Sweepers should not be confused with floor scrubbers, buffers, burnishers or autoscrubbers.
A floor scrubber employs a pad or a brush and may include a liquid dispensing system to loosen and remove soils, grease and debris from hard surface floors.
Autoscrubbers take this a step further by loosening and then removing soils and moisture from the floor in one pass via vacuum suction.
Although autoscrubbers have a vacuum component, they are not used to vacuum carpeted floors.
The width of sweeping, scrubbing, buffing and burnishing machines can have a direct impact on how many square feet of floor space they can clean per hour.
In most cases, a machine with a 26-inch cleaning path can clean about 26,000 square feet per hour and is generally considered the ideal size to marry efficiency and maneuverability.