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The Evolution of Scrubber Dryers


With the ever-changing technological innovations having an impact on almost every aspect of our lives, we can look back and wonder how exactly we managed without the current level of sophistication we enjoy today. This is true for the scrubber dryer market, too, with the latest iterations of scrubber dryers being a far cry from the machines that were used in the past.

The very first scrubber dryer, or at least the first one in a similar vein to the ones we see today was introduced in 1956, created by Clarke Floor Equipment. This machine was powered by gas and propane, which shows just how far innovations have taken us since then. Following the first offering, CFE then introduced the Clarke-A-Matic BP20 in 1958 – the first battery powered floor scrubber. The BP20 was a staggering 50% heavier than current models, so you can imagine how much effort floor cleaning was in those days.

During the early years of scrubber dryers, little to no thought was paid to issues like water waste or re-use, and the lack of advanced materials that we enjoy today meant that using a scrubber dryer took a lot of effort. Technological advancements have seen a steady increase in developments in the scrubber dryer market, from the introduction of grit brushes and cleaning pads in the 1970s, the focus on environmental impact in the 2000s to the location tracking and real-time performance data of today’s scrubber dryers.

In terms of what the future holds for scrubber dryers, there continues to be a focus on improving the environmental impact the machines, with manufacturers developing ways to increase the fuel efficiency and lower costs to customers. The aim is to provide increased performance without having to charge customers more money to fuel the improved scrubber dryers. As well as fuel efficiency, there are developments in the on-board monitoring sector as well; Nilfisk-Advance’s Ecoflex system reduces the water and power levels depending on the strength of clean required. In addition to this, it also provides a strong burst of chemical cleaning fluid on particularly stubborn areas.

It is a commonly held belief that the advancement of the scrubber dryer industry cannot be solely based on improvements to the machines themselves – there will be emphasis on making the customer’s use of the machine easier and more affordable.

Here at Alpha Power Cleaners, we are more than happy to help you with all of your scrubber dryer needs. We stock scrubber dryers from the world’s leading manufacturers, and we offer them to our customers at excellent prices. For more information, please feel free to get in touch with us today.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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