Top Tips To Avoid Machine Malfunction

Industrial Cleaning Equipment Maintenance

Regular servicing will prolong the life of your cleaning machine as we can pick up on any small fixes before they become anything that will cause the machine’s performance to deteriorate.

Our general advice when looking at getting the industrial cleaning machine best suited to you, is to consider the job in hand. Purchasing purely based upon price is likely to lead to problems further down the line.

At SRS we provide industrial cleaning equipment that is reliable and heavy duty, perfect for all applications and the worst of messes.

What Does SRS Provide?

SRS Cleaning Equipment specialise in supplying and supporting demanding applications, and with over 35 years of experience under our belt, we’ve definitely learned how to best take care of our industrial cleaning equipment.

We provide operator check sheets with all our machines to help the machine run at optimum performance levels, which in turn helps you get the most out of your machine.

If you choose to hire your machine, we will provide you with a full service of the machine (which includes PAT testing) and guidelines on what you can do to keep your machine in it’s best working order.

For purchased machines, we can offer you ad-hoc or preventative maintenance service contracts to suit the your requirements and the machine’s application.

When we deliver your machine we will provide you free and extensive training so you’re confident in using and caring for your industrial cleaning machine. We often recommend that only a few staff members are allocated as specific operators, rather than dozens, as then the allocated operators really get acquainted with the cleaning machines, which encourages them to take responsibility of the machine rather than assuming that someone else will empty it and clean it down.

Our General In-House Maintenance Tips:

Daily To Do

  • Check the machine’s brushes, and remove.
  • Check the machine’s battery levels – top up with distilled water to the metal plates.
  • For every 30 minutes of use, shake the filters for 15 seconds.
  • Empty the debris hopper.
  • Make sure to vacuum up any additional water that the scrub deck may have left!
  • Check for any debris or banding around the brushes and remove.
  • Empty the recovery tank and debris catch tray. Rinse the long debris tray with clean water.
  • Wipe down squeegee blades with a clean cloth – check the vacuum pipe is clean.
  • Remove, clean and reinstall the float valve in the recovery tank.

Weekly Work

  • Check the battery connections.
  • Clean your machine.
  • If your squeegee blade is wearing, flip or rotate if necessary.
  • Fully clean down the underneath of the machine with a hose pipe.

Monthly Maintenance

  • Remove and clean the dust filters
  • Check the rubber skirts for wear or damage
  • Visually inspect all belts for condition/ tightness

Cleaning Sweepers and Scrubber Driers:

To clean your industrial sweepers, you would take the following steps:

  • Remove and clean the dust filters
  • Wipe the machine down with a damp cloth
  • Remove any strapping or banding that may have been picked up by the brushes

To clean your industrial scrubber driers:

  • Flush the dirty water/ recovery tank through to avoid sediment and smells building up
  • Wipe and clean the squeegee blades and vacuum hoses at the back of the machine
  • The scrubber deck/ brushes and squeegee bar can all be hosed down to clean, however the rest of the machine should be wiped down with a damp cloth

On all of our machines, the basic operator care and clean down procedures that we recommend are all ‘no tools required’ so are simple for you to carry out.
How We Help Avoid Downtime:
To avoid large periods of down time, at SRS we supply PDF manuals which help you keep your machine in the best working condition before the professionals take a look at it.

We have a technical team on hand who can provide initial phone assistance (give us a call on 01325 377803 if you need any help!), so we can try and talk you through the problem to come to a solution.

Failing both of the above we are able to either utilise a field engineer or swap your hired cleaning machine for you, so that you’re not left without!

Read More

SRS Cleaning Machine Hire

Cleaning Machine Hire at SRS!

Cleaning machine hire at SRS aims to be as flexible as possible, so that we always have an option suitable for you and your company. We provide three different hire tiers which enable you to hire cleaning machines for the length of time appropriate for your business, dependent on your needs at the current time.

Spot Hire/ Emergency Hire

At SRS Cleaning Equipment we know that sometimes disaster just strikes and you need to clean up in a hurry. We offer same or next day delivery on our cleaning machines for emergency situations so that you can get everything sorted and polished in the least amount of time possible.

Should you have an important visit or a scheduled shutdown where you want to make the most of your downtime by having a deep clean, if you’re looking for specialist cleaning such as diamond polishing, need a builders handover clean of a new site, or have unfortunately experienced a flood and need it managing fast, spot hire of cleaning machines is the option for you.

