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How to properly clean a commercial elevator

Dru Brooks

Keep your building healthy & clean

Is your commercial elevator being properly cleaned? Most commercial elevators feature stainless steel construction, an extremely durable metal that generally requires minimal upkeep. However, every elevator owner should know how to properly clean elevators to ensure safe operation and a clean environment for elevator passengers. Since so many people could use an elevator on any given day, routine thorough cleaning can help slow the spread of bacteria and disease.


Elevator owners should know the different vital sections of their commercial elevators and how to clean them correctly. 

Cleaning the Sills and Tracks

The tracks between the sets of elevator doors at every landing in your building are ideal places for spills, dust, and debris to collect. Small particles like pieces of dirt, pine needles, or even small rocks can accumulate in elevator door treads. Use a vacuum device to remove large particles and dust, then use a non-abrasive cleaner to clean away the stainless steel. Be sure to get in between the cracks in the door treads and always ensure the elevator has completely stopped and lock it to prevent it from moving while cleaning door tracks.

Cleaning the Elevator Pit

Pit cleaning should never be attempted without a certified elevator technician present to assure proper lock out of the elevator. You may not expect to see trash in your elevator pit, but this is very common in many types of buildings. Trash, dust, and debris can fall through cracks between the elevator doors and accumulate in the pit below the elevator cab. Over time, this may interfere with the elevator’s moving parts. Remove trash and use a vacuum device to remove dust and dirt accumulation. Regular pit cleaning can also help prevent pest infestations that may enter the elevator pit to get at the fallen trash. 

Cleaning Doors and Walls

Most commercial elevators will have stainless steel walls and doors. Ensure the elevator has stopped completely and use a non-abrasive cleaner to remove dust and mess from stainless steel. You can also use specialized stainless steel cleaning agents to remove water spots and give stainless steel a clean and polished shine. When it’s time to clean the interior walls, use non-corrosive cleaners that do not leave behind strong smells; your elevator passengers will not enjoy a ride in a stuffy elevator with lingering cleaning agent smell. 

Cleaning the Floors and Mirrors

Depending on the type of elevator floors you have, you may need to brush and vacuum carpeted floors or clean and polish tiled or steel floors. Again, non-abrasive and non-corrosive cleaners are the best options here. Many commercial elevators have low-rise carpeting that can trap dust, dirt, and grime, and a powerful cleaner can prevent passengers from tracking these things out of the elevator. 

Cleaning Light Fixtures and Panel Buttons

To finish cleaning your elevator, the light fixtures and buttons on the control panel should come last. You can lock the elevator to prevent it from responding to accidental button presses. Use an antibacterial cleaning agent on the elevator buttons, being careful not to spray any cleaner directly on to the buttons that may seep inside the control panel and damage internal components. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the buttons and the panel, removing trapped dirt, dust, hair, and other bits stuck around the buttons. Microfiber cloths are also great for cleaning dust and dirt from light fixtures inside the elevator.

Cleaning your commercial elevator is just one part of proper elevator maintenance. For more advanced elevator issues, installations, repairs, maintenance, and more, contact Liberty Elevator today to see how we can help.

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