Will the future of cleaning be sustainable?

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As sustainability continues to increase in importance for cleaning companies throughout Australia. Business executives will need to begin implementing strategies that utilise sustainable solutions for people, profit, and the planet.

In this blog, you will find the innovative solutions likely to combat the issue of changing consumer preferences, such as the use of robots, eco-friendly cleaning products, waste management infrastructure, AI and big data, and GPS time tracking.

 

1. Robotic Vacuum

The future of the cleaning industry is likely to rely on automation which includes the robotics vacuum cleaner.

Cleaning companies who invest in automated robotic vacuums will see increased cleaning quality, decreased labour costs, increased employee sentiment, and an ability to minimise their impact on the environment. Automated vacuums have the ability to eliminate mundane tasks for cleaners, in order to focus on more profitable or skillful tasks. But it doesn’t end there, combining automation with intelligent software will reveal new capabilities by reporting spills, inform the robot to clean more often when necessary, scan shelves for inventory management – the possibilities are still vastly unknown to us. 

Overall, the use of vacuum cleaning robots and big data in the commercial cleaning industry is likely to have a vast impact that will support a sustainable solution, as well as a company’s triple bottom line. 

 

2. Green cleaning solutions

Facility operators are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of using sustainable cleaning products to reduce their impact on the planet. 

Whilst eco-friendly products are already widely available, and facility managers list them as their preferred option, cleaning companies largely default back to their standard cleaning products according to Paula Clasby, Head of Engagement and Marketing for GECA. This is likely because cleaning companies don’t understand the importance of green cleaning, perceive the products as inferior, or disregard their use due to the increased costs. 

However, sustainability is becoming increasingly important for all companies, across all industries with 62% of executives believing that a sustainability strategy is necessary to be competitive today, and another 22% think it will be necessary for the future, which implies that we may see a rise in the use of eco-friendly cleaning products in the future.

 

3. Sustainable waste management

40% of the problematic waste goes directly to landfills, equating to 74 million tonnes per annum. It’s clear that in order to protect our environment, our waste management needs to improve.

To manage our waste effectively, the Australia Government has set a goal to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills by 2030 and increase recovery rates of recycled materials to 80%.

To achieve these goals we will require innovative solutions to solve problematic waste and disposing of chemicals. There are innovative solutions currently in progress such as enhanced collection performance technology and equipment, increased resource recovery efforts, and circular supply chains for difficult to recycle waste. 

If you’re interested in ensuring your facility is more waste efficient, you can learn more here.

 

4. Smart Data and Integrations

The world generated 64.2 zettabytes of data in 2020, with the numbers increasing year on year. 

Monitoring facility conditions has always been a time-intensive job for facility managers, so the rise of smart buildings is likely to continue to innovate. This could include ID tags being read automatically, texts being sent to remind you of meetings in a specific room, the temperature’s adjusting to the perfect degree, providing optimal lighting, and more which increases sustainability efforts and reduces user input.

One particular innovation we are looking forward to is LI-FI which uses light waves to generate a wireless internet connection, this could ultimately become the main source of connectivity in buildings within the next 10 years.

 

5. Robotic floor scrubbers

Throughout Australia, many buildings, shopping malls, offices, schools, hospitals and streets require constant cleaning and care. The introduction of autonomous professional floor robots provides a solution to this problem as they reduce costs and solve the labour shortage issues for cleaning companies.

A great example of robotic floor scrubbers is the Neo 2. This robot automates the floor cleaning service, allowing employees to focus their time on more important tasks while also lowering labour costs. 

As cleaning companies deploy these robots, they will no longer have to be concerned about how the work will impact cleaning staff or if their equipment is being used in a correct manner. 

 

6. Electrochemically active solutions (ECAS) 

According to the International Sanitation and Supply Association (ISSA), the number one trend in the sanitation industry is green cleaning.

Cleaning chemicals have taken their toll, creating harmful effects on all building stakeholders. A recent study showed that inhaling cleaning chemicals regularly can cause asthma attacks, asthma, breathlessness, and wheezing.

The solution to this may reside in electrolyte disinfectant. This environmentally responsible technology can reduce your carbon footprint, increase economic well-being, kill bacteria with a 99.999% kill rate and reduce the harmful effects of standard cleaning chemicals.

Learn more here

 

7. GPS time tracking

GPS time tracking is becoming more prominent in the cleaning industry. This innovative software solution gives cleaning companies the ability to track the location of their cleaners to ensure tasks are being finished promptly. 

This software is now gaining traction due to COVID-19 making it harder to meet with their cleaners in person. Time tracking software negates this problem by allowing cleaning companies to manage their workers remotely. 

This provides economic benefit by providing accurate payroll information and eliminating the need for travel, which ultimately increases efforts towards the cleaning industry’s sustainability initiative.

Want to learn more about GPS time tracking? This software by Hubstaff is a great example.

 

Conclusion

As we analyse the cleaning industry, the data gathered implies that we may see a shift in the way business executives make decisions moving forward. 

As sustainability continues to increase in importance, business executives will need to implement strategies that reduce carbon footprint and the harm consumables can have on both staff and visitors. This includes automated robots, eco-friendly cleaning products, waste management infrastructure, big data, AI, and GPS time tracking.

This is largely due to the change in consumer preferences, the economic benefit, and the willingness to make a positive impact in their community and for the planet.

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