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Floor cleaning machine types
There are several types of machine out there on the market for cleaning floors, knowing which one to choose will be the difference between taking minutes and hours to clean an area.
The type of floor cleaning machine that you need will ultimately depend on what type of flooring you have and what results you would like to achieve.
Rotary floor cleaning machines
If you are looking to scrub a smaller area of flooring, or achieve a high shine on a lobby floor then a rotary type floor cleaner is very likely to be what you require. These machines clean by using a rotary brush or pad to scrub or polish the surface of the floor.
These machines are available in four main speed groups,
- Slow - 150rpm - This is ideal for scrubbing floors, the slower speed coupled with a scrubbing brush or dark pad will make light work of dirty floors.
- Medium Speed - 250rpm - This speed is ideal for those users who need to scrub floors, and polish some areas.
- High Speed - 300rpm - Higher speed machines when used with a polishing brush or light coloured pad and appropriate chemical area great for getting a high shine on floors.
- Ultra High Speed - 450rpm - 1500rpm - These ultra high speed machines are ideal for burnishing and achieving a floor so shiny it looks wet.
Rotary floorcare machines are excellent at scrubbing and polishing, but they do not collect any waste water after cleaning, so this will need to be done with either a mop or a wet pickup.
These machines are available in a range of sizes from compact to ride on. They operate on a similar principal to rotary floor cleaners, but also dose and recover water using onboard tanks, this makes them ideal for cleaning larger areas of flooring quickly.
Key options available when choosing a scrubber drier include, size, power source and if you need a walk behind or ride on variant. Each type has its own pros and cons which are covered in the scrubber driers area.
If you have larger debris on a floor surface that is not “ground in” such as gravel, grit, litter and sawdust then a sweeper may be suited to your needs.
These are either used on their own or as a pre-clean before a scrubber drier follows through.
These machines are either battery, petrol or push powered and come in a wide range of sizes. They are frequently used in petrol stations and builders merchants, as they can clean outdoor areas as well as inside. They use large brushes to flick any waste up and into an on board waste container.
Our range of steam cleaners for flooring are ideal for those who need to sanitise a floor, or cannot use chemicals. The heat and steam helps lift dirt from a floor's surface whilst killing any bacteria.
Although an escalator or travelator is not what you conventionally think of as flooring, you still walk on it, and it still gets dirty. These machines are a great way to keep your escalator in clean and good order.
Not sure where to start?
Don’t panic, just give us a call and we will assist you in choosing the right machine for the job, this may include having a free demo to ensure that the machine works for your requirements.