Cylindrical and disc floor machines are both great, but for different applications. What is the difference between these two brush types and which is best for your floor?
What is disc cleaning?
Rotary machines feature disc cleaning technology and are one of the most common machines used by cleaning teams worldwide. They are extremely popular for the wide variety of cleaning tasks they can undertake. They are a cost-effective option for professional cleaning and facilities management, with product developments over the years making rotaries easy and simple to use. The Orbis eco is a prime example of this. Ideal for cleaning contractors, the rotary arrives preassembled with the handle and is inclusive of a drive board, so you can get to work straight away.
What is cylindrical cleaning?
Cylindrical brush technology provides effective cleaning of hard floors with a low-moisture, deep scrubbing action, and leaves floors ready to walk on in minutes. A cylindrical scrubber dryer pumps cleaning solution onto the hard floor, scrubs the floor using counter-rotating brushes and then picks up the cleaning solution with a squeegee, or in the case of a Multiwash/Rotowash type machine, it flicks it onto a central drum, then scrapes this into a collection tray without the use of a vacuum/squeegee assembly.
Most scrubber dryers that use cylindrical cleaning will also be very quiet in operation, making the machines ideal for daytime cleaning when in use around customers, patients and staff. The Multiwash range provides this.
3. Cylindrical vs Disc cleaning – which method is more effective?
Disc cleaning allows rotaries to undertake a wide variety of cleaning tasks, such as:
- Spray cleaning
- Bonnet mopping
- Cleaning smooth floor types
This versatility is one of the main reasons rotaries are so popular. However, cylindrical brushes are often much more effective at cleaning uneven surfaces. Scrubber dryers such as the Multiwash make light work of uneven and ‘difficult’ floors, thanks to cylindrical brush technology. Floors that benefit the most from cylindrical brushes are:
- Safety floors
- Vinyl tiles
- Entrance matting
- Rubber studded
There are three key factors of cylindrical cleaning that make it a more effective method for deep scrubbing of these floors. Firstly, cylindrical scrubber dryers feature an increased brush speed. Secondly, cylindrical brushes provide increased contact pressure with the floor, providing a deeper scrubbing action.