June Cleaning Tip:
By Mike Schaffer - President, Tornado Industries
Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your Manual Sweeper
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 new SWM 31/9 sweeper.
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 like just about 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.
The SWM is designed to clean as much as 28,000 square feet in an hour. The 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 everything up in the specific area to be cleaned before you start. This can reduce time and improve worker productivity significantly.
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 less physically taxing.
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.