Font Resize Print

Cleaners of the Future: Robots?

by User Not Found | Feb 01, 2016

An often heard challenge among bosses of cleaning companies is that they cannot fill vacancies for cleaners, due to poor image, low skills, low pay, and poor employment conditions. The image of the cleaning industry with manual and low end jobs deters younger and educated workers from entering the industry.

Cities are developing quickly and economic activities are on the rise. This puts a burden on cleaning services and there is a need for cleaning operations to be more effective and productive. The cleaning industry hence needs to explore the greater use of technology and innovation, such as robotic cleaning machines for specific large-scale cleaning operations or for specific cleaning tasks.

The use of robotic cleaning machines could help to minimise the reliance of manpower, increase productivity, and improve the image of the cleaning industry as one that embraces innovation. This will help to change the image of this industry, attracting younger and educated workers who will manage and maintain these robotic cleaning machines.

When we talk about robotic cleaning machines, many of us tend to associate them with the small-sized robotic vacuum cleaners we see at home.  What most people do not know is that there are many commercial robotic cleaning machines in the market that come in all shapes, sizes and functions. They are now increasingly used to clean commercial and industrial spaces such as offices, retail stores, airports, hospitals, warehouses, hotels, swimming pools, toilets, windows and ventilation ducts.

Here are some examples of commercial robotic cleaning machines for different cleaning functions:

Floor Cleaning

Commercial robots for cleaning floors are getting more popular as they help to reduce labour and time. The bigger-sized robotic cleaning machines for commercial floor cleaning are installed with sensors, giving it a 360-degree view of its surroundings, allowing the robots to stop and avoid obstacles detected by the sensors. Hence they can operate and clean on their own, without requiring an operator to be present all the time.

Some floor cleaning robots are equipped with both vacuum and scrubber functions, while others include remote monitoring functions to keep track of the robot location, cleaning area and duration, and provide diagnostics and repairs. The robotic cleaning machines also tend to use less water and cleaning chemicals than traditional floor cleaning machines.

Another type of robotic cleaning machine is used for floor mopping. The smaller-sized robots could be used in the toilets for mopping the floor. The robot uses cleaning cloths to pick up dust, dirt and hair. It returns to where it started and powers down automatically when it is done mopping, without the janitor being present.

Pool Cleaning

The commercial robotic cleaning machines for swimming pools are able to scrub the floor and walls of the pool, and removes the debris and dust from the water, without the use of labour and chemicals, or having to empty the pool water.

Window Cleaning

The robotic cleaning machines for commercial window cleaning are able to stay on the glass windows using suction. Sensors also allow them to determine the size of the glass to be cleaned. The robotic cleaning machine removes dirt and debris using cleaning pads and subsequently wipes the window dry. This greatly reduces the use of manual labour for cleaning windows.

Ventilation Duct Cleaning

Small robotic duct cleaning machines are used to clean commercial and industrial ventilation systems. The robots enter the ventilation ducts, remove the dirt and debris, and sanitise the ducts. Such robotic cleaning machines are usually remote controlled and thus require an operator.

Hospital Room Cleaning

Robots can also potentially be used to clean hospital rooms. A research that studied the effectiveness of using a robot equipped with pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light system found that in just 12 minutes, the UV light system cut the amount of bacteria in the room by 70 percent. The study also found that manual cleaning combined with UV light killed more than 90 percent of the bacteria. [1]

Robotic Cleaning Machines for Large-Scale Cleaning in Singapore

The first robotic cleaning machines for large-scale cleaning in Singapore were launched at the previous CleanEnviro Summit Singapore in 2014. Clean Solutions Pte Ltd, a local cleaning company, had deployed the robotic cleaning machines at wide spaces to perform cleaning tasks such as scrubbing, vacuuming and sweeping with minimal supervision by the cleaners.

While a typical cleaner would be able to clean 300 square metres of floor area per hour, the robotic cleaning machine is able to clean three times the area in the same amount of time, without the need for breaks. The robots can also be programmed to travel along a planned route, sensing and reacting to obstacles along the way. With this, cleaners are able to be re-deployed to perform other cleaning tasks and re-trained to perform higher skilled tasks, while the robots take over the large-scale routine cleaning tasks that typically consume many hours of manual labour. [2]

Greater Use of Robotic Technology in the Future

The use of robotic technology for cleaning services will likely increase in the future. While not all cleaning tasks can be replaced with robotic cleaning machines, it is a technology that can be further developed and customised to meet the needs of the cleaning industry. The greater use of technology in the cleaning industry will help to enhance the image of the industry, to one that is professional and productive, thereby bringing about a gradual change in attracting younger and technically qualified workers into the industry.


