Facility management, Commercial Cleaning Tue, Mar 24, '20
Automation Enables Safe, Efficient, and Cost-Effective Cleaning During COVID-19 Pandemic

At SoftBank Robotics, we are closely monitoring the progression of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and are carefully following CDC recommendations to protect our employees, our partners, our customers and their clients and tenants around the world. In addition, we’re encouraging everyone in our network to do their part to flatten the curve. We’re in this together! 

With the rapidly evolving nature of the coronavirus, keeping commercial and residential spaces safe and healthy for building tenants has never been more critical. Equally important is the health and safety of service workers, including janitorial and maintenance staff—many of whom have little choice but to continue reporting to work. 

Automation Enables Safe, Efficient, and Cost-Effective Cleaning Practices

The last few weeks have placed overwhelming demands on cleaning teams to follow the latest CDC guidelines and keep up with the higher level of service that tenants expect during these challenging times. You may be wondering how to adapt to these demands without significantly increasing labor hours, while also accommodating staff requests for time off. 

By leveraging automated cleaning technologies, cleaning companies are better equipped to meet increased cleaning needs in a safe, efficient, and cost-effective manner. Below are 3 ways automated cleaning technologies can ease the burden on your staff while providing a higher quality of cleaning to calm tenants’ fears. 

1. Empower staff to focus on critical disinfecting tasks. 

Automated cleaning technologies can help ease the strain on your team, so you can accomplish more without overburdening your staff. For example, automating rote cleaning 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 frequent disinfecting of high touch areas like door handles, elevator buttons, stair handrails, and restroom surfaces.

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2. Enable staff to stay home when possible. 

Leveraging automation to complete certain cleaning tasks may also enable staff members to stay home during the outbreak, reducing the risk of exposure or transmission. For example, when you offload vacuuming tasks to Whiz™, our commercial robot vacuum, you can ensure cleaning consistency and frequency even with a limited staff, so your clients see no reduction in service.  Whiz can clean up to 30,000 square feet per shift, making your cleaning team more efficient. 

3. Keep carpets, and the air, cleaner. 

In addition to keeping surfaces clean, carpets in common areas like hallways and lobbies should be vacuumed thoroughly each day. What many people do not realize is that carpets are the number one air filter in your building. In recent years, many properties have switched from vacuuming every square inch of carpet to spot cleaning. 

However, complete and consistent vacuuming can make a significant impact on tenants’ health—both during an outbreak and throughout the year.  Whiz, our commercial robot vacuum, can reduce dust and allergens kicked up by manual cleaning by 8x, dramatically improving indoor air quality. In addition, Whiz can get floors 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 threats like the COVID-19. 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 help your cleaning teams regain the upper hand, book time today.