September 25, 2019

CMS Berlin update – 25 September 2019

From 24 to 27 September we will be providing daily information on innovations and highlights as well as industry news from CMS Berlin 2019.


The latest updates on CMS Berlin 2019 including the Innovation Report, press releases, current press photos and videos in the newsroom can be found online at These are available free of charge for editorial purposes and research.


Reaching the heights with the Space Vac

Vacuum cleaning areas that are high off the ground presents a particular challenge, even for experienced building cleaners. At CMS Berlin 2019 the Swedish company Space Vac is demonstrating how such cleaning can be carried out economically and simply. Connectable tubes made of carbon fibre are used to extend the reach of the industrial vacuum cleaner in the foyer of the south entrance to the Messe Berlin grounds to a height of 17.60 metres, where it is demonstrating high level vacuuming on the top of a lift cage. In contrast to working with an aerial platform the cleaning operative can easily move the Space Vac over the area and vacuum cleaning can also take place without interfering with production processes. The operative also remains on the ground, thereby reducing the risk of accidents. For Space Vac CMS Berlin is the starting point for a marketing campaign in Germany, in partnership with Joachim Löffler and his company Cotraco.

Hall 3.2, Stand 107, contact: Space Vac c/o Cotraco, Joachim Löffler, T: +49 (0) 171 2290 196, M:  


From backpack vacuum cleaner to leaf blower

Backpack and canister vacuum cleaners and leaf blower: the new Taski Aero BP which is being displayed by Diversey at CMS Berlin combines three appliances in one. It is smaller than a standard canister vacuum cleaner, making it ideal for cleaning steps or public transport vehicles. As portfolio manager Markus Vesely points out, Diversey worked together with specialists in the production of mountaineering backpacks to develop the carrying system. A belt goes around the waist and there is a sufficient gap between the wearer’s body and the appliance to ensure that the user is not inconvenienced by any heat produced during the cleaning process. With just a few hand movements and a set of wheels the Taski Aero BP can be converted into a canister vacuum cleaner, and when fitted with a fan tray it turns into a leaf blower. It is available either as a battery-powered or corded version.

Hall 1.2, Stand 211, contact: Markus Vesely, T:  +49 (0)6218757 224, M:


Cleaning while cycling

In Aachen and Cologne its cleaners are at work in parks and on the streets and now Sortimo International aims to deploy its cleaning cycles more widely. “So far we have sold 350 cycles” reports sales manager Sascha Auer at CMS Berlin. The prototype electric tricycle from 2016 has now gone into series production under the name ProCargo CT1. It is steered by means of the front wheel and is equipped with a tilting mechanism. A low tray mounted in front of the handlebars can be used to install all kinds of attachments such as waste containers, brush holders and similar items.

If larger items need to be carried, then Carla Cargo, Paul Plane and Max Messenger are available Carla is a trailer which can transport such items as ladders and also other supply or waste containers. It is also suitable as a hand trolley, can be equipped with its own motor and is also fitted with a mechanical coaster brake. Paul delivers the tarpaulins for the cargo area, and Max is a box that can be installed for package freight.

Sortimo: Hall 6.2, Stand 221, contact: Sascha Auer, T: +49 (0)175 7177644, M:

Carla Cargo: Hall 6.2, Stand 121b, T:  +49 (0)76449293470, M:, Sales: Velogut, T: +49 (0) 30 24173266, M:


Berlin’s eco-cleaner now in a multi-use glass container

Using the slogan “No Plastic”, BIOSID Deutschland GmbH is now also selling its extremely powerful eco-cleaner in multi-use glass containers. The idea arose following an enquiry from a major German service provider for truly eco-friendly packaging. Developed in Berlin, this organic cleaning product is made from yeast and vegetable oils and can rapidly and reliably remove oil, grease and all kinds of dirt. This eco-cleaner contains no hazardous materials and is approved for use in food-processing areas and in organic farming. Examples of this eco-friendly glass packaging can be seen on the BIOSID stand at the fair. 

