If there’s one thing that can be said for the pandemic, it’s that application of new technologies has been catapulted forwards. Organisations have embraced remote working, virtual meetings and information sharing. This has enabled these organisations to continue being productive. Whether this is a good thing or not is subject of another debate entirely. Some of these technologies will stay, and some will likely drift out of use in certain industries. When it comes to the world of commercial cleaning, though, will the future be one of automated technology or is there really no substitute for hands on cleaning?
When it comes to automated cleaning technology, there’s more already in place around the office than perhaps you recognised.
You’ll be so used to coming into contact with this kind of technology that you’ve probably forgotten that it’s there! We’re talking about automated soap dispensers, air fresheners and rubbish bin lids. Touch-free technology is much more likely to be embraced by offices in the near future as more workers return to the office. This is because these multiple contact points are hot spots for virus transmission. So replacing all of your dispensers with touchless alternatives goes a little further in protecting office workers.
By this we mean the technology that provides an unseen service, rather than the kind of technology that is automated for the user. Basically robotic vacuums and mops are the centre of this side of automated cleaning gadgets. Robotic floor cleaners are great for the every day, but often require human supervision. The same can be said of equipment required to clean at height. Jet wash technology is vital to achieve a great external building clean at a fraction of the time. However without the expertise required to use it, results can be unreliable.
In some ways, technology has revolutionised the quality and speed of cleaning that our commercial cleaners are able to achieve. This is no more true than in deep cleaning contracts. One major implication of Covid 19 is that business premises and offices have needed, and will continue to need, more regular deep cleaning. In the world of ‘before’, a deep clean may have been a very occasional part of the commercial cleaning schedule. One which would dovetail with an office shift around or refit. It now needs to balance with an ongoing business timeline, and somehow not disrupt the flow of work. In this way, electrostatic cleaning technology has stepped up to make all of this possible.
How does it work?
Electrostatically charged chemical particles disinfect the workplace by clinging to and coating all visible surfaces. Using a spray system, the surfaces and objects can be evenly sanitised, even when targeted from one direction only.
Where does it clean?
This is the great thing - it cleans everywhere. The mist of positively charged particles reaches awkward and hard to reach nooks and crannies. This is ideal for personal or communal technology items that are prevalent in work places.
What are the benefits?
As well as offering a superior level of hygiene in a deep clean, there are cost and value benefits too. The time that the process takes is comparatively short, so there’s no disruption to business activity. In addition, the extra sanitisation prevents staff illness and the cost implications of office infections and subsequent time away from work.
Attention to Detail
Of course, even top technology like electrostatic deep cleaning requires human application. And there are some things that will always benefit from the attention to detail that hands on cleaning provides.
There’s a lot to be said for good old fashioned hard work when it comes to office cleaning. The subtleties required to assess where and when something should be cleaned are uniquely human. There’s no algorithm for coffee ring marks. Especially around desk and workstation areas, it’s hard to foresee a time when technology can replace the ability of hands on cleaning to achieve a great result.
From sanitary refills to waste management, ensuring that nothing runs low can be overlooked if an organisation doesn’t include this aspect in its cleaning contract. It’s not just hygiene that is impacted here, but also employee satisfaction. It’s something that cannot be remotely undertaken. Office washrooms can be irregular places; depending on meetings and attendance, they may get more or less use. So it takes human attention to detail to ensure that supplies are always topped up.
Planning and Scheduling
We’re always saying that one of the most important parts of commercial cleaning is in the planning. By maintaining a schedule of activity that covers daily tasks and more periodic maintenance tasks, a work environment can be kept perfect without being distrupted. In scheduling, therefore, we find one major aspect of commercial cleaning to fully benefit from technological developments. Commercial cleaners can work at their most efficient when they have a comprehensive plan. It’s for this reason that we embrace scheduling technology and pass those benefits on to our clients.
The Perfect Balance
What is the way forward, then? The march of technology will, no doubt, continue apace. And while it does, it will require human expertise and knowledge to use it at its most productive. We foresee great technology being harnessed to raise standards of hygiene within commercial and office environments. Moreover, we believe that it also takes great cleaners to implement those technologies.