The future of cleaning: Will surfaces clean themselves?

October 31st, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Cleaning can be a tough old job, with contractors spending day after day scrubbing tea, coffee and dried-on food stains off numerous surfaces in the buildings they work in.

Ask anyone, and they would surely not reject the chance to get a helping hand. According to a new study though, this could come in a totally unexpected way, with worktops and surfaces of the future predicted to clean themselves.

Forecasting agency Trendstop, working with Miele, said that 50 years down the line there will be changes to the way our houses and buildings work for us, with kitchen worktops able to clean themselves and banish stains to the history books.

For those with a green leaning there is also good news, with the predictions stating that there will be a call for the food and waste dropped onto surfaces to be turned into plant food by the worktops themselves, helping to recycle waste.

This was revealed as part of a future prediction from Miele to celebrate its 50th anniversary, showing what the kitchen will look like 50 years from now.

Apparently food will be vastly different as well. Based on the Trendstop study, dishes predicted for the future included insect and bean-paste dumplings, 30-ingredient salad and root vegetables cooked in sweet yoghurt and spices.

Other rather ambitious predictions suggested that cutlery and crockery will also be able to clean themselves by 2063, meaning that the job for cleaning firms in schools and offices will be far easier with that little helping hand in the future.

If that all sounds a little Marty McFly for your tastes though, the predictions also included some more practical forecasts looking ahead.

The company said it expects kitchen designs in the future to promote cleanliness, with worktops, walls and other surfaces around rooms expected to have fewer corners, a reality that would stop the build up of germs and make for far more hygienic rooms.