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.
When you have a large area to keep spic-n-span, it can be a daunting task to keep the floors clean and injury-free. So, for many industrial businesses, they invest in a floor scrubber rather than using the traditional mop and bucket technique. After all, time is money and wasting manpower at the same time. And if this describes you, you may want to consider a floor scrubber.
When deciding upon which model to purchase, it is important
to think about a few key product points so you can get the model best suited
for your needs. Here are a few questions to ask:
Do you need a sweeper, a scrubber or both? Knowing
what your floor needs to maintain the level of cleanliness you’re looking for
will help guide which models to seek out. Some specialize in one mode of
cleaning, while others have a dual feature. It all depends on what your industry
is and the area you are trying to maintain.
Rider or walk-behind? This depends on the surface of your floors. A rider will increase productivity, but not if you have lots of nooks and crannies to get clean. Knowing the area your cleaning will make this decision easier.
What kind of flooring are you cleaning? Different
surfaces necessitate different cleaning products.
Who is operating the scrubber? “Different strokes for different folks” may be the saying, but it holds true for floor scrubbers purchasing. Make sure whoever is operating it can fit the machine and know how to operate it properly. The point is to make this investment a worthwhile one, not cumbersome to those using it.
We can’t deny that it saves you an incredible amount of time. In fact, an automatic floor scrubber can save you up to 80% of the man hours it would take to clean the floors by hand. You’re thankful for this handy machine each time you scrub the dirt and bring them to a glossy sheen. But have you ever stopped to think about how it works?
An automatic floor scrubber makes your life easier with three components that work in unison. After all, teamwork makes the dream work. These components – the solution dispensing system, scrubbing system and solution recovery/vacuum system – all complete the puzzle as you guide the machine along your soiled floors.
Solution dispensing system. You can’t get a good clean without soap. This little gadget makes sure to dispense just the right amount of cleaning solution to your floors. The solution you use is dependent on your particular machine and the floor’s needs.
Scrubbing system. This is the most crucial part of
the floor scrubber. Along the bottom of your machine a floor pad or brush will
agitate the cleaning solution with enough power to remove any dirt, grease or grime
that has soiled your floor.
Solution recovery/vacuum system. Now that we have scrubbed our floors clean, we need to get the soap and residue off the floor. A type of squeegee/vacuum component will suck it all up and store it in a tank that you can remove and empty. This not only minimizes dry time, but will also prevent any injuries from slipping.