April 8, 2020

The role of floors in the spread of COVID-19

The Role of Floors in The Spread of COVID-19


Many experts have come to understand how novel coronavirus spreads — an infected person coughs or sneezes producing droplets that are sprayed onto their surroundings. Depending on where that person is, surfaces can include doorknobs, light switches, walls, doors and the floor.

When it comes to cleaning — as we’re often told by the media, our peers and even family members — it’s important to focus our disinfecting efforts on high-touch surfaces. If those high-touch surfaces are taken care of, you’re in the clear. Right?

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. There’s one culprit that everyone needs to start paying more attention to: the floors. They're a constant in every space, including grocery stores, hospitals, airports and warehouses.

When an infected person coughs or sneezes, some droplets land on the floor. Another person then walks on the same floor and picks up the virus on their shoes. As they continue to walk around, the virus begins to spread. Upon returning home, they bring the virus into their house. Once they remove their shoes, it spreads to their hands, which can, in turn, spread to their face, increasing their chances of becoming infected.

It’s important to begin spending as much time regularly sanitizing the floors as it is cleaning other areas. For commercial spaces like retail, hospitals, airports and warehouses, floor scrubbing robots like Avidbots Neo are the perfect addition to an existing cleaning team. We have customers around the globe that have added Neo to their cleaning teams — Neo takes care of sanitizing the floors while their cleaning teams have more time to clean other surfaces.

Neo is the world’s only autonomous floor scrubbing robot built from the ground up with a clean sheet design — it was conceived as a robot from day one. It combines cutting-edge AI with a state-of-the-art robot design to deliver high quality, consistent and measurable clean with next to no human intervention. The unit is easy to set up and operate, requiring no special training or programming. Once cleaning is underway, Neo automatically detects obstacles and dynamically updates its route, minimizing cleaning time and maximizing performance.

Neo is coupled with the Avidbots Command Center, providing powerful dashboards to understand how your investment is paying off. From a financial perspective, the Command Center will track how Neo is performing against predetermined targets. From an operational perspective, you’ll be able to determine whether your facility has been successfully cleaned and where there were missed areas, allowing you to further investigate the cause. Overall, Command Center provides a level of oversight and performance measurement that you won’t find in other commercial floor scrubbers.

One of Neo’s key features that sets it apart from some of the competition is its separate water tanks — one for clean water and another for dirty water. This design choice means you’re always cleaning with clean water. Furthermore, by adding a solution to the clean water tank, Neo cleans and sanitizes* as it operates.

Many of the top warehouses, hospitals and airports around the globe are using Avidbots Neo to help control the spread of COVID-19. Check out Best Practices When Using Autonomous Cleaning Robots to Contain the COVID-19 Outbreak to learn more.

If you’re interested in discussing how Neo can help your cleaning staff or learning more about Avidbots, please contact us.

*Note: Always follow the cleaning and sanitizing guidelines set out by your local government, including the use and application of cleaning solutions.

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