The automation of the commercial cleaning industry has been slow compared to industries, such as manufacturing. However, many cleaning companies are now recognizing the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of integrating automation into their practices.
The cost of commercial cleaning
Floor cleaning is the US’s fastest-growing area when it comes to automation, and it’s not difficult to see why.
Around 95% of the costs involved in floor-cleaning are labor costs. Companies will benefit greatly from bringing these costs down, and have tried a multitude of strategies to do so.
Digital janitorial services
Enter automated cleaning. An example is the Hefter Robot, which is currently used within hospitals and airports in the UK. This robot is able to clean 200,000 square feet of area per day using lasers to make its way around cleaning areas. It keeps a detailed account of the areas it’s already cleaned, and independently returns to the docking site when it’s done with the cleaning so it can be recharged and refilled.
Window cleaning robots like the ones Serbot manufactures can clean up to fifteen times faster than human janitors, and use thermal technology in place of cleaning chemicals.
Perhaps the best application of cleaning robots is their use in healthcare facilities. Manual cleaning often falls short of their stringent hygiene requirements and is therefore not enough to curb the spread of pathogens that are increasingly chemical-resistant.
Hospital cleaning robots such as the Xenex are incredibly effective at killing microbes using UV light to sterilize operating rooms instead of harsh chemicals.
Factors that companies should consider
While robots are great in terms of speed, effectiveness, and efficiency, they can’t make up for bad human habits. All companies need their staff to employ safe sanitary practices in order to inhibit the spread of viruses and bacteria.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more imperative for companies to establish stringent cleaning practices and schedules in their offices. Sanitization stations should be set up in different rooms, and employees should regularly be reminded to wash their hands with soap and water.
It’s extremely important for employees in the food and healthcare industry to utilize good hygienic habits. These practices should include antibacterial protection such as the use of hand sanitizers and frequent handwashing, and barrier protection that incorporates masks and gloves.
Safety 1st PPE offers a range of personal protective equipment, including disposable nitrile gloves, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and disposable protective gowns. To buy PPE equipment for your employees, contact us today.