Auto-scrubbers, also known as auto scrubbers, are a type of floor cleaning machine that are used to scrub a
floor clean of light debris, dust, oil, grease or floor marks. These machines have either rotary (disk) or cylindricalscrubbing head and an automated system for dispensing cleaning solution and then vacuuming it up. So,in one pass over the floor, a user can dispense cleaning, scrub it into the floor, then vacuum it all up with an auto-scrubber squeegee attachment at the back of the machine. Auto-scrubbers have a separate dispensing (solution tank) tank and a collection (recovery tank) tank to keep your clean water from your dirty water and can be categorized into one of two main types: walk behind or riding.
Modern auto-scrubbers have a pre-sweep option that removes the need to sweep the floor before scrubbing. The pre-sweep brush head is placed in front of the vacuum system to collect dust and debris before it can block the vacuum system. In the past it was important to sweep the floor before scrubbing to remove any debris and dust that could clog the vacuum hose or build up in the vacuum motor, which can decrease performance. If this happens, the vac hose may need to be removed to clear the obstruction and/or the vac motor may need to be blown out with compressed air.
Stripping solution should never be used as it can cause damage to the solution dispensing system, but can still be vacuumed up by the machine without harm. Occasionally, the solution system should be flushed with water mixed with vinegar to remove any soap and calcium deposits that could build in the solution system. After each use, the dispensing (solution) and especially the collection (recovery) tanks should be emptied and rinsed out to prevent dirt build up. Also, the pads/brushes, vac hose, and squeegee should also be rinsed to prevent dirt build up. The vac motor should be run for several minutes afterwards to remove any moisture that could be present in the vac motor to reduce chances of corrosion that could damage the vac motor. Failure do to this maintenance could cause in a loss of vacuum airflow and increase in costly repairs.