Scrubber Dryer Cheat Sheet

by Ken Buckley on 22-6-2017

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How to keep your Scrubber Dryer in good working order (without calling out a service engineer every other day) 

Ever wished your Scrubber Dryer would work like the day you first had it? Or maybe find yourself calling out a service engineer regularly to sort out your machine?

Here are a few tips for sorting a Scrubber Dryer. Sorry they are a bit random, but hopefully you will find them useful. Please let me know if there is anything not clear and I will update this.

Okay, so where do we start? 

I think we will start with the squeegees.

Checking the Squeegees

So, have a look at the squeegees first. Take the squeegee bar off the machine, if possible and make sure it is clean, if not clean it out. 

Check the squeegee blades, see below. You should have a flat on the top of the blade, as on the left hand image. 

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Replace them, if needed. You can't get a good result with worn, ripped or dirty blades.

Check the Squeegee hose (if it has one) 

Next check the hose or pipe that connects the squeegee bar with the recovery tank. If this looks dirty or blocked inside, take it off (if you can) and clean out by running warm water through until it is clear. Re-fit the hose.

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Check the recovery tank filter

Open the recovery tank and find the filter, if there is one, it will be on the outlet to the vacuum motor, there may be a ping pong ball inside the filter cage. 

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Make sure this filter is completely clean. If not remove, clean and refit. 


Check the solution filter

Find the solution filter, most machines have them. It is likely be underneath the machine inside a plastic bowl, see image. Some machines like the image on the right, removing the filter will train the solution tank, so make sure you take the machine outside first. 

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If the filter is in a bowl underneath, turn off the solution tap and unscrew the bowl, remove the filter.

Once you have removed the filter, clean in under warm running water. Clean the filter even if it looks clean, sometimes you get a gel caused by chemical sitting in the tank too long and this blocks the  filter, even though you can hardly see it, so clean the filter anyway. 


Check the machine is putting down enough solution

Now you have checked the basics, its time to start checking the set-up of the machine. A very common problem with Scrubber Dryers is, not having enough solution to move the dirt, causing blockages in the machines and streaky floors. 

Put the brush/pad & holder down, leave the squeegee up (if you can) and the vacuum switched off, switch the solution on and run the machine for a couple of metres.

Now stop and look at what the machine has put down on the floor. You need to have enough solution on the floor to transport the dirt. You are looking for a good covering of solution on the floor and not just a damp smudge. 

Adjust the solution tap, if there is one, and try again. 

If you can't get enough solution out with the solution tap fully open, and you have cleaned the solution filter as above, then you need to dig deeper. Make sure there isn't a solution tap switched off somewhere or a pipe blocked. 

Also make sure the solution is not too foamy on the floor, if it is the solution is too strong. 

Once you are happy with the solution coming out, move the machine back to where you started and do the next step...

Check the set up of the squeegee

Put the squeegee bar down and switch on the vacuum, now move the machine forward in the cleaning mode. As the machine is moving forward bend down and check how the squeegee is sitting on the floor (you must be moving with the vacuum on for this to work) 

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Make sure you have a nice even kiss of the blades on on the floor. Adjust the squeegee bar until you get this. Make sure the blades are not squashing into the floor too much as this will jam the two blades together and stop you picking up anything. 

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Play around with this adjustment until you get a perfect result. Just remember, after each adjustment move the machine forward with the vacuum on and recheck how it is sitting on the floor. 

That's it, hopefully your machine will be working fine now. If not you could always call us on 01626 355177 or email on 

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