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.