Keeping Your Elevators Clean and Safe During Coronavirus

Technician disinfecting buttons of the elevator

Protect your Elevator through Disinfectants 

Covid-19 has changed how we operate our businesses. One of the highest-traffic areas in our buildings is the elevator. Requiring people to push buttons and share confined spaces can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. In this blog, we’ll go over some ways to disinfect your elevators, keeping your patrons safe, while maintaining the integrity of your elevator’s electrical components. 

Covid-19 Protection and Cleaning Tips for Your Elevator

Necessary cleaning for your elevator includes:

  • Avoid bleach-based cleaner because bleach reacts badly to the Polycarbonate fixtures.
  • Avoid sponges because they may carry bacteria, and the excessive moisture may damage the elevator’s electronic components.
  • Do not spray cleaner directly on elevator components. Instead, spray the cleaner to a paper towel or cleaning rag then wipe down the elevator buttons. 
  • Avoid spraying alcohol-based cleaners directly onto elevator buttons as they can damage lacquered surfaces and plastic components. 

How to Clean the Elevator Sills and Tracks

Spills, dust, and debris collect in the tracks between the elevator doors at every landing in the building. Try using a vacuum to collect waste, then use a cleaner to wipe away smaller debris. Get in between the tracks in the door threads. Be sure the elevator is stopped and locked to prevent movement during the cleaning. 

How to Clean the Elevator Pit

Always be sure to contact a certified elevator technician before attempting to clean the elevator pit so that they can be sure the elevator is locked correctly. Trash, dust, and debris often fall through the elevator doors’ cracks and accumulate in the elevator pit. The accumulation of more considerable waste can, over time, affect the elevator’s moving parts. When a certified elevator technician has adequately locked the elevator, remove the more considerable waste from the elevator pit, then use a vacuum to remove the dust and debris. 

How to Clean Panel Buttons and Light Fixtures

Be sure to lock the elevator before cleaning the panel buttons to avoid accidental button presses. Then, use an antibacterial cleaner on the buttons, not spray the cleaner on the buttons directly. Follow up with a microfiber cloth to help remove trapped dust and other debris trapped in and around the buttons. You can also use the microfiber cloth to clean the light fixtures in the elevator. 

 

Don’t Overlook the Key Evacuation and Safety Proceedures for your Building. Hurricane-Proof your Elevator Today!

Palm trees and Hurricane winds
Floridians are well-versed in Hurricane preparedness, but one of the often overlooked and crucial safety procedures is making sure your building’s elevators are hurricane-ready. Hurricane season is here, don’t wait until it’s too late to take the necessary steps to secure your building. Water damage is costly, and if your elevator is out of commission, so is your building.

Here are the easy pre-storm checks that ECI America can perform to keep your elevator safe and dry.

  • Assume rising water will creep into your building’s elevator system. Stop elevator cabs in the center of the hoistway to prevent possible flooding and further damage.
  • Check alarms,  float switches, and pumps in elevator pits along with routine safety and maintenance checks.
  • Secure doors and hatches with weather stripping as well as choosing any vents or exposed openings to the outdoors.
  • Test emergency lights and emergency phones to be sure that safety features are working properly in the event of power surges and outages.
  • Check generators and auxiliary power supplies have adequate fuel and charges available in case of a power outage.
  • Did you know that there are a lot of upgrades that can be made to ensure your elevator isn’t affected by power outages? ECI has all of the parts and supplies you need to keep the heart of your building functional during a hurricane.