Floor Sweeper

Buying Guide

Floor sweepers are important for keeping any restaurant, café, or diner clean from everyday dust, dirt, and debris. To keep your restaurant clean, not only do you need to sweep indoors, but you also need to sweep your outdoor patio and sidewalk. Additionally, any sweeper that is used in the food service environment needs to be strong enough to withstand the rigors of daily use, but gentle enough to not leave behind scuff marks on your floor, walls, and furniture.

Types of Sweepers

Mechanical
Rubbermaid 4215-88 Brushless Floor Sweeper - 9 1/2 inch (FG421588BLA)
Mechanical sweepers are powered by the simple action of pushing them. A series of gears force the blades or brushes to spin as a sweeper is moved forward or backward. This ensures the sweeper works quietly and efficiently, so customers won’t be disturbed. This also means there is no battery or cord to limit the area or time that you can clean. They also come with a dustpan that is easy to empty, which cuts down on cleaning times, and the lack of cords makes mechanical sweepers highly maneuverable for use in tight spaces around and under tables, chairs, and counters.

Electric
Bissell BG9100NM Cord-Free Rechargeable Sweeper
Electric sweepers draw power either from a rechargeable battery or an outlet in the wall. This naturally makes them louder than their mechanical counterparts, meaning that, depending on the setting and situation, they may be a distraction when used around customers. For electric sweepers that use rechargeable batteries, it is a good idea to have several replacements on hand in case of an emergency. Also, because cords can limit the area you are capable of cleaning, make sure you have access to a standard outlet in all areas you will want to use a corded sweeper.

Sweeper Uses

Indoor
Carlisle 36399-14 Brushless Floor Sweeper - 9 1/2 inch
Indoor sweepers can be mechanical or electric. The ideal indoor sweeper is light-duty and quiet with a low-profile for maneuverability around furniture and customers. Indoor sweepers are perfect for picking up dust, dirt, and small bits of trash and debris. These sweepers are good for cleaning up small messes during service hours without distracting guests. Additionally, these floor sweepers are capable of cleaning a wide variety floor surfaces, including carpet, hardwood, vinyl, and tile. For a more powerful cleaning option for indoor use, check out our vacuum cleaners.

Outdoor
Hoover L1405 18 inch SpinSweep Pro Cordless Commercial Outdoor Sweeper
Outdoor sweepers are larger and more powerful than indoor sweepers to deal with the rigors of cleaning outdoor surfaces like asphalt, bricks, and concrete. Many outdoor sweepers are electric; however, there are mechanical versions. Utilizing large, circular brushes, outdoor sweepers are capable of sweeping up large debris and tough dirt buildup. While indoor and mechanical outdoor sweepers can be used during service hours, outdoor electric sweepers should be reserved for before- or after-hour periods when customers won't be around. The powerful motor of an outdoor sweeper will be an unwelcome distraction for customers trying to enjoy their meals. If you need a more versatile piece of outdoor cleaning equipment, then see our wet / dry vacs.

Blade Designs

Most indoor sweeper blades are one of two designs, either brushes or brushless (rubber). When the sweeper is pushed forward or backward, the blades quickly spin to gently, yet thoroughly clean the floor by picking up and depositing dust particles into the waiting dustpans. Both blade types work on many different surfaces and are designed to leave no marks behind.


Brush Blades:
Rubbermaid FG421388BLA Dual Brush Floor Sweeper - 9 1/2 inch
  • Utilize brushes to sweep dirt and debris into the dustpan
  • Vary by number of brushes
  • Work together to sweep up more dirt in a single pass
  • Work well on various floor surfaces including tile, linoleum, hardwood, and low-pile carpet

Brushless (Rubber) Blades:
Sweeper Brush
  • Utilize rubber blades to sweep dirt and debris into the dustpan
  • Pick up finer debris than brush blades
  • Are easier to clean to prevent dirt build-up
  • Work well on various floor surfaces including tile, linoleum, hardwood, and low-pile carpet

Breakdown of Indoor Sweepers

Sweeper Name Blade Type Materials
Floor Surface
Overall Width
Carlisle 36399-14 Brushless Floor Sweeper - 9 1/2 inch
Carlisle 36399-14
Brushless (Rubber)
ABS plastic case with
galvanized steel handle
  • Tile
  • Hardwood
  • Vinyl
  • Low-pile carpet
9 1/2"
Rubbermaid 4215-88 Brushless Floor Sweeper - 9 1/2 inch (FG421588BLA)
Rubbermaid 4215-88
Brushless (Rubber)
ABS plastic case with
galvanized steel handle
  • Hard surfaces
  • Low-pile carpet
9 1/2"
Continental 5325 Huskee PowerRotor Brushless Floor Sweeper 9 1/2 inch
Continental 5325
Brushless (Rubber)
Steel frame and handle
with plastic case
  • Hard surfaces
  • Low-pile carpet
9 1/2"
Continental 5327 Huskee PowerRotor Brushless Floor Sweeper 12 inch
Continental 5327
Brushless (Rubber)
Steel frame and handle
with plastic case
  • Hard surfaces
  • Low-pile carpet
12"
Rubbermaid 4212-88 Single Brush Floor Sweeper - 8 inch (FG421288BLA)
Rubbermaid 4212-88
Brush (1)
ABS plastic case with
galvanized steel handle
  • Hard surfaces
  • Low-pile carpet
8"
Continental 5323 Huskee PowerRotor Floor Sweeper 9 1/2 inch
Continental 5323
Brush (1)
Steel frame and handle
with plastic case
  • Hard surfaces
  • Low-pile carpet
9 1/2"
Rubbermaid FG421388BLA Dual Brush Floor Sweeper - 9 1/2 inch
Rubbermaid FG421388BLA
Brush (2)
ABS plastic case with
galvanized steel handle
  • Hard surfaces
  • Low-pile carpet
9 1/2"
9 1/2 inch Triple Brush Floor Sweeper
Triple Brush Floor Sweeper
Brush (3)
Metal frame and handle
with plastic case and grip
  • Hard surfaces
  • Low-pile carpet
9 1/2"