Buyer’s Guide to Used Floor Scrubbers: What to Look For and Avoid

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Whether your commercial cleaning business in Los Angeles is in the middle of an expansion or your logistics company in Phoenix is looking to improve its floor cleaning efficiency, there’s a good chance that you are looking to invest in a floor scrubber. Unfortunately, purchasing several brand new scrubbers may not be a smart financial investment for many companies. In such cases, opting to purchase used floor scrubbers may be a more cost-effective alternative. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you find the best used floor scrubber for your needs:

Buyer’s Guide to Used Floor Scrubbers: What to Look For and AvoidThe Age of the Scrubber and Its Repair History

Similar to how you would purchase a used car, try to learn how old the used floor scrubbers on display are prior to choosing a particular unit. Knowing the age of a used scrubber can give you insight on how close a unit is to reaching the end of its service life, which can help you get more “bang for your buck”.

Additionally, you’ll want to ask your vendor for the repair history of any particular used unit. Floor scrubbers that have undergone frequent repairs should be avoided as much as possible. After all, there is a good chance that problematic part will act up on you once you start using it.

Consider Floor Area Carefully

More often than not, you will have to choose between two types of floor scrubbers: walk-behind and ride-on. Which one you choose should reflect the task you have in mind. As a general rule of thumb, walk-behind floor scrubbers are best used for narrow spaces such as school corridors and other similar areas. On the other hand, wide and empty spaces, like the interior of a warehouse, will likely require the stronger cleaning power of a ride-on floor scrubber.

Type of Flooring to be Cleaned

Lastly, take the time to think about the type of flooring you will be cleaning. Some floor scrubber bristles have been designed for use with certain types of flooring, so you may be interested in taking advantage of such a feature. In particular, disk-shaped bristles are best used for wooden, tiled, or laminated floors. Scrubbers with stiffer and more cylindrical bristles are better suited for floors made of concrete or other porous materials.


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