In a prior article, floor cleaning equipment, we covered the Types, Power Source and Function of the most popular Floor Cleaning Equipment (Floor Cleaning Equipment – Types, Power Source & Function).

This article will cover how to select the right floor cleaning machine based on particular cleaning tasks, budget and the size of the facility, available labor source and frequency of cleaning for both commercial and residential markets.

At first glance, this may seem like a difficult task but actually, it is quite simple. Answering some simple questions will decide what floor cleaning machine will need to be purchased to complete the cleaning process.

Later in the article, there will be two additional issues that need to be considered in the buying process and is mandatory to buying a particular floor cleaning machine from a particular manufacturer. 


Floor Cleaning Machine – Selection Process for Commercial or Residential

Whether for a commercial building or a residence, the following questions will assist in making the correct decision on purchasing floor cleaning machines.  An important reminder is to always refer back to the particular needs for cleaning the facility’s floors or in some cases for the commercial market…multiple facilities that are spread across a large geographical area. These questions are ranked in order of importance. Meaning the answer of the first question would be weighted as more important in the total decision making process the rest. All the questions are important in the overall decision but keep the ranking in mind in the final analysis.


Floor Cleaning Machine – Buying Decision Questions

  1. What is the size of floor in the facility being cleaned?

    • Total Cleanable square footage?
    • Type of Flooring?  (VCT Tile, Vinyl, Rubber, Concrete, Ceramic, Wood, Slate, etc.)
    • Where is the floor located in the building? (Restroom, Open Area, Sales floor, Lobby, Kitchen, etc.)
  2. What is the budget for Floor Cleaning Machines?
  3. How many labor hours are allocated to clean floors?

    • Commercial – Janitor Labor Hours available?
    • Residence – Hours available by homeowner?
  4. How often will the floors be cleaned? (Frequency – Daily, Weekly, Monthly, etc.)
  5. Type of floor cleaning task?

    • Routine cleaning?
    •  Heavy or Deep Cleaning?
    • Floor Finish/Wax Removal (Stripping)


Floor Cleaning Machine – Answers to Questions Above

  1. What is the size of floor in the facility being cleaned?
    The size of the floor being clean will determine what size and type of floor cleaning machine is necessary. Smaller confined areas would not need an automatic scrubber because of the size of the machine would make the machine inoperable in a confined space. Whereas a single disc floor machine and a wet vacuum is much more advisable for confined floor spaces. Conversely, an unobstructed floor with a large amount of square footage that requires routine cleaning absolutely requires the speed and cleaning efficiency of an automatic scrubber.
  2. What is the budget for Floor Cleaning Machines?
    This is self-explanatory. A small budget will limit the type of machines that can be purchased. This is true for both the residence and commercial market. But, it is always recommended that staying within a budget will lead to a successful cleaning program. Failure to do so, will lead to obvious problems and if additional funding becomes available at a later date after the initial purchase of a floor cleaning machine, additional machines of larger size, capacity and speed can be bought to improve the overall cleaning performance of machines already purchased.
  3. How many labor hours are allocated to clean floors?
    This question is important because if there are limited labor hours available to clean floors, a machine that maximizes efficiency through labor hour reduction is the best choice. This is providing the other questions have already been answered and a need has been established. Labor is an expensive and precious commodity and should be maximized to gain as much productivity as possible and various types of floor cleaning machines will provide maximum productivity. Thereby allowing the commercial building owner to perform more work in fewer hours. This can also be true for a residence homeowner but less important. The right machine for a specific location can make the difference between clean floors and unclean floors. Unclean floors portray a poor imagine of the facility. So, a machine that increases productivity and provides excellent results with a limited labor pool can achieve the cleaning objectives.
  4. How often will the floors be cleaned?
    As an example, if a floor is only going to be cleaned once per month, does an investment in expensive large machines necessary? Probably not, especially if labor is readily available. However, the opposite is true, daily cleaning of small or large open or confined floor spaces can use the efficiency of floor leaning machines.
  5. Type of floor cleaning task?
    The answer to this question may be the least important to know for the commercial market and more helpful for the residential market but can have an effect on the purchase of floor equipment. Routine cleaning maintenance in a residence, even daily cleaning of restroom ceramic floors could get by with a microfiber or traditional wet mop cleaning. But a steamer unit would be helpful for heavy or deep cleaning on a periodic basis like once a month.


Floor Cleaning Machine – Two Considerations that are Mandatory for the Purchaser

Whether for commercial or residential, there are two considerations that are mandatory for the buyer to have available before making a purchase. If a particular brand, model, etc. seems perfect from the questions answered above and it does not have a Quality, Comprehensive Warranty and Service Program, do not purchase the machine.

  • Comprehensive Warranty – Equipment and machines of all makes, brand, models, etc. will eventually have some issues and a quality, comprehensive warranty plan will save the owner a great sum of money.
  • Service Program – Local service centers, parts availability, the turnaround time for repairs, cost for repairs, etc. is critical because if the floor cleaning machine is not working, it is costly and the cleaning tasks that are normally completed will not be completed to a satisfactory level without the use of the floor cleaning machine.

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