Automatic scrubbers can be used on floors in many different ways as they are designed to reduce time and effort spent on floor care, while increasing performance and productivity. When used in a Green cleaning program they are effective because they apply consistent, clean, solution to the floor, mechanically agitate the dirt, and then the dirt and solution are physically removed with a vacuum system. This is typically done in one pass. Even with the advancements in mopping technology, this process cannot be duplicated with a mop and bucket. 

Be sure to size the unit appropriately to the area being cleaned and the surfaces the unit will be required to maintain. Cylindrical style brushes are far and away the most versatile, cost effective and results producing option available today for any Green cleaning operation. Add water/solution savings and less abrasion to floor surfaces and this will be your best starting point. Additionally, you should only purchase sealed/maintenance free batteries.

The major advantage to automatic scrubbers is the remove of dirt and grit from floors and they do it very quickly. This makes them the perfect daily floor cleaning tool. When you add in the fact that when adjusted and used properly, most styles and models leave the floor instantly dry, reducing the risks of someone slipping, it becomes apparent why they truly are the best practice for daily floor cleaning in any Green program.

The squeegee is the business end of any unit and therefore it is very important to remove dry debris, grit and soil from the floors. When storing the unit after use it is extremely necessary to remove the squeegee bar, clean & inspect the blades and store the squeegee on a shelf and not on the machine. This tip will ensure the squeegee is capable of producing the results the entire unit was purchased for.


David Thompson is a 40-year veteran of the cleaning industry and author of “The New Generation of Cleaning”, a best Practices Guide for Environmental Health Services. Thompson is also president of the Green Clean Institute. His book can be found at while the GCI coursework and certification courses have a home at