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Help Prevent Coronavirus Exposure by Properly Cleaning Equipment

Tech Tips - May 20

Help Prevent Coronavirus Exposure by Properly Cleaning Equipment

JLG Industries, Inc.
World-leading access equipment manufacturer
McConnellsburg, PA

With the onset and spread of coronavirus, heavy equipment cleaning has taken on a new importance. By properly cleaning your machines after each use, you can help protect customers and staff from exposure. The equipment washing guidelines in this post are meant to help you safely disinfect machines while maintaining the integrity of the units.


Recently, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to protect yourself from coronavirus through proper machine cleaning methods of your lift equipment. Before cleaning anything, make sure you read and understand all directions and hazards found and described on the labels and material safety data sheet of any chemical you plan to use. Ensure the cleaning agent/chemical is recommended for use on the intended surfaces. Because of the breadth of cleaning chemicals and tools, we can’t speak to the long-term effects of various cleaning agents on any specific machine components.


Recommended Equipment Cleaning Products
Help protect the health of your customers and staff by cleaning your machines between every use with the right chemicals and tools. To minimize any adverse effects on machine components during cleaning, we recommend using the following types of products:
  • Soap and water, used per Health Organization Guidelines
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol, such as isopropanol with a prepackaged wipe cloth
  • Non-bleach disinfecting wipes (preferred) or spray
We recommend avoiding the following products to prevent damage to sensitive components:
  • Solvent-based solutions
  • Abrasive cleaners
Cleaning Monitors & Equipment Displays
When considering how to stay safe from coronavirus, it’s important to remember to clean monitors and displays that are in close proximity to equipment operators. These areas of your equipment require additional precautions. For example, don’t scrub or use brushes on the display window, and avoid the use of abrasive cleaners or solvents that may damage the display window. We recommend the following methods for cleaning heavy equipment displays:
  1. Turn the machine off.
  2. Use a fresh sponge or a soft cloth to clean the display with a mild soap or detergent, or with products deemed safe for monitors and displays.
  3. To avoid water spots, dry the display with a chamois or clean towel.
Help protect against coronavirus with proper heavy equipment cleaning
Further Cleaning Considerations for Heavy Equipment
If you have additional concerns about the proper methods and tools for disinfecting machinery for coronavirus protection, we recommend using the guidelines set forth and explained by the CDC and WHO. By following these guidelines, you’re helping to protect both customers and staff from exposure to coronavirus.


You can find more safety guidelines and enhanced features for your lift equipment here.


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