The demand for cleaner, safer, and more efficiently managed facilities has never been more pronounced as the world adapts to a heightened awareness of hygiene and cleanliness. In commercial real estate (CRE), meeting these demands is not just a matter of maintaining appearances; it’s a strategic imperative for success. As a result, CRE companies are turning to cutting-edge advancements in technology. Compared with traditional methods, these smart cleaning technologies leverage IoT sensors and advanced analytics to create a responsive and cost-effective cleaning and maintenance approach. Smart cleaning simplifies operations, reduces manual oversight and optimizes resource allocation.
The Evolution of Cleaning in CRE
Traditional cleaning methods have multiple shortcomings. Manual scheduling creates ineffective cleaning routes, wasting time and resources. Inefficient use of supplies, like excessive cleaning and paper products, contributes to unnecessary costs and causes wastage. These methods tend to be reactive, addressing issues after complaints or when visible problems arise.
On the other hand, smart cleaning technology provides janitorial staff access to critical data to make informed decisions, adjust schedules on the fly, and identify areas that require immediate attention, ensuring consistently higher cleaning quality and reducing the likelihood of complaints and tenant dissatisfaction.
Technology in Smart Cleaning
IoT sensors are at the heart of smart cleaning. These sensors serve as the digital eyes and ears, capturing vital data that fuels the smart cleaning ecosystem. For example, occupancy sensors detect human presence within different facility areas. They provide real-time data on when and how often a space is used to fuel proactive reminders that direct cleaning teams to high-occupancy areas and help optimize routes instead of adhering to fixed schedules.
Moreover, sensors that monitor consumables can track the usage of supplies such as paper towels, soap dispensers, toilet paper, or sanitizers. When the supply levels drop below a certain threshold, the sensors trigger alerts requesting the cleaning staff to respond immediately.
In addition, IoT sensors can monitor environmental conditions like temperature and humidity in real-time. Knowing the temperature and humidity levels in a particular area can influence the choice of cleaning products and methods to ensure optimal cleaning effectiveness. It can also help prevent mold growth or discomfort from extreme temperatures, contributing to a healthier and more comfortable environment.
Benefits of Smart Cleaning Technology
Reduce Supply Waste
Smart cleaning technologies tackle the problem of resource wastage head-on. Using real-time data insights from IoT sensors, cleaning operations are meticulously tailored to meet actual demand. This precision eliminates unnecessary use of cleaning supplies, leading to a substantial reduction in cost. Since traditionally cleaners follow strict schedules, they sometimes replace dispensers even when supplies are still available inside them. With sensor alerts, cleaners refill at the optimal time so supplies are always stocked, saving up to 35% of supply waste.
Optimize Cleaning Operations
Facility managers acquire unparalleled insights into their operations by examining comprehensive reports encompassing usage statistics, maintenance history, and cleaning schedules. This ensures that cleaning teams are deployed only when necessary, reducing redundant work in unused areas. As a result, workflows are streamlined, cleaning labour is lowered, and time savings and efficiencies are increased significantly. Moreover, they can inspect real-time cleaning operations to ensure they consistently meet cleanliness expectations and focus on areas that may lag.
Elevate Guest/Tenant Comfort
Real-time monitoring and proactive cleaning in high-traffic areas ensure more inviting spaces. Smart cleaning technology maintains impeccable hygiene and proactively mitigates the risk of disease transmission through timely cleaning, restocking, and efficient waste management. Enhancing the quality of services for building occupants demonstrates a dedication to the well-being and comfort of tenants. It also ensures that tenants are always informed, providing visibility over the last time an area was cleaned, the number of recent visitors, and the current level of supplies.
The integration of smart cleaning technologies yields tangible financial benefits. Operational costs are significantly lowered by minimizing wastage, optimizing staff allocation, and preemptively addressing issues like supply shortages, cleanliness standards not being met, or any other operational challenges that may arise in cleaning and maintenance tasks. Furthermore, elevated tenant satisfaction can increase occupancy rates, extended lease agreements, and even potential rent premiums, further supporting the bottom line.
Lower Carbon Footprint
Environmental responsibility is no longer optional; it has become a necessity and a key market differentiator. Smart cleaning technologies promote sustainability by reducing consumable waste. It helps drive ESG initiatives and lowers a building’s carbon footprint.
Real-Life Success Story
Check out how QuadReal experienced more than a 20% reduction in cleaner labour and a 35% reduction in supply wastage by deploying Mero and PPremiseHQ’sGroundFloor, improving efficiency and cost savings.
Smart cleaning technology marks a pivotal change in commercial real estate cleaning practices. It modernizes processes, making them more adaptable to actual demand, and fosters a proactive approach to cleaning. It goes beyond being just a tool; it drives positive change. Smart cleaning empowers you to accomplish more with fewer resources, proactively tackle challenges, and create cleaner, more inviting environments for building occupants, guiding commercial real estate toward a brighter future.