AlturaSolutions turns words into sales. This case study on cylindrical floor machines, published for client Tornado Industries, is an example.
Water-based urethane finishes are frequently used on terrazzo and vinyl composition tile (VCT) floors in K-12 schools as well as colleges and universities. Custodial managers often say these finishes are durable and stain resistant.
This finish is harder than many other types of finishes, however, that does not mean it is maintenance-free.
For example, one school district discovered linear “scratch lines” in the urethane finish of one of their school’s floors. Upon further investigation, what was revealed is that soil was getting embedded in these scratch lines. Removing the soil was proving very difficult to remove, and in time, was ruining the appearance of the entire floor.
Conventional rotary machines usually are not that effective at removing this soil because they cannot penetrate deep below the floor surface to remove the grit. To tackle the problem, the district was introduced to a new type of floor care machine—a cylindrical brush mean from Tornado®.
Instead of pads, cylindrical machines use brushes, which counter-rotate at 1,000 rpm. The brushes scrub deep into porous areas removing soils and contaminants.
Once in use, the custodial workers commented that the machines are also very easy to work with. Rotary machines can be difficult to operate and there is a learning curve. However, cylindrical machines are ergonomically designed and engineered to work with the user, essentially floating over the floor. This makes them far easier to use and essentially eliminates the need for training.
The school administrators and custodial workers were interested in these machines, however the question remained: Could the machine remove the embedded soil in the scratches?
“We tested a cylindrical brush machine on one of the facility’s problem floor,” said one of the school custodians. “When I finished, the soil was gone and there were smiling faces all around me. Cylindrical machines make these school floors—and I’d say just about all our floors—look terrific.”