Short To Medium Term Hire

Short to medium term hire is often sought after to carry out a periodic clean of facilities and can also be effective in testing a machine in your operation, prior to buying or hiring long term, to see how the machine would work in practice for you.

Our short to medium term hire is often used by clients who see a seasonal increase in machine demand, such as a shopping centre during the Christmas period where footfall increases and it’s important to keep the area clean. If you’re due an increase in footfall soon where it’s important that everything is clean, maintained and sparkling, get in touch at 01325 377803.

Longer Term Hire (SRS Flexi Hire)

Longer term hire is appropriate for businesses looking for regular cleans rather than one-off spot cleaning.

Longer term hire is often used instead of purchasing a machine, as it gives you more flexibility – meaning you can upsize or downsize as your requirements may change. You’re also able to de-hire machines with no notice, if your site requirements suddenly change.

Longer term hire may be more appropriate for heavier sites, as the machine will be periodically rotated – ensuring that you always have effective and up to date machinery on site, to complete the task in hand most effectively.

Hiring cleaning machines with SRS ensures that you are always able to keep up with new technology, as it enters the market place. You can upgrade the machine at any point! Our hire options are fully inclusive of maintenance (except for damage and consumables), so are very budget friendly.

Read More

Cleaning Machines 101: The Right Machine For You


Choosing The Right Machine For You

When it comes down to picking a cleaning machine, you first need to evaluate what exactly it is you need the machine to achieve.

Scrubbers Vs. Sweepers.. What’s the difference?

Scrubber driers (both pedestrian and ride on) are used for settings where the floor needs to be scrubbed clean and left sanitary and dry, such as the hospitality sector or food industries, to name just a few. Scrubber driers are fitted with scrub brushes or abrasive pads which agitate and clean the floor using water and degreasers or cleaning solution. Industrial Sweepers are mainly used for loose dust and debris, so are perfect for warehouse settings.

Indoor Cleaning Vs. Outdoor Use

All of our small to medium scrubber driers are for indoor use, as are most of our sweepers.
However, the B980 and SW9XR Armadillo can can be used to clean indoors and also for outdoor cleaning. Our larger combination models can be utilised indoors such as in large distribution centres, but are also perfect for outdoors, such as multi storey car parks.

Our Machines:

NSS Wrangler 2625: Pedestrian Floor Scrubber Drier
The Wrangler 2625 is best suited for small to medium sized spaces, where you need need an industrial yet maneuverable machine. This machine is perfect for food warehouses and factories or hospitals where sanitation is key, and smaller settings such as retail or factory walkways. The Scrubber Drier does what it says on the tin and scrubs floors until they’re sparkling, and also dries up afterwards to avoid any unsightly water stains or health and safety hazards!

NSS Wrangler 3330: Large Pedestrian Scrubber Drier
The ‘big brother’ of the 2625, the NSS Wrangler 3330 is better suited to larger factories and open areas where a pedestrian model is prefered over a ride on machine. This machine has an extended battery runtime and heavy duty brush pressure, making it perfect for ‘diamond polishing’ floors in real times of need!

NSS Champ ZS29 & ZS35: Small/ Medium Ride on Scrubber Driers
These models are best placed in medium size factory, manufacturing and logistics applications, and they are perfect for cleaning up general mucky marks, fork truck tyre marks and for keeping ‘goods inwards’ areas clean and safe for fork trucks.

Eureka E110: Large Battery Powered Scrubber Drier
This is really our 2-in-1, something for everyone machine! The Eureka E110 comes with a debris catch tray and a chemical dosing system. This machine is perfect for vast factories which need to scrub the floor clean and shiny, but also may have small amounts of debris to contend with such as shards of pallet, nuts and bolts and screws!

Hamster 800E: Pedestrian Sweeper
The Hamster 800E is most commonly used at construction sites where staff want to eliminate hand sweeping to save time. This machine is perfect to sweep fine dust and small debris.

Rider 1201 – B980 and Magnum Ride on Sweepers
This range of sweepers are best for medium to large warehouses and are hugely effective at the removal of debris and fine dust. We’ve learned that this machine is perfect for warehouses/ logistic applications where there are rows after rows of long aisles that need sweeping, which would take up valuable work time if it was to be completed by hand. A larger sweeper means that there is a wider sweep path, larger dirt hopper and longer battery run time.

SW9XR Armadillo: Very Large LPG/ Diesel Powered Sweeper
Perfect for large and very dusty sites, the SW9XR are most commonly used on large warehouse builds by for construction cleaning, so that work sites are kept as clean and dust free as possible throughout the process. Multitalented, this machine is also great for car parks and is both an indoor and outdoor machine.

