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Cleaning & Hygiene News
Emrill Cleans Downtown Dubai in Record-breaking Time
Total facilities management services provider, Emrill, has broken its record for completing cleaning activities following the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Downtown Dubai. In the early hours of January 1, 2021, Emrill completed cleaning the surrounding areas of Downtown Dubai by 1am and roads were open to the public and traffic by 1.15am. In 2020, the same operation was completed by 2.30am.
Relooking at Budgets for Cleaning
Clean India Journal speaks to several industry experts, including Tatjana Ahmed, taking you through various discussions, decisions and debates giving insights into what kind of allocations will go into cleaning and housekeeping in the coming budget and how to make an effective plan.
Continuing the COVID Clean-up
The work of cleaning professionals has been pivotal in the battle against the pandemic and will remain so during 2021. Here's an in-depth perspective on events and implications for the cleaning and FM industry as COVID-19 redefined our lives.
Redefining Cleaning Contracts
We’re still fighting the storm of the pandemic, and one wonders how this has impacted cleaning contracts. The last few months have been nothing short of a whirlwind for the professional cleaning industry and for building service contractors, with a lot of changes in the way we perceive the ‘health’ of a building. So how has the nature and scope of cleaning contracts changed after COVID-19?
The Cobotics of Cleaning
As the world progresses towards automation, so does the cleaning industry. The concept of cobotics, which has - in the past - been met with trepidation from the FM and hospitality industry, is now gaining momentum. So, what is cobotics, and what is the reason behind its heightened popularity?
New Room for Housekeeping in FM Budgets
With housekeeping now at the forefront of FM, have FM companies finally focussed on budgeting for cleaning extensively? Where have expenses reduced or increased? How will things stabilise in the future?
Hygiene in Public Transport
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused people to question the basics of hygiene for each and every facility they visit on a routine basis and public transport is no exception. So what are the best practices to maintain public transport hygiene?
Dubai Health Authority deploys robots to disinfect facilities
The eight machines use artificial intelligence and ultraviolet-powered sterilisation to move automatically and scan areas efficiently. This is part of the emirate’s drive to use smart technology, where possible, in the disinfection process in order for it to be “thorough, efficient and less time-consuming”.
P&G Donates 1 Million Masks to Saudi Health Endowment Fund
P&G, in partnership with AbuDwood, expanded their manufacturing facility “Modern Products Company” in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to produce PPE for donation to frontline workers in the region. It is also donating products like Always, Fairy, Gillette, Safeguard to frontline relief workers and communities in need across the region.
Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) launches Middle East chapter
Watch their latest webinar on the global textile services and market analysis
Robotics: Is this the Future?
In a world where touch-free solutions are being sourced, developed and are very much sought after, robotics are definitely the need of the hour. But are they the future? This article includes some key excerpts from a webinar by Clean Middle East, in association with Nilfisk Middle East, that focused on this question.
Pandemic causes outbreak of innovation
After much time focusing on optimising earnings, laundries turned to looking for more sustainability measures within their operation. The pandemic has led to increased interest in the use of robots and automation in the future, a trend observed at Inwatec, Denmark, where they see a mature market that is now more ready to embrace new technology.
Is Fogging Really More Effective than Regular Disinfection Methods?
Fogging is now seen as a way to save time in disinfection, being perceived as more effective than regular disinfection methods. Steve Teasdale discusses why this may not always be the case, despite following proper fogging procedure using proven products and equipment.
Should You Lease or Buy Your Cleaning Equipment?
After you’ve chosen the right cleaning equipment, the next big dilemma is to decide between renting it, buying it or leasing it. Steve Kadah, the Regional Director of Operation, AKC group of companies speaks to Clean Middle East about the pros and cons of each.
These Disinfection Desk Lamps can Inactivate the COVID-19 Virus
Signify’s new disinfection desk lamps can help to inactivate viruses (including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19) and bacteria, helping keep spaces clean from harmful micro-organisms. In laboratory testing, Signify’s UV-C light sources inactivated 99% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with an exposure time of 6 seconds on a surface.
