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Mops vs. Mechanized Cleaning in Schools

March 27, 2019 2:40 PM by Tennant Company



How to Decide Between Manual and Mechanized Cleaning


School floors get a lot of traffic – and collect a lot of junk – throughout the day, keeping custodial crews busy trying to keep them clean. The traditional picture is of a janitor, mop and bucket in hand, manually scrubbing the hallowed halls while occasionally straightening to rub their aching back and wipe the sweat from their brow.

While this may have been the only choice for floor care several decades ago, technology has advanced, and mechanized floor cleaning equipment has emerged onto the scene offering superior function on many levels. While the mop may have its place for quick spills or spot cleaning, on a larger scale automated floor cleaners do the job faster, easier, and better.

Why Mops Don’t Make the Grade

The mop has been around for a very long time and has undergone a number of improvements over the years. It has had a good run, but it is far from perfect, especially when you are cleaning a large surface. If you have ever used a mop, then you know that:

  • They are sloppy.
  • They are inefficient.
  • They are hard on the back and body.
  • Mops are unsanitary.

In its heyday it was great – of course it was the only game in town. But now emerging technology makes the mop almost completely obsolete.

Why Mechanized Cleaning Equipment Goes to the Head of the Class

Automated floor cleaning equipment offers a number of benefits that the mop simply can’t touch. If you’ve never tried a mechanized cleaning solution you are missing out on advantages for your crew and your facility. Most notably:

  • They are clean and neat.
  • They clean very efficiently.
  • They do not require much physical exertion.
  • They are sanitary.

Tennant understands that facility maintenance programs are faced with a BIG job and limited resources (labor and capital) to get it done. That is why we pride ourselves in offering a full lineup of mechanized cleaning equipment that can handle all your school’s needs. From restrooms, to classrooms and everything in-between they out perform traditional floor cleaning methods, hands down. So, drop the mop. Clean faster, clean better, and create safer, healthier environments with Tennant’s floor care solutions.


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