Be Careful When Cleaning Equipment

Keeping your equipment clean not only leaves a good impression with the customer, but can also help preserve the life and performance of your equipment. Interestingly, improper cleaning procedures may do more harm than good.

"I personally prefer compressed air," says Jay Gaskins of STI-Turf Care Equipment, with outlets in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. "A backpack or handheld blower also works nicely.

"If you pressure wash your machine, be sure not to wash electrical components, wires or anywhere grease goes. I've seen many blade spindles that rusted from the inside out and failed due to pressure washing too close to the seals. Also, remember that when you add water to metal, you'll eventually get rust."