A recent study revealed that the demand for cleaning chemicals was forecasted to grow 2.3 percent per year until 2020. Cleaners used in institutional settings were predicted to grow the quickest, primarily because of the custodial demands within healthcare facilities.

But as building occupants and facility executives become more educated on bacteria and infections, cleaning professionals in all facility types are being challenged with ramping up their disinfecting strategies. “Hospital-grade” cleaning, and the use of products that support it, are no longer just for healthcare facilities.

For example, bacteria that was once associated with hospital-acquired infections is now being found in commercial and educational settings. In fact, 35 percent of C.diff cases are now considered to be community acquired.

Custodial executives in all facility types need to become more critical of the cleaning products used within their organizations. They should also take a closer look at cleaning processes. 

Analyzing cleaning procedures can improve cleanliness and building occupant comfort. But examining cleaning chemicals might not be as easy.

According to the study from The Freedonia Group, the formulations of most cleaning products have approached a maximum efficiency, with very few differences. But, disinfectants and sanitizer product development “continues to be dynamic.”

This is evident as industry experts suggest that managers take a closer look at product kill claims and exercise due-diligence when creating an infection prevention program.

The Freedonia Group reported that the wider product diversity and improved effectiveness will help drive the demand for disinfectants. I’d add that the growing fight against bacteria paired with increased awareness among building occupants and facility executives is also a strong contributor.