* Cleanzine-logo-8a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 12th November 2015 Issue no. 699

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International News

Entrance matting market set to be worth $6,722.3 million by 2020

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It has long been known that around 80% of dirt in a building will have been tracked in by the building's users and with Winter fast approaching, premises that don't have entrance matting will be at the mercy of tracked in rainwater and possibly slush, snow and de-icing materials which will damage the floor and carpets.

LooBlade - a toilet cleaning revolution

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Spyglass Innovations' Garry Stewart has attracted 87 backers and a total of £28,336 in funding, with his Kickstarter campaign in which he aimed to raise £20,000 to bring his LooBlade toilet cleaning brush to market.

2015 American Cleaning Institute Sustainability Report features first-ever 'Critical Issue' assessment for cleaning products industry

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The American Cleaning Institute's 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry's progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI's first-ever industry 'materiality assessment', which maps the critical risks and opportunities facing its value chain.

Hefter and Denis Rawlins team up to promote innovative scrubber-dryers across UK

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Cleaning contractors and facilities managers looking to exploit innovative floor cleaning technology are the target for a new alliance between the UK's Denis Rawlins and Germany's Hefter Cleantech, which manufactures scrubber-dryers.

Steam clean the streets with Matrix

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Chewing gum is a huge problem - not just for local authorities, but for commercial property owners, transport companies and property management companies who are responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of buildings, streets or commercial transport.

Georgia-Pacific Professional unveils new innovations under new GP Pro brand name

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Georgia-Pacific Professional has, this week, introduced its new brand name - GP Pro - which, it says, "represents a multi-year strategy to aggressively invigorate GP Pro's innovation pipeline and an elevated customer focus on product portfolio".

Bunzl to acquire Planet Clean Canada

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Planet Clean Canada, which is based in Vancouver, British Colombia and operates throughout Western Canada, is to be acquired by Bunzl.

Bosch is launching full range of heavy duty tools for grounds maintenance crews

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Bosch Professional will be unveiling what it says is a groundbreaking range of heavy duty, battery-powered additions to its Professional garden portfolio at the Saltex exhibition (4th and 5th November at the NEC, Birmingham).

ISSA names first franchise member

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Building maintenance company City Wide Franchise, has announced that it is the first franchise member of the ISSA. Through a special membership package, the company can now offer its franchise partners the opportunity to join the ISSA at a significantly discounted rate.

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If you’ve been reading Cleanzine for even 1/10th of the time we’ve been producing it (this is our 699th issue) you’ll have seen me complaining about the time spent polishing a building’s floors, generally with one of those hard-to-use rotary floor cleaning machines – and no – I’m not casting aspersions on the machines but praising the cleaners who use them… they’re a great deal more skilled than I am! I cannot understand why we can almost see our reflection in these floors, when there are dirty marks on the walls and visible high-level dust, while the touch plates are so filthy that you’ll open the doors with your knees if you’re able.

Why spend so much time and effort shining floors when you neglect the cleaning elsewhere? After all, as we knee open the door, the draught we create will have all the dust wafting to the floor anyway!

If you haven’t visited our Facebook page, I cleaned an office at the weekend. It’s always appeared clean but as you can see from my picture, the staff tasked with cleaning their workplace, aren’t really doing that good a job, are they? The comment I posted alongside the picture, was something along the lines of: “One reason why companies should hire professional cleaners rather than attempt to tackle the job themselves!”

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The backs of these chairs comprise a mesh, through which a cloud of dust escaped when I ran my finger through the dust on the rear. I doubt that they’d been cleaned in the three years the office has been open. Well they have now!

It got me wondering whether some of the cleaning procedures carried out in places frequented by the general public, such as in hospitals and shopping malls, are designed to make us think they are cleaner than they actually are… a bit ‘smoke and mirrors’, if you like. After all, if you’re mesmerised by a shiny floor, will you notice high level dust, unless you know what you’re looking for?

