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International News

Brightwell Dispensers launches new EcoMulti chemical dilution system

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Building on the success of the popular Eco range of chemical dilution systems, Brightwell Dispensers has expanded its product offering and developed EcoMulti, which offers a cost-effective way of diluting multiple chemicals from one dispenser.

Chicopee develops new system for tailor-made cleaning

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Speciality cleaning wipes expert Chicopee, has developed a new dispensing system which allows users to create tailor-made, single-use wet wipes.

CMS Berlin 2015 ends with outstanding results

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For Messe Berlin, CMS Berlin 2015 - Cleaning.Management.Services, was an all-round success, which witnessed record exhibitor numbers and visitor attendance, a fantastic atmosphere and outstanding business.

CMS Purus Awards winners 2015

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One of the highlights of the first day of CMS Berlin was the presentation of the CMS Purus Awards 2015 for outstanding design. This year the competition attracted 62 entries from over 40 exhibitors, of which 15 entries made it through to the final round of the two-stage selection process. Nilfisk, Vileda, SCA and Karcher were the winners.

New at CMS Berlin:

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Hako GmbH - Hall 1.2 / Stand 200: Scrubmaster B75 R ride-on scrubber-cleaner 'agile and easy to use'

New at CMS Berlin:

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Pancomp International Oy - Hall 3.2 / Stand 111: Smartphone app for tracking work times

Finnish company Pancomp International provides innovative mobile time and workflow management solutions as well as quality assurance systems for companies engaged in building cleaning and other services.

New at CMS Berlin:

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Papernet S.p.A. - Hall 3.2, Stand 110 - Dissolve tech towels: tear-resistant, absorbent and water-soluble

New at CMS Berlin

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MP hygiene - Hall 4.2, Stand 124 - Ultra-resistant paper towels and a quiet dispensing mechanism

Made in France by first-time CMS Berlin exhibitor MP hygiene, ultra-resistant DESL+ paper towels are very strong, both when wet and also when dry. They are said to be 30% more absorbent than other types of paper towel and also more economical, using 20% less material.

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In the UK, cleaning is often referred to as a Cinderella industry, after the lass in the fairy tale who was treated as a skivvy at home but whose efforts went unrecognised by her family and the rest of the staff; she was neglected, ignored unless her services were required and was fed on scraps. As one dictionary defines it: “one suffering undeserved neglect”.

The story dates back hundreds of years and most countries have their own version, so whichever one of the 163 countries to which Cleanzine is sent, that you’re in as you read this, you’ll probably be familiar with the concept – even if the name is different.

Most people do tend to ignore cleaners, don’t they? Yet they do such an important job that takes skill if it’s to be done properly. They work hard to clean, yet once their backs are turned, we mess everything up again. Just imagine what we’d have to suffer if none of the cleaners turned up to work for a couple of weeks! They deserve to be treated with respect, don’t they?

Perhaps it may not surprise you, that although it was nothing to do with me whatsoever, I couldn’t help but feel a little smug when I learned this week that in Greece, the ISS cleaning team went up against the likes of Coca-Cola and Vodafone yet emerged triumphant. You can read more, further down the page, where you’ll also find a story on another company from this industry – Evans Vanodine – receiving the Queen’s Award for international trade. My hearty congratulations to everyone involved!

Also this week is a piece about LCC retaining a college cleaning contract it’s held for 15 years. From what I hear the students could do with being taught a little respect for the faculty, the environment and the cleaning teams (littering fines wouldn’t go amiss, I reckon!) – and since LCC won a Golden Service Award for its work there, that team deserves congratulations too.

This year’s Golden Services Awards take place next Friday. I’m looking forward to joining several hundred others who are proud to be able to celebrate the efforts of the cleaners and I’ll let you know the names of the winners just as soon as I’m able. Cinderalla industry? If only we could change that concept for good…

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This Week's News

Cleaning gadget beats bacteria on shopping trolley handles

* handle-on-hygiene-trolley.jpgA 2011 study by the University of Arizona, found that 73% of shopping trolleys tested positive for faecal bacteria and 50% for E.coli.

The handles are clearly a hotbed of germs, but now, an easy-to-use cleaning device that helps keep the handles of supermarket trollies free from bacteria is being trialled in leading supermarkets in the Middle East.

Ausclean Pulire: three days of professional development start 19th October

* Ausclean-venue.jpgInternational speakers from the USA, Europe and Australia will address key topics and concerns for the cleaning industry at Australia's only dedicated cleaning and hygiene exhibition taking place on the Gold Coast later this month.

Addressing issues such as hospital infection, best practice procedures and Australian workplace laws, the free professional development is supported by a display of more than 40 leading cleaning suppliers.

