Autonomous cleaning solutions can support cleaning staff while they focus on deeper surface cleaning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

At SoftBank Robotics, we want to help and support cleaners and cleaning companies on the front line of dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19).

The unique and evolving nature of the coronavirus means keeping commercial, social and healthcare spaces safe and clean for users has never been more critical. Equally important is the ongoing health and well-being of cleaning staff – many of whom are continuing to work hard and long hours during this crisis.

Automation can enable safer, efficient, and cost-effective cleaning practices.

Recent weeks have placed overwhelming demands on cleaning teams to follow the latest health and safety guidelines and deliver the heightened levels of service expected during these challenging times. Adapting to these demands, without significantly increasing labour hours, is tough and made tougher when companies also have to accommodate higher staff absence rates, due to the need for people to self-isolate if they experience the symptoms of COVID-19.

Below are three ways that automated cleaning technologies can ease the burden on your staff:

1. Free up time for staff to focus on critical sanitising tasks. 

Automated cleaning technologies can help ease the strain on your cleaning team, so you can accomplish more without overburdening your staff. For example, automating labour and time intensive tasks like vacuuming can save up to 30% of your usual cleaning time, giving staff the time they need to focus on deep cleaning and sanitising of high touch areas like door handles, elevator buttons, stair handrails, and restroom surfaces.

2. Empower a more agile staffing model

Utilising automation to complete certain cleaning tasks may give managers and team leaders more work rota flexibility. Automation may also enable some staff members to stay at home during the outbreak, reducing the risk of exposure or transmission. For example, when you handover vacuuming tasks to Whiz™, our autonomous vacuum sweeper, you can still ensure cleaning consistency and frequency even with a limited staff, so your clients see no reduction in service.  Whiz can clean up to 1,500m square on a single charge.

3. Help keep carpets, and the air, cleaner. 

In addition to keeping surfaces clean, carpets in communal areas should be vacuumed thoroughly each day. It’s well known that carpets act as an air filter in your building; but over the last few years, many properties have switched from vacuuming their carpet in favour of spot cleaning. 

However, consistent vacuuming of a larger carpeted area can make have a significant impact on the air quality within a building.  An autonomous vacuum sweeper is consistent in its vacuuming performance and so, over time, can reduce dust and allergens kicked up by manual vacuuming. In addition, Whiz can get floors up to 50% cleaner compared to manual sweeping and vacuuming, improving the level of cleanliness for clients. 


SoftBank Robotics understands your challenges, especially when working towards cleaner environments and coping with unprecedented situations like the COVID-19 pandemic. We can enable you to meet these ever-increasing demands from your clients or tenants, with Whiz™, our autonomous cleaning solution. To speak to our team today about how Whiz can do the vacuuming and help your cleaning teams claim back valuable time to focus on more essential cleaning tasks , book an online consultation today.

Find out more about Whiz here.

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