Controlling Foam in Riding Floor Scrubbers

Riding floor scrubbers like the Factory Cat GTR are an excellent choice for cleaning large industrial floors in the shortest amount of time, often making them the most cost-effective floor-cleaning solution for a business. However, some riding scrubbers can create excess foam during operation, which can inhibit the cleaning process. Proper operating techniques and machine maintenance can keep foaming to a minimum.

Before operating the machine, it is important to fill the solution tank with water before adding the detergent, as adding the detergent first will create foam in the tank, and the proper dilution ratio will not be maintained. Another important step is to add an industrial defoaming product to the machine’s recovery tank before operating the machine.

After the cleaning job is complete, empty the recovery tanks and rinse them thoroughly to remove any detergent residue. Detergent build-up will result in additional foaming over time, and any chemicals in the detergent may react with other cleaning products that may be used in the future. A solution of one cup of ammonia per gallon of water can help remove especially hard-to-remove materials like floor wax. Another easy but beneficial cleaning process is to flush the machine’s float assembly and vacuum filters after completing a job.

Regular maintenance of your floor scrubber will also help keep foaming to a minimum. Simple maintenance procedures include being sure to routinely clean any machine parts that come in contact with chemicals. If your machine comes with replaceable squeegee blades, be sure to replace them as recommended by your machine’s manufacturer.