*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 8th September 2016 Issue no. 738

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Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit to tackle impacts

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The Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit will discuss practical approaches to address the impacts of cleaning products. Hosted in Paris on 26th -27th October, the second edition of this executive summit will feature sustainability metrics, green ingredients, sustainable packaging, and consumer impacts.

Bacteria at universities... but not as you know it!

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Cleanliness is not something normally associated with university life. If you've ever set foot in a student house, you'll know that coursework and cider take priority over cleaning. However, universities are still legally required to responsibly manage the wastewater they produce.

Cleaning Products US 2016 Returns to Washington DC for the 10th Anniversary Edition

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The 10th annual Cleaning Products US conference will take place 9th - 11th November, 2016, in Washington D.C. Jointly organised by Smithers Apex and The American Cleaning Institute, this year's conference will deliver a jam-packed schedule with insights and discussions focusing on the latest developments in wipes and nonwovens plus much more.

Truck-mount power in portable package: Endeavor tops international sales for Prochem Europe

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Cleaning chemicals and technology specialist Prochem Europe has enjoyed increased uptake of its extraction machines from continental European customers in the first half of 2016.

Study reveals innovations in self-cleaning surfaces positively impact jansan industry

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NanoTouch Materials, producer of NanoSeptic self-cleaning surfaces, recently completed two market research studies as part of a $2 million grant the company received last year. Those studies uncovered business opportunities and consumer preferences that will drive the cleaning industry and guide product development in NanoTouch's disinfection technology lab. 

Global food safety firm NSF International and Euro Consultants Group join forces

Global food safety auditing, training and consulting organisation NSF International, has completed the acquisition of Euro Consultants Group, the Wavre, Belgium-based food safety and quality service company.

Graffiti gone with Greyland chemicals

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So, your premises, or your client's premises, have experienced a graffiti attack. In order to avoid the 'broken window' effect where additional graffiti continues to appear, you'll want to get rid of it promptly.

ISSA/Interclean Istanbul postponed

RAI Amsterdam, ISSA and local partner UBM, have announced that the ISSA/Interclean Istanbul exhibition, originally scheduled for 7th - 9th September 2016, has been moved to 18th - 20th October, 2017. After careful deliberation the organisation has made the decision to postpone the event, citing rising concerns from exhibitors and visitors regarding travel in and out of the country as the chief motive.

Australia's contractors continue to embarrass themselves

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Writes Australian-based cleaning industry expert & ex-Inclean/ Inclean New Zealand publisher, Alan Hardcastle...

A great initiative brings recycling to more public parks

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Ed: Much of the litter we see throughout the developed world, is thanks to the general public leaving signs of eating and drinking 'on the hoof' around our landscape.

Microban relaunches global textiles division this month

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Microban International, the global textile odour control and prevention specialist, announced on Tuesday that it will relaunch its textiles division globally this month.

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I’d thought there may be trouble ahead some time ago, when in carrying out research, I realised that several councils were considering ways of cutting back on the costs of running their civic amenity tips. A subsequent questionnaire from my local county council – Surrey, made me realise that this was probably a national initiative.

I was pleased we were being asked (as were local residents in other parts of the country) for our input on cost-cutting options and I wrote about it in Cleanzine. What I didn’t expect was to be flummoxed at the ridiculous solution that (apparently) my neighbours came up with…

Cutting the tip’s opening hours so it’s closed every evening at 16:00 and allowing each household to freely unload just one bag of waste on each visit!

I kid you not!

What’s going to happen to the potentially recyclable waste produced by households whose adults are at their workplaces until 17:00 (the ‘norm’ in this country)? Will these people now spend great chunks of their Saturdays, queuing with others who work throughout the week, to unload just one bag of waste, only to perhaps have to queue again on Sunday, so they can unload a second bag?

We’re talking here about an amenity tip at which a man died a few years back following an altercation caused by queue jumping – and this was when the tip was open until 20:00 during Summer (apart from Sundays) so I’m not exaggerating about the queues!

No – what these previously recycling-conscientious householders are going to start doing, is slipping things into their waste bins that they would normally have recycled, because their local council has simply made it too difficult to ‘do the right thing’.

I know this to be the case because I’ve done it myself – and I’m not a reluctant recycler but a recycling ‘nut’ who’s been recycling, through choice, for decades.

So – extra things in the general waste and thus more to landfill – plus, no doubt, more fly-tipping… leading to higher costs for waste removal, waste sorting and landfill taxes and thus probably no savings at all. Not to mention the extra pollution caused by all those cars queuing for the tip more frequently, with things that can’t be slipped into the general waste bin…

Waste – and what to do with it – is a global problem. What works (or doesn’t work) in your neck of the woods please?