Commander C82 and T82: Large LPG/ Diesel Powered Combination Machines
The Commanders are combination machines meaning that they can both sweep and scrub floors. These machines are frequently sought after by cleaning contractors at the end of a project, when a new facility is being handed over to the client from the building contractor.

Read More

Sourcing Capital Cleaning Equipment in an Uncertain Economy

With the changes that have been proposed for our economy following the results of the recent referendum, there is an undeniable air of uncertainty looming. We are already hearing about projects and investments being put on hold, until there is a clearer picture of how exiting the European Union will affect the UK economy.

However, not all will be brought to a standstill in the business world – cogs are still turning, businesses are still running and environments still need cleaning; in the current state of events we believe that our casual cleaning equipment hire option will be the best option for the majority of people, as it’s a much more flexible and affordable alternative to purchasing equipment outright.

Here are nine benefits to hiring cleaning equipment in the current economy:

1. We’re able to offer you the option to hire the machinery for just a specific product, and return when you are finished the task.

2. As part of the agreement with the supplier, if the cleaning machine unfortunately breaks beyond repair, they will source a replacement for you as quickly as possible to avoid any holdups for the company.

3. Should you decide to downgrade your business, or the machine hired is no longer getting as much use as initially anticipated, it’s a simple process to easily ‘off hire’ the equipment without notice.

4. Your long term plan may be to purchase, which on the whole we do believe is the better option as then you have your machine on hand at all times which can save a huge amount of time and effort. However, with the recent events affecting the economy we fully understand that for now hiring may well be the best option. Long term, hiring equipment is a brilliant way to evaluate a machine on site to determine how much use you would get out of it and how effective it would be for your workspace, before buying one for yourself.

5. Upgrades are always accommodated for – if our machinery or technology is updated and renewed and you’re interested in testing out the newer model, you may upgrade your machine, allowing you to keep your cleaning machine up to date for usually no (or at the very most – minimal!) extra cost.

6. Our rates aren’t just for the machine alone. We want to make sure that you are fully comfortable using the machine and you have been fully cared for and trained before we leave the machine in your capable hands. Our rates include delivery cost, installation and full certified operator training and servicing.

7. If any mishaps happen and you require a replacement machine, this will be provided to you at lightning speed to minimise any downtime on site.

8. Hiring from us, there’s no need to raise capital expenditure to be tied into long term contracts or lease agreements.

9. We allow as much flexibility as possible to up or downgrade equipment during your hire period, as we understand there may be site changes which need to be accommodated for – we’ll always do our best to meet your requirements exactly.

You are more than welcome to give us a call on 01325 377803 to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.

Read More

A clean sweep for the Falkland Islands

From our UK location, SRS Cleaning Equipment can be asked to ship models to faraway places – even those that are more difficult reach. One of the latest examples came when we sent cleaning equipment all the way to the Falkland Islands. Just below is a recap of the story.

Rapid Assistance

Back in April, we responded to the initial query by providing prices and specifications on two of our cleaning units. After helping the customer select the ideal model for their needs and budget, we gave them a quote inside of 20 minutes and they decided to place their order. To transport the equipment, the SRS team liaised with the customer’s shipping agent in Southampton. Having completed the purchase, it turned out the agent would be making its next shipment to the Falklands in three days.

Quality Control

With three days until transit, we decided to make the best use of the time by performing in-depth testing on the cleaning machines. This was done in a 24-hour period to ensure everything was working at peak efficiency. After completing the process, we carefully repackaged the machines for collection by the shipping agent.

Two days later, the shipment began towards the Falklands, where it was completed at the customer’s Stanley-based facility. Ultimately, the process took a sailing time of approximately three to four weeks to reach the final destination.

New customer

The customer that made the purchase was an offshore and onshore provider of shipping services, covering the likes of vessel management and logistics. Among their key clients are the UK Ministry of Defence and the Governments of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

They are now the owner of two brand new Rider 1201 sweepers that will be used to support its cleaning efforts. The company has an array of warehouses and logistical units with significant ground space. Driving the purchase was a need to minimise dust and debris in a more efficient way.

The Rider 1201

The Rider 1201 was sold with full specifications to our client. These included a heavy-duty steel protection kit to minimise damage, easy-empty hopper trays and vacuum attachments. Here at SRS Cleaning Equipment, all of those features are included as standard in new and hire models alike.

Please feel free to ask any questions about the Rider 1201 or how we can help improve your cleaning efforts! Get in touch by phone or email.

