Replacing the Right Filter at the Right Time

Posted by Chris Beasley on

Ensuring your floor sweepers and scrubbers are operating at optimal performance requires routine maintenance and service. Some of the parts addressed most often during these maintenance checks are the various filters throughout the machine. Just like the machines themselves, there are a wide variety of filters including oil, air, fuel, vacuum, and water filters, all of which must be regularly maintained. With all of these options to choose from, understanding which filter needs to be replaced, at the right time, can be a daunting task.

The most common time filters are replaced is when the machine is not functioning properly.  A number of issues could be the result of a clogged or damaged filter. For example, if your machine is experiencing difficulty dispensing or picking up cleaning solution out of the scrubber, the water filter may not be performing adequately.  Water filters ensure the water used in the scrubber is free of sediment and debris. Typically the water filter will need to be removed and cleaned daily, to ensure optimal performance. Over time, if filters are not properly cleaned or replaced when needed, debris will begin to accumulate and prevent the flow of water, preventing the machine’s ability to clean effectively, and potentially leading to further complications with other aspects of the scrubber machine.

Another common complication that could stem from a poorly performing filter is the loss of suction in your sweeper machine. Unlike scrubbers which use water; sweepers use brushes to dry sweep the floor, along with a vacuum system to clean and rid the area of dust. These scrubbers rely on air filters to adequately rid the vacuum system of potentially damaging debris. Pre and post job cleanings can help extend the life cycle of your filters, saving you money on replacements. Just like water filters, if they are not properly cleaned and replaced, clogged air filters can prevent your machine from effectively cleaning the area of application, leading to poorer air quality and higher prevalence of safety hazards. 

It is important to remember that filters are not the only parts to troubleshoot when your machine is experiencing issues, as the complications could be caused by a number of underlying issues. Always consult manufacture recommendations before addressing any concerns with your industrial cleaning machine.

Properly functioning filters will allow your sweeper/scrubber machine to perform at its highest capability. Filters may have a small profile, but if not replaced properly and in a timely manner, can make a big impact in your company’s bottom line. Contact our sales department to find the best filter for your equipment, or check out our wide selection to ensure you get the right filter, at the right time!