The initial round of research indicates that there is a wealth of information available on large-scale cleaning innovations for use post-COVID.
- Electrostatic spraying — which uses hand-held device to spray disinfecting mist over non-porous surfaces for mass disinfecting — is becoming a popular strategy for office spaces and airlines.
- This new strategy is estimated to be 60% to 70% faster than hand-held spraying and wiping, and decontaminating foggers.
- American Airlines recently implemented electrostatic disinfectant spraying into their cleaning plan, which is applied every 30 days to every surface within an aircraft.
UV Sanitizing & Cleaning Robots
- Robots with UV-C lights are being used for large-scale sanitization without chemicals. These robots are currently being primarily in hospital settings and cut down the disinfecting time of a standard operating room from 90 minutes to 12 minutes.
- The UV-C lights from robots can be placed in a room and damage the DNA/RNA of harmful bacteria, viruses, and microbes in minutes, rendering them harmless.
- Blue Ocean Robotics and UVD Robots are two businesses currently manufacturing UV robots.
Within our first hour of research, we were able to identify two innovations in large-scale cleaning and disinfecting that are beginning to be popular. For each innovation noted, we offered a brief explanation of what the idea/product is, how and why it works, and a statement on who is making and using it. Although we only had time to locate and describe two innovations, early searches do indicate that there are additional new products being made and tested for this market. Based on the data availability, we are confident that the proposals suggested below can offer a more comprehensive list of new ideas and innovations for mass cleaning and disinfecting in office/commercial/public spaces.