One challenge that many supervisors face is the standardization of operating and maintaining equipment.  In this tip, we will consider the start up and maintenance of a floor machine such as an auto-scrub unit.  As you review the steps, consider what you would do differently if you were developing such a list.

Start Up – 6 Steps (dark green)

1. Unplug battery charger if currently charging

2. Install pad drivers and pads or brushes

3. Verify recovery tank is empty and vacuum shut-off is operational

4. Fill solution tank with appropriate chemical – NEVER fill with stripper, acids or anything that can contaminate the tank

5. Conduct any other necessary safety checks

6. Turn machine on and begin operations

Maintenance – 7 Daily Steps (pale green)

1. Verify squeegee is not streaking.  If it is, clean or adjust  

2. Rotate blades regularly

3. Inspect pads/brushes for wear and replace as needed

4. Rinse and flip pads after every two hours of operation

5. Verify vacuum shut-off devices is working properly

6. Charge batteries after extended use.  

7. Do not charge too frequently resulting in shortened battery life 

Maintenance Weekly– 5 Steps (pale yellow)

1. Inspect solution filter for clogs/debris

2. Use the “sniff test” for mold, mildew or other foul odors

3. If equipped with wet acid batteries check water level and service as per Manual

4. Inspect terminals for build up and/or tighten as needed

5. Check recovery system for leaks including clamps

Maintenance – Monthly – 3 Steps (pale yellow)

1. Check tires/wheels for damage or wear

2. Inspect/lubricate moving parts as described in Manual

3. Verify all fasteners, pins, etc. are in place and tight

These suggested steps could be printed on card stock, laminated and attached to each unit with a ring clip.  For more clarity, digital photos could be imbedded on a larger sheet to show key tasks being performed.  

Your comments and questions are always welcome.  I hope to hear from you soon.  Until then, keep it clean…


Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678.314.2171 or