The evolution of cleaning technology

December 22nd, 2015 Category: Local Authority & Housing

Over the last few weeks, there have been many initiatives designed to change the way we approach cleaning.

Whether it is cleaning our carpets, spritzing street walls or hygiene in a medical setting, there are literally endless applications to cleaning technology.

In this article, we discuss some of the main developments to have taken place over the last few weeks and how they impact the future of cleaning.

Sticky business

Anyone who has unwittingly stepped in sticky gum knows how unpleasant this can be. But as if that wasn’t grizzly enough, imagine an entire wall full of gum.

In Seattle, such a monstrosity has stood for many years and has been the bane of city authorities. The famed gum wall has become something of a landmark in the city, with more than one million pieces of the sticky stuff plastered to the structure over the past 20 years.

Some pieces of the gum have even been moulded into messages and designs and has come in many colours.

But gum is not the only substance that has become stuck to the wall. It has also been decorated with pictures, business cards and other mementos.

However, finally, authorities decided that enough was enough and set about cleaning the gum. The infamous urban structure in Pike Place Market was steam-cleaned in order to clear the gum.

When asked why the famed landmark got its first bath, Zoe Freeman, who works near Pike Place,explained: "The market is famous for the gum wall. But it also draws rats."

Dirty needles pose health risk

Of course, the above heading may seem to be stating the obvious, but in this case, we are referring specifically to surgical instruments.

Research published by the ECRI Institute revealed that failure to clean and disinfect clinical instruments properly is among the top risks posed by businesses today.

Furthermore, the study found that patients are at even more risk if new healthcare technologies are not used in the correct manner.

In fact, the improper cleaning of flexible endoscopes before disinfection will help to contribute to the spread of deadly pathogens, according to the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards 2016 report by the ECRI.

This has been highlighted by the spread of the fatal Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections in 2014 and 2015.

Anthony Montagnolo, chief operating officer of the ECRI Institute said: “With all the issues that hospital leaders are dealing with, technology safety can often be overlooked.

“Based on our experience with independent medical device testing in our laboratory plus accident investigations and reported events, we're very aware of serious safety problems that occur." 

Carpet cleaning

The launch of new spray extractors is set to make carpet cleaning even easier, it has been revealed.

Truvox International has just launched the Hydromist 55/400 and the Hydromist 55/100. The former is designed to tackle even the toughest of carpet stains and dirt, while the latter the economical way for in-house teams to clean large carpeted areas subject to day-to-day foot traffic, spills and stains.