If you’re a cleaning contractor, before you come gunning for me, I confess that I wafted their furniture spray around before leaving the job, so that that when they opened up next morning, they’d be alerted to the fact that the place had been thoroughly cleaned…

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This Week's News

Networking and innovation in The Netherlands

* Interclean-pressure-wash.jpgThe RAI has published its latest update and guidance on what to expect from the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016 show. Taking place from 10th - 13th May 2016, the show is dedicated to the theme 'Networking and Innovation' and will include some exciting new features and innovations in the way the exhibition itself is staged.

Already confirmed to fill more of the RAI's exhibition halls than ever before, the show is using an 'expanding floorplan', to meet demand from interested exhibitors. Solely based on those bookings made to date, the 2016 will be the largest ever cleaning & hygiene industry show held in Amsterdam - surpassing even 2014's Silver Jubilee event - and therefore the world.

Collaboration and conference will improve science - and understanding - of cleaning

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) have formed a public trust to develop and disseminate cleaning and restoration science.

Discover Stingray - a safe and simple way to clean indoor surfaces!

* Unger-Stingray.jpgRecent research indicates that when cleaning indoor surfaces, such as windows, mirrors and elevators, cleaning professionals face two key challenges - efficiency and safety - especially when working at height. Current tools and methods require time consuming rearranging of furniture and electrical equipment for safe access or to reach high or unusually positioned windows.

Result - wasted time and increased risks and costs associated with the use of ladders and access equipment. Moreover, the need for intensive staff training creates additional problems, so these infrequent periodic cleaning tasks are often passed to specialist teams or subcontractors.

CHSA Gala Ball 2016 - book your place now

* Heythrop.jpgThe date has been booked for the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's 2016 Gala Ball - 20th May - and places are already going fast. Held annually in the Spring, the Gala Ball is incredibly popular amongst members, providing a way for them to celebrate the achievements of the Association in the company of their partners and colleagues.

This time around the Ball is moving to a wonderful new venue - Heythrop Park Resort, Enstone, Oxfordshire, OX7 5UE. Set in 440 acres of stunning Oxfordshire countryside, Heythrop dates back to 1710. There's a magnificent ballroom, plenty of parking, stunning rooms, a championship 18-hole golf course and luxurious health club and spa. What's not to love!

After the party a thorough cleaning: Citymaster 1600 acts as 'modern elf' in Dresden's summer nights

* Stadtfest.jpgWhen the sun sets in Dresden and the enchanting street lights lined up along the River Elbe illuminate the streets from 'Kaethe-Kollwitz-Ufer' to 'Terrassenufer', where the world's largest fleet of paddle steamers is moored, on to the 'Altmarkt' and then further along on 'Augustusbruecke' and into the 'Neustadt', the already romantic city of Dresden appears even more beautiful...

To ensure that it stays that way even after public events such as the Dresden city festival,'Canaletto', the city-cleaning department is called into action for a large-scale operation.

Diversey Care honours winners for 'Best Initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility' at Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2015

* Diversey.jpgSealed Air's Diversey Care division sponsored and presented the 'Best Initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility' at last week's 16th annual Worldwide Hospitality Awards. Club Med and NH Hotel Group shared an award for their joint corporate initiatives, while Gaviota Group received an award for its individual initiative.

Attended by an audience of over 800 people and receiving over 200 applications across 15 categories, the awards recognised the achievements of hotel group initiatives in promoting a sustainable hospitality industry across the world.

New Matrix brushes and nozzles ensure your colour coding systems go full steam ahead!

* matrix-coloured-brushes.jpgBritish steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix is offering you the opportunity to enhance your colour coding systems, with the launch of a range of nylon detailed brushes in a choice of red, blue, yellow and green - as well as in black.

But that's not all... you can even colour code the nozzle itself by purchasing the appropriate colour locking clips. These fit every machine in the range.

