Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pros and Cons of Floor Equipment Preventative Maintenance

It doesn't matter whether you have a large or small business, conducting effective maintenance on your equipment is essential. The term “preventative” or “planned” maintenance commonly refers to the practice of regularly servicing equipment on a pre-determined schedule so that it does not develop catastrophic failures and performs better over its useful lifecycle.


Some advantages recognized by utilizing preventative maintenance are;
  • Longer equipment lifecycle – When your equipment is being checked and maintained, it will be kept in its best shape, therefore extending its lifetime.
  • Less risk factor – Because your equipment is regularly checked, there is less risk of unplanned breakdowns.
  • Follows a set schedule - By following a service schedule, you are able to keep a budget while maintaining your equipment. You will also be able to have a maintenance history and be better able to make an educated decision when it comes time to replacing your equipment.
  • Money savings – Over time, you will see that less money is being spent because you will not have to replace equipment as often nor will you have to deal with costly last minute breakdowns. While there still may be some unplanned maintenance needed, the odds of catastrophic failures are greatly diminished with regular maintenance.
  • Fewer disruptions – Murphy’s Law will always have your equipment break at the most inopportune time. With regular checks, you will catch the small problems before they grow into larger ones that can cause complete equipment failure.
  • Safety – A properly functioning machine also ensures a safe machine. A machine that is neglected is more likely to have safety issues for the operator and anyone around it.
  • Reputation – Having a well-running machine that is regularly maintained contributes positively to the reputation of the company owning it. Customers see the care that is given to the machine which in turn relates to the overall care that the company is giving to their customer. The equipment is kept in optimal condition so that the customer’s site can be kept as clean as possible.


  • Planning – Some planning time is required and some research on the different types of “preventative maintenance” programs is required.
  • Cost – There is a higher upfront cost with “preventative maintenance”. However, long-term costs are very low compared to the cost of equipment failure. 

As you can see, there are more reasons to have a Preventative Maintenance program for your equipment than not to. Yes, it takes time to research and yes, it’s going to cost some money up front, but if you plan and budget properly, you can reap the benefits in the long term. 

About the Author:

Ray Reide
Ray started his career in 1987 as an electronic technician. Working for a smaller company, he quickly excelled and was promoted to different positions within the organization until he was running the entire Service Department and warehouse operations. Looking for more opportunity, he joined a larger worldwide company and was in charge of the Sales & Service region based at the corporate office. After 10 years of success within that position, he was offered the opportunity to create and manage a new department that focused on reconditioned equipment which became a highly profitable venture. Ray then joined Southeastern in 2015 and opened the first satellite branch which is based in NJ and covers the entire northeast US.
Ray brings to Southeastern a vast knowledge of sales, service, operations and the ability to develop and nurture customer relations.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Contract Cleaning vs In-House Maintenance

Contract Cleaning vs In-house Maintenance: The Things to Consider

For some time now the decision to keep your cleaning duties in-house or to outsource them has become a difficult choice to make, and now it is harder than ever. Many factors go into how to determine if this is the right choice for your organization and a one-plan-fits-all outline is no longer an easy path to follow. In this week's blog, we will go into detail on some of the things to consider when making this decision.


Over the past few years, the extent of services companies provide has increased from simple to extensive and include things like electrical, plumbing, security, and lawn maintenance on top of janitorial services.

If outsourcing specialty services that require specific machines can now be the responsibility of a separate company releasing the need of investing capital funds that could be positioned in alternative areas.


Tennant R3 Carpet Extractor
With the outsourcing option, you will have the ability to focus on what your business specializes in and not bog managers and employees with menial tasks that keep them from what they were hired to accomplish.

Services can also be scheduled for times that will not be in conflict with your daily operations. If you are keeping your services in-house, it does give you more control to ensure the needs you have at any given time are done in the time frame needed and not at the discretion of the company you hire.


The factor of the cost savings will differ from company to company depending on if employees will be hired only to handle cleaning tasks.  The size of your firm will also factor into this and dictate the benefits over a short or extended period of time. Outsourcing passes on financial responsibility for taxes, insurance, and management can now move from you to a separate entity. Equipment cost and maintenance, as well as an inventory of chemicals and supplies, can now be the responsibility of the contractor and not a factor for you to manage.

Tennant T3 Orbital Scrubber with ec-H2O


The quality of the final product should always be one of the most important factors to consider and checking reviews and getting current customer praises will be a step you will not want to skip. In-house employees are usually more in tune with your facilities specific needs and have more flexibility to focus on problem areas that arise real time in the day to day operations. Your employees will have a greater respect for the final product as well as accountability to complete the tasks given to them from day to day.


In conclusion, many factors go into making the decision discussed in this post, and we have only been able to comment on a select few. Do your homework and evaluate all your options making sure you are doing what is best for your organization as this is ultimately the only thing that matters.

Southeastern Equipment & Supply, Inc. works with both In-House and Contract cleaners to ensure quality products are always available as well as a wealth of product knowledge from anyone of our competent and capable sales staff.

About the Author
Darren Murphy

Darren will celebrate 10 years in August with Southeastern. During those years, Darren has become a resource to his customers and provides each customer with dedicated, personalized service. Whether it is field training for a night crew or advising an overseas customer in a land far away, Darren excels at providing an excellent customer experience. His equipment knowledge is vast and spans the numerous brands that we offer. A NifiskU graduate and Tennant trained product specialist, Darren is a valued resource and here for any questions you may have.