* Cleanzine-logo-8a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 30th April 2015 Issue no. 671

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An extra hall for next year's Amsterdam show!

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In response to the increasing demand for stand space and the request for more networking space by the visitors and exhibitors, the organisers of ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam have decided to add an extra hall to the floor plan, creating more possibilities for existing and new exhibitors.

What might you be taking from the washroom?

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New research by the University of Westminster, commissioned by ETS, the European Tissue Symposium, concludes that drying hands with single-use towels shows a lower level of airborne microbe dispersal and contamination. This could help achieve more hygienic washroom settings.

Professional cleaners like using Greyland products

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Is it because of the 'no nonsense' product naming that means there can be no confusion on the label as to what the contents do? Far simpler than trying to make sense of manufacturer product codes isn't it?

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Also writing for the kitchens, bathrooms & bedroom sector as I do, there are lots of exhibitions I can attend ‘for work’ that others attend out of pleasure; events such as the Ideal Home Exhibition, the May Design Series, Taste of London and Grand Designs Live, to name just a handful. These shows are fun to attend and I feel blessed; combining work with pleasure fools me into thinking I’m not actually working at all and there can’t be many people who can say that about their job!

I also receive some wonderful press invitations and when a company rang yesterday, asking if I’ll be able to attend a rather exciting launch, I was delighted. Then I discovered that it clashes with a cleaning show I’ll be attending and I had to decline…

Was I disappointed? Not at all!

The show in question is Pulire – taking place from 19th – 21st May in the beautiful city of Verona and if you’ve never attended the event (or visited Verona) I can thoroughly recommend it. The show itself has a real international flavour and there are always lots of new products to examine and people to meet. It’s incredibly well organised and as one might expect from an Italian event, it feels somewhat relaxed and upmarket, with wide aisles allowing space to saunter and offering the chance to discover something you might otherwise have squeezed past and missed, as well as the feeling that there’s plenty of time to ‘do business’.

And then there’s the food… Coming from the busy halls where we’re learning about new technology, and into one of the beautiful, ancient squares, where we sit outside and enjoy a drink and a meal with our industry friends… well – it’s not work, is it?

If you want to find more out about exhibiting or attending, visit: www.afidamp.it – and if you’re not able to join us in Italy, we’ll be able to bring you a flavour of the event (if not the food!) in the official daily broadcasts we’ll be producing on behalf of the organisers.

And if you are exhibiting, do please send me your press information as soon as you can, so we know what to look out for when we arrive.

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This Week's News

K-CP's new GreenHarvest products are made from rapidly renewable plant fibre

Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched GreenHarvest products, a cutting edge offering that incorporates rapidly renewable plant-based fibre, such as wheat straw and bamboo, into Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products.

The manufacturer say it is the first major towel and tissue manufacturer in North America to introduce products made with 20% plant fibre in place of tree fibre or recycled fibre, and that the move required the development of an entirely new supply chain to directly obtain wheat straw from US farmers and the creation of a first-of-its-kind manufacturing process for converting plant fibre into pulp.

Strong start for CleanSeal and EnviroSeal accreditation programmes

* CleanSeal-EnviroSeal.jpgSince their inception in early 2015, the CleanSeal and EnviroSeal accreditation programmes have received a strong and positive reaction from the carpet care sector, as The WoolSafe Organisation continues to team up with leading brands to increase confidence and credibility in those products tested and approved.

CleanSeal certification provides carpet cleaning product manufacturers with the opportunity to gain third party recognition for the quality of their products. To have achieved this mark of excellence products must have demonstrated both their safety and cleaning efficacy, and if also boasting a low environmental impact, they become eligible to be passed on to the EnviroSeal testing stage.

Seven hour total aerobic bacteria testing certified by AOAC-RI performance testing methods

* hyg22.jpgRapid hygiene and food safety testing systems manufacturer Hygiena, has been awarded Performance Tested Methods Certification by the AOAC Research Institute for MicroSnap Total - a test claimed to be the first to detect and enumerate total aerobic bacteria and give results within a working shift.

