Upkeep of Janitorial Equipment

by Lawton Brothers | Dec 19, 2018
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You may have all good intentions when it comes to training people to effectively clean your facility and you may have invested in all of the proper cleaning tools. But, if you do not maintain and clean your equipment appropriately, you are basically sabotaging the entire cleaning process. Maintaining janitorial equipment is essential because if your cleaning tools and equipment are maintained incorrectly, the germs and bacteria you are trying to eliminate will continue to grow in the equipment and be spread throughout the facility. Well-maintained janitorial equipment and machines will last longer, perform optimally and even smell cleaner. Here are a few tips for the upkeep of janitorial equipment.

Vacuuming Equipment

The vacuum recovery tank needs to be emptied and rinsed out daily to prevent the suction from being reduced. Without daily cleaning, the tank will also start to have a bad odor. If using an upright vacuum, start by emptying the bag after each use, wipe the outside of the vacuum after emptying, check for strings and etc. that may be wrapped around the beater bar and check the belt for damage and change when needed. If using a backpack vacuum, empty the bag, check and clean micro-filter as needed, clean the dome filter as needed, clean the outside of the vacuum and clean the exhaust diffuser weekly.

Floor Machines and Burnishers

If using a high-speed burnisher, wipe the entire surface after each use, including the cord. Check the pads and replace if needed, blow out the motor about every two weeks and once a month check the screws and bolts to ensure they are tight. If you are using a slow-speed floor machine, wipe the entire surface after each use, rinse the tank after each use and check the drive unit for cracks and normal wear. Synthetic floor pads can be used on both sides, but once both sides have been used the pad should be cleaned. When pads become worn, they can be cut into small pieces and used as small cleaning pads.

Carpet Machines and Wet/Dry Vacs

It is essential that carpet machines be thoroughly cleaned after each use. When cleaning carpet machines or wet/dry vacs, be sure to rinse out the tank inside and wipe dry. Also be sure to rinse and dry hoses and attachments and be sure to thoroughly clean off the outside of the machine.  Also, remember to check hoses for damages and replace if needed. It is also important to clean the floor attachment after each use.

Mop Buckets & Wringers

Never use force on the wringer lever, you should only use enough hand pressure on the lever to wring out the mop. Remove all loose yarn from the mop head as well as any foreign matter that becomes tangled in the wringer. After each use, scrub all surfaces of the bucket with a disinfectant cleaner, rinse with water and dry. Routinely inspect the wringer and keep it tight and oiled. When not being used, keep the wringer in the release position and rinse the blade in clean water after each use. Do not store with the blade bent or down.

Wet Mops & Dust Mops

Care can very based on the materNever use a dust mop to pick up liquids and don’t use a dust mop on oily floors. Frequently remove loose soil by using a vacuum cleaner if possible; otherwise, shake debris into a waste receptacle.  Before using a new cotton mop, soak it for a few minutes to toughen the fibers and remove sizing. Do not twist the mop in the wringer; twisting can damage the fibers. Cut off uneven or loose strands and use fingers to straighten the strands. Hang dust mops and wet mops in a dry, airy place and never store them on the floor or in the mop bucket. Microfiber mops should be laundered after each use; be sure to shake or vacuum them to remove loose dust and soil before laundering.

One of the most important components of properly maintaining janitorial equipment is proper training. All cleaning technicians should be trained to clean and maintain equipment, including all handheld cleaning tools, such as microfiber cloths, brooms and dusters. All equipment must be routinely inspected for damage and replace all damaged equipment as soon as damages are identified.
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