Hard and Soft Surfaces in Office Buildings

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I want to better understand what types of surfaces (hard and soft) are most commonly used in office buildings.

Green cleaning and the use of smart devices are examples of top trends driving the commercial cleaning sector, especially when it comes to cleaning office spaces. According to experts, consumers are increasingly demanding that service providers adopt sustainable and safe cleaning practices. On the other, proprietors are keen on reducing costs and improving customer satisfaction. Here is a detailed explanation of these trends.

Green Cleaning

  • Green cleaning involves the use of products and services that have less impact on human health and the environment compared to conventional volatile organic compounds used for commercial cleaning. These green products and services must perform their intended purpose of cleaning.

How Green Cleaning is Impacting Commercial Office Cleaning Industry

  • According to the International Sanitary Supply Association, green cleaning is the number one trend in the industry and there are no signs that this is going to change any time soon. This trend is a market phenomenon driven by the demand for environmentally friendly products and services by customers.
  • The Green Business Bureau also points out that consumers in the commercial cleaning industry are demanding that service providers commit to sustainability, greater social responsibility, and the use of eco-friendly products. The bureau links this move to the entry of young and conscientious consumers in the industry.
  • As more service providers embrace this trend, the use of petroleum-based solvents to clean offices will reduce significantly. This will lead to safer office spaces with improved air quality.
  • Increased safety of workers will help companies to reap the benefits that come with improved productivity due to reduced absenteeism.
  • There is a push for players in the industry to embrace recycling where possible and avoid using plastic liners to dispose of paper trash. Also, companies are embracing new methods that conserve water.

New Cleaning Methods/Products Required Because of Green Cleaning

  • Examples of products that most clients are interested in include eco-friendly cleaners made from plant-based solvents and sodium lauryl sulfate. The focus is on companies to use non-toxic and biodegradable products that are EPA certified.
  • Companies are also being encouraged to use high-efficient air filters to avoid pollutants. Also, the use of non-touch cleaning systems that are highly effective and efficient is on the rise.
  • In the effort to conserve water, office-cleaning companies are encouraged to invest in low-moisture vacuum systems, flat-mopping methods, or simply use less water.

The Use of Smart Cleaning Devices

  • As digital technology continues to shape the future of various industries, the commercial cleaning sector is not an exception. Cleaning companies are increasingly adopting the use of autonomous robots to clean office spaces. These robots are fitted with sensors that not only assist the machines to navigate through office floors safely but also track vital metrics such as water usage.
  • The use of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology to automate commercial cleaning devices such as soap dispensers in office bathrooms and floor scrubbers is also on the rise. These devices are interconnected and programmed to operate autonomously for increased productivity.

How Green Cleaning is Impacting Commercial Office Cleaning Industry

  • According to Hubstaff, the use of data-driven tools based on IoT is one of the hottest trends in the commercial cleaning sector. These tools provide cleaning companies with real-time data from dispensing devices and can manage supplies through dashboards.
  • On the other hand, autonomous cleaning robots can take up most of the cleaning tasks freeing up staff to concentrate on specialized duties. For example, the Whiz autonomous robot cleans 15,000 sq. ft in 3 hours. This translates to fast completion of tasks and improved customer experience.
  • While there may be fears that the industry is becoming autonomous, new specialized jobs are emerging such as the maintenance of the machines.

New Products/Solutions Required Because of the Smart Devices