Scrubbers and the key to keeping them running properly and efficiently.
Scrubbers help keep floors clean, productive and safe, not to mention help employees maintain a certain amount of pride in their work place.
They also have one of the worst jobs in the building, and often times are the last piece of equipment to get any attention, or maintenance. They often become the “Poor Step-Child” of the Warehouse Equipment Family.
This can be a very expensive mistake. This equipment not only should have a Pre-Shift Check Over, but really should get a daily End of Shift Maintenance. These machines put out soapy water, scrub brushes then use the soap to loosen that nasty stuff everyone has walked over, that nasty stuff is splashed all over the under carriage of the machine, hopefully it has a collection box to catch the solids before they clog up the squeegee, and then it vacuums it all up, only to put that nasty water down a drain.
If it isn’t cleaned up, what could happen?
ü The soapy water left in the tank, will eventually get thicker and thicker, and clog up the valve that shuts off the water solution.
ü The scrub brushes can quickly get filled with the junk they are loosening from the floor, and if not adjusted and rotated, wear unevenly.
ü The nasty water that was splashed up under the machine was filled with dirt and soap, now is drying under the machine, where many of the moving parts are, leaving them with a very nasty residue.
ü If equipped with a collection box for solids, the machine’s collection box is left with the wet dirty debris from your floor.
ü The squeegee, if not rotated and adjusted, faces the same problems as the scrub brushes.
ü Last but not least, the recovery tank is now filled with everything you didn’t want on your floor in a nasty liquid.
How can you make sure it is ready to go tomorrow?
1. Flush the Solution Tank, every time it is emptied with hot water to reduce the soapy build up. If you aren’t doing this daily, make sure you rinse out the tank at least a few times a week. It will keep the solution valve working reliably and extend its productive life.
2. Rinse off the brushes at the end of the day, and check to see if they need to be rotated it will greatly increase the machine’s ability to clean, and extend the life of the brushes.
3. Rinse out the undercarriage, with hot water if possible. It will keep build up to a minimum and extend the life of all that linkage.
4. Empty the collection box and clean it out; if left alone corrosion becomes a big problem, as well as smell!
5. Rinse off the squeegee assembly with hot water, check to see if rotation of the squeegee is needed, and then check the adjustment. If the squeegee is not adjusted properly, or is worn excessively it will not pick up the water very well. Adjustments are also keys to the performance and life of the squeegee. Empty the recovery tank each after each use, before it is overflowing, and rinse it out. Thissingle step is key to the life of the vacuum pump, keeping a good seal for the vacuum to work, maintaining the proper operation of the “Full Tank” Shut Off, and keeping control of the very nasty smell that will come with that nasty dirty water sitting in the tank.
All these procedures should be in the operator’s manuals, and usually are very simple to do
These are the Generic Daily Maintenance Items that all Scrubbers share, careful review of the operators manual or asking your local dealer to help will help keep your scrubber running efficiently, as much as a Schedule Planned Maintenance Program.