MicroSnap Total is a small, simple, low-cost detection system that detects down to 1-10 bacteria in seven hours, while detecting high numbers in as little as one - two hours. It can be applied to raw materials, finished products (solid and liquid) and environmental samples.

CMS going to plan innovation and 'People & Business' congress looking to be real highlights

* cms-entrance.jpgWith some 150 days to go before the start of CMS 2015 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services, Messe Berlin reports that preparations are making very good progress. "Almost all the available hall space has already been reserved," says Dr. Christian Goeke, chief executive officer of Messe Berlin GmbH.

"All the main market leaders and many small and medium-sized companies from all areas of the cleaning industry have registered to attend and have announced an extensive range of innovations and improvements in the fields of cleaning machines and cleaning products.

Dispense with the mess: new eSack system provides facilities managers with efficient dispensing

* Sack-dispenser.jpgPolaris Plastics has revolutionised the dispensing of its refuse sacks with the launch of the eSack range, designed to keep both the environment and efficiency at the forefront. The messy flat packed systems that have dominated the market for the past 30 years could well be a thing of the past, as more and more people adopt this new technology.

Polaris Plastics is currently on the road launch this new eSack system to distributors.

China Clean announces 2015 CCE Brand and Innovation Award winners

* CCE2015-Award-Winners.jpgSeen by the cleaning industry as recognition of the highest standards among cleaning products in Asia, the China Clean Expo Awards 2015 took place in Shanghai at the beginning of the month with the winners of each category announced below.

Winning these awards not only helps companies promote their products, it also increases product awareness, boosts global sales and gives companies greater opportunities to participate in a series of similar marketing and promotional opportunities throughout the year.

Distributors demand transparency

* Dave-Bruce.jpgDistributors are turning to members of the CHSA's Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes for soft tissue products, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops to obtain greater transparency in their supply chains.

Dave Bruce, director of DJB Cleaning Supplies, argues that companies marketing their products without showing the specifications are undermining the industry and could be costing the end user up to 40% more.

New module in Cleaning Masterclass series launched

* training-course.jpgA brand new, unique, online course in domestic and residential cleaning is now available. This course is also perfect for guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, small hotels and holiday homes, where a high standard of cleaning and appearance is expected without question and the lack of good cleaning can ruin the reputation and break the business.

The course is certified and accredited to The Cleaning Masterclass, where all the tutors and course developers are professional cleaners and cleaning consultants with many years (20+) of practical and professional cleaning experience in a very wide range of industries.

PGI Specialty Materials completes acquisition of Dounor

PGI Specialty Materials announced this week that it has completed its acquisition of Dounor, the French manufacturer of materials used in hygiene, healthcare and industrial applications.

PGI says that it will integrate all of Dounor's technologies and capabilities with a view to driving the growth of its personal care segment as it delivers innovative solutions for European customers.

IRiS 3200m UV-C germ killing robot reaches milestone in durability and reliability

* Iris-robot.jpgInfection Prevention Technologies and Clean Sweep Group (CSGI) have announced a milestone in mobile UV-C disinfection robot technology as CSGI has performed over 35,000 UV-C germicidal treatments using the Infection Prevention Technologies (IPT) IRiS 3200m UV-C intelligent disinfection robot.

"Reliability and speed are absolutely key for us to run our business profitably and grow," stated Leo Williams, president of CSGI. "The enormous UV power of the IRiS family of intelligent robots allows us to complete treatments quickly with an assured dosage of UV-C germ killing light.

Public sector Cleaner of the Year 2015 announced

* Samantha-Bucknall.jpgStaffordshire County Council school cleaner Samantha Bucknall, has been named Britain's Cleaner of the Year 2015 in the inaugural awards for public sector cleaning staff.

