The cleaning industry has had more eyes on it than ever since March 2020 and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone wants to know that places they’re spending their time and money are regularly cleaned and sanitized. While this has always been important, recent events have shed a spotlight on an industry that previously went unnoticed. Here are some of the current trends we’re seeing in the cleaning industry.
Emphasis on Deep Cleaning
The COVID-19 pandemic made us more aware of the consequences of cutting corners when it comes to commercial cleaning. Deep cleaning goes beyond regular cleaning with a more thorough and intensive focus on cleaning and sanitation. It focuses especially on hard-to-reach places that may be missed in more routine cleaning. Some businesses have gone from the occasional deep cleaning to scheduling deep cleanings once a week or more.
Focus on Indoor Air Quality
While the move toward focusing on indoor air quality (IAQ) may have been sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many more ways that low indoor air quality can impact building occupants. Having a low IAQ can cause short term effects such as irritation of the eyes, nose and throat; headaches; dizziness and fatigue. Long term exposure to low-quality indoor air can lead to a higher risk of respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer. Frequent and proper carpet cleaning, using low-emitting products and adding plants to indoor areas are a few ways to improve indoor air quality.
Shift Toward Sustainable Products
The commercial cleaning industry has also experienced a shift toward more sustainable cleaning products, ones that are less toxic to the environment as well as the people who occupy buildings. Green cleaning is now more than just a trend. It’s all about using equipment, supplies and methods that are more sustainable and cause less impact on the environment. More commercial cleaning companies offer environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional cleaning products, and that number is increasing every day.
Implementing High-Tech Cleaning Solutions
From automated dilution control systems to floor cleaning products that serve multiple purposes, the world of commercial cleaning is becoming more efficient and higher tech. High-end cleaning equipment makes cleaning safer, faster and more effective. Many pieces of high-tech cleaning equipment require little to no chemical solution, which helps you save on cost while reducing the hazards that can be caused by highly concentrated industrial cleaning chemicals.
Prioritizing Clean Hands
If we didn’t all know it before, we definitely learned in 2020 that clean hands can make a world of difference in creating a healthy, safe environment. Touchless equipment can be found in more commercial bathrooms than ever before, and touchless hand sanitizer dispensers can be found in many businesses where you would not have seen them before the COVID-19 pandemic. As more businesses prioritize keeping hands clean, you may want to consider ways your business can make hand cleaning more of a priority, like hand cleaning signage or touchless technology. We believe this trend will stick around for years to come.
The cleaning industry continues to grow as the public becomes more aware of the hazards of viruses and airborne chemicals. If you’re in the market for the latest cleaning products, give Pollock Orora a call at 972-263-2126 or reach out online.