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The Perfect Combo: Rotary Machine and Wet and Dry Vacuum for Floor Cleaning

When it comes to deep cleaning floors, a Rotary floor machine and a wet & dry vacuum are the perfect combination. Here's why.

Maintaining pristine floors is essential for creating a clean and inviting environment, but it often comes with its own set of challenges. The secret to achieving spotless floors lies in a professional approach to the tools we use.

Rotary Floor Machine and Wet and Dry Vacuum in Action
a wet and dry vacuum and a rotary machine: The Perfect Combo

Enter the dynamic duo: the rotary floor machine and the wet and dry vacuum.

In this blog post, we're about to unveil why this combination is the perfect match. Combining scrubbing and suction, these powerhouses work in perfect harmony to deliver floors that gleam with cleanliness.

Section 1: The Power of a Rotary Machine:

A rotary machine is a staple in a professional cleaner's cleaning cupboard. Although in recent years other machines have tried to replace the rotary machine, when used correctly, no other floorcare machine can clean a floor more efficiently or cheaper.

What Is a Rotary Floor Machine Used For?

A rotary floorcare machine is an incredibly versatile machine that can competently tackle an array of floor maintenance tasks. Its defining feature is a circular rotating driveboard that accommodates various types of pads or brushes, each suited for distinct purposes.

For information on choosing the correct pad for your rotary machine, check out our blog: Floor Pads 101: Choosing the Right Colour for Your Victor Scrubber Dryer or Rotary Cleaning Machine

This machine excels in roles such as scrubbing, stripping, and polishing floors, particularly those crafted from hard surfaces like tile, vinyl, concrete, and hardwood. The rotary motion of the machine isn't merely about movement; it's about agitation and engagement. By agitating the floor surface, the machine loosens dirt, grime, and even stubborn stains, making their removal significantly easier.

Do Floor Scrubbers Really Work?

Absolutely, floor scrubbers (not to be confused with Scrubber dryers) are highly effective in their role.

These devices employ brushes or pads to scrub and agitate the floor surface. The mechanical action, combined with water and suitable cleaning solutions, effectively dislodges dirt, stains, and grime.

Rotary floor scrubbers, particularly, offer consistent and efficient cleaning results, making them a popular choice in various settings. The ability to cover large areas and maintain a consistent level of pressure ensures a thorough and uniform clean across a variety of floor types.

What Is the difference between a floor scrubber and floor polisher?

Speed... or 'RPM' as we usually refer to it.

The RPM relates to how many turns or revolutions of the drive board in a minute. There more revolutions, the faster the driveboard is spinning.

A rotary floor polisher rotates at a much high RPM than a rotary floor scrubber. A high speed rotary floor machine will add a nice shine to a floor when used dry and combined with a red or white floor pad. A slower speed Rotary floor machine is ideal for scrubbing and deep cleaning tasks when paired with lots of water and a darker colour pad (Such as Blue, Green or Black.) or a poly scrub brush

What Is the Best Hard Floor Scrubber?

Selecting the best hard floor scrubber relies on a range of factors. Considerations include your specific needs, floor type, desired finish, range or tasks in a facility, budget and the size of the area you intend to clean.

Seek out a hard floor scrubber that offers , multiple brush or pad options tailored to different floor types, and a water tank with sufficient capacity. Aim for a lower RMP for scrubbing tasks, ideally between 180 - 240 RPM as this will ensure a deep scrub.

Research reputable brands with positive feedback for durability and performance. Here at Victor we have been manufacturing Rotary Machines in Britain for over 75 years and pride ourselves in the quality of our Made in Britain, built to last cleaning machines.

Section 2: Understanding Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaners:

Due to the copious amounts of water put down in the floor scrubbing process, there needs to be a decent method for drying the floor.

Cue the Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner...

What Does a Wet and Dry Vacuum Do?

The prowess of a wet and dry vacuum lies in its ability to handle diverse cleaning tasks. Picture this: spilled drinks, water leaks, or damp messes—these are no match for a wet and dry vacuum.

But that's not all.

It's equally skilled at picking up dry debris like dust, crumbs, and pet hair. The genius lies in its dual nature, seamlessly transitioning between wet and dry modes by simply changing the filter.

Trying to pick liquids with a standard vacuum cleaner is likely to damage the motor.

Are Wet and Dry Vacuums Any Good?

Absolutely, wet and dry vacuums are more than just good; they're exceptional.

These versatile machines bridge the gap between conventional vacuum cleaners and mopping, offering dual functionality that caters to both liquid mishaps and dry dirt.

Their robust suction power and rugged build make them indispensable in a wide range of scenarios, transforming cleaning challenges into manageable tasks.

