Whilst not something you'll find us using when it comes to cleaning offices in London, little robots like the Roomba hav started to invade living rooms and kitchens across the globe. And according to several manufacturers at CES '13, there could soon be robots helping out in more ways than just vacuuming by the end of the year. For those who don't follow it, CES is the Consumer Electronics Show, and is held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Typically held at the very start of a new year, CES gives gadget-lovers a chance to see the electronics that will be changing their lives in the coming year. This year, we're taking a look at the two cleaning robots that stole the show. iRobot Looj [caption id="attachment_523" align="alignright" width="470" caption="Cleaning Robots - iRobot Looj"][/caption] If there's one cleaning job many can't stand - it's cleaning the gutters. If you don't want horrible damp, overspill down your walls or moisture seeping into your roof, you're going to have to get the ladders out and get arm-deep in gunk at least once a year. But the iRobot Looj could be set to alleviate the most unpleasant part of that chore. Whilst it does need to be placed into the gutter by human hands (don't get rid of the ladders just yet) the Looj is capable of being submerged in up to 8 inches of water, and will scoot through the gutter displacing debris. Capable of changing its angle of attack and other cleaning factors by sensing the severity/density of the debris, the Looj can scurry up to 200ft off a single charge. We want one already. Ecovacs Winbot 7 [caption id="attachment_524" align="alignright" width="470" caption="Cleaning Robots - evovacs winbot 7"][/caption] Whilst the name is more reminiscent of a Microsoft operating system, the Winbot 7 from Ecovacs is most definitely geared to towards the more traditional type of Windows. Whilst we've seen window-cleaning robots before, most have been two-part systems that rely on magnets to 'sandwich' the glass to stay vertical - limiting how thick the glass can be before it simply falls off. The Winbot 7 uses two concentric suction rings to cling to glass of any thickness to provide awesome robo-window cleaning on any type of glass. With the windows, carpets and gutters now being taken care of by robots, we're counting down our days as London office cleaners until the robot-revolution! Just kidding! What robo-cleaning device do you want to see?
Demand for office space is high all over the UK but in particular London, where more and more companies are looking for commercial spaces in the capital. A new development or should I say redevelopment by a well-known property firm that is being built in central London should benefit central London office cleaning companies. The new commercial complex being built in Covent Garden will consist mainly of Grade A office spaces. The project is a redevelopment by Legal & General Property and it will cost the company £65 million making it the biggest project of its kind in this particular area in 2012. In total 55,000 sq ft are being built with a focus not only in catering for the growing demand of office spaces in the area but also with great emphasis on sustainability. For starters bicycle units and showering facilities are being implemented to encourage workers to cycle to work. This is great news for office cleaning companies providing their services in central London where the market seems to be saturated due to the lack of office spaces in the area. But new developments such as this one from L&G is giving new hopes for London office cleaning companies which are already working hard to secure future contracts once these new buildings are ready. While office cleaning companies are working hard to provide competitive quotes for their services, the demand for property is becoming so intense that property market analysts are predicting that rents would spiral due to such high demand and lack of new office space.