Hall 6.2, Stand 110k, contact: Oliver Roeber, T:  +49 (0) 3222 1092060, M:   


Cleaning grout with the Fuginator

It was the metal segment of a floor mat that led André Waldenburger to come up with the idea of his grout brush, the Fuginator, ‘Fuge’ being the German word for grouting. Bristles are attached underneath and at the corner of the ergonomically shaped plastic body to enable tile grout to be thoroughly cleaned. For cleaning floors an adapter is provided to enable the brush to be connected to a handle. This product, which is a world first, can also be used to achieve sparkling clean results on WCs, radiators or shower cabinets.

Hall 6.2, Hall 110f, contact: André Waldenburger, T: +49 (0)8024 4757370, mobile: +49 (0) 179 5410185, M:


Efficient cleaning of large areas

Specialists in the cleaning of large areas are featured at the special Grounds Maintenance show in Hall 2.2 at CMS Berlin. For example, the Stuttgart-based company Columbus is presenting its new ARA 100|BM 200 cleaning machine on Stand 130. With a 200 litre fresh water tank and adjustable dual rollers and disc brushes it is ideally equipped to deal with the most challenging situations. All-wheel drive enables this ride-on unit to tackle gradients of up to 20 per cent. The old-established Stolzenberg company is also introducing a new development at the CMS Berlin. Its TWIN TOP 1800 scrubber-cleaner is equipped with a fully hydraulic drive system and a 380 litre dust container, enabling even extensive areas to be dry cleaned.

Special Show – Grounds Care, Hall 2.2


Quality assurance thanks to Smart Cleaning

The Eggstacy Smart Cleaning System from Vermop guarantees comprehensive documentation and smooth work processes. A screen on the cleaning cart shows the operative the easy-to-understand cleaning plan. Any special tasks can be easily included and work that has been completed can be checked off. In addition sensors in the cleaning equipment relay information to the building manager to provide an accurate picture of the progress and quality of the cleaning.  

Hall 4.2, Stand 126, contact: Laurence Léger, T: + 49 (0)8105 77889 657, M:


Autonomous unit for supermarkets or indoor swimming pools

Officially designated a “hand-operated” cleaner, underlying the classic design of the B45i, made by Hako in Bad Oldesloe, is an autonomous machine. In future, for example, it will be deployed for the smooth and autonomous cleaning of indoor swimming pools or supermarkets. “We are presenting the first prototype at CMS Berlin 2019”, explains product line manager Ricardo Ruiz Porath. During and after the fair Hako will be gathering information about customers’ requirements, thereby enabling the range to be ideally adapted for a variety of working environments. The B45i can also be operated manually for cleaning tasks that cannot be assessed and executed with the aid of sensors and cameras. 

Hall 1.2, Stand 200, contact: Sabine Paul, T: +49 (0)4531 806369, M:


The Battery Universe

Apart from using electricity from a wall socket, for many years Kärcher cleaners have also been powered by batteries. At CMS Berlin the manufacturer, which is based in the town of Winnenden, is presenting its entire ”Kärcher BatteryUniverse”, comprising 40 machines that do not require a mains power supply. The batteries, which are either 18 or 36 volt, can be used individually or in groups for every kind of application from hedge trimmers to large commercial vacuum cleaners. The unique feature of these batteries is that the remaining operating time and remaining capacity are shown on an LCD display, even when they are connected to a charger. By the end of 2020 the ’Universe’ will be expanded to include a further 20 battery-powered products.

Hall 3.2, Stand 100, contact: David Wickel-Bajak, T: +49 (0) 7195 14 2309, M:


Vocational students from Erfurt awarded JEZ Prize

Class GR17 from the Andreas-Gordon school in Erfurt was placed first in the competition Young Decision Makers of the Future (JEZ) for their comprehensive approach to innovations in the cleaning sector. Entries from ten vocational schools were submitted to this competition, which was held by the trade publication “Der Gebäudereiniger”. The prize money was provided by sponsors from the cleaning sector, who invited the prospective building cleaners to come to Berlin. Following the awards ceremony the students had an opportunity to inspect the stands of various exhibitors at CMS Berlin, where they were also able to learn about some innovative developments. Second place went to another vocational school, Berufsbildende Schule 3 from Hannover, ahead of Heinrich-Hertz-Berufskolleg in Düsseldorf.