[1]  UV light robot to clean hospital rooms could help stop spread of ‘superbugs’, ScienceDaily,

[2]  Asia's First Large-Scale Robotic Cleaners Launched in Singapore, National Environment Agency,


Leave a comment
  1. Top Marrakech Tours | Jun 21, 2018
  2. Merry | Jun 21, 2018
     To connect with whole world is not a easy task, one of my opinion is read all kind of news like Entertainment, Lifestyle, Sports, Health, Technology News from "AllRemark". Guys this gonna be best experience for all of you if you stay connect with it. Do not scruple to share this information with your friends.
  3. Abhinav Garg | Jun 19, 2018
    Thank you for your insight. It feels good to think that there are writers out there who taking the initiative to focus on this issue. Also, take some time out to read about the best phone cleaner and cache cleaner - fast speed booster app for your Android phone. 
  4. Peter | Jun 19, 2018
     It helped me to solve my all confusion about this topic so i must say about your article, This is really helpful or valuable kindly check about Best Android Optimizer Apps For Your Android Phone. Apart from this, you can read here about Best App Cache Cleaner - Clean and Boost Your Android Phone to improve mobile speed.
  5. Amavasya Dates | Jun 18, 2018
    Well written and an informative post! I have a keen interest in this topic and have written several blogs on <a href="">Amavasya Dates</a> and zodiac sign, as well. You can check them at mPhanchang.
  6. | Jun 13, 2018
    I like to read your posts very much. They are so awesome. The articles contain plenty of knowledge and information. They are pieces of advice so that I can solve some problems. Would you mind uploading more posts? I'm grateful for lessons from the Siege Online Jump Into The World Of War And Survive Friv4
  7. Anjana Soni | Jun 12, 2018
    Kudos to the writer.I have a keen interest in this topic and have written several blogs on <a href="">Kundali Matching</a> and Gemstone, as well. You can check them at mPhanchang.
  8. abcya games free online | Jun 12, 2018
    This is what I am looking for. Your articles are useful for me. I can apply them in the ordinary life. Thanks for writing posts and uploading them. They contain pieces of advice. I think many people love and need them.  Have fun with at Polywar 2 and F1 Racing Challenge Friv4school
  9. itsmetusher | Jun 09, 2018
  10. trang suc nu | Jun 08, 2018
  11. Brad Johnson | May 31, 2018
     "Seems like you have done a solid research. The article reflects your thought process and it is quite impressive. I cannot wait to share it with my friends online. Do take out some time to review my android application which name is - ITL Phone Cleaner. It is an Android application that is available for free download on the Google Play store. The phone cleaner app turns your slow lagging phone during access mobile so that you can enjoy your time in the best possible manner."
  12. uali20 | May 26, 2018
    It is a great website.. The Design looks very good.. Keep working like that!.10 kva generator
  13. Friv free | May 24, 2018
    When I need a piece of advice, I will find your posts and read them. To me, they are very useful. I can make use of advice to resolve my problems. Sometimes, I read articles to learn new knowledge. I hope I will add more posts. Thank you so much.Boo! friv10Fairytale Unicorn Gogy
  14. assignment help | May 23, 2018
    This is extremely exceptionally decent post you shared, I like the post...I am offering assignment help to students in Singapore at low price. 
  15. Suhana Williams | May 22, 2018
    Our online programming help services ensure students receive needed assistance to fulfill their desired academic goals.
  16. uali20 | May 22, 2018
    I like this post,And I guess that they having fun to read this post,they shall take a good site to make a information,thanks for sharing it to me.check them here
  17. uali20 | May 21, 2018
    Your website is really cool and this is a great inspiring article.Hair Transplant Turkey
  18. jyjhtf | May 17, 2018
  19. find | May 12, 2018
    Thank you so much for the post you do. I like your post and all you share with us is up to date and quite informative, i would like to bookmark the page so i can come here again to read you, as you have done a wonderful job.find
  20. Dissertation Help | May 11, 2018
    I loved the post, keep posting interesting posts. I will be a regular reader…I am offering dissertation help to students in UK at low price.
  21. ouio | May 10, 2018
    China manufacturing : Benefits of Manufacturing from China. If you are a manufacturing unit and looking for quality production that does not cost you much, then here is a guide to direct you to the right place.
  22. loyu9o | May 10, 2018
  23. Kanika | May 09, 2018

    Amazed to be here and want to read this amazing info. Thanks for this interesting article and i would really want to say thanks for this info.

