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8 Things to Consider when Purchasing a Ride-on Carpet Sweeper

Maintaining your carpet and soft floors can be time consuming tasks. The sheer size of these areas make it a long task to complete for cleaning teams. A Ride on Sweeper have a larger productivity footprint meaning you can cover more surface are in a short time frame.  

Ride on sweepers equipped with a carpet care kit makes sense for most centres however it is not a one size fits all solution. We have prepared the below 8 items to consider before purchase so you can clean more effectively, efficiently and at a lower cost. 

Carpet sweepers vs vacuums:

Size and productivity are definitely considerations when deciding between a carpet sweeper and a vacuum. But it may also be helpful to know how these machines work. 

​A ride-on sweeper utilizes its brush to flick debris into the hopper. The suction controls the dust generated from the cleaning process.

Makes for efficient floor cleaning in larger buildings where productivity is key.
​The brush on a vacuum agitates debris and the machine's suction picks it up.

The best option for smaller, compact spaces that require a lot of maneuverability.
1. Environment and Storage
Ride on sweepers are best suited for a single storey facility (unless a freight elevator is available), or if there is a slight ramp. They require wide open areas and long hallways with suitable storage for when the machine is not being used. 

Think of facilities like convention centres hotels, hospitals, airports, casinos, large universities and warehouses. Many manufacturers also offer more compact and agile walk-behind sweepers that can maneuverer into tighter areas for optimum cleaning.

  2. Power Sources
To ensure a fume free environment, especially inside a facility, consider a battery powered ride on sweeper. A battery provides extended run time and ability to be used away from an electrical outlet (unlike corded vacuums for example). Using a battery powered machine also increase your indoor air quality. 

3. Surface and Debris Types
Ride on sweepers are designed to handle small and large debris types. They are versatile in being able to pick up and filter small microns of dust but also larger debris type. Models that are designed for indoor and outdoor use also include adjustable brush heights and carpet care kits. 

4. Ease-of-Use
Intuitive operator interfaces on ride on sweepers are important for simple operation. One button start up functions, memory function to store machine settings and powered dump options mean that your operators job is easier and ergonomic  

5. Maneuverability 
Look for a maneuverable yet powerful sweeper with a tight turning radius to clean in more congested areas. Some sweepers offer on-board vacuum wand accessories that are easy to access. This makes it easy to recover small debris and clean in tight spaces without getting off the machine.

6. Filtration
A ride on sweeper that has a multi stage dust control system ensures the air quality is maintained while protecting employees and operators health and safety.  

7. Carpet Fibre
Make sure your ride-on sweeper has incorporated technology to effectively capture carpet fibres for maximum efficiency.

8. Maintenance
Save time and money by ensuring routine maintenance items are checked regularly. Look for ride-on sweepers with easy-to-identify yellow maintenance touch points that help make pre-inspections and routine maintenance quick and easy. Also, look for ride-on sweepers with brushes that are designed to be removed easily and quickly for inspection and replacement with no additional tools required.
Contact your Tennant Sales Representative today to discuss your options and learn which type of equipment is right for your facility.

Tennant Company is a recognized leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. With a vision to become a global leader in sustainable cleaning innovation that empowers our customers to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world, Tennant creates solutions that are changing the way the world cleans. Tennant products include equipment used to maintain indoor and outdoor surfaces, as well as TennantTrue® financing solutions, equipment parts, service, and maintenance to help ensure superior cleaning performance from your Tennant machines.

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