The Importance of Keeping Floors Virus-free
Cleaning companies are seeing a greater demand for solutions that can remove viruses from floors. Whether in homes, hospitals, schools or gyms, a combination of chemicals, machines and manual accessories can help eliminate pathogens from floors.
Read full article on the growing importance of this on page 41 of the October issue of European Cleaning Journal.
Saudi Grand Mosque to be Cleaned 10 Times a Day
Saudi Arabia's Grand Mosque will be cleaned more than 10 times a day, as it reopens after more than six months, with the exception of Hajj. Makkah’s Grand Mosque has opened its doors to the first group of pilgrims performing Umrah, and the mosque will be cleaned between each group’s presence. Further cleaning of high-traffic areas will also be conducted, including fountains, carpets, bathrooms and escalators. Air-conditioning systems have also been equipped with ultraviolet sanitising technology, while crews will maintain an air filter cleaning schedule nine times a day in three different stages.
Rubbermaid Releases Part Two of Recycling Research Report
Rubbermaid has published the findings from its second Love Recycling study. This second phase looked at how commercial waste and recycling practices were disrupted by pandemic conditions. The key findings showed 56% of respondents said recycling practices had been impacted by the pandemic, while 30% of businesses say that recycling has gained importance because of the pandemic and 86% of businesses say they will give recycling greater focus in the coming years.
COVID-19 Inspires New Building Designs and Features
Buildings are investing in disinfection rooms, sanitising butlers and UVC robots as a result of Covid-19. With increased daily cleaning routines in households, schools, workplaces, and public facilities, new building designs and features are following. Cleaning protocols in facilities have changed and have become the latest building luxury amenities.
UVC Light: Powerful Disinfectant, But Not Easy to Use
Ultraviolet technology has been around for decades and has previously been used during pandemics. As it is found to be safe and very effective in disinfecting the air and preventing transmission of a variety of airborne infections, it is popular among the healthcare sector. It relies on a short wavelength of light to break down micro-organisms by naturally damaging their DNA and RNA, rendering them unable to replicate. UVC radiation to disinfect is not simple and requires lots of protocols to use safely. Learn more about these.
Diversey’s Clean and Ready Program
Diversey have announced the launch of their new Clean and Ready Program, designed to respond to the new era of facilities cleanliness. The program will be launched worldwide across all sectors including Hospitality, Food Service, Education, Offices and Retail environments. CEO of Diversey, Phil Wieland state "There is now an urgent need to convey a visible commitment to the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness, and a new awareness of the value of clean".
FM Firms Adapt to New Normal as Demand Surges
The UAE's FM sector was valued at $13.8 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach $27 billion by 2024. Customer demand has grown as a result of the pandemic, with FM companies in the UAE now facing higher pressure to deliver what is now deemed an essential service. FM companies are adopting new resources, strategies and technologies, including connected building technologies, to operate in the new normal and ensure office spaces re-open safely.
Hospital uses Robotic Technology to Disinfect Rooms from Covid-19 in Fraction of Time
A UVC disinfection robot is being used at a hospital in Dublin to clean its rooms in a fraction of the time it would manually take before. Mater Hospital is among the first to use the robotic cleaning technology which is contactless and uses UVC lights to decontaminate a room in 10 to 20 minutes, a process that would previously have taken staff between two to three hours. A smart app operates the UVC machine and scans the area to measure how long the process will take, before the room is ready to reuse.
BCC publishes guide to cleaning and hygiene terms
The British Cleaning Council has published a guide to cleaning terms. Chairman Paul Thrupp said the guide was released as an industry-agreed source, to assist those outside the cleaning and hygiene industry, as there is some confusion about what is needed in terms of cleaning and disinfecting during a pandemic.
