Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Protecting Your Investment

Your new or reconditioned floor care equipment has just arrived!

How do you protect your investment?

This is a question many ask themselves after they have purchased floor care equipment. Here are a few tips on how you can protect your investment.

Maintenance Routine
Depending on the make and model of your floor care equipment you will want to perform some and/or these tasks daily...


  • Recovery tanks should be emptied and rinsed.
  • Clean and shut-off filters, make sure to leave lids off so that they can air dry.
  • Solution tanks should be emptied.
  • Brushes/pads should be cleaned and rinsed.
  • Vacuum ports and squeegees should be cleaned 
  • Jets should be cleaned regularly (expert tip: soak jets in a mixture of vinegar and water overnight to keep down mineral deposits.)

These simple preventative maintenance steps performed either by you or an employee (the equipment operator) on the equipment daily can really go a long way in protecting your investment.
A solid maintenance routine can prolong the life of the equipment and catch small problems before they become big ones. Additionally, routine maintenance will reduce costs over time because equipment will perform better and last longer.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Keep Equipment Manuals. Keep manufacturer information where you can find it easily.
  • Follow a daily maintenance task list. Daily maintenance needs usually are listed in the owner’s manual. Create a daily maintenance task list from those recommendations. 
  • Train employees and all equipment operators. Always train a new employee/equipment operator on how to use the equipment.
  • Track equipment use and maintenance.  Keep a record of maintenance, including a description of service and who did the service.
  • Don’t hesitate to call in a service technician. Service technicians are typically factory trained and give you someone to call in when there’s a funny noise or a vibration that doesn't feel right. Catching a potential problem early may save you money and time in the long run. 
  • Budget for replacement costs. Regardless of how well it has been maintained eventually equipment must be replaced. Be proactive and build that replacement cost in your budget You’ll eliminate downtime and improve productivity by being able to replace the equipment right away. 

While following, these steps will ensure you get the most you can out of your equipment, sometimes you might need a little help. At Southeastern Equipment & Supply we know how important it is to have someone to call on when you need help. That is why we offer an extensive inventory of OEM parts, aftermarket parts, have a knowledgeable helpful customer service staff and employ factory trained maintenance/service technicians.

For more information visit our website at www.southeasternequipment.net or call us at 1-800-440-6723 or 803-252-0100.

About the Author:

Emily Martin has been part of the Southeastern team since our start in 2001. Her extensive sales and marketing background makes her an essential part of our marketing group and she works with our Orbio team to deliver new technology options to our institutional customers. Born and raised in SC she has extensive local knowledge, but her bilingual abilities, allow her to work fluidly in Spanish and English markets.

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