An Automatic Scrubber is a great tool for keeping floors clean. Replace your mop and bucket with a automatic floor scrubber.

Walk Behind Floor Scrubber

Walk Behind Floor Scrubber – The New Mop and Bucket

A walk behind floor scrubber is easily the best tool you can have if you have to clean hard surface floors. These very useful machines all but eliminate the back breaking work of mopping floors. The best part is, they clean floor better than any mop could!

Walk Behind Floor Scrubber and Back Pain

Anyone who has spent time mopping floors knows that it is a physically draining job. In fact, mopping a floor is one of the worst actions for your back. The twisting and lifting put unusual strain on the lower back. I know I have had more than my share of back aches from mopping.

Luckily, using a walk behind floor scrubber can take all of that away. These amazing cleaning machines make floor cleaning so much easier and productive.

How Walk Behind Floor Scrubber Works

Unlike mopping, many of the motions that you have to make during cleaning are automatically done by the scrubber. There are 3 main tasks that a walk behind floor scrubber perform.

Solution Application

Walk behind floor scrubbers have a clean solution tank that feeds the scrub head. Always applying clean solution to the floor, this task allows you to use a specific amount of liquid to clean the floor. Since it is always clean water, you are never cleaning with dirty water, as you would when mopping.

Floor Agitation

The scrub head works with the cleaning solution to agitate the soils on the floor. This suspends them in the solution making them easier to remove. Using a mechanical scrubbing action makes for more consistent cleaning and keeps the operator from manually scrubbing.

Solution Recovery

Using a squeegee behind the scrub head, a vacuum system sucks up the dirty liquid. The floor is left clean and dry.

How Much Dirt Does A Walk Behind Floor Scrubber Recover?

The 3 actions of a walk behind floor scrubber make it possible to recover as much as 95% of the dirt on a floor. The constancy of the solution application and floor agitation make it far superior to mopping. And since the dirty solution is pretty much completely recovered, there is very little dirt left behind.

There is no question that a walk behind floor scrubber is much more efficient than mopping. The only issue is that you are not using one to clean your floors!

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.