Keeping it Clean: The Future of Commercial Disinfection

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Keeping it Clean: The Future of Commercial Disinfection

The commercial disinfection boom is here. Throughout COVID-19 quarantines and shutdowns, experts across the globe have considered how and when to restart some semblance of normal life pre-pandemic. Some economies have reopened, either partially or fully, and the question on everyone’s mind is how to keep it that way.

Along with social distancing and mask wearing, increased cleaning measures are among the new guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines are especially important within commercial areas where highly trafficked spaces can result in virus spread. With cleanliness a key priority, the future of commercial disinfection is quickly changing.

Commercial Disinfection Challenges

From Asia to North America, companies are attempting to clean their spaces more often than ever before. They are also looking for the most more efficient ways in which to effectively clean and disinfect their spaces. However, commercial disinfection comes with a few unique challenges that new technologies are looking to conquer.

1. Higher Cleaning Standards

Now that companies are trying to mitigate virus spread, the standard of commercial cleaning has been raised. Before the pandemic, most surfaces would routinely be cleaned. Cleaning is the process of removing debris like dirt and dust. Now, surfaces must be cleaned and disinfected – where pathogenic microorganisms like the coronavirus are destroyed. Higher risks of virus spread make maintenance jobs lengthier processes, consuming resources of time, money, and staff.

2. Space (Size, Shape, and Materials)

Commercial buildings such as hotels, airports, and convention centers have intricate floorplans with large spans of flooring area. With a standard janitorial team, the size of these areas coupled with an increased cleaning frequency results in a need for either more staff or longer shift hours to finish jobs. Irregular floor plans and different flooring material types also create additional jobs and cleaning product requirements for appropriate commercial disinfection.

3. Communication

Large cleaning tasks spread over multiple floors can negatively affect the quality of communication between janitorial staff. To maintain accuracy and appropriate coverage, commercial disinfection must include clear communication amongst the team.

4. Safety

Commercial disinfection may require more frequent janitorial maintenance. If janitorial staff numbers remain the same, staff may be expected to work longer hours completing hazardous repetitive tasks such as mopping and sweeping.

Commercial Cleaning Trends

These commercial disinfection challenges are being met with innovative cleaning technology. From robotics to mediums, the following are some of the emerging trends in the commercial cleaning industry.

1. Automation

Automation via robotic units are being utilized to provide long-lasting, efficient members to janitorial teams. This support is imperative during a pandemic with increased cleaning schedules and extra cleaning tasks.

2. Drones

Sizable commercial areas including stadiums are enlisting the help of drones to quickly disinfect their surfaces during tight schedules. Some of these drones, like the ones used in Texas stadiums, are armed with disinfectant sprays and flown around the area.

3. Air Ventilation and Filtration

The novel coronavirus, and other viruses, can be spread via hard surfaces and aerosols. While most of the new cleaning technologies focus on surface spread, air filtration systems like the Broan SurfaceShield ventilation system work to reduce air contamination. These systems circulate air and inhibit contagion by reducing the concentration of airborne droplets.

4. UVC Light

Once only used in hospitals, new UVC light robots are being tested to see if they can disinfect commercial areas such as airports. Like other emerging methods, UVC light has limited research on effectiveness of destroying the coronavirus and apprehensions regarding overall safety.

Considerations for Commercial Disinfection

As the industry changes, robots and advanced cleaning systems offer efficiency, reliability, and safety. You may wonder if any of the latest systems are right for you and your business. When reviewing commercial disinfection avenues, make sure to evaluate the following factors:

1. Identify Popular Surfaces

Pinpoint key areas where commercial disinfection resources will need to be focused. These key areas will be heavily trafficked pathways such as hotel lobbies. Prioritize surfaces where most contact is made as well. Surfaces like this could include door handles, elevator buttons, and handrails.

2. Choose Effective Products

Do not forget to examine the effectiveness of choice cleaning products. Cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection mean separate things, but are all marketed as janitorial products. Only certain chemicals will destroy microorganisms like viruses.

Follow CDC guidelines and utilize bleach-based products and alcohol-based products of at least 70% concentration for commercial disinfection.

3. Research Emerging Trends

 New technologies like the common trends detailed about are emerging to improve efficiency. These approaches mean to fill gaps in the commercial cleaning industry. Before signing up for a new service, read about the science behind the tech. Confirm that the new tools are right for your space and team.

4. Introduce Automation

After considering your space and the capabilities of your current janitorial team, identify areas where automation can make your commercial disinfection more efficient. Automation technology can manage repetitive tasks like floor cleaning that are otherwise time consuming and dangerous for the human body.

Introducing automation to commercial disinfection routines can also increase the quality and frequency of cleanings without breaking the bank. This also relieves janitorial staff to manage other duties.

Discovery Robotics is committed to transforming the commercial cleaning industry. Our mission is to increase human productivity, safety, and quality of life by creating robotic solutions. Learn more about us today. For questions or more information, please contact us at

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