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This Week's News

ACI issues statement on FDA's antibacterial soaps ruling

The American Cleaning Institute released the following statement in response to a final rule issued by the US Food and Drug Administration concerning consumer antibacterial soaps and washes:

"Consumer antibacterial soaps and washes continue to be safe and effective products for millions of people every single day. Antibacterial soaps are critical to public health because of the importance hand hygiene plays in the prevention of infection. Washing the hands with an antiseptic soap can help reduce the risk of infection beyond that provided by washing with non-antibacterial soap and water."

ISS Finland takes part in the show 'Undercover Boss Finland'

* ISS_undercoverboss.jpgJukka Jäämaa, CEO of ISS Finland, together with four company employees, took part in the Pomo piilossa (Undercover Boss) series that aired on Finnish television yesterday (7th September). For ISS colleagues Mandi, Tanja, Kai, and Sushan, this experience increased their motivation and indicated that the business managers respect their employees. Interacting with customers offered the most valuable lessons for the CEO.

Hong Kong high rise window cleaning deaths spark protest

* HK-window-cleaners.jpgDomestics in Hong Kong marched in protest on Sunday after what the Hong Kong Free Press reports as 'several' maids falling to their deaths from tower block windows as they tried to clean them. The protestors are calling on the government to ban employers from asking maids to clean the outside of windows.

"For us it's hard to say 'no', when employers ask us to clean windows, but it's scary," said Dolores Balladares, a spokeswoman for the Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body. "It's about time for the government to protect the workers."

How to cut budgets and improve hospital infection control

* hosp-hygiene.jpgThe inadequate assessment of cleaning procedures within hospital environments is a huge source of ongoing-costs with lost opportunities to save money as well as improve infection control. The patient environment is known to be closely associated with infection risks and superbugs are now resistant to almost all antibiotics.

Everyone accepts that a high standard of hygiene is an essential primary preventative measure in the fight against infection. The patient environment and high count touch surfaces are recognised as reservoirs of contamination. However, cleaning is often considered a low skilled task and a burdensome on-cost that is often treated as a soft target for cost cutting, which can be subsequently prove to be a false economy.

UK Bank holiday's biggest clean-up

* Notting-Hill-clean-up.jpgThis year's Notting Hill Carnival - 11 times bigger than the Glastonbury festival - once again attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the streets of North Kensington. When Carnival stops a massive clean-up operation swings into play to have the streets clean by the next morning. This year over 320 tonnes of rubbish had to be cleared from the streets during the bank holiday weekend.

The Council's contractors, Suez, had over 200 people working into the early hours of Monday and Tuesday, in an operation involving more than 30 refuse trucks and mechanical sweepers. The team even used a large motorway vehicle to wash down the roads. The clean-up finished at 03:00 on Tuesday 1st September.

Bunzl makes further acquisitions in Canada and Hungary

Bunzl has completed two further acquisitions in Canada and has entered into an agreement to acquire a business in Hungary.

Plus II Sanitation Supplies, which is based in Montreal, is principally engaged in the supply of a broad range of cleaning & hygiene related products to distributors serving the janitorial, foodservice and industrial sectors across Canada. Revenue in 2015 was C$32 million.

Xenex germ-zapping robots help Norman Regional enhance patient safety

* Xenex-Normal-Regional.jpgNorman Regional Health System in the US has four new team members who will help keep patients safe by disinfecting hospital surfaces - and they'll do it all without hands! It's the first health system in Norman to utilise Xenex germ-zapping robots, which have been credited by other healthcare facilities across the US for helping reduce infection rates.

TCFM now part of the Colonel's secret recipe at KFC

* TCFK-KFC.jpgTC Facilities Management is now an added ingredient at over a quarter of KFC restaurants across the British Isles. The contract being delivered by a team from TC Specialist Services, part of TC Facilities Management, started on 8th August. It will provide window cleaning services to over 200 KFC restaurants, along with jet washing services to sites with Drive-Thrus.

The team from TC Specialist Services will ensure that the standards of appearance to the external of each restaurant and Drive-Thru will help to create a welcoming, fresh and engaging environment for customers of all ages.

Doubling up...

* Ivo-duo.jpgIVo Group has just launched the iVo PowerBrush Duo, which it says is a 'powerhouse for every cleaning contract'.

The iVo Duo contains two complete kits of the most popular iVo tools launched - the iVo PowerBrush and the iVo XL Contractors Kit. 

New crevice scrub from Vikan improves detail cleaning of floors

* Vikan-crevice-tool.jpgDesigned to help customers in the food and beverage industry further improve hygiene through effective cleaning of edges, corners, grouting and narrow spaces, Vikan has launched the Crevice Scrub.

