Singapore's long march to professional cleaning

20th of September 2017
Singapore's long march to professional cleaning

In Singapore, streets and public spaces are remarkably clean. The government reached this level of cleanliness due to some draconian anti-littering laws. While the Singaporean cleaning industry has contributed to this spotless state of the streets, some argue the cleaning industry deserves more appreciation – both in terms of salary, as well

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Evolving mat make-up

19th of September 2017
Evolving mat make-up

New materials are constantly being introduced into mats to add a specialist function or simply to improve their absorbency, appearance or sustainability. Ann Laffeaty looks at the changing face of mat make-up.

A mat used to be simply somewhere for us to wipe our feet. But mats are becoming more sophisticated all the time and many now offer other

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Battling washroom bacteria

18th of September 2017
Battling washroom bacteria

Washrooms in hospital environments can prove to be especially virulent breeding grounds for bacteria, which is why taking a stringent approach to purchase and maintenance of fixtures and fittings is key. Here Jeff Williams, category manager for commercial product at sanitaryware specialist Armitage Shanks, outlines the steps hospitals and other

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Workplace of the future

18th of September 2017
Workplace of the future

Global facilities service provider ISS has opened its new German headquarters in Düsseldorf with the theme ‘Workplace of the Future’. In the building the company is showcasing a new working culture entitled ‘New Ways of Working’ and all building services are being driven using smart technology. ECJ editor Michelle

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Kicking the bucket

15th of September 2017
Kicking the bucket

Early mopping systems used to consist of an unwieldy mop and a heavy metal bucket. How far has the cleaning industry moved on from those days asks Ann Laffeaty?

The clanking sound of a metal bucket used to be the soundtrack to any cleaning operation. In fact the ubiquitous mop and bucket were the main tools of the floor-cleaning trade for

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Carpet care - customised approach needed

14th of September 2017

What have been the most important developments in the carpet industry in recent years in terms of materials used and how they are cleaned/maintained? And can proper cleaning actually prolong the life of a carpet? Writing for ECJ Stephen Lewis, technical director at milliCare explains why carpet care requires customisation in light of the more

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