Are your Auto Scrubbers ready for a new school year?

SC800 EcoFlex OL Rt - main productAs the students gear up for a new year of learning, it is important that custodians too prepare for a school year and make sure all the auto scrubbers are in working order. Pull out your equipment and test it to be sure that it is running properly prior to the return of the kids, be proactive with issues before you need to use the machine.
 
Having issues, we can help! Read below for some troubleshooting hints!
 
Poor Water Pick-up:
  • If your squeegee is worn or torn, try reversing or replacing it. Also, if it is out of adjustment, move so that the blade touches the floor evenly across it’s entire width. Remove any debris that may be stuck in the squeegee.
  • If the drain hose is leaking, secure the drain hose cap or replace it.
  • Remove any debris that may be clogging the vacuum hose or grid. Check the float to make sure it is not stuck closed.
  • If the tank cover is not closed correctly, or the gasket is damaged or leaking, you may need to replace gasket and seal cover properly.
Poor Scrubbing Performance: 
  • The brush or pad may be worn out, replace them and start out the school year on a fresh one!
  • If you are using the wrong chemical or dilution rate, call Pike Systems for advice on which chemical is best for your application and how it should be diluted.
  • If the machine is not using enough solution, increase solution flow on the control panel.
Inadequate Solution Flow / No Solution Flow: 
  • Is the solution tank empty? It may be as simple of a fix as refilling the tank.
  • The solution lines, valves, filer or trough may be clogged. Flush the lines, trough and clean solution filter.
Machine Does not Run:
  • If the scrubber is not running, the issue could be in the batteries. Are the batteries connected? Make sure to charge the batteries fully.
  • Check for error fault codes in the service manual as the issue could be in the main system control.

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Updated:How to Choose the Right Floor Pad

Preserving the appearance and the cleanliness of a floor begins with selecting the right floor pad. This ensures that the job is done right, while also saving time and money. Use of a incorrect pad can cause permanent floor damage and costly repairs, which is why it is so important to be educated on proper pads for certain jobs.  

The various applications of pads is distinguished by the color of the pads. The rule of thumb with pad colors is that the darker the pad is, the more aggressive it is. There is usually not much variation between manufacturers with common floor pad colors. Here is a quick summary of colored pads and the jobs they are used for:

White- Polishing Clean, Dry Floors

There is typically not variation between manufacturers in the most common colors. Floor pads are available in both synthetic and natural materials (Green options available!). Note that the pad not only needs to match the task at hand, but also the machine being used and they type of floor finish being treated. Using the right combination of equipment, chemicals, and floor pads keeps your floors looking their best, in the most cost-effective manner.

Call Pike Systems today for assistance with your floor pad selection: 630-896-6373!