What Size Auto Scrubber Do I Need?
Automatic floor scrubbers can provide the fastest way of scrubbing and cleaning the floors of just about any type of facility. They are indispensable when cleaning in a variety of commercial and industrial settings from convenience stores to warehouses and are huge time savers. One pass over the floor and your floor is clean and ready to be walked on. If you want to see your floors cleaner and shinier than they have ever been before (in a fraction of the time it would take to clean with a mop and bucket) then you need to look into investing in an automatic floor scrubber.
When considering scrubber size it’s vital to choose the correct equipment that is ideal for you and your specific needs. Scrubbing widths vary greatly in today’s market but for the most part range in size from twelve inches on a small walk behind machine to thirty-six inches on a large ride on scrubber. Floor scrubber solution tanks are generally anywhere from one to thirty-eight gallons in capacity while recovery tanks can hold anything from a half gallon up to forty-five gallons. With such an array of available sizes and options on the market today, though, how do you determine what size floor scrubber you need?
In order to figure out what size machine is best going to meet your needs, it’s essential to first take into account the total amount of floor surface area that needs to be covered as well as the dimensions of the individual areas that need to be cleaned. Will you be cleaning wide, open areas only, for example, or will you also be working in smaller, more confined spaces like restrooms or kitchens? A small 12 inch floor scrubber, for instance, may work great in your home or office, but certainly wouldn’t work well in larger facilities like a supermarket or mall. As a general rule of thumb, you want to purchase the smallest walk-behind scrubber or ride-on machine that will allow you to complete your active scrubbing in no more than two to three hours not including dump and refill cycles.
Let’s consider an example scenario. If you need to scrub a six foot wide aisle, a thirty inch wide machine will clean the floor with a minimum of three passes and while you might think that a thirty two inch wide machine would get the job done more quickly, it doesn’t. With either machine it’s still going to take three passes to complete the cleaning. This is a case in which a larger and more expensive machine offers no gain in productivity.