professional cleaning market in Germany

Back In Business: The Professional Cleaning Marketing in Germany Is on the Rebound

After experiencing some strong gains and simultaneous declines in 2020 as a result of business closures, the I&I cleaning market is on the rebound in Germany.   

The first nationwide measures in response to COVID-19, implemented on March 22, 2020, reduced the consumption of various cleaning products in many end-use segments through 2020 and even into 2021, leading to declines in sales of laundry products, dishwashing chemicals, and some floor and specialty surface cleaning products. But despite the drastic protocols – which included partial lockdowns; closings of foodservice, recreational facilities, and educational institutions; and suspension of non-emergency visits to healthcare facilities, all as there was a rapid shift to work-from-home situations for many employees – the German market experienced strong surges in sales of other products like hand care and surface disinfectants, driven by increased cleaning frequency and a focus on killing germs. Continue reading

Industrial & Institutional Cleaning Industry: Top 5 Picks for 2021

Industrial & Institutional Cleaning: Top 5 Picks for 2021

Growing awareness about the crucial and potentially life-saving importance of cleanliness and the professional cleaning industry was fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, with related hygiene and safety protocols put into effect throughout most of 2021. Looking back on the powerful concepts that defined the industry during the year, we found that cleaning for health rather than appearance, the increased frequency of cleaning, and a focus on hand hygiene were at the top of the list in terms of priorities. 
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Cleaning wipes

Wipes Remain Key to Keeping Facilities Safe from COVID

Demand for cleaning wipes is increasing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and a new variant of the virus penetrates the United States.  

“With the increased cleaning frequency across the board at industrial and institutional facilities, disposable wipes have proven to not only be an effective tool for cleaning professionals, but a convenient one,” says Laura Mahecha, Industry Manager of I&I Cleaning at Kline & Company. “We have also seen increased usage of wipes at public-facing facilities, such as retailers, where consumers use wipes to clean shopping cart handles; restaurants, where patrons clean tabletops before use; and schools, where students wipe their desks. Wipes help reassure consumers that facilities are clean and allow them to be active participants in keeping facilities clean.”  

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Cleaning Trends

Six Cleaning Trends Turbocharged by the Pandemic

Seemingly overnight, the pandemic forced the professional cleaning industry to jump from “normal” clean to COVID clean, where hygiene and safety were of critical importance. As a result, several cutting-edge cleaning trends such as “smart” sensors and robots (think R2D2 with a mop) began to rise in popularity. Continue reading

Foodservice Cleaning Products: Trends Shift as the Pandemic Continues

[Live Webinar] Foodservice Cleaning Products: Trends Shift as the Pandemic Continues

Despite a reduction in the number of U.S. restaurants that are operational, with estimates as high as 10% having closed permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of professional foodservice cleaning products is bright. With K-12 schools, colleges and universities, hotels, office buildings, and recreational venues gradually reopening, we expect increased usage of categories that were depressed during the height of the pandemic. Results from our structured survey of nearly 800 professional end users show that the tried-and-true features ― effectiveness, employee safety, cost, and convenience ― remain paramount.

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Sustainable Cleaning Products Survey

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning is Back After a Brief Lull

The majority of industrial and institutional facilities are expecting an upturn now that COVID-19 is under control in the United States, according to a recently released, structured survey by Kline. 

Nearly 83% of respondents foresee a return to pre-pandemic business operations by the second half of this year or the first part of 2022, largely due to a drop in coronavirus cases, wide distribution of the vaccine, and lifting of lockdowns; some 45% had said that COVID-19 had a negative impact on their business overall. A total of 750 I&I facilities were polled. Continue reading

Internet of Things (IoT) and automation in the industrial and institutional cleaning industry

Next Generation of Tech in the Industrial & Institutional Cleaning Industry 

Industries are adopting robots in varying degrees; the automotive industry, for example, has adopted robots more than any other sector, contributing approximately 38% of currently deployed robots worldwide.  

But how is automation impacting the industrial and institutional cleaning industry? And how is the Internet of Things (IoT) involved? Read on: Continue reading

Germicidal Product Categories I&I Cleaning

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