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ICAN/ATEX: What size sweeper do I need to clean a residence hall?

June 07, 2013
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Friday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

Post construction cleaning of 100,000+ sf residence hall. All concrete floors.

Required to sweep, mop, clean, and high speed buff floors. Any recommendations on equipment?

We were going to utilize just brooms, vacuums, and 2 walk-behind floor buffers....some long hallway expanses, but many smaller bedrooms.

Would use of larger auto sweeper and auto scrubber save time or be suitable for this service?

Friday’s Answer:

Generally, the larger the machine, the greater the coverage and the faster the work is done.

Less time translates to reduced labor cost.

The only concern is the size of the spaces you must service. Too large a machine will be difficult to use in tight areas and prove to be no time saver at all.

If you fit the machine to the space you will definitely save time.

If the floor is polished concrete, possibly a high speed buffing may be worthwhile, but usually that … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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