Construction innovation has seen architecture evolving at an impressive pace. While this has produced some fantastically creative skylines in cities such as London, it does present challenges too. Principal among these is the challenge of commercial window cleaning. As structures get taller, more complex and are constructed with a broader range of different materials, how will commercial window cleaning need to evolve to keep up?
The challenges of commercial window cleaning in 2019
We are already in a world where there are plenty of challenges for modern window cleaning. The Shard, for example, has 11,000 glass panels and is more than 300 metres high. Its distinctive design has made it an iconic part of the London skyline but has also presented some very unique challenges in terms of cleaning. Currently, it takes a team of window cleaners around three months to finish the entire building – at which point it is time to start again. The Shard is just one example of the way in which changes to modern construction are having an impact on how window cleaning equipment and techniques have to evolve to keep up.
The evolution of modern window cleaning
Human input is highly likely to be necessary no matter how much the sector evolves. However, there’s no doubt that technology is going to change the way that we tackle the challenges of modern cleaning, as well as the expectations that this creates. In the coming years we could well witness significant evolution in commercial window cleaning, including:
The use of drones
We are already seeing drones used across many sectors where they weren’t initially thought to be an option. From agriculture to aid, drones have the potential to improve many situations. In window cleaning they may face limitations in terms of covering surface area but could be invaluable when it comes to hard to reach areas of buildings at significant heights.
This is one evolution that is already in play – a number of buildings already have self-cleaning glass which, in theory, should minimise the need for any other type of cleaning. However, self-cleaning glass currently still uses water and the finish is frequently not as high quality as cleaning that has been done by hand. The ultimate goal for self-cleaning glass will be to achieve a finish that doesn’t require correcting.
The use of robotic machines has a lot of potential in commercial cleaning. This technology can not only help to improve productivity but also reduce the potential for accidents and make cleaning more eco-friendly and sustainable. All robotic machines currently require human operators and as more businesses train their staff to handle this technology, the potential for service improvement is huge.
These are just three ways in which commercial window cleaning is likely to evolve in the coming years. From the use of drones to robotic machines there are exciting developments on the horizon that could yield improved results.