New acquisitions on three continents for Bunzl

Bunzl has completed three further acquisitions, this time of companies in Spain, New Zealand and Brazil. The first two are engaged in the distribution of cleaning & hygiene products and equipment while the third sells a wide range of protective equipment and clothing.

Bunzl says aggregate annualised revenue of Cemelim in Barcelona, Spain (a member of the CIDAL Spanish distribution group) and ICB Cleaning Supplies in Auckland, New Zealand, is approximately £5 million, while revenue for Brazilian company Casa do Epi Ltda in the year ended 31st December 2014 was R$83.2 million (c.£14 million).

'Manual Handling for Assessors': HSL training course taking place in London next month

Taking place near Marble Arch, London, on 2nd December, the Government-run 'Manual Handling for Assessors' course will equip you with the knowledge to recognise, assess and reduce manual handling risks in your organisation.

It is suited to employers and employee representatives who intend to begin the process of manual handling risk assessment and control within their companies. It will also benefit those already involved in manual handling risk reduction who require more formal or in-depth training in this subject, including training in the use of specific manual handling assessment tools.

LIndhaus LW46 Dual Core wins 'Machine of the Year' Award in Finnish competition

* Lindhaus-awarded.jpgThe professional Finnish cleaning industry has awarded the LW46 Lindhaus hybrid scrubber drier the title 'Machine of the Year', through a contest sponsored by the magazine Siivoustaito.

"This is a particularly significant success since the number of machines and equipments running to win the award were exceptionally numerous," says Michele Massaro, president of Lindhaus. "The preferences of the professionals were gathered by Siivoustaito, the cleaning industry's leading magazine in Finland, by voting on its website, via e-mail and by traditional mail.

Head office award for TC Security Services

* tcfm.jpgTC Security Services, part of TC Facilities Management (TCFM), has been awarded the contract to provide manned guarding services to a prime headquarters building in Maidenhead, Berkshire. TC Security Services will be responsible for the total security and protection of the 67,777sq.ft building.

Pallet Trucks UK puts safety first as harsher penalties are introduced for health & safety breaches

* Pallet-trucks.jpgPallet Trucks UK is urging businesses to put safety first, as the Sentencing Council launches new guidelines that could see harsher penalties for the most serious health & safety offences.

The suggested fines in the new document could hit heights of £20m for corporate manslaughter offences and £10m for the most serious health & safety offences.

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Recent UK News

British Cleaning Council dismisses Ofsted claims that cleaning devalues apprenticeships

The cleaning industry has reacted angrily to claims by Ofsted Chief, Michael Wilshaw, that cleaning should not be offered as part of an apprenticeship.

It comes in the wake of a recent Ofsted report that criticised the quality of apprenticeships, claiming low level skills such as cleaning are potentially devaluing the apprenticeship brand.

Office Bacteria Project - What's lurking on your desk?

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By Viking Direct

Sickness season is upon us. Cold and flu viruses lurk in every corner of the office, as our colleagues cough and splutter through the day. Sometimes getting ill can't be avoided, but there are precautions you can take to avoid succumbing to the yearly sniffles.

Public toilet pet peeves

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We now often get charged a fairly hefty price to even get into the loo in a public place, so is it wrong to expect cleaner, fresher cubicles? While some people will accept poor standards despite having parted with 50p to do something our bodies are naturally programmed to do, others are naturally demanding accessible, clean and well-stocked toilets.

Council's recycling sacks get a second life

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BPI Recycled Products is working with Oadby & Wigston Borough Council on a closed loop recycling scheme whereby BPI turns the council's used recycling sacks into new refuse sacks.

We have mail: New facilities management standards

Hi Jan,

I thought you'd like to know that two ISO (international) standards are in preparation for facilities management services. These are:

ISO 18480-1 Facility Management - Part 1: Terms and definitions
ISO 18480-2 Facility Management Part 2: Guidance on how to prepare Facility Management agreements

Polished to perfection

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For super-shiny floors, it's hard to beat the latest Ultra High Speed polishers using diamond pad technology, but it's important to select the right model for the job in hand. SEBO's commercial sales manager, Derek Smith, unveils the key to achieving polishing perfection...

