• David Lilja

Do you know how to properly clean your elevator?

1. Disinfecting

Disinfecting your elevator should be a priority. It is critical that it is done properly so as not to create any damage to your electrical and mechanical components that could cause costly repairs. 

Avoid using alcohol-based cleaners directly on elevator buttons, as they will become brittle. Avoid sponges as the excess moisture will damage your elevator’s electronic components. Lysol sprayed on a microfiber towel or Lysol wipes can be used in a limited capacity. Do NOT use bleach-based products as they will cause damage to polycarbonate fixtures. 

2. Cleaning Sills, Tracks, Doors & Walls

Sills: Tracks between the elevator doors are magnets for dirt, dust,debrisand germs.Build up canalso give your elevator doors trouble operating properly over time. Sweep out or vacuum out the tracks in between the doors daily, then use anon-abrasivecleaner on the stainless steel and get between the tracks. 

Elevator Doors: To properly clean the doors use only a non-abrasive cleaner to remove dirt, dust and any spots. Most commercial elevator doors are stainless steel. Use stainless steel cleaning agents to remove any debris and give the doors a shine. 

Interior Walls: Use only non-abrasive,non-corrosive cleaners. If the walls are stainless use the same cleaning method as used to clean the doors.  For laminate and other interior wall types, spray with a solution of no more 70% alcohol and simply wipe down with a micro fiber cloth. 

DoNOT use any solutions that have strong odors as your tenants will not appreciate the cleaning agent smell.

3. Floors

It is important to clean your elevator floors on a daily basis and the process depends on the type of flooring. 

Carpeted Floors: Use a vacuum or brush to remove the dirt and debris. These types of floors trap dirt, dust and grime and by using a brushorvacuum combined with an industrial floor cleaner, can helpprevent passengers from tracking the dirt and out of the elevator.

Polished Tile or Stainless Steel: Like the stainless doors this type of flooring should be cleaned with a non-abrasive, non-corrosive cleaner applied with a Swiffer-type mop.Do not use products that polish as your floor will become slippery and will become a hazard.

4. Light Fixtures and Panel Buttons

Elevator Buttons: The elevator buttons should be the last item you clean in your elevator cab and should never be sprayed with any type of solution or liquid. You can use an antibacterial solution or the 70% alcohol mixture. Spray a microfiber cloth and wipe down elevator buttons removing any trapped dirt. Be careful not to allow excesscleanerto seep into the buttons.

Lighting Fixtures: Many elevators today have LED recessed lighting with a stainless steel ceiling. Again, you never want to spray these surfaces directly.Use your microfiber cloth to wipe down the lighting surfaces and ceiling.You can also use a vacuum wand to remove dirt, dust and other debrisfrom ceiling surfaces. 

How Professional Elevator Inspections Can Help:

We are a full service, 3rd party elevator conveyance inspection and consulting firm, who specializes in representing conveyance owners and property managers in the following services: 

  • Elevator inspections

  • Maintenance audits & performance reviews

  • Witness tests & acceptances

  • Ongoing management review as an owner’s agent

  • New construction design

  • Capital expenditure planning 

  • Modernization planning, review & design 

  • Cleaning and sanitization consulting

Professional Elevator Inspections, Inc. 

1017 S. Boulder Rd. Suite F

Louisville, CO 80027

Phone: 720-641-1300


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