Are you sick and tired of walking into work every day and being greeted with a disgusting floor? Keeping floors clean is no easy task, but you don’t have the time or money to bring in janitorial services.
However, there’s an option you can take that will provide you with the solution you need: buy a floor scrubber. But how does a floor scrubber work, and what does it do for you?
Well, we’re glad you asked. It’s time to take a look at exactly what makes floor scrubbers tick!
But enough preamble, right? Let’s jump right into the thick of it!
How Does a Floor Scrubber Work?
A floor scrubber is a lawnmower-esque tool that you can push along the floor to disperse soap and water, cleaning the floor of stains and dirt. Unlike a lawnmower, however, a floor scrubber is more lightweight and easier to use.
As for how the scrubber works, you mix water with your cleaning solution of choice and place it inside a tank in the scrubber. When you move the scrubber across the ground, the mixture will filter down through the rotating brushes of the sweeper, allowing it to spread out the solution across the brushes and thus cover the full area of the sweeper. After the floor gets scrubbed with soap and water by the brushes, the machine will start to vacuum any liquid back up into a reclamation tank.
Also, a rubber squeegee (like those used in cleaning showers) helps to guide the water up towards the vacuum mouth, allowing more liquid to get removed from the floor on the first pass. Once you’ve run the scrubber over everything you want to clean, empty the reclamation tank.
This way, you don’t have to risk overflowing the tank next time you use the sweeper. You’ll also want to empty and rinse the cleaning mixture tank as well as clean the brushes and squeegee.
The Advantages of a Floor Scrubber
So why do people invest in a floor scrubber rather than stick to the old-fashioned mop and bucket technique? For starters, floor scrubbers do the job a lot faster than anyone with a mop or bucket could.
This is because the size of the scrubber allows it to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. Besides, this way you don’t have to pay a whole janitorial staff to clean the area for you.
Another reason people choose the floor scrubber is how quickly it dries floors after cleaning as opposed to a mop and bucket. Not only does this aid in the speed of the process, but cuts down on the risk of employees tripping and injuring themselves on the wet floor.
Plus, floor scrubbers get designed to generate the right amount of soap and water need to clean the floor and not much else. This removes the factor of human error applying too much soap (takes forever to dry) or not enough soap (doesn’t get the floor clean enough).
Floor scrubbers are also not as limited by size as one would initially think. Since there is a wide variety of models to choose from, you can pick a size that fits your work environment perfectly. And while we’re discussing floor scrubber variety…
Floor Scrubber Customization Options
One of the main customization options afforded to you with floor scrubbers is the kind of floor it services. Buffers work well with linoleum coverings, while polishers work best with marble or wood-based floors.
You also have flexibility regarding how your scrubber gets power. Some scrubbers run out of a wall socket, which lets you keep consistent power no matter how much you run the scrubber. Others come with rechargeable batteries you can use for more freedom of mobility.
If you can’t choose between the two, some scrubbers even work with both options so you choose the power source based on the situation. It’s also easy to find a manufacturer for floor scrubber parts to address any repair or customization needs you have.
The brushes on a scrubber also can swap out to fit different needs. You could get wider brushes to cover a bigger area, or change the shape of the brushes to affect the rotation pattern and how the cleaning mixture gets distributed across the floor.
Finally, floor scrubbers have different methods of use. Like lawnmowers, they can either get pushed from the back or operated by a person sitting in a chair on top of the device. While the chair provides more comfort to the user, it only works with bigger floor scrubbers and leans towards the more expensive models.
One of the first things you should do before using a floor scrubber is to get a broom and sweep the floor. Getting dust and dirt off the ground before you scrub helps prevent the water from turning it into wet grime and mud, making it more of a chore to remove than it was before. Excess dirt will also do damage over time to individual components of the scrubber like the squeegee.
Checking the condition of the brushes before you start is a great idea too. That way, you don’t have to worry about the scrubber failing its job and requiring you to run it over the floor again.
What happens if your floor seems dirtier than the scrubber could handle in one try? Do a run over the area with the cleaning solution only first (you can lift the squeegee so it’s not funneling water back into the vacuum). Then, run the scrubber over the floor with all normal components turned on.
To Cleaner Floors and Beyond
So, there you have it! Now that you know the answers to questions like “How do floor scrubbers work?” and “What can floor scrubbers do for me?”, you’re ready to make all of your cleanings needs a little less of a hassle than they were before! And for more cleanliness tips and tricks, make sure to check out the rest of the articles on our blog!
So, until next time, keep on scrubbing!