Farnek Becomes First FM Company in ME to be Awarded International Certification Developed by Biorisk Experts
Farnek is the first Facilities Management company in the Middle East to be accredited by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council. GBAC STAR is the cleaning industry's only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation. Farnek has demonstrated that it can maintain a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimise risks associated with infectious agents, including Covid-19.
Study Confirms Hospital Covid-19 Cleaning Protocols
A study done by the American Journal of Infection Control confirms the importance of the cleaning practices followed by hospital environmental services (EVS). Environmental samples were collected from surfaces in each patient’s room, with investigators concluding that surfaces can contain virus sources, resulting in the need for strict cleaning, disinfection, and contact precaution protocols.
Dubai Mall is First Shopping Center to Achieve GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation
The Dubai Mall is the first shopping centre to achieve GBAC STAR facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, and it is the largest facility to date to achieve this accreditation. The Dubai Mall was one of fifteen retail and entertainment facilities around the world recognised for assuring all who visit follow the proper practices, procedures, and systems to prepare, respond, and recover from the global pandemic.
Tech: A Non-Negotiable Pillar in Post-Pandemic Operations
Facilities Managers are adopting tech driven operations and management systems, with Covid-19 accelerating digital transformation in the industry. Facilio CEO, Prabhu Ramachandran discusses why new technology is a necessity for real estate companies, property managers and developers to thrive in this new environment.
Software and Mobile Solutions - Are Cleaners Getting Smarter?
A growing trend for cleaning companies is to introduce “smart solutions” into the workplace, which enhances efficiency and boosts productivity. But how receptive are cleaning companies to adopting new technologies? With a range of digital solutions in the market, getting the end-users acceptance of the new technology is the key.
The Differences Between Disinfectants
Disinfectants are not all the same, some are alcohol-based, others are chlorine or phenol-based, or have quaternary amines. Learn more about the difference between disinfectants and their effectiveness on different surfaces.
Disinfection Tunnels: Pros and Cons
Take a detailed look at the advantages of disinfectant tunnels. The full article discusses the added line of defence against the virus, where they are suitable to use and how economical they are to install.
How Smart Washrooms are addressing safety after the pandemic
Some improvements to public sanitisation will become permanent, including the need for more Smart Washrooms. Local company VERTECO highlight the importance of long-term, cost-effective solutions, using Smart technology for washrooms of the future.
COVID-19: Deep Cleaning in Commercial & Residential Buildings
All over the world, cleaning companies are shifting their methodologies to suit the current need for disinfection. Learn more about how facilities are working to prevent contamination in Residential and Commercial buildings, from cleaning and disinfecting a quarantined building, to the safety involved in handling chemicals.
New Cleaning Measures Could Cost US Hotel Industry $9 Billion a Year
New cleaning protocols related to Covid-19 could cost the US hotel industry up to $9 billion annually, according to a report, which states the need for enhanced cleaning of rooms and public spaces along with extra supply costs will incur on reopening.
Gojo Takes Significant Steps to Expand Capacity to Meet Demand
Gojo is running its facilities 24/7, to meet the exponential increases in demand for Purell sanitiser, soap, wipes and surface spray, as more and more businesses and institutions reopen with a sharp focus on cleanliness and hygiene.
Facilities Management will take Centre Stage Post-Pandemic
Facilities Managers will be “the first responders” in inspiring the confidence to return back to work safely, says a report from BDO’s Management and Acquisitions Facilities Management team. Key sectors that fall under the FM umbrella, such as cleaning, health and safety and general buildings maintenance will assist in reducing the risk of transmission. Read the full report, which identifies eight key trends that could transform FM over the next decade.
Robots to the Rescue
There is a rise in the use of autonomous cleaning equipment including floor-scrubbing robots, sanitising robots, and vacuum sweepers. Makers of autonomous cleaning equipment are seeing an uptick in demand as cleaning frequencies of public buildings has increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Best Practices on Deep Cleaning and Disinfecting during a Facility Closure
CleanLink have shared some tips and best practices on deep cleaning and disinfecting a facility during a facility closure. Their tips include information on how to minimise cross contamination, through using different disinfectants on different touch points.
