I have been selling, installing and training people in the proper usage of automatic floor scrubbers for 30 years. I’ve noticed a few basic areas in the maintenance of a scrubber that will extend its life and make you much happier with the equipment.
- Clean out the machine after every use. Clean out the dirty water tank and back-flush the water pick-up hose. This will keep residue to a minimum and maintain better water pick-up. Clean out any filters that capture debris as the water enters the tank.
- Clean out the clean water tank after each use. Soap film can form in the tank and make it more difficult for water to flow to the brushes.
- Clean out any filters that keep debris from clogging the solution lines and possibly clogging the solution control valve or solenoid. Do this at least once a week.
- Take off the pads or brushes after each use. Clean out any dirt or debris and hang them to dry. If there are 2, rotate them when reinstalling. This will keep the bristles from taking a set in one direction and extend the life of the brush.
- Remove the squeegee assembly after each use. Clean and inspect the blades and let dry before installing. Clean out the opening where the pick-up hose attaches.
- Wipe off the gaskets on the underside of the lid assembly after each use. Leave the lid open between uses to dry and keep moisture and mildew from creating a problem.
- Inspect and clean the batteries once a week. Maintain the proper water level if you have wet/cell batteries. Make sure the battery cables are tight.
- Wipe down the machine after each use. Remove any dirt or soap film that has accumulated.
These steps at the end of each day should take no more than 15 minutes to perform but they will extend the life of your scrubber, make it more productive and keep it running smoother. You can also check out this auto scrubber infograph to see this information in more visually appealing way. Pairing great daily maintenance with a routine preventative maintenance program from a qualified professional is the best way to extend the life of your auto scrubber.
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