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Industrial and Institutional Cleaning at the Forefront of Fighting Coronavirus

The commercial cleaning industry’s essential workers have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 by keeping facilities clean and providing improved hand hygiene for building users. And those jobs have become more extensive  during the summer of 2020, Kline surveyed over 500 I&I end users and found that: 

  • 75% have increased the number of locations where hand sanitizer is available at their facilities 
  • 57% have increasethe frequency of cleaning  
  • 43% have increased the use of antibacterial hand soaps 
  • 43% have converted hand soap dispensers from manual to touch-free 

When asked how long they expect these changes to remain in place, 33% indicate into 2021, 22% have no expected time frame for changing back, and 18% said until there is a vaccine or treatment for coronavirus. Continue reading

Best of I&I Cleaning 2020

The Best of 2020 from Kline’s Industrial & Institutional Cleaning Practice

As governments and public health organizations around the world commit to stopping the spread of coronavirus, commercial cleaning professionals remain on the front lines by keeping facilities and surfaces clean and promoting proper hand hygiene. During these precarious times, Kline’s Industrial & Institutional Cleaning portfolio will help you navigate the rapidly changing environment. Continue reading

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ISSA Cleaning Show Highlights Industry Shift to Cleaning for Health

Sessions at this year’s ISSA cleaning trade show had a common theme: the importance of cleaning for health rather than cleaning for appearance.   

Before the coronavirus pandemic changed the world, the act of cleaning was usually done behind the scenes or after hours and often focused on cleaning for appearance by emptying waste bins, making sure surfaces and floors were free from debris, and ensuring restroom mirrors and counters were clean and shiny.  However, in 2020cleaning to kill germs and maintain the health and safety of building users has been the focus, with surface disinfection and hand hygiene being paramount. The cleaning task is now being carried out with much more frequency, and as building users see cleaning and disinfecting happening, they are assured of a commitment to cleaning for health.  In fact, cleaning professionals are very much front-line workers, helping to combat the spread of coronavirus, and are to be commended for doing more work, often with fewer resources.   Continue reading

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Double-Digit Growth in HI&I Cleaning Ingredients Demand: Which Regions are Leading the Way?

The market of ingredients for household, industrial, and institutional (HI&I) cleaning applications is going through changes across all regions of the world. Innovation in dosage forms, increasing disposable income in developing countries, increasing importance of the green movement, and environmental regulations are some of the key trends driving those changesHerewith, we are highlighting some early findings from our HI&I study, scheduled to be published in Q4 2020. In this blog, we will focus on the United States, Europe, and China. Our next blog will cover the remaining regions included in the study: Brazil, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. So keep an eye on our website’s blogs section: https://klinegroup.com/category/chemicals/  

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Cleaning Needs in the Foodservice Industry are Rapidly Changing

The restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with government shutdowns leading to an estimated 8 million unemployed restaurant workers and thousands of temporary and permanent restaurant closures. Yelp estimates that approximately 16,000 restaurants have permanently closed due to COVID-19 lockdowns, and some project that the industry lost as much as $80 billion in the first two months of shelter-in-place orders. Continue reading

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Post-Lockdown: Hygiene and Food Safety Compliance is More Crucial Than Ever

As some coronavirus lockdowns are being lifted across the United States, restaurants are gradually reopening.  Some are operating indoors with limited capacity, others offer outdoor dining, and some are selling food for delivery and take out.  One thing they all have in common is that cleaning frequency has increased dramatically, and hygiene standards are more important than ever.     Continue reading

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Staples Sets its Sights on Larger Janitorial Cleaning Accounts

About a decade ago, Staples started carrying select cleaning products in its stores to help offset declining sales and low margins on some office supplies being sold.  These products were largely targeted at small- to mid-sized commercial end users in office and professional settings, such as office managers. Therefore, the product mix was mainly surface wipes and restroom cleaning products.   Continue reading

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I&I Professionals Value Sustainable Cleaning Solutions

Results from Kline’s large-scale survey of professional cleaning end users conducted with nearly 1,100 respondents indicate that green/sustainable cleaning products are important and valued among these customers.

  • 69% of those surveyed perceive green cleaning products to be equally or more effective than traditional cleaning chemicals.
  • 48% of the sample are willing to pay up to 20% more for green cleaning products, compared to traditional cleaning chemicals.
    • There appears to be more willingness to pay a premium for sustainable cleaning products among education, government, foodservice, and hospitality end users.
  • 59% rely on third-party green certifications on product packaging or websites to identify green cleaning products, while significantly less importance is placed on brand name, images, advertising, or promotions.

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COVID-19: What’s the Future for Commercial Cleaning Professionals’ Usage of Hand Care and Disinfectants?

While the world contends with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and much of the United States shelters in place, there have been strong surges in consumer demand for hand sanitizers, hand soaps, and disinfectants. In fact, Nielsen reports that during the first week of March 2020, consumer sales of hand sanitizers were up 470% compared to the same week of 2019.*  Some suppliers of hand sanitizers indicate they expect to sell typical annual volume within only two to three weeks during the pandemic.   Continue reading