Is the process of maintaining clean floors tedious and time-consuming for your company? If so, you are not alone. Basic facility maintenance is challenging for companies in just about every industry, including:
- Food and beverage
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Education buildings
- Extended Care facilities
Investing resources into the floor cleaning process comes with the territory of running a business. But old-fashioned approaches like using a mop are a waste of precious resources. Relying on mops also prevents your staff from engaging in more important activities. Making matters worse, the floors never seem clean enough.
The good news is a robust floor scrubber like our X-Scrub Mini can make your floor maintenance headaches a distant memory. Ditching the old mop and bucket for a brush floor scrubber offers numerous benefits. Let’s take a closer look.
Why Invest in a Brush Floor Scrubber?
There are clear advantages of using an automated floor scrubber to deliver excellent cleaning results.
1. Reduced Drying Time
Waiting for floors to dry is annoying. More importantly, it can be disruptive to your business.
Excessive drying time is detrimental to the productivity of any business. However, it is especially problematic for facilities that never close, like manufacturing plants and hospitals.
Floor scrubbers can help your company in a variety of ways:
- Significantly reduce drying time.
- Promote better productivity.
- Reduce liability by preventing slips, trips, and falls.
Floor scrubbers apply just enough water to break up dirt and sanitize floors. Then, powerful scrubbers agitate the water and dirt to remove them. Finally, the vacuum portion of a scrubber collects any loose debris and almost all of the water.
2. Increased Cleaning Efficiency
Have you ever sat down and figured out how many labor hours are devoted to floor cleaning each week? The numbers might surprise you. Depending on the size of your facility, dozens of labor hours might be spent sweeping and mopping floors. This task is a wasteful way to allocate your resources.
Scrubbers allow you to cut down on cleaning time and be more efficient. You could save hundreds of labor hours every single year, reducing upkeep costs and freeing up your staff to perform more beneficial activities that provide real value for your business.
3. A Simplified Cleaning Process
Mopping isn’t complicated. However, it is tedious and labor-intensive. As a result, some people cut corners. Workers may be tempted not to apply enough force to break up debris. The result is a floor that still looks grimy.
A power floor scrubber makes cleaning simple. Your staff just needs to activate the scrubber and guide it over the area they need to clean. Floor scrubbers require minimal physical exertion but provide a higher level of cleanliness.
4. Decreased Facility Upkeep Costs
Brush floor scrubbers not only increase cleaning efficiency but decrease upkeep costs, too.
Let’s say 10 employees are tasked with mopping your facility’s floors daily. Adding a scrubber to your process will help reduce the number of labor hours devoted to this tedious task.
Floor scrubbers can decrease upkeep costs in other ways, too. For instance, these powerful cleaning tools can get rid of set in grime and dirt. In turn, this increases the lifespan of your tile and grout without sacrificing how it looks.
5. Better Staff Morale
No one wants to waste hours of their day wheeling a mop bucket around your facility. Staff assigned to this task will eventually get bored and frustrated with their role. They may even experience a drop in morale, especially if they are overwhelmed with work.
Replacing the mop with a scrubber will help your cleaning crew work more efficiently. These devices will enable them to exert less effort and complete assigned tasks in less time. Ultimately, this can boost their morale and overall productivity.
6. Improved Cleanliness
Maintaining a clean work environment is essential in all industries. However, it is especially vital in retail, healthcare, and food and beverage businesses. Failing to keep your facility clean could lead to workplace illnesses and hurt your brand image.
Mopping is not the answer, as it merely moves dirt, bacteria, and viruses around surfaces. It is not the optimal solution to reduce workplace illnesses and improve cleanliness. Comparatively, floor scrubbers clean surfaces more thoroughly and can eliminate bacteria in tough-to-reach areas, such as corners or crevices.
Making the switch to floor scrubbers will help you achieve a healthier, more sanitary environment for your customers and staff.
7. Reduced Risk of Workplace Accidents
Slip-and-fall incidents are common causes of workplace injuries. Countless employees and customers are impacted by these types of OSHA incidents every single year.
Many factors contribute to slip and fall injuries. Two common causes include wet flooring and slick surfaces. A brush floor scrubber will help you address both risk factors because they absorb most of the water used to clean your floors, reducing the risk of slippery surfaces.
Floor scrubbers also have powerful scrubbing bristles. These brush heads can remove slick debris like oil and grease that are too tough for a traditional mop.
8. Enhanced Brand Image
Whether you realize it or not, the cleanliness of your floors has a direct impact on your brand image. When you welcome a customer or vendor into your business, they will take note of everything they observe. They will notice if your floors are dirty, dingy, and grimy.
Investing in a scrubber will help keep your floors in perfect condition. Everyone who sets foot in your business will immediately realize that your floors are clean and free from debris. This step will help protect your brand image, especially if you serve customers on-site.
9. Decreased Absenteeism
Did you know that improving your cleaning and sanitation processes may decrease how often your employees are absent?
Replacing mop buckets with automatic floor scrubbers will reduce the workload on your cleaning staff. In turn, these individuals will experience better morale and be less prone to calling out.
Improving cleanliness with floor scrubbers helps fight absenteeism in other ways, too.
For instance, creating a more sanitary workplace can reduce the spread of illnesses. This effort will help contribute to employees getting sick less often, reducing call-out rates.
10. Optimized Productivity
The bottom line is that automatic floor scrubbers increase the productivity of your cleaning staff. Your cleaning crews will be able to sanitize floors and clean up messes faster than ever. They will have more time to tackle other important tasks, like sanitizing work surfaces and ensuring that high-traffic areas are well maintained.
Scrubbers can increase the productivity of other team members as well. For example, let’s say you oversee a healthcare facility. Spills are a common occurrence in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
When a spill occurs, nurses and doctors may have to stop what they are doing until the mess is cleaned up. Equipping your staff with compact yet powerful floor scrubbers enables your cleaning crews to take care of these messes faster. Taking action will enable providers to get back on task sooner and see more patients.
The same basic concept could be applied to just about any industry. For example, if a spill occurs near a piece of manufacturing equipment, the operator might have to stop what they are doing until it is cleaned up. With access to a scrubber, cleaning crews can quickly eliminate any potentially dangerous debris so the machinist can get back to work.
Finding the Ideal Floor Scrubbers for Your Business
There are numerous benefits to investing in a brush floor scrubber. However, not all floor scrubbers are created equal. To get the most bang for your buck, check out Intelligent Design Manufacturing’s (IDM) line of floor scrubbers.
Our lineup includes two great options — the aforementioned X-Scrub Mini and the X-Scrub 20. The X-Scrub 20 is excellent for cleaning large, open areas such as manufacturing floors, wide hallways, and hospital walkways.
Need something a little more compact? The X-Scrub Mini is the perfect solution. It’s compact, portable, lightweight, and battery-operated. Plus there is no cord! As such, your team can easily maneuver around tight corners or in small spaces. It is ideal for cleaning closets, patient rooms, narrow hallways, and more.
Don’t just take our word for it. Schedule a demo of the X-Scrub Mini or the X-Scrub 20, so you can see these great products for yourself!