How To Use A Single Disc Floor Scrubber

Single disc floor scrubbers are reliable and easy to use once you get the hang of them. They are suitable for tile and grout cleaning, dry carpet cleaning, marble and stone restoration, buffing and polishing of hard floors, and stripping floors. Here's how to use one.
30 October, 2018 by
How To Use A Single Disc Floor Scrubber


What You’ll Need

Materials include a single disc floor scrubber polisher, floor pads, scrubbing brush and suitable footwear.

Safety L.A.W.S. & Personal Protection Equipment

Unless you have been fully trained and understand how to use it safely for its intended purpose, never use a single disc floor scrubber! In order to make it easier to remember, follow the simple steps of our L.A.W.S. acronym for help:

•  Let the machine do the work.

•  Avoid twisting and awkward postures.

•  Weight over your feet - stand naturally and keep your back straight.

•  Share the load - take turns with your team partner.

Additionally, while the required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) may vary between different machines and organisations, it’s important to follow both the manufacturer’s instructions and your company’s work health and safety policies.

As a general rule of thumb while operating the machine, do not wear any loose clothing and always wear suitable covered footwear and gloves. Ear muffs or plugs may be necessary depending on your level of noise discomfort, and on building sites, hard hats and other additional protection may be required.

How to Prep & Move a Floor Scrubber Safely

Follow the steps below to safely prepare and relocate a single disc floor scrubber:

•  Unwind & Check the Cord: Completely unwind the electric cords, checking for any damage or tangles by running your hand through the cord before plugging it in.

•  Check the Test & Tag: Ensure the electric cord has a current test and tag.

•  Be Careful Around Water: Avoid using near any spills or liquid.

•  Check for Damage: Inspect for damage both before and after use, labelling any damage with a ‘Danger’ tag if necessary to avoid using until repaired.

•  Consider Ergonomics: Before attempting to lift or move the equipment, always unplug the machine. Due to its weight, it is best to lift with the help of at least 1 other person.

•  Clear & Safe Area: Ensure the area is cleared before use, and never use an extra extension lead with this machine.

•  Adjust for Comfort: Ensure the handle is pointing upright and tilt the machine back so that the handle rests on the floor. Fit the pad holder or brush onto the connection and stand the machine upright. Adjust the handle so that it sits at the lower groin level when your arms are fully extended and secure it in the correct position.

•  Don’t Use Unsafe Equipment: Report any issues to supervisors before use.

•  Dust, Mop or Vacuum the Area First: Ensure any loose dirt, sand and grit are removed prior to use, as the machine may further damage the floor when dragging particles across it.

Remember that these machines are controlled by balance, not strength.

How to Start & Use a Single Disc Floor Scrubber

Generally, most single disc floor scrubbers should be used by following the proper steps, including:

•  Adequately Prepping the Scrubber: See the above instructions for further details.

•  Plugging It In: Switch it on at the power point.

•  Turning It On: Press the safety button next to the hand trigger to start the machine, then grasp either of the triggers. The motor then engages the brush or pad holder. Do not force the trigger without releasing the safety button first, as it damages the safety release in the trigger mechanism.

•  Using the Machine: Continue holding the trigger button.

•  Keeping the Machine Level: Relax and concentrate on keeping the machine level, and when you’re comfortable, lift and lower the handle to achieve right and left movement.

•  Letting Go of the Trigger if You Lose Control: The machine will stop immediately if you take your hands off of it.

What to Do When You’re Finished

After sufficient use, follow the proper steps for cleaning and storage:

•  Ensure the Machine is Off: Always unplug the machine before cleaning it.

•  Switch Off the Machine: Disconnect the lead from the power source, and roll the cord from the machine end, avoiding twisting movements. Always check for any damage.

•  Storage: Always store the machine in a secure location.

•  Cleaning: Always ensure the machine is left clean and tidy for the next user.

•  Attachments: All attachments should be removed and stored suitably, typically in a box or on a shelf.

•  Empty Water Storage Tank: If applicable, follow this step.

•  Remove Water Release Tray: Clean thoroughly, ensuring the row of water release holes are clear of blockages.

•  Remove Water Recovery Tray: Clean thoroughly.

•  Remove Brushes: Clean thoroughly with neutral detergent and rinse well, storing the brushes in an upright position when not in use.

•  Remove Pad Holder or Brush: Do not store the floor scrubber in an upright position with the pad holder or brush attached, as it reduces the overall effectiveness and causes the floor pads to no longer attach properly.

Helpful Tips & Potential Hazards for Users

For a consistently safe work environment and operation of a single disc floor scrubber, we recommend following these helpful tips:

•  Be Aware: Slip, trip and fall hazards exist when using these machines, so always be cautious.

•  Proper Storage: Do not store other equipment or items on top of a single disc floor scrubber polisher.

•  Electrical Lead: Do not place the lead over your shoulder while the machine is in operation. Instead, trail it behind you as you work your way across the floor area.

•  Do Not Stretch Leads: Avoid excessive force, like tugging or pulling of caught leads.

•  Avoid Dispensing Certain Liquids: Floor-stripping solutions, bleaches or solvents dispensed through the machine’s tank - assuming it has one - will void the warranty.

•  Avoid Running Over the Cable: While in operation, avoid running over the cable if at all possible.

•  Check the Surface: Ensure your specific machine, floor pad and process are all suitable for the given floor surface.

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