Whatever kind of business or facility you run, cleaning is an unavoidable part of your job. But whilst cleaning needs to be carried out by all businesses, the equipment used to do so will vary depending on a variety of factors. So if you’re looking to invest in some commercial or industrial cleaning equipment but have no idea what you need, we’re here to help.
What determines which cleaning equipment I need?
There are a number of factors to consider when investing in floor cleaning equipment. First of all, you need to consider the type of space you have. Is it large or small? Is it outside, inside or both? Secondly, you need to consider the type of surface you’re dealing with. Is it concrete, wooden, carpeted or a mixture of all three? And finally, what kind of substances will your floor cleaner encounter? Is it mostly dust and debris that needs removing or will your machine need to tackle grime, grease and all sorts of stains? By considering these factors, you can start to understand the type of machine you might need.
What kind of floor cleaning machines are there?
Floor cleaning machines come in a variety of shapes, sizes and models. Generally speaking however, when it comes to industrial cleaning equipment in Australia, floor cleaners can be broken down into two major categories (scrubbers and sweepers) and two sub-categories (ride-on and walk-behind). So let’s take a look at what these actually mean for your business.
The clue here is in the title. A floor scrubber is designed to thoroughly scrub and clean a surface. These are particularly useful for businesses such as restaurants, shopping centres, food courts, bars or indeed anywhere that requires a clean and hygienic floor.
Unlike scrubbers, sweepers are designed to remove dust and leave the floor clear of debris. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but they are generally used for facilities such as warehouses or outdoor spaces such as car parks.
Ride-on floor scrubbers & sweepers
You can get both sweepers and scrubbers in the ride-on variety. And just as the name suggests, these come with a seat and a steering wheel which allows the operator to ride on the machine. For this reason, they are generally considered useful for larger spaces as they allow the operator to cover a bigger surface area with minimal time and effort. Ride on sweepers are ideal for large warehouses and outdoor spaces whilst ride on scrubbers are fantastic for large indoor commercial spaces such as airports and shopping centres.
Walk-behind floor scrubbers & sweepers
Again, as the name suggests, these versions of scrubbers and sweepers are operated by someone walking behind and pushing the machine. They require a little more effort and man-power than the ride-on versions and are therefore generally used for smaller spaces. For example, a small or mid-sized restaurant may benefit from a walk-behind scrubber as it isn’t a huge space but needs a tougher clean than a generic mop and bucket and supple.
Cleaning is an inevitable part of running any kind of facility or commercial space. By understanding the type of floor cleaner you need, you can save yourself a lot of time, money and effort. If you’re still unsure what exactly you need, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call a few suppliers. Ask plenty of questions and make sure you purchase your equipment from someone who specialises in several types of floor cleaners. That way, you can be sure that they are selling you the best machine for your specific needs.