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This week's Cleanzine has required something of a mission to complete. As you can see, I've had a slight accident with my iMac - and as my MacBook's suffering from a common technical fault and needs repair, I've been somewhat stymied. I won't go into the events that led up to the iMac damage, but suffice it to say that if my passenger door ever fails to shut again, I'm going to check that if the seatbelt's not blocking it, nothing else is either, before trying a more forceful close.
My family's been complaining for years that one or other of my computers seems to be permanently attached to me, so to work without them functioning properly almost feels as if I've lost a limb.
Isn't it odd how relatively new technology can become such a crucial part of life? As a trainee journalist at IPC - then one of the largest publishing groups in the UK, I was apparently the only editorial team member in the company allowed an electric typewriter since I was the only one who could touch-type. I could no way have gone back to a manual machine then, than I could now use an electric typewriter. We grumble about Internet outages and occasional slow speeds, but do you remember the days of 'dial-up'? It's laughable that we had to exist like that, isn't it?
I've been thinking about how much the way professionals clean, has changed during my long years in this industry. Historically, cleaning operatives were set in their ways and managers faced a difficult task in trying to get them to adopt different procedures or work with new chemicals and equipment. I could never understand, for example, why it took so long for backpack vacuum cleaners to become accepted and I still can't fathom out why they haven't gained the market share I expected them to when I first trialled one.
I was wondering... with the pressures being put on cleaning companies to adopt more sustainable practices, while legislation is forcing manufacturers to change their products - by, say, making them more energy-efficient or removing key chemicals from what had been considered a perfect formulation - how well the industry's copIng when it comes to enabling us to maintain standards whilst keeping the cleaners happy?
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This Week's News
The Competition & Markets Authority's Phase 2 investigation is now underway, into the recently completed acquisition of UK-based hygiene and cleaning products and services supplier, Holchem Group, by Ecolab.
The investigation started last December, when the CMA served Ecolab with an enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002.
Hospitals and clinics now have a tool to combat Candida Auris, a multidrug-resistant fungus that can cause serious infections in hospitalised patients. Medline announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency has cleared its Micro-Kill bleach germicidal bleach wipes to be marketed as killing the fungus on hard, non-porous surfaces.
The fungus, which has a mortality rate of 35%, has been shown to linger in healthcare facilities despite efforts to eradicate it with traditional disinfectants. It can be difficult to treat and has caused outbreaks worldwide.
The WoolSafe Organisation is bringing over to the UK, the highly respected American rug care specialist, Lisa Wagner and marketing guru Mark Kennedy to deliver the TextilePro Programme.
Paul Hillman, managing director of Farnborough-based CleanKing, shares his thoughts on floor cleaning and maintenance. One of Paul's teams has recently delivered a fantastic floor restoration and clean for Homebase which received incredibly positive feedback. Other 'big brand' clients include Boots and The Range...
"Over time, floors can become very unsightly if they are not properly maintained. Luckily, damaged or lacklustre floors don't always have to be replaced - often, it is a case of restoring them to their former finery. For example, concrete can be polished rather than putting a new surface down, which is much cheaper.
The contract will amalgamate many different outside contracts under one management structure and will include the provision of infrastructure maintenance, cleaning and grounds maintenance services to the manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. This is the first time Toyota has taken this approach to FM at any of its plants within Europe.
Hotel proprietors, B&B operators and owners of holiday lets are being given a helping hand to clean up after messy guests. Aroma Care Solutions' Little Accident Box is designed especially for those occasions when guests have unfortunate accidents that lead to unpleasant smells which make the room or property unready to let again.
The Little Accident Box has everything you need for to clean up and when used with the bio-enzyme cleaner, tackles the root of the problem, eradicating the sour, lingering smells that could keep the bar smelling unwelcoming into the next day.
WhiffAway Group's technologies and products enhance the washroom experience for hundreds of thousands of people every day, and it has taken this a stage further with the launch of a new and exciting personal care product range - Avelena Clean & Care.
"Avelena has been created to clean and care for your hair and body all in one go," says WhiffAway head of finance and marketing Georgina McLean.
Interserve, the international support services, construction and equipment services group, has won a £2.8 million contract to provide facilities management services to the Civil Nuclear Police Authority (CNPA) at its new training centre in Cumbria.
The contract is to deliver a range of services at the CNPA's Griffin Park Tactical Training Facility. The state of the art building is run by the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) and houses the largest live firing skills arena in Europe, along with various training centres, classrooms and offices.
Samsic-owned JPC Cleaning has been appointed to provide cleaning and environmental services to London's fast-expanding 67-acre King's Cross estate. One of the city's largest ever redevelopments, King's Cross is being transformed from an underused industrial wasteland into a new zone comprising homes, shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants, schools and a university across 26 acres of streets, parks and squares, with its own brand new postcode: N1C.
London-based JPC has been appointed to all public areas and buildings managed and maintained by King's Cross Estate Services.
Congratulations to British Cleaning Council member - the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, which is this year celebrating its fifth anniversary. Founded in 2014 by Stephen Munton, the DCA is doing an excellent job in supporting the needs of the people and businesses that provide cleaning services in other peoples' homes.
The DCA's services and benefits - which include domestic cleaning training, advice on running a cleaning business, discounts on supplies, equipment and insurance plus peer-to-peer networking opportunities - was inspired by Stephen's vast experience in the domestic cleaning sector.
Targets for reducing the volume of waste going to landfill have led to an increase in the processing of domestic waste in an attempt to reclaim recyclable materials. Manual sorting tasks can be conducted at the kerbside during waste collection and, if poorly designed, can create risks - hence the publication by the Health & Safety Executive of an in-depth analysis of the many types of equipment used and procedures followed.
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