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The Future of the Commercial Cleaning Industry

Get your polarized sunglasses ready because the future of the Commercial Cleaning Industry in 2023 looks bright.  We can chalk it up to numerous factors, including an increased awareness of hygiene and cleanliness following the Covid-19 pandemic.  Many companies now consider cleaning to be an indispensable operating cost.  Commercial cleaning has gained both respect and appreciation across a number of industries. And the numbers back it up.  Facility and property managers view cleaning as vital to the health, safety, and marketing of a company and its facility.  Gone are the days when short-cuts were taken with cut-rate cleaning or dumping the cleaning tasks and responsibilities upon the lowest employee on the office totem pole.  In fact, industry-leading organizations have recently compiled data from numerous studies citing that the market is now valued at $343 billion dollars globally and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 6.3% from 2023 to 2030. 

Get Excited about the Future of the Commercial Cleaning Industry

So, things are trending in the right direction. This is a win-win for workplaces across the globe as businesses have stepped up their game when it comes to maintaining clean workplaces for their employees and communities.  But let’s not put our feet up on the desk and reach for a celebratory cocktail just yet.  We’re going to break down some of the most eye-popping stats surrounding the future of the commercial cleaning industry.

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By the Numbers…

The Janitorial services industry in North America has grown at an annual rate of about 5.7% in 2016, and is expected to grow at an annual rate of 5.4%

The cleaning industry is moving toward green-cleaning tools and chemicals as more and more companies emphasize eco-friendly, environmentally conscious practices.  The combination of clean and green is fueling both demand and innovation.  This is projected to be a substantial driver of growth for commercial cleaning.  The cleaning product market is projected to grow at a 5% CAGR until 2024and beyond.

The commercial cleaning industry is expected to have a revenue of $65 billion by 2026.  This vital piece of information might be something to pause and reflect over.   Investing in a cleaning business or career could be a smart move.  

It is expected that the global household cleaners market value (a related industry) will reach $46.9 billion by 2026.

In the United states the cleaning industry employs 2.4 million workers (2023).

Approximately 7 million units of cleaning products and sanitizers have been sold since the pandemic began.

Approximately 31% of cleaning professionals are self-employed.  This number will be increasing.   Franchise cleaning companies account for only 10% of the of the total revenues in the cleaning services industry. 

The floor and carpet cleaning segment accounted for 32% of the global revenue share for 2022.  The demand for special services such as window cleaning, pressure washing, and upholstery cleaning is also steadily climbing.  

Are you concerned about automation as it relates to cleaning? Don’t be.  The deployment of robotics and generative AI in the cleaning industry could affect some of these projected growth rates–but not by much. Commercial cleaning is one of the industries that will be the least affected by robot labor.  The total estimated share of employment exposed to AI automation in the building, grounds, cleaning and maintenance industries: a minuscule1%.  Take a look at the bottom of this infographic:


Have we gotten you excited about the future of the commercial cleaning industry? These numbers illustrate that society at large no longer takes sanitation for granted. It’s widely understood that when we keep our commercial buildings clean, we keep them safe. Questions? At Business Cleaning Solutions we’re at your service!


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