The Top Things You Need to Know About Cleaning Equipment Parts
To many Americans, a clean floor is the most important aspect of a clean home or office space. But cleaning equipment can be a confusing process.
Knowing what to use for various jobs, understanding the functions of different parts and pieces of equipment, understanding what maintenance should be completed on your end, and deciding which floor scrubber and street sweeper parts to purchase can seem like more of a challenge than you ever anticipated.
Far too often, customers go to a generalist technician and unknowingly end up replacing more than necessary.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Whether you learn the workings of your machine and how to reference its parts manual, or find a reliable specialist to care for your equipment, replacing parts can be reduced to a trivial matter. Consider this your guide to everything you need to know about cleaning equipment parts.
4 Common Cleaning Equipment Options
There are hundreds of options when it comes to purchasing cleaning equipment. Terms like “extractor,” “floor scrubber,” “burnishers” and “sweeper” can become confusing when you thought you only needed a simple vacuum.
Below are a few of the most common types of floor cleaning equipment, along with their ideal uses.
A vacuum is an excellent all-purpose floor cleaner. Designed to be durable, reliable and convenient, vacuums create an internal suction that pulls dust, dirt and other debris from a variety of surfaces – including indoor carpets, outdoor carpets, tile floors, hardwoods, outdoor spaces and more. Vacuums can be upright, handheld or heavy-duty. And because of the all-purpose nature of a vacuum, it is best designed for general cleaning. Most homes can function with a vacuum as the sole means of cleaning general dirt associated with walking surfaces, but you might need something a bit stronger in other environments.
Floor scrubbers are cleaning machines that can be used to scrub hard surface floors and get rid of debris, dust, oil, water, other liquids and even common floor marks. Generally, floor scrubbers work over multiple passes of the same area. The first dispenses a cleaning solution that is scrubbed into the floor. The second pass vacuums up the cleaner with a squeegee-like attachment that completes the job.
Floor scrubbers are viewed as a more hygienic alternative to the more traditional mop and bucket cleaning method. You can also rely on them to clean evenly and quickly, which makes floor scrubbers an excellent, effective investment.
Sometimes a standard vacuum cleaner just isn’t enough. Sometimes dirt is so deep in the fabric of a carpet that a deeper cleaner is necessary. This is where carpet extractors come into the picture. Carpet extractors use a cleaning solution, heat, pressure and suction to remove deep dirt and stains from soft floor covers. Professional cleaners and homeowners can use carpet extractors, as both professional and in-home models exist at various price ranges. For deep cleaning needs, carpet extractors are a worthwhile purchase.
As opposed to vacuum cleaners, which suck up dirt and grime using electric suction, floor sweepers use brushes and brooms to pick up dust and heavier debris with direct, physical force. This debris is swept up into a container called a hopper.
These machines range from simple (but effective) manually pushed designs, to heavy-duty ride-on designs complete with filtration systems, lights, and hopper dumping at the push of a button.
There are options available for both small areas and sprawling indoor and outdoor areas.
Cleaning Equipment Parts and Maintenance
If you’ve decided on a specific direction regarding equipment or you’re looking for information relating to floor cleaning equipment parts, learning about parts and maintenance is critical. While there are hundreds of parts for various models of floor cleaners, the following are the most well-known and most likely to need attention. It’s normal for these to get worn from regular use, but failing to replace them can cause more significant issues down the line and a decrease in cleaning quality.
As it pertains to floor scrubber parts, vacuum parts or any other cleaner’s parts, batteries top the list as far as both potential problems and overall importance are concerned. Just like a car battery, if a floor cleaner’s battery no longer runs adequately, cleaning will not be efficient.
If you have trouble turning your floor cleaner on or you think your cleaner sounds different, it’s a good idea to check on the battery. Consider charging batteries every 10-14 days based on regular use and to get the most out of them. Do this regularly and replace as needed to ensure the highest level of efficiency for your machine.
When vacuums, floor scrubbers, extractors and other pieces of cleaning equipment operate, they generate heat. The heat from regular use causes rubber belts inside of the machines – belts that allow for smooth operations – to stretch and slip. Because these belts are responsible for spinning brushes and other cleaning mechanisms, a machine with an old belt won’t function as effectively as one with belts that are changed regularly. Belts are critical and should be checked regularly. You can replace them every 6 months to one year, depending on use.
