We've recently come across an annual customer research report from Robert Scott, a cleaning product manufacturer, identifying two significant trends developing this year.
As local cleaners, we certainly agree that these are on the horizon and will become ever more important.
Firstly, the development of green cleaning and sustainability.
Of course, this is in the mainstream now, with events such as COP26 Conference last year and emphasis on EPC energy settlements with buildings. There's continued evolving legislation such as the incoming plastic packaging tax in the UK and broader economic issues such as Brexit and the energy crisis to be aware of.
The biggest issue within green cleaning in the research was reducing plastic waste. Following this was using products made from recycled materials and more reusable products in cleaning anyway.
Nearly half of customers stated that the effectiveness of products was one of the most critical elements of cleaning sustainability.
However, nearly three-quarters of companies believe the cost of purchasing such sustainable products was the most significant barrier, with them inevitably being higher than mainstream ones.
Therefore, if the right sustainable products can be available that carry out effective cleaning in a clear way and at the right price, this will undoubtedly gain momentum.
Also, having recyclable materials is enough for multiple uses to see further savings and reduce waste going to landfills unnecessarily. In addition, sourcing local-based products in the UK and localizing supply chains will help.
Of course, these must be suitably tested and then risk assessed by the cleaners within the specific environment in which they are being used.
So whether that's a large commercial office cleaning contract or a one-off end of tenancy clean for domestic property, there'll be an increased emphasis on prioritizing staff well being, coming out of the pandemic, and making sure that any substances and processes don't have an effect on the health of the occupants at a building.
The second trend is increased visibility and frequency of cleaning.
This has undoubtedly been the case during the pandemic when everyone realizes that effective COVID-19 cleaning and hygiene is essential to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.
Whether this is carried out more by occupants directly or an external cleaning company, there will undoubtedly be a priority to keep the frequency of cleaning up even if it is more ad-hoc touchpoint cleans during the day.
These will also need to be clearly visible and documented so that everyone is aware that all measures have been taken to ensure the cleanliness of the building. This will also lead to appropriate PPE and equipment such as a microfibre mop system using pre-soaked pads, which can be quickly changed and prevent cross-contamination from a popular mop bucket water system.
Gearing up for Cleaning in 2022
With the government announcement of Covid-19 Plan B coming to an end and encouraging people back to the workplace, let's make sure the importance of cleaning is not easily forgotten.
With careful research, we need to first ensure that all cleaning practices and substances are sustainable and eco-friendly as soon and as quickly as possible.
And secondly, to ensure that everyone keeps on the ball with maintaining a high frequency and visibility of regular effective cleaning.