 and scale to almost $30 billion in 2022. The report follows a January 2015 release on smart coatings markets and reveals that smart solar surfaces (both photovoltaic panels that are monolithically integrated into roofs and windows and self-cleaning solar panels) will be big money spinners, together with self-cleaning walls, windows and other surfaces.

'Smart' surfaces change their function or form in response to outside stimuli. They have attracted attention from the R&D community for a decade and are now being commercialised.

Australian cleaners reimbursed after Ombudsman investigates minimum wage contravention

Cleaners in Northern Territory, Australia, have been reimbursed by a total of some Aus $30,000 following a ruling by the Fair Work Ombudsman that their employers has wrongly paid them less than the minimum wage.

The Fair Work Ombudsman conducted an audit of tendering and procurement activities in cleaning services across the country as part of a follow up to a 2010 study.

Elevance Clean 1200 now commercially available in Europe

* elevance-tests.jpgElevance Renewable Sciences, a US-based chemicals company that creates speciality chemicals from natural oils, announced during the Cleaning Show that its bio-based ingredient, Elevance Clean 1200, is now commercially available in Europe through Equilex Chemicals BV.

Our picture shows the product's performance being tested against that of alternative products.

International award for innovative hygiene solution SmartProtec

* Smartprotec.jpgThe new antimicrobial powder coating SmartProtec, which sets new standards in cold room hygiene, received the title 'Highly Commended' in the 'Best Food Service Innovation' category of the Gulfood Awards 2015.

The awards recognise outstanding and pioneering achievements with significant commercial benefits to the food and beverage industries.

Wecoline: Setting a new standard in 'green cleaning'

* WECOLINE-chart.jpgWecoline won the Cleaning Show Innovation Award for the Best Sustainable cleaning product, with its 'Wecoline Pads by Americo' floor cleaning pads. This is what makes these pads so special...

"The complex production process and the many components of conventional floor pads do not make recycling a viable option," said the team. "As a result floor pads are discarded after use, winding up in landfills where it can take hundreds of years for them to decompose.

Network with sustainability trailblazers at the Zero Waste Awards

* Zero-Waste-Awards.jpgRecycling professionals are invited to join fellow sustainability trailblazers at The Zero Waste Recognition Lunch, which celebrates the fantastic work that organisations from the public, private and third sector are doing to drive down waste from landfill. The event will be held at the 12th Century Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire on Thursday 9th April 2015.

Guests - whether entrants or non-entrants, will enjoy a sparkling drinks reception, followed by a sumptuous three course lunch whilst networking with a wide range of organisations working towards the same goal. A keynote address will be given by Sue Armstrong-Brown, Head of Policy at the think tank, Green Alliance.

Indian Railways' Delhi Division launches cleaning operations at 33 stations

* Indian-Railways.jpgThe Delhi Division of India's railway network has launched a cleaning operation focusing on 33 stations, following a directive by the National Green Tribunal. This will include the mechanised cleaning of station premises, drains, rag-picking and rubbish disposal as well as rag-picking a 75km-route length in the National Capital Region.

The Green Tribunal had directed the railway administration to initiate punitive action against people found littering in and around the station premises and along the tracks, reports the Economic Times.

Dickies keeps cleaners safe - and clean, while at work

* Dickies.jpgCleaning is a generic job - it is carried out in all industry groups and all workplaces, and the cleaning industry has proved over several years to be one of the most dynamic sectors representing one of the largest services to business industries in the European Union.

The hazards and risks faced by cleaners include: exposure to dangerous substances, including biological agents that can lead to asthma, allergies, and blood-borne infections; noise and vibration. Slips, trips, and falls, particularly during 'wet work'; electrical hazards from work equipment.

J D Neuhaus hoists give tank cleaning a lift

* Neuhaus.jpgMore and more companies are turning to air-operated hoists for effective ways to clean storage tanks. These innovative lifting devices, which offer precise load placement control through convenient hand pendants, are being used successfully for truck tank cleaning operations worldwide.

In fact, J D Neuhaus air-operated hoists are deployed in a wide variety of transport tank cleaning applications, including road and rail transit tankers and marine transporters.

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Recent UK News

New networking opportunity exclusively focuses on cleaning industry professionals

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The Hill Club is a new cleaning & soft-service-related professional networking community (Ed: My thanks to industry stalwarts Sally Ayres and Gary Fage for tipping me off about this story, when we bumped into one another at the Cleaning Show, and to Facilicom's Phil Smith who expertly filled me in on the details. Now that's what networking's all about!).

Created by a group of leading industry professionals - drawn from a broad cross-section of organisations and disciplines - the club aims to provide a comfortable environment for business people in our industry (or associated with it) to connect and build mutually beneficial commercial relationships.

Historic monument so full of pigeon mess, cleaners have to force doors open!

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Cleaners tasked with removing several years' build-up of pigeon droppings from the interior of historic monument Landgate Arch in Rye, East Sussex, had to force the doors open to gain entry, such was the volume of faeces inside.

Cleaning contracts help boost sales figures as Norse growth continues

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Norse Commercial Services has announced sales figures of over £37 million for the last 12 months, including £4.5 million of new cleaning contracts. This record growth takes the facilities management group's annual turnover to more than £180 million of which cleaning represents around £21m.

CleanSafe completes sports club recovery after "tsunami" flood

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CleanSafe Services has completed a major flood recovery exercise at a private sports and fitness club where a pipe burst - allowing a third of the water in the club's swimming pool to empty into the basement.

Events & Exhibitions

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020


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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