Now that we are slowly beginning to reopen after the COVID-19
lockdown, there are lots of procedures that will have to change when it comes
to keeping companies safe for its employees and clients. Harsher restrictions
will need to be put in place in order to keep everything clean and germ-free.
This includes the floors. Make sure to check on the precautions mandated and
insert them into your cleaning routines. But there is a difference between
clean, disinfected and sanitized – and this is the way that they all break down:
Cleaned. To clean a floor is to remove dirt and grime, in order to make it look nice and shiny to the eye. Unfortunately, many all-purpose floor cleansers are just cleaning the floors; they aren’t actually getting rid of germs.
Sanitized. When you sanitize a floor, you are
cleaning it deeper than a basic cleaning, because they reduce the growth of
bacteria on surfaces. It is better, but it isn’t as deep of a clean as a good
Disinfected. The deepest of the clean, disinfecting floors
will kill both the germs and the bacteria. This should be the norm of most
The wonderful thing about floor scrubbers is that they have the ability to clean and sanitize at the same time, using certain cleansers. And within those high-traffic areas, disinfecting will be ideal. After all, airborne germs are transmitted easily and can spread along surfaces like floors in a spray-like way that becomes impossible to trace. Being able to have a machine that can effectively keep everyone safe is the ultimate goal.
Now that we are in an age of disinfecting our homes and businesses, it is important that we have the most thorough, time-saving and economical ways possible to keep everyone safe. After all, long gone are the days of a mop and bucket – we need stronger equipment. One of these sanitary ways is to invest in an industrial floor scrubber. The problem is, it is quite the investment and should be researched thoroughly before we decide in order to get the best machine for our needs. Unfortunately, many don’t take the time to research the product and/or their needs, so poor decisions cause issues down the line. Rather than let you make those mistakes, here are the more common things you need to consider when purchasing industrial cleaning equipment.
Replacement parts. When you purchase a floor
scrubber, the last thing you are thinking about is it breaking. But it is
important that you know how accessible replacement parts are, once things do
start to do. It won’t be handy if you have to wait weeks before your machine can
Battery packs. Similar to replacement parts, knowing
what is powering the machine is very important. Do you need to plug it in? Are
the batteries easily maintained? Knowing what type of battery your machine uses
will help make your decision.
Floor type. Make sure you know what your flooring is made of before choosing a floor scrubber. Certain flooring needs certain treatments, so keeping this in mind when making your decision will prevent issues to both your floors and the machine cleaning it.
Let’s face it – it’s a scary time we are living in. Not only
are we keeping social distances, but we are sanitizing every surface we are
touching with any type of disinfectant we can find. Don’t touch your face, don’t
shake hands; it’s all very aggressive and forced. But there is one area that
many people are forgetting, an area that we can’t control – our floors.
While establishments are hunkering down and scrubbing the surfaces
we touch, how are the floors staying clean? With so much foot traffic, it is likely
that a floor scrubber is the ideal choice to keeping the floors clean. But in
this COVID-19 world we live in, additional steps should be taken in order to
keep the floors as clean as possible. And since there is no such thing as too
clean, here are a few tips to keep in mind as we prepare to sanitize the floors
with our floor scrubbers.
Bump up the cleanser. The traditional solution used
to clean floors in the past was industrial and fantastic, but nowadays we need
to bump up the disinfectant. Thoroughly clean the water tank after each use,
add clean water and an EPA-registered disinfectant that is approved to kill
SARS-CoV-2–the cause of COVID-19.
Clean the cleaner. Floors aren’t the only thing that
needs to get special attention. Because the virus can be transferred through
metals and hard surfaces, the machine’s operator needs to take time after each
cleaning to wipe down every surface area on the scrubber itself with
Each one, teach one. Refocus the staff with stricter cleaning practices. Equip them with PPE and a set of new surfaces to pay close attention to when cleaning so everyone stays safe.
Because no business is exactly alike, when delving into our product expansion, we decided that we needed to include all variations of industrial scrubbers, including both riding and manual-push. The Advance Adgressor® rider-scrubber is not only a fantastic piece of equipment due to its flexibility, but its EcoFlex™ System, making it an environmentally-friendly way to maintain your facility’s cleaning routine.
The Adgressor is designed to be able to switch pad pressure,
water and detergent quickly and easily, so it is able to perform all your
cleaning needs with very little effort. Depending on your need, you can switch
between water only for quick upkeep, ultra-low detergent for a routine
cleaning, standard detergent for those tougher messes and the EcoFlex’s burst
of power for the ultimate deep cleaning. Name the cleaning challenge, the
Adgressor has the solution.