The awards scheme has been created jointly by the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and Denis Rawlins, which also sponsors the award.

The aim of the competition is to recognise the special contribution made by cleaners working in council libraries, schools and other public buildings across Britain.

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners installs new Master

* WCEC-New-Master.jpgThe Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners had just held its annual ceremony of Installation at Mansion House within the City of London.

Following the ancient traditions of the City Liveries, Timothy J. Doyle was installed as Master for the year ensuing along with the Installations of Phillip Morrish as Senior Warden and John Broadley as Junior Warden.

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Recent UK News

James Briggs announces acquisition of Premiere Products

James Briggs, one of the UK's largest independent aerosol and speciality chemicals manufacturers, announced yesterday that it has acquired the business and assets of Premiere Products, the renowned manufacturer of branded and private label janitorial cleaning products.

Investment improves fortunes at The Laundrette

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A makeover and investment in new Girbau washers has transformed The Launderette in Stoke-on-Trent. Within weeks of opening, turnover has more than tripled, helping to deliver a rapid return on investment for investor Dave Robson, proprietor of Staffordshire Cleaning Solutions which took over the once-struggling business.

Designer of housework management app 'MoppedUp' comes clean about mid-life crisis solution

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For many people, reaching 40 is a time to splurge on a sports car or a motorbike. However for Malcolm Lewis, 39, a business analyst from London, the ticking clock signalled a time to create rather than spend.

Matrix makes easy work of training in steam cleaning procedures and machine set up

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We all know how important it is to get the best out of any cleaning machine, and using any type of cleaning machine correctly is all down to the training being delivered professionally and accurately.

This can be a very costly exercise - especially if the machine has been supplied by a company that is located a long distance away from where the machine is to be used.

Cleaners kicking up some dust

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UK cleaners have got their union involved in a couple of disputes this week, with one group currently on strike (unless the strike action has been averted between writing this piece and Cleanzine's subsequent broadcast).

Should shops provide washroom facilities for their customers?

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Gillian Kemp, leader of the ‘Truckers Toilets UK Campaign’
asked readers of the Public Toilets UK newsletter last month whether there should be customer washrooms in shops.

“Two main comments were made,” she tells us:

(1) Shops selling food and drink to be consumed on the premises should have a customer loo available – nothing fancy; just a clean loo and wash basin with toilet tissue, soap and drying facilities

£150 million boost for contract cleaning market in 2015

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The contract cleaning market is set for inflation busting growth, says a new report from MTW Research, with sales rising by more than 3% in 2015.

CHSA launches Accreditation Scheme for industrial cotton mops

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Determined to continue driving up standards in the cleaning industry, the Cleaning & Hygiene Supplier's Association has developed and is now launching the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Cotton Mops. Its purpose is to drive up standards in the manufacture, description and labelling of mops.

CPD course covers the latest washroom hygiene regulations

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New Government guidelines on provision of hygiene rooms in educational buildings have prompted the development of tools to enable specifiers get it right....

Disabled toilet solution specialist and Loo of the Year Awards sponsor, Clos-o-Mat, has put together a Continuing Professional Development training course dedicated to hygiene rooms.

Soapbox: Ugly bin clutter? There's no need for it

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ESE World managing director Dave Hughes joins the 'Bin Blight' debate... and offers three solutions to the problems...

"Communities Secretary Eric Pickles reinforced his commitment to tackle the 'scourge of bin blight' by calling on the housing industry to provide more space for waste and recycling containers.

BPI Recycled Products announces sponsorship of Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards

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As the new Ambassador Sponsor of the 'Service Delivery Innovation of the Year', Award BPI will be associated with encouraging innovation in the delivery of cleaning services leading to improved customer satisfaction.

As a champion of UK recycling, BPI is the largest polythene film recycler in Europe, with scope and expertise to recycle in excess of 70,000 tonnes of plastic each year.

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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