In today’s fast-paced digital age, new technologies are continually disrupting industries, and cleaning is no exception. Gone are the days of a mop, bucket and a bit of elbow grease, as powerful technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are transforming cleaning into a data-driven powerhouse and ushering in a new era of cleaning efficiency, precision, and hygiene.
In this blog, we’ll explore the latest technology redefining commercial cleaning services and how you can seamlessly integrate technology into your services, paving the way for more intelligent and streamlined operations.
The benefits of cleaning technology in the modern workplace
Recent working trends underscore the need for adaptable cleaning services. As office designs, working patterns, office occupancy levels, and health and safety considerations evolve, a flexible cleaning service has become essential for cost-effective operations and safeguarding employees—the most valuable asset of any organisation.
With most companies embracing hybrid work models, where employees split their time between the office and remote work, the unpredictability of workplace attendance and occupancy poses challenges to maintaining clean and safe workplaces and keeping costs in check. However, technology can offer a competitive edge by enabling rapid adaptation to shifting workplace dynamics. Let’s dive into the game-changers that are reshaping the cleaning industry.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly revolutionising how businesses operate – helping them become more intelligent and sustainable. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, IoT refers to the network of physical objects — “things”— embedded with sensors and software that connect and exchange data.
In the world of commercial cleaning, IoT sensors and devices are being utilised to gather, analyse, and act on real-time cleaning-related data anonymously. IoT sensors, for example, can be strategically positioned throughout areas in a building, like washrooms or meeting rooms, to collect data on building occupancy levels, cleaning needs and even consumable usage in real-time. With this data, managers can identify high-traffic areas requiring frequent cleaning and allocate resources accordingly.
This data-driven approach allows cleaning services to transition from fixed-time interval cleaning to on-demand, highly responsive service, ensuring more efficient resource allocation. While traditional fixed cleaning schedules still have their place, the flexibility offered by data-driven technology aligns seamlessly with the ebb and flow of modern workplace activity.
Robotic Cleaners (Cobots)
Chances are you have likely interacted with a robotic cleaner in a public space – think airports or shopping centres. From mini vacuums to heavy-duty sweepers, robotic cleaners can clean daily or periodic cleaning services on schedule.
Known as ‘Cobots’ in the industry because they work collaboratively with cleaning operatives, they take on the strain of physically demanding and repetitive tasks. These autonomous machines, equipped with advanced sensors and artificial intelligence, can easily navigate the workplace, cleaning floors and windows and sanitising surfaces.
While they require no human intervention in their cleaning operations and automatically return to the charging point when the battery is low, facilities managers and cleaning teams can monitor performance and access cleaning reports to make necessary adjustments.
The Benefits of Technology in Workplace Cleaning and Hygiene
A clean workspace goes beyond appearances, directly impacting employee well-being and productivity. Numerous studies have shown that a clutter-free and sanitised environment reduces stress, lowers the likelihood of sick days, and enhances focus. When used correctly, cleaning technology enables you to make informed and intelligent decisions in real-time, making your cleaning processes more efficient – so you can create a healthier, more comfortable, and more productive workplace environment.
The benefit of technology extends beyond efficiency; it can also contribute to greener cleaning services. You can reduce chemical, energy, and water consumption by fine-tuning cleaning schedules and resource allocation. Cleaning becomes more targeted and precise, which reduces wasted effort, time, and cleaning products – a win-win for the planet and your cleaning team.
Take a technology-led approach to cleaning and hygiene with Andron
While the potential of technology in cleaning is vast, the reality is that it’s not a silver bullet. Getting the foundations of your cleaning service right – recruitment, culture, training, resourcing structure, materials, and equipment, to name a few – should always come first. Embracing technology, however, can be a strategic move that can elevate workplace cleanliness and improve productivity, employee satisfaction, and sustainability.
With over 40 years of experience delivering bespoke commercial cleaning services, we have extensive experience using cleaning technology in our client’s spaces to create cleaner, healthier, and more efficient work environments. To learn more about how we can help you integrate technology into your cleaning services, click here to contact our team.