Not only does it have this multi-functionality in its
cleaning modes, but because it is a riding machine, the operator will save both
time and energy that can be utilized in other projects. Yes, it’s true – the Adgressor
can clean twice as much space as a manual scrubber within the same amount of time.
In one hour, the Adgressor with a 35-inch scrub deck cleans up to 46,200 square
feet in an hour while a manual scrubber with a 32-inch scrub deck cleans 28,160
square feet in that same hour. As an employer, this is a benefit as the time
and money spent on manpower in order to maintain the floors manually is
drastically higher than when using the Adgressor rider-scrubber.
If your commercial/industrial building is in need of cleaning equipment that is not only versatile but economical and eco-friendly, the Advance-Adgressor rider-scrubber is tough to beat.
Slips, trips and falls are the top causes of workplace injury. Generally caused by human error and/or carelessly not paying attention, it is important to ensure your floors are clean and dry in order to curtail these accidents from happening. Perhaps the most popular piece of equipment that prevents slips, trips and falls is the industrial floor scrubber. Additionally, these floor scrubbers can boost productivity, reducing operating costs and saving time by more quickly cleaning the warehouse’s floor surfaces.
But the true problem is, what type of floor scrubber is
right for you and your current floor maintenance needs? After all, the point is
to reduce the injuries. You need to be sure your investment is going to be the
perfect fit for your needs. Here’s a guide to the two main categories of floor
scrubbers — walk behind and ride-on scrubbers — that will help you understand
Walk behind floor scrubbers. As their name implies,
walk behind floor scrubbers are guided by the operator, who stands behind the
machine; most walk behind floor scrubbers don’t actually need to be pushed,
however, making the job easier for the operator. These floor scrubbers use a diluted
cleaning solution for optimal efficiency and come in a variety of widths to
handle aisles of all sizes.
Ride-on floor scrubbers. Ride-on floor scrubbers are
ideal for larger floor spaces that need to be cleaned in a short amount of
time, as they can be operated continuously. These floor scrubbers can carry
large amounts of water and are equipped with high-power batteries. These
machines typically come equipped with floor sweeping capabilities, as well.
We all want the cleanest floors possible. So, we invest in a floor scrubber. But from time to time, these scrubbers will begin to malfunction. Now is time to troubleshoot the issue. Let’s take a look at a possible issue and how to effectively diagnose and repair the issue.
To scrub floors, automatic floor scrubbers release water to
help remove dirt. If your floor scrubber is not releasing water, it will not be
able to effectively clean your floors the way you’d like. So, what do you do?
It is possible your scrubber isn’t was never filled with water or it does not have enough water. Check the tank and fill to the fill line, then test. If it’s still not working, there is probably a clogged hose or valve, so check them both for any blockages.
Solution filters are commonly forgotten and never get
cleaned, which results in them getting clogged. If this happens, it will not
allow any water to be released.
To find out what is going amiss, remove and inspect the
filter for a blockage. If the filter is dirty, remove any buildup and reconnect
to the floor scrubber. Filters need to be cleaned occasionally in order to
If you have tried all of these troubleshooting options and your floor scrubber isn’t releasing water, contact an authorized repair center for help identifying and resolving other possible causes.
When it’s time to purchase a floor scrubber for your building’s maintenance, it can be an overwhelming decision. Not only are there many different models, but there are so many bells and whistles, it’s difficult to focus on just what your particular needs are. But this is where we come in – here is a breakdown of some of the more simplistic questions to ask yourself. Once you’ve figured out a particular game plan, the minor decisions won’t be so difficult to make…
Noise levels. What type of business do you have? Are
you in a busy warehouse? Does the majority of your business happen during the
day? Do you need to be respectful of others while maintaining the floors? If
you have a business that won’t be affected by a noisy floor scrubber, don’t
bother with those noiseless models.
Power. This one wouldn’t think to be an immediate concern, but you’d be surprised. Whether you choose a battery-powered machine, or an electric model will depend on what your needs are. If there will be lots of people around while floors are being cleaned, you may want to stay away from electric models that can possibly trip up someone walking by. Nighttime cleaning crews don’t really need to worry about these accidents, therefore saving on that feature.
Safety. And that leads to the final point – safety. The biggest concern when considering a floor scrubber is making sure the operator can see everything when in operation easily, that passersby don’t end up getting hurt by accidental trip or slip, and that the operator is comfortable, so back pain and injuries don’t become an issue.