A clean floor is the sign of a professional operation. Though more expensive than a mop or broom, floor scrubbers and sweepers give your business that professional look with less time and elbow grease. Not to mention, they leave your floors much cleaner!
In this article we’ll look at different types of floor sweepers and scrubbers and the best application for different types of units. We'll also compare the cost to rent, lease or buy a floor sweeper / scrubber.
Industrial floor scrubbers and sweepers are often used in:
- Shopping Centers
- Kitchens and other food-prep areas
- Parking Lots
- Factories and Warehouses
- Office buildings
Rent, Lease or Buy a Floor Sweeper / Scrubber?
Choosing to rent, lease or buy a floor sweeper / scrubber is usually based on how long you plan to keep a machine. To illustrate this, let’s compare the cost to rent, lease or buy a (hypothetical) large ICE scrubber.
Cost to Rent a Large Floor Scrubber: $3500 - $4000 /mo
Seems expensive, right? But if you’re a contractor finishing up a building and only need the machine for a month, renting is the cheapest option.
Also, all wearables such as squeegees, brushes and brooms are included with a rental from TMH. In the unlikely event the machine needs repair or maintenance, this is also provided at no additional charge. Reserve a ride on or walk-behind sweeper or scrubber from TMH online.
Cost to Lease a Large Floor Scrubber: $750-$800 /mo
If you have a building, parking lot, etc. that you want to keep clean, a lease is much more economical than renting. Wearables are not included, but typically the machine comes with a warranty.
Cost to Buy a Large Floor Scrubber: $50,000
If you plan to use the equipment for more than five years, buying a machine outright may make the most financial sense. Also, medical buildings and some food-handling operations can’t bring in a machine that’s been operated somewhere else due to cross-contamination concerns. For these customers, buying is the only option.
Here is the cost breakdown for a (hypothetical) walk-behind unit:
Rent: $1200 - $1600/mo
5-year Lease: $200/mo
Buy: $8,000 - $10,000
Floor Sweeper Or Floor Scrubber?
If you’re ready to purchase an industrial floor cleaning machine, first decide if you want a sweeper or a scrubber (see below). Other considerations may include:
- Electric or internal combustion (ICE) engine
- Walk-behind or Ride On
- “Green-cleaning” for operation in LEED buildings
Floor scrubbers are designed to clean hard surfaces such as concrete floors in a warehouse, or hallways in a hospital. Learn more about how to choose the right floor scrubber.
If you have a large area to clean, the CS7000 hybrid is a popular choice. Just like a Prius, this can charge its battery while operating. This allows for the machine to run for more than five hours on a single charge and more than 15 hours with the diesel-hybrid engine.
To clean a smaller area such as a lobby, or the hallways of a building, a walk-behind floor scrubber is ideal. The SC750-SC800 is a great value (and on special for a limited time).
Floor sweepers are typically used in outdoor environments such as parking lots, foundries and lumber yards. The SW8000 can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications and gets great reviews from our customers.
Whatever your industrial floor cleaning needs, we hope you’ll contact the expert team at TMHNC. We have about a dozen different floor scrubber units available for rent: small walk-behinds up to ride-on ICE units.
If you’re interested in buying a floor scrubber, check out our special on the Advance SC750/SC800 or view our complete inventory of industrial floor cleaners. We stock ICE and electric models for both floor sweepers and floor scrubbers. Let us know your needs and we’ll find the right machine for your operation.