4 Things You Must Know Before Using Scrubbers on Gym Floors
Damage to the gym court surface is extremely costly to repair so a properly trained operator is a must when cleaning that floor with your automatic floor scrubber. In our last blog
, we discussed four reasons to buy and use a refurbished floor scrubber for your gym floor. In this post we will consider the things that a floor scrubber operator needs to know.
Know what is on your floor. You should know and understand the manufacturer's recommendations on what cleaner to use. This is very important whether you are mopping or using a floor scrubber. The wrong cleaner can leave a hazy film on the floor and do damage to the finish. Generally, a small amount of neutral floor cleaner is all that is needed. This is one of those situations where less is better. The operator should know exactly how much of the cleaner to put in the machine with a full tank of clean water and know the proper temperature of the water per the manufacturer's recommendations. Also, be aware not to use your floor scrubber on the court until after 30 days following a recoat application.
Remove debris prior to scrubbing. The entire area to be cleaned needs to be thoroughly dust mopped to ensure that all debris has been removed from the floor. One small pebble caught into the pad of the scrubber could cause damage to large portions of the floor. Also, debris left on the floor could be dragged around by the squeegee, possibly causing scratches and damage to the floor.
Proper set up of the machine. Make sure that the auto scrubber has been set up properly to be used on a gym floor. Many facilities have found that having a dedicated floor scrubber for the gym floor is better. If your scrubber has been used in other areas of your building, make sure that the solution tanks have been thoroughly rinsed out so that there is no other cleaner left in there. Ensure that there are new soft white pads installed on the pad drivers. If the pads you are using are not new, take them off and clean them well. Examine them to make sure that they are still thick enough to use and there is no debris left in them. Debris could make unsightly swirls and scratches over the entire floor. Also, check that the drive tires and caster wheels are clean as debris stuck on them creates problems. Examine the squeegee and make sure nothing is stuck that could be dragged around causing scratches. Proper suction to the squeegee and squeege pitch are another thing to put on the checklist, as well as having squeegee blades in good condition.
Proper pad pressure. When using the floor scrubber, make sure that you are using the correct pad pressure. Too much downforce on the cleaning pads could cause damage. Ensure that there is the correct amount of cleaning solution being applied to the floor so that that there is no water being left behind and no water is getting into any cracks and not being completely sucked out.
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