Indoor Floor Sweeper

Buying Guide

An indoor floor sweeper is important for keeping any restaurant, café, or diner clean from everyday dust, dirt, and debris. Any sweeper that is used in this environment needs to be able to access those hard-to-reach spaces around furniture and counters without disturbing customers. They also need to be strong enough to withstand the rigors of daily use, but soft enough to not leave behind scuff marks on your floor and furniture.

How They Work

In mechanical sweepers, the wheels are connected to the blades by a series of gears, which force the blades to spin as the sweeper is moved forward or backward. This ensures that the sweeper works quietly and efficiently so that customers won’t be disturbed. This also means that there is no battery to charge or cord to get in the way. They also come with a dustpan that is easy to empty which cuts down on cleaning times. Mechanical sweepers have a relatively narrow, low-profile design and are constructed from durable steel or plastic to withstand daily use without damaging your floors and furniture. Due to the lack of cords and the quiet nature of mechanical sweepers, they are ideal for keeping your restaurant tidy during lulls in the day and during the busy hours when customers are around.

Blade Designs

Most 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
9 1/2 inch Triple Brush Floor Sweeper
  • 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 Sweepers

Sweeper Name Blade Type Materials
Floor Surface
Overall Width
Carlisle 36399-14 Brushless Floor Sweeper for Carpet or Tile - 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"