DON'T GET FOOLED
WHY IT MATTERS
HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE
A floor scrubbing machine uses a cleaning solution to break up chemical bonds in soil, a brush to loosen the soils from the floor, water to suspend the soils, and a vacuum to collect it all. The machine can only pick up what the squeegee captures. Linatex® is specifically designed for wet abrasion environments. It holds its shape well, and resists edge wear and tearing.
Gum rubber squeegees have a lower initial price, but their costs can add up quickly. On average, they last only half as long as Linatex® squeegees. They also require more frequent adjustment, and provide less effective water and soil pick-up. Linatex® costs less over time. The graph below shows how a product that initially costs less can soon become more expensive.
Better cleaning performance means less rework—and lower labor costs, reduced risk of safety claims, and lower costs for maintenance and parts.
Imitation may be flattery, but it can also be fraud. Lots of companies sell red rubber squeegees; some of them even call it LINATEX®. They know that customers recognize LINATEX® by color, which has no effect on performance. The real difference is in material properties, and no generic rubber provides the same quality and consistency of results as LINATEX®.
If you have the right testing equipment, you can check elongation or modulus or tear strength—but here’s an easier way to tell: Look for "Manufactured using genuine LINATEX® rubber" stamped on the squeegee.
CONSUMERS ARE OFTEN DECEIVED BY LOOK-ALIKE RUBBER SQUEEGEES.
THE REALITY — THEY ARE VERY DIFFERENT.
Look-alike Gum Rubber
LINATEX® Premium Rubber
Linatex® premium rubber has more than twice the tear strength of some look-alike gum rubbers.
LINATEX® and the Linatex Red Color are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Linatex Limited, a Weir Group PLC company.
Midwest Rubber is the authorized fabricator and distributor of floor cleaning products made with genuine LINATEX® rubber from Weir Minerals.