Don't drink from toilet bowls, warns train company

23rd of July 2014
Don't drink from toilet bowls, warns train company

Summer temperatures are soaring but desperately thirsty passengers have been warned not to resort to drinking water from the toilet bowls by one UK train company.

Southeastern has become the butt of online jokes after traveller Tom Papworth spotted a sticker on the back of a toilet seat.

It helpfully warns confused commuters who might be tempted

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ISSA and Building Futures Group to co-operate in UK

22nd of July 2014

In the UK, professional cleaning organisations ISSA and the recently-formed Building Futures Group (BFG) have entered into a co-operative agreement to promote the importance of the industry in the UK. They recently signed a declaration of co-operation and intend to bring together industry leaders to discuss the increasing impact of the

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Sweaty hands can reduce effects of antibacterial copper, says research

21st of July 2014
Sweaty hands can reduce effects of antibacterial copper, says research

Sweaty hands can reduce the effectiveness of bacteria-fighting brass objects in hospitals and schools after just an hour of coming into contact with them, according to research by scientists at the University of Leicester in the UK.

While copper found in everyday brass items such as door handles and water taps has an antimicrobial effect on

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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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