A roundup of cleaning industry news

October 5th, 2015 Category: Commercial

Antibacterial cleaning news

A new invention may revolutionise the way stone surfaces are cleaned, it has been revealed.

The anti-bacterial coating called A Zerobact has been developed especially for use on hard surfaces in food preparation areas.

It works using ionisation and a layer of sealant can be applied over it. The surface can then be cleaned using soap and water.

The product was made by Antollini, a firm that also manufacturers stone surfaces.

It claims it is one of the first companies to develop this type of treatment for natural stone surfaces.

A statement by the company read: "The A Zerobact treatment prevents the growth of bacteria and mould on natural stone making it safe to consume food straight from the stone itself. We term it ‘an invisible innovation" because instead of adding a layer to the surface, it seeps in and doesn't alter the colours or the properties of natural stone."

In 2011, a similar product was developed for steel surfaces, by researchers at the University of Birmingham.

They discovered that putting silver or copper into the steel rather than coating it on to the surface could kill bacteria and be resistant to damage.

Study highlights gaps in surface cleaning

There is no consensus on the best way to clean hospital surfaces, according to new findings.

Research published in the American journal, the Annals of Internal Medicine have claimed that there is no clear evidence on the best method of cleaning bed rails, tray tables, toilets, rails and light switches within hospitals.

The study was led by Craig A Umscheid, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

It involved collaboration with Jennifer Han, an assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology and Brian Leas and Nancy Sullivan, research analysts in the Evidence-Based Practice Center in the university.

Speaking about the findings, lead author Jennifer Han said: "The cleaning of hard surfaces in hospital rooms is critical for reducing healthcare-associated infections.

"We found that the research to date does provide a good overall picture of the before-and-after results of particular cleaning agents and approaches to monitoring cleanliness. Researchers now need to take the next step and compare the various ways of cleaning these surfaces and monitoring their cleanliness in order to determine which are the most effective in driving down the rate of hospital-acquired infections."

Untrained cleaning industry in New Zealand

Recent figures unveiled by the the Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand revealed that the lack of training for commercial cleaners is costing it NZ$4.5 million (£1.91 million).

Separate data published by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) 2014 revealed that just 219 people successfully gained an NZQA qualification for undertaking a commercial cleaning job.