New visuals show proper use of surface disinfecting products in healthcare environments

* to-bleach-or-not-to-bleach.jpgInfection prevention products and solutions specialist PDI, has released an infographic that highlights key challenges across various healthcare settings, as well as guidelines for selecting an appropriate disinfectant for the situation.

This tool is part of a larger effort to raise awareness around steps hospitals can take to create efficiencies and lower healthcare-associated infections.

Cromwell extends washroom range

* Cromwell-toilet.jpgCromwell Polythene has extended its washroom range with the introduction of a white LDPE saddle bag for the discreet disposal of feminine hygiene and other sanitary waste. Measuring 159mm (six inches) wide when open and 240mm (11 inches) in length, the sanitary bags fit most dispensing units for ease of use.

Supplied block headed in 50s, the bags are packed 20 heads per carton of 1,000. Like all Cromwell products, they come with a minimum guaranteed net box weight - in this instance 1.20kg - clearly marked on the outer carton.

ISS Greece awarded for innovative safety- and people practices

* ISS-Greece.jpgIn competition with other global industry leaders such as Coca-Cola and Vodafone, industry contractor ISS Greece has received four safety- and people-related awards in 2015. The awards highlight the company's innovative workplace practices.

ISS Greece received, among others, a Silver award in the category 'Healthy Workplace Campaigns' for the campaign 'Me & You'. The award follows last year's performance where ISS Greece received Gold in the same category.

Long service college contract for LCC

* Cambridge-LCC.jpgCambridge Regional College has almost all the cleaning challenges known to man, but LCC Support Services has handled its cleaning for 15 years and enjoys the task. LCC even won a Golden Service Award for its amazing achievements on this site.

As the college has expanded the cleaning horrors have increased too from the 20,000 students who drop their rubbish and half-finished drink cans everywhere. They have transformed the paved areas into a sea of chewing gum, which as fast as it is removed, reappears.

One third of employers say more staff are going into work despite being ill

* presenteeism.jpgNearly a third of employers have reported an increase in people coming to work while they are ill, according to the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development / Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey.

The survey of nearly 600 employers finds that 31% have seen an increase in so-called 'presenteeism' in the last 12 months.

Survey reveals 10% of Brits don't change underwear every day... personal hygiene takes a back seat to staying in bed once winter sets in

* Raffaela_de_Vittorio.jpgA study of 2,000 adults undertaken by Geberit AquaClean revealed major differences in personal hygiene routines in the Winter versus Summer, with many Brits (33%) halving the amount of time they spend in the bathroom during the colder weather from 30 minutes to just 15 and a staggering 10% of adults admitting that they don't change their underwear every day.

Barry-Wehmiller to acquire Winkler+Dunnebier GmbH and POEM GmbH from Korber AG

* barry-wet-wipes.jpgBarry-Wehmiller Companies is to acquire the operations of Winkler+Dunnebier GmbH, including POEM (W+D). The acquisition includes W+D's operations in Neuwied and Lohne, Germany, along with the US subsidiary, W+D North America, and the Malaysian subsidiary, W+D Asia Pacific.

It is anticipated that the deal will be finalised at the end of this year.

Evans' visit to Buckingham Palace

* Buckingham-Palace.jpgRepresentatives of Evans Vanodine were honoured to be in the presence of Royalty recently when Chairman Derek Evans and Peter Thompson, international sales manager, visited Buckingham Palace to attend a special business reception and accept an award for International Trade, in recognition of its outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years.

Financial rewards for keeping Indian public health facilities clean

* India-public-health.jpgAn awards programme that offers financial reward in an effort to promote hygiene in public health facilities, was the subject of a workshop held in Srinagar, India, last week.

During the workshop, the Minister for Health & Medical Education, Chaudhary Lal Singh, asked delegates to dedicate themselves to improving cleanliness in public health facilities.

Inexpensive cleaning robots being developed to cater for growing market

* robotics.jpgA recent report issued by Allied Market Research indicates that the robotics market, which was valued at $26.78bn in 2012, will continue to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.4% annually until the end of the forecast period in 2020 - something Toronto, Canada-based Great Rock Development will be catering for with its return to the robotic industrial cleaning market, through its subsidiary Cyberworks Robotics.

New showroom delivers training and technology

* new-training-centre.jpgNational distributor and training provider Jigsaw Cleaning Systems has opened a dedicated training facility and showroom.

The new centre in Chorley offers training, technology and expert advice, providing customers with a single-source support package.

Nationwide buys new headquarters

* Nationwide-new-building.jpgNationwide Window Cleaning, the UK's largest window, gutter and high level cleaning business, has bought its own three storey, 800sq.m new office block at Colton Mill Office Park, Leeds. Based only 20 miles from its home for the last three years, the new site doubles its previous floor space and provides a range of additional facilities and anticipated growth requirements for the next 10 years.

The building has been finished to a very high specification with glass partitioned offices to provide a mixture of open plan and cellular accommodation, meeting rooms and rest areas.

