An unloved industry

15th of September 2010

The UK correspondent for ECJ explains how the cleaning sector is a social and economic barometer.

It has often been said the cleaning industry is one of the nation’s economic barometers. This is based partly on the fact that when times are hard a policy of 'make do and mend' applies with more spent on spare parts than capital equipment,

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Battle against norovirus

15th of September 2010

Tom Crockford reports on how cruise ship companies are tackling the risk of norovirus outbreaks.

The recent summer has been untypically long and hot in this part of Europe. For example, after a record breaking cold winter, Finland recorded its hottest summer in some 85 years. Passengers on the many cruise ships visiting Helsinki have been met

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Hygiene in sharp focus

15th of September 2010

Hygiene in healthcare has become a focus for public attention in Germany, says Thomas Schulte-Marxloh.

On Friday August 20 11 infusions were prepared in the pharmacy department of the Mainzer Universitätsklinik which were applied to babies and premature infants in the hospital. Two of the babies died on Saturday, a premature infant died two

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Wetness and wellness

15th of September 2010

Dutch correspondent Anton Duisterwinkel summarises a new study on floor cleaning by research organisation VSR.

There is much dispute and uncertainty on the best way to use microfibre mops. These flat mops are an effective, efficient and ergonomic means for cleaning lightly stained hard floors, after removing the dust by a Swiffer-like method. In

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Householders sort waste

15th of September 2010

French correspondent Christian Bouzols reports on how householders are being encouraged to sort their own waste.

Eco-Emballages is a nation-wide organisation entrusted with coordinating the recycling of household refuse in France. It has now decided to involve itself in educating the public by creating a showcase home, la Maison de Tri (the

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Interesting times start

15th of September 2010

Oleg Popov, director general of Russian cleaning company Cristanval, offers ECJ an exclusive overview of the cleaning market.

Just 10 years ago cleaning services were considered as luxury ones. Then the demand for the service grew tremendously as many commercial buildings - specially shopping centres - were erected throughout Russia.

The first

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