Monday March 12, 2018
For many of us, cleaning is a chore that we’d rather not have to do and unfortunately at this moment in time our houses do not clean themselves. But, with modern technology advancing as it is, let’s look at what the future of cleaning may look like.
The robots are taking over
Ah, the thought of never having to physically vacuum your house again, is a dream to most homeowners.
People may think that robotic vacuums are a new invention, but this kind of technological breakthrough can be traced as far back as 1996, when James Dizon invented the Trilobite robotic vacuum which was then bought by the company Electrolux. The vacuum didn’t take off because the demand was low and the cost to buy one was astronomical.
But, as the years have gone by and technology is advancing, we have seen the introduction of products such as Dyson’s 360 Eye in 2014, which boasts a motor that spins faster than a Formula 1 car and a camera that scopes out its surroundings, so it can see the entire room at once.
Since then, in just a short space of time, there have been more advanced robotic vacuums launched such as iRobots Roomba 960 and 980, which are both Wi-Fi enabled and can be controlled using your voice via Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. So, you won’t even have to get up to switch it on or off, just simply say “Alexa, ask Roomba to start/stop cleaning”. Neato Botvac’s D3, D5, and D7 work in the same way and can be controlled via Amazon Alexa and Google Home. So, what is putting consumers off buying these time-saving devices? Well, the cost is a big factor. To buy either a Dyson 360 Eye, a Roomba or a Botvac, you’re looking at forking out between £500-£800. This makes Dyson’s V6 cordless upright bagless vac which costs around £350, look cheap!
In the future as more of these products are launched, tested and get good reviews, the demand for them could increase which would result in mass production and the cost coming down, making them more affordable for the consumer. This could mean that in the future the vacuum cleaner as we know it now, would become defunct with every household owning a robotic version. And, in a bid to continue to save the planet, we could also see these types of vacuum cleaners powered by different energy-sources, other than electricity, making them eco-friendly and energy-efficient.
Did you say streak-free windows?
Cleaning your windows inside and out, takes time and a lot of effort! All that elbow grease, only for the sun to show up the streaks or the outside to be stained by raindrops! So, wouldn’t it be great if in the future we didn’t have to clean them? The idea of self-cleaning glass has already been invented by Pilkington. Their Activ glass works by using a microscopic coating with a unique dual-action, so when it rains the water runs off the glass in sheets taking the loosened dirt away with it, drying fast and not leaving any streaks behind. This advance in technology helps the windows to stay cleaner for longer, but over time they will still need cleaning manually.
Robotic window cleaners like Winbot are currently on the market and have been designed to do the hard work for you, but we have been told by some of our customers that they prefer the results of manual cleaning. So, it looks like window cleaners are safe at the moment.
But what may the future hold for window cleaning? Perhaps we may see more window cleaning companies using drones. Currently drones are being used by some commercial and domestic cleaning companies, as they fly at great heights and can clean those hard-to-reach areas like guttering. Perhaps, in the future as the drone develops and becomes more popular, we will see more people opt to use them instead of hiring a window cleaners.
Using light to clean our clothes
A study was recently undertaken by researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, into a new type of fabric that is made of copper and silver nanostructure which when woven into cotton textiles, and subjected to sunlight, it breaks down dirt and removes stains. This means that if developed further, we could soon be cleaning our dirty clothes by wearing them outside or by placing them under a light-bulb.
When it comes to doing the laundry, it can be a bit of a bind to have to separate your whites from your darks and colored’s. But what if you were to hang your clothes in a wardrobe that cleans them for you, saving you all that bother? Sounds far too futuristic, doesn’t it? But, the technology has already been created by LG and was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas recently. The Styler wardrobe works using TrueStream (hot spray) technology that LG already use in their washers and dryers. They claim the Styler gets rid of 99.9% bacteria and germs without the use of water or detergents.
Just imagine how much time and effort this kind of wardrobe could save us! We would no longer have to wait for our clothes to dry before putting them away, which can be very time consuming especially if you have done a big load of washing. And with the invention of a robotic iron by London based engineers Effie, one of our least favorite chores could become our favorite.
No one really knows what the future of cleaning may bring us as none of us have a crystal ball. But as technology advances we are sure to see more inventions come onto the market. And with us Brits working longer hours and struggling to get the work-life balance right, we may find that these time-saving devices become very popular. However, we think that you cannot substitute good old-fashioned elbow grease and therefore there will always be a need for professional cleaners.
If you’d like to free-up your spare time to do the things you enjoy, then contact us on 0345 226 193 and let us take care of your domestic cleaning needs.