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Well here we are end of another London Cleaning Show week and I'd be being irresponsible if I didn't remind you that it's Friday. John and I have between us spent several long days at the Show and thought you'd prefer a bumper and lively issue rather than one produced 'on the hoof' when we're both tired, & I know how confusing these things can get!
Once again it was a great show and how wonderful that our window cleaning World Cup received global coverage! I don't think I'll ever look at Terry 'Turbo' Burrows again without recalling ITV's 'This Morning's' Holly Willoughby giggling at calling him 'Terry Bubbles' in error and realising it was quite appropriate in window cleaning terms!
As well as uncovering some real innovation, one of the most surprising things for me was being approached by somebody I'd never met, whom I'd inadvertently slated four years ago in my Leader for adding to the woes of my difficult journey across south London to ExCel. We had a laugh about it; I'm forgiven and I'm happy to say that my journey - as well as that of others - is much more streamlined in terms of direction as he who wishes to remain nameless instigated some changes following my comments. Getting from A to B in unfamiliar territory's still not all plain sailing though...
I had a lovely welcome from ExCel cleaner Vanessa Mansford who kindly opened the exit door from the ladies for me when I couldn't find my way out and had to ask. As I'd been through the entire area whilst looking, I could confidently tell her she was doing a great job and thank her for her efforts. I also had occasion to tour the gents a little 'after hours' and that was just as good (and as much of a warren!). Having to catch four trains and a bus I wanted to change into comfy travelling gear and as the ladies was shut I slipped into the empty gents next door. That too was sparklingly clean and much sweeter smelling than some I've previously had occasion to visit so we as an industry are clearly doing something right!
Congratulations to the ExCel cleaners then and also to the winners of the Cleaning & Support Services Association's Awards: Robertson FM, Renova, Genesis Biosciences, Principle Cleaning Services & Mirius. More on them next week as well as... 'the one that got away'!
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One of the many reasons people visit an exhibition is to see the new launches and while some of these will be on the exhibitors' stands waiting to be discovered by passing visitors, others will have been entered into the Innovation Awards by their manufacturers.
These awards are always hard fought and the winners justifiably proud; this year's shortlisted entrants were clearly excited to learn who had won and I must say, those of us who had looked closely at the innovations were very impressed with what we had found. The eventual winners were definitely part of an excellent group, all of whom deserve to be congratulated.
Congratulations to American Jeremiah Hickey (centre), the first-ever Window Cleaning World Cup winner! With Jeremiah, who runs On the Spot Cleaning in California, are Swedish champion Jimmy Strom (right) who came second and Darren Ansbro of D A Components, Stockton on Tees, who came third.
Try as they might though, none of them was able to break Terry 'Turbo' Burrows' Guinness World Record, which Terry's held for 10 years.
Called the Jangro Garden and sited opposite the entrance, it really gave the hall the 'wow' factor and impressed everyone as they ventured in. Here, surrounded by relaxing foliage, flowers and grass seating, (emphasising its green credentials) Jangro revealed many exclusive new launches, including:
"As this year's Cleaning Show draws to a close, the response to the launch of our latest cordless dry steam machine for gum removal - the GB Eco - has been nothing short of remarkable!" said GumBusters shortly before the show ended.
"Since the launch of the GB1 in 2015 (the world's first battery powered dry steam unit) our cordless machines continue to go from strength to strength and the GB Eco is no exception!
Centrego launched the Toucan Eco III device in a user friendly 'plug and play' pack. This is the third generation of the original award-winning Toucan Eco device which produces a combined cleaning and disinfecting solution from tap water and table salt using electro chemical activation (ECA).
The device eliminates the need for transport, packaging and disposal of plastic containers and the fluid does not contain scarce oil or plant-based chemicals, perfumes or dyes. For companies looking to promote their CSR and sustainability the use of this simple but effective technology is the ideal way to show cleaners and end users that their intentions are serious.
OspreyDeepclean is producing the steam behind the cleverly-designed Puracator unit - an effective, innovative and simple solution to blocked drains. And while the strapline is: 'To the P-Trap and beyond!' the machine can also clean, clear and pasteurise the drains of sinks and multi-deck refrigerated display cabinets without the need for you to dismantle the pipework.
Drains block for a number of reasons but frequently it is due to a build-up of fats and deposits and the growth of fungus in the drain. This causes significant blockages and a frustrating amount of aggravation.
The British Cleaning Council has this week published the most comprehensive research into the UK's cleaning industry it has ever undertaken, for the first time broadening the scope to include data from across the cleaning, waste management, landscaping and facilities management sectors.
Combined the BCC has calculated that these industries contributed £49.9bn to the economy in 2016, while the number of employees totalled 914,000.
