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

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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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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

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Sustainable Cleaning: Ingredients and Processes with Less Environmental Impact

The market for sustainable or “green” cleaning products among commercial end users has been growing, and increased regulations by states are expected to continue to drive interest and sales of these products.  Sustainable cleaning includes professional cleaning products made with renewable, biodegradable ingredients that are not tested on animalsdo not contain harmful ingredients, and are sold in recyclable packaging. These products often carry certifications from third parties that validate these claims.   Continue reading