The Future Of Cleaning
Posted on 19th December 2018 by Keith Hirst
After our last article, ‘The History of Cleaning’, was a huge hit, we decided to turn the clock forwards — and forecast what exactly is in store for cleaning in the future? Robots? The Internet of Things? Eco-friendly alternatives? This article is going to dive into all these things and help you prepare your business for what may be to come — possibly sooner rather than later.
It’s impossible to discuss the future without talking about robots.
Robots have already started making their way into the cleaning industry. Robot vacuums and dust collectors are just some of the automated devices that are now being used to clean offices and homes up and down the country. The intelligence of these devices, however, are limited. The future will likely see a huge improvement in the intelligence and decision making of robot cleaners, as well as an increase in devices and appliances becoming ‘robotised’.
This will likely happen with the steady implementation and improvement of various sensors and scanners. Cleaning businesses will be able to go to any office and ‘release’ their top-of-the-range robot devices, which, much like animals, will shoot off and scour each corner of the room. Unlike animals, however, these robots will be able to detect what needs cleaning and calculate the most effective and efficient methods to tackle it. These devices may be separate (much like the robots vacuums we have now but with the addition of other cleaning apparatus, such as robot surface wipes), or we may see multi-functional robot devices — perhaps even full-scale robot ‘maids’ that have similar dimensions to humans and can use robot limbs (possibly consisting of three, four or even more arms) to effectively offer solutions for multiple cleaning means. These robots will be much more efficient than humans at cleaning and can save businesses significant costs.
The cleaning industry is already making strides towards removing toxic chemicals from products and instead opting for cleaner, environmentally-friendly alternatives. I think it’s highly likely the future will see a complete eradication of toxic chemicals in cleaning products. This will entail the use of natural abrasives to replace chlorine bleach — which will likely become extinct. The transition will be great for businesses; it will allow a lot of cleaning can be done without risking the health of workers or damage to the environment.
The Internet of Things
The internet of things — a heightened intelligence and interconnectedness between all technological devices — will likely soon become paramount to the cleaning industry. Large-scale businesses will benefit from this hugely.
It may work something along the lines of this:
- A spillage occurs.
- The spillage is detected.
- The nearest robot cleaning device is contacted.
- The robot cleaning device receives notification of the type of spillage, how much is spilt and on what surface.
- The robot cleaning device calculates which method is needed to clean it most efficiently and effectively.
- The robot cleaning device calculates when the optimum time to enter the room and clean it, as to operate without causing disruption but as not to compromise safety.
- The robot is able to travel long distances if needed to clean the spillage.
This occurs throughout your business constantly, operating at times when it is least perceptible, allowing you to notice the results of the cleaning and constantly have your business topped up, without noticing much of the actual process. This idea allows businesses — especially big businesses — to keep on top of their cleaning without the need for regular inspections or human intervention.
Here at Direct Cleaning Services, we’re always on the cutting edge of new technology and experimenting with ways we can offer our clients the best and most efficient service. To enquire about any of our services, give our friendly team a call today.