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1 The Basics Equipment Maintenance and Safety
Welcome and introductions. Give welcome and introductions Engage participants in a warn up: individual introductions, pair interviews, or any other ideas you have found successful Overview the course Vacuums Extractors Polishers Sweepers Battery powered equipment Riders (if appropriate) Propane Electrical safety Battery maintenance Cover course objective: Properly maintained equipment will: Operate longer Operate more effectively Improve employee morale We will cover over the next two hours the basics on how to maintain machines. If you….

2 Take Care of Your Equipment and It Will Take Care of You!
Makes the job easier for the operator Cleaner facility in less time Many of facilities have increased in size without an increase in staff How many of the seminar participants have had the size of facilities increase? How many have had a corresponding increase in personnel? Mechanized cleaning is becoming more important to increase worker productivity To keep good workers, the work environment must improve For example, use of an autoscrubber is much faster and less physically demanding than swinging a mop. A machine maintenance program keeps the scrubber and worker productive A thoughtful PM program encourages the operators to treat the machines with more care; machines will get less abuse.

3 Protect Your Investment
Routine maintenance decreases downtime Increases safety for employees and customers Clean floors = Cleaner environment Motivates employees Read from slide. Taking care of equipment can make your job easier. A cleaner and safer work environment is created for everyone. Preventative maintenance protects the investment in equipment. Goal is to maximize uptime Overall, when equipment works properly, life is good!

4 Equipment Maintenance Profitability Single motor upright vacuum (example)
Life Expectancy =1-2 Years Broken Belts 1 per week $ Broken Vac Fans 3 per year $37.50 Beater Bars 2 per year $ External Bag 1 per year $28.00 Total $ Data obtained from end user interviews This example is from the hotel industry; daily use between 2-4 hours per day Improper equipment maintenance can lead to a poor attitude about equipment in general. If management does not care about machines, employees won’t either. They will ram the machine into walls, pick up boulders, pull the cord from the wall, etc.

5 Equipment Maintenance Profitability Single motor upright vacuum (example)
With 50% better use and care Life Expectance = 2-4 Years Broken Belts 2 per month $ Broken Vac Fans 1.5 per year $ Beater Bars 2 per year $ External Bag 1 per year $ Total $ Life Expectancy increases 1 year Machine maintenance cost go down 32% Regular maintenance will keep the brush clean, the brush chamber clear, bearings clean, and will encourage the operator to pick up large debris rather than try to run the vacuum over it.

6 Vacuuming is the foundation of a good carpet care program.
A properly maintained vacuum results in better looking carpet, less dusting, and happy customers. Read from slide. 85% of all soil in a building is dry and can be vacuumed It takes 3 times longer to dust a room than to vacuum it A clean bag and filters increase airflow and helps performance Adjust brush to the correct level and bristle length

7 Maintenance Tips: Vacuums
Daily Check bag/clean tank Check for clogs and blockages Check brush for wear-no lint or strings attached Inspect cord for cuts and frays Check ground wire Wipe down with damp cloth Check bag Explain that over 75% of problems with vacuums are due to vacuum bags being full and clogs. Keeping a clean bag improves performance Demo cleaning a cloth bag on a single motor versus Versamatic bag Clogs and blockages Reverse hose Remove by a broomstick Check brush Show brush strips of Versamatic Show how to check bristle length with straight edge across base Vacuums with no brush or worn brush do not lift carpet pile or clean as well Cord damage Tell story of OSHA fines of Sheraton Hotel in D.C. Now that OSHA is self funding, they are more aggressive about issuing fines to companies. The Sheraton Hotel in D.C. was fined $50 per vacuum for machines with cords wrapped with duct or electrical tape. Ground Plug Explain the proper use of grounding plug Don’t pull cord from the wall Cleaning the machine regularly develops a sense of caring for the machine within the employee

8 Vacuums Weekly/Monthly Check and clean/replace filters
Check hoses for cracks and holes Check cords and handles for damage Inspect and clean vacuum shoe Check belts and bearings Check all gaskets for wear and leakage Emphasis the importance of a routine maintenance schedule. Suggestion: one person should be in charge of facilities equipment Develop an Equipment Manger position Give him responsibility and authority Use an illustration on use of duct tape noting that the tape does not seal firmly against the wire ribs on the hose.

9 Don’t keep your customers waiting!
Make quick work of carpet cleaning by regularly maintaining your extractor. Read from slide.

10 Maintenance Tips: Extractors
Daily Inspect cord for cuts and frays Check recovery dome and tank for proper seal Check brush for wear-no lint or strings attached Check vacuum shoe for blockages Check hoses for wear, damage, blockages Wipe down with a damp cloth Check cords for damage: Important if touching a wet carpet! Check seal: A proper seal can produce a drier carpet. Check brush: Pull extractor brushes out and demonstrate hair and lint removal. (Opportunity to plug Windsor removable brushes) Check vacuum shoe: Look for clogs Clean with straight edge Check hoses: Inspect for wear, damage and blockages for optimum performance. Extractors with fewer hoses perform better Extractors with few hoses are easier to maintain

11 Extractors After every use Run one gallon of water through the system
Run vacuum motor at least one minute Clean solution and recovery tanks Place brush in storage position Store with dome off Read from slide. Flush system: Run water ( preferably water with neutralizer-like vinegar) through system Run vac: Run at least one minute to dry fans Clean tanks: Futuristic creatures grow in extractor tanks that aren’t cleaned Store brush: Place in storage position to prevent brush taking a set. Store with dome off: A clean and dry tank system

12 Extractors Weekly/Monthly Clean bearings and belt Check gaskets
Check and clean spray jets for proper spray pattern Inspect vacuum shoe for damage and clean Check overall machine Read from slide. Cleaning bearings, belts and gaskets: Enhances performance of extractor Check internal hoses Check and clean spray jets: Soak in water and vinegar Do not use pins, paper clips, etc.

