Cleaning Equipment - A to Z
Published on Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Just like any other artisan at work, cleaning technicians need tools and equipment to perform their jobs. Their tools are as varied as their techniques, but regardless of what techniques cleaning technicians use, they do have some kinds of cleaning equipment that they use in common.
Here are some of the common tools and equipment used by cleaning technicians.
* Cleaning cart. The cleaning cart is an indispensible tool for cleaning technicians. It holds all the small tools that cleaning technicians need to do their work as they go about the area they are cleaning.
* Dusters. Dusters, as their name implies, are used to remove dust from surfaces. Feather dusters gather thin layers of dust upon surfaces, whilst tall dusters are used to remove dust from highly elevated surfaces such as ceiling moulds. Dusting cloths are for cleaning intricate surfaces like carvings on a piece of furniture. Some forms of stubborn dust are worked upon with chamois cloth.
* Extractors. Extractors are used for cleaning carpets, rugs and upholstery. They work like vacuum cleaners in that they suck the dirt right from between the fibres of the fabric being cleaned.
* Garbage can. The garbage can is the repository of all the waste materials that cleaning technicians collect in the course of their work. They are always lined so the contents can easily be disposed of.
* Ladder. Ladders are invaluable in helping cleaning technicians reach areas and surfaces that are placed too high, such as ceiling moulds, chandeliers and the top of bookshelves.
* Mops. Mops are used for cleaning floors. Dust mops are dry mops used for removing dust from uncarpeted floors, where abrasive particles may damage the finish of the floor. Wet mops are for washing and disinfecting floors with floor cleaners, and they usually come with mop wringers that help in removing excess moisture from the mop. Mop buckets are also essential mop companions, used in holding them and especially for preventing wet mops from dripping onto newly cleaned floor.
* Spotters. Spotters are called thus because they are used for removing stains from carpeting on the spot. They are like vacuum cleaners.
* Squeegee. Squeegees, both for the floor and for exterior windows, are meant to catch moisture which is created when stubborn and deep-seated dirt is treated with liquid cleaners.
* Steam cleaners. Steam cleaners are vacuum-like machines that loosen dirt from the fibres of carpets, rugs, upholstery and draperies and suck them back into the machine.
* Strippers. Strippers are machines that scrub dirt and abrasions off parquet flooring and restore them to their original condition. More news