One of the most neglected tasks for custodial professionals is routine maintenance of their automatic scrubbers. Daily maintenance should not be viewed as a daunting task. By following a few simple steps every day, your scrubber will continue to operate at maximum performance.
- Clean the squeegee assembly after every use. The squeegee assembly is one of the most critical parts on the machine. This simple device ensures your floors are clean and dry. Without regular cleaning, the vacuum channel on the squeegee will clog with dirt and debris reducing vacuum flow. Clean the squeegee assembly with water after every use to keep it operating at maximum performance.
- Rinse out the recovery tank after every use. Every operator understands that the recovery tank needs to be drained when it is full. More importantly though, the tank should be rinsed with clean water. This will not only keep the tank clean, but it will also prevent the buildup of foul odors. When not in use, the lid to the recovery tank should be left open so that any residual moisture will dry between uses.
- Charge the batteries when not in use. Battery and charger technology has significantly advanced in the last 10 to 15 years. Fears of battery memory and overcharging are a thing of the past. Whenever your scrubber is not being used, it should be connected to the battery charger. Even if the period is as short as 30 minutes or longer than a few weeks.
- Check the water level in your batteries every week. This step is only required for machines that are equipped with wet cell flooded lead acid batteries. After a charge cycle is complete, open all of the caps on the battery and ensure that water is covering the metal plates. If it is not, fill each cell with distilled water until it is covering the metal plates.
Regular cleaning and care of your automatic scrubber will extend the machines useful life and ensure optimal results. 5 minutes a day is all it takes!
Paul Lewandowski is the Equipment and Retail Product Manager at the Betco Corporation. He has over 9 years of experience in the janitorial and institutional cleaning business. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family and coaching intramural softball. Click here to contact Paul directly.