What is a Scrubber Dryer?

scrubber dryerScrubber dryers are essentially power mops to clean floors. These machines exert high contact pressure with the floor surface, to scrub and clean the floor. It vacuums up spills or grime, and rinses away the trace. While it may take hours of hard work to do the task manually, a power floor scrubber does the task in just a few seconds.

Main Component of a Scrubber Dryer

The standard scrubber dryer comes with a brush, a cleaner tank, and a dirty water tank. The cleaner tank may be detached and filled with cleaning solution. The dirty water tank, filled when the machine vacuums up the dirty cleaning solution from the floor, may likewise be detached and emptied. The brush may be either flat or cylindrical. Cleaning the machine is generally easy, and does not require any special tools. Heavy-duty machines may require periodic servicing.

Walk-Behind Scrubbers

Floor scrubber dryers come in many shapes, sizes, and models. Different models suit small, medium, and large areas. Walk-behind scrubber-dryers are characterised by their small size, and are the best option to clean areas of around 100 m². These models come with a long handle, making it very convenient and easy to push around. These dryers are typically deployed in supermarkets and other places with high people movement, to ensure sparkling cleanliness, at all times. Using walk-behind scrubbers is more economical, compared to wet wiping.

Ride-By Scrubbers

Stand-on or ride-by floor scrubber dryers are powered by a battery, with the operator riding or driving it around. These machines, even though costing more, improve the productivity of the cleaning staff manifold. Standard variants of ride-by scrubbers are best suited for schools, hospitals, retail shops, commercial offices, and other similar spaces. Construction sites, warehouses, agricultural areas, and other rugged or hot environments require heavy duty variants.

How to Select the Best Scrubber Dryer

The best scrubber model depends on the surface area to be cleaned, and the type of floor, as in tiled, vinyl, terrazzo, concrete, or anything else. Heavy-duty machines, although costing more, gets into tight and low spots very well, compared to lighter machines. The best method to clean especially dirty or tough spots is to pour out the cleaning solution and scrub for a few passes, and then activate the suction at the final pass. Heavy-duty scrubbers are especially useful for cleaning ceramic floor tiles in a thorough manner, to make explicit the quartz sparkles, which remain hidden under a layer of grime, under normal wet clean. Many models are versatile machines, working best with all types of floors, including uneven, smooth and hard floors. Changing a couple of parts, in some models, can even convert the machine to a professional carpet cleaning machine.


Regardless of the type of scrubber chosen, consider the ease of operations and the extent of maintenance required. The best option is to invest in a robust scrubber dryer from a reputed manufacturer, to ensure the machine lasts for a very long time, and does not require extensive maintenance.

When choosing from a range of industrial cleaning machines for your company, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, there are a few important factors to consider when choosing a product such as: quality, efficiency, effectiveness, and cost. There are various industrial cleaning machines on offer including industrial floor sweepers, floor scrubber dryers, carpet cleaners, steam cleaners and other specialist equipment making it tough to decide what would work best on your flooring and additional surfaces. Below are three of the best industrial cleaning machines, their uses and advantages, and related trusted brands:

Floor scrubber dryers

The name itself suggests the use of this cleaning machine, but it is still a rather broad term. There are many types of floor scrubber dryers, including ride on machines, pedestrian machines, those that come with added extras such as mops, a variety of settings for a range of surfaces, and larger solution tanks. Versatile machines are the best quality but make sure you are not wasting money on added features you are not likely to use. If you have a range of large areas with different surfaces you need cleaning, then we would recommend the Tenant T300 43 Pedestrian Scrubber Dryer, although this does require someone walking behind it. However, if you only have one surface with an average distance covered, the Fiorentini C22 43 Pedestrian Scrubber Dryer would be a more sensible option.

Steam cleaners

Steam cleaners are more efficient to a light commercial cleaner, so would not be recommended to a company with a large building, since the steam cleaner can take a considerable amount of time and power. However, they are very efficient and affordable and therefore a must-have for smaller businesses. For light use, we would recommend the TR6 Steam Cleaner as it is manoeuvrable and compact, but for a heavier use, the Comby 9000 Steam Cleaner would be better suited since it has a larger capacity and is much more powerful. It also has the added benefit of being manoeuvrable and compact.

Carpet cleaners

Carpets require different care to lino or wooden flooring, and so a carpet cleaner caters perfectly to this need. They contain a vacuum system but are more precise and powerful than the average vacuum cleaner, which makes them suitable for industry use. However, they do not cater well to large spaces and are recommended for office spaces or smaller to average rooms. For more detailed cleaning, opt for a carpet cleaner with a wand such as the Hydromist 55 Self Contained Carpet Cleaner which works well on large, tough carpets with its powerful suction. There are other self contained systems that are available without a wand and these are better suited to less area specific cleaning such as large office spaces. For this, we would recommend the Hydromist 35 Self Contained Carpet Cleaner which is ideal for the deep cleaning of large areas.

Freeloading pigeon has new role on Brighton line trains

Pigeon fare dodger image by Robert MacMillan (via Shutterstock).
A fare dodging pigeon waiting for the 1652 to Marlow at Cookham station. We think. Image by Robert MacMillan (via Shutterstock).

Whether you leave your train at Liverpool Lime Street, or any of the Manchester stations, the next people you notice on leaving the train are the ticket barrier staff. Northern and Merseyrail hire Revenue Protection Officers from an external body and stop fare dodgers from freeloading. In the animal kingdom, only those of the winged or small furry variety can negotiate their way past the ticket barriers. With the former, pretty straightforward. Especially when you happen to be a pigeon without a Season Ticket or a Permit To Travel.

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A handful of songs which could be dedicated to industrial cleaning – and the odd group with cleaning themed connections

Industrial cleaning songs record player image by Indigolotos (via Shutterstock).
You’re listening to CleanHire 320, and here’s today’s cleaning tune countdown… (Image by Indigolotos, via Shutterstock)

In the good old days of local radio, we at Clean Hire would have been familiar with Clive Tyldesley’s commentary on Radio City. Or Billy Butler’s wisecracks – also seen on the BBC and the long-forgotten Saturday morning television programme, The Mersey Pirate. Till Doctor Fox spoiled the party, Radio City, Piccadilly Radio, and the other independent stations had their own singles chart. Supposing Clean Hire had its own station, our ten songs would have a cleaning theme. Such as these seen below.

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