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Starting Strong: 3 Essential Tips for New Floor Cleaning Machine Operators

March 14, 2024 10:03 AM by Tennant Company

Posted in Staffing & Personnel Productivity Best Practices

Starting Strong: 3 Essential Tips for New Floor Cleaning Machine Operators

Whether you’re a seasoned floor cleaning machine operator or new to the job, understanding your cleaning equipment inside out is crucial to its longevity and optimal performance. Let’s dive into the top three tips every machine operator should know to get the most out of commercial and industrial floor scrubbers, sweepers and vacuums to help avoid unnecessary issues.

Get to know the operator’s manual

First and foremost, make sure you take the time to become well-acquainted with the operator’s manual. It’s the best guide to understanding how your specific floor cleaner operates, its nuances, and any distinct guidelines to follow. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to handle your commercial or industrial cleaning machine effectively.

Can’t find your Tennant operator’s manual? Download a copy from our Resource Center

Know your battery type: how to keep your battery healthy

Knowing your cleaning machine battery type isn’t only about identifying what kind it is—lead acid vs. lithium-ion—it’s about understanding how to and care for it and charge it properly. Follow your operator manual’s guidelines for specific charging directions, especially if your floor cleaner operates on lithium-ion batteries, which are designed for quick charges. However, not all batteries are equipped for brief charges. Be prepared, check the manual today.

For more information on lead acid batteries, check out our post on Lead Acid Battery Watering Tips.

For more information on lithium-ion batteries, check out this article.

Embrace a daily maintenance checklist

We understand time constraints are real. But trust us, investing time in pre-use cleaning is a game-changer. For those tight on time, try an approachable daily checklist. Allocate just ten minutes to run through these quick to-dos, which saves time and prevents bigger issues in the long run.

Your daily maintenance checklist for Tennant machines:

  • Clean out the recovery tank
  • Inspect and clean the squeegee frame
  • Check the water filter
  • Empty the debris tray
  • If needed, charge the battery
  • For a deeper dive into this daily checklist or troubleshooting common problems, check out our blog here.

Proactive maintenance provides peace of mind

At Tennant, we believe a well-maintained floor cleaning machine is a reliable one. By investing some time up front, you’re ensuring equipment longevity, streamlining your industrial or commercial operations and making your job more manageable. Start your job off right as a machine operator by following these simple guidelines. You’ll find that setting aside time for maintenance today translates into enhanced performance and fewer headaches tomorrow.


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