The only way to ensure that your industrial clean supplies and equipment collect minimal dust, your floor is free of debris, and your forklifts and pallet jacks have a longer life is to regularly clean the floors in your facility. Your floor cleaning equipment needs to be continuously maintained so that they function efficiently and effectively.
Follow these 3 tips to maintain your floor cleaning equipment in Indiana.
Recovery tanks take dirty water into the cavity. Over time, this mixtures settles at the bottom of the tank. You end up with a clogged drain and intake lines, and the unit won’t be able to suck up water. Draining and cleaning after every use is required; this practice goes a long way in reducing clogs. Emptying the debris hoppers and trays is required after every use as well.
You’ll also want to drain the soap tank. Leaving soap in the tank for extended periods of time is a problem. After about a few days, it separates from the water and congeals. This can clog the spray nozzle and filters, making cleaning ineffective. We recommend using the entire soap tank when operating the cleaning equipment. Otherwise, drain the tank completely after each use.
Brushes and brooms have adjustments to lower them when the bristle seems worn. Start by using the brush at the highest level. Over time, it will lose contact with the floor. That’s when you’ll want to lower the brush to compensate for wear.
Depending on application, brushes and brooms can last hours, days, or weeks. In severe environments, the amount of dust, dirt, and debris the cleaning equipment is exposed to may require you adjust or change the brush at different hourly intervals.
For units with inner and outer squeegees and flap squeegees, we recommend replacing squeegees every 50 hours of service. As a rule of thumb, you will want to replace a squeegee when you see it worn down to 55% of its original size. New squeegees come with a flat edge. When used, it is dragged on the floor. This creates an angle on the bottom edge. When this angle becomes severe (45 degrees), it allows water to pass under it; so, you’ll know when it is time to replace the squeegee blade.
Bonus Tip: Don’t go over stretch wrap or banding material with your floor cleaning equipment. They tangle up the broom bristles and restricts the unit’s movements. As a best practice, pick up these materials before using your floor cleaning equipment.
Some floor cleaning equipment units have dust control filters. These filters collect the dust so that it’s not airborne. For the ones that do have filters, you will want to remove them when cleaning the rider scrubber; wash, then allow to completely dry and reinstall. This can take up to 24 hours.
Dust control filters should be cleaned on a weekly basis. Soak them in water, and use a low pressure hose to wash them down. We recommend having a backup set of filters so you do not have a gap between cleaning shifts.
Each floor cleaning equipment unit requires a different maintenance schedule. Whether you rent or buy a unit, you can refer to the owner’s manual and the initial training. If you follow the tips above for daily maintenance, you will prevent your floor cleaning equipment from needing major repairs. But to keep it in top shape, you need to set up a maintenance program.
Tynan offers thorough inspection and adjustments to your floor cleaning equipment on a monthly or quarterly basis - and as needed. We tailor the service program to your usage and application. Contact us at 317-597-4003 to get started on a tailored floor cleaning equipment maintenance plan in Indiana!
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