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I was pleased to learn, following a recent Leader, that I'm not the only one with a penchant for keeping things that might one day be useful (and which often are) - and equally pleased that I've not been the only owner of a multi-coloured vacuum cleaner comprising different manufacturers' parts. I've heard several confessions from those with similar traits; some I admire while the safety of others concerns me!
The Domestic Cleaning Alliance's Stephen Munton once again rewarded me with a Facebook post backing my desire for keeping things 'in case' and I agree with his aside that those carrying out repairs must of course possess the skills to fit the parts. Recalling some conversations I've had on the subject, I'd add that some common sense would be in order too! Stephen said he has yet to beat the excitement of finding a part from an iron which he used to repair his washing machine. As he's still around he clearly knew what he was doing! I wonder how many may not have lived to tell the tale...
The many mismatched vacuum cleaners I've owned, while probably being unique, will have looked as if they came from the same stable as one of Stephen's own, since he confessed that it's been a good many years since he used one that was fitted with 100% original parts. He said he advises those who've just started up a cleaning company, to take a look at their newly bought vacuum cleaners as it will be the last time they see one in that condition, with all the right parts, given that so many of us are pushing or pulling around machines with a medley of different parts and attachments which fit and work well, but were originally from something else. Well I suppose the vacuum cleaner probably takes lots more abuse than other equipment, doesn't it? I've never had confirmation of the rumour that a certain manufacturer's machines used to be thrown from the back of aircraft (while on the ground!) to test their ability to withstand the abuse they would get from the cleaning teams, but it makes sense that this could be seen as a reliable quality control measure!
"In a time where more and more manufacturers are making things which cannot be fixed easily, it's refreshing that the likes of Numatic International are willing to keep producing vacuum cleaners with parts of a size that are almost 'standard' and can easily be used with existing stock," says Stephen. I totally agree with him.
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We're delighted to bring you a special offer from our friends at CMS Berlin: a free ticket, for two lucky readers, to the CMS World Summit 2019, taking place for the first time at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2019 Cleaning.Management.Services (24th -27th September).
The conference fee is €600, so the offer of free tickets is a generous one. It doesn't stop there though: the tickets are also valid for CMS Berlin 2019 so you can take in the exhibition too, when not at the conference.
Matrix Cleaning Systems has a new distributor for Asia: Queensland, Australia-based Bio Steam. Formerly Steam Australia, Qld, Bio Steam provides cleaning equipment boasting the incredible power of 175-degrees C dry vapour steam and delivers professional training and support, to the food manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality and contract cleaning markets.
The machines, steam generators and state-of-the-art tools and innovative equipment on offer, ensure complete hygiene and cleanliness which exceeds all HACCP and food regulatory requirements.
Phs Wastekit has appointed a new managing director as it seeks to expand its offering to create a whole service solution to waste management. Jason Smith joins Wastekit with 16 years' experience across the plant and tool hire industry and in retail management.
Headquartered in Smethwick, Wastekit provides waste solutions across the UK through the rental and sale of quality balers and compactors; delivering resource and space efficiencies by reducing the volume of waste and making it easier to manage. Recyclables such as paper, cardboard and plastics are compressed into bales ready for resale or collection. In addition, Wastekit has market-leading engineering capabilities offering service and maintenance with 24-hour emergency response.
Legiolert, the Idexx culture test for enumeration of Legionella pneumophila in water, has won Water Europe's coveted 2019 Water Innovation Award in the Water Technology & Infrastructure category. The prize recognises 'Innovative breakthrough solutions or technologies' that further Water Europe's vision of a future-proof model for a European water-smart society.
The Legiolert test is a 'next generation' culture test that detects the pathogen responsible for more than 97% of all Legionnaires' disease cases across Europe. The disease is fatal in one of 10 patients diagnosed.
Plans have been announced by North Lanarkshire council in Scotland to create a new taskforce aimed at cleaning up communities. The Environmental Improvement Taskforce will tackle the scourge of litter and fly-tipping, which blights communities.
If approved by committee, new teams will remove litter and fly-tipping speedily, be deployed to hotspots across North Lanarkshire and engage with schools, community councils, resident associations and other local groups.
Over 20,000 schools will be taking part in the project through the environmental charity's Eco Schools programme - a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme in the world.
Service providers are under extreme pressure to perform at high levels with a reduction in resources and ISSA's new Cleaning Management Institute Consulting Program, developed in collaboration with Cleaning Change Solutions, will help cleaning organisations advance and reorganise their operations and systems through a holistic, seven-step approach.
The program provides a multi-touch, consultative methodology to assess people, processes, appearances and logistics and - ultimately - evaluate the quality of transformation. Improvements are achieved through a series of consultations centered on culture, training, leadership and workloading.
Bsquare Corporation a provider of intelligent devices and systems, has announced an agreement with UK facilities management provider, Arcus FM, to develop a distributed intelligence management solution to serve Arcus's growing portfolio of clients.
For its clients, Arcus maintains thousands of buildings and assets, for example, lighting, refrigeration, HVAC, mechanical and electrical items, as well as maintenance and cleaning.
The Facilities Show had one of its most successful years yet, consolidating its status as a leading global event for cleaning and facilities managers, with the 2019 edition seeing further visitor growth.
Taking place in June at ExCel London, in association with the Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management, it demonstrated a 3% visitor growth increase on 2018, continuing a three-year upward trend.
The UK's leading cleaning and janitorial suppliers gathered together recently to celebrate the best in the industry at the annual Jangro Supplier Awards. The 2019 winners were revealed at a glittering ceremony, which took place at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Coventry.
The awards programme has been running for many years, and began with a single award for Supplier of the Year. Today, there are five categories which recognise excellence in environmental and sustainable initiatives, product quality, sales support, and service support.
Compliant with the NHS national colour coding scheme for hospital cleaning materials and equipment, the distinct red, yellow, green and blue colours make it easy to separate tools into their correct area of use, supporting operatives and helping to raise cleaning standards by reducing the risk of cross contamination.
The Spinning Gate Shopping Centre in Leigh has announced the appointment of new dual services provider: The ExcluSec Group, based in the North West. The Exclusec Group was awarded the dual services provision for a three-year term at Spinning Gate Shopping Centre following its successful 12-month security contract at the centre in 2018.
Spinning Gate hosts 40 retail units within 110,000sq.ft of retail space in Leigh Town Centre. The centre has good transport connectivity, with close links to the M6 motorway.
Growing increasingly concerned about the impact of untreated raw sewage and its possible effect on health, the environment and wildlife as well as on tourism and leisure businesses, Havant Borough Council councillors are demanding immediate action from Southern Water to ensure Hayling Island's beaches - which have held the Blue Flag award for 29 years - are safe for all to use.
The council claims that repeatedly, Southern Water has allowed these untreated releases, which include toilet tissue, wipes etc, to spew out into the harbour following heavy rainfall which may then be washed up onto Hayling's beaches.
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