Getting equipped for the green transition

16th of January 2024 Article by Christian Bouzols
Getting equipped for the green transition

As cleaning firms strive to be more sustainable, they need training, writes Christian Bouzols in France.

In their journey towards ever better environmental practices, cleaning companies need to do more than just use ecologically certified products and green ways of working, all of which are already much used in the sector.

In answer to that requirement, two organisations - INHNI and Fare Propreté - are offering tra..

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A spirit of initiative brings success

8th of January 2024 Article by Anna Garbagna
A spirit of initiative brings success

From Italy Anna Garbagna brings the inspiring story of cleaning industry legend Luigi Marfella.

His name is Luigi Marfella and he is the protagonist of a story worth telling. The son of a lady janitor who worked in a state school, he has always associated his passion for the cleaning world to his moments of childhood when, following his mother in her daily work, he could detect the pungent smell of detergents and the scent of cle..

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Folded microfibre still effective

14th of December 2023 Article by John Griep
Folded microfibre still effective

VSR has been researching cross-contamination from folding microfibre cloths, writes John Griep from the Netherlands.

VSR has been researching cross-contamination from folding microfibre cloths for some time. I wrote about this last year after it was found that micro-organisms spread from a dirty surface to clean surfaces by the folding method. The microfibre cloth thus contaminates itself when the cloth is folded. Is that bad?

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Flexi cleaning on the road to success

6th of December 2023 Article by Lotte Printz
Flexi cleaning on the road to success

ECJ's Lotte Printz takes another look at the flexible market meeting Flex-job cleaner Tora Kerstens in Denmark.

One Monday morning at 8 o'clock, yours truly arrive at the old building where I used to study journalism. A building now a community and conference centre run by Skejby Rangers.

It may sound like it, but this is not a football club, nor is my visit a trip down memory lane. I'm here to meet 54-year-old Tora Kerst..

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Starting a new life through cleaning

27th of November 2023 Article by Christian Bouzols
Starting a new life through cleaning

Christian Bouzols in France brings news from a cleaning training centre in Le Mans.

Maiky and Kunthea are two cleaners who have learned their trade at the Espace Propreté training centre at Le Mans in western France - opened in 2022. Most of the students are migrants from overseas.

A typical classroom with 10 adults eager to learn about professional cleaning. A vast teaching area with three different types of clean..

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