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Ice from three of the UK's biggest coffee chains has been found to contain bacteria from faeces, according to an investigation.

Samples of iced drinks from Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Caffè Nero contained varying levels of the bacteria, the BBC's Watchdog programme found.

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Cleaning May 2017


Cleaning March Special Report : Brexit And The Cleaning Matters


NEC, Birmingham
12th - 14th September 2017
The BICSc Awards
Whittlebury Hall Hotel, Northamptonshire
14th September 2017
CMS Berlin
Berlin, Germany
19th - 22nd September 2017
Health & Safety North 2017
Health & Safety North
EventCity, Manchester
10th - 11th October 2017
Fire Safety North 2017
Fire Safety North
EventCity, Manchester
10th - 11th October 2017
European Cleaning & Hygiene Awards
Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel, Rome, Italy
9th November 2017
Loo of the Year Awards
St Johns Hotel, Solihull
8th December 2017
World Of Clean


Faecal bacteria found in ice at Costa, Caffè Nero and Starbucks

Ice from three major coffee chains in the UK has been found to contain faecal bacteria.

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Deep cleaning to tackle superbugs on London Underground

Parts of the London Underground will be deep-cleaned every night over the summer after dangerous superbugs were discovered on the network.

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Hot-desking offices have dirtier desks, study finds

A study released by Initial Washroom Hygiene has found that hot-desking workplaces may be less hygienic than those with fixed-desks, increasing the risk of cross-contamination and the spread of colds and viruses, such as Norovirus.

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55% of employees have been asked to clean their workspace

More than half of British workers have been asked to clean their place of work by their boss despite it not being in their job description, according to new research.

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More UK millennials hiring cleaners

More millennials in the UK are hiring cleaners to service their homes, especially for one- and two-bedroom properties.

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Forum addresses key issues in healthcare cleaning

Infection control, training and development were high on the agenda throughout the 2017 Professional Development Forum of the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (ahcp), which was held at Slaley Hall in Hexham, near Newcastle from 7th to 9th June.

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New features and event zones for RWM 2017

The expanded RWM 2017 event, run in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), will boast a host of new and revamped features, including dedicated Event Zones, the RWM Connects meetings service, Visitor Discovery Trails, and the CIWM Clinic.

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HAI prevention market poised to grow

The global market for health care-associated infection (HAI) prevention and control is expected to reach US$245.6 million by 2024 with a compounded annual growth rate-or CAGR-of 6.3 per cent, according to a new study from market research firm Credence Research.

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Open learning sessions at ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam 2018

The organisers of the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam 2018 Show have issued a call for abstracts for an extensive and varied open learning programme that is an integral part of the event and will run next to the ISSA educational conference.

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New award to recognise washroom service providers

As part of their exciting 30th anniversary celebrations, Loo of the Year Awards have decided to introduce a Loo of the Year Washroom Service Provider Award this year. This recognises the contribution that washroom service providers have in the provision of award-winning washrooms.

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Makita's cordless 36v L-Class Dust Extractor and 18v Vacuum

The new Makita twin 18v DVC863 LXT L-Class Dust Extractor is exclusively cordless whereas the DVC861 model can be run on mains or similar twin 18v batteries.

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Star Tissue UK launches new website and product brochure

Star Tissue UK - a leading manufacturer of hygiene paper products - has launched its new website and product brochure.

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Seeking out the oldest working Nilfisk machine

With over 110 years of history Nilfisk have complete confidence in the quality, reliability and durability of their product range. To put this confidence to the test the company recently ran a competition to find the "Oldest Working Nilfisk Cleaning Machine" with the winner receiving a new equivalent Nilfisk cleaning machine from the 2017 range as a replacement.

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Real time mould testing - the breakthrough!

Action Dry Emergency Services are excited to announce that they have become the first European company to offer Mouldscope real time testing for those needing to investigate mould conditions in a property.

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Axis Cleaning and Support Services extends relationship with Guenther Bakeries

Axis Cleaning and Support Services, the nationwide supplier of commercial cleaning services, has been awarded a new, five-year cleaning and hygiene maintenance contract with Guenther Bakeries at its Banbury site.

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Meets all pressure washer needs

Capital Power Clean have been supplying pressure washing equipment in Scotland and the UK for over 10 years.

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Reclassifying hospital floors as "critical" areas when it comes to cleaning

For many years, hospitals considered floors "non-critical" areas when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. This means floors were considered an unlikely source for the spread of infection in a hospital setting, explains Kaivac. However, a 2017 study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, has determined that floors do harbour dangerous germs and should be reclassified as "critical" areas requiring more thorough cleaning and disinfecting.

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Strategic management change at the Nationwide Hygiene Group

Current CEO David Scholes will be retiring in August this year following a successful 17 years leading the Nationwide Hygiene Group.

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Nilfisk internationally recognised for outstanding product design

The Red Dot expert committee has announced the winners of the Red Dot Award 2017. For the second consecutive year Nilfisk is among the winners with two Red Dot Awards for outstanding product design.

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Whisper it softly...

Northwood Hygiene Products' new premium tissue range is more than meeting expectations amongst the sophisticated and discerning users of a range of high quality locations.

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Time is money in the contract cleaning sector and Rotowash scrubs up well

Rotowash, one of the pioneers in the design and production of compact floor cleaning machines, was established in 1981 to distribute high quality industrial floor cleaning equipment, manufactured to BSI and similar International Standards by the Rotowash factory.

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