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The future of floorcare

Brent Smith examines efficiency, compliance and expert solutions as they pertain to the future of floorcare.

As I look towards the future of the floorcare industry, the focus has shifted towards a cost-effective solution that prioritises efficiency without compromising on safety standards. The decision to hire floorcare and surface preparation has become a strategic choice for businesses looking to achieve optimal results.

I explore the benefits of this approach, while also highlighting the role played by technology and expertise in shaping the industry’s future.

Safety standards
Ensuring safety standards are upheld is a top priority to safeguard workers and the public, especially when it comes to businesses adhering to the regulations set by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Recent statistics show floorcare maintenance incidents are still prevalent in various industries including construction, airports, and hospitality. As a result, the cleaning industry is placing a stronger emphasis on improving workplace safety in accordance with regulations.

At Sunbelt Rentals, we understand the importance of maintaining and promoting a safe working environment, especially when it comes to floorcare. We know the important role that professional floorcare maintenance plays in minimising risks, preventing accidents, and reducing the chances of trips and falls.

Taking a proactive approach to ensure floors meet a high standard not only protects employees and customers, but also enhances the aesthetics of the facility. That’s why with our new offering, Floor care and Maintenance Solutions, we provide industry-leading equipment, including remote-controlled grinding machines and robotic cleaning machines to equip customers with the tools they need to maintain their floors and surfaces.

Technology advancements
The introduction of innovative machine technology, including robotic cleaning machines that use AI to navigate obstacles, and telematics to monitor and maximise productivity, is a crucial offering in Sunbelt Rentals’ portfolio. Incorporating technology into machines, such as remote-controlled floor grinders and polishers, offers the additional advantage of enhancing operator safety.

This is achieved by minimising the likelihood of developing debilitating conditions like hand-arm vibrations syndrome. The integration of these technologies isn’t designed to replace the human workforce, instead they’ve been proven to enhance efficiency for labour intensive roles and free-up resource for other critical tasks, leading to long-term cost-savings.

As the industry continues to prioritise sustainability and environmental consciousness, there is a growing trend towards the adoption of eco-friendly cleaning solutions and practices. Through options such as water-saving technologies and biodegradable cleaning solutions, businesses can minimise their environmental footprint whilst delivering effective cleaning results.

With the advancements in battery technology, such as battery-powered and LPG walk-behind and ride-on sweepers, it has led to reduced reliance on fossil fuels and emissions.

At Sunbelt Rentals, we align our values with sustainability through our action plan; Our Planet. With sustainability, innovation, and business governance at the heart of the plan, we invest in new equipment and solutions that produce fewer emissions, helping our customer achieve their sustainability goals.

Storage and maintenance costs
By opting for a rental solution, businesses can eliminate the need for storage and maintenance of floor cleaning equipment, resulting in smoother operations and reduced maintenance costs. It allows businesses the flexibility to scale their fleet to meet demand, only paying for the equipment when they actually need it and not having to cover storage costs during quieter periods.

At Sunbelt Rentals, we make sure that all equipment is meticulously maintained before being rented out to customers ensuring optimal performance from the outset. This level of flexibility is key, especially in fast-paced industries such as retail where time is of the essence.

Experienced team
Hiring floorcare and surface preparation equipment provides businesses with the additional benefit of access to a team of experienced professionals who specialise in supporting customers across multiple industries with their requirements.

From the initial planning stage through to execution, our Flooring Solutions team have the knowledge and experience to support with equipment selection and maintenance guidance to ensure the right products on site at the beginning.

The future of floorcare is undeniably influenced by a growing emphasis on efficiency, compliance, and sustainability. By choosing to hire floorcare and surface preparation equipment, businesses open numerous long-term financial benefits.

Furthermore, with the advancements in technology shaping the landscape of the industry, businesses can stay up to date with regulatory compliance, achieve flexibility to scale their fleet to meet customer demands, and ease challenges associated with storage and maintenance.
Brent Smith is director of FM Solutions at Sunbelt Rentals

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