Originally Posted on Cleanlink
BY: Kassandra Kania
Orbital floor cleaning machines are most commonly used to strip finish from hard floors. However, many building service contractors are realizing the benefits of using this equipment on carpeting as well. In addition to saving money on new equipment purchases — the same machine can clean both hard and soft flooring — orbital floor machines produce a better end result in less time, and carpets stay cleaner longer.
“The use of orbital action machines for commercial carpet maintenance, both as an interim and restorative cleaning system, has risen drastically in the last couple of years,” says Craig Jasper, approved instructor of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. “They are extremely fast at cleaning lightly soiled carpets at rates of up to 5,000 square feet an hour.”
These orbital floor machines, also known as oscillating floor machines, vibrate the pad driver in quarter-inch circles between 2,250 and 3,500 revolutions per minute. They work on carpets by agitating the carpet fibers with the aid of an absorbent pad, thereby absorbing the soil and wiping the fibers completely clean.