Thursday, September 27, 2012

Blog Alert for Home Floor Scrubbers, Sep 26, 2012

New Posts to Home Floor Scrubbers on Sep 26, 2012:

1) The Best Four Floor Scrubbers

Floor scrubber is a good device that helps you save a lot of time and labor. It efficiently scrubs your floors in a matter of few minutes. As a result, your floors are clean and get a shiny, polished look. You can find a variety of scrubbers in today?s market, each designed to have exclusive [...]

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Compact Automatic Scrubbers for the Hospitality Industry

When you hear the words “Commercial Floor Scrubber”, you might think of cleaning large concrete spaces such as warehouses or 10,000-square-foot grocery stores. While all of these spaces require commercial equipment to keep them clean and safe, commercial cleaning machines are not reserved for enormous spaces. In fact, the hospitality industry can benefit from floor machines specifically designed for smaller areas. Take, for example, Mastercraft’s line of automatic scrubbers. Available in electric (RA 300) and battery-powered (RA 320) models, these machines are perfect for restaurants, small to mid-sized hotels and event spaces. Depending on the nature of the space, it may be best to select an electric or battery-powered machine. Consider the benefits of each device.
The RA 300 walk behind scrubber has some unique features that ease the task of scrubbing the toughest messes out of your floors. It’s cleaning operation works moving forward and in reverse, reducing the amount of time spent maneuvering the device around some of those tighter spaces. It also features two quick release sponges to aid in deep cleaning, along with dual squeegees that assist in drying the floor as you clean it. Since this machine is electric, there is virtually no limit to how long it can be operated at a time. If your floor takes 2 hours to clean, the RA 300 mini floor scrubber will allow you to accomplish it at once. If time is not one of your primary concerns, consider the battery-powered counterpart of the RA 300 that packs some additional features and benefits.
The RA 320 industrial floor scrubber packs all of the precision cleaning power of the RA 300 while adding the versatility of battery power. This compact machine is easy to maneuver and is also ideal for spaces ranging up to 2,000 square feet. The benefits of battery power are that it increases portability and convenience as well as saving time. The brush speed is also nearly twice that of its electric counterpart. The RA 320 also features two detachable tanks that keep the cleaning solution and dirty water that results from cleaning separate. There is a limit to how long you can clean between charges. Read more at ...
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

How do you justify the big investment in ride-on equipment?

When Marlin Wynia is not at work as director of housekeeping for Oregon State Hospital, he volunteers as a referee at a local high school. While walking through the school one evening, Wynia saw a custodian cleaning the long hallways with a rider floor scrubber.

The encounter got Wynia thinking that perhaps he should consider similar equipment for the hospital. After all, his 340-acre campus has more than 2 miles of concrete tunnels used for transporting patients between buildings.

When Wynia finally purchased the hospital’s first riding floor scrubber machine, he wasn’t disappointed.

“We use it to clean the tunnels every week,” Wynia says. “It cut our time significantly. We used to do it with a 20-year-old ‘pusher’ or walk behind floor scrubber and it took us three or four days. Now we can do it all in a few hours.”

Driven by cleaning managers’ requests for technology that allows them to do more with less, manufacturers continue to fine-tune ride-on floor scrubbers and floor care equipment. Today, the industry boasts ride-on sweepers, vacuums, scrubbers and polishers. The latest? Ride-on burnishers.

While this automated equipment is a smart solution for many facilities, it may not be a good fit for every building. Housekeeping managers must consider many factors, including the size and storage space of their facility, their budget and cleaning needs, and their employees’ skills and training requirements.

Size wise

Ride-on equipment is most logical for large, open spaces. Cleaning Temple University’s field house, which houses four basketball courts, with a traditional walk-behind machine would be tedious and time-consuming. Instead, the cleaning crew uses a riding sweeper-scrubber combination to make the textured rubber floor shine.

“Having a person walk behind and push a machine would be a lot of labor,” says Virginia Arnsberger, director of housekeeping. “With this machine, within an hour or hour and a half, you can scrub and vacuum the whole floor.”

Custodians at Washoe County (Nev.) School District’s two new high schools use ride-on scrubbing machines for the schools’ wide hallways. Although the areas could be mopped by hand, the automated machines cut cleaning time in half, says Harry Kirkbride, the district’s housekeeping field supervisor.

A ride-on floor scrubber make the grade in smaller spaces; neither Arnsberger nor Kirkbride use them in their classrooms. Stephanie Maxwell, facility coordinator at Samaritan Village Senior Community in Hughson, Calif., agrees.

“We’ve looked into them, but we can’t justify it,” she says. “Our residents’ rooms are about 800 square feet. We don’t even have the room to store something like that.”

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Friday, August 19, 2011

The Highs and Lows Of Selling Floor Buffers

Not every floor buffer is the same, and distributor salespeople need to know the difference. Most good jan/san distributors have adroit salespeople who can prescribe the right buffer — or “floor polisher,” if you prefer — for a particular job or building. However, there are still many cleaning professionals who are using the wrong terminology when it comes to this vital floor-maintenance machine, says Deedra Cordial, vice president of operations for Maintenance Mart, a Phoenix-based jan/san distributor.

