The future of cleaning is here. Hygiene is under a magnifying glass – and for good reason. Not only personal hygiene, but also the hygiene of a space and even the air, has a big influence on our overall well-being.

Conventional cleaning doesn’t cut it anymore

Conventional cleaning rarely concerns itself with more than the bare minimum: floors and furnishings. A significant amount of contaminants is not actually removed, but simply redistributed. When cleaning the floor with a mop and bucket, a lot of dirt is spread around rather than removed. And who isn’t familiar with dust flying around as soon as you start cleaning? This means the space gets dirty again as soon as the dust settles.

Time for a new approach

4D cleaning is the result of a holistic approach to cleaning and hygiene. This method engages every dimension of a space: the floors, walls and ceilings, furniture and surfaces, and even indoor air. By addressing the interaction of these dimensions, it’s possible to assure a truly clean and healthy environment. If one dimension isn’t cleaned properly, it can affect the other clean areas.

1. Cleaning floors
Clean floors give a great (first) impression. But more importantly, clean floors improve the safety of people as it prevents slip-and-fall hazards. Traffic density can lead to germs spreading all over your floors, which subsequently leads to the spread of illnesses and diseases. By cleaning your floors properly and regularly, you can ensure a fresh, healthy and clean environment.

2. Cleaning walls and ceilings
Ceilings and walls are exposed to all sorts of dirt and dust, spider webs, and in certain environments even pet dander, cooking oils, grease, cigarette smoke and more. As walls and ceilings can be difficult to access, they are often easily overlooked or even skipped altogether. As ceilings and walls can get really dirty they should always be taken into account. Especially as air-conditioning or certain ventilation could spread the dirt throughout your space. Walls and ceilings call for smart cleaning solutions.

3. Cleaning furniture and surfaces
Surface cleaning is another important dimension of cleaning. Whether cleaning in sports stadiums, cinemas, schools, or retail facilities, there are a lot of surfaces to be cleaned. Nowadays we must be aware of important (and unnoticed) touch-points: areas that are often touched by people as they go throughout their days (think of desks, phones, computer mouse, and more obvious: the toilet flush button). These touch points are an extra risk when it comes to spreading germs. It’s important to not only clean, but also disinfect furniture and surfaces.

4. Cleaning indoor air
Indoor air quality can be up to 5-10 times worse than outdoor air quality. Not something to take lightly, considering that we spend an average of 90 percent of our time indoors. Poor indoor air quality can result in headaches, fatigue, allergic reactions, asthma attacks and virus transmission. Ventilation is known as an efficient way to provide clean air. But ventilation alone is not enough. Besides the fact that it boosts your energy bill during colder days, it doesn’t filter aerosols out of the air. In other words: germs can still spread.But there’s a solution. Air purification does filter aerosols out of the air, resulting in a perfectly clean, healthy, and fresh indoor environment.

Article by i-team Global, a company that focuses on the development and design of high-end cleaning machines, products and utilities.

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