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How Does A Floor Scrubber Work?

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If you own a floor scrubber or are considering the purchase or rental of a floor scrubber, then you might want to learn a little more about how they work. If something goes wrong, then you want to have a general idea of what the issue might be and how to fix it. To help you become better acquainted with the subject, here is a brief introduction to how floor scrubbers work:

The Basic Mechanism

At the core of the device is a simple cycle: add, scrub, remove. The purpose of a floor scrubber is to spray a cleaning solution on the floor, to scrub the floor with that solution, and then to remove that solution from the ground. These are all separate activities that everyone has done when cleaning. The key benefit of a floor scrubber is that it simultaneously does all three steps as it moves. There are some important things to notice about the addition and the scrubbing step.

The Addition Step

The spray step is fairly simple, but can differ a bit depending on your needs and the type of floor scrubber you are using. The solution will consist of several cleaning chemicals and water. For dirtier floors, you might want a stronger cleaning solution. However, you always want to abide by the directions for your specific floor scrubber. If you use an unsupported solution, then you could damage the machine.  

The Scrubbing Step

There are two main types of actual scrubbing mechanisms that you are likely to see: discs and cylinders. Cylinders resemble the bottom of a traditional vacuum, with several rollers in sequence. As the name would suggest, a disc mechanism looks more like a spinning circle. Each type requires different types of maintenance and care, and there might be some surfaces on which you can use cylinders but not discs, or vice versa.

Why Use a Floor Scrubber?

The key benefit of a floor scrubber is that it simultaneously does all three steps as it moves. If you wanted to clean the floor yourself, you would need to do each step separately.

For example, if you were to clean a floor manually, you would need to add water and a cleaning agent, scrub the floor with a separate tool, and then to clean up the cleaning agent after you are done. A floor scrubber will deploy the cleaning solution either in front of the machine or under the front of the machine. One of several spinning parts will then scrub the solution into the floor, breaking up and removing dirt and other undesirable substances. Near the back of the machine, an absorbent element will remove the solution from the ground. All of this will be done in a single pass as the floor scrubber moves over an area of ground.