How To Properly Clean & Maintain Forklifts

How To Properly Clean & Maintain Forklifts

To keep the equipment in peak performance, proper cleaning and maintenance is necessary for the forklift at recommended time intervals. Oil, grease and dirt build up can be the worst enemy to your forklift as they could prevent the proper operation of the different parts of the forklift. Removing this dirt, oil and grease build up ensures that the moveable parts of the forklift are free to move as required without any friction of abrasion going on.
Whatever cleaning method used on the forklift should be able to capture the oils and dislodge the dirt build up.

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Proper Cleaning and Maintenance

Dusting and Rust Removal

First thing when cleaning a forklift should be to remove all the loose dirt and rust from the surface of the machine. Dusting from the top and working all the way down should get rid of most of the grime and dirt that is stuck onto the forklift surfaces. Dusting and rust removal clears the way for more detailed cleaning using other equipment.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is one of the best ways to remove dirt and grease build up on the dirtiest forklifts. Pressure washing is also a safer way to cleaning forklift since there is no need for intimate contact with the forklift and contaminants on its surface as compared to when using soap and water the conventional way. Hot water pressure washers in particular are very effective at dissolving the oil and grease build up while dislodging the dirt particles from the surface of the forklift.

Forklift Inspection and Maintenance Schedule

The forklift maintenance schedule depends on the use and the area of application of the forklift. Forklifts that operate mostly indoors are less exposed to soil, mud and other dirt and grime that could pile up fast on those that operate outdoors. There are also manufacturer recommendations to regular servicing and maintenance of the equipment. It is advisable to follow manufacturer guidelines on servicing and maintenance of the forklift to avoid unexpected breakdown. With such equipment, safety in operation is crucial and this is not guaranteed when the machine is not in peak performance condition.

Regular cleaning of the forklifts by dusting and using pressure washers does not require any special skills. In fact, the pressure washers do most of the work. However, scheduled inspection and maintenance of used forklifts Toronto should be carried out by a professional technician for guaranteed service and quality replacement parts.

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