When you’re contracting out your services, it’s easy to let hardwood floor equipment maintenance fall off the list. After all, you only get paid for the time that you’re working at a site, not for the time you spend taking care of your hardwood floor sander.
But here’s the thing with hardwood floor equipment: it has to be maintained. If you’re skipping regular cleanings and maintenance, not only will your machine eventually fall apart on you, but the quality of your work will start to suffer as well – and that’s not going to lead to more customers or money in your pocket!
Here are 5 signs it’s time for hardwood floor sander maintenance (and sometimes even hardwood floor sander repair):
You’re seeing chatter and imperfections on the floor.
This is one of the earliest and most obvious signs that your machine has not been cleaned enough lately. If you’ve got dust in your drum, your upper roller, or your sanding chamber, you will see problems on the floor as a result. Start by blowing out your machine and making sure everything is as clean as you can get it.
You’ll also want to check for debris and imperfections on your wheels. If your wheels aren’t clean, or if they have flat spots and wear, you could be sanding unevenly and the floors will show it.
Cleaning out your machine and checking your wheels regularly is a must. And if you’re still seeing problems after that, it might be time to consult a professional.
Your motor is overheating or turning off.
This often points to electrical malfunctions.
Checking your electrical connections regularly can prevent the motor from overheating and turning off and can prevent damage to your machine.
Your paper is tracking unevenly or shooting off.
This is usually a sign that your upper roller is dirty. If you haven’t blown it out recently, do so now!
Continuing to use your hardwood floor sander with a dirty upper roller can put a lot of wear and tear on both your upper roller and your drum, which will not only affect the quality of your work, but will shorten the life of your machine overall as well.
You’re getting vibration.
If your belts are worn out, you’ll start noticing vibrations in your machine. Good belt maintenance means tightening your belts before use and loosening them afterwards (not loosening belts during down time causes them to take the shape of the pulleys and wear out).
If you haven’t been doing this and your belts have seen better days, it might be time to take your machine in. Your service professional can check the belts, replace them if necessary, and make sure the tension has been set correctly.
You’re hearing new or different sounds.
Any changes in the sounds your machine makes or the way it’s operating can be a signal that something is off, such as your bearings being worn down and in need of replacement. Have your bearings checked at least once a year to stay on top of any issues.
Ideally, you should be cleaning out and maintaining your hardwood floor sander daily, but even on top of that it’s important to get your machine serviced by a professional at least once a year (or more if you’re seeing any of the issues above and can’t fix the problem yourself!).
If your machine is worn, cutting unevenly, or just not doing what you need it to do, bring it in. Staying on top of your hardwood floor equipment maintenance will keep your floors looking great and ensure that your (expensive!) machine lasts as long as it possibly can.