What is our message, and who are we speaking to?

8th of August 2016
What is our message, and who are we speaking to?

Markus Asch, vice chairman of the management board at cleaning solutions manufacturer Kärcher and president of EUnited Cleaning, writes his latest blog for ECJ. He examines the great imbalance between the importance of the cleaning sector, and how it is appreciated by the world at large.

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Biofilms - should we worry?

5th of August 2016
Biofilms - should we worry?

Biofilms are everywhere. They are highly resilient; hard to remove and implicated in a staggering 80 per cent of infections. But what exactly are they? Are cleaners aware of the dangers they pose? And should we be scared?

It is the news that none of us wanted to hear: bacteria are becoming organised. We like to think of them as unsophisticated

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Servest and Atalian joint venture based on shared vision

4th of August 2016
Servest and Atalian joint venture based on shared vision

Facilities management companies Servest in the UK and France's Atalian have formed a joint venture to enable them to provide integrated FM solutions on a pan-European basis.

The 50/50 owned project, which will operate under the name Atalian Servest Ltd, will look to capitalise on both organisations' reputations in their respective markets

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Olympic athletes face cleaning and toilet woes in Rio

3rd of August 2016
Olympic athletes face cleaning and toilet woes in Rio

More than 1,000 cleaners and extra maintenance staff have been brought in to help fix major problems in the Olympic Village in Rio.

Blocked toilets, leaky pipes and exposed wiring are just a few of the problems cited by the Australia team, who have refused to move into the village until improvements have been made.

The 31-building compound

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ISSA/INTERCLEAN Istanbul postponed

3rd of August 2016
ISSA/INTERCLEAN Istanbul postponed

The organisers of the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Istanbul exhibition, originally scheduled for early September, have postponed the event until October 18-20 2017.

RAI Amsterdam, cleaning association ISSA and local partner UBM say they made the decision after careful deliberation, citing the rising concerns from exhibitors and visitors regarding travel in

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The rise of the robots?

2nd of August 2016
The rise of the robots?

Robots are gradually beginning to infiltrate the cleaning industry. But is it ready for them? And will they ever replace people? Robot manufacturers and contract cleaning companies speak frankly to Ann Laffeaty.

Robots used to be the stuff of science fiction. So much so that the idea of using them in our daily lives once seemed absurd. Yet here

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