Five ways to future-proof your cleaning business at the start of 2018Ron Segura

The professional cleaning industry is changing more and evolving faster today than at any other time in its history.

And while this is happening, the majority of cleaning contractors are so busy with their day-to-day business operations that they may not see even more changes coming that are just around the corner.

Ron Segura, president of Segura Associates, one of the industry's leading cleaning consultants working with both cleaning contractors and facility managers, says to deal with these changes, we must take steps now to
'future-proof' our businesses.
New branding unveiled for Diversey Diversey Logo

Diversey, the global hygiene and cleaning-solutions company has launched a new brand identity, vision and values to ensure it remains modern and relevant to all of its audiences.

The new brand aims to be strong and distinctive to differentiate Diversey from its competitors in a global marketplace as well as to support future strategic aims.

The new branding also reflects the scale of the pioneering company's ambitions under the leadership of President and CEO Dr Ilham Kadri.

The new brand is the result of extensive research with key stakeholder groups around the world.
New minimum wage for contract-cleaning sectorSouth Africa's contract-cleaning employees' wages and conditions of employment have been adjusted with effect from 1 January 2018, following anannouncement by Department of Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant.

In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act – the Sectoral Determination prescribing minimum wages in the contract-cleaning sector – an employer shall pay a worker a minimum wage of R20.74 per hour in Area A, which includes Metropolitan Councils: City of Cape Town, Greater East Rand Metro, City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela; and also in Local Councils: Emfuleni, Merafong, Mogale City, Metsimaholo, Randfontein, Stellenbosch and Westonaria. In Area B, the rates applicable are those as prescribed by the KwaZulu-Natal Contract Cleaning Bargaining Council.

During the period 1 January 2018 to 28 February 2018 the minimum rate will be R19.36 per hour and from 1 March 2018 to 30 November
2018 – R20.00 per hour.

Then in Area C, which includes the rest of South Africa, the minimum rate per hour will be R18.90.
Nilfisk South Africa welcomes new management team Javier Cucalon

Nilfisk Mgmt Team

From left: Pieter de Beer, Emma Corder and Johan Coertzen.

Towards the end of 2017 Nilfisk announced the formation of a new region comprising Iberia, the Middle East and Africa under the leadership of General Manager Javier Cucalón.

Javier has been with the group for a number of years, heading up Nilfisk in the Iberian Region (Spain and Portugal) since 1998.

Javier has a degree in engineering and an MBA from IESE in Barcelona. Former General Manager for Nilfisk South Africa Gavin Herold stepped down in November 2017 to pursue new opportunities outside Nilfisk.

Emma Corder has been appointed Country Manager for Nilfisk South Africa. Emma has a strong background in the cleaning industry having held positions in sales, marketing and management over the past nine years across the Nilfisk and Industroclean organisations.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Stellenbosch University as well as an MBA from the University of Cape Town.

In addition, Pieter De Beer also joins as the new National Sales Manager for Nilfisk South Africa.

Pieter has over twelve years experience in the industry and is a welcome asset to the national organisation.

Together with Emma and Finance and Operations Manager Johan Coertzen, the new team is well positioned to lead the company
into 2018 and beyond.
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Cleaning the public washroom – a high-risk environmentWashroom 2018

It is common knowledge that washrooms constantly generate more complaints than any other area within a facility.

To compound the issue, cleaners, often unaware of the dangers of cross-contamination, re-use their mops and buckets elsewhere in the building, essentially redistributing the filth and germs.

This article offers a fresh perspective and introduces the process of no-touch washroom cleaning. It highlights the ultimate goal of 'cleaning for health' in the public washroom, considered by environmental scientists as the most dangerous area within a facility.
South African PTC body joins CINET as membersCINET logo

In January 2018 CINET (Comité International De L'Entretien du Textile) the international umbrella association for professional textile care (PTC) announced that SATSA (South African Textile Services Association) has joined the body as a member.

