Floor Cleaning Machines

A clean, hygienic floor is essential for any workplace or public area to maintain hygiene standards and prevent accidents. Floor cleaning machines are the most efficient way to ensure your floors stay spotless.

Cromwell stocks a wide range of floor cleaning machines, from cost-effective push sweepers to heavy-duty floor scrubbers - so you're bound to find the right one for your needs. We stock products from leading brands such as Karcher, Rubbermaid and SIP.

What are floor cleaning machines?

Floor cleaning machines are designed to combat the grime and dirt that's left on floors from muddy shoes, prams, litter, and more.

Depending on the type you buy, floor cleaning machines are either powered by batteries, electrical plugs, or even kinetically by the force of the user pushing. Most floor cleaners use large brushes that rotate to sweep away debris and scrub floors, aided by clean water with solution that disinfects the floor and easily wipes away grime and dirt.

Why buy floor cleaning machines?

Whilst the initial cost of a floor cleaning machine is higher than a simple mop and bucket, you needn't wait long before the machine pays for itself.

Various studies over the years have shown that labour costs represent around 90% of the total janitorial cost to maintain floors. With a decent floor cleaning machine, janitorial staff are able to cover a huge amount of floor space in a mere fraction of the time compared to traditional manual methods.

Unlike traditional floor cleaning methods, floor cleaning machines use 100% clean water on the entire floor - vastly increasing cleaning effectiveness and reducing bacteria left on the floor. Traditional mops are less effective, as they get dirtier the more you clean - until you're left spreading dirty water across the floor.

When are floor cleaning machines used?

Floor cleaning machines are used in place of a traditional mop and bucket, or other manual floor cleaning methods. Yet because they are able to cover much more ground, operators can use them in larger spaces. Floor cleaning machines are commonly used in:

• Factories / warehouses
• Schools
• Hospitals
• Museums, libraries, and other public spaces
• Car parks
• Shops and shopping centres
• Gyms
• Garages
• Showrooms
• ...Anywhere else with a hard floor!

If you're looking for the right floor cleaning machine for your usage but aren't sure about the best option for you, feel free to ask our experts for specialised advice.

Types of floor cleaning machine

• Floor scrubbers - Floor scrubbers are ideal for cleaning hard surfaces, such as tile or concrete flooring. They are typically used in warehouses, hospitals, school halls, etc.

• Push sweepers - Push sweepers are generally much cheaper, and are ideal for smaller rooms such as classrooms and bedrooms. They don't use power, as the sweeping brushes turn as the sweeper is pushed.

• Floor sweepers - Akin to a heavy-duty push sweeper, floor sweepers can cover bigger areas and can even be used outdoors. They are typically used in large halls, car parks, and gardens.

Considerations when using floor cleaning machines

• Type - The size and type of flooring you intend to use a floor cleaning machine on will help to decide which type of floor cleaning machine is right for your needs. It's always best to check what material each floor cleaning machine is suited for use on before purchasing.

• Power source - Some floor cleaning machines are manually operated, some are powered by battery and some are to be used when connected to the mains. It's worth condsidering which power source would be best suited for your needs.

• Rotation speed - Floor cleaning machines have varying rotation speeds. This speed determines what level and what type of cleaning they can perform. A floor cleaning machine with an RPM of 230 can polish, buff, clean and strip, whereas lower RPM machines can perform less types of cleaning.

Floor cleaning machine jargon buster

We want to make it easy for you to shop our range of floor cleaning machines, so we've outlined and explained some key terms to allow you to shop with confidence.

What does RPM mean?

RPM stands for Revolutions Per Minute and refers to how many times the cleaning mechanism performs a rotation in the space of one minute.


What is the first step of cleaning floors?

Whether you're using a floor cleaning machine or not, the first step to cleaning a floor is to either sweep of vacuum. This removes surface level debris before you can begin to mop or disinfect the floor (for non-carpeted floors).