Credit cards more ‘dirty' than toilet seats

28th of March 2012
Credit cards more ‘dirty' than toilet seats

Nearly half our credit cards could be carrying high levels of bacteria, according to a study.

And tests have shown that more than a quarter of banknotes also reveal alarming levels of bacterial contamination.

A small-scale study carried out by Dr Ron Cutler, senior lecturer at the school of biological and chemical sciences at the University of

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Contico acquired by Robert Scott

26th of March 2012

UK cleaning products distributor Robert Scott has acquired the total share capital of Contico Manufacturing, formerly owned by Proventec.

"Both Robert Scott and Contico have longstanding reputations for quality and service standards that we feel can only be enhanced by this acquisition," said Alastair Scott, who confirmed Contico will continue to

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108-year-old vacuum cleaner still works

26th of March 2012
108-year-old vacuum cleaner still works

A vacuum cleaner made in 1904 was still working when it was rescued from a scrap yard at a family-owned paper mill in the UK recently.

Harry Cox rescued the 108-year-old American Sturtevant model, which still had its original accessories including wall brushes, floor tools, blowing nozzles, and upholstery tool intact.

Weighing a hefty 30 kilos,

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British athletes ordered not to shake hands at London 2012

23rd of March 2012
British athletes ordered not to shake hands at London 2012

Britons may be known for their good manners, but British athletes have been told not to shake hands before and during the London Olympic Games, in order to prevent illness.

The British Olympic Association has suggested its competitors ward off sporting greetings in case they catch a bug that could wreck their Games dreams.

A mild illness that

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British Cleaning Council celebrates 30 years

22nd of March 2012
British Cleaning Council celebrates 30 years

The British Cleaning Council - the umbrella body covering associations and trade bodies for the professional cleaning industry - has celebrated its 30th anniversary with a reception at the Houses of Parliament in London.

The event was led by Mark Woodhead, BCC chairman, who drew attention to its achievements since 1982, while looking at some of

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Hygiene fears over new hand scanners in UK hospitals

21st of March 2012
Hygiene fears over new hand scanners in UK hospitals

Electronic scanners that identify members of staff via their hands have been installed in hospitals in the north of England.

But nursing staff are concerned that hygiene standards could be compromised if healthcare employees use these touch-screens to clock in and out of shifts.

The scanners recognise the identity of staff members via their

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