I own a cleaning company and I’m a proud, card carrying techno geek. While I have the good sense to employ a good core group of people to handle things like equipment repairs, our website and hardware, I spend a lot more time checking out glitches than I need to. Can’t help it. I was probably way too excited about adding mobility to our operations. And it had nothing to with the tech increasing our workload by up to five jobs a day. I was just giddy about being able to track my repairmen, productions or shipments from home, the car or at the game.


I keep a close eye on cleaning technology and the ways it changes our lives. I couldn’t wait to strap on a backpack vacuum, pretty much snatching it out of my employee’s hand. I can still see the scowl on her face. From tracking eco-friendly chemicals to dehumidifiers that restore walls, floors and even books damaged by flooding, I am amazed at where things are going.


My passion for technology and being a geek is something that seeps off my skin. Not surprisingly, I’m more than happy to talk to customers, employees and vendors about ways to maintain home, office and other spaces both personal and professional, or sharing ideas about ways technology could make cleaning easier and more environmentally friendly. One of my favorite devices right now is the iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Scrubbing Robot. I’m still following that baby around while it cleans. My kids tell me if I’m going to do that, I might as well grab a mop and help it!


I test all new equipment in my own home before we start using it on jobs. For superior deep cleaning carpet systems, I check out solutions and equipment in varying combinations. This is the only real way to gauge the effectiveness of a deep cleaning process. Though I do advise laypersons avoid this. If they buy or rent equipment, they should stick with manufacturer recommended procedures. We can promise their recommendations will do a more than admirable job. But if you find yourself looking at a particularly difficult stain or odor in your flooring, it’s best to get in touch with a cleaning service. They know how to incorporate new equipment and solutions with standard procedures efficiently and safely.


If the iRobot Scooba 390 is any indication, the future is probably going to see more robotics in everything from vacuuming to multi-tasking floor equipment. (Though many like me are still wondering why, with all this advancement, no one’s managed to come up with a better broom.) I’m expecting some exciting things that’s going to put great spins on the way we clean. While I do think professional cleaning is always going to have its place, people can look forward to science finding convenient and affordable ways to manage living spaces. And I’ll be leading the charge, testing and gawking, and happily sending folks like you in the right direction.

iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Washing Robot