The value of commercial cleaning

November 13th, 2015 Category: Commercial

Sustainable cleaning products are set to grow in popularity over the next five years, according to new research.

A report published by Allied Market Research titled, 'World Green Solvents – Market Opportunities and Forecast, 2014-2020', predicted that the green solvents market volume will reach 3,321.4 kilo by 2020.

Indeed, its figures showed the green solvents market is set to register a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.3 per cent during the period 2015-2020.

The report claimed that the industrial and domestic cleaner application segment is projected to register highest CAGR of 7.3 per cent in volume.

Furthermore, the analysis showed that paints and coatings is forecast to be the largest revenue-generating segment of the North American green solvents industry.

Collectively, North America and Europe accounted for a 70.3 per cent share of the market in 2014.

Both countries are expected to maintain their lead over the forecast period. The increase in the number of green cleaning products has been attributed to the growing awareness of the importance of sustainability.

According to the report, environmental regulations on emission of synthetic solvents have fostered the demand of green solvents in the North American region. 

Consumer products are selling particularly well in the Asia pacific region because of the increasing industrial activities and growing environmental awareness.

Office germs

Nobody wants to work in a hotbed of germs and fungi. However, that is exactly what many office workers are doing, according to new research.

Research unveiled by showed that in the areas where office workers are more likely to come into high contact, bacterial and fungal cultures had grown to visibly concerning levels.

As part of the study, the team took swabs from places such as computer keyboards, chewed stationary, hot water boilers, telephone mouthpieces and photocopiers and placed them in agar plates.

They were then left in a warm place and monitored for five days. The experiment exposed the different varieties of germs that were present across the office.

For example, office desks exhibited the largest amount of germs and fungi. One of the reasons for this is due to the tendency of workers to eat at their desk.

The photocopier was also found to be crawling with germs. This was mainly due to the large numbers of people that used it and the fact that it is used by large numbers of people and is often not cleaned as often.

Another area that was tested by was the hot water boiler. It showed quite a few intense bacterial growths, mainly because the area is naturally damp and hot.

The office desk was another hotbed of germs, although it did not contain as many nasties as some of the other areas.

Chewed stationery such as pens and pencils unsurprisingly collected a lot of germs, even if it remained unchewed for days.

The final areas that were tested were the phone and keyboard. These actually contained the least amount of germs, when compared to the other locations.

Overall, the report highlighted the clear benefits of regular cleaning in order to cut down on the amount of germs and infections.