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Robots and biotech are developing the cleaning industry

Smart cleaning robots, sensors and collaborating machinery. Those are all innovations that are changing the cleaning industry. Coor’s service specialist Stefan Sernefors lists some of the most important trends and talks about how they affect cleaning.

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  • Cleaning robots, independent machines that perhaps clean floors in large areas and corridors, are one of the fastest-growing trends in the industry.
    “Robots are based on traditional cleaning machines that have been tested for many years, but with new technology that allows them to learn to do the work on their own. In the future, I think several smaller machines will work together to complete a task. Perhaps multiple robot vacuum cleaners working to cover a larger area. It saves time, and if one of the robots breaks down the others can finish the job.”

  • Sensor technology that measures and controls various factors is becoming increasingly common and also affects cleaning.
    “Data from these sensors might tell you when it’s time to empty the waste paper baskets or refill the toilet paper.”

  • Biotech is one of the latest trends in the cleaning industry and involves cleaning with the use of bacteria.
    “There are bacteria that break down fat, making them ideal for restaurant kitchens. Other bacteria consume ammonia and eliminate bad smells in bathrooms.”

  • Environmental alternatives are increasingly important to both cleaning suppliers and customers.
    “For example, there is a way to treat water, by removing salts or surface tension, that makes the water clean better, so you don’t need as much detergent.”

Coor has structured methods for testing new technological solutions and innovations, and currently applies these methods in several cleaning contracts in the Nordic region.