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Three Pitfalls To Avoid While Maintaining Your New Elevator

by Sara Cook

If your building frequently has a large number of people walking through it, an elevator is all but necessary to keep your normal stairs from getting completely congested. But while modern elevators are very safe and durable, there are still many ways you can mess up with them. So make sure that you understand and avoid these three elevator maintenance pitfalls.

Cleaning The Buttons With A Corrosive Cleaner

Elevator buttons are made to be resistant to the oil coating human fingers. But using a corrosive cleaner will slowly degrade the protective outer layer on the buttons and leave them vulnerable to breaking entirely.

So when you go to clean your elevator buttons, only use a small napkin or towel. A couple of light swipes should be all that's necessary to clean off any dust or debris that's accumulated.

Painting The Door

Elevator doors are generally designed with their original coat of paint in mind. If you add enough paint to the mix to make your door appreciably thicker, the extra paint will get ground against the rubber frame around your elevator, slowing down operations. In some cases, new paint will even make the door stick to the frame entirely while people are inside the carriage.

If you really want to apply a new coat of paint, consult an elevator mechanic to see how big of a risk your rubber frame will pose. If the risk is too great, the mechanic will be able to raise the frame off from the wall far enough to make additional paint a viable option.

Not Warming Up The Carriage At The Start Of A New Day

Every morning that you plan to run your elevator, you should first send it up and down the length of the building once in order to warm up the parts inside and get the oil flowing fully throughout the machine. This practice both reduces the risk of accidents and makes any morning elevator rides smooth and enjoyable experiences.

Of course, you don't absolutely have to warm up your elevator. And if there's people already waiting for a ride by the time you get around to doing it, it might not be worth it. But since your elevator only has to go a short distance, the small time and power investment usually provides a worthwhile payoff.

An elevator is one of the most dynamic and interesting parts of a typical building's architecture. Don't throw away your ability to provide your passengers with a great elevator ride because you don't want to follow a few maintenance guidelines.