This article was originally published by BSCAI Services.
One of the most common questions I have received over the years regarding equipment is how to make it last longer. It seems everyone is looking for a magical formula to solve their maintenance issues and allow their equipment to run for years on end. While a nice wish, it is also a “pipe dream” because equipment, much like your car, simply requires regular maintenance. There are five basic areas to pay attention to in order to maximize the “up-time” of the equipment and extend its life. Training your staff to spend five minutes with the equipment when they are finished using it will extend the life of your equipment. Indeed, the old maxim holds true: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Power Source: Cleaning equipment is powered either by a battery or a cord. If your machine uses a cord, be certain to wipe down the cord as you are winding it up to keep it clean. Always unplug the cord, lay it on the ground, and wrap the cord from the machine by pulling it towards the machine. Heat builds up in a cord as electricity flows through and causes the metal to twist.
About the author: Richard "Bo" Bodo is the Director of Business Development at Windsor, an IICRC Master Textile Cleaner, and contributor to industry standards, publications, and training programs. Bo has more than 12 years of industry experience in both chemicals and equipment.