Ask the Expert: Custodial Equipment
Why should we use orbital scrubbers?
- 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
Subject to continuous foot traffic, floors
become soiled quickly and that dirt is tracked
throughout buildings. Soiled floors not only
detract from the overall aesthetics of facilities,
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
schools healthier. The introduction of orbital
scrubbers has allowed schools to maximize
operational resources and enhance the learning
environment while continuing to achieve
a high level of appearance that meets the
expectations of students and staff.
While orbital scrubbers achieve a high
level of performance for daily scrubbing, they
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 this operation to be performed with
water only — no chemicals — helping schools
to enjoy significant budget savings while introducing
fewer chemicals into their facilities.
This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of College 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.