By Anne Baley

Restaurant Equipment Repair: Not Just Fryers and Fridges

Restaurant equipment repair is something all good owners know about; the savvy ones, however, also know that this doesn't just include the large appliances that cook and store your food. Keeping your restaurant clean is every bit as important as cooking those tasty dishes. You've invested in top-of-the-line cleaning equipment, but if it's not running at its optimum condition, you're not getting the best return on your investment (and your restaurant may not be as clean as you think). Make sure to add cleaning machines to your maintenance and repair checklist to keep your cleanliness up to the highest standards.


Monthly Maintenance


Regular maintenance of your cleaning equipment is vital to prolonging its life and keeping it performing at its best. There are a couple important things to check on a monthly basis. If your system has a HEPA filter, you should check it every month to make sure that it's clean. A clogged filter can make it take longer to get your job done, and your machine won't be running as efficiently as it could be. Clean the filter and remove any debris, or replace the filter if there are signs of damage.


Another important monthly task is squeegee head maintenance. Worn squeegee blades or wheels can cause watery streaks to be left behind while vacuuming, so you should check to make sure that the blades and wheels have not become dulled or worn and replace if necessary. You can also check any brushes on your system at this time.


Semiannual Maintenance


The more major maintenance tasks can wait for a semiannual checkup. Inspecting the wheels and casters on your system is important to keeping the wheels and brakes in good working condition. Lubricate the brakes and other moving parts, and tighten any screws that may have come loose over time with repeated wear. If any wheels or casters need to be replaced, now is a great time to handle that.


While you should check your cleaning system's squeegee head monthly, you may find yourself needing to replace it on a roughly semiannual basis. If the head isn't staying on straight or the brushes are especially worn down, it's a much better idea to replace the parts that aren't working well anymore than to keep working on worn-out equipment.


Repairs


Every piece of equipment needs repair or replacement eventually. The secret is to find the broken part quickly and repair it yourself or have a professional repair it. Using the machine with a broken part will often cause it to break further; repairing it as soon as you notice the problem is the only safe way to go. With some floor cleaning machines this can be an expensive and elaborate task at a large cost to your bottom line. The best systems to choose are ones where any mechanical components that require tricky repairs are self-contained in one unit that is easy to send out for repair or replacement. This allows for faster restaurant equipment repair, which, of course, means your kitchen will be back to its spotless self as soon as possible.


Keeping your kitchen clean is just as important as any other aspect of running a restaurant, so it is vital to keep your cleaning equipment in top shape. With regular maintenance and repairs when necessary, you can make sure you're getting the most out of your cleaning system and ensure that your restaurant kitchen is always sparkling.


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