Read More

Caring for your battery operated cleaning machines

Cleaning machines can work efficiently for many years before the battery needs replaced, but only if you know how to care effectively for your battery-operated machine. Fortunately, this guide is filled with helpful tips relating to recharging, general maintenance, replacing batteries and safety tips.

Battery Runtimes

Battery operated cleaning machines will require additional care. Ideally, you should begin a full charge cycle when the battery level is down to 10-15%. Across all machines, you can expect to complete a full charge within 10 to 12 hours. With pedestrian and small ride-on battery-powered machines, there is an approximate five-hour runtime. The charging is then performed with an on-board charger that is powered using a 110V or 240V supply. Larger machines with traction packs can potentially run for six to eight hours and are recharged with a standalone 240V or 3-phase charger.

Maintenance Care

Extra care is needed for wet cell batteries, which require the distilled water level to be checked and then topped when required. Quite simply, this is needed to ensure the metal plates are covered and that the battery unit is functioning at peak efficiency.

For a simpler alternative, you can use gel batteries. By design, these are sealed batteries that do not need to be topped up. While they are slightly more expensive, they do not require maintenance and you will avoid such issues.

Ordering Replacements

The lifecycle of a battery is determined by how well they are maintained and how many usage cycles they complete from full charge. For smaller pedestrian and ride-on cleaning machines, it is typically four to five years before a replacement battery is needed. Meanwhile, this can increase to five to 10 years for a larger ride-on model.

Here at SRS, we stock a full range of batteries to ensure customers can seek advice and quotations when they need to order a replacement unit. On hire machines, SRS covers the cost of all replacement batteries provided they have been looked after according to the instructions.

Changing batteries

SRS customer can fit batteries themselves, but we only recommend this if they have the correct installation setup to ensure they are installed safely. The heavy nature of these batteries also means you should seek assistance from others.

Considering that most batteries only need to be replaced every few years, we do advise that you enlist our help. By doing so, you will ensure that the battery is fitted correctly to conform to your cleaning machine.

Health and Safety

When caring for your battery, here are some crucial health and safety tips to remember:

  • Recharge as soon as possible after discharge
  • Always charge in a well-ventilated area
  • Check all connections are tight
  • Confirm the charger is functioning properly
  • Check wet cell water levels frequently
  • Only top up wet cell batteries with distilled water
  • Ensure vent plugs and insulators are in place after a recharge
  • Read and comply with all instructions from the manufacturer
  • Seek assistance if you are ever in doubt
  • For any further advice on caring for your battery operated cleaning machine, feel free to give us a call on 01325 377803 or drop us a line via our contact form and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

    Read More

    Scrub up for Summer with SRS Cleaning Equipment

    Temperatures are creeping up this week meaning only one thing… the Great British summer is just around the corner. With brighter days giving us extra hours of daylight, now is the perfect time to spruce up your premises. Below are some examples of how floor cleaning can help.


    Impress prospective students

    Schools, colleges and universities will have prospective students visiting during the coming months. With each person set to make a long-term commitment to their academic future, you need to give them the best possible impression.

    An excellent starting point is to ensure floors are sparkling clean and polished. For this task, the NSS Wrangler range has a couple of superb options in the form of the 2016 and 2625 models. These combine a scrubber and drier for a complete floor cleaning solution that works in corridors, sports halls and other facilities.

    Shopping Centres

    The longer evening will mean extended summer shopping hours for much of the UK. With an array of shopping centres and outlets vying for visitors, it’s vital to maintain clean environments for customers. There is no way to shield visibly dirty floors and surfaces from customers, so the only way to avoid losing business is to stay clean.

    At SRS Cleaning Equipment, the 2016 and 2625 are also recommended for the interiors of shopping centres and arcades. Meanwhile, there are models like the SW9X/1900 that can clean indoors and outdoors. This will also let you maintain cleaning standards in your parking areas.

    shopping centre


    Busy warehouses and logistical centres can be extremely busy, making it tough to ensure they are continually cleaned without suitable floor cleaning equipment. However, businesses must find a proven solution if they are to maintain safe levels of dust and debris. In these instances, a combination floor cleaner would be ideal. By design, they are capable of sweeping up dust and debris while also scrubbing and drying surfaces in one go. These floor cleaners are great for large warehouses, but smaller premises can consider sweeping-only models like the Rider 1201.

    Construction Sites

    Cleaning plays an integral role within health and safety plans at construction sites. With numerous staff working around hazardous machinery and materials, the site has to be well organised. Combination cleaners will also be incredibly effective at construction sites, but this time for deep cleaning and handover cleans.

