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Which Scrubber Dryer Should I Hire?

A scrubber dryer is very important to the cleanliness of a commercial premises, and as such it’s important that you make the right choice when purchasing one.

In this article, Alpha Power Cleaners are going to detail the things you need to consider when deciding which scrubber dryer to buy.

Vastly superior to old-fashioned cleaning methods, a scrubber dryer can save cleaning time and give much better finished results. To help you select the best equipment for your needs, we’ve put together some key features for consideration before hiring a scrubber dryer.

If you would like advice on what scrubber dryer is best for you, give our team call on 0808 169 8529 , we are always happy to help.

How To Pick The Best Scrubber Dryer

Here at Alpha Power Cleaners, we are experts in cleaning equipment. When looking for a scrubber dryer, you need to consider several aspects of the machine. Even though these may seem like small differences, these differences are very important for use and performance. You need to consider the power supply, the machine size, and the cleaning head types.

Battery Power vs Mains Power

Scrubber dryers are available in battery-powered and mains-powered models, so consider which one will suit your needs best. The obvious benefit of a battery-powered scrubber dryer is that you’re not limited by the length of a cable – you can clean any room, as long as there’s battery life left.

That leads us to the potential sticking point of a battery-powered scrubber; it will need to be left on charge at some stage, which can take several hours.

Mains-powered scrubber dryers will provide you with an endless supply of power, but unless you have a stream of extension cables, you’ll be limited as to the surface area you can clean. This is particularly hindering if you need to clean a large space but the socket placement is less than ideal.

However, you will be limited by battery life and will need to charge your scrubber dryer between jobs – which can take several hours. If cables and power points aren’t a problem, mains power is a great option as running costs are cheaper and you don’t run the risk of running out of power halfway through a big job.

Need advice? Give our team call on 0808 169 8529 , we are always happy to help.

Scrubber dryers are vital to countless commercial and industrial businesses for keeping their premises clean and fresh.

Karcher B 200 R (Roller or Disc Brush) (Battery) Ride on Floor Scrubber Drier

Ride-On vs Walk-Behind

For larger areas, ride-on scrubber dryers are preferable as you don’t need to spend time and effort walking around a huge space while you clean the floor. It is recommended that ride-ons are only used for areas greater than 3,000m2 – for smaller areas, walk-behind scrubber dryers are more than suitable.

When deciding upon a scrubber dryer, you should first consider how you want to operate the equipment. There are three main kinds of scrubber dryer, related to the equipment’s operation: walk behind, step on and ride on. Ride ons are best for cleaning large areas, walk behinds are better suited to smaller workspaces, and step-ons branch the gap in between.

Although the different kinds of scrubber dryer are closely related to the size of the equipment, there is variety within each type to suit different businesses.

For example, if you have a shop with tight corners between aisles, you could still benefit from the ease of a step on scrubber dryer but just select a compact model with a small turning circle.

Not sure if you need a ride-on or walk-behind? Give our team call on 0808 169 8529 , we are always happy to help.


To ensure you can get the most efficient clean with your scrubber dryer, you will want to make sure you select the most appropriately sized equipment for your premises. Too small a scrubber dryer and you will spend unnecessarily long amounts of time cleaning; too large a scrubber dryer and you will be spending more money on capacity and features which you don’t need.

Work out the square footage of the area you will be cleaning, accounting for any small aisles and tight corners you will have to manoeuvre too, and compare this to the performance output of the scrubber dryers you’re considering.

If you are still unsure of your needs, a helpful, professional cleaning equipment supplier, like Alpha Power Cleaners, will be able to advise you on your best options.

Karcher BD 50/50 C Classic Bp (Battery) Floor Scrubber Drier

Cleaning heads

The type of flooring you want to clean will affect the kind of cleaning head you want to have on your machine.

Disc scrubbers are a very popular model, owing mainly to their versatility – the pads in these scrubbers can be swapped out depending on the type of floor you’re cleaning.

Cylindrical dryers don’t boast the versatility of disc dryers, but they are especially adept at cleaning ingrained dirt and soil. The rotating brushes use high pressure to clean the floors, so they’re best for rough surfaces rather than smooth ones

These rollers are also effective on all types of flooring but have the advantage of being more effective than disc machines on uneven and rough floors.

Above are the core decisions that need to be made when it comes to hiring a scrubber dryer. Which type of scrubber dryer is right for you depends on the size of your premises, your budget and the type of surface you’re going to be cleaning, so make sure you take all these factors into account before making your choice.

Need advice on which cleaning head is best for your floor type? Give our team call on 0808 169 8529 , we are always happy to help.

Alpha Power Cleaners are specialists in cleaning equipment supply. We have a fantastic variety of cleaning equipment, from scrubber dryers to steam cleaners, available for purchase or hire. Operating throughout the Midlands and further afield, our experts are more than happy to discuss your requirements and help you select the best cleaning equipment for your premises.

Simply get in touch today to talk to one of our friendly team.

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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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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!

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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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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.


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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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