Cleaning Protocols Remain Essential Despite COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccines Spark Optimism as Cases Surge Worldwide

News of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna has sparked optimism across all industries — the first glimmer of light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Anticipating imminent FDA approval for emergency use, some of the first vaccines are already en route to major distribution hubs worldwide.

Record COVID Cases Require Renewed Focus on Cleaning Best Practices

The United States is bracing for a difficult winter, as the colder weather drives people to spend more time together indoors where the virus is more easily transmitted. Now more than ever, refocusing on cleaning best practices and maintaining heightened cleaning protocols is critical to protecting our most vulnerable populations — at home, at work, and in our healthcare and senior living facilities. As we continue the fight against COVID, protecting our communities means staying ahead of the virus until a vaccine is not only approved, but also safely and effectively distributed — a finish line that remains months into the future.

Cleaning Robots Meet Rising Demand While Combating Key Challenges

To meet rising demand while contending with an increasingly strained workforce, cleaning teams should consider adopting autonomous cleaning technologies that can augment the capabilities of their staff and deliver the exceptional levels of cleanliness required at this stage of the pandemic. Autonomous cleaning robots can help both commercial cleaning companies and in-house staff:

1. ENSURE COMPREHENSIVE CLEANING EVEN WHEN STAFF ARE ILL OR QUARANTINING

As illness-related absences continue to rise and staffing becomes touch-and-go, robotic cleaning technologies can help reduce uncertainty and staff injuries due to repetitive tasks. When staff members must stay home due to illness, autonomous cleaning robots can continue to report for work and complete critical time-consuming functions like vacuuming, while the rest of your crew focuses on thorough sanitization and disinfection.

2. IMPROVE OVERALL CLEANING QUALITY

Autonomous cleaning robots immediately improve the quality of your cleaning protocols, because they clean consistently and effectively every time. For example, Whiz, the commercial robot vacuum,developed in partnership with Brain OS and ICE Robotics, can clean floors in half the time compared to manual vacuuming, while removing 99.97% of particles, dust, and pollen. This ultimately yields measurable improvements in indoor air quality.

4. TRACK CLEANING DATA TO OPTIMIZE CLEANING PROTOCOLS

Cleaning robots also provide the ability to track your cleaning data over time, which can help your team further optimize your cleaning protocols and improve cleaning outcomes. For example, Whiz tracks the square footage vacuumed each day and keeps a log of when each space was vacuumed. Whiz Connect provides analytics and actionable insights, helping to improve productivity, drive efficiency, and provide visible proof of cleanliness. This data can help you track towards business goals, manage routes and location of your cleaning units, and maximize the technology’s capabilities.

Conclusion

Despite promising vaccines, COVID-19 rages on. Cleaning teams must double down to keep indoor spaces clean and safe during what may be the most challenging stretch of the pandemic yet. Autonomous solutions can help your team achieve heightened cleanliness requirements while reducing ongoing strain on your workforce.

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