Hand Dryers Unlikely to Spread Covid-19 According to New Report
Following research into Covid-19 transmission, independent microbiologist, Dr. David L Webber, has confirmed that the use of hand dryers in the washroom does not contribute to the spread of coronavirus. The report seeks to confirm how the virus is transmitted in the washroom environment, and whether warm air hand dryers are safe to use during the pandemic.
Global Hand Sanitizer Market set to Grow
The global hand sanitizer market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 15% from 2020 -2025. Consumers prefer hand sanitizers as they are more convenient and handier to use when compared to soap and hand wash. With the increase in global pandemics, hand sanitizer is on the rise.
UV Tunnels and Sanitising Mats Introduced at Delhi Airport
Delhi Airport have implemented UV tunnels and sanitising mats to enhance passenger safety. A state-of-the-art UV unit has been developed that will disinfect all luggage trolleys, security trays and baggage using disinfectant.
Can Laundries Offer Assured Disinfection?
Richard Neale of LTC Wolrdwide examines the challenges now facing on-premises launderers in care-homes and hotels, with some new opportunities for commercial laundries and textile renters.
Interview with Tim Bacon from Alliance Laundry Systems LLC
"Laundries need to reposition themselves to be a partner in hygiene." In this interview, Tim Bacon from Alliance Laundry Systems tells us about the innovations and trends in the ‘new normal’ and what the current need of the hour is in the laundry industry.
Post Lockdown: Disinfection for Both Hospitality and Healthcare
Disinfection has gone from a topic of interest to an essential requirement for laundries. Advanced professional skills and knowledge is needed for industrial launders in hospitality and healthcare, understanding the risk of contaminated laundry and the wash process for thermal disinfection. Learn how the industrial laundry industry can answer the challenge of disinfection.
A Sustainable Future for Laundry
The laundry industry is on a pathway to a sustainable, environmentally sound future. Industry operators from retailers to major manufacturers are adopting different methods including electric cargo delivery bikes which reduce carbon emissions, accurate drying systems, the reduction of water and energy consumption through the use of wetcleaning and water recycling. Read more about why sustainable solutions should be at the forefront of laundry businesses.
JustClean raises $8 million Series B
Kuwait-based laundry marketplace platform JustClean, has raised an $8 million Series B round from Faith Capital Holding. The start-up looks to digitise the region’s $3 billion laundry industry, by operating a B2B and B2C marketplace platform, offering on-demand dry cleaning and laundry services. With this latest funding, JustClean will be able to further fuel its growth in the MENA region and expand its product offerings within the cleaning sector.
Back to Business
The global laundry industry from the largest laundry operations to wet and dry cleaning outlets, are rising to the challenge and adapting on their road to recovery post Covid-19. Laundry & Cleaning Today discuss with a number of laundries, manufacturers and suppliers about getting back to business and what it's like operating in today's market.
Miele Introduces Little Giants System for Commercial Use
Miele USA have just released their newest and most versatile laundry system to date, the Miele Little Giants washers and dryers. The new products include short wash cycles with high-temperature disinfection, providing a superior hygienic clean in less time. The range is ideal for commercial applications, from salons, spas and small resorts to restaurants and healthcare facilities. The new Miele Little Giants dryer has also been added to the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient list in 2020 for delivering cutting edge energy efficiency along with the latest in technological innovation.
Artificial Intelligence in the Laundry – Part Two
The conversation continues in part two of the Laundry Ledger's discussion about Artificial Intelligence in laundry. From separators and pickers, to other machines which remove human intervention, small to large enterprises can adopt this new technology. With a 'building block' concept, AI systems are modular in design and can be programmed for different clients needs.
