We at Southwest are proud to announce that we now carry the Advance brand of innovative commercial and industrial floor cleaning equipment. Advance is part of the Nilfisk Group that has been manufacturing cleaning equipment for more than 100 years.  

The definition of a clean working environment has changed because of the Pandemic and it is now necessary to create an environment for our employees of cleanliness, productivity, safety, and overall efficiency. Cleanliness and safety are top of mind for all of us during this time and almost every facility, warehouse, or manufacturing plant needs industrial floor care equipment to ensure their facility is free of dirt, debris, and germs.  

You have several choices regarding picking the right floor care equipment: sweepers, scrubbers, and combination sweepers/scrubbers, walk-behind and ride-on models.

Floor Cleaning Solutions

Every facility requires a unique floor cleaning solution. Dusty environments need scrubbers. Facilities with bulky debris like wood chips and metal shavings need sweepers. And customers who want shiny, scruff-free floors typically require a combination sweeper/scrubber model to get the results they want.

Visit the Advance Industrial Cleaning Equipment Showroom to see what models are available and to learn more about how they can help clean and disinfect your facility.


Here is a list of questions to consider before you begin your search: 

  • What is the total square footage of the area to be cleaned? 
  • What type of surface are you cleaning? 
  • Do you need to simply pick up debris (sweep) or do you want a shiny, scuff-free floor (mop), or both? 
  • How many people do you have cleaning at one time? 
  • How much dirt and debris does your facility generate each day? 
  • What size are the particles of dirt and debris? 
  • What kind of dirt and debris do you have to clean? For example, oil, dust, water, metal? 
  • What type of aisle do you have in your facility? For example, open-end or dead-end? 
  • What are the doorway widths? To ensure the machine can travel throughout your building.

Choose between a Ride-On or a Walk-Behind machine

To decide on a ride on or walk behind model. Before you decide whether to purchase a less expensive walk-behind model or a more expensive ride-on model, consider these facts:

Ride-on machines are designed to clean large areas in the least amount of time. The primary benefits of riding equipment are minimizing operator fatigue and increasing productivity. Most users realize these benefits when changing from walk-behind equipment to riding equipment.

Ride-on and stand-on equipment can increase productivity in some cases because the larger the machine, the more water you can carry and the larger batteries you can install in the machine. Both of these can increase runtime and productivity.

Walk-behind machines are ideal for buildings without elevators and areas with many obstacles, narrow doorways and with ramps or steep inclines. A common mistake people make is buying a walk-behind machine simply because it’s less expensive. This only saves money in the short term. What you save on the purchase price, you’ll quickly lose in labor costs and replacing wearable parts.

Other considerations include ease of use, ease of maintenance, and topper and tank capacities. You need to Choose a machine that can clean the bulk of your facility and accommodate the size of your space. If you’re not sure which machine is right for you, we can bring different models to your location for a demo.

Our floor cleaning experts are standing by to help you pick the right industrial floor care equipment for your unique facility and needs. Contact us for a free consultation today!