According to Japanese cleaning firm JR East Environment Access, vomit left behind by drunken revellers are a major problem at Tokyo’s railway hubs. A new vomit-cleaning vacuum invented in Japan has been helping with the cleanup in the country’s capital.
The cleaning staff usually envelops the vomit in sawdust to absorb any excess moisture before sweeping it up with a dustpan and brush. However, the residue often remains visible after a cleanup. The vactuum uses a white powder which is claimed to absorb the liquid faster than sawdust. The powder, named Access Clean, is made from a material used in incontinence pads. After the liquid vomit has been absorbed by the powder, the machine vacuums away the residue while a disinfectant is applied.
The company cleans more than 400 stations operated by East Japan Railway, and meanwhile, restaurants and bus operators have also registered their interest in acquiring the new machine.