How does an Automatic Floor Scrubber Work?

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An automatic floor scrubber is a cleaning machine that can be used to efficiently and effectively clean floors, replacing traditional mops and buckets. They work to apply cleaning solution and aggressively scrub and dry surfaces in one pass.

With being able to clean with only one pass, as well as the ability to clean more square footage per hour, floor scrubbers help to speed up the cleaning process significantly. IPC Eagle has a scrubber line with cleaning paths ranging from 14 inches to 42 inches, and 44 different scrubber models to choose from. Having the wide range makes it easier to find a scrubber that fits your specific application depending on the square footage needing to be cleaned and how fast you are wanting to do it.


How do you use an Automatic Floor Scrubber?

Before using a scrubber, there are several steps that you should take first, in order to have the best results in clean floors as well as a reduction to any potential damage to the machine. Check out our other blog post How to Maintain your Automatic Floor Scrubber.

First, you will want to make sure that your floor scrubber has enough battery charge to complete the job. It is recommended to only charge when needed as doing so too often can reduce the life of the batteries.

Second, make sure you sweep or dry mop your floors so no debris is left behind on the surface. If there is a significant amount of dust or loose dirt left behind, it can cause damage to the squeegee as well as additional wear and tear on a brush or pad driver. Dirt that becomes wet can create many issues in cleaning as well, as the mud then can spread around and become more difficult to remove.

Once those steps are complete, you will want to fill up the automatic floor scrubber solution tank along with your desired cleaning solution (neutral cleaners typically provide the best results on sealed floors and alkaline cleaner for concrete). Then you turn the machine on and adjust it to select your desired settings.

You then will attach the brush, which is quite simple with IPC Eagle’s spin-on and spin-off brush that works to self-attach. Next, you lower the squeegee and begin operation. Check out our blog post When to Change the Automatic Floor Scrubber Brush or Pad.

You typically can run the scrubber with a single pass, though for dirtier surfaces you may want to run a “pre-scrub”, or a “double scrub” in which you first do a run with only cleaning solution, with the squeegee up off the floor, and then run the scrubber afterwards as you typically would.

While you are running the machine, the automatic floor scrubber works hard to clean the floors. First, the scrubber will distribute water inside the brush, making better use of the cleaning solution, and then down through its solution tank to the solenoid valve. Then the squeegee, along with the scrubber’s built-in powerful vacuum system, will work to recover the water and distribute it to the recovery tank. Because of the use of the squeegee and vacuum system, the scrubber leaves floors dry immediately.


What types of Automatic Floor Scrubbers are available on the market?

There are a wide variety of scrubbers available in the marketplace, which can make it difficult to determine which automatic floor scrubber best fits your unique application. When choosing floor scrubbers, the main criteria to consider is:

  • Cleaning Width
  • Speed of the machine
  • Tank Size.
  • Battery Run Time.

Check out our blog post on How to Choose the Right Floor Scrubber.

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Written By: AML Staff