When it comes to trade fair venues, airports, factories, event centres, shopping centres or similar facilities, cleaning areas that often measure several thousand square metres is genuinely a challenge for the operator. Economically cleaning medium to large areas would hardly be possible today without the use of ride-on floor scrubbers. These machines can clean up to 1300 square metres per hour depending on their size. That corresponds to the area of about 5 tennis courts. Meeting the highest ergonomic standards should not be a problem here.
Ride-on floor scrubbers are specially designed, manoeuvrable vehicles with a seat for the operator. From the seat in the centre of the vehicle, the driver has a view of the entire work area. From there the driver controls application of the cleaning liquid and the brushes that scrub the floor. Subsequently a suction base picks up the dirty water and suctions it into the on-board dirty water tank. The floor is dry and can be walked on immediately after cleaning. Cleaning can take several hours depending on the size of the area. This means that aside from optimal cleaning performance, the comfortable and back-friendly operation of the machine has to be considered as well.
Ride-on floor scrubbers should be thought out down to the smallest details. That starts with slip-resistant steps for getting on and off easily. Ideally this should be possible on both sides of the vehicle. Experts call that a symmetrical workstation. After all, cleaning staff has to get up and down numerous times during a shift, for example to clear away obstacles. When this is possible on both sides, one-sided strain is avoided. Flexibility is enhanced as well.
The driver’s seat demands special attention. Positioned in the middle, it should be comfortable and of sufficient size, with an adjustable seat surface. This allows the distance to the pedals and steering wheel to be optimised and permits an ergonomic sitting posture. The most comfortable seats also have weight-dependent suspension as well as an angle-adjustable backrest and arm supports. Special full-cushion tyres provide good vibration damping while driving. An ergonomic steering wheel can be gripped securely and should be designed for an optimal view of all control elements and functions.
Further details can make day-to-day work easier. A storage basket for auxiliary materials and tools at a convenient height for example and an easy to reach manual spraying and suction tool or mop are helpful. A brush head wear indicator is advantageous as well. This eliminates daily inspections that generally require kneeling. A screen prevents excessive soiling of the tank. Depending on the conditions, mounting an optional sweeper/suction attachment on the front of the machine to pick up coarse dirt makes the work a lot easier. Comfortable emptying of the sweepings container has to be observed in this case. Here what is known as a take-it-easy system offers relief.
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