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FSMA Requirements: Why Clean Floors are Essential for Food Processing Plants


The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Compliance and Certification are designed to prevent foodborne illnesses. Unfortunately,
bacterial contamination remains a leading cause of FDA recalls.

Food contamination from Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes has actually increased in recent years - from 28 percent of food recalls to over 31 percent. With all the rules and requirements, how is this still a problem?

When to Replace Floor Scrubber Parts


An industrial floor cleaning machine can give you cleaner, more hygienic floors while saving time and labor costs. To ensure you're getting clean floors, your auto scrubber needs its wearable parts replaced regularly.

Sweepers: The Economical Choice to Reduce Stormwater Pollution

Industrial sweepers are an effective and relatively inexpensive way for parking lot owners, property owners and local municipalities to manage stormwater runoff and pollution. Wherever Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance is required, an industrial sweeper can effectively remove pollutants and play a key role in a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP).

When to Replace Floor Sweeper Parts


Commercial floor sweepers do a great job keeping parking lots, warehouses and other operations looking their best. To get the most out of your investment, it's important to regularly replace the wearable parts such as the brushes, broom and the main dust filter. Failing to maintain the equipment can result in inefficient cleaning and damage to your machine.

Review: Advance SC6000 Industrial Floor Scrubber

Product Name:  
Advance SC6000
Manufacturer:  Nilfisk-Advance
Notable features: SmartFlow™ reduces water and chemical use up to 50%, SmartKey™ creates different levels of user access and integrated impact detection improves operator accountability.  The machine also has a USB charging port, and the instrument panel language can be switched from English to Spanish (or other languages).

Price Range: $26k- $29k, or $18k-$20k without EcoFlex 
Value for the money:
Excellent
Options: Dustguard 5-stage dust control system traps dust before it becomes airborne. Other options include:

  • Cylindrical or disc scrubbing
  • Hose kit
  • Vacuum wand
  • Heavy-duty bumper
  • LED headlights and warning beacon
  • Right-side broom
  • Overhead guard
  • Cruise control

Best for: The SC6000 autoscrubber can be used in retail applications with smooth surfaces and tile floors, and in large areas such as manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers, or anywhere fast and efficient cleaning is a must.

Not recommended for: 
outdoor applications.

View current inventory:
In-stock availability for a new Advance SC6000 floor scrubber.
Check rental inventory for floor sweepers and scrubbers. 

Floor Scrubbers: Disc Versus Cylindrical

Today’s post will review the differences between autoscrubbers that use disc scrubbing heads versus cylindrical brushes.

Disc Scrubbers: Generally speaking, disc scrubbers are two, flat pads or brushes that turn at 300 RPM while water shoots between them. Depending on the brush, these machines can shine floors, remove scuff marks, strip wax, or used as tile cleaning machines. Generally speaking, the walk-behind floor scrubbers you see are typically disc scrubbers.

Cylindrical Scrubbers: A cylindrical scrub brush system will (wet) sweep small debris into a removable tray while also washing the floor. Two rod-shaped brushes turn in opposite directions. The rear brush turns backward and kicks small debris into a hopper behind the scrub head. Optional side brooms provide greater debris capture. Cylindrical scrub brushes turn much faster than disc scrubbers (600-800 RPMs) .

With cylindrical scrubbers, there’s no need to pre-sweep. Eliminating this extra step make cylindrical scrubbers a smart choice for large spaces such as warehouses and parking garages.

Read on to learn the benefits of disc versus cylindrical floor scrubbers for a variety of applications. 

Floor Sweeper Scrubber On-Site Demos

Commercial floor cleaning equipment has come a long way. The good news? There are dozens of machines to choose from, but if you're a buyer with limited time to research all the options, that’s also the bad news.

Here's a helpful checklist of questions to help you narrow the field, but sometimes it can be hard to find “the one.” That’s why we offer our customers free on-site demos.

If you’re in Central or Northern California, we can bring floor sweeper or scrubber units right to your place of business. This is a great way for operators to get to know the in's and out's of a machine, and we can also do site inspection to ensure you’re getting equipment that meets the unique needs of your operation. Some businesses may need a narrow aisle squeegee, another may need an extra-long drain hose. On-site demos are something we offer at no charge, and are a great way to take the guesswork out of buying a floor cleaning machine. 

Review: Advance SW8000 Industrial Floor Sweeper

Product Name: Advance SW8000
Manufacturer: Advance
Notable feature(s): Dustguard 5-stage dust control system traps dust before it becomes airborne, uses full-time dust-controlled dual side brooms, 77" sweep path.
Price Range:
$35,000 - $45,000  
Value for the money:
Good
Options: Kubota liquid propane (LP) gas or diesel motors

Best for: The SW8000 works well indoors or outdoors and is ideal for large (200,000 sq foot) operations such as parking lots, foundries, campuses, stadium concourses or dry food handling areas. It's also a good choice for operations concerned about OSHA silica dust compliance.

Not recommended for:
This machine is not recommended for wet weather or wet food handling applications. The Advance SW8000 only sweeps, and these applications require scrubbing.

View current inventory:
In-stock availability for a new Advance SW8000 floor sweeper.
Check rental inventory for the Advance SW8000 floor sweeper.

Floor Scrubber Buying Checklist

Would you like your floors to be 60-70% clean, or 95% clean? Most companies would prefer 95% - and that’s what you get with an industrial floor scrubber. When cleaning with a mop and bucket, the more you clean, the dirtier the water gets. Industrial floor cleaning equipment uses 100% clean water the entire time, leaving floors cleaner and more hygienic.

Though the upfront cost is higher, most commercial floor cleaning equipment pays for itself over time. For example: an employee with a mop and bucket can clean 4,000-5,000 square feet in one hour. A small automatic floor scrubber can clean almost 13,000 square feet in the same amount of time. Larger machines can clean more than 100,000 square feet per hour - a hard-working human would need 20 hours to do the same job.

If you’re ready to get cleaner floors in less time, here’s a checklist to help with buy the right floor scrubber and avoid expensive mistakes.

Walk-Behind vs. Ride-On Floor Cleaning Equipment

Commercial floor sweepers and scrubbers are a cost-effective way to eliminate dirt, dust, grime and germs. Studies have shown that labor costs represent about 90% of the total cost to maintain floors, and an industrial cleaning machine allows operators to clean more in less time.

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a floor sweeper or scrubber, the next question is: walk-behind or ride-on? In today’s post, we’ll review the pros and cons of each option to help you choose the best sweeper or scrubber for your operation.

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