    Call Girls in Delhi Escorts in Delhi Delhi Call Girls Delhi Escorts

  24. Kalpana | May 09, 2018

    I really like this post. It is a very interesting article.There is more information for us .It is very useful for us.Thanks for sharing with us.

    Delhi Escorts Call Girls in Delhi Escorts in Delhi Delhi Call Girls

  25. Gogy com | May 08, 2018
    Thank you for your sharing articles. I have been finding interesting posts and your articles are what I need. They are really useful and engaging. They are precious pieces of advice. I can branch out with new knowledge. Learn captivating things. Hope you will upload more and more pieces of writing. Toto Adventure gogy 2 Jetpack Rusher friv4
  26. hermilie johnson | May 07, 2018
    Nice post keep on sharing new things if a student need do assignment for me services then visit
  27. mona123 | May 07, 2018
    This is a wonderful article, Given so much info in it, These type of articles keeps the users interest in the website, and keep on sharing more ... good luck!
    Norton Support Number
  28. Sumanth123 | May 05, 2018
    Nice Post. Thank you for this wonderful article Please share this post if you are facing any problem in Lenovo laptop they can contact me Lenovo Support Drivers.
  29. Sumanth123 | May 05, 2018
    Nice Post. Thank you for this wonderful article Please share this post if you are facing any problem in Lenovo laptop they can contact me Lenovo Support Drivers.
  30. Emma120 | May 03, 2018
    This is a wonderful article, Given so much info in it, These type of articles keeps the users interest in the website, and keep on sharing more ... good luck!
    Macbook Customer Service
  31. lucyjain098 | Apr 30, 2018
    Nice Post. Thank you for this wonderful article Please share this post if you are facing any problem in Gmail account they can contact me Gmail support number.
  32. instrumentsmeco | Apr 29, 2018
    I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. Thanks for posting it.Offering Mecoinst buy new analog insulation tester and digital insulation tester with affordable price and read about the company & get contact details with the address..Thermo Hygrometers
  33. pegasus | Apr 28, 2018
  34. Spuitkurk Unicorks | Apr 27, 2018
  35. jennyholt | Apr 25, 2018
    Nice Post
  36. hermawanalfaqih | Apr 24, 2018
    This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. This is very nice one and gives indepth information. Thanks for this nice article obat kelenjar getah bening obat hipertiroid obat tukak lambung obat tbc paru obat patah tulang
  37. karmapala | Apr 18, 2018
    It is imperative that we read blog post very carefully. I am already done it and find that this post is really amazing. obat ambeien tradisional
  38. Monika | Apr 17, 2018

    Amazed to be here and want to read this amazing info. Thanks for this interesting article and i would really want to say thanks for this info. 

    Escorts in Delhi Escorts in Delhi Escorts in Delhi Escorts in Delhi Escorts in Delhi Escorts in Delhi Escorts in Delhi Escorts in Delhi Escorts in Delhi

