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How a Floor Scrubber Works

A floor scrubber is an incredibly efficient cleaning machine that combines speed with a thorough cleaning process to ensure that the surface is as dirt and stain free as possible. Floor scrubbers usually come in two varieties: walk-behind scrubbers and ride-on scrubbers.

Both scrubbers use the same mechanism for the cleaning process itself, and this article will detail exactly how these machines get surfaces looking so spotless.

When a floor scrubber is being used, it applies a water and detergent mix to the surface, which is then immediately scrubbed by the rotating brushes. These brushes can vary in design, pressure and material, and these factors can be altered depending on the surface that is being cleaned.

A squeegee is attached to the rear of the scrubber, meaning the surface is immediately dried as soon as the brushes have passed over it. This squeegee is supported by a vacuum that also sucks up any excess moisture from the surface.

This prevents any leftover moisture on the surfaces that may cause people to slip and hurt themselves. Auto-scrubbers also have separate dispensing and collection tanks, to avoid the clean water being contaminated with dirty water. Most scrubbers have a protection device fitted to them, to prevent the motor from being damaged by flooding, blockages or electrical faults.

Walk-behind and ride-on floor scrubbers have differing features that have an effect on the way floors are cleaned. Walk-behind floor scrubbers are smaller than their ride-on counterparts, but are still able to clean floors up to 10 times as fast as someone with a mop. Ride-on scrubbers larger than walk-on scrubbers, but with their ability to clean a large area in a short space of time, they are ideal for large buildings such as shopping centres or supermarkets.

Here at Alpha Power Cleaners, we have a range of floor scrubbers that will suit any need. Our catalogue includes both ride-on and walk-behind scrubbers, so whether you need a scrubber for a large or small area, we have the machine you need to help you get the job done efficiently and properly.

Our team are highly knowledgeable in all aspects of floor scrubbers and cleaning systems, so if you have any queries or problems, we will be able to help you.

To find out more about our range of floor scrubbers, or for more information about the other services that we can offer, get in touch with us today! Give us a call, send us an email or use the contact form on our website and we will be more than happy to help you.

Why choose us

80+ Years of Experience

From hot pressure washers to floor scrubber dryers - we know our cleaning equipment, and can help you make the right decision.

Free Site Surveys & Quotations

Our team offer free site surveys and quotes for all our machines. If you are not too sure what you need, or even if you don't know how to clean the area in question, we can help!

Fully Guaranteed Work

All our work is fully guaranteed, we maintain all our machines to the highest standard and ensure that every machine we hire out is fit for purpose.

Same Day or Next Day Delivery

We cover the Midlands and beyond, we are proud to say that we offer next day, or same day delivery across most of our machines for hire.

Karcher Premier Servicing Dealer

Being a Karcher premier servicing dealer, we have access to the latest machines and equipment. This also means that we are experts in everything Karcher.

Tennant Authorised Partners

We are now Tennant Authorised Partners across the East Midlands, this means we have access to the latest machines and parts.

Free Training

We provide free training for all our hire machines. No matter if you have never used one, we will show you how to use it and set it up on-site - so you are ready to go!

Fast Breakdown Repair & Servicing

If you have a machine with us, or one of your own - we provide breakdown repair and servicing across the Midlands. Need help? Contact one of our team today!

Flexible Hire Options

If you need a machine for one day, one week, or one month, we can sort out what is best for you. With several options for hire contracts, we have something suitable for everyone.

Our work process


Contact our team

Contact us to speak to one of our team, and tell us what you need. We have something for every situation, our team are experts and can tell you exactly what will work best.


Get valuable advice

We will advise what machine is best for you and your situation, taking into account the size and type. Then we can give you a quote over the phone.


Confirm your order

Confirm what day you would like your machine to be delivered, and your location - delivery is free of charge and we cover across the Midlands.



On the day we deliver your machine, we will ensure you are happy and we can then provide training for you, so you are confident using the machine.

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