What Kind Of Floor Cleaner Should You Buy For Your Business?

Keeping a clean floor is essential to any business’s health and safety record. But whilst achieving this level of cleanliness is of the utmost importance to every business (no matter what industry they operate within) how they achieve this will differ depending on the type of business they are.

Commercial and industrial floor cleaners come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and models. So how do you know which one is right for your business? Let’s take a look at the major types of floor cleaners and what types of businesses they suit.


The purpose of a floor sweeper is to clear the floor of any dust, debris and other potentially dangerous substances. Sweepers do not clean the floor as such, but simply remove debris, similar to a vacuum cleaner.

Sweepers are therefore ideal for outdoor premises like car parks. They are also great for warehouses or any businesses that only require the removal of dust and debris, as opposed to actual floor cleaning.

Ride-on sweepers

Ride-on sweepers are pretty much exactly as their name would suggest. They are sweepers that are operated by someone who sits at a wheel and drives it around. They come in several models and sizes but generally speaking, ride-on sweepers are great for larger facilities such as warehouses as they require far less energy to operate and can cover a large surface area quickly and effectively.

Walk-behind sweepers

As the name suggests, these types of sweepers are operated by someone walking behind them. They are generally smaller and more compact than their ride-on counterparts and are therefore great for smaller surface areas and tight spaces.


Unlike sweepers, floor scrubbers thoroughly clean the floor. This makes them suitable for any kind of business that requires a clean floor. So for example if you manage an airport, run a shopping mall, maintain public bathrooms, manage a supermarket, own a large restaurant or any kind of business where you require a clean and hygienic floor, then a scrubber is for you.

Ride on scrubbers

Again, ride-on scrubbers come in various sizes and are generally used in large facilities. So for example, an airport would use ride-on scrubbers to save staff from having to push heavy equipment around a huge building. Likewise, shopping malls and supermarkets would benefit from this type of equipment as it saves time and effort whilst maintaining a high standard of cleanliness.

Walk-behind scrubbers

These are a fantastic way of achieving a high standard of cleanliness but in smaller facilities. So for example, if you run a restaurant, you want to ensure that the floor is cleaner than it would be with mop and bucket cleaning, but you also don’t have the space to require a ride-on scrubber. A walk-behind model such as ASC’s floor scrubber is therefore ideal for you.

What next?

So now that you’ve wrapped your head around the basic types of floor cleaners, the next step is to contact a reputable supplier of commercial cleaners. They will be able to help you identify exactly what model of floor cleaner will work best for you.

High-quality floor cleaners can last a very long time, so make sure that you spend your money on a good model that will be worth the investment. At the same time, however, don’t waste money on features that you don’t actually need. Don’t be afraid to discuss your exact requirements in detail with the supplier so that they can help you find the right equipment for your business.

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