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Survey finds cleaning contractors slow to adopt autonomous cleaning Entrance Foyer

Despite the growing use of robotics in many industries today, most professional cleaning contractors and building service contractors are not yet implementing autonomous or robotic cleaning equipment in their operations, according to the 2019 CMM BSC/Contract Cleaning Benchmarking Survey sponsored by Sunbelt Rentals.

When asked if they implemented autonomous or robotic cleaning equipment, more than two-thirds
(68 percent) of survey respondents chose 'no'.

Approximately 17 percent responded 'no, but are considering it', while less than 9 percent responded 'yes'. Survey figures indicate that less than one-third of those who are not currently using autonomous equipment are actually considering implementing it.
Guide offers best practice techniques for water-fed window cleaning Window Cleaning

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has welcomed the publication of groundbreaking advice for window cleaners on how to reduce the risk of injury when using telescopic water-fed poles.

The leaflet, entitled 'Window cleaning poles: how to do it and look after your body', is the result of a research initiative and could greatly improve the safety and wellbeing of workers who use water-fed poles when cleaning high windows.
New partnership launched for a cleaner Cape Town CBD Tincan

Cigarette butt litter is a major problem in Cape Town's CBD and a source of ocean pollution. Philip Morris South Africa (PMSA), an affiliate of one of the world's largest tobacco companies, aims to tackle this problem by teaming up with the Central City Improvement District (CCID) and City of Cape Town.

The partnership is the start of an ongoing effort to raise public awareness about cigarette butt litter and to encourage smokers to dispose of cigarette butts responsibly. PMSA recently launched its Unsmoke campaign in South Africa. 'Unsmoke' means to rid your life of smoke.

"If you don't smoke, don't start. If you're a smoker, quitting is the best choice you can make. If you don't quit, change to a better alternative. In this way, we can 'unsmoke' ourselves, our family, our friends, our city, and our world," says Marcelo Nico, MD of PMSA.
Mobile car-wash app wins major MTN award Mowash

Midrand based Mowash won the best breakthrough developer award at the MTN Business App of the Year awards for a mobile car-washing app.

This award, sponsored by IT Web Africa, was one of 12 app winners announced at the MTN App of the Year awards ceremony held during October in Johannesburg.

Mowash is an app developed by Ayanda Kevin Dladla to bring car washes to clients, an idea he came up with after spending too many weekends waiting in lines at car-wash stations.

The concept is ingenuous; customers order a car wash via the app, list their location and Dladla or one of his selected suppliers, arrive to clean your car at your convenience.

Established in 2016, Mowash connects customers to a car wash at the touch of a button. It enables car owners to have their cars washed conveniently, anytime and anywhere eradicating the need to wait long hours at a car wash.
FNB launches
app-based small business coach
First National Bank launched a new digital app-based entrepreneurship learning programme and a non-fee bank account in response to the barriers faced by small- and
medium-sized businesses in South Africa. Fundaba, a free, interactive
e-learning platform developed inside the FNB banking app, comprises multimedia content such as videos, podcasts, quizzes, templates and tools for all FNB customers to learn about entrepreneurship and running a business.

The bank said it had conducted extensive research and worked with hundreds of local business owners and mentors to provide users with critical knowledge and practical help as they navigate the journey from incubating a business idea to starting, running and growing one in South Africa.
New research sheds light on the emotional effects of odours in washroomsAlmost everybody has at some time experienced unpleasant odours in public washrooms and the impact thereof ranges from not returning to the facility to expressing negative reviews.

Pleasant aromas in washrooms can instill confidence and reassurance that the facility is clean, although some people appear to be sceptical of the extent to which a pleasant smell relates to clean air. Light fragrances are the most popular type of scent in public washrooms, while no scent would be preferable to a heavy version.

During August 2018 Initial launched its findings of a unique, scientific experiment conducted by ICM Unlimited into public attitudes to washroom hygiene and found that the effects of smell are more powerful than we think.

The physiological impact of public washroom hygiene uses the latest scientific tracking methods to understand unconscious and conscious reactions to scent in a public washroom.

The research follows the release of Initial's State of Air Care Report in 2017, which found that an unpleasant odour in an organisation's public washroom would make 67 percent of people less likely to spend time there.

The physiological impact of public washroom hygiene was designed to encourage businesses to look at the broader impact of foul - smelling washrooms by demonstrating the emotional effects they have on people.

Read the full research report by clicking on the ACR magazine cover.
Successful NCCA charity golf event NCCA1

NCCA Gauteng members

The National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) Gauteng branch held its annual golf day at the Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg on 13 September.

The event theme was 'Around the world in 18 holes' and Numatic International's stand was a highlight on the day as, apart from being colourful in red, white and blue, it also offered golfers traditional British fish and chips and Gordon's Gin.

The branch executive committee nominated Rainbows and Smiles as the beneficiary of the 2019 charity golf day.

NCCA members that sponsored the golf day were: Afriboom, African Cleaning Review, Cleaning Africa Services, Columbus Cleaning Solutions, CSG Skills Institute, Goscor Cleaning Equipment, Hako, Industroclean, Lepro Corporation, Millicare, Livclean, NBC, Numatic International, Prime Cleaning Suppliers, PRP Solutions, Randpark Golf Club, Safic and Truvox.

The NCCA transferred an amount of R20 000 into the account of charity Rainbows and Smiles.
Save the date!BEECA

Mark your calendar to attend the first-ever co-located two-day SAPCA Cleantex Executive Summit Africa programme created for the FM, professional cleaning and pest control sectors.

The two-day event will include engaging sessions on business, innovation, strategy, leadership, sales management, customer care, etc. to assist in forging your company's vision for success. Delegates will interact with top subject matter experts and network with industry peers during various informal sessions.