For over 50 years, Unger has been committed to creating quality tools that make cleaning faster, safer and more effective. This has included the award-winning Unger Ergo! Clean flat mopping system, the HydroPower RO Pure Water System and the award-winning Stingray Indoor Cleaning System.
The erGO! Clean has been verified by Sitemark, which provides independent best practice benchmarks for cleaning.
The new ThermaSteam trailer mounted industrial steam cleaner is built to effortlessly remove paint, graffiti and chewing gum without the use of harmful solvents or chemicals that typically run down to surface drains. The machine will also remove, oil, grease, wax coatings and bitumen, as well as withstand hard work and regular use.
Fitted with an impressive 500-litre water tank, it will run up to four times longer than a traditional jet washer due to its low water consumption rate of five litres/min versus the more normal 15-20 litres/min. This means that users no longer require a big, bulky generator to run a machine of this calibre in remote locations. The 500-litre tank will realistically run for just over 1.5 hours and is completely self-contained with its own diesel tank.
Leaks in public spaces can create numerous health & safety risks for both visitors and staff. These risks not only include slips, trips and falls for the public, but they also put organisations at risk of liability claims. SlipStop - a wide funnel leak collector - was created to manage risk within hazardous areas and it provides an innovative solution to an age-old problem.
Typically, the traditional approach is haphazard and can involve a messy combination of buckets, floor signs, cloths and absorbent pads - even cordoning off the affected area, taking time and resources from security and janitorial staff to manage. Either of these approaches can cause negative customer perception and present significant safety risks, as well as wasting staff time.
The awards celebrate brilliance in training & accreditation throughout the cleaning industry and are now recognised as one of the most prestigious accolades throughout the sector. The passion and determination that goes into being a 'stand out' company or individual deserves recognition, and the 11 award categories are designed to recognise these achievements.
The new Excelerator 2.0 window cleaning tool is engineered to be easy to use, stable and sculpted to fit comfortably in your hand. Moerman says the tool is particularly useful for closing out windows that have a deep windowsill but and that there are so many reasons why the Excelerator 2.0 will be an absolute winner...
Hygiene, waste and water management specialist Cannon Hygiene has appointed Ian Sneddon to lead sales of its washroom services and waste solutions in Scotland. Ian, who joins as an account manager, has seven years' experience working in the waste and hygiene sector and joins from Biffa Waste Services.
At Cannon Hygiene he will focus on growing the business's client base in Scotland and developing existing contracts further by recommending additional services from the company's portfolio of solutions. These include its feminine hygiene care, washroom systems, air care, and clinical and waste disposal services.
Jangro's new online wall chart creator allows users to build their own bespoke wall charts which are specific to the products they use within the cleaning area. Once a chart is created, the user is automatically emailed a bespoke compliance pack with all the information on the products selected.
The compliance pack contains Safety data sheets, COSHH risk assessments and product usage guides pertaining to the products that feature on their chart.
Using a motion sensor located within the front panel, The High Velocity MyFresh fan springs into action exactly when required, reducing fragrance overload and nasal fatigue. Air is drawn in at the rear of the unit through charcoal filters - these cleanse the air prior to being expelled and keep the unit interior free from dust and debris.
Mirius (which until recently was known as Coventry Chemicals) has joined forces with one of the UK's largest recycle bottle manufacturers to offer a trigger spray bottle made solely from 100% recycled plastic (rPET). In what is claimed to be a first for the UK cleaning industry, its new 100% recycled bottle is also 100% recyclable.
The bottle is available for customers of own label cleaning products and also across Mirius's off-the-shelf professional cleaning range - Super Professional.
Additionally, service providers and end users are under constant pressure to increase productivity and reduce wasted time, so finding a solution to these issues is extremely important throughout the industry.
Pacvac's Superpro battery 700 Advanced is an advanced battery-powered backpack vacuum cleaner with strong suction, delivering a superior combination of manoeuvrability, efficiency and productivity. The ergonomic configuration makes this one of the lightest and most comfortable cordless backpacks on the market.
This product comes standard with four battery packs. Two batteries are required for machine operation and the other two are conveniently provided as spares to keep you cleaning longer. This gives the user up to 45mins per set of two batteries. The two spare batteries also come with a fast charger which charges both batteries simultaneously in 1hour 45mins.
An untaxed minibus is being crushed after it was seized for being used in a fly-tipping offence. The vehicle was caught on CCTV being used to dump rubbish in Perrot Street, Smethwick, in the early hours, on 18th March.
Sandwell Council's Environmental Protection Team were alerted to the rubbish - which included clothing, fabric and black bags - and immediately found evidence linking it to an address nearby. Letters and prescription medication boxes in the black bags pointed the officers to an address in Sydenham Road, about a mile away. Officers found the vehicle outside the address.
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