Virtually every facility requires industrial scrubbers to keep the floor clear of unsightly dirt and debris that can cause accidents. It is also a must to be able to clean the floor without subjecting individuals to wet floors or walkways obstructed by bulky equipment. Fortunately, floor scrubbers tend to use a system that sprays both cleaning chemicals and water onto the floor so that dirt and residue can be broken up and be automatically removed by a squeegee, a vacuum, or a combination of both so that the floor is completely dry.
While the benefits of having a floor scrubber are obvious, how to choose the right one may not be. There are many types available and selecting the right type is dependent upon the size and amount of dirt that needs to be removed; if the dirt is oily, fibrous, or wet; and the surface type (bare concrete, tile, outdoor, tile concrete, etc.). The following are questions to ask yourself to help you choose the right industrial floor cleaner for your facility:
1. Ask yourself: Sweep, scrub, or both? Some facilities require sweeping, some require scrubbing, and others need both. Although sweeping may seem like the ideal way to remove fine dust, a scrubber is actually the ideal choice, as it is the ideal choice for oily or really dirty surfaces. Sweepers work better for removing bulky debris that includes metal shavings, chips, and fibrous materials. Sweeper/Scrubber combos are ideal when the facility is small and one person is responsible for the cleaning due to small holding tanks.
2. Walk-behind or ride-on? Of course the answer is dependent upon the area that must be cleaned. Another factor to consider is that ride-on machines increase productivity by 64% and there is a return on investment due to the labour savings, which is seen in approximately 3 months.
3. What about narrow spaces? There are ride-on scrubbers that are narrow enough to fit in small spaces, but walk-behind floor scrubbers may work best for those extra narrow spaces. Again, it is important to consider the area as a whole and the labour savings, so ask yourself if those narrow areas can be made less narrow or items moved so that a ride-on can fit, otherwise a walk-behind may be ideal.
4. What about the floor type? Scrubbers are intended to work on hard floor surfaces, but the floor type will determine the brushes, squeegees, brooms and other accessories that are chosen. For example, smooth, sealed surfaces are better cleaned with soft gum rubber squeegees so that excess water can be removed and the floor dried quickly.
By asking yourself the above questions, you are well on your way to choosing the right industrial floor scrubber for your business. You want ease of use, a scrubber with an adequate tank capacity to do the job, and you want one that will thoroughly clean for both the longevity of the floor and the cleanliness and safety of the facility. By knowing what kinds of scrubbers will benefit you by observing floor type, the dirt type, and what is more economically feasible for you, you can have the ideal floor scrubber.