IP Cleaning bought by private equity firm Ambienta

18th of July 2014
IP Cleaning bought by private equity firm Ambienta

IP Cleaning, Italy-based group of professional cleaning solutions producers, has been wholly acquired by private equity fund Ambienta. Its investment of 50 million euros will finance an industrial revamp and reorganisation of the company.

IP Cleaning ranks number three in the European professional cleaning market, with six manufacturing plants in

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New Zealand association members agree to pay above minimum wage for cleaners

16th of July 2014
New Zealand association members agree to pay above minimum wage for cleaners

Members of Building Service Contractors of New Zealand (BSCNZ) have agreed to pay their cleaning staff at least 35c per hour above the minimum wage - reports Inclean magazine.

"The new Multi Employer Collective Agreement (MECA), agreed between the BSCNZ and employees, establishes $14.60 (9.4 euros) per hour as the minimum hourly rate for cleaners

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Are Japanese train-cleaners faster than a speeding bullet?

14th of July 2014
Are Japanese train-cleaners faster than a speeding bullet?

Possibly the world's fastest cleaners are the team responsible for cleaning the Japanese bullet train between each journey.

The team is said to be able to clean an entire train in seven minutes flat.

The Japanese bullet train -- or shinkansen as it is known over there - is capable of speeds up to 200kph and more than 300 trains are in service

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Singapore shows its appreciation to cleaners

11th of July 2014
Singapore shows its appreciation to cleaners

More than 10,000 cleaners in Singapore are to be given prizes, outings and certificates in a show of appreciation for the work they carry out.

High teas, lunches and other treats will be provided as part of an "Appreciating U" movement run by the country's National Trades Union Congress.

Around 200 organisations - including employers in both the

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Finnish Association of Cleaning Technology congress

9th of July 2014
Finnish Association of Cleaning Technology congress

The Finnish Association of Cleaning Technology is organising its fourth international congress on professional cleaning from September 29-30 in Tampere.

Keynote speaker is Dr Ilham Kadri of Diversey, who will talk about the challenges of cleanliness and hygiene from the perspective of technology and sustainable development.

Dr Jochen Wirsching

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Army of cleaners move in to clear Glastonbury of festival rubbish

7th of July 2014
Army of cleaners move in to clear Glastonbury of festival rubbish

Glastonbury Festival lasts for just five days - but the cleaning operation following this year's event is expected to last for up to six weeks.

As the last revellers left at the end of the annual event, cleaning crews moved in to clear the 1,200 acre site which was left carpeted in rubbish.

Also left behind by the 175,000 festival-goers this

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