The cleaning of Kildare Village

22nd of January 2015
The cleaning of Kildare Village

Located within an hour of Dublin, Kildare Village offers one of Ireland’s leading luxury outlet shopping experiences. With over 60 boutiques housing some of the world’s most famous designer brands the Village has become a destination for guests seeking a very special shopping experience – it attracts 2.2 million visitors a year.

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Sustainable cleaning - the people element

5th of November 2014
Sustainable cleaning - the people element

Providing an attractive work environment is a key part of any sustainability policy since it supports the ‘people’ part of the ‘People, Planet, Profit’ equation. Ann Laffeaty asks companies in the cleaning sector what they are doing to keep their staff safe, healthy and happy – and how they are helping people in the

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INSTA800 Nordic cleaning standard - clean with your eyes

4th of November 2014
INSTA800 Nordic cleaning standard - clean with your eyes

‘Cleaning with your eyes’, that is the basic idea behind the Nordic cleaning standard INSTA 800. The standard was introduced in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland 14 years ago. The new way of working has resulted in improved cleaning quality and higher employee motivation.  Petra Sjouwerman reports for ECJ.

“For many years

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Fragrancing systems - a load of fresh air

3rd of November 2014
Fragrancing systems - a load of fresh air

What are the key fragrance trends today? Do we still require sweet, heavy air fresheners or are we beginning to prefer more subtle, fresher aromas? And if customers’ tastes are changing, how are air freshener companies adapting to their demands? Ann Laffeaty finds out.

They say that: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and it

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Cleaning machines - why battery power?

31st of October 2014
Cleaning machines - why battery power?

What are the main advantages of a battery-powered cleaning machine over a diesel or mains-powered one? And in the future is battery power more likely to gain ground – or die out? Ann Laffeaty asks battery companies, cleaning contractors and machine manufacturers their views.

No cords versus unlimited cleaning time? That is the essence of

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Hard floor care - the education challenge

29th of October 2014
Hard floor care - the education challenge

Cleaning a floor can be very difficult, given the huge range of floor types around these days. But who trains the cleaners in this complex task, and how do they go about it? Ann Laffeaty finds out.

Cleaning a floor should theoretically be a simple matter of sweeping, mopping or scrubbing the surface to ensure that it is clear of dirt and

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