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Truly, machines make work easier. It doesn’t matter whether
you want to scrub the floor or vacuum a carpet, without cleaning machines, the
work would be painstakingly hard. Common machines used for cleaning include
floor scrubbers, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers and laundry machines. For these
gadgets to offer you flawless services, you need to take care of them.
Unfortunately, there are a number of parts of these loyal machines
that many people forget to clean. Unknown to many, this negatively affects the
performance of the gadgets.  Here are
some of the important parts you should never forget to clean when servicing
your cleaning machine.
1. Rolling and Rotating
Units
Most of the machines used for cleaning have rolling and
rotating parts. These include wheels and discs attached to motors. As the
machines move over fluffy surfaces, these thin, fur-like strands coil themselves on the rollers or axles.
Strings and human hair get wound in these parts of the machines too. Over time,
the quantities of matter trapped on these moving parts reach critical levels
and greatly hamper the performance of the machines.
2. Nut Joints
It is common for metallic parts of cleaning machines to be
fastened with nuts and bolts. These joints are often overlooked and soon get
rusty. The condition is worse in areas near the sea where salt levels are high.
As rust takes its toll on the nuts and
bolts, they get fused and become hard to separate. At this point, if the machine
breaks down and repair needs to be done, dismantling the machine becomes a
challenge. It is easy for some parts to get damaged as a lot of force is
applied in an effort to loosen the bolts.
3. Nozzles and Valves
Machines that use shampoo and water often have nozzles and
valves that control the flow of the liquids. With time, scam and dirt accumulate near the nozzle openings. Valves can
also get clogged and pass little or no water at all. This seriously impacts the
efficiency of the machine leading to
dismal or no performance at all.
4. Recovery Tanks
For machine models that have recovery tanks, users often forget
to clean them. During the washing process, these tanks suck up the cleaning
agent as it helps steady the machine. If left unattended, the wetness in tanks
creates perfect conditions for mold development. Soon the tank gets laden with
mold and starts to stink with a foul
smell.
Tips on how to clean
these parts
Armed with a list of key areas of focus, it’s now time to
discuss what to do to make sure that you do not skip them when cleaning your
machines. These simple steps are a sure guide to ensure that you thoroughly
clean your equipment.
1. Develop a checklist
Come up with a checklist of all the parts you need to clean
per machine. This is very important especially if you are cleaning several
machines. Against each listed part, have a space for comments. Here, you have
the option of ticking if the part is cleaned and functioning well. Also, if it
is broken or worn-out, you need to note that it needs replacement.
2. Cleaning rolling and
rotating parts
Often, these parts are concealed by plates and other areas of
the equipment. For you to access them, you will need to remove the protective
plates first. Check for any debris or dirt attached on the rollers and remove it.
You can use a solvent to dissolve any stubborn dirt. Check the bearing and
confirm that they are functioning as expected. After some time, you may need to
change the rollers especially if you use the machine for long hours on a daily basis.
3. Cleaning nut joints
Every now and then use a quality lubricant to handsomely oil
these parts. Make sure that bolts can rotate freely and have no rust. Make
every effort to store your machines in a dry place to prevent metallic parts
from rusting.
4. Caring for nozzles
and valves
Valves can be very technical to clean. In fact, it is not advisable to dismantle them.
The best remedy is replacing them. However, only a keen user will notice when
valves start to fail. This is characterized by reduced flow of the cleaning
agent. When this happens, get the valve replaced in time before it fails to
work completely.
Nozzles that are clogged should be thoroughly inspected and cleaned using an appropriate cleaning agent. If scum and dirt are firmly attached to
the opening, use vinegar to dissolve it.
5. Keeping recovery
tanks clean
The only solution for this is to empty the tank every time
you use the machine. Do not be in a hurry to store the machine. On the
contrary, allow it some time to dry first. This will keep the tank clean and in
good working condition.