A Guide to Escalator Cleaning
Posted: Jun 23, 2022
The escalator is among the first things that patrons encounter when they enter an airport, hotel, or shopping mall. Whatever the cleanliness of other rooms inside the facility is when the escalator isn't clean, people will immediately think negatively about the facility.
Cleaning an escalator may appear like an overwhelming task. But cleaning an escalator does not have to be an issue provided there's a strategy and the correct equipment utilized.
Selecting the correct equipment
The most vital piece of equipment required for cleaning an escalator is the machine itself.
Certain manufacturers of escalators recommend tearing the escalator apart, then bringing it outside, and then using a high-pressure wash to cleanse it.
This is rather costly and messy and results in inconvenient downtime of the escalator.
The best option is making use of a special machine that utilizes the "dry" cleaning process.
Dry cleaning is when the escalator cleaning machine is placed on the escalator while it is operating to ensure that the motion of the escalator along with cleaning equipment help create agitation that helps to get rid of the dirt that is ingrained in the tread that normal brushes and brooms by themselves could miss.
In this process, the least amount of cleaning solution should be used so that the escalator's surface is not drenched and that the solution will not get into the "grease pit" part of the escalator.
Any moisture that can drain between the steps is absorbed into the area of the grease pit. In the pit, lubrication could be lost and cause damage to the equipment.
A great cleaning product can lift dirt and stains off metal, and dries quickly. A general-purpose cleaner is suitable however, it is recommended to read the directions of the manufacturer to be sure.
In any case, apply chemicals as minimally as possible and let the cleaning solution completely dry before using an escalator cleaning machine.
Avoid using any cleaner that will not completely dry or creates a film on the escalator.
All cleaning equipment must come with the most powerful vacuuming system which can remove dirt, dust, and grime quickly.
Certain machines are built to clean the dirt with the escalator's motion without the need for additional agitation from brushes. These machines, once they are in place, clean without any extra help.
The machines require various brush sizes or "heads" per the width of each escalator with multiple escalators.
Although little assistance is required while the machine is in place to clean, this method can take a long time to pick up all the dirt as the brushes are static and do not agitate on their own to assist in cleaning.
A machine that performs better to get rid of dirt is equipped with cylindrical brushes that agitate. Brushes that agitate along the same direction allow for loosening dirt more easily and ensuring that all dirt is eliminated.
The escalator should remain on and should move in an upward motion so that it is moving away from the cleaner.
The body of the cleaner must be placed on the bottom landing that is non-moving and the brushes should be placed in the initial step.
The base of the machine remains anchored while the brushes are allowed to move across the step. Multiple escalator widths are more easily addressed with this type of machine, as it can be repositioned to clean narrow to wide escalators.
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