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Cleaning Through the Decades: Cleaning Evolutions Since 1964

Cleaning is a timeless chore and although certain fundamental principles have stood the test of time, commercial cleaning technology and trends have rapidly evolved. In the past six decades, cleaning has seen its fair share of innovations, from advancements in technology to changes in social norms. Let’s explore cleaning evolutions that highlight just how much things have changed since Unger was founded in 1964.

#1: Rise of Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

In 1964, the concept of eco-friendly cleaning products was virtually non-existent. Harsh chemicals were commonly used for everything from scrubbing floors to washing dishes. However, as awareness about environmental sustainability has grown, so has the demand for eco-friendly alternatives. Today, consumers have access to a wide range of environmentally conscious cleaning products that are not only effective but also safer for both people and the planet. Products such as innovative pure water systems that remove the need for harsh chemicals allow for cleaning with just pure water, making the cleaning of windows safer for the window cleaner as well as the grounds.

#2: Introduction of Technology in Cleaning

One of the most significant changes not just in cleaning but in our lives since 1964 is the integration of technology. Smart devices have revolutionized cleaning routines, offering tools to support inventory management and cleaning schedules, as well as providing access to valuable resources such as cleaning data and instructional videos, even on-product QR codes for easy access to how-to use and assembly guides

#3 Emphasis on Hygiene and Disinfection

The events of the past few years have highlighted the importance of hygiene and disinfection like never before. While cleanliness has always been a priority, recent global health concerns have led to heightened awareness around the spread of germs and viruses.

As a result, there has been increased emphasis on disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and implementing rigorous cleaning protocols in public spaces. Tools such as microfiber cleaning technology has helped lower bacteria levels by 96% when in use, while dual chamber buckets have proven to effectively clean floors 13x more than older, traditional methods, reducing the risk of infections and cross contamination .

#4 Customized Cleaning Solutions

In the past, cleaning often followed a one-size-fits-all approach, with one general cleaning process. However, as institutions became more diverse and cleaning standards became more relevant, the demand for customized cleaning processes grew. Today, cleaning processes have evolved and are dependent on each facility’s needs and resources. With different processes such as Team Cleaning or Zone Cleaning, BSC’s and Facilities can prioritize their time, resources, and tools that best fit their needs.

Something that hasn’t changed since 1964?

The importance of quality. Although cleaning products have expanded since 1964, the importance of quality remains unchanged. Investing in reliable cleaning solutions tailored to specific surfaces and tasks ensures optimal results. Unger has been steadfast in its commitment to delivering high-quality tools that enhance the cleaning process, making it safer, faster, and more efficient.

As we celebrate 60 years of excellence, join us in recognizing the enduring importance of quality in cleaning and learn more about how Unger continues to lead the way in innovation and evolution in cleaning. Learn more here!  

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