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How to Select a Degreaser for an automatic scrubber

Automatic scrubbers are by far the most productive piece of equipment for regular cleaning and degreasing of concrete floors.  Equally important is selecting the right cleaner degreaser detergent that is matched to the soil level on the floor and works best with each piece of equipment.

Types of Scrubbers


All scrubbers work by the same basic principle, the machines apply a cleaning solution while simultaneously scrubbing, followed by vacuum pick up of the soiled solution.  Scrubbers are differentiated by a number of factors including but not limited to:

  1. Width of Scrub Path: The larger the scrub path, the more productive the machine measured in sq. ft per hour.
  2. Electric, battery, propane, or gasoline powered.  Battery powered scrubbers are the most popular.
  3. Walk behind, ride on, and stand on.  Walk behind scrubbers for smaller areas are starting to give way to stand on or micro-rider scrubbers.
  4. Scrub Media:  Pads or brushes:  Scrub pads are used for commercial settings, brushes are preferred for industrial degreasing.
  5. Type of Agitation:  Rotary, Cylindrical, Orbital:  Rotary is the standard, but cylindrical can deliver more cleaning power escpecially on textured or porous surfaces.
  6. Drive:  Brush or Traction Drive: Walk Behind machines can be brush or traction drive, with brush drive being the lower in cost

What type of Degreaser Works Best with a Scrubber

Often, what is forgotten to consider is the importance of the cleaning chemical solution that goes into the scrubber.    Simply putting any type of “soap” into a scrubber has the potential to cause problems with the equipment and can severely impact productivity.  While there are many degreasers available, one needs to consider some factors before selecting a degreaser.

Foam:  Many degreasers are moderate to high foam.  High foam detergents create problems as scrubber recover tanks get full of foam, shutting of the vacuum motor prematurely.  Further, high foaming detergents can shorten the life of vacuum motors on scrubbers.  You will need a LOW FOAM degreaser designed for use with auto scrubbers.

Soil Type:  Petroleum Oil and greasy environments usually require an alkaline pH degreaser.

Soil Load and Dilution Ratio:  Many degreasers allow for different dilution ratios depending on soil load.  Usually, a light, moderate, and heavy.

Safety: Many traditional degreasers are considered corrosive to skin and eyes.  That means they can quickly cause permanent damage to eyes and skin contact can result in burns.   While there aren’t many, look for a heavy duty degreaser that is NOT corrosive.

GHS Corrosive Pictogram

Metal Corrosivity:  Still other degreasers are damaging to metal, most notably corrosive degreasers that can attack aluminum, magnesium, and galvanized steel.

An automatic scrubber coupled with the right degreaser is the most important tool for effectively keeping industrial flooring clean.

Chemical selection is also important and should be customized to the specific facility. Depending on the type of facility (and the corresponding soil type), traffic, and maintenance program, different cleaning chemicals should be used.

An automatic scrubber coupled with the right degreaser is the most important tool for effectively keeping industrial flooring clean.


Heavy Duty Degreasing Performance

Economical Dilution Ratios adjustable to match soil load.

Low foam for auto scrubbing.

Non-Corrosive for Safety.

Safe on aluminum, magnesium, chrome and galvanized steel.

For information on FURY Degreaser Click HERE

For more information on cleaners and degreasers for industrial facilities, visit our Degreasers webpage.




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