What Are Industrial Floor Cleaning Products? What Are The Health Risks & Are There Alternatives?

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Industrial floor cleaning products include commercial quality sanitizes, detergents, disinfectants, and other industrial grade cleaning supplies. These cleaning supplies are generally manufactured by large companies in order to measure up to demanding needs of various industries. Efficiency and speed are in the forefront of many floor cleaning supply manufacturer’s minds when looking to capitalize on these markets. In light of this need to monetize, health and safety is often overlooked.

In order to achieve a deep, bacteria killing, cost effective cleaning agent, many companies turn to toxic floor cleaning chemicals. But what are the health risks of working with such chemicals? And is it worth sacrificing our health and wellness?

The result of inhaling toxic cleaning chemicals have been known to cause various health complications, for example, a disease called chemical pneumonia. Chemical pneumonia comes with a plethora of undesirable potential symptoms such as burning sensations in facial orifices, dry and wet coughing producing clear, yellow, green mucus or blood, nausea, abdominal pain, chest pain, and more.

Clearly, choosing certain floor cleaning supplies that compromise health for performance can entail serious consequences. This is why it is important to invest in appliances and supplies from companies who use chemical free solutions, and due to superior innovation and engineering, do not have to sacrifice industrial grade effectiveness. Take the Tennant T20 floor scrubber machine, for example, which uses chemical-free ec-H2O™, and FaST® technologies which deliver an aggressive deep clean that holds up to the highest industry standards. Furthermore, the T20 industrial floor scrubber has been engineered so that it is built to last and requires low amounts of maintenance, therefore proving to be a cost effective investment. Take that industrial chemical industry! This is just one example of alternative cleaning technologies out there. There is an uprising of companies making an effort to keep us both clean and healthy.

When you choose to maintain a healthy environment by using better, safer cleaning solutions for your business, everybody benefits. Your hired cleaners, employees and customers all breathe easier and as a result are happier and healthier (with less sick days). With innovative leaders in the cleaning industry today creating chemical free, ultra effective equipment and supplies, you needn’t compromise your health, your wallet, or the cleanliness of your business anymore.

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Buying a Refurbished Floor Cleaner vs. New

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What Does Refurbished Mean?

Refurbished can mean anything from a product that has been returned, unopened to a product that has been used and then restored to its original condition by skilled technicians. In the case of our Tennant floor cleaners, most of the refurbished floor cleaning machines we carry have been fully restored to work like new and will last for many years.

Some people might feel as though buying refurbished is taking a risk. The machine might break down more often, not perform as well as a new one, or simply not last as long. With some electronic devices or computers, this might well be true. However, with something like a floor cleaner, the machines are skillfully restored by technicians who rebuild them to a condition that is like new.

The main advantage of choosing a reconditioned floor cleaner over a new one is price. You will spend much less for a comparable machine that likely has the same lifespan as a brand new one.

Another advantage is brand name recognition. With a refurbished floor cleaner, many companies can afford to buy a Tennant floor cleaning machine, knowing they can trust the reputation of the company that stands behind it, without paying the original price.

Reconditioned machines undergo a series of tests to ensure they work well and will stand the test of time. Generally, the outer body of the machine is used, but the machine and its parts have been restored and/or replaced to a new condition. This means the machine might be considered used, but it will perform the way it needs to in order to do a good job.

If you are flexible about the outer appearance of your floor cleaning machine and don’t mind that it is a reburbished model, then this is a great cost-effective option for you.

The choice to buy refurbished or new is best determined by evaluating what suits your budget and needs.

See our selection of refurbished Tennant scrubbers and sweepers

The Importance of Industrial Floor Cleaners at a Veterinary Clinic

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Veterinary clinics regularly admit pets that are carrying a wide variety of illnesses, including parasites, flees, contagious infections, and skin conditions. While many of these are not necessarily transferrable to humans, many are highly contagious to other animals. It’s extremely important to maintain a sanitary environment to prevent transmittal.

It’s just as important, for the comfort level of pet owners, to properly sanitize your veterinary facilities to reduce odours, pet hair, dirt tracked in from outdoors, and other unwanted debris. Dogs and cats, especially, have a keen sense of smell. Reducing odours from other animals that have passed through your facilities will also help to reduce their anxiety levels, which will improve the overall atmosphere of your clinic.

Floors should be swept regularly, preferably a few times each day to remove fur and dirt. Ideally, examination rooms should be swept after each new visit. The entranceway and waiting room should also be swept at least once per day and ideally more often.

Any accidental pet messes from sick, incontinent, or nervous animals should be cleaned up immediately. Aside from any smells these might produce, they can carry communicable diseases. Any puddles also pose a slip hazard and can compromise the safety of clients and staff. To clean these, use paper towels and an appropriate pet stain product.

In addition to daily maintenance, we recommend using an industrial floor cleaner at the end of each day the clinic is open. Our industrial steam cleaners will handle any stains, debris, or odours remaining from a busy day at your veterinary clinic. The high temperatures of our steam cleaners will also properly sanitize and disinfect each room.

When pet owners enter your clinic and see clean, shiny floors without smelling any strong pet odours they will gain more trust in your facilities. Your reputation will no doubt benefit from daily floor cleaning.

How to Dispose of Waste Water from Industrial Floor Cleaners

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Once your floor or carpet cleaning job is finished, it is important to properly dispose of the dirty wastewater. We strongly encourage you to follow these guidelines for safety reasons.

