What size of machine is best?
The amount of floor space to be cleaned is one of the most important things to consider when deciding what size machine is needed.
The smallest machines usually called micro floor scrubbers range from 12-15” wide. These machines are corded or battery powered. They are very easy to use and great for small areas such as convenience stores, small retail shops, or offices. They do a great job on a small space but only hold a few gallons of water.
Compact scrubbers such as a 17” or 20” walk-behind are very effective for a wide range of applications. They work great in smaller retail stores, cafeterias, offices, convenience stores, drug and parts stores or any smaller area of hard surface flooring that needs cleaning. And they get in and out of tight spaces much better than a larger floor scrubber. But these only cleaning a 20” path at a slow walk. This can translate into cleaning roughly 5k to 10k square feet per hour. For a lot of smaller floors this works just fine.
A 24” or 26” floor scrubber is versatile in many different facilities. Scrubbers in this range can clean roughly 10k to 20k square feet per hour. These mid-size scrubbers are great for smaller grocery stores, cafeterias, automotive or machine shops, and warehouses. This size machine is one of the most popular because of its wide range of uses. Many floor cleaning and concrete polishing contractors prefer a 24” to 26” size scrubber.
The larger size of walk-behind scrubbers are usually in the 28” to 34” range. These can clean around 20k to 30k square feet per hour and work very well for larger retail, grocery and box stores, large warehouses, and airplane hangers. They cover a large area of ground quickly and have large solution and recovery tanks which will save time and trips to a water source. These machines are the best value for those with wide open floor areas.
When cleaning area is around 50k square feet or larger, consider a ride-on floor scrubber. Rider scrubbers clean considerably more floor per hour and operators are more likely to use the scrubber more often keeping the floor well maintained.
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