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
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 2020, cleaning 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
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
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
While smaller in size than jan/san or foodservice cleaning products, the market for food processing cleaning products tends to grow at a faster pace. Food processing cleaning products include those chemicals used to clean and sanitize food processing plants and agribusiness sites. Agribusiness refers to dairy farming, hog and pig farming, and poultry farming. The types of chemicals included in this segment are alkaline and acid cleaners and detergents, sanitizers, teat dips, hand care, caustic soda, conveyor lubricants, and direct food antimicrobials.Continue reading
The 2017-2018 cold and flu season has been unusually bad, and consumers and businesses know that clean hands and surfaces are crucial in staying healthy and maintaining hygienic facilities. Consumers understand the important role hand hygiene plays in maintaining good health. Awareness about frequent hand washing as a tool to prevent infection and the spread of disease is widespread. High touch surfaces, such as door handles, hand rails, elevator buttons, and shopping carts, are prime breeding grounds for virus and bacteria, and most facilities use sanitizing wipes to Continue reading
In the presence of many infectious diseases, consumers understand the important role hand hygiene plays in maintaining good health. The public has become more aware about frequent hand washing as a tool to avoid viruses and the spread of germs, which has resulted in an increased frequency of handwashing. Sales of professional-use hand care products surpass other professional cleaning chemicals, growing at 3.6% in 2015 to nearly $1.5 billion at the end-user level.
Over the last few years, the market for janitorial cleaning products in Europe has been showing unstable results, moving from a declining to flat performance. However, according to Kline’s soon to be published study Janitorial Cleaning Products in Europe: Market Analysis and Opportunities, the country markets of Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain show an overall growth of 1.6% in 2014. Factors include changing end-user preferences, individual product type characteristics, and the performance of end-use applications and contribute to the market’s growth.