In recent years, the cleaning industry has undergone a significant transformation, embracing new technologies and sustainable practices to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact. As we navigate through 2024, several trends are shaping the future of the commercial cleaning industry.

Embracing Technology for Efficiency

For a long time, the cleaning industry has been predominantly manual. But in the past decade, it has undergone a digital transformation that has introduced new and innovative technologies.

While a slow-growing trend, end users have begun to embrace the potential benefits of robotic technology in the contract cleaning industry. This is most likely a result of the current staffing shortages plaguing the industry and the effects of the pandemic heightening cleaning standards.

Robotic floor scrubbers, window cleaners, and disinfection robots are becoming commonplace in commercial settings, offering unparalleled precision and speed compared to traditional manual methods. These robots not only deliver superior cleaning results but also minimize the risk of human error and improve workplace safety.

Furthermore, advancements in robotic technology are leading to the development of collaborative robots (cobots) that work alongside human cleaners, augmenting their capabilities and streamlining workflows. This symbiotic relationship between humans and robots is revolutionizing the way cleaning operations are conducted, paving the way for greater efficiency and productivity.

Robotic cleaning technology has various advantages such as better quality and availability of cleaning, increased efficiency, and data-based decision-making. Additionally, the use of technology allows human staff to avoid menial tasks, enabling them to concentrate on more valuable or significant responsibilities. When implemented wisely, technology can make a significant impact on the efficiency and well-being of the workforce, giving businesses a competitive advantage.

The Cleaning Show identifies key technology trends for 2024 as being sensor technology, data-led dynamic cleaning, robotics, geofencing, and advancements in battery technology.


Sustainability and Greener Cleaning

Sustainability is by no means a new trend in the cleaning industry or any industry for that matter. However, environmental sustainability is a continual challenge facing contract cleaning businesses.

Lorcan Mekitarian from the CHSA stated “Sustainability is one of the biggest issues facing our sector and it is one of the most complex. Identifying the best way forward and making the right environmentally and ethically sustainable choices is challenging. It’s particularly tough when set in the context of day-to-day commercial pressures and the current huge escalation in the cost of energy.”

But how can cleaning businesses achieve higher levels of sustainability without compromising on quality?

Sustainability in the cleaning industry is undergoing a particularly significant shift, due to increasing pressures to meet consumer demands for greener products and greater sustainability. Achieving this goal will require meeting the current needs of clients, without interfering with the ability to meet the needs of future generations. Cleaning companies are already starting to implement green initiatives, but many opportunities for environmental improvement still exist.

Here are a few ways you can improve the sustainability of your contract cleaning business:

  • Employ a Zero to landfill commitment
  • Work with a Carbon Neutral cleaning supplier
  • Increase the use of EV and hybrid emissions
  • Invest in more sustainable cleaning chemicals
  • Invest in reusable and recyclable cleaning supplies
  • Create a culture of environmental awareness in your team

In conclusion, the cleaning industry in 2024 is characterized by a dual focus on technology adoption and sustainability. By leveraging innovative solutions and embracing eco-friendly practices, cleaning businesses can enhance efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and stay ahead in a rapidly evolving market.


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