When is a Floor Pad Not a Floor Pad?

A floor pad is no longer a floor pad when it is exhausted; at the point it is not cleaning. Then it is no longer useful and needs to be thrown away. Every year, we see exhausted floor pads on machines reported to not be doing their job. It is like driving a car on worn-through tires, vacuuming with a packed-solid bag or throwing trash into a container that is already completely filled. 


Pads can and should be taken from the pad holder and rinsed/cleaned when filled with debris. At the end of a cleaning period, they should in particular be cleaned of foodstuffs and other material that would attract insects, rodents or encourage the growth of microorganisms.

When a pad has become excessively greasy and can no longer be fully cleaned with a degreasing agent such as PUR-O-ZONE RX2050, it may be time to remove it and start with a new pad. Spreading greasy soils increases slip-fall hazards and defeats the purpose of scrubbing.


Most pads start at 3/4", and can be used down to about a half inch safely. After that, several negative outcomes begin to take place. First, all the mechanical equipment that is spaced from the floor dependent on the thickness of the pad begins to come in greater contact. For example, wear and tear on skirts of walk-behind and ride-on scrubbers is greater when the floor pad is consumed to a thickness less than a half inch. The pad holder itself can experience wear as nubs and bristles begin to appear through the pad. Contact of pad holder parts with the floor causes premature replacement of not only the head itself, but may also damage the floor finish, requiring premature restoration.

Changing floor pads regularly increases productivity, extends floor finish life, protects scrubbing equipment and improves scrubbing or stripping results.

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