Ask the Expert: Floor Maintenance
Does Using An Orbital Scrubber Make A Difference?
- By Scott Keller
- May 1st, 2016
Education facility managers and administrators
struggle to balance limited operational
budgets and a need to maintain clean and
healthy schools for their students and faculty.
Subject to continuous foot traffic, school
floors become soiled quickly and that dirt is
tracked throughout the building. Soiled floors
not only detract from the overall aesthetics of
the facility, but slick dirt and grime can cause
slip and fall hazards while dust and allergens
adversely impact indoor air quality (IAQ).
Numerous studies have identified poor
IAQ as a key contributor to the development of
asthma in young people and the spread of other
illnesses among students and faculty. These
illnesses lead to increased absenteeism, which is
directly linked to poorer classroom performance.
Orbital scrubbers allow maintenance teams
to maintain a high level of cleanliness with
minimal chemical and water usage. By actively
removing dirt and grime, as well as the chemical
residue that attracts dirt, orbital scrubbers
help maintenance staff to keep the school
healthier. The introduction of orbital scrubbers
has allowed school districts across the country
to maximize operational resources, enhance
the learning environment while continuing to
achieve a high level of appearance that meets
the expectations of parents and staff.
While orbital scrubbers achieve a high
level of performance for daily scrubbing, these
machines also offer the flexibility to be used for
deep scrubbing and chemical-free floor finish
removal. Traditionally, the deep scrub and recoat
process required many hours of labor, multiple
machines and harsh chemicals. Orbital scrubbers
allow schools to perform this operation with
water only — no chemicals — helping schools
to enjoy significant budget savings while introducing
fewer chemicals in to their facilities.
This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of School Planning & Management.
Scott Keller is a market manager for Nilfisk, Inc. (www.advance-us.com, www.clarkeus.com). He can be reached at 763/745-3824.