Survey says commercial cleaning, disinfecting services are up

Posted 5/26/20

As workplaces begin to reopen across the country, there is a demand for commercial cleaning and disinfecting services along with new career opportunities.

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Survey says commercial cleaning, disinfecting services are up


As workplaces begin to reopen across the country, there is a demand for commercial cleaning and disinfecting services along with new career opportunities.

Ninety-four percent of businesses surveyed by OpenWorks, according to a press release, plan to add more frequent, specialized disinfection treatments to its cleaning programs while creating more franchise ownership opportunities.

As businesses across the U.S. prepare to re-open for employees and the public, workplace cleanliness and disinfection is "top-of-mind among corporate leaders," according to the recent survey conducted by OpenWorks, which revealed that 83% of business leaders indicated “likely” or “very likely” to increase the cleaning frequency of their facilities upon reopening.

Also, 94% of those leaders surveyed plan to add regular disinfection to their cleaning programs, the release said.

“No matter what industry you operate in, COVID-19 has redefined the level of clean that is acceptable for business,” said OpenWorks President/CEO Eric Roudi in a prepared statement.

“Workplaces are moving from basic, manual cleaning procedures, like vacuuming and wiping down surfaces, into specialized, more advanced cleaning protocols that include disinfecting. It’s a trend we don’t see waning any time soon.”

According to recent findings from the National Institutes of Health, the increased focus on cleaning and disinfecting is for good reason as scientists discovered the following about the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Detectable in the air for up to three hours,
  • Detectable on copper for up to four hours,
  • Detectable on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and
  • Detectable on plastic and stainless steel for two to three days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19, the release said, by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

“Destroying and deactivating germs is of paramount importance to us,” said Liz Caracciolo, chief operating officer of OpenWorks, in a prepared statement.

“An increased focus on cleanliness and disinfection is not just coming from business leaders in school classrooms, surgical sites, offices, or manufacturing and distribution centers. There is also a heightened awareness among consumers of disinfection, and the essential role it plays, in the health and safety of all environments.”

According to another OpenWorks survey, 73% of consumers feel that their workplace should be cleaned daily, and more than half (56%) want their workplace disinfected daily.

OpenWorks has experienced an increase in demand for its advanced cleaning and disinfecting measures since the outbreak of COVID-19, said the release, detailing the company’s cleaning regiment and select packages including weekly, daily services and a one-time deep cleaning and disinfecting.

“We are experiencing a growing demand for our specialized cleaning and disinfecting services from business and government leaders who want to ensure the health and safety of their employees and customers,” said OpenWorks Senior Vice President of Growth, Ryan Waldron, in a prepared statement.

The Marine Corps veteran oversees the company’s emerging markets and services.

“Because of this uptick, we’re searching for individuals who are interested in becoming franchise owners, who are ready to help deliver the essential services we offer, and who want be part of a dynamic, recession-proof industry,” Mr. Waldron said.

Founded in 1983, and headquartered in Phoenix, OpenWorks is a national facility services and commercial cleaning and disinfecting service provider helping businesses, healthcare facilities, schools and more get facilities cleaner, safer, and healthier, the release added.


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