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Sweeper VS. Scrubber VS. Sweeper-Scrubber

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It’s Sweeper vs. Scrubber vs. Sweeper-Scrubber. For cleaner contractors it can be a problem and very confusing. If not tough altogether, it can be a very
costly error.

For cleaner contractors that maintain facilities indoors, as well as outdoors, some would agree that a multi-task machine would make the most sense, while others would disagree with that assessment and insist on a single function machine.

As for me, I think every situation is somewhat different from each other and to bunch all situations would be a mistake.

So, let’s say you are a contractor who offers services to clean many different surfaces, such as the following:

#1. Food Warehouse
#2. Maintain Small City Streets
#3. Shopping Mall

In this example, the Food Warehouse has to be scrubbed so that is a no brainer. A rider scrubber is to be used for the environment. For sweeping the street, some people may want to use a sweeper-scrubber. This would not be practical as far as scrubbing. I would use strictly a sweeper. Depending on the size of the city, one could use a large industrial sweeper such as a Tennant 800 Sweeper. If you were a contractor that strictly cleans city streets, a large street sweeper may be your choice, but if you are diverse, the Tennant sweeper should suffice.

This leads me into the shopping mall. The parking areas, the Tennant should be fine as well. The indoors
a small rider scrubber should be fine as well. The sweeper-scrubber in all these instances in my mind is not necessary.

A sweeper-scrubber could be used in a large warehouse, airplane hangars and auto manufacturers. One environment I would never recommend a sweeper-scrubber is a paper mill, paper printer. I rented a sweeper-scrubber to such a place. The operator, not being familiar with the equipment, left the solution valve on after use. He then walked away. The cleaning solution ran all over the floor. The large paper rolls being about 5 feet in diameter and 4 feet tall absorbed this liquid like a sponge. I immediately received a call to remove this machine. It had ruined two rolls. From my understanding, it cost approximately $5,000.00 per roll. From that point on, they rented only sweepers.

So, if you have a situation that you are not sure about, perhaps I could help figure out what’s best for you.

As usual, thank you for reading Creamers Corner. You can e-mail me at

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