Practice Forum: Protection from the sun for building cleaners

Thorough UV protection is vital for all, but particularly for those who spend much of their time working outdoors, including those engaged in cleaning the outsides of buildings, because more than 80 per cent of all skin cancer is the result of excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation. The working environment therefore plays an important part, and skin cancer is recognised as the second most frequent occupational illness. So how can protection from the sun be integrated in the everyday working life of building cleaners? What can be done by employers, and what can the workers themselves do? In his paper at the Practice Forum, Denis Grobotek from SC Johnson Professional GmbH offered five pieces of advice for successfully protecting against sunlight in everyday working situations. His emphasis was on the 5 S principle: solar protection clothing should be worn, with long trousers and sleeves, plenty of sunscreen should be applied, a cap should be worn to protect against the sun’s rays (with protection for the back of the neck too, of course), wear sunglasses (DIN EN 166 – suitable for industrial use), and avoid exposure to the sun, if possible by working early in the morning. It is particularly important to apply the right UV sunscreen: factor 50 is the minimum recommendation when working outdoors, and not only on sunny days, because UV rays can also penetrate a cloudy sky.

CMS Practice Forum: Protection from the sun for building cleaners – 5 pieces of advice for successful everyday implementation / Tues., 24 Sept. 2019, 3 – 3.30 p.m. contact: Denis Grobotek, M: 


Professional associations with language expertise

The sponsoring associations of CMS Berlin are represented together in Hall 6.2, Stand 200. With their combined expertise the following organisations are available to discuss industry issues of all kinds: the National Guild Association of the Building Cleaning Trade (BIV), the Cleaning Systems Trade Association in the German Mechanical Engineering Association (VDMA) and the Hygiene Industry Association (IHO). A new feature this year is the translation service being provided for the many international trade visitors to the fair. Assistance will be available in Arabic, Croatian, English, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

Hall 6.2, Stand 200


Practice Forum: Surface hygiene requirements

In recent years requirements for hygienically perfect cleaning services in medical facilities have risen considerably. An increase in hospital-acquired infections, germ outbreaks and the occurrence of specific pathogens has increasingly led to cleaning services becoming the focus of hygiene measures in order to prevent infections. Speaking at the CMS Practice Forum, Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Ilka Geske-Schumann of the North Rhine-Westphalian Guild Association of the Building Cleaning Trade said: “Surface hygiene is an important part of basic hygiene in a multi-barrier system in the effort to prevent infections in medical facilities. When carrying out cleaning services in relevant hygiene areas, corresponding steps and measures must be taken to ensure effective surface cleaning and disinfection as well as the necessary levels of hygiene. Against this backdrop the introduction of hygiene management has become an increasingly pressing matter. Hygiene management covers all the necessary measures for shaping, directing and developing hygiene-related structures and processes in the building cleaning trade in order to ensure that the services undertaken achieve the required hygiene levels. The draft hospital cleaning standard DIN 13063 due to be publicised in early 2020 will lay down cleaning requirements for hospital buildings and other medical facilities with the aim of significantly improving cleaning standards.

CMS Practice Forum: Surface hygiene requirements – Hygiene management and the draft hospital cleaning standard DIN 13063 / Wed., 25 Sept. 2019, 11.00 - 11.45 a.m. contact: Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Ilka Geske-Schumann, M:


Practice Forum: Rooms and corridors are success factors

For most establishments housekeeping tasks take place as “invisible work”. However, housekeeping plays a key role in ensuring the well-being and satisfaction of guests, and consequently it is directly responsible for the commercial success of a hotel. Today’s guests are very demanding and they have high expectations, not only regarding the quality of the furnishings and fittings, the materials used and the services provided, but also concerning cleanliness and hygiene. It is essential to meet these expectations and to strive to stay ahead of one’s competitors, and this applies to ratings platforms too.

