Cleaning with the “Internet of Things”
3 ways data could change the future of green cleaning
From your Netflix-streaming TV to your phone-controlled thermostat, the “Internet of Things” (IoT) has already become a part of your home. But can that same connectivity help streamline your cleaning and maintenance program? Thanks to new technologies and innovative applications from cleaning service providers, data collection from your facility may offer exciting new ways to boost cost efficiency and green sustainability. Though still in the preliminary stages, check out how interconnected cleaning could transform property management in the future.
Most cleaning programs run on routine schedules. Interconnect facilities, however, such as sensors installed in soap dispensers and toilets, can track use more accurately. This allows cleaning providers to adjust their program according to actual need. High traffic areas can then be cleaned when required, instead of waiting for the next scheduled visit. This helps both clients and cleaning providers create a data-based schedule designed specifically for their facility’s needs.
How efficient is your property? How successful are your office’s sustainability initiatives? Data can solve these dilemmas, in addition to pinpointing opportunities for “green” alternatives. Data-collecting dispensers calculate product use (and cost) exactly, so you can measure the potential benefits of green updates, such as foam soaps and hand-dryers. Recycling receptacles track the program’s success in real time. Sensors also update cleaning contractors in real time on needed repairs – meaning no more waiting for someone to discover a leaky toilet before the whole bathroom gets flooded.
Training cleaning employees on new equipment can be a tricky task. But more manufacturers now install complimentary data collection capacities in their products. These sensors track how long employees use the equipment, whether they used it correctly, and when the equiptment needs repair. This allows providers to train operators accurately, as well as track equipment maintenance, guaranteeing clients the most effective service.