The cleaning of elevators is a very important aspect in the conservation of a community of owners or an office building since it is a small and closed space whereby each neighbor of the building can spend several times throughout the day. Forklifts in the industry, on the other hand, require a special cleaning due to a different use: the goods wear more the elevator, even some products can damage it, and the use is more intensive, supporting high weight loads. In short, in Astarlifts we claim that the cleaning of the lifts should be a priority for reasons of maintenance as well as hygiene, comfort or quality of life. Therefore, we invite you to take into account the advice we have compiled in this article.
Which elements of the elevators should be cleaned?
The elements to which attention must be paid are the following:
When cleaning in an elevator, the most visible elements are the mirrors, floors, doors or buttons. However, it is vital to keep in mind that cleaning the door rails is very important. Why? Because it is easy for dirt to become embedded in them. If they are not kept clean they become clogged causing the elevator does not close to perfection.
The access to eliminate this waste is complicated, so it is convenient to use a brush that gets to dust particles or papers, to later review the cleaning with a vacuum cleaner that manages to suck all kinds of embedded dirt.
It is one of the areas that many people do not remember or do not know exists. Others decide to throw a lot of garbage out there. Even if you do not behave assiduously, you should not neglect the cleanliness of this area of the elevator. All the waste can go through the gap generated between the door and the floor, accumulating in this cabin. Proper cleaning must ensure that this pit is completely clean, so the company or professional who is responsible for cleaning the lift must ensure that the pit is cleaned at least once a month .
Walls and door
In most cases, the walls and the door of an elevator are made of stainless steel, so the cleaning of this material must be done with great care and attention . To achieve an optimal, perfect and bright result, the ideal is always to review with a microfiber cloth, especially soaked with a little vinegar or a specific product for steel. Throughout the day, grease stains can be formed, especially fingerprints, being one of the areas where there is more emphasis. In this case, the use of specific neutral products is an option to consider, but not before ensuring that the grease has been completely eliminated.
Floors and mirrors
So much the floors and the mirrors of a forklift or elevator are one of the elements where more dirt is exposed, so it is another area where the attention to pay must be maximum. For floors, suitable products should be applied and, in the case of mirrors, the same method of window or window cleaning should be carried out with a basic glass cleaner.
Lights and buttons
For both the lights and the elevator buttons, it is normal to use a damp cloth instead of applying a product that is corrosive and could damage its operation . The buttons should be cleaned with a degreaser that does not have caustic soda . It is recommended that you check once a week that the buttons and the emergency service work properly. This way you can avoid major problems if a mishap occurs.
The methodology in cleaning the lift
To clean an elevator, a special cleaning methodology must be followed, adapted to the demands of the neighbors or users of the office, industrial or commercial area. As previously mentioned, the elements that make up the elevator must be cleaned every day, but in the event that this does not happen you should know that the cleaning should focus on the review of floors, walls, mirrors, buttons or doors.
In these cases, the most advisable thing is to avoid the hours in which there is more movement of people . The main hours to avoid are the first hour of the day, when everyone goes to work or enters their workplace (in the case of office buildings) or in the afternoon. Thus, the ideal is to perform the cleaning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Although it is often not necessary, sometimes the service must be stopped in order to carry out a cleaning, despite the inconvenience that can be generated. This cleaning should always be given after removals or works in the communities of owners.
How is elevator maintenance checked?
It is vital that a good installation company has a maintenance service that not only solve the problems that arise on a daily basis, but in a timely manner to check the proper functioning of different devices: emergency call, opening, buttons, closing doors, lights, public address system ...
If the office building or neighborhood community has a porter service, the task can be entrusted to this professional, but there must always be a communication between the supplier and the janitor to verify that the security measures and maintenance are met. The perfection.
The main cleaning problems generated by elevators or elevators
Depends on the use that is given to the elevator, the cleaning and maintenance of the same will be one way or another. To do this, different uses are currently found in elevators and the main cleaning problems they present.
Probably the most used among all. Each neighbor of the building can use it at least twice each day. Many of these users, especially children, can dirty the crystals. Stains can also be produced by substances or waste that are transported (mostly garbage). Removals are the main enemies of the elevator: they can not only cause damage and blows, they can also soil it.
Commercial or office use
Its cleaning should be exquisite, since in addition to having a high turnover of people, should give a good image to the company or companies that have the headquarters or offices in that building.
In this case, it is usually a forklift that fulfills the function of transferring people and the goods themselves. These elevators must have a major maintenance and cleaning, since the transfer is important: the weight and the wear they support is greater. For example, products that require special care are introduced into the elevator of a large warehouse, or substances that may be corrosive are also spilled.
In a hospital or large health center elevators must take maximum hygiene to ensure they are free of dirt or bacteria. In addition, a dirty elevator can arouse some distrust or insecurity in the users .
Thus, the cleaning of elevators must therefore be a priority in residential, commercial, industrial and health centers. Doing it in the right way can save us a lot of problems and money . In Astarlifts we recommend you to keep it in mind.