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Saturday, June 1, 2013

In the last article we discussed just how Tennant Model 8300 Sweeper/Scrubber works. In this article we are going to discuss the most practical method to sweep and scrub using this machine.

First, you want to pick up any oversized pieces of debris before you even begin to sweep. Pick up pieces of wire, string or large debris that could get wrapped around the sweeping or scrubbing brushes.

Second, plan your sweeping and scrubbing directions in advance. You could even put a plan on paper to follow. Plan to have long runs with little stopping and starting. Sweep the un-accessible areas with a push broom. Push the debris into your main aisle for the sweeper to pick up. Always do this type of area ahead of time, before the sweep. This should be, pretty much, common sense to do this.

Third, begin sweeping your cleaning area counter clockwise and continue keeping this direction. Each path should overlap two to three inches. And, of course, look out for those posts. You don’t want to bump into those or scrap along the sides of the machine.

Fourth, the dead end aisle. A dead end aisle is one that runs into an obstacle such as a wall. To scrub this aisle, back-up until it ends. Start sweeping or scrubbing in a forward motion exiting this aisle. Do this for all your dead end aisles.

Fifth, adjust the machine speed scrub brush pressure and solution flow as required when scrubbing.

If you are experiencing poor scrubbing performance, a second round of “double scrubbing” maybe your answer. Double scrubbing is the process which the operator makes two or more passes over the same area. The first pass is made when the side and rear squeegees are raised which allows the detergent to soak on the surface. Allow the detergent to soak for ten to fifteen minutes. Now, make your second pass with the squeegees in the down position. This should clean even the most heavily soiled surface.
If your surface is still soiled, perform a second double scrubbing. Usually this solves the problem.

As always I appreciate you reading my articles and, until next time you can contact me at

- Michael Creamer

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