Keep Your Cab in Tip-Top Shape: Elevator Cab Interior Maintenance Checklist [Free Download]

Most elevators often have maintenance contracts, as after all, they are specialized equipment. When we think of elevator maintenance, we think of ensuring that all moving parts are up to date and working as they should. 


Still, there are many steps you can take during day-to-day routine maintenance to ensure that your unique elevator cab interiors remain in tip-top shape.


Considering that many people spend time in elevators avoiding eye contact with others or twiddling their thumbs, it’s important to make sure that your elevator cab interior represents your organization well. Clean walls and well-polished floors are important here.


So how do we keep our own elevator cab interiors shiny and new? Let’s take a look.


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General Elevator Cab Interior Maintenance

There are a few simple things you can do to maintain an impressive elevator interior to dazzle guests. This is our top five suggestions for things you can do to keep your elevator interior stunning as the day you got it.


  1. Keep elevator cab noticeboards up to date
    This might feel like a small detail, but nothing screams “neglected” more than a year-old notice yellowing in a noticeboard, or a digital sign that hasn’t been updated to reflect the current events. 

  2. Use wall protection pads in your elevator cab when necessary. 
    If your elevator is being used to move any equipment, furniture, or other large or bulky items, consider using elevator wall protection pads to keep your interior safe from scratches and dings that happen on accident.

  3. Make sure your car operating panel is working properly.
    Check for jammed or malfunctioning buttons in your elevator and keep an eye out for any lingering dirt or debris stuck around the edges. If you find any issues with your elevator buttons, call in for professional maintenance to avoid further damages.

  4. Don’t forget about the entrance to your elevator cab. 
    This can include the doorframe in the entryway that might need an updated coat of paint, or about cleaning any stainless steel, as many elevators have stainless steel entrance doors and frames.

  5. Check your elevators regularly. 
    Make sure everything is working as it should, including light fixtures and the lights in the control panel, and that the emergency phone is connected. This is an easy way to make sure you and your guests stay safe.

General Elevator Cab Interior Cleaning

Elevators are high-contact places, which makes regular cleaning imperative. Not only will this help achieve that fresh and hygienic first impression, but it keeps your passengers healthy and safe from viruses or infections.

When cleaning your elevator cab interior, bear in mind that not just any old chemical cleaner will be a great idea. It’s best to avoid anything abrasive and if you are unsure, do not hesitate to check with your elevator manufacturer on whether you are able to use a particular type of cleaner. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the different elevator surfaces and how to keep them clean.

    1. Stainless steel elevator surfaces
      Modern commercial elevator cab interiors today have many stainless steel surfaces, whether it’s the control panel, handrails, or the doors and walls themselves. These are all parts of the elevator interior that guests will put their fingers on, so it’s no surprise that the most effective way to clean these surfaces is by using a non-toxic, non-aerosol, pH-neutral, bleach-free and ammonia-free cleaner that has strong degreasing abilities. Pair it with a soft rag or microfibre towel in order not to scratch the stainless steel.
    2. Elevator floors 
      This may be a no-brainer to some, but to others it may be less obvious that floor material has a lot to do with how you keep elevator floors clean. Make sure floors are swept regularly to remove debris and if necessary, either polished or vacuumed to keep clean and dirt-free. Elevator door sill tracks should also be regularly vacuumed to ensure debris does not build up and affect the movement of the door to avoid potentially costly calls from your maintenance contractor. Depending on the use case of your elevator and the climate where you live, this may require more regular maintenance in some buildings than others. If rugs are placed in the elevator during winter, make sure they are regularly changed to keep the interior looking clean and avoid the build-up of winter salt and debris.
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    1. Elevator mirrors
      Some elevator interiors have tall mirrors — these are easy to maintain much like any other commercial glass or mirror surface, by using a glass cleaner and some lint-free material, or even just soap, water, and a squeegee. 
    2. Elevator buttons
      Finally, take care when disinfecting elevator buttons. You need to make sure you’re using the right kind of cleaner because many buttons are sensitive to different types of solutions. Dupar Controls warns against using abrasive cleaning agents or sharp objects when cleaning buttons to avoid damage. Buttons have many moving parts and one wrong spray can lead directly inside the components of the control panel. This is why you should never spray cleaning solution directly onto the buttons themselves, but instead onto the cleaning cloth or tool you are using. 

Today, keeping our elevator cab interiors clean is critical as we try to curb the spread of COVID-19. This is especially crucial with elevator buttons as they are high-touch surfaces. In many scenarios, elevators are indispensable vehicles for travel, and we must do our due diligence to ensure that all our guests feel safe and that our spaces are sanitized and disinfected as best we can.

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Elevator cab interior maintenance goes beyond keeping a clean surface though, and sometimes it’s important to understand when to throw in the towel. When your cab interiors are starting to show age in the form of scuffs, cracks, or fixtures falling apart, it may be time for a professional repair or upgrade.

K Elevator is here to help you determine your elevator cab interior needs and can help design a custom solution to fit your unique scenario. Contact K Elevator today to get a quote on a brand new elevator cab interior that will inspire you to keep clean.

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