  39. Galang saputra | Apr 17, 2018
  40. jennyholt | Apr 12, 2018
    The way you have explained this thing is amazing. i was glued to your article. Moreover if anyone having problem with Toshiba Laptop, they can contact me at Toshiba Support Number. All their problms will be solved by our Technical Support team.
  41. Friv4 | Apr 08, 2018
    Your posts are the flower of the flock. I often read them to relax and gain information. I'm thankful for your writing and sharing. Keep your work. I want to read more articles from you. They are so great. gogy games happy wheelsfriv4 game text twist 2friv 10 game Spacegolf.ioKizi 2 game Modern Blocky Paint
  42. gogy 2 | Apr 07, 2018
    Thanks to your posts, I resolve some problems. The articles bring insight and knowledge. I are eager to read them. Hope that you will write more and more. Good luck!Cute Moe 2 Dresup gogy girls gameHextris friv4 onlineGeometry Dash jogos frivMAT48 Kizi 2018 online
  43. Aol Gold | Apr 05, 2018
    Nice all information which you have sharing in your blog post.  I literally like all your opinion and idea which you have sharing in your blog post.
      aol gold download
      download aol gold
  44. uali20 | Apr 02, 2018
    That appears to be excellent however i am still not too sure that I like it. At any rate will look far more into it and decide personally!Detectives las rozas
  45. Gill | Mar 29, 2018
    I really like your wonderful post. I loved to read such kind of article. and the first time I visit our website. and I happy to be here, thanks for sharing this amazing post Kindle Customer Support
  46. Taniyakhan | Mar 20, 2018
    Thank you so much admin already share information with us, I’m sorry permission to share articles here just to share information and tips. Escort Delhi Call Girls in Delhi Independent Escorts Service in Delhi Female Dehradun Escorts Hifi Escorts in Delhi
  47. wilsonamelie | Mar 14, 2018
    I am amzaed by the way you have explained things in this post. This post is quite interesting and i am looking forward to read more of your posts.
    Toshiba Customer Service uk

  48. robert | Mar 13, 2018
    Wow, this is really interesting reading. I am glad I found this and got to read it. Great job on this content. I like it.Detectives Madrid
  49. Nitish | Mar 10, 2018
    This is really a nice and informative, containing all information and also has a great impact on the new technology. Thanks for sharing it. Techavera providing the best SAP SCM training course in Noida. Visit us For Quality Learning.
  50. My Assignment Help | Mar 07, 2018
    This is really great work. Thank you for sharing such a useful information here in the blog. We also provide My Assignment Help Services in Australia.

    Leave a comment

    Hear from our Delegates

    Conference was well organised. The pigeonhole system is a very good system to use to focus discussions on the issues participants are concerned about.

    Mr Peter Hug
    Managing Director, German Engineering Federation (VDMA);
    European Cleaning Systems Manufacturers Association (EUnited Cleaning);
    European Building Automation and Controls Manufacturers (eu.bac)

    Sanitation is a really important issue in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. I hope that the CleanEnviro Summit will allow people to share their expertise on this and other issues.

    Mr Dalhatu Altaji Shehu
    Commission for Environment,Sokoto State Government
    Federal Republic of Nigeria

    Events like CleanEnviro Summit Singapore provide a global perspective on many of the issues that indviduals are dealing with at a local level. The free exchange of ideas sparks dialogue and encourages new ideas that lead to creative solutions and

    Ms Anne M.Germain
    Director of Waste @ Recycling Technology National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA)
    United States

    My work involves policies and regulations. The lessons learnt from other countries’ regulatory experiences will be important in helping to reduce pollution.

    Ms Inar Ichasana Ishak
    Ministry of the Environment
    Republic of Indonesia

    The most important thing about the CleanEnviro Summit is that delegates exchange their experiences and talk about their visions for the future.

    Mr Che-Ping Sherman Fong
    Environmental Protection Department
    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Poeple’s Republic of China

    Having had first-hand experience of balancing economic growth with environment sustainability, Singapore offers various good practices and lessons to be replicated in developing countries so as to overcome environmental challenges and promote resource efficiency.

    Dr Arab Hoballah
    Chief of Sustainable Consumption and Production
    United Nations Environment Programme

    The event [CleanEnviro Summit Singapore] gave us a good indication of the potential growth areas in the waste management sector. It also provided us with a springboard into Asia, allowing us to extend our business reach.

    Mr Ho Nyok Yong
    Samwoh Corporation

    What is the most important thing? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people. It is this philosophy that stands behind everything that we do in our city.

    HE Len Brown
    Auckland, New Zealand

    In Wales, we have 21 different municipalities, and they all recycle in totally different ways. We need to make recycling as simple as possible.

    Ms Kathryn Warren
    Principal Consultant
    Ricardo Energy and Environment

    CleanEnviro Summit Singapore is an effective platform for us to explore business partnership opportunities with companies from both the private and public sectors, which will help us in expanding our foothold in Southeast Asia.

    Mr Morimoto
    International Business Development Department, DOWA Eco-System Co.Ltd
    CleanEnviro Summit Singapore 2016 and 2018 Founding Sponsor

    It was a fantastic networking experience.

    Mr Aravind Muthiah

    Join our Mailing List!