“When you’re talking about floor buffers, the basic starting point is whether a customer needs a high-speed floor buffer or a low-speed floor buffer,” says Cordial. “With about 60 percent of our customers, we know what kind of buffer they’re looking for because we have a good relationship with them and we know their needs. The other 40 percent, however, often don’t know what they’re looking for. They just know they need a floor buffer.”

An average high-speed buffer runs at about 1,500 revolutions per minute (rpms). The speed is much slower for low-speed buffers — closer to 175 rpms. Although both machines are called buffers, in actuality they are two different floor machines with two distinct purposes.
Slow, But Versatile
Despite the significant difference in performance speeds, the thing that sets a low-speed buffer apart from its renowned sibling is the cost, according to customers. End users can save hundreds of dollars by purchasing a low-speed buffer, but it could cost them more in the long run, says Michael Overby, president of Pro-San Maintenance Supply, Durham, N.C.

“We try to explain to our customers that although the up-front cost is much cheaper, a low-speed buffer just won’t give a floor the gloss and polish of a high-speed buffer,” says Overby. “They might pay less initially, but they’ll have to put in more time and effort to get the same results.”

“Unfortunately, price is all some purchasing agents think about,” says Cordial. “Of course, for some customers, a low-speed buffer really is the best solution. We have a lot of mom-and-pop operations that make due with low-speed buffers.”

Not every building needs the high-gloss look of a top-tier facility, adds Overby. “For some of the smaller buildings, a low-speed buffer might be a good fit. Those buildings usually don’t have huge budgets, and an advantage to the low-speed buffer is that it’s a highly durable machine. In my experience, low-speed buffers last a long time.”

In addition to being durable, low-speed buffers are also versatile. Unlike high-speed buffers that can only be used for buffing floors, low-speed versions are gentle enough to also serve as carpet-cleaning machines.

“That’s the feature that really makes a low-speed buffer a different kind of machine,” says Overby. “If you need something to buff floors and also bonnet carpet, then you need to go with a low-speed buffer. Trying to bonnet with a high-speed buffer will damage the carpet, as well as the buffer.”

Shine On
Although the low-speed buffer is more versatile, and does less damage to customers’ budgets, there’s still no substitute for the performance that comes from a high-speed buffer.

High-speed buffers enable cleaners to leave the mark of quality work on every floor they polish, which in turns leaves a good mark on the distributor, says Cordial. “The better the equipment, the better the job they’re able to do,” she says. “If we sell them good equipment and people notice the quality of the cleaning job, it’s great publicity for us.”

Cordial adds that 75 percent of the customers who buy floor buffers from Maintenance Mart are building service contractors (BSCs), so she doesn’t want to sell a cheap machine that will be an impediment to the quality they offer.

“The better the shine on the floor, the more accounts they’re likely to get in the future,” she says. “A distributor has to work with each customer — whether they’re BSCs or not — and know how a product is going to affect the job [customers are] trying to accomplish.”

The weight of a high-speed floor polisher/buffer is also a primary consideration for end users, and therefore for distributors, too. As more and more floor machines are being manufactured with plastic, buffers have lost a considerable amount of weight. Today’s lighter machines make it more difficult for cleaners to get the floor pressure needed to create a high-gloss shine.

“On a standard 20-inch buffer, you don’t want to go any lighter than 85 pounds,” says Cordial. “Of course, speed is critical for attaining a good shine on a floor, but weight is just as important.”

Read more...The Highs and Lows Of Selling Floor Buffers
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Autoscrubbers: The Path To Productivity

With ever shrinking budgets in today’s jan/san marketplace, end user customers are relying on equipment more than ever to offset the lack of manpower and clean more with less.

And when it comes to a facility’s floor-care program, automation can be best achieved via the use of automatic floor scrubbers. Not only do these floor machines help decrease worker fatigue, but they also go a long way in improving productivity. Floors that once took all night to clean with a mop and a bucket are now cleaned in an hour’s time without any strenuous activity.

However, with many end user customers still unsure of what auto floor scrubber is right for their facility, jan/san distributors are helping them realize that footing a few thousand dollars to buy a new machine is money well spent. Read more...Autoscrubbers: The Path To Productivity

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Floor Scrubbers Key Terms

Commercial floor scrubbers are an essential for most business maintenance departments. From large plants to the a two-room office, industrial floor scrubbers are used on hard wood floors, linoleum, marble, and even carpet. Use the knowledge of a few basic definitions when it comes to floor scrubber machines and their uses to better understand what you need. From the different types of polishes to cylindrical,disk and automatic floor scrubbers, there are many terms to understand. Read more...Floor Scrubbers Key Terms | How-to Guides for running your business from

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

General Floor Scrubber Information

Cleaning floors does not have to be such a hard task, if you know what you are doing. And if you are doing it with a floor scrubber, then you are on the right track to finish the job right and in a quick manner. Before you say that floor scrubbers are expensive and complicated, read some reviews and get informed on what they can offer to you.


Floor Scrubbers: General Floor Scrubber Information