Floor Scrubber Head Types

Automatic Floor Scrubber Head Types

Over the years, the automatic floor scrubber head types have evolved. The scrub head is where the work really gets done. The most common scrubber head types are disk, cylindrical, and square oscillating. Each can be very useful when it comes to getting a floor clean, but depending on what type of floor you need to clean, selecting the right one can make the task much easier.

Disk Automatic Scrubber

Disk Floor Scrubber HeadThe disk scrub head is the most common type. This traditional style consists of either a single or double rotating disk that uses a floor pad or brush to agitate the dirt on the floor. Because of the wide variety of pads and brushes available, disk floor scrubbers can be used for general cleaning, deep scrubbing and even stripping floors. Floor pads can be easily replaced and are relatively inexpensive.

Brushes are also an option and have many different uses. A brush is a good option when cleaning uneven surfaces such as ceramic tile or concrete. The bristles can get down into the dynamic surface better than a flat pad. Brushes do tend to be more pricey up front, but last a lot longer than pads.

Cylindrical Automatic Scrubbers

Cylindrical Floor Scrubber HeadA cylindrical floor scrubber head is another option on for your automatic scrubber. These usually have a cylindrical brush that sits horizontally under the machine. Because the brush rotates down toward the floor rather than across the surface, as with the disk, these make a good option for uneven surfaces. Many of these have 2 brushes that counter rotate so that they can get into grout lines from multiple directions. Because the brushes are usually very durable, they tend to last.

Multiple brush types make it possible for cylindrical floor scrubbers to clean many types of rough surface floors. Stiff brushes are a good option for rough concrete and grouted floors. Softer brushes work well to clean rubber floors, textured tile and even synthetic rubber athletic floors.

Square Oscillating Scrubbers

Square Floor Scrubber HeadThese fairly new type of square scrubbers are making a big impact on the floor care industry. When used with a special stripping pad, square scrubber heads are able to strip floor finish from a floor with out using a chemical floor stripper.

They also work great for cleaning vinyl tile floors regularly. The standard types of floor pads, such as red, white, blue and black are available in the square format. Because these scrubber heads oscillate very quickly, they apply more agitation to the floor and thus more cleaning power. There are square pad-like brushes available that can make cleaning grouted tile and other dynamic surfaces possible.

Like any tool, choosing the right floor scrubber head depends on the job that needs to be done. Evaluating the types of floors to be cleaned will help with making the best decision for your facility.

what is a floor scrubber

Floor Scrubbers – The 2 General Types

In the floor care world, one of the most important tools are floor scrubbers. These essential floor care tools not only make the the work easier, but they allow for all types of hard surface floors to last longer and be much cleaner.

What is a Floor Scrubber?

The term “floor scrubber” can be applied to a couple of different types of machines. Technically, any machine that uses movement to loosen soils from a floors surface, can be called a floor machine, but there are some standards in the cleaning world.

Single-Disk Rotary Floor Scrubbers

Single Disk Rotary Floor ScrubbersSingle-disk rotary floor scrubbers are very useful tools. They have been a staple in the industry since the early 1900’s. These consist of a motor that spins a circular disk that can be either a floor pad or a brush. The pad speed is usually 170 rpm, but they can be as much as 500 rpm. They have a handle that extends from the base that has a switch build in to turn the machine on and off. The majority of these machines are corded, but there are some that use batteries.

Single disk rotary floor machines have many uses. Beyond just scrubbing the floor, they have many other uses.

  • Stripping vinyl floors
  • Polishing or Buffing VCT floor finish
  • Sanding wood floors
  • Carpet cleaning with a bonnet

It is also possible to scarify concrete using a specialized attachment.

Automatic Floor Scrubbers

What are automatic floor scrubbers?Automatic floor scrubbers are used specifically for cleaning floors. More than the single disk rotary scrubbers, they have an on-board cleaning solution tank that dispenses the cleaning chemical and/or water to a scrub head. A key feature is that auto-scrubbers have a dirty water recovery system. A squeegee and vacuum system removes the dirty water immediately from the floor.

Using an automatic scrubber makes cleaning floors easier. By simply walking behind or riding the machine, the floor is scrubbed, the cleaning solution is dispensed and recovered all in one single pass.

Clean water is always being applied and the dirty water is removed. This makes cleaning floors with an automatic floor scrubber much more efficient than using a mop and bucket.

Floor scrubbers are amazing tools for maintaining floors. Finding the right one for your facility can make a huge difference in the life and appearance of floors.