Tips for Proper Forklift Cleaning

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There are many Toronto businesses for which a forklift rental makes more sense than purchasing or leasing.

Whether this is because, they require the vehicle for a single project or whether the business performs seasonal work and only uses the vehicles a few weeks or months out of the year, or whether they require a rental while the their own vehicle is in the shop, we can help business owners decide on the lift truck rental that best suits their needs.

We know that you have choices in who you do business with, so we strive to be the best at what we do.


Whether or not you decide to rent a forklift for your business will ultimately depend on your company’s needs and circumstances. And whether you are leaning toward buying or renting, the professionals at Modern Forklift can help you come up with the best solution for your Toronto business.

Forklift Cleaning

Forklift cleaning is the first and basic step in the care and maintenance of your forklift. Regular cleaning allows your forklift to maintain its new look longer as well as clear dirt that has clogged in various parts ensuring proper and optimum functioning. You also get the chance to do a comprehensive check of all the parts in the forklift and determine where you will need forklift repairs Toronto to fix things early enough. For a thorough job, you need the right approach and here are tips on how to get it properly done:

Get the right gear

You need protective gear when cleaning a forklift both to ensure you do not come into contact with the cleaning substances and to prevent dirt from getting to you as well as slips and falls. Gloves, overalls, goggles and work boots are a good start. This way you will be able to get to the lower parts without fear of dirtying yourself.

Clean from top to bottom

Dirt and all the substances you are cleaning all flow downwards. Therefore it makes sense to start cleaning from the top going down to avoid repeating cleaning and rinsing lower parts you had already washed.

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Remove the loose dirt and rust first

Before you begin using water and detergents, get rid of the loose dirt and other build up first. You can do this using a broom or a duster. It is important to target the build-up in the chassis area to avoid having the same dirt causing problems to the functioning of the forklift in future. It is also important to soak the dirtier sections with water first to soften and loosen the dirt or grime before you start cleaning.

Use a pressure sprayer

A pressure washer is an effective and safer tool for cleaning the forklift. It ensures you do not touch harmful chemicals and substances that could be on the forklift. This includes the detergent, anti-freeze, battery acid and any residue from some of the material the forklift was carrying. The pressure sprayer puts some safe distance between you and the places being cleaned. Aside from this, the pressure sprayer is effective in cutting through grime, oil and other accumulated substances on the forklift.

Use non-toxic soap

Some areas on the forklift are going to have oily substances and stains. To break down this dirt you may need special detergents. Get such detergents from a recommended dealer and only use the non-toxic kind with proper environmental rating to prevent the water that is washing down from polluting the environment.

Allow enough time to dry

Ensure your forklift dries thoroughly before you use it for the next operation. Sometimes in the sunshine is the easiest way to do this. Check to ensure all critical components are dry and the forklift is functioning properly.

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