Pumping gas may be fairly straightforward, but actually maintaining a gas station is a little more complicated, especially when it doubles as a convenience store. If you run or own a gas station, there are a couple of things you should incorporate into your maintenance routine.
Check Your Gas Pumps Daily
Are the O-Rings of your nozzles worn out? Are there tears in the hoses? Are the pump displays working properly? Check your fuel dispensers daily, inside and out. If you see any problems, contact a gas station pump repair service as soon as possible.
Clean the Fuel Dispenser Area Regularly
Fuel spills, oil leaks, grime from the road… it’s no secret that things can get pretty dirty near the pumps. On top of that, dozens to hundreds of hands end up touching the nozzles, buttons and touchscreens of each individual gas pump, leaving behind all kinds of germs. Use a wet towel to wipe down the top of pumps—cleaning products also help—and hose down the bottom half (do not do the reverse!). Also hose down the sidewalks, unless there are gas spills, in which case an absorbent, e.g. baking soda and even kitty litter, is ideal.
Stay on Top of Your Inventory
It’s not uncommon for people visiting a gas station to want a little something extra, e.g. some snacks or a drink. Make an Excel document or find a customized system that allows you to take stock on all your items on a regular basis. That way, you’ll be sure to rarely run out of product.
Keep the Bathrooms Clean and Stocked
Though perhaps easily overlooked, it’s important to have your restrooms in good hygienic condition. Check every one or two hours to see if any cleaning needs to be done, or if toilet paper and paper towels need to be replaced.
Like most businesses, gas station management has many different components to keep track of. Sticking to a checklist like this one, however, can make keeping track of everything a breeze.