How to Maintain Your Restroom Cleaning Machine

by | May 20, 2022

The Kaivac No-Touch Restroom Cleaning Machine offers a ton of benefits for facility managers and maintenance crews alike. The machine cleans restroom fixtures, surfaces, and floors faster and more completely than a bucket and mop without the risk of dangerous cross-contamination. Workers armed with the machine no longer have to bend, twist, or get on all fours, lowering the chance of painful, career-shortening musculoskeletal disorders.  

And perhaps best of all, using a No-Touch restroom cleaning machine means never touching soiled, disgusting surfaces. This elevates the job and takes big strides toward making workers feel empowered and valued.

But consistently achieving these results requires a little bit of maintenance. Here’s how to keep your No-Touch restroom cleaning machine in top working order. 

Empty and Rinse Everyday

The Kaivac No-Touch restroom cleaning machine works by first spraying water and chemical on surfaces and then blasting those surfaces with a high-pressure, freshwater rinse. Finally, workers use the machine’s powerful vacuum to suck up the slurry of water, chemical, and dirt. 

But what to do with that dangerous, smelly soil now captured in the machine’s vacuum tank?  

Dump it. It is vital to empty and rinse your restroom cleaning machine every day or the tank will start to stink. The attached dump and drain hose makes emptying the vacuum tank into a floor sink quick and easy. Once the vacuum tank is empty rinse it out with fresh water. 

Pay extra attention to rinsing the float cage inside the vacuum tank. A float screen clogged with debris will affect vacuum performance so be sure to rinse it well. Wiping down the system with a cloth will remove any water, chemical, or dirt and keep your restroom cleaning machine looking good. 

Inspect the HEPA Filter Monthly

To protect indoor air quality, the No-Touch restroom cleaning machine comes with a HEPA or high-efficiency particulate absorbing filter on the vacuum’s exhaust. Inspect this vital piece of equipment monthly to keep it and the system in good working order. 

Start by emptying both the freshwater tank and the vacuum tank before inspecting the filter. Use the vacuum hose to suck the water out of the freshwater tank. Follow the directions above to empty the vacuum tank.

Then tip the restroom cleaning machine forward to easily access the HEPA filter (don’t forget to lock the wheels to keep the system from rolling during the tipping process). Find the HEPA filter on the bottom of the machine’s black box assembly and remove the exhaust cover. Unscrew the retainer ring and remove the HEPA filter. 

Inspect the filter for any buildup of soil, dust, or debris. If it looks good simply put it back and reattach the retainer ring and exhaust cover. If it seems dirty or damaged replace it. Expect to replace the HEPA filter every three to six months. 

Inspect the Squeegee Head Every Week

As the only component of your No-Touch restroom cleaning machine that actually touches surfaces, the two-sided squeegee head gets a lot of wear and tear. Operators use the brush side to scrub away stubborn, stuck dirt then flip over to the squeegee to slide across the floor and direct dirty water into the vacuum hose. 

That heavy use means the squeegee head will eventually wear. Operating the No-Touch system with a damaged or worn squeegee head will significantly affect performance so it is vital to inspect this component weekly. 

Replacing a worn or broken squeegee head is as simple as unscrewing the component from the vacuum wand and screwing on a new one. Expect to change the squeegee head every three to six months, more often if the machine sees extra heavy use. 

Charge that Battery Anytime

Sourcing batteries for jan/san equipment during the pandemic has been difficult at best. This crisis means operators are doing what they can to stretch battery life as far out as possible. 

Luckily, the No-Touch restroom cleaning machine from Kaivac comes equipped with a lithium-ion battery. This state-of-the-art battery starts with a much longer lifespan than other types. It can also be plugged in whenever the machine is not in use, a practice known as opportunity charging, without shortening battery life. 

In fact, Kaivac recommends charging your lithium-ion battery anytime the machine is not in use to ensure that your No-Touch system is always ready to clean. 

There are two ways to charge the lithium-ion power pack. Operators can slide the power pack off the machine and onto a wall-mounted charging unit. Or they can use a standard outlet with a power cord plugged into the battery’s charging port. 

It will take about three hours to charge from a complete discharge, but the battery can stay on the charger longer without risk of damage. 

While lithium-ion technology is very robust, these batteries can be damaged by extreme temperatures. Store the powerpacks in a dry area with temperatures between 40°F and 80°F for the longest life. 

Follow these tips to keep your Kaivac No-Touch restroom cleaning machine in good working order. Find out more about the benefits of No-Touch Cleaning here.  

Amy Milshtein covers design, facility management and business topics for a variety of trade publications and consumer magazines. Her work has won several awards, most recently a regional silver Azbee Award of Excellence.She lives in Portland, OR with her family and Clyde, a 15-lb tabby cat. Once an avid hiker, these days she finds herself on the less-challenging -but-still-exciting 'creaky knees' trails.
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