Exciting things in store for the cleaning industry

FM newsroom – professional cleaning. 2024 has exciting things in store for the cleaning and hygiene industry, innovations that will set a new standard for cleaning. These advancements promise to change the way we think about and achieve clean in various sectors, Interclean suggests.

According to Interclean’s The Future is Crystal Clean report hygiene is entering an exciting new era of digitalisation, sustainability, and human-focused innovation in 2024. The report takes an in-depth look at cleaning trends in 2024, pointing out ten focal points the profession should keep an eye on.

VR and AR in training 

Cleaning crews wearing virtual reality headsets tackling simulated biohazard spills and mastering complex cleaning protocols in training programs is no longer science fiction. Just like augmented reality implemented to guide cleaners in real-time highlighting hotspots and optimising routes. According to experts VR and AR are already transforming training, enhancing skills, and boosting efficiency in cleaning operations.

Data-driven approach shifts cleaning from reactive to proactive

Smart buildings with sensors monitoring air quality, occupant movement, and even pathogens in real-time are on the rise. Data from such sources can easily ensure that targeted hygiene is in place where it’s needed most. This data-driven approach shifts cleaning from a reactive to a proactive level.

Big data and AI for better optimization

Cleaning companies are harnessing big data to analyse cleaning patterns, predict equipment failures, and customise cleaning schedules. Interclean suggests that AI systems will soon optimise resource allocation, suggest the most effective cleaning methods, and even automatically deploy robot cleaners – all in real time.

Privacy concerns

As data becomes the gold standard, concerns about privacy are bound to arise. This means that the profession will need regulations, protocols and frameworks to ensure responsible data collection and usage while harnessing the amazing power of data.

Wearable tech innovations

Interclean foresees wristbands monitoring the well-being of cleaners, guiding them through tasks and even tracking cleaning progress. Experts also expect smart glasses to display instructions and highlight problem areas, and the use of exoskeletons to reduce physical strain and improve ergonomics. 

Cost savings

Automation, data-driven efficiency, and reduced waste through green cleaning solutions are driving significant cost savings. Interclean expects to see investments in innovation yielding impressive financial returns, without sacrificing desired standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

Smaller in size, impressive in functionality

Miniaturised robots are able to conquer tight spaces and navigate intricate equipment, disinfecting areas which were previously inaccessible. This design revolution promises to expand the reach of hygiene efforts, leaving no nook or cranny unattended to.

Breakthroughs in healthcare cleaning

Experts see breakthroughs in UV-C disinfection robots, germ-killing fabrics for surfaces, and even AI-powered sanitation protocols, all working together.

The cleaning industry is going green!

Biodegradable cleaning agents, recycled materials for tools and packaging, and energy-efficient equipment are on the rise. In 2024 ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) principles are expected to influence procurement decisions, ethical practices and responsible sourcing even more.

Innovation won’t replace human workforce

Cleaners are the protagonists of the profession, and retaining their expertise is critical. Training programs for using new technologies, competitive wages and benefits, and opportunities for career advancement are key to attracting and engaging top talent.


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