Sticky greasy drips and sodas cause a safety hazard for your employees plus make a poor impression on clients. Industrial floor cleaners use 100 percent clean water the whole time, leaving your floor cleaner and more hygienic. Studies have revealed that labour costs represent approximately 90 percent of the total cost of maintaining floors. Industrial floor cleaners allow operators to clean more within a short period. Here is what you should know before buying an industrial floor cleaner. Continue reading “A Buyers Guide For Industrial Floor Cleaners”

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No matter what type of floor you have, regular upkeep is essential to maintain cleanliness and good condition. Different flooring materials require different processes to ensure effective cleaning and to prevent damage, and it can be tough to know which products are right for the job. For large areas, industrial floor sweepers are a practical solution, saving time and offering professional cleaning results.

Here are a few common floor types and a guide on how to clean them:

How to clean a concrete floor

Due to their porous nature, concrete floors are prone to absorbing stains. If there are any wet or oily stains, cover them with an absorbent material such as sawdust and leave it to soak up the stain. The quicker you can do this following a spill, the more effective it will be. You should then use a stiff broom to remove the sawdust, as well as any debris and loose dirt, or use water to flush it out if this is appropriate in the space. An industrial floor cleaner with a sponge mop should then be used to remove any deep staining that has penetrated the porous floor. Leave the floor to air dry.

How to clean a linoleum floor

You should never use solvents, scouring products or large amounts of water on linoleum flooring, as they can damage the surface. The best way to clean a linoleum floor is with all-purpose floor cleaner and a mop, although this may be very time consuming if you need to clean a large area. Scrubber dryers are an ideal solution, as they clean and dry in one pass, so you’re not left with a slippery and potentially hazardous surface. Disc scrubber dryers are the ideal choice for linoleum floors. Waxing the floor is a great tip to make it shine and speed up future cleaning.

How to clean a wooden floor

Wood floors add a feeling of luxury to a room but often require a lot of upkeep. How you should clean your floor will depend on what type of treatment the wood has been given. Wood sealed with polyurethane can be cleaned with a mop and water or with a mild floor cleaning solution. You should never use water to clean an untreated wooden floor. Wood that has been treated with lacquer, shellac or varnish will require a solvent-based cleaner and should be polished once dry. You should sweep or vacuum the floor before cleaning to get rid of any dust and debris. If the area is large or you have a lot of debris to clear, you might consider hiring an industrial floor sweeper to save time.

Industrial Cleaning Machines For HireIndustrial floor cleaners make light work of those floors that contend with high traffic. Anybody who has tried to clean industrial flooring with traditional methods will know what a thankless task it is. Commercial or industrial floor sweepers do a much better job and what’s more, the cleaners allow for quicker drying times too so that it can be back to business as usual.

Lighter Work from the early 1900s

Before the first electric-powered floor machines emerged in the early 1900s, full-time floor cleaners had to work hard to remove oil and grease from industrial floors.The first floor machines were known as ‘divided-weight’ machines, with the weight being on the machines rear wheels.

These machines would scrub and polish in one machine. Later, when it came to keeping wooden floors gleaming, wax would be applied and then polished to a shine with a buffer. It soon became evident that these early floor cleaners were heavy and slow, but still admired for taking away the need to go down on all fours to scrub the floor.

Looking for improvements, manufacturers realised the need for more pressure on the brush for an even better scrubbing and polishing action. This is when the ‘swing’ machine emerged. There was more weight on the brush and the rear wheels of the machine lifted off the floor during use. This swing machine was destined for further improvements and soon the 175-rpm electric buffer emerged. It was during the 1950s that manufacturers brought out high-speed floor machines, allowing the user to adjust the machine so that it rotated at 175 to 350 rpm.

The Need for Smart Floor Cleaning Technology

As new paints, oils and finishes emerged, the need for ever smarter floor cleaning technology became apparent. By the 1970s, rotation speeds of up to 1,000 rpm were possible and improved floor pads were introduced to cope with these faster machines. Manufacturers have since brought out industrial floor cleaners that produce up to 2,000 rpm.

Nowadays you get a comprehensive range of industrial cleaning machines that make excellent and short work of your industrial floors. You’ll find all kinds of machines, from ride on machines to heavy-duty commercial and industrial machines that get down to scrubbing filthy floors with a combination of water and effective cleaning chemicals.

Floor cleaning machines have been researched and tried and tested, and today we have many different cleaning machines – floor sweepers, vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners and buffer and scrubbing machines – all ideal for removing grease and oil from the floor.

Their Efficiency Eliminates Man Power

industrial floor cleanersToday in the 21st century, industrial floor cleaners are known to be super efficient. They use less water too, allowing floors to dry quickly so that work can continue unhindered by dangerous watery floor surfaces. No more relying on many workers to get down to hard, thankless floor cleaning chores.

The emergence – and wide range of electric floor cleaners available today are designed for heavy-duty applications and they come with a host of accessories that ensure they make super short work of the most grimiest of floors.

Industrial Environments Scrubbers Used
Here are the variety of industrial environments where you can use our products.

For a long period now, scrubber dryers have been a familiar sight in both industrial and commercial premises, and have played as an essential tool in the housekeeping regime. Cleaning of industry floors, for instance in production shops, warehouses, assembly areas, has multiple objectives besides the maintenance of a clean work ambience. These objectives include preventing the occurrence of accidents, ensuring the health and environmental standards are maintained, and also maintaining the value of floors in buildings as a whole.

