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Automatic Floor Scrubbers, or autoscrubbers, are used to effectively and efficiently clean and maintain hard floors.

Autoscrubbers dispense cleaning fluid, scrub the floor, and vacuum up the dirt and water, leaving the floor dry enough to use in one pass. These machines offer a much more efficient solution than wet mopping and produce a cleaner, healthier facility.

Choice of autoscrubbers depends on the amount of floor area to be cleaned. Key variables include the size and speed of the appropriate scrubber. Another would be whether the autoscrubbers should be a walk behind model or a ride-on model.


Other variables include:

  • Battery vs. electric power
  • The size of the solution and recovery tanks
  • Operational ergonomics
  • Maneuverability
  • The size of the cleaning path
  • Brush size and speed
  • Noise levels
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Environmental considerations
  • Warranty etc.

We encourage you to have our experts work with you to select the appropriate equipment for your space and cleaning strategy.

Our selection of clarke scrubbers


Before using a scrubber, there are several steps that you should take first, in order to have the best results in clean floors as well as a reduction to any potential damage to the machine.


First, you will want to make sure that your floor scrubber has enough battery charge to complete the job. It is recommended to only charge when needed as doing so too often can reduce the life of the batteries.

Second, make sure you sweep or dry mop your floors so no debris is left behind on the surface. If there is a significant amount of dust or loose dirt left behind, it can cause damage to the squeegee as well as additional wear and tear on a brush or pad driver. Dirt that becomes wet can create many issues in cleaning as well, as the mud then can spread around and become more difficult to remove.

Using the Scrubber:

Once those steps are complete, you will want to fill up the automatic scrubber solution tank along with your desired cleaning solution (neutral cleaners typically provide the best results on sealed floors and alkaline cleaner for concrete). Then you turn the machine on and adjust it to select your desired settings.

You then will attach the brush, which is quite simple. Next, you lower the squeegee and begin operation.

You typically can run the scrubber with a single pass, though for dirtier surfaces you may want to run a “pre-scrub”, or a “double scrub” in which you first do a run with only cleaning solution, with the squeegee up off the floor, and then run the scrubber afterwards as you typically would.

While you are running the machine, the automatic floor scrubber works hard to clean the floors. First, the scrubber will distribute water inside the brush, making better use of the cleaning solution, and then down through its solution tank to the solenoid valve. Then the squeegee, along with the scrubber’s built-in powerful vacuum system, will work to recover the water and distribute it to the recovery tank. Because of the use of the squeegee and vacuum system, the scrubber leaves floors dry immediately.