Mike Creamer at Hi-Gear
On your typical rider scrubber, there are three squeegee assemblies: rear squeegee assembly, right hand side squeegee assembly, and left hand squeegee assembly. On each assembly, there are typically two squeegees and many different materials to choose from. Some of the most common squeegee materials include the following:
Tan Gum Rubber: This is the most widely used squeegee material because of its tendency to conform to uneven floors and its ability to gather water. It provides superior wiping action on tile, terrazzo, and highly polished floors.
Red Gum Rubber: Very similar to tan gum with the exception of tensile strength. This material provides the longest life on unfinished floors.
Neoprene: Known for its excellent abrasion resistance. However, this material is the least on the chart of tear value. Its main advantage is that it has a very good rating in relation to oil, gas and acid resistance.
Urethane: In my opinion, urethane is by far the most superior material. It has a high tear strength, great abrasion resistance, and it fits very well in hot water applications along with chemical, oil and acid resistance applications. The one disadvantage of urethane is that it is not ideal for very cold applications, such as a freezer. This material would simply stiffen-up and not wipe properly.
Now that we have explored the most common squeegee materials, you can now decide which one will best fit your needs.
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