Scrubber dryers are mainly used within indoor areas of factories. They are instrumental and cover a wide range of cleaning duties in different environments. The environments these scrubbers are used include:

Food Processing Industry

Scrubber dryers are vital in the food processing industry to resolve hygiene problems. They are in demand in the food processing industry, especially in places where perishable goods are stored, to avoid bacteria growth. The scrubber machines minimize the dangers of such explosive dust, hence ensuring a conducive working environment. An example of a scrubber which is suitable in this sector is the Viper AS 380/15. It offers high-quality sanitation, vast and effortless intervention, with immediate dry and safe floors.

Motorcar Industry

Scrubbers are ideal for big motor car industries. They are primarily used in environments such as car parks, car showrooms, car washes, garages, and tyre shops. They work by ensuring the interior of showrooms and the outdoor areas are clean and tidy. They are useful since they leave the environment clean and attractive, which adds professionalism, thus making the consumers for the industry feel at ease. An example of a suitable dryer is Comac C130. This scrubber has a high working speed and low noise levels which enables it to work in noise sensitive areas.

Pharmaceutical Industry

The dryers offer excellent work autonomy in pharmaceutical institutions. They are used in areas such as pathways and compact areas. The pharmaceutical industry is susceptible to hygiene, and this calls for proper mechanisms to ensure hygiene is prioritised. They are ideally suited for customers within contract cleaners to keep away dust. They are also used along pathways where lots of movement from customers and workers happen. The presence of clean rooms, which are characterised by a clean environment, and must be equipped with overpressure, is vital. Here, the furnishing must comply with requirements of both FDA and pharma GMPs. Vispa scrubbers by Comac are commendable to handle the task effectively.

Chemical Production Industries

Scrubbing machines with durability are used in chemical manufacturing to brush away dirt especially during the chemical production cycle. During the chemical production of paints, medicine, herbicides and polyethylene, harmful cycle gases are emitted. Here, there are high risks of exposure to airborne PVC’s, which come as a result of chemical dust. A scrubber dryer is the perfect solution to efficiently ensure that no dust particles accumulate on the floor.

In a paint production environment, the chemical products used and produced usually have a burning or scorching effect, and may spill on the floor. This means that the scrubber dryer machine needs to be durable and suitable for hazardous environments. Here at Cleanhire we would recommend the use of a Tennant M20 for the best result.

How Roomba-esque driverless scrubber sweepers could revolutionise the way we clean industrial premises

Driverless industrial cleaner
Imagine seeing one of these, in driverless form. Image by LizavetaS (via Shutterstock).

Over the last fifty years, automation has led to the arrival of driverless trains, cars, and robotic vacuum cleaners. The most famous one of the latter is the Roomba which has become a de facto standard for the automated vacuum cleaner niche. Shortly before Christmas, Nilfisk have launched an industrial equivalent to the Roomba. Enter the Advance Liberty A50 autonomous scrubber.

The A50 is the first of a new generation of autonomous industrial cleaners. This is Nilfisk’s entry into the driverless cleaner market. Like the Roomba, it uses cameras, lasers, and robotic sensors to negotiate floors and edges. Unlike the Roomba, you can switch between automatic and manual controls. Whether you wish to take control or have a rest, the Advance Liberty A50 allows for both options. This video demonstrates its uses in both guises.

The driverless cleaner was tested at the ISSA/INTERCLEAN North American Tradeshow and Conference. This took place on the 26 – 28 October 2016 at McCormick Place, in Chicago.

Joint Venture

The Advance Liberty A50 is a joint venture between Nilfisk and Carnegie Robotics LLC. Nilfisk are a leading name in the design and manufacture of industrial cleaning products. The driverless scrubber sweeper is the first product to be launched under the company’s Horizon Program.

Carnegie Robotics LLC specialise in the creation of advanced robotic sensors and platforms for a number of applications. These include agriculture, defence, and extractive industries.

Would you want a driverless sweeper scrubber?

One major selling point is its ability to switch from automatic to manual modes. Where industrial premises need to be cleaned overnight, the Advance Liberty A50’s automatic mode comes into its own.

Would we buy one? Its dual modes make for maximum flexibility, so it could be a possible “yes”.

A trio of terrific industrial cleaners

We at Clean Hire have been in business long enough to know which industrial cleaners suck in the literal sense as well as the qualitative sense.  We offer a small but significant number of well known makes for hire on a business to business basis.  This means everything from the smallest of sweepers to mighty scrubber sweepers.  Also cordless cleaners, petrol-powered scrubber sweepers, and battery operated systems.

For our latest post, we have decided to focus on three of our industrial cleaners.

All cleaners great and small…

Comac Vispa 35b

The Comac’s Vispa 35b is a bijou scrubber dryer designed for the smallest or most congested areas. It is an attractive option for light maintenance work and the smallest of Clean Hire’s industrial cleaners, especially designed for confined spaces.  Available in battery or mains electric forms, it is good for cleaning the nooks and crannies left behind by bigger cleaners.

CFM 3707

The CFM 3707 industrial vacuum cleaner, in spite of its bulk is a quiet yet powerful cleaner. It is a gentle giant which comes in 5.5 kW and 11 kW forms.  At around 77 dB, the noise is no louder than a lawnmower or background music from a radio set.  It is a three-phase cleaner which provides suction more efficiently than conventional industrial cleaners.

Hakomatic 1800

It’s big, it’s orange and grey, and it well and truly looks the part.  The Hakomatic 1800 is your first choice for cleaning forecourts and warehouses. Simultaneous sweeping and scrubbing is possible and it can cover up to 12,200 m² in an hour.  Easy to maintain, it has been designed for use in multi storey car parks and ground level car parks.

For Further Information…

We have a considerable number of industrial cleaners for hire beyond the three stated here.  If you would like to know more, give us a call on 01744 633738.  Or send us an email, addressed to info@cleanhire.co.uk.  We shall reply to your call as soon as possible.

Clean Hire, 01 November 2017.