CINET boasts over 90 members (national associations, international suppliers, research institutes and individual companies) and an international network of 2 500 + industry experts.

Through CINET's network the organisation aims to represent the interests of some 400 000 companies that are currently active in the global PTC industry.

The South African Textile Services Association (SATSA) represents the interests of the South African laundry,
dry-cleaning and auxiliary service providers, as well as members of the public and corporate clients by helping to establish a constructive operating environment, as well as providing a forum for discussion and representing the interests of all members at all levels of local government.
Unique multi-purpose vacuum cleanerKaivac launch 2017

It is lightweight and versatile, it is suitable to be used as backpack, canister vacuum, carpet cleaner and blower – all in a single machine.

According to manufacturer Lindhaus these features are unique to the cleaning market.

The LB4 Superleggeraby Lindhaus is handy, lightweight and highly versatile.

The electric version weighs only 3,8kg while the cordless version weighs only 4,9kg including the battery.

It is equipped with the Lindhaus M28R universal brush, grants perfect suction in every direction and in grooves for cleaning any kind of hard or textile flooring.
New detail brush for food-processing facilitiesVikan detail brush

Vikan's Ultra Safe Technology (UST) brushware series in corporates hygienic design and the fully moulded UST bristle system provides superior cleaning efficacy, hygienic cleaning of the brush, less risk of bristle loss, EU and FDA food contact approval and a lower risk of cross-contamination.

Now, Vikan has added the UST Detail Brush to the popular range, reinventing detail cleaning and extending the benefits of UST to every nook and cranny in a food-processing facility.
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Save the dateMarc Ferguson

Don't miss the opportunity to attend the
first-ever, one day ISSA Executive Summit scheduled for 6 September 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

This is the premier development event for Africa's cleaning industry leaders, created for personal and professional success.

The Summit offers interactive and engaging sessions on innovation, strategy, leadership and sales management and was developed to help build a vision for success for cleaning professionals. In addition the co-located Accredited Auditing Professional certificate workshop offers international quality assurance training.

For more information or to book contact:
Maintaining effective hygiene in food-service areas Food prep

According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 diseases are spread through food, and 1 in 10 people get a food-borne illness each year.

The recent outbreak of the food-borne disease Listeriosis in South Africa again highlights the importance of effective handwashing and proper cleaning regimes for dishes, kitchen utensils and kitchen surfaces after use to prevent cross-contamination in food-service environments.

African Cleaning Review takes a closer look at how some of the leading players in the cleaning industry address this issue.
Brushing up on floor cleanliness in food-service environments Truvox Multiwash

For any establishment preparing or serving food, cleaning is about far more than appearances, important though they are.

Hygiene is critical not just for the customer, but also for the reputation and sustainability of the business.

While they may be overlooked, floors are an integral part of any effective hygienic-cleaning regime. In a busy food-service environment there are many transmission routes from floor to cutlery, worktop, clothing and hand.

The hard floors typically found in kitchens, food factories, cafeterias and many eating areas should be easy to keep clean – both visibly and in terms of hygiene.

Floors should not be overlooked in any cleaning regime designed to promote high standards of hygiene, says Gordon McVean, Sales and Marketing Director at Truvox International.
Considering introducing robotic cleaning?For anyone responsible for keeping large areas of floor space clean, automated-floor-cleaning machines are an attractive alternative to traditional methods. But the upfront cost of these machines can be hard to get over.

However, only looking at the cost of the machine is short sighted. Rather, you should think about automated floor-cleaning equipment from a broad business perspective according to AXIE Sanitary Supply, a leader in the distribution of quality sanitary and related supplies and equipment to the commercial, industrial, contractor and institutional markets.

Understanding how you can leverage automation in existing workflows gives you a much clearer picture of the benefits of floor-cleaning machines.

EMMA, by Brain Corp. is an example of an AI navigation system that is helping cleaning professionals work smarter.

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