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Nilfisk Autonomous Floor Scrubber Is The Future of Floor Cleaning

The new Nilfisk SC50 is the first OSHA-approved autonomous floor scrubber. It’s easy-to-use, runs for six hours on a single charge, and (unlike other autonomous cleaning machines) it doesn’t require a technician or engineer to set it up.

Imagine how much more your staff could accomplish if they didn’t have to manually guide a scrubber across the floor. With an autonomous scrubber-dryer, the operator can complete tasks that require human skills and dexterity, while the Nilfisk Liberty SC50 does the rest. The machine can even send the operator a text when it’s done - minimizing downtime.

How An Industrial Floor Cleaning Machine Can Pay for Itself

Ask any manager who’s dealt with a major incident or received a fine - nothing is more expensive than regret. Unfortunately, it can be hard to convince decision-makers to invest in new equipment to prevent accidents.

Understandably, managers are focused on improving profits. Shrinking budgets and (what can seem like) competing priorities can cause conflict between EHS managers and other decision-makers, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Industrial floor cleaning machines offer protection against fines and worker injuries and can pay for themselves through reduced labor costs. Commercial cleaning equipment is like  an insurance policy that also improves the bottom line.

Read on for more ways to get buy-in for an industrial floor cleaning machine purchase. Keep in mind, we can bring any equipment to your location for a free demo - including ride-on and walk-behind sweepers and automatic scrubbers. Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMHNC) serves the Bay Area, Salinas and The Central Valley from Sacramento to Fresno.

Advantages of Floor Cleaning Machines vs. Manual Cleaning

Brooms and mops may seem like a smart way to save money, but for many businesses, the labor costs associated with manual cleaning are far greater than buying an industrial floor cleaning machine. To put it bluntly, just because you're saving money on equipment doesn’t mean you’re saving money.

Commercial cleaning equipment can eliminate dirt, dust, grease and grime in a fraction of the time it takes someone to sweep or scrub the area manually. Today’s auto-scrubbers and industrial sweepers are whisper quiet, have long-lasting batteries and eliminate the safety hazards associated with mops and brooms.

Time is money, and if you have a large area to keep clean, mops and brooms are inefficient. They also:

Industrial cleaning equipment can quickly pay for itself. Learn more about the advantages of using a commercial floor cleaning machine versus manual cleaning with a mop or broom:

Warehouse Slip Trip and Fall Injury Prevention


In California,
slip-and-fall accidents are the number one workplace injury.
  • 22 percent of incidents resulted in 31+ days away from work
  • 85 percent of worker’s compensation claims were attributed to employees slipping on slick floors
  • In California, injury settlement payouts from slip and fall lawsuits range from $40,000 to more than $12 million

Cal/OSHA receives more than 20,000 slip and fall injury reports each year, a staggering amount when you consider clean, dry floors can prevent many slip and fall incidents. Slip trip and fall injuries are especially common in warehouse and distribution center environments where:

  • Pallet fragments and other debris create hazardous conditions
  • A distracted worker carrying a box or pick list can overlook an obstruction in their path
  • A visiting staff member wearing leather-soled dress shoes may slip on a dusty floor

The best way to keep your floors safe for employees and visitors is with cleaning equipment designed for warehouses and distribution centers - not mops and brooms.

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. 

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