By Anne Baley

Are Automatic Floor Scrubbers Right for Your Business?

You've probably seen them in airports, in gyms, and even when you were in school. Automatic floor scrubbers are impressive machines, designed to clean large areas of smooth flooring. Unlike other cleaning methods, an automatic floor scrubber does the entire job without any additional work. They may be fantastic for cleaning floors, but is it the right tool for your business's cleaning challenges?


How They Work


Automatic floor scrubbers, or autoscrubbers, begin by applying a cleaning solution to the floor. The solution loosens and dissolves the soil that's ground into the floor. Some of the machines have brushes to loosen the soil and pads to wipe up the moisture. In lightweight alternatives like an autovac, powerful suction removes the dirt and soil without the need for heavy brushes and machinery. Both types remove soil better and quicker than with traditional methods, especially in buildings with large floor areas that need frequent cleaning. They're also much faster than a traditional mop and bucket setup, covering more of the floor in the same amount of time.


Why Use an Autovac?


Mopping may remove some of the soil left on your floors, but it always leaves behind a portion of what you were trying to clean up. It also leaves your floors damp and slippery, no matter how much you wring out the mop. Also, mopping large floors is extremely labor intensive, difficult for a custodial team to do, and costly in terms of labor hours. With an autovac, one person can easily clean a floor many times the size of one he or she can mop. It will leave the floor virtually dry, reducing or eliminating insurance risk from slip-and-fall accidents. Your floor will be cleaner and dryer, all in less time than it took before, and you'll free up members of your custodial team to work on tasks elsewhere.


Who Needs an Autovac?


A surprising number of businesses can benefit from using an autovac for their daily cleaning tasks. Some of the possibilities are:

  • Automobile dealers with large showroom floors
  • Health clubs with uncarpeted gym floors
  • Hospitals with their miles of hallway
  • Indoor malls
  • Automobile mechanic shops

All of these businesses have large floor surfaces that need frequent, thorough cleaning. Mopping these floors would be an extensive job, but an autovac makes it possible to get the job done without wasting valuable labor and at a fraction of the cost and complexity of an autoscrubber.


To learn more about the benefits of using an autovac, click here.

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