Powr-Flite Finds Demand for Efficient Floor Care Equipment Grows as Budgets Tighten

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A February 2012 survey of facility service providers (FSPs) finds that the amount of money end-customers are willing to invest in floor care is decreasing. This was the conclusion of 57 percent of the respondents.

A 'good' floor care machine is one that is light, efficient, and easy to handle

A February 2012 survey of facility service providers (FSPs) finds that the amount of money end-customers are willing to invest in floor care is decreasing. This was the conclusion of 57 percent of the respondents.

However, even though the funds for floor care may be decreasing, the majority of the respondents still believed that owning “good” floor machine s such as buffers, auto scrubbers, and burinshers, are “a critical tool” to have in their cleaning arsenal.

A “good” floor care machine, according to the majority of respondents, is one that is light, efficient, and easy to handle; a “bad” floor care machine is one that does not perform well and has a tendency to break down frequently.

Asked about the effectiveness and performance of today’s floor care chemicals, glosses, and finishes, 78 percent stated that the floor care chemicals available today--whether Green or conventional --are more effective compared to what was available a decade ago.

Other findings in the survey, which was conducted by Powr-Flite, a leading manufacturer of professional floor care equipment include the following:

  •     Over 70 percent of respondents indicated that they use their floor care equipment primarily for scrubbing and stripping floors.
  •     Fifty percent of respondents said they use their floor care equipment for other tasks, including burnishing, deep scrubbing, carpet shampooing, and spray buffing.
  •     The vast majority of respondents select a black pad for floor stripping, while blue or green pads are the pad of choice for floor scrubbing.
  •     The tool the respondents use most frequently with a floor machine is a wet/dry vacuum. (See sidebar: Changes in floor care, in their own words below)

As far as daily maintenance of floors, a majority of the respondents believe floors would stay cleaner for longer periods if they were given more attention on a more frequent or regular basis. Many cleaning experts agree with this, that effective, ongoing maintenance is key to keeping floors safe and looking their best.

For more information and an info-graphic summarizing this survey, please visit http://www.Powr-Flite.com/FMSurvey

Sidebar: Changes in Floor Care In Their Own Words

  •     “Flooring has changed from soft flooring to more hard surface like wood, stone, and ceramic tile.”
  •     “[We are seeing] more emphasis on just maintaining floors versus stripping and recoating of floors”
  •     “[We are caring for] more delicate types of flooring in more temperature sensitive conditions.”

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