Investing in quality cleaning equipment is the best way to ensure it goes the distance. Purchasing cheap equipment is simply false economy. When it comes to machines, durability, reliability, fitness-for-purpose and robustness of construction go a long way towards ensuring greater longevity.Even so, even the highest quality machines will begin to show their age eventually. These uncomplaining workhorses are often used every single day and sometimes under harsh conditions, performing difficult tasks.
What shortens the lifespan of cleaning machines?
Obviously, the first answer that springs to mind is correct usage. If your cleaning personnel are using a machine for a purpose for which it was not designed, it’s likely to experience more significant wear and tear.
The second is maintenance. Just like your car, it’s important that your cleaning equipment is serviced at recommended intervals. If servicing is overlooked, as your machine ages, it could start to perform less efficiently and could result in or cause damage to the machine or the surface it’s cleaning.
What kind of issues occur in ageing cleaning equipment?
- Rust is a common issue in machines that utilise water and chemicals, particular in older models.
- Fuel systems can crack or bulge and fuel feed lines can sustain oily build-up. An engine that ‘runs hot’ will wear out much more rapidly than it should.
- Timing belts are good for around 2,000 hours of use. In harsh environments, they need to be replaced more frequently.
- Brush housing can crack, corrode or become clogged with debris. If you continue to operate a scrubber or sweeper with damaged brush housing, cleaning will be less effective and the machine could be in danger of sustaining damage.
- Engine valves showing wear and tear will often consume fuel at a faster rate.
- Damaged squeegee linkage components may begin to leave dirty liquid on the floor.
How do you know when to call time on an ageing machine?
No one realistically wants to decommission a machine because of course, everyone wants the most efficient bang-for-buck.
The bad news: At some point, despite all your best efforts to keep to a strict maintenance regime, all machines will need to be retired.
The good news: Replacing your machine with the latest model will likely surprise you. Research is ongoing and technological advancements are happening all the time. You may find that the type of cleaning machine you are retiring is now more efficient and cost-effective and consumes less water, chemicals or energy.