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Recent UK News

New research reveals incorrect cleaning 'the major cause' of lack of legal floor compliance in wet leisure environments

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A study of hundreds of leisure facilities by Bonasystems, the provider of specialist floor care products and services, has revealed that four-fifths (79%) of 'wet leisure' floor surfaces were not up to Health & Safety Executive standards used to prevent slips and trips and that incorrect cleaning - rather than floor specification - was a major cause of non-compliance.

Early accolade for latest addition to Hako range

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The latest addition to Hako's impressive line-up of sweepers has marked its UK debut by receiving a prestigious European accolade.

Lanes engineers win seal of approval from wildlife attraction

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Lanes Group drainage engineers have cleaned a seal enclosure at an aquarium while being watched by those who have had a vested interest in the quality of their work - the seals themselves.

Twinkle Clean harnesses online technology and passes savings onto customers

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Twinkle Clean's new online booking system for end of tenancy cleaning in London is proving its worth, according to the company's founder, Robert Garritano, who says: "Our customers love it. We've been able to make savings on administrative costs and pass these savings on to our customers. It's taken our office staff some getting used to though as the phone doesn't ring as much now!"

CHSA's sell out Golf Day raises £5,500 for charity

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One of the highlights of the calendar, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's annual Golf Day - held at Rudding Park in North Yorkshire - was a 'sell out', raising over £5,500 for the Chairman's charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee.

How clean is your computer?

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Did you know that the average desktop has around 150 times more bacteria than your kitchen table? It's a horrible thought and with many of us now eating 'al desko' we need to remember to keep them clean.

Margins remain under pressure in the UK contract cleaning market

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The market for contract cleaning services in the UK has seen low level growth over the past two years and is now worth around £5.5 billion.

Though the market was affected by the economic downturn, it has benefited from increased standards in cleanliness demanded by key areas such as health and food hygiene.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust takes cleaning back in house

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Our friends at Duplex have alerted us to a story in the Mid Sussex Times which describes how cleaning and housekeeping is now being managed by a hospital trust after the £15m contract with Sodexo ended - and looking at the picture it's easy to see why!

Morclean on the way to green glory

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Morclean has once again won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world's greenest countries, companies and communities - for its award winning BinWash City machine.

Major brands support new Manchester event

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As revealed in Cleanzine some months ago, April 2016 will see the launch of the new Manchester Cleaning Show - a regional spin-off trade event within the Cleaning Show portfolio. What we didn't know at that stage was whether it would win the support of the UK cleaning industry, but we're happy to report that things are looking positive...

Loo of the Year Awards welcomes increased public toilet entries

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The 2015 Loo of the Year Awards inspections and grading has now been completed and despite the overall decline in public toilets throughout the UK, public toilet entries in the 2015 Loo of the Year awards increased by 28% compared to 2014, reports Awards managing director Mike Bone.

Prochem Europe: a real star!

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I live in what I often describe as a 'falling down house' and there is almost always building work of some sort or another going on and a consequence of that is the inevitable brick dust as well as the dirt and debris walked into the carpets on builders' boots.

Soapbox: Same road, different rules: what fleet drivers should know...

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By Andrew Hogsden, senior manager, Strategic Fleet Consultancy, Lex Autolease

Do you and/or your fleet drivers know the speed limit for lorries on a single carriageway in a non-built-up area of the UK? It appears that 81% of drivers don't and it could be fuelling frustration on the road, according to a study by AA Drive Tech.

Lack of loos hikes up cleaning costs

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Truckers' Toilets UK Campaign's Gillian Kemp has alerted us to an item in the Express & Star, which describes how Stafford's Street Scene team has to clean up Prime Point Business Park off the A34 several times a week - a task that is adding over £7,000 to annual costs - simply because there aren't any toilet facilities.

British Institute of Cleaning Science recognises industry achievers at glittering awards dinner

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It was an evening of entertainment, networking and first-class cuisine, as over 200 guests gathered at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham for the BICSc Annual Awards.

The black-tie event attracted cleaning and facilities management professionals from across the industry who enjoyed a memorable evening, which saw 11 awards presented to those who had maintained exceptionally high standards via training and assessment throughout the year.

New UV System offers advanced reporting and powerful performance against infections

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Clorox Healthcare, in partnership with Ultraviolet Devices - a leader in ultraviolet technology, announced the introduction of the Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV Enlight System at the Association for the Healthcare Environment annual conference.

BCC members receive dividend after successful Cleaning Show

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A portion of the funds raised through this year's Cleaning Show have been distributed amongst BCC members as a bonus for helping to make the move to London such a huge success.

The 'family friendly' cleaning event - a big hit again this year!

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On September 12th the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) held its fifth Carpet Cleaners Carnival at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

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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