5 Best Upright and Micro Auto Floor Scrubbers Of 2019
Integrating an autoscrubber into your floor care program will save you time, labor, and other cleaning costs. Auto floor scrubbers, or autoscrubbers, remove soil and stains from hard floors better, faster, and more hygienically than the traditional mop and bucket.
Auto floor scrubbers can have cleaning paths that range from 12 to 45 inches, and run times that vary from 16 minutes to over three hours. Upright and micro scrubbers are great for smaller facilities or for facilities looking for an autoscrubber that will fit in tight or difficult to clean spaces.
The best choice for your business will be based on the size, needs, and budget of your facility.
In this article, we will review 5 of the best upright and micro floor scrubbers, the smallest available auto floor scrubbers.
If you are interested in a specific type of upright floor scrubber or micro scrubber, click on the link below to drop to the respective section.
Upright Floor Scrubber
An upright scrubber is the smallest available scrubber. Upright scrubbers are operated similar to upright vacuum cleaners. They are effective in cleaning areas between 500-1,200 square feet.
The larger the upright scrubber, the more the machine will cost.
They are typically cord-electric, but some can be battery-operated. Cord-electric scrubbers provide continuous cleaning time when plugged into a wall outlet, but they will need to be kept within the distance of an outlet at all times.
Cord-electric floor scrubbers are cheaper than battery operated floor scrubbers. Unlike battery floor scrubbers, you will avoid having to recharge and maintain batteries.
The SC 100™ is equipped with an electrical cord of 33 feet. The longer the cord length, the farther your cleaning staff will be able to travel without having to stop and switch outlets.
Scrub Head Type
It is a single cylindrical brush. Cylindrical brush floor scrubbers are especially good for facilities with uneven floors. Their brush bristles can reach down into grout lines, unlike traditional disc floor pads.
The SC100™ offers a small cleaning width of 12.2 inches. It can easily fit in narrow areas. Additionally, its low deck height allows the machine to fit under furniture and fixtures as short as 4-inches.
It delivers 2,100 rotations per minute (rpm).
The SC100™ has a 1-gallon recovery tank and a .8-gallon solution tank. This scrubber can run for about 16 minutes before the tank will need to be emptied.
What makes the Advance SC100™ a top-rated upright floor scrubber?
The SC100™ offers an out of solution indicator light as an additional feature.
It can also be purchased with accessories such as a carpet care kit or two-hand handle. Additional features will increase the cost of the machine but can improve worker productivity, ultimately saving you labor costs.
This machine is cord electric with a cord length of 49ft.
Scrub Head Type
This floor scrubber utilizes a single cylindrical brush. Cylindrical brush floor scrubbers are great for cleaning uneven floors. Unlike a floor pad, the brush does not have to sit evenly on the floor. The brush bristles will reach into grout lines in the floor.
It has a working width of 13 inches.
Slightly taller than the Advance SC100™ and Clarke MA10™ 12E, the TASKI® Swingo 150 E has a brush height of 6-inches.
This machine operates at 1,700 rpm, which is the slowest of the three upright scrubbers highlighted in this article.
This floor scrubber has the smallest solution and recovery tanks compared to the other floor scrubbers in this list. They are 3 quarts. Smaller tanks will mean the machine will run for less time before having to be emptied.
What makes the TASKI® Swingo 150 E a top-rated upright floor scrubber?
This floor scrubber offers the longest electric cord length of the three options. Longer cord length means the equipment can reach further distances without having to be moved from outlet to outlet. When an employee does not have to move from outlet to outlet they can shorten cleaning times and increase productivity.
It also has the largest cleaning width.
The height of the brush must be manually adjusted based on the type of floor surface. This feature is useful if your facility has varying floor types. The machine has a red indicator light that will let you know if you are using too much pressure. Too much pressure can damage the machine, shortening machine life. It can also cause damage to your floors.
Similar to the SC100™, this machine has a 33 ft cord length.
Scrub Head Type
This is a single cylindrical brush. Cylindrical scrubbers are great for tiled floors.
It has a scrubbing path width of 12.2 inches.
This machine also has a cleaning clearance of 4 inches, enabling the machine to easily fit under low furniture and fixtures.
The Clarke MA10™ 12E operates the brush at 2,100 rotations per minute (rpm).
