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Old 03-27-2013, 07:57 AM   #1
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Floor Scrubber

Trying to find an efficient way to clean stall mats. Found this near me. Anyone tried one of these on the mats?

http://brownsville.en.craigslist.org...622044062.html

Any input appreciate, thanks.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:28 AM   #2
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Re: Floor Scrubber

Yep, went through two of them before I went big league. They are too small, take too long and won't last long.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:47 AM   #3
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Yep, went through two of them before I went big league. They are too small, take too long and won't last long.
Thanks greg. Suggestions on the big league? I'm literally vacuuming and mopping all 80 mats right now.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:41 AM   #4
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Re: Floor Scrubber

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Trying to find an efficient way to clean stall mats. Found this near me. Anyone tried one of these on the mats?

http://brownsville.en.craigslist.org...622044062.html

Any input appreciate, thanks.
I tried one large 20" scrubber. Great tool, but... none of the cleaning people I worked with could handle it. If I had continuous rubber and perfectly even floors, it would have been easier. With stall mats and slightly uneven floors it just didn't work well. And my floors are not that bad. Good old mop and vinegar still work wonders. I have about 7000 sf covered with stall mats and it takes a long time to mop them and yet my cleaning people still preferred mop over scrubber.
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Thanks greg. Suggestions on the big league? I'm literally vacuuming and mopping all 80 mats right now.
This is the auto scrubber we use: (wfs)
http://www.cleaningstuff.net/cleanin...NG18C-Cord.htm

It's a bit of a cost up front but we can do our whole 5,000 sq ft gym in 20 minutes! We just use vinegar and water and every now and again a little bleach. It works great and has never cost us a dime in maintenance.

I have a college student run it 3-4 times a week and everyone comments on how clean the floor is. No excuses for burpees!
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I tried one large 20" scrubber. Great tool, but... none of the cleaning people I worked with could handle it. If I had continuous rubber and perfectly even floors, it would have been easier. With stall mats and slightly uneven floors it just didn't work well. And my floors are not that bad. Good old mop and vinegar still work wonders. I have about 7000 sf covered with stall mats and it takes a long time to mop them and yet my cleaning people still preferred mop over scrubber.
We use the brush attachment on our auto scrubber, and it's easy to use. You pick up on the handle and it goes forward, pick up higher and it goes faster!
It turns on a dime too.

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Re: Floor Scrubber

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This is the auto scrubber we use: (wfs)
http://www.cleaningstuff.net/cleanin...NG18C-Cord.htm

It's a bit of a cost up front but we can do our whole 5,000 sq ft gym in 20 minutes! We just use vinegar and water and every now and again a little bleach. It works great and has never cost us a dime in maintenance.

I have a college student run it 3-4 times a week and everyone comments on how clean the floor is. No excuses for burpees!
Greg - do you vacuum or use a leaf blower first? Or does this Floor Scrubber pick all of that up too?
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Re: Floor Scrubber

Does this work well on stall mats that have some small gaps and are not 100% flat?
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Greg - do you vacuum or use a leaf blower first? Or does this Floor Scrubber pick all of that up too?
We do use a leaf blower both to get the stuff out where the auto scrubber can better get it but also as a supplement when we don't want to get the floor wet.

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Does this work well on stall mats that have some small gaps and are not 100% flat?
Yes it goes right over the gaps, but it doesn't clean them out too well. The best thing to do is over time close the gaps as best you can since they will fill up with dirt. Using the leaf blower you can blow them out, of course.
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Re: Floor Scrubber

Thought I'd revive an old thread and ask if anybody is using the automatic floor scrubbers like this on the rolled flooring. Generally the rolled floor is not as thick (ours is 1/2") as the stall mats and has a more porous/high friction face. My concern is if the scrubber will work as efficiently on that surface. I'd appreciate any feedback from anybody with some experience on the rolled floor.
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