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Keeping Your Retractable Bollards in Top Condition: A Complete Maintenance Guide

Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Retractable Bollards

Retractable Bollards by Sloan Security Group
Retractable Bollards by Sloan Security Group


Retractable Bollards play a critical role in physical security, traffic management, and access control in various settings like Corporate Campuses, Data Centers, Stadiums, and public gathering spaces. To ensure active bollard's effectiveness and longevity, routine maintenance is essential. Regular upkeep not only extends the lifespan of Retractable Bollards but also ensures they operate optimally when you need them most. In this article, we will cover the key aspects of preventative maintenance required for Retractable Bollards.

1) Bollard Cleaning and Inspection

Regular cleaning and visual inspections are fundamental maintenance tasks for Retractable Bollards. Dust, dirt, leaves, and other debris can accumulate around Bollards, affecting their movement and overall performance.

Retractable Bollard Maintenance
Retractable Bollard Maintenance


Use a mild detergent or cleaning solution and water to clean the bollards and their surrounding area. Avoid abrasive cleaners that could damage the surface. Contact a bollard maintenance company, like Sloan Security Group for the best cleaning solution and instructions and a checklist for your specific brand of bollards.


Regularly inspect the Retractable Bollards for noticeable signs of wear, rust, or damage. Look for any irregular movements, and listen for unusual sounds or issues with the retraction mechanism. If something seems to be operating poorly, contact a trained technician to create a resolution plan.

Retractable Bollard Lubrication
Retractable Bollard Lubrication

2) Bollard Lubrication

Proper lubrication is crucial to ensure smooth operation and prevent friction-related issues of Bollards. Leaving active bollards untreated with lubricants will dramatically reduce their life and efficiency.

Lubrication Points

Identify all the moving parts and hinges that will require lubrication. Check the manufacturer's user manual for more details and lubricant recommendations. Apply a recommended lubricant to these points to prevent rust, and corrosion, and to ensure smooth movement.


Lubricate the bollards according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Typically, this might be every few months, but it can vary based on mechanism, usage, and environmental conditions.

Automated Bollard Testing
Automated Bollard Testing

3) Operation Testing

Regularly testing the functionality of retractable bollards is essential for identifying potential issues before they become major problems.

Manual Operation

If your bollards have a manual operation mode, periodically test them to ensure they can be raised and lowered smoothly.

Automated Operation

If the bollards are automated, conduct tests using the control system to make sure they respond correctly to commands.

4) Rust Prevention and Bollard Surface Protection

Retractable bollards are often exposed to the elements, making them susceptible to rust and corrosion. Proper care can significantly extend their lifespan.

Stainless Steel Bollard Surface Cleaning
Stainless Steel Bollard Surface Cleaning

Surface Cleaning

Remove dirt and grime regularly to prevent rust formation. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the bollards and remove any moisture.

Rust Removal

If you notice rust spots, use a rust remover and a brush to gently remove the rust. Afterward, apply a rust-resistant coating to prevent further corrosion. Rust removal and cleaning services are available through professional bollard maintenance companies like Sloan Security Group.

5) Professional Bollard Maintenance

While routine maintenance can be handled in-house, certified technicians like Sloan Security Group can assist and take out any of the guesswork or internal training.

Annual Inspection

Consider arranging for a monthly, quarterly, or annual inspection by a trained technician. They can identify any underlying issues and perform maintenance tasks that require specialized knowledge, tools, and expertise.

Sloan Security Group - Trained Technicians
Sloan Security Group - Trained Technicians

Complex Repairs

If you encounter complex mechanical issues, it's advisable to consult a professional technician for repairs. Attempting to fix intricate problems without expertise could lead to further damage, additional downtime, and unnecessary costs.

6) Winter Bollard Precautions

In colder climates, special attention is needed to prevent freezing and ensure the bollards operate smoothly in icy and snowy conditions.


Before winter sets in, apply a de-icing solution around the bollards to prevent them from freezing to the ground and leaving them inoperable.

Regular Testing

During winter, it is especially critical to regularly test Retractable Bollards to ensure they are operational at any time. Snow and ice buildup should be cleared before activating to prevent obstructions and possible mechanical damage.

Reduce Downtime. Maximize Performance.
Reduce Downtime. Maximize Performance.


A proper maintenance plan is the key to ensuring the longevity and functionality of Retractable Bollards. By following a structured maintenance routine that includes cleaning, lubrication, testing, and professional servicing, you can guarantee that these security and access control devices continue to perform their intended use effectively. Regular care not only extends their lifespan but also contributes to the overall safety and security of the premises where they are installed.

If you have questions about Retractable Bollards or need design or maintenance assistance, please contact us.

About Sloan Security Group, Inc. Sloan is quickly becoming the global leader in safe and effective perimeter security for distinctive brands and institutions such as Facebook (Meta), DoD, and DoS. Sloan specializes in vehicle barriers, access control, and intrusion detection.

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Sloan Security Group, Inc.

6828 W. Melrose St.

Boise, ID 83709

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