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Types of Floor Machine

10/16/2013 8:14:20 AM | by Anonymous

Floor Machines

Floor machine is a power-driven machine that equipped with a scrubbing or buffing brush used to clean or polish floors. The two types of floor machines are namely floor scrubber and floor buffer.


Floor scrubber is also known as auto scrubber. It is a type of floor cleaning machine that is used to scrub a floor clean of dust, light debris, grease, floor marks or oil. This machine can either cylindrical or rotary scrubbing head or an automated system for dispensing cleaning solution and then vacuum it up. By using the floor scrubber, a user can dispense cleaning, scrub it onto the floor and then vacuum it all up with the auto scrubber that has a squeegee attachment at the back of the machine.

A squeegee is a tool with a flat and smooth rubber blade that is used to control or remove the flow of liquid on a flat surface. The auto scrubber has a separate solution tank and a collection of recovery tank to keep the clean water away from the dirty water. It can be categorized into one of the two main types either riding or walk behind.


They are more hygienic as compared to the traditional cleaning methods such as a mop and bucket. Not only they are more hygienic, they also used environmentally safe soaps in conjunction with a reduced water system to save on both the amount of chemicals released into the environment as well as the amount of dirty water produced. Some auto scrubbers are capable of cleaning without using water and chemical system at all.


The other type of floor machine is the floor buffer and is also known as furnisher or floor polisher. Floor buffer is an electrical appliance that is used to maintain and clean non-carpeted floors such as marble, hardwood, tile and linoleum. This floor machine can buffer on a high speed floor with a pad that rotates at over 1000 RPM.


The floor buffer resembling a large upright and wide-based vacuum cleaner with a handlebar that controls and required two hand steering. They use one or more variable speed circular rotary brushes to dislodge dust and dirt from flat surfaces. They also have a large round scrubbing pad spinning in a circle at one direction which is powered by a small motor that is usually directly over the center of the pad.


The commonly used floor buffers are larger and powered which are seen in the hospitals, schools, offices and public buildings. They have wheels and are powered to allow the user to easily clean and move items that are stuck on the floors. They also have scaled-down versions of floor machines that are available for home use and are often sold as hard floor cleaner.


However, most floor machines cannot reach edges, corners, can’t fit into alcoves and clean under obstructions such as drinking fountains therefore mopping is needed to clean areas that these floor machines can’t reach.

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