Floor cleaning machines and floor scrubbers are great tools floor maintaining floors.

Industrial Floor Scrubber

Industrial Floor Scrubber


The floors in a shop can be difficult to keep clean. Depending on what kind of shop you are working in, there are any number of problems that can cause the floor to be dirty, slippery or even sticky. Using a industrial floor scrubber can make your life much easier, save a lot of time and help keep yourself and others safe.

In the floor care market today there are many manufacturers making scrubbers and each brand has its own set of unique selling points and feature sets. But keep in mind, these aren’t your kitchen Bissell, they are meant for hard work. The bigger brand names have a range of different types of floor scrubbers specifically designed for differing flooring care requirements.

Types of Industrial Floor Cleaning Machines:

Electric Floor Scrubber – A number of smaller machine models have been designed for easy use and low maintenance. Because they use an power cord, there is no limit to the run time. Your only limit is the length of you cord. Electric scrubbers clean floors by dispensing water/cleaning solution, agitating the floor and vacuuming up the dirty water. This leaves the surface safe and dry. These are ideal for small to medium garages, workshops and storage areas. They are light weight, easy to maneuver and do just as good of a job as the larger battery powered models. Typically these are disk style machines that can use either a pad or brush. Because there are no batteries, these are the least expensive option for floor cleaning machines. Below are the times it makes sense to buy an electric machine:

  • Small to medium areas
  • Infrequent Cleaning
  • Lower Cost Option
  • Easier Use and Maintenance Needed
  • Storage Space is Limited

Battery Powered Scrubbers – As well as being convenient without cords, battery powered floor units are able to be used in larger areas and work great for remote areas of your facility. Using a large battery system, they are able to perform all of the duties needed to clean a floor. They apply cleaning solution, use a brush or pad to scrub the floor and have an on-board vacuum system to retrieve the dirty water. The battery systems vary as to how long they will power the machine. The cost of battery scrubbers is quite a bit more than electric. This is due to the added expense of the batteries themselves. But when a cord is not a viable option, battery scrubbers are the best choice and the most popular.

Cylindrical Machines – Cylindrical brushes are also a good option, which enable them to operate right up to the edge of walls and baseboards. Many cylindrical scrubbers also can be used to pick up larger debris. They have a tray in which the brushes deposit larger pieces. This eliminates the need for sweeping prior to cleaning. Machines with this wide brush tend to be the smaller machines which have been developed to fit into small inaccessible areas that larger machines are unable to operate in. Cylindrical machines are best when:

  • Rough Surfaces
  • Large metal or wood debris
  • Grouted Tile
  • Slip Resistant
  • Unsealed Concrete

industrial floor cleanerRide-on Floor Scrubber – Some larger floor scrubbing machines have been designed to carry the operator and are classed as ‘ride-on‘. Typically the operator is provided a comfortable but simple seat along with easy to use operational controls and steering. Don’t worry about traction. Ride-on machines work great on wet floors as they have the added weight of the driver as well as the machine they are surprisingly good on wet conditions. Consider a ride-on machine when: You have a large shop area to keep clean. There is limited cleaning time and the job must get done quickly. Be aware though, the price is typically double the cost of a walk behind. This can easily be justified by the time saved.

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garage floor scrubber

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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 batteries

Understanding Floor Scrubber Batteries

At the heart of most floor scrubbers is a battery. This is what makes a floor scrubber so versatile. With the ability to continuously clean open spaces without worrying about where the next outlet is, lets you focus on the getting the floor clean. The traditional type of battery used in these machines is the deep cycle, lead acid battery. These allow for relatively long run time. But there is some maintenance required to ensure that you get the the most from your floor scrubber batteries.

Understanding Floor Scrubber Batteries

The process of charging lead acid batteries heats up the fluid inside the battery. This returns the electrons to the plates. Batteries have a limited number of times the components can go through this process.  When a battery is discharged and then connected to the charger, it is referred to as a Charging Cycle. Every time floor scrubber batteries are connected to the charger, it uses 1 charging cycle. This counts whether the battery is fully discharged when connected or not fully charged when it is disconnected.