Before disposing of the wastewater, the first step is to filter it to remove carpet fibers and other debris. This will prevent pipes from getting clogged in the future. A coarse filter should be used first, followed by a finer mesh for smaller particles.

Generally, this debris can be placed in a regular garbage receptacle, unless it contains any hazardous materials. These hazardous materials should instead be taken to facilities that are specifically equipped to handle this kind of waste.

Keep in mind that industrial floor cleaners pick up a lot more than every day pollutants like dust and pollen. As such, wastewater from industrial floor cleaning can be quite dirty and comes with the risk of contamination and the spreading of bacteria.

Additionally, this wastewater can be hazardous to aquatic life if it is not properly treated before it reaches large bodies of water. It’s important not dump this wastewater directly into surface water, like rivers, lakes, or ponds. We also advise against dumping it into storm sewers or onto the street.

The recommended method of disposal of wastewater is through an approved sanitary sewer. From here, it is carried to a treatment plant designed to remove undesirable materials in a reliable and environmentally sound way.

For liability reasons, we recommend keeping a log each time you clean your floors and carpets. Keep track of the cleaning solutions you used, the amount of water, and the method of water disposal.

Be sure to know the bylaws in your place of business concerning the proper disposal of wastewater in order to avoid any significant fines.

Renting vs. Buying an Industrial Floor Cleaning Machine

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This is a question often asked by building managers and owners: “Is it better to rent or buy floor cleaning equipment?”.

There are a few things to consider. You will need to decide if it’s more important to save the upfront costs, but spend more over time. The size of your building is an important factor, as is how much time you are willing to spend maintaining a machine.

When Buying a Floor Cleaning Machine is Best

If you intend to clean your floors regularly, it’s usually best to purchase your own machine. You will likely save money in the long run.

With easy access to your own industrial floor cleaner, you might find that your tendency is to clean more often, which will keep your floors cleaner and in better shape. Besides the long-term savings of the machine itself, you will save money on floor repairs and replacements down the road.

If you opt out of renting and choose to buy an industrial floor cleaning machine, you will also never have the hassle of waiting for the right equipment to become available, if it’s been rented by someone else. There are also no time constraints when you have purchased or leased your equipment.

Another benefit to owning your own machine is ease of use. It’s much easier for a building maintenance manager or janitor to become familiar with a machine that is owned by the building. This is also an important safety consideration. When using the same machine every time, the machine operator will become more accustomed to the appropriate safety precautions for one particular machine.

What to Know When Buying

Before you choose to spend the investment on your own floor cleaner, make sure you buy the one that’s right for your building. For large spaces, you will likely want a ride-on model. A push scrubber is more suitable for smaller spaces.

Different types of flooring will require different treatment. For example, if you have hardwood flooring, you will need a machine with a hardwood setting. Laminate flooring should not be waxed, so you can opt out of this feature if your floors are primarily laminate.

The Benefits of Renting Floor Cleaners

Generally, if you only need floor cleaning equipment for a short time, renting is the better option for you. Even if you need to do a large-scale cleanup, if it only needs to be done every few months, you’re better off renting.

Many construction companies choose to rent because they only use a machine once to clean up after a large job.

Your budget might dictate an initial period of renting before you have enough to invest in purchasing or leasing your equipment.

Some building managers will rent floor cleaning equipment as a trial before purchase. This is an excellent way to find the right fit for your janitorial equipment and there is no commitment if you discover a certain type of machine is not suitable for your floors.

Another convenience of choosing to rent is that you can trust your rental company to properly maintain the machines for you.

If you have any questions when deciding to rent or buy, please contact us for more information or call us at 905-799-KWIK (5945). We’re happy to advise you on the best solution for you.

Floor Cleaning Safety Tips

Safety Tips For Industrial Floor Cleaning

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Modern industrial floor scrubbers have certified safety features that are designed to reduce any risks to operators. Still, it is also important to be aware of safety concerns when using industrial cleaning equipment.

We’ve put together some safety tips you can use when renting our floor cleaning machines.


We regularly inspect all of our machines to ensure your safety. It is also a good idea to perform some basic checks when preparing to use an industrial floor cleaner.

Check hydraulic fluid levels, fuel levels, engine coolant and oil levels before operating one of our machines. All filters and vacuum hoses should be clear of debris or blockages. Checking the tail lights, headlights and safety lights, as well as the brakes and steering will ensure proper operation of the machine.

Some Precautions

It’s important never to use any flammable materials in or around floor cleaning machines, as they can explode or catch fire. Ignition sources should be kept away from the machine’s batteries.

Follow the mixing and handling instructions on chemical containers and only use recommended cleaning detergents. Damage can occur if used with solutions not intended for the machine.

Any water used with the machine should not exceed 60°C or 140°F. Ensure waste water is disposed of properly.

Only use attachments that are approved by the manufacturer.


When a cleaning machine is in use, people should stay a safe distance away from the operating area to avoid collision and the operator should keep his/her hands clear of moving parts. It’s also important that the operator dress appropriately with no hanging jewelry or loose fitting clothing.

When operating the scrubber, start slow, make smooth turns, and stop without spinning the wheels. Occasionally, string, plastic wrap or other debris can wrap itself around the brushes and should be removed.

If the operator needs to leave the scrubber unattended, the key should be removed from the machine. The machine operator should also avoid using the scrubber if s/he feels drowsy or unwell. Similarly, the operator should avoid using a scrubber that vibrates excessively or appears otherwise unsafe.

Avoid using the machine to transport people or objects.

Implementing proper safety precautions when using an industrial floor scrubber is the best way to ensure the well-being of the operator and building occupants.