Cleaning your home is not only about a clean home and keeping everything neat and tidy. Numerous benefits come with a clean environment (office or home). First, we all know that dirt and dust only promote illnesses.
Additionally, scientists determined that a dirty and messy house cause a sense of stress and disappointment. On the other hand, coming home to a clean and tidy home helps you relax. Houses that accumulate dust and dirt also tend to age faster than homes that are regularly maintained. Those are the reasons why cleaning tools and products have been some of the most important inventions in human history and for the cleaning industry. But everything had to start somewhere.
History of cleaning
The oldest cleaning product was plain water back in prehistoric times. The evolution of cleaning continued with simple mops made of plants and cleaning compounds made from mixes of ashes, animal and plant fats, and oils in ancient history and the Middle Ages. The real revolution happened in the 1900s when modern soap products were created. It is interesting to know that what we now see as a modern soap was considered to be a luxury item. It was even taxed! Over the last five decades, these products expanded to include automatic dishwasher products, all kinds of liquid soaps, laundry fabric softeners, cold water detergents, super-concentrated detergents, gels, etc. And according to Charlie Swift, an expert from a reliable London-based cleaning team the cleaning industry is only going to become more advanced, and added:
“The cleaning industry has experienced an increase in robotics, multitasking machines, and more effective and environmentally friendly alternatives.”
The most important developments in the cleaning industry
The cleaning industry used to be highly labor-intensive and far from what it is today. This is before all the major technological developments and before engineers started working on this kind of technology. But, money is moving this world, so why not? It seemed like a good idea to those engineers and it still is one of the most interesting “proving grounds” for all the creative people.
Innovative cleaning tools and approaches are changing the way business owners manage their companies and how their employees conduct their everyday activities. They as business owners must stay ahead of the competition, and that means being aware of cleaning trends at all times.
We are now talking about the most important developments in the cleaning industry because of all the technological advancements that are making these new approaches possible. The huge steps forward were made because of the rising popularity of the so-called “Go Green Projects” and the advancements in IT sectors.
That being said, the most important developments are closely related to new technologies. And while almost all industries are relying on technology and have been doing so for years now, unfortunately, cleaning businesses have only started adopting tech in the last couple of decades. We have self-driving cars and trucks, solar-powered homes, zero-waste societies, etc. so, why wouldn’t we have some advanced technologies in the cleaning industry too?
Robots may represent the future of cleaning. And although they have been a part of the world’s economy for decades (from mining and agriculture to secondary sector industries) the cleaning industry has yet to integrate robotics to some noticeable extent. We are now using them as automated vacuum cleaners but they can do much more.
Cleaning robots will eliminate the need for human workers for many simple and boring repetitive tasks and allow them to focus on more complex tasks that robots can’t perform (yet). They could also replace humans in some dangerous cleaning tasks like window washing on dangerous heights. Robots can do everything from mopping, vacuuming, polishing, and paint removing to glass cleaning and hull cleaning of large ships.
According to the International Federation of Robotics, World Robotics 2018 Service Robots report, industrial cleaning robots are expected to experience an expensive growth. The report from 2019 states that the total number of professional service robots sold in 2018 rose by 61% to more than 271,000 units, and the sales value increased by 32%. And the autonomous guided vehicles are the largest part of the professional service robot market (around half of all the units sold).
Robots are cleaning up during COVID-19
Everybody has been talking about hygiene in the last couple of months because of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). This problem pushed automation to the forefront in many industries, including the cleaning industry. Such robots are being used for disinfection and cleaning.
According to WHO, almost all viruses (including COVID-19) are transmitted from symptomatic people to others through respiratory droplets, by direct contact with infected persons, or by contact with contaminated objects and surfaces. This means that hygiene is extremely important to prevent the spread of viruses. That’s why several companies started working on their smart, hands-free disinfectant dispensers. This dispenser transmits a sound when someone is not complying with hygiene standards and also alerts when the disinfectant supply is almost empty.
Toilet paper that cleans your pipes
The “Enviroplus Bioactive” toilet paper is made to “eliminate unpleasant odors, clean pipes, drains, and septic tanks by degrading organic matter and reduce purging operations.” This special toilet paper will unclog your pipes and reduce sewage cleaning and maintenance costs.
It is like every other toilet paper. The only difference is that it’s packed with good bacterial strains that activate itself once they are soaked in dirty water. It’s completely safe for humans, it does not irritate the skin or cause any infections. It is a perfect eco-friendly alternative to the normal toilet paper.
You can find many different articles about green cleaning. It is a modern term for traditional cleaning products that had been used long before we were born. This kind of cleaning your home or office reduces waste and many companies offer it as an option.
This usually means that cleaners will only use substances like baking soda, vinegar, and lemons to clean all kinds of surfaces. They also use “green cleaning” products don’t have to be “home-made”. Professional companies have invested billions of dollars in the research of those kinds of products. They need to be healthy for the environment.
Green cleaning products may not be free of additives or harmful chemicals even though they are labeled as “green cleaning” products. They might only use recycled packaging or donate money from their sales to environmental causes. Those are all “green cleaning products”. But the real “green cleaning” products are those that you can make at home using baking soda, vinegar, and lemons.
The internet of things
Billions of physical devices around the world are now connected to the Internet. All these devices are sharing data. You can connect any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. This includes everything from phones, coffee makers, headphones, speakers, TVs, washing machines, dishwashing machines, lamps, wearable devices, and almost anything you can think of. And the best thing is that this technology is here to stay. And, in the cleaning industry, the “Internet of Things” helps cleaning companies track real-time data in huge venues like stadiums, hospitals, hotels, airports, and offices. They can see how much of soap, towels, and tissue dispensers they all have left and when it’s time to do a refill.
This also means that cleaning companies can connect to their robots on sites, give them commands, and collect data on productivity or problems (if there are any). It is the prime example of a better work management system.
All these things, the innovation and the main advancements in the cleaning industry’s technology started in the 19th century with the first electric vacuum cleaner and continued with the first electric washing machine, dishwasher, etc. Those innovations paved the way for new tech including the recycling and reusing process. In the future, we are only going to see more technology and with it, more connected devices that will work in synch to bring make us safer and healthier.