Floor equipment and vacuum cleaners are similar to any other equipment you use, they are more reliable the more you take care of them. One way to cut expenses is to maintain and perform light repairs on cleaning equipment you use routinely. We have a dedicated team of specialists that are at your disposal, which will help you to develop a preventative maintenance program. In the mean time, there are minor maintenance best practices you can do routinely to help control cleanliness levels & reduce your repair costs.
Some common issues with equipment are machines not running, inadequate solution flow, poor water pick up, (and the list goes on). It’s no secret equipment is an expense and requires maintenance, but investing in training your staff on best practices and ways to improve cleanliness will help you get the most out of your equipment.
Wet & Dry Vacs
- Wet vacs require flushing and for your squeegee to be frequently checked as needed. Your squeegee assembly requires to be rinsed and cleaned, and for proper storage after use. Make sure to clean vacuum ports and squeegees before soils dry. Wipe down each part of your wet vac after use and lubricate moving parts if necessary. After you’re done using your squeegee make sure its stored properly.
- Dry vacs require you to replace vacuum bags often (depending on usage), and cleaning out any debris from the brush compartment helps your vacuum to perform better. Check equipment filters, brush rollers, pads, and strips, and replace these as needed.
- For both wet and dry vacs, examine and replace damaged plugs as needed. Check batteries of cordless equipment to ensure batter life and worker efficiency.
Autoscrubbers & Extractors
Rinse dirty water tanks and valves for your autoscrubbers and extractors. Making sure to grease fittings as needed, and maintaining the batteries helps to extend the life of your autoscrubber as well. With extractors it’s important that filters are examined and replaced as needed. Consider conducting on-site training or utilizing a LMS to train staff on how to remove debris from your machines as well. Making sure to check your electrical plugs for damage periodically can also help reduce chance of injury.
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Power cords are commonly damaged from improper storage and use. Don’t leave the cord unwrapped in storage, but instead store by your manufacturer’s guides. Examining and replacing cords as needed will help to ensure safety and reduce down-time waiting for your machine to be fixed. Wiping down these machines after each use will help to reduce cross-contamination, and be sure to store pad holders individually after you remove them.
As with any other floor equipment, if you’re using electric cord machines be sure to check the cord for damage and store your electric cords properly. Blow out your burnisher motor compartment regularly and examine and replace dust control shroud as needed. Training staff how to examine, test, clean, and fill batteries is essential to reducing your cost and improving efficiency when using battery equipment.
These are just some best practices to help prolong the life of your equipment. We are able to implement maintenance programs within your facility that will allow you to maximize your equipment investment through reduced downtime, increased productivity, enhanced equipment lifecycles, and lower operating costs. We have a fully stocked parts department with a parts inventory that is constantly changing to provide our customers with faster parts availability. We’re here to help assist you with routine maintenance, developing preventative maintenance programs, and staff training as needed.