Research suggests that the U.S. economy is expected to add over 200,000 janitorial jobs in 2023. As the commercial and residential cleaning industries continue to grow, cleaning companies need to consider expanding their equipment lines.
Gone are the days of manually sweeping and scrubbing floors via traditional cleaning methods. To meet the growing demand for top-tier cleaning services, companies will want to research and invest in durable cleaning machines to streamline their efforts and save money.
Let’s take a look at three types of floor cleaning machines you can take advantage of right now to meet your clients’ needs.
What are the Primary Types of Floor Cleaning Machines?
Three basic categories of industrial floor cleaning machines can help cleaning crews tackle jobs of all shapes and sizes. At Intelligent Design Manufacturing (IDM), we categorize them as floor scrubbers, wet-dry vacuums, and concrete grinders and polishers.
Each piece of equipment serves a unique purpose, and when used in conjunction with one another, all of these types of floor cleaning equipment can help make quick work of even large-scale commercial cleaning jobs. Now, we’ll dig into the details of these types of floor cleaning machines.
1. Floor Scrubbers
Floor scrubbers are sometimes called automatic scrubbers or scrubbers/driers because they dispense water to a bristle brush or floor pad that automatically scrubs the floor beneath it. The machine then vacuums up the dirty water to prevent the same dirty water from being used over and over again.
These scrubbers use less water than conventional mopping systems, which means they’re better for the environment and your bottom line. They’re also compatible with many different cleaning solutions, enabling them to easily tackle grease, grime, and everyday messes.
IDM’s floor scrubbers (like the X-Scrub Mini) are battery-powered, which means you aren’t limited by the reach of a power cord while cleaning. IDM also offers self-propelled walk-behind scrubbers, so you don’t have to push your sweeper scrubber around the room manually. These automatic scrubbers are particularly useful for large spaces like airports, hospitals, and warehouses.
2. Wet-Dry Vacuums
Wet-dry vacuums are another one of the more popular types of floor cleaning machines for effectively cleaning hard surfaces.
As the name would suggest, wet-dry vacuums can pick up dry debris as well as dirty water and cleaning solutions. They may feature a squeegee system or a high-powered vacuum hose to enable cleaning professionals to quickly and efficiently remove dirty water from flooring surfaces while helping to prevent cross-contamination.
A wet-dry vacuum system can save cleaning companies valuable time by helping clean and dry floors quicker than traditional cleaning methods.
IDM’s wet-dry vacuums are relatively easy to operate and maintain, which makes them a cost-efficient solution for cleaning professionals looking to maximize their time and labor.
3. Concrete Grinders and Polishers
Concrete grinders and polishers are used to prepare and maintain the surface of concrete and other stone floorings for refinishing. Concrete grinders get a flooring surface completely clean and smooth to prepare for polishing or resurfacing.
Concrete grinders are used as a finishing tool for stone flooring, but they can also be used to remove existing finishes, adhesives, stains, and more.
IDM’s concrete grinders and polishers include dust shrouds and hoses to effectively control and remove the dust that arises during the grinding process. Our floor polishers are operator-friendly and can be used for both wet and dry grinding. They also feature detachable heads to improve versatility and provide multi-functionality.
Choosing the Right Floor Cleaning Equipment
When selecting equipment for your team, consider the jobs your crew typically handles. Here are some of the factors you’ll want to look at.
Different cleaning solutions are required for each space. In a restaurant, for example, your crew must utilize the most sanitary cleaning practices possible to avoid potential health hazards.
Floor sweepers and scrubbers are excellent options for critical spaces, as they reduce the use of dirty water and help to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
The size of your space is one of the most critical factors when selecting the right equipment.
It may be manageable to tackle a smaller floor plan with manually-powered equipment. At the same time, larger spaces may be better served by self-propelled equipment like specific floor scrubbers that can run for a prolonged period of time without requiring much intervention.
Different clients have different budgets, and so do cleaning companies. If you’re working with a more limited budget, consider a floor scrubber like the X-Scrub Mini that saves both time and water.
Investing in automatic cleaning equipment can also be a great cost-saving measure as it does not have to be manually operated by an additional employee.
Floor Cleaning Solutions from Intelligent Design Manufacturing
IDM offers a wide range of floor cleaning equipment to help commercial cleaning companies scale their offerings while saving valuable time and resources. Our floor scrubbers, wet-dry vacuums, and concrete grinders can help cleaning crews tackle jobs of all sizes without compromising efficiency or efficacy.
If you’re interested in upgrading your current floor cleaning equipment, reach out to the team at IDM to discuss which of our products best fits the needs of your team.
We would love to help you find the best possible combination of cleaning products to help you meet the growing demand for commercial cleaning services. Let’s identify the best types of floor cleaning machines for your needs.