Most pieces of floor cleaning equipment have filters. Filters are in place to prevent dirt that is collected from the ground to access the motor. Therefore, a blocked filter could affect airflow or eventually wear out, which could damage the motor of your cleaner. Filters can and should be cleaned after each use, and you should replace them when they become brittle or old. Check the packaging of your filters for more information — each filter has its own recommendations for usage. Some filters can be rinsed with water, and others are not replaceable. Learn about your machine’s needs and act accordingly.
One of the most important floor scrubber parts is a squeegee blade. These rubber blades attach to the machine and are used to wipe liquid from flat, smooth surfaces. When used in combination with a pressure pump, squeegee blades release grime from the floor and wipe it away to create a clean, new surface. If your floor scrubbing machine is starting to leave lines of dirt or liquid behind after use, it could be a sign that a squeegee blade is beginning to wear down.
In most cases, these rubber blades can be removed and placed in warm water to examine closely for signs of wear: holes, tears and cracks. If a blade seems brittle, it should be replaced. New blades should be the same size as the blades being replaced. The user manual of your machine should describe the replacement process in detail.
Brushes and Other Accessories
Brushes and accessories are easy to lose and easy to damage because of their removable, external properties. Sometimes a specific floor cleaning job will require cleaning equipment parts that a large machine cannot tackle. Brushes and accessories allow for cleaning tight corners, high locations, furniture, vents, stairs and more. Each machine has various accessories that have unique purposes. When a piece goes missing or begins to wear out, it’s best to search for a new part that matches your machine’s make and your cleaning needs.
Choosing the Right Brand
You understand the piece of floor cleaning equipment that will best meet your needs. You’ve become familiar with various parts and accessories, and you’ve learned how to maintain your machine to extend its lifetime and its cleaning efficiency. How do you decide on a brand?
We’ll admit, it can be complicated. Many manuals exist and professionals are available to answer questions relating to brand selection. But you can start on your own by asking a few questions:
How often will I clean my floor?
This is number one. How often do you plan on sweeping your floor? Are you looking for an everyday model that will get the job done quickly without fuss? Or do you want to be prepared to deep clean on a regular basis? If you’re planning to use your machine regularly, searching for a machine known for a long, durable lifetime is critical.
What kind of suction power do I need?
Are you looking to clean a heavily-trafficked industrial space? Or do you have a single carpet in a room that’s barely used? The amount and depth of dirt determines the type of suction power you’ll need. In most cases, an in-home floor cleaner will be sufficient, but sometimes an industrial model is needed. Look for a brand that specializes in the piece of equipment that will provide the power level that you need.
What style appeals to me?
Sometimes it comes down to style. What appeals to you? Do you want a colorful machine or do you view style as an unnecessary concern? Look for brands that match your personality and the needs of your household or office space.
What protection plan fits into my budget?
Different brands offer different levels of protection. Warranties vary from one brand and style to another, so it’s important to do some research right away. Make calls and check out the manufacturer’s website to be sure that the equipment you’re purchasing offers the protection you need. Cleaning equipment can be a costly investment, so make sure yours is worthwhile.
What’s my budget?
Sometimes certain decisions come down to cost. This doesn’t mean the best option is always the most expensive, but certain brands are considerably higher in price than their competitors. In many cases, this is because of reliability, a proven track record and extra features. Other times, it’s simply because of branding. It’s best to assess your budget before shopping, and look for the most appropriate option within your price range. Understand that, in many cases, you get what you pay for.
It’s not just a stereotype – parts made outside the U.S. are often built to lower standards due to differences in regulations. For many part replacements, you’re better off getting something that’ll last. Check what the components are made of in comparison to each other and judge which is best suited for withstanding heavy use.
If you’re searching for floor scrubber and street sweeper parts that meet your needs and budget, you have come to the right place. Check out Bortek’s wide variety of floor parts.
Contact us today! We’re ready to answer your questions, and we’re happy to assist in your buying process.