The summit will run alongside a niche expo consisting of table-top and larger stands, providing delegates unique access to the latest equipment and technology available to the different FM industries.

This co-located event will certainly sell out, so book now to secure the benefit of early-bird rates.
Safic celebrates year-end with lively German beerfest Rapid Response Vehicle

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Safic Environmental Solutions held their annual beerfest year-end function at Accéntuate's premises during October. Accéntuate CEO Fred Platt welcomed guests and staff. As the event took place during the Rugby World Cup tournament, the dress code was Springbok rugby gear – a theme embraced by everybody.

The Velvet Sounds oompah band cranked up traditional German music, wowing guests, while everybody enjoyed draft beer and traditional German cuisine including frankfurters and bratwurst.

During the afternoon many prizes were handed out to those testing their skills on the dance floor and interacting with band members, who persuaded guests to celebrate beerfest traditions.
New cleaning system conserves water, chemicals & labour Univac

The developers of the No-Touch Cleaning® system Kaivac will be introducing the UniVac™, a new
no-mop cleaning system, at the ISSA Show held in Las Vegas during November 2019. The UniVac is a smaller, more versatile version of Kaivac's award-winning Dispense-and-Vac cleaning system. Built for cleaning and degreasing floors in commercial kitchens and washrooms, it can also be used to clean floors in warehouses, fitness gyms, and can even be utilised for floodwater pickup.

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A clean solution for dirty industries Aussie Extreme

Over the past decade Australian Pumps has embarked on a constant programme of product development for high-pressure cleaning equipment to suit the earthmoving industry.

The latest breakthrough for this innovative company is the new Extreme series of 500 bar (7 300 psi) hydro-blasters.

These new machines take pressures and flows higher to provide more cleaning clout for key projects, especially in the mining industry.

"We found that a lot of cleaning applications in big plants need a combination of pressure and flow to get the job done fast.

The reduction of cleaning times was a big driver", said Aussie Pump's Operations Manager Hamish Lorenz.

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Tips on putting degreasers to work for you Signature

While most cleaning solutions are designed to help loosen soils so they can be wiped away, degreasers are engineered to breakdown and dissolve grease, oil, wax, and other water-insoluble (resistant to water) soils so that they can be removed from surfaces.

Degreasers are one of the most-effective cleaning solutions that cleaning professionals can have in their cleaning arsenal. Degreasers are used most frequently when cleaning commercial kitchens. It would likely prove very difficult to clean a commercial kitchen today without a high-quality degreaser. However, to take full advantage of these powerful cleaning solutions means learning how to use them properly.

To get you off to a good start, Avmor, North America's leading manufacturer and marketer of professional cleaning chemicals and sustainable solutions, offers eight tips for cleaning professionals on putting degreasers to work:

View the tips by clicking on the magazine cover.
Mopping floor surfaces in controlled environmentsSignature

A common concern about mopping floor surfaces is its effectiveness. A dirty mop will simply move the grime from one area to another and not clean the floors. However, the difference lies in a clean mop, a multi-bucket system and good mopping technique in order to effectively remove grime and germs from the floor, especially in controlled environments such as cleanrooms and healthcare settings.

Contec Inc's Dave Nobile offers a unique understanding of the intricacies of cleaning floors in controlled environments. Whether for removing contaminants, such as soil, residues, or errant product/ process material, or uniformly applying disinfectant and other solutions to floors, floor mopping is an essential task in the cleaning and maintenance regime of any controlled environment. Unfortunately, it is also commonly performed incorrectly and inefficiently, leading to unreliable and less-effective results, higher costs, and quality issues for cleaning controlled environments.

A clear understanding of best practices that have been found to provide the most consistent desired outcomes in floor cleaning is needed to make informed decisions that improve cleanroom maintenance while controlling costs.
Making the leap from mopping systems to mechanised alternatives It's not enough for facilities to look and smell clean. There is growing awareness of the need for truly hygienic cleanliness to combat infection and increasing recognition of the importance of workplace wellbeing.

In many buildings, mopping has been the mainstay of cleaning operations. However, where this is regarded as a cost-saving alternative to machine cleaning, the economy is usually a false one.

Mopping is labour-intensive as well as ineffectual. In addition to creating a slip hazard, standards of cleanliness can be compromised.

Soiled solutions in buckets are recirculated and inadequate pressure fails to dislodge embedded dirt – in the grout lines of tiled floors, for example. Gordon McVean, International Sales and Marketing Director of Truvox International outlines the benefits of versatile, multi- purpose scrubber dryers.

Read more by clicking on the ACR cover image.
Training raises PTC standards DCS Team

During August Laundry & Textiles Consultancy (LTC) conducted two laundry- related 4-day workshops at DCS, a provider of comprehensive laundry and dry-cleaning services based in Port Louis, Mauritius.

DCS boasts laundry service experience to major industries including hospitality, healthcare and aviation spanning more than 70 years.

In total, 21 delegates representing DCS management and supervisors attended the 'Introduction to Laundry Technology – Washing Technology' and part 2 'Finishing Technology' workshops presented by LTC's Ian Harris.
Keep overview of internal laundry logistics with mobile solutions SoCom

Having the right data for the correct pieces of laundry at the right time and in the right workplace – in this way, industrial laundries ensure a smooth and efficient workflow.

However, providing the right data is, according to company size, not only a small challenge but internal logistics also need to operate perfectly.

For that reason SoCom Informationssysteme GmbH has developed a production solution that, in combination with mobile solutions, offers the best conditions to optimize internal logistics processes and make them transparent.

Read more by clicking on the ACR cover page.

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