Upright scrubbers are small, light-weight machines meant to be easily maneuverable, so they are not equipped with large solution or recovery tanks. This scrubber has a 1-gallon recovery tank and a .8-gallon solution tank. The MA10™ 12E can run up to 16 minutes before the tank is full and will need to be emptied.
What makes the Clarke MA10™ 12E a top-rated auto floor scrubber?
The Clarke MA10™ 12E is the least expensive of the upright scrubbers on this list.
Micro scrubbers are typically used to clean areas between 1,000-3,000 square feet which is slightly larger than the recommended area for an upright scrubber. Micro Scrubbers are operated similar to larger walk-behind scrubbers. The operator manually pushes the micro scrubber from behind.
Unlike upright scrubbers, micro scrubbers are typically battery powered. Battery operated scrubbers provide increased run times and improved worker productivity.
The MA30™ is a micro scrubber delivering up to 40 minutes of run-time.
Scrub Head Type
This is the only micro scrubber on our list that is equipped with a single cylindrical brush. Cylindrical brushes are a great option for facilities that need to sweep and scrub the floor at the same time.
They are also useful for uneven or grouted floors because the brush can reach deeper than a floor pad.
Clarke MA30™ 13B has a scrubbing width of 13 inches.
The brush speed of this machine is 1,000 rpm.
This machine is equipped with a 1.6-gallon solution and 1.6-gallon recovery tank.
It can deliver 26.5 pounds of pressure.
What makes the Clarke MA30™ 13B a top-rated micro floor scrubber?
The auto floor scrubber is a single cylindrical brush that allows facilities with uneven floors to reach deep down into grout lines.
The Clarke MA30™ 13B is the least expensive micro scrubber on this list.
This battery operated micro scrubber provides up to 1 hour and 45 minutes of scrub time on a single charge.
This scrubber provides the longest cleaning time of the machines on this list.
Scrub Head Type
This is a disc machine. Disc machines use a round (disc) pad or brush to clean floors. Disc machines can be equipped with varying pads and brushes to accommodate different floor types.
This machine has a scrub path of 14.5 inches.
The Clarke Vantage 14 has a brush speed of 120 rpm.
The Vantage is equipped with a 3-gallon solution and a 3-gallon recovery tank.
This machine has a scrub pressure of 60 pounds. The amount of brush pressure is important for enhanced cleaning results on tough stains.
Pro Tip: It is important to note that increased pad pressure doesn't always mean better results. Pad pressure can damage floors if not used appropriately.
What makes the Clarke® Vantage 14 a top-rated Micro floor scrubber?
The Clarke® Vantage 14 can be paired with either a disc pad or brush to scrub floors. The ability to use either a disc or brush gives workers the ability to switch back and forth between the appropriate floor pad or brush for the floor surface. For example, brushes usually clean tiled floors more effectively.
This floor scrubber provides the operator with the longest run time. The longer a floor scrubber can clean for, the more your janitorial staff can accomplish.
Additionally, it is equipped with the largest solution and recovery tank to help extend the amount of area an operator can cover before having to empty the tanks.
The scrub time, scrubbing path width, and tank size can help differentiate the cleaning capabilities of each of these floor scrubbers.
The Advance SC100™ and the Clarke MA10™ 12E offer the smallest clearance, so you can fit under desks and bathroom partitions. Choosing between these machines may come down to price. Keep in mind, money shouldn't always be the deciding factor when choosing the best floor scrubber for your facility. The Advance SC100™ may be more expensive but offers additional features, like the out of solution LED light, that will help avoid damage to your machine and increase worker productivity.
The Swingo 150 E upright scrubber offers the longest cord length for greater reach without having to stop and unplug the machine.
If an upright scrubber does not offer a large enough cleaning path or long enough run time, a micro scrubber might be the best option for your business.
If you are looking for a small floor scrubber with the highest run time you will likely be interested in purchasing the Clarke® Vantage 14.
However, if you are looking for a less expensive micro scrubber, consider the Clarke® MA 30™ 13B.
Keep in mind micro scrubbers have varying amounts of downward pressure depending on the model. Pad or brush pressure can help remove tough stains but if not used properly can damage floors.
The size and budget of your facility will ultimately help you determine which is the right floor scrubber for your business.
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