There are many different types of floor machines.
Because of this, we will not be able to discuss all of
the equipment maintenance issues that are often
overlooked. However, as we will discuss next, many
of these matters can be addressed by working with
an astute janitorial distributor.
With that said, some plug-and-maintain floor
machine issues frequently overlooked include the
Water in the machine: If the machine has a
recovery tank, it must be emptied after each use.
Water left in the tank — for instance, on an automatic scrubber — can cause interior components to
rust. This can also happen if the machine is stored
in a high-humidity area or where there is poor air
circulation, such as in a janitorial closet. This can
result in costly repairs. Invariably, proper equipment storage guidelines are included in the owner’s
manual … if it were only read.
The machine’s exterior: Just like vacuum cleaners, small cracks can develop at the base of the
machine. When we polish floors, we are essentially
sanding the top surface of the floor’s finish. During
this process, hairline cracks on the machine can
release a thin layer of dust into the air.
Clean the squeegee: On an automatic scrubber,
a squeegee assembly will be installed at the back of
the machine. Often forgotten, these must be rinsed
and cleaned after each use. Dirt and soil always collect in these areas. When overlooked, a neglected
squeegee will quickly impact the machine’s ability
to clean and dry the floor.
The role of the janitorial distributor
Because we live in a plug-and-play world, we
need an experienced janitorial distributor to
help us with the plug-and-maintain of cleaning
equipment. View them as your guide and advisor.
Fortunately, with the purchase of vacuum cleaners
and floor machines, some distributors offer customized training as an add-on service, usually at
Along with teaching administrators and cleaning professionals how to properly maintain these
machines, they can also help them select the
best types of machines for their specific needs.
In some cases, they may have access to online
“dashboard” systems that help compare many
kinds of machines so administrators and cleaning
professionals can select the best machines for their
specific needs. This helps eliminate trial-and-error purchasing, which once again points out that
the value of a janitorial distributor can never be
1. Both cords and plugs are often overlooked. Not
only is this a potential safety hazard, but it can
also result in an OSHA violation.
2. Not all HEPA filters can be washed; read the owner’s manual.
Michael Wilson is vice president of marketing for
AFFLINK, a supply chain optimization company that
provides procurement solutions to drive efficiencies in
today’s leading businesses. www.afflink.com