Cleaning is a labour-intensive industry, which means that to increase cleaning productivity we need to introduce new and better equipment that helps our staff clean faster, but just as effectively.
It’s all about finding the right piece of equipment for the task to be carried out and the space to be cleaned. In a straightforward office environment it’s not so complicated, but when it comes to long corridors with hard floors, or warehouses with wider expanses of storage areas, there are now several options in matching up people with machines.
The robots are coming
At Arla Foods in Aylesbury, the largest dairy in the UK, we have taken the challenge head on and have purchased a robot floor scrubber that has a route programmed into its software. This means it can be set in motion across an area the size of a football pitch and two hours later it has scrubbed the floor, with no human intervention. This means we can stay on top of costs and give our client a more cost-effective solution.
In busy secondary schools there is no more important job than keeping the loos clean, as they take a real hammering every day and dirt can easily become ingrained in the floor surface, particularly what’s known as safety flooring, which has a grit-like surface designed to stop people slipping.
To use old fashioned mops and deck scrubbers over the entire area of a school toilet block is time-consuming and requires constant replacement of the water. As a result, we now use i-Mops extensively in school toilets.
A combination of electrostatic attraction and capillary action means microfibre cloths and mops, designed to be used dry or dampened with water only, can reach into invisible crevices in surfaces that are inaccessible to conventional cleaning materials. Concerns about microfibre posing a threat to marine life by releasing microscopic plastic fibres when microfibre products are washed have now been addressed with the introduction of ultra-microfibre that is proven to produce little or no plastic emissions.
Steam cleaning uses superheated dry steam delivered under pressure, to loosen dirt, grease and sticky oils from surfaces, killing micro-organisms by thermal disinfection. Laboratory tests confirm that steam cleaning completely removes common micro-organisms and completely disinfects the cleaned surface. Steam cleaning is also well suited to deep restorative cleaning of heavily contaminated surfaces. Its only drawback is that it is an intensive, time-consuming activity, frequently using large equipment. It is therefore more suited to periodic deep-cleaning treatments rather than daily use.
Contact us to find out how we can harness the right technology to clean your building more efficiently.