In addition to superior daily scrub capabilities, some autoscubbers also provide deep scrubbing operation that delivers simple floor finish removal capabilities - in a single pass - without costly chemicals, excess labor, slippery floors or undesirable odors. These types of auto scrubbers can allow operators to use up to 70 percent less water and solution, extend equipment pad life and increase battery runtime, all while reducing labor and cleaning costs. For additional green cleaning capabilities, reduced water usage and pad pressure permit auto scrubbers to utilize the motor and battery pack more efficiently, increasing run time and lessening any environmental consequences associated with battery recycling.
Additionally, auto scrubbers with versatile cleaning modes can mean renting fewer machines, reducing training and minimizing maintenance costs. The most flexible machines are capable of cleaning in multiple ways and allow staff to use the same piece of equipment for any floor-scrubbing job, resulting in reduced costs and higher cleaning productivity.
Carpet Extractors and Vacuums
When selecting extractors and vacuums, users should first identify whether the machine features the Carpet & Rug Institute’s (CRI) seal of approval. This comes with LEED endorsement and the Green Seal Standard for Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services (GS-42). An extractor with the CRI Seal of Approval demonstrates that the extractor meets the highest standards in the industry for efficient and effective cleaning, as well as appearance retention. CRI’s scientific testing procedure provides the hard data needed for managers to appraise and compare carpet extractors.
When evaluating carpet extractors, rental facilities and cleaning professionals should select equipment that gets the maximum soil out of the carpet, without increasing environmental impacts. An example of a highly-efficient extractor is one that is capable of reaching and maintaining water temperatures as high as 212-degree Fahrenheit. Extractors with high-temperature cleaning capabilities can effectively remove stains with minimal soap, reducing chemical exposure and the added expense of cleaning solution. Hot water sanitizes the carpet while simultaneously improving cleaning quality—as much as 40 percent more effective than its cold water counterpart.
Available in diverse sizes and with multiple pressures, as well as providing heated and non-heated performance, carpet extractors provide operators with cleaning flexibility to satisfy applications ranging from light duty cleaning to deep extraction for large facilities.
With vacuums, CRI certification indicates the vacuum cleaner passed tests verifying its ability to remove soil, minimize dust and retain quality carpet appearance. Cleaning professionals often find that by selecting CRI green-certified vacuums they are able to see an improvement in cleaning productivity and air quality, as they minimize dust created through vacuuming and reduce the number of airborne contaminants. High-efficiency H.E.P.A. filters also aid in enhanced indoor air quality by effectively containing particles. Certified vacuums are also more successful at removing soil, dust and other compounds, which translates to greater vacuuming efficiency and less time spent cleaning—ensuring carpet integrity by reducing wear and tear and improving longevity.
Sanders (Dust Containment Vacuums)
During sanding jobs, dust becomes a potential health hazard as particles from sanding applications become airborne. Breathing in this debris may cause serious health consequences such as allergic respiratory symptoms, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory symptoms, and cancer. The extent of these hazards has not been clearly established, but should be avoided if possible.
To combat these health risks and maintain optimal air quality while using sanding equipment, implementing dust containment vacuums minimize hazardous sanding dust and debris. These vacuums conveniently attach to sanders, simultaneously promoting safety and productivity. Designed for high suction, with some up to 137 CMF and 99-inch waterlift, dust containment vacuums provide powerful performance while still ensuring low-noise operation for easy daytime cleaning or cleaning of noise-sensitive areas. Vacuums containing three-stage filtration features keep the motor clean to maintain longevity and performance quality. To meet strict federal regulations when sanding surfaces with lead-based finish, vacuums are available with H.E.P.A. filters to trap dangerous particles before being released into the environment.