Featuring a V-shaped filament pattern with differentiated filament thicknesses, a swivel system for ergonomic cleaning under tables and equipment, and a clip fit handle for hygienic cleaning of the brush and handle, the new Crevice Brush is designed for high-efficacy detail cleaning of hard-to-clean floor areas, with excellent ergonomics and hygienic cleaning subsequent to use. Benefits include:

Working at height specialism lands CAM an Olympic-sized challenge

* Working-at-height.jpgCAM Specialist Support's expertise in high level cleaning has secured it a contract to clean the Here East building in The Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, London. Previously part of the London Olympics site, the building was used as the media centre during the 2012 games. Current tenants include BT Sports studios, Loughborough University and a number of new start up and retail clients.

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Recent UK News

Dan Walker to host CHSA's Annual Golf Day

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association tells us that its annual Golf Day (one of the highlights of the cleaning industry calendar), has attracted a well-known celebrity in the form of Dan Walker, presenter of Football Focus, BBC Breakfast and a daily show on Radio 5 Live called Afternoon Edition. Dan will be hosting the Awards Dinner that takes place after the competition and will, no doubt, be featuring in many of the pictures taken of the Awards ceremony, alongside the happy winners.

What a well-thought-out 'away from home' washroom should look like!

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Ed: We just had to feature this post, which was shared by a family member on Facebook...

Some 15 years ago I helped organise the Annual Conference for the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and the venue was Haigh Hall - the home of this thoughtfully fitted-out washroom.

BIFM Awards 2016 finalists announced

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The British Institute of Facilities Management, has announced the finalists in this year's BIFM Facilities Management Awards. The Awards, supported by headline sponsor Carillion, recognise and reward facilities management practices, innovation and projects from across the economy and all areas of the sector.

With its new Robo 2, Carlisle Support Services brings robotics to services industry

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As a leading provider of cleaning services to the rail industry, Carlisle Support Services is driving innovation, through the introduction of service robotics. Currently deployed at Hull Paragon Station, Robo 2 is supporting the contractor's employees with the cleaning contractual agreements in place with longstanding client, First TransPennine Express.

We have Mail: sanitary bin liners

Dear Jan, We were pleased to read last week's article on sanitary bin liners highlighting the need for in-depth scientific data to support claims made for antimicrobial consumables. As a provider of antimicrobial sanitary waste liners we agree that it is important to provide scientifically verified data, and to follow the principles of the relevant testing standards.

According to reports by the NHS Hospital Trust and the Primary Care Organisation, 1,222 MRSA bloodstream infections were reported between July 2014 and July 2015, with 72% of those attributed as being contracted outside of the hospital setting.

RWM: how will changes affect your business?

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It is hard to remember a more significant year for the industry than 2016, with Brexit and the appointment of a new Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in the UK, both set to change the resource management landscape significantly. RWM, which takes place 13th - 15th September, aims to help attendees understand exactly how these changes will affect your business.

Carpet Cleaners Carnival

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This year's Carpet Cleaners Carnival (CCC) is taking place at Wicksteed Park on Saturday 10th September so, if you haven't already booked, now is the time to do it!

UK drivers urged not to stop for anything other than marked police vehicle

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Following a second theft of a vehicle on a motorway in Essex this week, police are advising motorists not to pull over if requested to do so by anything other than a marked police vehicle.

Soapbox: real innovation at last!

Glyn Sands, now a retired member of what he describes as being 'our great cleaning industry', writes in response to the Cleaning & Support Services Association's recent article in Cleanzine: 'CSSA's Innovation & Technology Executive Bulletin examines battery technology' (thecleanzine.com/pages/)

Hilton London Kensington Hotel's new laundry equipped by Girbau UK

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Hilton London Kensington is the latest Hilton Hotel in the UK to have an on-premise laundry installed by Girbau.

New Energy Trust course equips contractors/small businesses with Legionella Risk Assessment expertise

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Over the past few years, instances of illness and death due to outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease, caused by Legionella bacteria, have appeared on the news and in the press. While this may have raised public awareness of the risks of Legionella, a duty of care on employers has been imposed by UK legislation since the mid-70's.

Pure Gleam cements position as a standard bearer for innovative water fed pole cleaning

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Pure Gleam, the established commercial and residential window cleaning service that covers the Liverpool and the Merseyside area of the UK, has announced its complete transition to an innovative water fed pole system which benefits from the latest pure filtration technology.

Mitie awarded FM contract with Merseyrail

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Mitie has been awarded a five-year contract with Merseyrail, valued at over £10m. The contract will see Mitie deliver maintenance, cleaning, and helpdesk services to 66 stations, two depots and office accommodation across the transport network.

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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