Hoteliers operating privately run 4 and 5 star establishments are investing increasingly in their room facilities and in public hotel and spa areas. Architects incorporate the latest trends and designs, and this is evident, for example, in the use of good quality, if sensitive materials, which can unfortunately be expensive and time-consuming to maintain and are often not suitable for everyday use in hotels. “Correct, professional care is decisive in ensuring that the long term value and quality of interiors is maintained. In the ideal case housekeeping expertise should be included at the planning stage, in order to harmonise design and functionality”, according to Maria Th. Radinger, business consultant and management trainer, in her paper at the CMS Practice Forum. Apart from the best quality fittings and furnishings, to ensure that hotel guests feel comfortable and secure during their stay it is also vital to provide the right lighting, clean linen and stylish decorations, as well as focusing above all on cleanliness and hygiene. Consequently today’s professionally run 4 or 5 star hotels should use the very latest cleaning and working materials, apply the highest hygiene standards and cleaning systems, and provide a fully functioning WLAN, high quality children’s beds and flat screen televisions.

CMS Practice Forum: Rooms and corridors are success factors – Quality and appreciation in housekeeping / Wed., 25 Sept. 2019, 1.30 - 2 p.m. contact: Maria Th. Radinger, T: +43 (0) 664,160 86 41, M:


Practice Forum: One’s sense of smell can tell if something is clean

The odour that one encounters on entering a room has a decisive impact, either positive or negative, on one’s first impression. Odour is a key factor in the perception of cleanliness. So it does not come as a surprise that odours are one of the main grounds for complaints by hotel guests. Hotels are under pressure to make rooms available quickly, and they risk substantial loss of income if a room cannot be handed over to a new occupant because of unpleasant odours. Because odours are a significant factor in achieving guest satisfaction, it is necessary to carry out continuous checks on odours, and improve the situation if need be. In his paper at the CMS Practice Forum, André Funken of Ecolab Deutschland explained that systems intended to mask odours simply intensify the awareness of them. In addition to effective ventilation and maintaining cleanliness, the chosen methods for dealing with odours and improving the air quality are to neutralise or absorb odours, or to break them down biologically. There are various possible ways of applying the relevant products. Depending on the requirements, manual or automated systems can be deployed.

CMS Practice Forum: Odours in the hotel – Odours and their impact on guest satisfaction / Wed., 25 Sept. 2019, 1 - 1.30 p.m. contact: André Funke, T: +49 (0) 2173 5990, M:


Practice Forum: Updated standard for chemical-proof protective gloves

Protective gloves for use with chemicals have to conform to the European standard EN 374. This standard has now been updated, and the results were explained by Thomas Gaida, Territory Sales Manager Industrial & Speciality Markets for Ansell GmbH, in his paper at the CMS Practice Forum. A revised version of the DIN standard became necessary because of the far-reaching changes that have taken place in practical usage in recent years. EN 374:2003 became EN ISO 374:2016, expanding the scope of application from Europe (EN) to all those countries which recognise the ISO standard. The main changes to the standard concern the identification and scope of the chemicals tested.

Whereas prior to the update gloves were exclusively classified in accordance with light and complete protection against specific chemicals, EN 374:2016 distinguishes between three new types of gloves. The criteria for classification into types A, B and C are the minimum penetration time and the number of chemicals to which the gloves are exposed. Here type A is the highest classification category with a minimum penetration time in excess of 30 minutes for at least six chemicals from the list of specified test chemicals. Moreover the test catalogue has been expanded from the previous 12 items (A-L) to include chemicals with the identifying letters M to T. As a result, for example, nitric acid (M), acetic acid (N) and ammonium hydroxide (O) – which are commonly used in cleaning – will also be taken into account in future.

CMS Practice Forum: Standard update for chemical protective gloves – New version of EN 374:2016 / Wed, 25 Sept. 2019, 11.45 a.m. - 12.15 Thomas Gaida, T:  +49 (0) 172 8524 155, M:


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