Self-cleaning floors to oust even the robo-revolution?

November 21st, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

In the past few years, the robot revolution has allowed more and more automatic machines to make their way into schools, offices and the home as they have tweaked and perfected their skills and become masters of vacuuming.

It seems that robots are becoming more akin to these chores and a greater number of people are buying them to help make their daily life a little easier. However, one new invention could cut the shelf life of our robotic friends shorter than might have been imagined.

According to a new report, a design student is working on a new project that would see floors in the future clean themselves. 

As if this doesn't sound outlandish enough, the project also makes use of what many of us might imagine as the cleaner's worst enemy – bacteria.

Designer Tashia Tucker is leading the Synthetic Biology: The Future of Adaptive Living Environments project, under which she is examining the different ways types of bacteria can be used to keep surfaces clean and sanitised. 

”I think within the next 10 years we will start to see these biologically designed surfaces being developed in labs, and within the next 15-20 years being available to the public,”  Ms Tucker told Dezeen.

One of the biggest prototypes that the project is aiming for in the next few months and years is to design a floor with embedded bacteria within it. 

This would allow for dirt and other materials to be taken straight from people's feet and shoes, as well as the floor itself to remain in tip-top shape the whole time. 

In the kitchen, it could also be deployed, the project believes, to detect and eradicate potentially harmful traces of pesticides, pathogens, salmonella or allergens.

”This application could also have an impact on the health care industry. Hospitals, surgical tools and medical equipment could visually tell us when our environment is safe and clean,” Ms Tucker concluded.