How to Maintain and Prolong the Life of Your Machine
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2019Updated on Friday, March 15, 2019
Investing in an industrial floor cleaner is a positive step your business can take. Not only do they increase workplace productivity and efficiency, drastically cutting down the time spent cleaning, but they are also economically and environmentally friendlier than manual alternatives – as long as you look after them.
Our walk-behind sweepers are designed so that they use less resources and so are better for the environment (and for your wallet). However, to ensure you really get the best out of a commercial cleaner, you must look after it properly to keep its performance levels high and increase its longevity.
Here are 5 tips for maintaining and prolonging the life of your heavy duty floor cleaner machine:
Store your machine correctly
One of the most important things to remember as the owner of an electric floor scrubber is how to store it correctly. First of all, it’s crucial that you store a piece of machinery like this indoors, as rain or extreme weather conditions could cause irreversible damage. You should also ensure that the inside storage area is clean, dry and not too cold.
If your business or facility is large and you have multiple cleaning machines to store, be mindful to not overcrowd them in storage. Cramped or crowded machines can become damaged, scratched or dented which could hinder their performance and be costly to fix.
Pre-sweep areas where hazardous obstacles lie
Another key way of prolonging the life of your cleaning machine is to not be overambitious with its sweeping ability. If you run over a large object you may find that the squeegee becomes damaged and hose gets clogged. If you are attempting to sweep an area that has lots of large pieces of debris, giving the area a pre-sweep is a smart move and will mean your walk-behind sweeper will live longer.
In order to get the best results from your high powered sweeper, you should avoid any moisture. This is because most machines of this kind are not designed to sweep wet areas, as it can damage and contaminate the brushes. Thus, the performance of the machine will be at a low level.
Inspect the battery
Our cleaning machines are either petrol, diesel, LPG or battery-powered. If you opt for a battery-powered machine, you must be diligent with monitoring its performance. Do this by inspecting the battery every week or fortnight. You must also look out for water flow from the battery, as if it goes unnoticed the acid may permanently damage the floors you are cleaning.
Clean your machine regularly
Perhaps the most obvious way to maintain your machine and ensure it stays in working order is to keep it clean, and this includes emptying the collection area efficiently. Just like a vacuum, the collection area fills with dust, dirt and debris, and if it is not regularly emptied it will slow down the performance of the machine. Therefore, to ensure the best sweep possible, empty the collection area earlier than necessary.