Night-time city trek raises cash for good cause

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Staff at one of the UK's leading suppliers of cleaning equipment have been trekking through the night to raise nearly £1,900 for charity. A team of 10 people from Hako, based in Crick, Northamptonshire were amongst thousands of people who took part in Cancer Research UK's recent Shine Night Walk through the streets of London.

Job losses fears at Newport City Council with prospects of move to three-weekly bin collections

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GMB, the union for public service workers, fears that new proposals for cuts in Newport City Council will lead to serious job losses in the Street Scene and Greens Departments.

Recycling recognition awards open for entry

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The Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management are now open for 2016 entries.

Recognising success and rewarding excellence in recycling and waste management, the Awards showcase best practice and innovative approaches to improving the way resources are managed. Entries are welcomed from commercial organisations across all vertical industry sectors, local authorities, individuals and the community sector.

The UK cleaning industry celebrates its best: Golden Service Awards 2015 Winners announced

The cream of the UK cleaning industry gathered at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane last Friday, to celebrate the achievements of those who'd entered the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2015 and hear the winners announced.

The following 23 winners are now officially the Best in the UK Cleaning Industry:

Hako's new Combi 400 sweeper-scrubber sets standards

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The latest advancement in ride-on cleaning technology is now available in the UK with the launch of a new sweeper-scrubber drier from Hako.

Business Performance Group acquires janitorial sales agency Sans Peur from owner Rob Sutherland

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Rob Sutherland has joined The Business Performance Group UK as business development director, Jan/San, as part of The Business Performance Group's acquisition of Sans Peur (Spa Fitting and Cleaning). Rob will be reporting to Jade Wilson, sales director.

NewVoiceMedia helps Vax clean up at MCCF Awards

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NewVoiceMedia, a global provider of cloud technology which helps businesses sell more, serve better and grow faster, has helped Vax win Contact Centre of the Year - over 50 seats, at the Midlands Contact Centre Forum Awards.

A glutton for punishment?

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Cigarette butts and chewing gum are being blitzed from streets by South Holland District Council's powerful new cleaning machine - the Glutton - which has been commissioned as part of the council's successful Pride in South Holland campaign, which aims to clean up unloved sites in the district.

Cromwell takes a new approach to recycling

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Cromwell Polythene has taken the 'on your bike' philosophy to heart... Six Cromwell employees, including managing director James Lee, are all sporting specially designed cycling jerseys and shorts, paid for by the company as part of its keep fit strategy, when they take to the roads.

Campaign launches to change behaviour towards chewing gum disposal

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One of the busiest streets in London has been transformed like never before, as The Chewing Gum Action Group launched its national campaign to reduce gum litter, transforming the dotted grey pavements on Oxford Street with brightly-coloured circles to highlight the significant amount of gum that is dropped.

Fly-tipping statistics 2014/15, released this week, show illegal dumping is on the increase

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The latest UK Government reports into fly-tipping, published on Tuesday, show that despite the threat of more severe fines for those convicted of the illegal dumping of waste, the practise is on the increase, with the estimated cost of clearance to local authorities in England alone in 2014/15 nearly £50 million - an 11% increase on 2013/14.

Much-needed campaign to improve cleaners' working conditions spearheaded by industry taskforce

A much-needed campaign to promote good working conditions in the cleaning industry has been launched by an industry-led taskforce set up by the Equality & Human Rights Commission. It includes leading businesses, trade associations and trade unions.

2015-16 Free Local Authority WRAP Workshop dates announced

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WRAP has announced its 2015 workshop programme for Local Authority waste & recycling officers in England. The workshops will take place in Birmingham city centre and the topics and dates are as follows:

CHSA members raise £8,500 for charity

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Members and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association have raised £8,500 so far in 2015 for the Chairman's Charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee.

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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