> Cleaning Industry News April 2008
DANGERS TRANSPORTING WINDOW CLEANING WATER-FED POLE SYSTEMS
The professional window cleaner magazine is reporting that many window
cleaners changing to the pure water pole system may be unaware of the
dangers when driving with such a system fixed in their vans.
Although It has been common knowledge in the window cleaning industry,
that carrying large volumes of water in a van, to support these reach
and wash pole systems, can be very dangerous in an accident, many are
still driving vehicles fitted out with water tanks, that are not guaranteed
to stay secure on impact.
Many window cleaners vans only have a bulkhead or steel partition separating
the water tank and poles from the cab. Unfortunately these bulkheads are
not designed to withstand impact, and offer very little protection to
the driver and passengers. The magazine warns that in a head on crash
at 30mph, a 1000 litre tank will exert a force of 52 tonnes, which could
slide forward on impact.
Obviously not all systems require such a large tank of water, but equally
not all window cleaners even have their tanks securely fixed in the vehicle.
Some suppliers of these pole systems install water tanks by simply bolting
them to the thin steel floor of the vehicle floor, which may not be enough
to withstand the force of a head on crash.
Window cleaners are therefore advised to inquire fully into the safety
aspects of the pole system they are having installed before purchase,
and ensure suppliers do not play down the importance of this possible
window cleaner magazine.
THE ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2008 WORLD TRADE SHOW RETURNS TO AMSTERDAM
The biggest and most international cleaning trade show in the world, returns
to the Amsterdam RAI exhibition centre on May 6th-9th 2008. This highly
anticipated biennial event is more than simply a cleaning industry trade
show. It is also a meeting place for debate, and the premier location
for the transfer of new technologies across the cleaning and maintenance
The last Amsterdam show in 2006, was a big success, with a total of over
25000 industry professionals attending from 121 countries worldwide. Sixty
percent of visitors came from abroad, and among the 535 exhibitors, there
were 35 countries represented.
Instead of the one large hall as before, this time the show will occupy
three new halls at the front of the RAI complex, giving an extra 4000
square metres (43,000 square feet) of floor space, There will be five
pavilions representing businesses from Italy, Spain, France, USA and the
UK. This year there will also be a much needed additional restaurant.
As well as the usual floor machine and carpet cleaning machine demonstrations
within the halls, an additional demonstration area outside the main entrance,
will allow visitors to see the latest high reach platforms and window
cleaning pole systems. Also demonstrated in this designated area will
be the shows newest feature consisting of a variety of large outdoor sweeping
and cleaning machines.
As members of the ISSA, we here at A1 cleaning supplies will be attending
in order to see, order and then hopefully, continue to offer our customers,
all the very latest products and innovations that could benefit your business.
For further information: ISSA/INTERCLEAN
Window Cleaning bill of £100,000 per year shocks Scottish
Ian Swansons, the Scottish Political Editor of The Scotsman newspaper
recently reported that window cleaning
at the Scottish Parliamentary building, Holyrood, is costing in excess
of £100,000 per year.
Mitie Ltd, who hold
the cleaning contract say that the window cleaning is expensive because
the awkward angle of many of the windows on the £414 million building,
means abseilers have to be brought in for the job.
The SNP backbencher Alex Neil who is the Member of the Scottish Parliament
who first uncovered the figures said: "It seems an awful lot of money
to spend on cleaning windows and it is proving an expensive building to
keep up". He made his comments on discovering that more than £500,000
per annum is also being spent on the day to day cleaning. He is reported
as saying that Parliament chiefs need to investigate ways to bring the
massive bill down.
Independent Lothians MSP Margo MacDonald, a long-standing critic of the
building, said the costs were "horrendous", and she said she
thought there was little could be done now to retrieve the situation.
She said: "It's much too late, the warnings we put up were swept
aside. I don't think anything can be done about it now. Presumably they
go for the most competitive tender."
Ms MacDonald said the big bill for cleaning costs was due to the "self-indulgence
of the design" with all the awkward spaces and difficult-to-reach
nooks and crannies around the building. But she said: "Unless we
are all prepared to take it in shifts and bring in our dusters, I don't
see any other way."
A parliament spokesman said: "Holyrood is an award-winning building
of individual and iconic design and its maintenance requirements are those
associated with running a landmark building."
Orange scented cleaners and air fresheners are a big hit in prisons
With many environmentally green cleaning products these days
being derived from oranges, particularly the d'limonene oil that is used
in most orange-scented cleaners and air fresheners, it came as no shock
that even criminals prefer this ever popular scent.
A recent story published in the Daily
Telegraph, stated that a new study in the Netherlands, had found that
tough criminals in Rotterdam, became less aggressive and had fewer fights
when exposed to the scent of oranges, especially nowadays when many of
their cleaning chemicals and sprays are derived from oranges.
Rotterdam police said the four-week study suggested that criminals, many
of them violent drug pushers, were calmer and more malleable when the
scent was circulated through cell air vents. "It's amazing, fighting
in the cells has been dramatically reduced and we are using 10 per cent
fewer sedation drugs," Rotterdam head of police social services said.
Rotterdam has one of the highest crime rates in the Netherlands, with
violent drug-related crimes accounting for more than half of arrests.
D-Limonene is a very versatile and completely natural chemical which can
be used in a wide variety of applications. It is extremely safe and more
effective than typical cleaning solutions. In the past decade, its use
has expanded tremendously, but the largest growth segment has been in
both industrial and domestic cleaning products, where it can be used either
as a straight solvent, or as a product dilutable with water.