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Manual Floor Sweeper Maintenance


Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Manual Floor Sweeper

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There are cleaning tips that can apply to just about every type of cleaning tool and equipment as well as every type of cleaning task … even using a manual sweeper such as Tornado’s line of sweepers for commercial and industrial use.

These sweepers are designed to clean as much as 30,000 square feet in an hour. This machine eliminates the need for brooms and, in those locations such as industrial sites that used to be cleaned by hosing down floor surfaces, it can save literally thousands of gallons of water, but it has to be used properly. Here are some suggestions on getting the most out of a manual sweeper:


Read the operator's manual: Believe it or not, not all sweepers are the same; some will have functions or features not found on other machines. A few minutes reviewing the operator's manual can make this cleaning task faster, safer, and more effective.


Clear the area to be cleaned first: Instead of stopping to pick up chairs, tables, and other objects on the floor on an "as-you-clean basis", pick up everything in the specific area to be cleaned before you start. This can reduce time and significantly improve worker productivity.


Empty the collection container before it needs it: Although the performance of the machine will not necessarily decrease, as the machine's collection area fills, as can happen with some vacuum cleaners, it is still a good policy to empty it before it gets too full. This can help keep the machine light and easier to use and maneuver and makes emptying the container physically less taxing.

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Avoid moisture: In most cases, manually powered sweepers are designed to be used in dry areas. It will likely not damage the sweeper should it collect moisture from the area being cleaned; however, it may impair its performance. The brushes are typically designed to help collect dry soils, dirt, and dust. If they get wet, these contaminants may collect on the brushes, impeding their ability to collect and remove them.



Sweep often: Using a manual sweeper can be one of the quickest and most effective ways to clean hard surface areas, inside and out. However, the more often an area is cleaned, the faster the task can be completed and the better the performance of the machine. It's just like any other cleaning task: If it has not been performed recently or regularly, it can take considerably more time to clean the area effectively. Repetition and frequency in cleaning typically means the job gets easier and surfaces stay cleaner over time.