13 A Little Goes a Long Way….
Spending a few minutes to properly maintain floor machines and burnishers saves you money and time. Read from slide.

14 Maintenance Tips: Electric Powered Floor Machines & Burnishers
Daily Inspect cord for cuts and frays Check pad, pad driver, and/or brush Wipe down machine with damp cloth, remember the wheels! Store with pad off Read from slide. Inspecting cords: Show Larson lasso Store with pad removed Put pad driver on handle

15 Electric Powered Floor Machines & Burnishers
Weekly/Monthly Check overall performance Listen for unusual sounds Check air vents for lint or chemical build up

16 Keep it Simple Get your floors swept clean and safe in record time
by maintaining your sweepers. Read from slide.

17 Maintenance Tips: Sweepers
Daily Check for empty debris bin Check filters-shake often Check for clogs and blockages at the large debris door Check brush for wear-no lint or strings attached Inspect and clean brushes Inspect cable and handle Clean with damp cloth after each use Sweepers are a tremendous time saver but they are not meant to pick up brief cases and small children. Read from slide.

18 Sweepers Weekly/Monthly Check batteries, add water if
necessary after full charge Check battery connectors Clean battery compartment Check belt wear and tension Check and clean wheels Inspect and clean filters Read from slide

19 Battery Powered Equipment
Autoscrubbers Burnishers Sweepers Rider Equipment As you get into battery operated equipment, emphasis the importance of an Equipment Manager.

20 Maintenance Tips: Battery-Powered Equipment
Daily Check battery connection and check for full charge Check pads, pad drivers, and/or brushes Check squeegee for proper installation and cleanliness Check for clean wheels Check battery: Explain that we will be covering battery maintenance in detail in another section Check squeegee Look for proper installation and check for wear A properly maintained squeegee gives you a cleaner, safer floor.

21 Battery-Powered Equipment
After every use Run one gallon of water through the system Run vacuum motor at least one minute Clean solution and recovery tanks Thoroughly clean scrub deck and wipe off machine Remove squeegee and clean Read from slide. Like the extractors we went over, these maintenance tips protect your investment and make your job easier. Run vacuum: Dries vac fans Clean tanks: Use hose to clean both recovery and solution tanks Remove squeegee: The part of the machine that eliminates using a mop.

22 Battery-Powered Equipment
Weekly/Monthly Check batteries for corrosion, leakage, and evidence of overheating Check battery water level and add water after full charge (If plates are exposed add enough water to cover plates and then charge) Clean and lube all grease points and chain Check gaskets Check squeegee assembly and scrub splash skirt Inspect and clean grounding chain Check overall performance 10 minutes a week of simple maintenance of your battery- powered equipment will extend the life and the performance two fold. Machines with transaxles instead of chains make maintenance easier Go over bullets on slide

23 Propane Equipment After every use ( before storing)
Disconnect LPG (check with local fire marshal first) Clean with damp cloth Read from slide. Make sure that the gas valve is turned off before the key is turned off the machine. Doing so allows the gas to be used up in the fuel system.

24 Maintenance Tips: Propane Equipment
Daily Check oil level Check all filters (air, cooling, and oil) Check LPG hose and connection Emphasize the importance of trained mechanics servicing any propane power equipment. Only show these simple maintenance procedures. Read from slide.

25 Propane Equipment Weekly/Monthly Check belt tension
Check for loose nuts and bolts After first 5 hours of operation, change oil and filters; thereafter, every 25 hours Read from slide. These operations must be done by a trained service person.

26 Professional Tips: Electrical Safety
Ground plugs Extension cords Color, safety yellow for high visibility Never tape a damaged cord. REPLACE IT Use separate circuits Use dry vacuums for dry vacuuming only Read from slide. Reemphasize these every important electrical safety procedures. Rule of thumb for cords: extension cords should be at least the next larger gauge e.g., 14 gauge extractor cords requires a 12 gauge extension cord

27 Professional Tips: Wet Floors
Reduce slip and fall accidents by barricading areas with wet floors Use safe cords Use blowers Slips and falls are the number one law suites filed against retailers. Use all precautions that you are provided to guard against slip and fall injuries. Read bullets from slide

28 Professional Tips: Battery Maintenance
Wear safety glasses and gloves Store batteries in a well ventilated room Only add water after full charge (If plates are exposed add enough water to cover plates and then charge) Store chargers on shelves off of the floor Contact dealer for proper battery disposal Use the battery props to show proper maintenance of batteries Proper water level Do not store on concrete Will discharge battery Proper charging. Be sure to use the correct charger for the batteries. To small a charger will take more time

29 Professional Tips: Rider Equipment
Daily Check brakes Check steering assembly Weekly/Monthly Grease wheels/casters Check belts and chains Quarterly Have an authorized service center perform inspections Survey the audience on who owns rider equipment and proceed if a majority has interest.

30 Professional Tips: Propane Equipment
Never overfill LPG tank Always use professional LPG tank fillers Store LPG tank safely and check local fire ordinance requirements Read from slide. Safety first. Stress the importance of knowing the city codes for propane use and storage.

31 Properly maintained equipment...
Increases safety Protects your investment Keeps employees and customers happy Read from slide. End your seminar with going over the importance of proper and timely equipment maintenance.

32 The Basics Equipment Maintenance and Safety
Questions and Answers and closing.

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