Facilities (Campus Spaces)
At The End of The Day
Vacuum cleaners and other floor machines that are well maintained
and kept clean and serviced still need to be properly stored when
not in use. Improper or careless storage of the best-kept cleaning tools can
impact their effectiveness and useful life, and therefore your bottom line.
Be sure any equipment with a motor is shut down properly, per
manufacturer’s specifications. This information is in the owner’s
manual… which you should be sure to read and retain. Some machines
may need idling time before being shut down completely. Whatever
procedures are manufacturer-recommended for shutting down a piece
of equipment should be followed.
Properly secure and store any cords, hoses, nozzles or other components
for each machine as indicated by the manufacturer. Don’t toss
these items on a shelf or in a box where they may be separated from
the unit to which they belong. This is especially important if more than
one person uses each unit, as the next person to use the unit may not be
able to locate the pieces needed to properly operate the equipment.
Don’t shove your vacuums or floor machines into crowded closets
or other cramped spaces. This can lead to other items being stacked
against or on them, which can lead to damage — including dents and
scratches, and worse — to the equipment. Tools that look neglected are
more likely to be misused and neglected by the people who use them.
If you have outdoor storage units that are not heated, do not store
power-operated machines in these spaces, especially in the winter. Machine
components wear down more rapidly when started or operated in
extreme cold conditions.
This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of College Planning & Management.