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How to Use a Walk Behind Floor Scrubber with Less Effort

How to Use a Walk Behind Floor Scrubber with Less Effort

Maintaining a clean and sanitary environment is crucial in a number of settings – from commercial spaces to industrial facilities. One of the key tools revolutionizing the way you approach floor cleaning is the walk behind floor scrubber.

This powerful commercial floor scrubber is designed to streamline the cleaning process. Users benefit from a more efficient and effective alternative to traditional methods.

Whether you’re a BSC, cleaning supervisor, or a member of an in-house custodial crew, Intelligent Design Manufacturing (IDM) has a unit for you. Plus, we’d like to help you better understand how to use a walk behind floor scrubber to get more done in less time. Let’s dive into the details of this industrial cleaning equipment.

How to Use a Walk Behind Floor Scrubber: Less Effort, Better Results

Using a walk behind floor scrubber is straightforward and easy when you follow these key steps.

Familiarize Yourself with the Controls

Before use, you will want to familiarize yourself with the machine’s controls so there aren’t any surprises. Most units have intuitive buttons for power, water, and brush adjustments.

Adjust Handle Height

Set the handle at a comfortable height to reduce strain during operation. The ergonomic design allows users to customize the handle to their preferred position, ensuring a more comfortable cleaning experience.

Choose the Right Cleaning Solution and Scrubber

Select a cleaning solution and scrubbing pad appropriate for the floor type. Pre-treating tough stains can also make the scrubbing process more efficient, reducing the need for additional passes.

Follow a Systematic Path

Plan your cleaning path to avoid retracing steps. Operating the scrubber in a systematic manner ensures thorough coverage and minimizes the need for extra effort.

Utilize the Machine’s Maneuverability

Walk behind floor scrubbers are designed for easy maneuverability. Take advantage of this feature to navigate around obstacles effortlessly, minimizing the physical effort required.

Perform Regular Maintenance Checks

Conduct regular maintenance checks to ensure optimal performance. Clean brushes, empty recovery tanks, and address any issues promptly to prevent unnecessary strain during operation.

Where to Use a Walk Behind Floor Scrubber

Walk behind floor scrubbers find their utility across a broad spectrum of environments because of their versatility and efficiency. These aren’t the mops and buckets of yesteryear. The common areas where these machines can be used include the following locations.

  • Commercial Spaces like retail stores, shopping malls, restaurants, and office buildings. Maintaining clean floors in heavily trafficked public places is key to maintaining customer satisfaction and employee morale.
  • Industrial Facilities like warehouses, manufacturing plants, and distribution centers. Many moving parts come together in industrial settings. The result is the need to ensure that surfaces remain tidy for safety purposes.
  • Institutional Settings like schools, universities, hospitals, and government buildings. The more foot traffic, the more regular cleaning is needed. In the case of healthcare facilities, maintaining clean is a priority for the health of patients, staff, and visitors.
  • Transportation Hubs like airports, bus terminals, and train stations. Everyone wants to arrive on time, but messes and spills can cause accidents and delays. Also, long drying times from traditional methods can create unusable areas at inopportune hours. A walk behind floor scrubber takes care of these issues.

Scrubbing Made Simple with a Walk Behind Floor Scrubber

When you and your team face large areas to clean, it comes down to efficiency and effectiveness. Exerting less effort and getting better results is the name of the game. Walk behind floor scrubbers are purpose-built for just such tasks, and they excel in a number of areas that save time and reduce physical effort.

Time Efficiency

A walk behind floor scrubber significantly reduces cleaning time compared to traditional methods. These machines are designed to cover larger surface areas quickly, making them ideal for spaces with high foot traffic.

Effective Cleaning

The scrubbing action of these machines – coupled with the application of cleaning solutions – ensures a thorough and deep cleaning of floors. This functionality not only removes visible dirt but also tackles stubborn stains and grime.

Water Conservation

Walk behind floor scrubbers operate with a controlled water usage system, preventing excess water wastage. The built-in capabilities are superior to traditional cleaning methods that often involve soaking floors with water, which can lead to longer drying times and the potential for slip hazards.

Ergonomic Design

Modern walk behind floor scrubbers like the IDM X-Scrub Max 20 are designed with user comfort in mind. Adjustable handles, intuitive controls, and easy maneuverability contribute to a more ergonomic cleaning experience which reduces operator fatigue.


These machines are suitable for a variety of floor types, including tile, concrete, and vinyl. Their adaptability makes them a valuable asset in diverse settings.

The Ideal User

Because of the many venues where a walk behind floor scrubber is necessary, a variety of individuals can benefit from understanding how and when to use one. Among these professionals include the following.

  • Cleaning Professionals: Janitors and custodial staff tasked with maintaining the cleanliness of large commercial or industrial spaces benefit significantly from the efficiency and effectiveness of walk behind floor scrubbers.
  • Facility Managers: Those responsible for overall facility maintenance can appreciate the time and cost savings that walk behind floor scrubbers offer, contributing to more efficient operations.
  • Business Owners: Owners of retail establishments, restaurants, and other businesses with high foot traffic can ensure a clean and inviting environment for customers, enhancing the overall experience.
  • Healthcare Providers: Hospitals and healthcare facilities prioritize cleanliness to prevent the spread of infections. Walk behind floor scrubbers help maintain sterile environments much more efficiently than traditional methods.

IDM Offers Options for Floor Scrubbers

We offer an extensive line-up of walk behind floor scrubbing machines. Each unit is manufactured with the latest technology and keeps both operator comfort and top-of-the-line cleanliness at the forefront.

X-Scrub Max 20

Created with usability in mind, the X-Scrub Max 20 features a powerful traction drive motor that makes it easy to navigate various spaces.

The dashboard is easy to understand and offers a variety of options to fit your needs, while the attached squeegee ensures your surfaces dry quickly and effectively. Add on one of the various 20-inch pads or brushes to clean any hard surface you encounter.

This machine is ideal for airports, warehouses, hospitals, and anywhere else where cleanliness and efficiency are necessary.

- Watch a video of the X-Scrub Max 20 in action.

X-Scrub 20

With the same power and maneuverability as the Max, the X-Scrub 20 has everything its big brother does – with the exception of traction drive. Able to clear a 20-inch path with ease, this machine will quickly become valuable at universities, schools, and office buildings where hallways need cleaning after heavy daily foot traffic.

- See the X-Scrub 20 in action in this video.

Get in Touch to Discuss a Walk Behind Floor Scrubber

Want to know more about our options for walk behind floor scrubbers? Would you like a demonstration of how to use a walk behind floor scrubber? Get in touch with our sales team today!

Our knowledgeable team is more than happy to walk you through the benefits of each machine. We’re also prepared to answer questions you might have about how to use these scrubbers. It’s time to get the job done with less effort.



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