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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Altering hand washing behaviour

4th of July 2014
Altering hand washing behaviour

We are constantly being reminded of the role that hand hygiene plays in preventing the spread of illness. But studies show that many people – even those working in hygiene-critical industries – are still failing to wash their hands as often as they should.

So why is this the case? Hand hygiene and behaviour change experts gave their

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French cleaning firms in crisis

3rd of July 2014
French cleaning firms in crisis

As French correspondent Christian Bouzols explains, over 600 of the country’s cleaning companies are officially in financial difficulty.

More than 600 cleaning companies in France were declared ‘en situation de défaillance’ (in a situation of default) in 2013 for not having honoured their payment obligations. The rate of

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