What Are the Disadvantages of Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaners?

Though wet and dry vacuums offer a plethora of advantages, a few drawbacks are worth noting. Firstly, their larger size and weight can make them less convenient for daily indoor cleaning compared to traditional vacuum cleaners.

Wet and Dry vacuum cleaners tend to be more expensive than a single use vacuum cleaner. Additionally, some models might generate more noise due to their powerful motors and suction capabilities.

Section 3: The Synergy of the Combo: Rotary Machine and Wet/Dry Vacuum:

Having explored the individual strengths of the rotary floor machine and the wet and dry vacuum cleaner, it's time to unveil the dynamic synergy that emerges when these two cleaning powerhouses join forces.

Efficient Pre-Cleaning:

Imagine this scenario: a floor that's witnessed its fair share of foot traffic, with dust, dirt, and spills creating a challenging cleaning task.

Enter the wet and dry vacuum, the ultimate pre-cleaning partner.

This vacuum effortlessly hoovers up loose dirt, liquids, and debris, creating a clean canvas for the rotary floor machine. By eliminating the preliminary mess, the wet and dry vacuum sets the stage for the rotary machine to perform at its best.

Simultaneous Cleaning and Extraction

This is where the real magic unfolds. As the rotary floor machine gets to work, agitating and scrubbing the floor surface, the wet and dry vacuum follows closely behind, promptly hoovering up the dislodged dirt, cleaning solution, and moisture.

This tandem operation leaves no room for dirt to settle back onto the floor.

The result?

A meticulously cleaned surface that's not only visually appealing but also free from any remnants of the cleaning process.


The beauty of this combination lies in its efficiency. With both machines working in tandem, the cleaning process becomes significantly faster.

There's no need for multiple passes or extra time spent on drying the floor. The wet and dry vacuum's rapid extraction capabilities, coupled with the rotary machine's thorough scrubbing action, ensure that each pass leaves the floor cleaner than ever before.


By using a powerful wet and dry vacuum cleaner to remove the water put down by the rotary machine, the floor is touch dry in minutes. Because the wet and dry vacuum dries the floor so quickly, the risk of slips are eliminated.

Deep Clean and Restoration

The synergy of the rotary machine and wet and dry vacuum isn't just about surface cleanliness; it's about restoration.

This combo delves deep, removing ingrained dirt, old coatings, and stubborn stains that might have seemed impossible to budge.

From revitalising worn-out floors to uncovering the original lustre of hardwood surfaces, this partnership offers a level of deep cleaning that's hard to achieve with standalone methods.

Section 5: Tips for Effective Use:

Having delved into the remarkable capabilities of the rotary floor machine and the wet and dry vacuum, let's now explore some practical tips to ensure you're making the most of this dynamic cleaning duo. These insights will help you achieve optimal results and maintain the longevity of your equipment, making your floor cleaning routine a breeze.

Choose the Right Cleaning Solutions

Different floor types require different cleaning solutions. Whether you're dealing with tiles, hardwood, or vinyl, ensure you select cleaning agents that are compatible with the material. This not only ensures effective cleaning but also prevents damage to your floors.

Adjust Settings for the Task

If your rotary floor machine comes with adjustable settings (for example the Victor Multispeed) to cater to various cleaning tasks such as scrubbing, polishing, and stripping. Ensure you opt for a lower RPM when scrubbing to ensure optimal results and avoid possible damage to the machine and floor.

Regularly Empty and Clean the Vacuum

To maintain the efficiency of the wet and dry vacuum, make it a habit to empty and clean its collection chamber after each use. This prevents clogs, ensures maximum suction power, and prolongs the life of your vacuum. Check the floortool for damage after each use, and ensure the squeegee is in perfect working condition.

Use the Right Pads or Brushes

The effectiveness of the rotary floor machine depends on the type of pads or brushes you use. Select the appropriate attachment based on the floor type and the task at hand. This ensures optimal cleaning without causing any damage.

Follow Proper Technique

Using both the rotary floor machine and the wet and dry vacuum requires proper technique. When using the rotary machine, move it in overlapping passes to ensure even cleaning. With the wet and dry vacuum, maintain a steady pace and avoid excessive force that could potentially damage the floor.

Regular Maintenance

Perform regular maintenance on both the rotary machine and the wet and dry vacuum. Clean and inspect the equipment, replace worn-out parts, and perform any recommended maintenance procedures to keep them in top working condition.

By following these tips, you'll harness the full potential of the rotary floor machine and wet and dry vacuum combination, transforming your floor cleaning routine into a seamless and efficient process.

If you'd like some advice on the best way to clean your floor type or the best floorcare equipment, contact our friendly, knowledgeable staff at