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Bacteria linked to diseases found in four-week-old bedsheets 

People who don’t wash their bedsheets for as little as a month will sleep alongside bacteria linked to a host of diseases such as pneumonia, gonorrhoea, and Lemierre’s syndrome, as discovered in new research by Time4Sleep.  The UK bed retailer asked a member of the public to ...

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phs report reveals half of teenage girls say period poverty holds them back at school

A new research report by hygiene services provider phs Group reveals nearly half of teenage girls believe period poverty prevents girls from doing well at school and a third believe it holds them back from achieving their aspirations. The new phs survey ...

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Diversey invests in China

Global cleaning and hygiene company, Diversey, has opened a new R&D centre in China. The new centre represents a significant investment for Diversey in China, and is a key milestone in the execution of the company’s Asia strategy. The centre opened ...

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Cleanology research reveals real attitudes to rates of pay

Almost two-thirds of employees are concerned that cleaners should be paid fairly. According to research commissioned by London-based contract cleaning firm Cleanology, 63 per cent of staff care greatly about the rate of pay for cleaning operatives. However, only 39 ...

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BCC publishes latest cleaning industry research

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has published its most comprehensive research into the UK’s cleaning industry, and for the first time has also broadened the scope of its research to include data from across the cleaning, waste management, landscaping and ...

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Survey reveals that only 61% of UK office workers wash their hands after going to the toilet

UK office cleaning company SMC Premier surveyed over 5,000 UK office workers about their hygiene habits at work. The results revealed a disturbing statistic that only 61 per cent of respondents wash their hands properly with warm water and soap after going to ...

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Lotus leaf inspires scientists to create world’s first self-cleaning metals

Using inspiration from nature, a team of European researchers have harnessed new photonics technology to develop the first fluid-repellent, antibacterial, metal surface taking us a step closer to self-cleaning saucepans, toilets, and dishwashers. Taking their ideas from defence mechanisms found in ...

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Dirty office kitchens causing workplace rifts and disruption

New research from the professional division of Miele has revealed that dirty office kitchens are causing workplace rifts and disrupting performance, with nine out of 10 workers surveyed wanting improved facilities. Forty-four per cent of office workers also say that ...

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Survey finds handwashing habits leave a lot to be desired

As the world marks the 11th annual Global Handwashing Day (GHD), a new study from Initial Washroom Hygiene has shown that British families’ handwashing habits leave a lot to be desired. Initial’s survey of 2,000 families has found that almost ...

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Dirty money: Life threatening bacteria found on UK cash

Financial comparison website money.co.uk teamed up with the London Metropolitan University to put money under the microscope to discover what’s really lurking in your wallet – the findings are not for the faint hearted. Dr Paul Matewele, Professor of Microbiology at ...

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