Gordon McVean, International Sales and Marketing Director of Truvox International, outlines how scrubber dryer technology can play a central role in a consistently high-performing and cost-effective floor cleaning team
Effective teams tend to have at least one player who is reliable, versatile and somehow gets more done than anyone else, often without making a fuss.
In cleaning teams from hotels to hospitals, that utility role is often filled by a scrubber dryer. The ability of the modern scrubber dryer to wash, mop, scrub and dry in a single pass, and on a wide range of floor types, is indispensable in many buildings.
Yet our opening advice to building managers and cleaning contractors is always the same. First, measure the scale of the task and all the resources currently being used, before considering how to clean smarter.
Selecting the right type of equipment must take into account the different floor surfaces to be maintained, the areas and – crucially – the time taken, labour and the cost of consumables too.
Floor cleaning is not just about producing a pristine surface every day – but also making best use of the team and budget.
For many clients, the effectiveness, versatility and productivity of the right scrubber dryer help deliver more cost-effective cleaning.
First, to address the crucial issue of effectiveness, we need to bear in mind the reality that floors are inevitably coated with unsavoury soils. Crevices and cracks in any floor, and grout lines between tiles, are fertile breeding grounds for bacteria. So any floorcare regime should promote hygiene as well as visible cleanliness to prevent pathogens being spread around a building.
For these and other reasons, scrubber dryers are widely used in the daily cleaning of hospitals, clinics and care homes. But high standards of cleanliness are demanded in many more buildings today – from hotels and leisure centres to offices and retail – often on grounds of wellbeing and customer service.
An advanced scrubber dryer can be relied on to clean effectively. Equipped with brushes counter-rotating at high speed, Truvox International’s flagship Multiwash model scrubs down into the grout lines between tiles where bacteria can thrive and multiply. This cleaning method is also highly effective on other surfaces, such as safety floors. The operator does not need to apply pressure, so removing even stubborn scuff marks is effortless.
Crucially, for hygienic cleaning, the brush action propels the contaminated liquid into a holding tank so only clean solution is applied to the floor.
Cost-efficiency comes into play because the process reduces the volume of solution required dramatically, providing valuable savings in chemical consumption too.
This is due to Multiwash technology’s high brush pressure and speed, which make it both cost-effective and kinder to the environment.
Limiting the amount of liquid required and accelerating drying time also delivers an enhanced service to clients. Floors are clean and safe to walk on within minutes.
How it works
A machine like the Multiwash can mop, scrub and dry floors in a single pass. The scrubber dryer’s frontal spray pump applies cleaning solution to the floor. Then the counter-rotating cylindrical brushes – exerting 4-6 times more pressure than a rotary machine – scrub the surface. Their action propels dirty water onto the Multiwash’s conveyor drum. The excellent pick-up of solution speeds up the drying process so floors are safe to walk on sooner.
Brushes are easily interchangeable depending on the cleaning task and the surface. The Multiwash is equally able when performing daily, maintenance cleaning or intensive scrubbing of a variety of floors. That includes ‘difficult’ floors such as non-slip safety and rubber-studded flooring, laminates and tiling. The Multiwash even takes low-pile carpets in its stride along with entrance matting and, with specialist brushes, even escalators and travelators.
Equipped with the right brushes – which are colour-coded to guard against cross-contamination – scrubber dryers can also clean concrete, terrazzo, marble, slate, stone and composite vinyl surfaces.
The efficiency gains compared with other cleaning methods can be clear where just one type of hard flooring is maintained. They’re multiplied where there is a mixture of surfaces to clean. The boost is at its most stark when clients switch to a scrubber dryer from hand-mopping. Despite being laborious as well as ineffective, manual mopping is still widely practised. As well as failing to eradicate soils and ingrained contaminants, mopping causes greater disruption to building users and poses a slip risk on damp floors. As well as making inefficient use of labour – which accounts for the lion’s share of cleaning budgets – mopping strains bone and sinew, not to mention job satisfaction.
By contrast, the Multiwash is comfortable to operate even on a long shift, promoting consistently high performance. Cordless versions, like the Multiwash 340/Pump Battery, add further flexibility. Battery power removes the risk of trips due to trailing cables. Quieter operation is also a major benefit, especially in daytime cleaning.
Unlike with some multi-functional and cordless equipment, versatility does not compromise productivity.
Around 350m2 per hour can be scrubbed and dried by the Multiwash 340/Pump Battery. This model boasts a continuous run time of 50 minutes, and a quick-change battery system. With a cleaning width of 34cm, the unit has a low height and long-armed hand control for cleaning under desks and furniture.
Scrubber dryers come in many shapes and sizes to suit most applications.
The Orbis MotorScrubber 20 is among the most compact. Battery-powered, with a 20cm scrubbing width, it is ideal for confined spaces, from kitchens, stairs and toilets to leisure centres, changing rooms and hospital wards. Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, its 12V battery pack provides a four-hour runtime for maximum productivity.
For larger areas, the walk-behind Orbis Battery Scrubber pushes hourly output up to 1100m2. With a circular brush and 38cm cleaning path, it is suitable for scrubbing all hard floors in a similarly wide range of applications – powered by a battery providing 80 minutes’ continuous operation.
Another walk-behind machine, the Solaris offers higher productivity – up to 1200m2 per hour – though still comparatively compact. It uses mains power, cable but still quiet in operation and easy to use, with a spring-loaded scrub deck for enhanced performance on uneven or tiled floors. Even if operated well within its capabilities at a typical output of 470m2/hr, the Solaris is more than three times more productive than traditional mopping – the other major difference being that floors are left scrupulously clean and dry, and safe to walk on.
For the cleaning operative, there is also the benefit of using an ergonomically designed machine that is easy to operate and control. Switching brushes, filling solution tanks, emptying the recovered solution, and cleaning the machine is simple.
This makes it easy to train new team members.
While switching and substituting staff, the cleaning team can also deploy their scrubber dryer to a variety of tasks and diverse spaces in a building, making effective routine cleaning easier and more sustainable. Just as important, more cost-effective cleaning releases budget savings to benefit the bottom line, or staff can be redeployed to other duties, such as deep cleaning. Either way, for cleaning and efficiency, it’s a win-win scenario.