Getting the Most From Your Batteries

To get the most life from your floor scrubber batteries, it is best to run the scrubber until it indicates that it needs to be charged. Then, allowed to fully recharge before using again. Many try to opportunity charge their scrubbers over a break to “top them off” expecting to get more run time from them. This uses the same “1 cycle” that charging the scrubber over night would use. While short cycle charging is some times required, it should be avoided when ever possible.

The most important thing to extend the life of a floor scrubber battery is remembering to check and add water on a regular basis. It’s best to check daily, but never more than once per week. Using distilled water, add enough to cover the plates. These are visible through the fill opening on top of the battery. Do not check the water level right before or during the charging cycle. Heating will cause the water to expand and can over flow. It is best to top off the battery before using.

If the water level in a battery goes too low, it can cause shorter run time or even require replacement. Even brand new batteries can be permanently damaged if the allowed to run dry. This is why it is important to stay on top of checking them often.

How Long Should Floor Scrubber Battery Run?

Floor Scrubber battery run time can vary, depending on many things. Different brands, sizes and configurations of batteries as well as types and models of floor scrubbers can add to or reduce the run time. Most floor scrubbers can be expected to run 2-4 hours on a full charge. The amount of down pressure, floor surface and type of pad or brush can also have an effect on this, though. Rougher floors such as concrete will use battery charge much faster than a smooth tile floor.

Over time, you may also notice that batteries don’t last as long before need to be charged. This can indicate they are nearing the end of the usable life.

When it comes to charging, most floor scrubber batteries will require double the run time to fully recharge. In other words, if a scrubber runs for 4 hours, it will take 8 hours for the charging cycle to complete the process.

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square floor scrubbers

Square Floor Scrubbers Have Changed Floor Care

The world of floor care has completely changed with the evolution of the square floor scrubbers. Over the last decade, this technology has made stripping floors with harsh chemicals a almost a thing of the past. There are a few things you need to understand before you make the switch though.

How Square Floor Scrubbers Strip Floors

When a floor is stripped using a square floor scrubber, the floor finish is mechanically removed using an abrasive pad. The scrub head uses high speed orbital motion, rather than circular as with traditional machines. Because of this additional movement and a specialized floor pad, removing floor finish from a floor is fast and easy.

One thing to keep in mind is that only the surface floor finish is removed in this process. When floor finish is applied to a completely stripped floor, the first few coats of finish are absorbed into the floor. After those initial coats are down, the additional layers reside on top of the floors surface. These are what the square floor scrubber removes with the abrasive pad.

Types of Square Floor Scrubbers

There are 2 types of square floor scrubbers. Upright square scrubbers and automatic floor scrubbers with a square head.

Upright square scrubbers are similar to single disk, rotary machines. They are usually cord electric although some manufacturers have a battery version. These are typically more portable than than automatic scrubbers. They can also be used both with wet stripping as well as dry. Although, when used dry, it is a good idea to adapt the machine to connect to a vacuum system. The fine dust that comes from the floor can be difficult to control and dangerous for the operator.

The second type is an automatic scrubbers with a square scrub head. These machines have an on-board solution delivery system as well as a vacuum system. Because of this, they can remove floor finish very quickly. Another benefit is that they are battery powered. Water is continuously delivered to the scrub head with eliminates dust. The scrub head and abrasive pad produces a light slurry which is vacuumed up by the recovery system. This means that stripping the floor is as easy as operating a floor scrubber.

What Else You Need To Know

Not all floors can be stripped with a square floor scrubber. If the finish is very dirty or damaged, chemical stripping may still be required to restore the floor. That being said, the square scrubber used with a maroon prep pad, can be used to remove the majority of the finish before a chemical stripper is used. This speeds up the process greatly.