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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Windows - cleaning the glass ceiling

4th of August 2016
Windows - cleaning the glass ceiling

Some windows are harder to clean than others – particularly these days when challenges such as solar panels and angled glass are becoming more common. Ann Laffeaty asks window cleaning companies their opinions on today’s more difficult window-cleaning tasks, and finds out how they cope with them.

What makes a window particularly

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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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Chemical dispensing - is smart always best?

1st of August 2016
Chemical dispensing - is smart always best?

As a growing number of companies use technology to enhance their dosing systems, is there still a place for traditional chemical dispensing? Or are ‘intelligent’ systems becoming the rule rather than the exception? Ann Laffeaty finds out.

So-called ‘smart’ dispensing systems are increasingly finding their way on to the

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The wiping revolution

29th of July 2016
The wiping revolution

Industry is becoming less ‘dirty’ and issues such as health and safety are coming to the fore. Meanwhile increasing levels of automation mean that electronic equipment is replacing mechanical components. What impact has this had on the wipes and cloths that are used to clean the equipment, surfaces and hands of operatives?

The world

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Return of the all-purpose cleaner?

29th of June 2016
Return of the all-purpose cleaner?

An increasing number of customers are demanding a ‘one product fits all’ solution to their chemical cleaning requirements.  But how are manufacturers responding? And is there still a market for specialist products? Ann Laffeaty finds out.

In days gone by there were virtually no dedicated cleaning products and people had to use a

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