Blog: Changing market demands inspire innovation

When it comes to cleaning across the diverse facilities management sector, saving time, money and resources are daily demands faced by decision-makers at all levels.

By striving to meet these challenging cost-saving targets, it is important not to lose sight of the quality and advantages that new technology and models of working can bring.

Introducing new technology should always offer improved efficiencies which justify the initial expenditure on the equipment.

When used correctly, the innovation of technology offers many benefits, not least the improved working for cleaners themselves who need upskilling in the use of such machinery.

Time is such an important factor and with the emphasis being on improved productivities, cleaners should always be involved in the decision making process. New equipment can have all the added features and innovation but if the cleaner is confused or feels uncomfortable with a piece of equipment then it is likely to be under-used, and the investment will have been wasted.

Wetrok was the first company to fit Lithium-ion batteries to its machines – the Tango and the Mambo – making them lighter and more compact with longer run times, offering more comfort to cleaning teams and enabling them to utilise the equipment in their daily cleaning regime.

In addition, they are fitted with dosing units for easy and correct mixing of chemicals, leading to reductions in usage of water and chemicals. Some of the newer pieces of equipment feature auto-fill allowing the operator to leave the machine while it’s filling with water and get on with other jobs, saving up to 25 hours a year.

Meanwhile, innovative scrubber dyer technology means large surface areas can be cleaned faster and the compact dimension and small turning circle on machines such as the Drivematic Delight for example allows for flexible use into hard-to-reach places, without cutting corners.

Less time spent by cleaners emptying and replenishing water containers also means a larger area can be cleaned in a shorter time period, resulting in a more productive system. As a result, more time is also saved due to the fact that drying time is largely reduced.

Technological advances are designed to create tools and systems which make the job easier, quicker and far more efficient, and should be embraced as part of the solution for the future to meet increasingly challenging demands on the industry.