    With summer nearly upon us, it’s time to scrub up your premises. For any rental or purchase queries, please get in touch using the Contact Us page.

    Read More

    The original Land Rover Defender – the end of a Great British icon

    This month we really wanted to blog about something a bit different to our usual cleaning spiel, even though we do love letting you all know about our excellent machines! We feel somewhat sad at SRS, because after 67 years of production the last original Land Rover Defender rolled off the production line in January, with a planned replacement due to be available late 2018, early 2019.

    In the 67 years since the Series I Land Rover was unveiled on April 30, 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show, production has continued non-stop through 14 different Prime Ministers, two monarchs, the start and end of the Cold War and 17 Summer Olympic Games! The Series I Land Rover also just happened to be released the same year that the NHS was born. I think it’s fair to say it’s a pretty iconic vehicle for an iconic period in British history!

    For many years we have utilised the Land Rover Defender as the main towing model within our vehicle fleet. As well as looking the part they have been fantastic for delivering equipment the length and breadth of the UK and in our opinion nothing compares to them in terms of durability and towing performance!

    It’s fair to say that we’ve come to the end of an automotive era, but as always, when one door closes another one opens! With an order placed for a batch of current models to help see us through until the new Defender is available we wait with anticipation for the first ones to roll off the production line!

    Land Rover Defender

    Read More

    Why scrubber driers are essential to the Car Park industry

    With the increase in footfall during December and January and the adverse weather conditions, a simple sweep of the floor will not be enough in most shopping centre car parks which is where a scrubber drier is a the ideal solution!

    Just some of the benefits of using a scrubber drier in a car park are:

    1. Improving the customers overall experience, the car park is usually the first part of the building the customer will see so a clean and tidy car park floor will make a good first impression

    2. Keeping the parking/white lines clean and clear will encourage more accurate parking and maximize parking spaces available which is better for both the consumer and retailer

    3. Regularly cleaning the floor should reduce overall long term costs for repairs, maintenance and damage

    4. Using a scrubber drier will reduce the risk of slips and falls as they can be used to clean oil leaks/spills and remove surface water that cars may bring in from rain or snow

    Pedestrian and ride-on scrubber driers can clean any type of car park surface, it’s just a case of establishing the best scrub brushes (and sometimes chemical) for the application.

    When we hire our out our scrubber driers to car parks our machine installers bring a variety of brushes and pads on their vehicles. On delivery they will take a look at the application and fit the best brushes for the task. Our delivery drivers will also advise on the best cleaning methods and techniques to get the floor clean and make the most out of the machine while it’s on site.

    We have a full range of industrial specification scrubber driers available on our spot hire and rolling hire fleet as well as new and refurbished units for sale. For machine brochures and videos of the machines in action check out our range of scrubber driers here!

    Read More

    Emergency and spot hire of floor scrubber driers for flood restoration

    With the heavy and sometimes extreme rainfall we have had across the UK, especially across Cumbria and Lancashire over the last week, we are fully prepared to take more calls for the spot hire of our walk-behind and ride-on floor scrubber driers.

    As well as households being terribly affected, there will also be businesses in the region that need to carry out cleaning and restoration work to get their facility back up and running. Factories, warehouses and construction sites throughout the region will undoubtedly have severe surface water problems that need to be addressed. These problems can be rectified through the use of industrial cleaning equipment! Warehouse-Flood

    Scrubber driers can be utilised to clean and thoroughly dry floors, using brushes or pads to agitate the dirt and clean the floor. A rear squeegee blade at the back of the machine is able to suck the dirty surface water into the recovery tank, leaving the floor clean and dry.

    Floor scrubbers come in various sizes, and each size is designed to match different applications. Our scrubbers range from the small and nifty, battery powered pedestrian models, all the way up to the large ride-on machines for big jobs! A couple of our personal faves include the NSS Champ ZS35, and Commander T82, due to their productivity, longer run-time and large recovery water tanks. Both of which are particularly useful for cleaning up large surface areas that have been affected by flooding.

    They don’t call it a flash flood for nothing! With barely anytime to prepare for natural disasters, we understand the shock and devastation that comes with flooding. At SRS Cleaning Equipment we pride ourselves on being able to react at short notice to meet our customers’ demands and using our well maintained fleet of hire machines and delivery vehicles, we can offer same or next day nationwide delivery with full training provided on site.

    For help and advice on hiring the best machine for your application contact our hire team today on 01325 377803.

    Read More
    1 2 3 4