Stepping Into The Future-AI in the Laundry
Artificial intelligence, automation and robotics have arrived in the laundry industry. The landscape of professional laundering is on the cusp of its most dramatic evolution since the Industrial Revolution. Laundry Ledger discuss with Jensen and Inwatec the transformative impact AI and robotics is having on the business of laundry.
Alliance, Researchers Partner on N95 Decontamination Process
A protocol has been developed by Alliance Laundry Systems for the viral decontamination of certain models of N95 masks, utilising UniMac 75-pound tumble dryers. Engineers and research lab staff worked to develop this protocol, which suggests masks could be decontaminated up to three times using dry heating cycles, while preserving fit and filtration.
Connect 4: Excellent wash results
Connect 4: Chemistry, Time, Temperature and Mechanics, the four principal factors of the Sinner's circle. In collaboration they determine the success of a wash and getting the balance right can achieve an optimal cleaning process for linen. Learn more about this theory with the below article from Jensen.
TRSA Launches Middle East Chapter
TR SA will launch their Middle East chapter with Dubai based member Rent A Towel. The chapter’s initial activities will include certifying laundries Hygienically Clean and establishing professional-development programs for managers and supervisors, which are customised to the region’s local market, practices and conditions.
Laundry Equipment Setup for Worker Longevity
American Laundry News communicated with industry experts to provide their expertise on laundry equipment layout and ergonomics for employee health. Read on to learn more about how the health and safety of laundry workers can be improved through new laundry layouts and overlooked areas.
Adjusting to the New Normal
Laundry and Cleaning News discuss adjusting to the new normal. Hotels and hospitals have recently introduced on-premise laundries as an effective alternative to the cost of outsourcing. Learn how manufacturers of energy-efficient tumble dryers are responding to the sudden changes in the market.
ABS Launches ‘Missing Link’ Laundry App for Total Accountability
ABS Laundry Business Solutions have created an app which now completes the evolution of seamless laundry logistics management. The app, ABS Truck Load Assistant, is used by dispatch staff who will load the truck in the correct sequence ready for the driver to leave, showing the required containers to load according to the driver's route.
How Risky is it to use an External Laundry During Covid-19?
Experts say that while the actual process of washing with powerful industrial grade detergents at a high temperature inactivates the virus, the real threat is the manner in which the clothes are handled and the number of hands it passes through before being packaged. A hotel and hospital discuss their laundry process, including segregation, to eliminate transmission.
UAE Laundry Company CEO sees Positives for Industry from Covid-19 Crisis
5asec CEO Andre Mota believes the laundry and dry cleaning industry will become more digital, regulated, efficient and sustainable; a positive for the industry as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Protecting Healthcare Patients and Residents with Clean Linen
In every healthcare environment, it’s crucial to offer clean linens. Perfecting on-premise and industrial laundry programs helps ensure that these linens emerge from the wash process sanitized. Curbing the spread of pathogens is of the utmost importance, both during an outbreak and on any given day. A sound laundry program, whether on-premise or managed off-site by an industrial launderer, can reduce pathogens to safe levels.
Car Wash News
Efficiencies in Water Recycling for Professional Carwashes
Many professional carwashes reuse water, and those that don’t face an expensive reality check in the future, experts say. Creating efficiencies in your carwash’s water recycling plan is not only a smart marketing technique but it is also becoming increasingly important to protect the bottom line from shrinking.
Carwash Connection: Water Recycling Options
Professional Carwashing & Detailing take a look at the different methods and options available for installing a modern water recycling system. There are different technologies and filtration methods available and key factors to consider include the size of your car wash, the amount of water currently used and the amount of maintenance required.
Detailing During a Pandemic
Detailing operations everywhere can reduce the spread of the virus by being cautious, protecting yourself and using the correct protocols. Professional detailing technicians can reduce transmission through facility sanitation, vehicle intake procedure, vehicle cleaning and equipment disinfection.