Ultrasonic cleaning uses microscopic, high-powered bubbles in a liquid medium to remove contaminants from industrial parts and sensitive equipment. The idea is that you soak a workpiece in the liquid and the bubbles act over several minutes to remove dirt, grease, oxidation, and grime from the surface of a part. Today, JAYCO Cleaning Technologies discusses the various chemical solutions you can use with ultrasonic cleaning tanks for the best possible results.
A pH-neutral agent, such as a non-ionic wetting agent or deionized water, is a gentle liquid without any floating particles in it whatsoever. In general, you mix a wetting agent with water for best results. This type of cleanser is for removing light oils, particulates, airborne soils, and fingerprints. The surfactants in a pH-neutral agent reduce the potency and power of the cavitation bubbles, thereby making this chemical suitable for sensitive equipment that needs a thorough washing in ultrasonic cleaning. Deionized water is perfect for almost any type of surface material, and it also works well on its own.
All-purpose detergents for ultrasonic cleaners have an extremely basic pH, close to 13.0, that work as you would expect. Powerful cleansers work on grease, dust, dirt, and fingerprints. These cleansers often come in concentrated bottles and should be handled with care when diluting with water. Concentrated cleansers are economical in that a little goes a long way, whether you need a gallon bottle or a 55-gallon drum for your ultrasonic cleaning equipment.
Degreasers disperse oils and petroleum-based contaminants. These ultrasonic cleaning agents are perfect for automobile parts, hydraulic parts, or parts for factory equipment that require oil or grease for lubrication. Over time, these lubricants can build up within parts and make them less efficient. Cleaning them with a degreasing agent in an ultrasonic cleaning tank returns these parts to top condition.
Alkaline and acid cleaners have exact pH factors for precise ultrasonic cleaning regimens. For example, an acid wash may help remove oxidation or scale from metals. However, these cleaning agents may need inhibitors to protect the actual metal itself from corrosion by the acid. On the other hand, alkaline solutions are great for metals, glass, ceramics, and plastics.
Enzyme cleaners remove protein-based contaminants from parts, such as those found in the medical or food industries. Enzyme agents work in concert with ultrasonic cleaning equipment to wash away debris from metals, glass, and plastic found in laboratory settings, but also from factory parts that process food. Enzyme cleaners do not sterilize equipment from bacteria and microorganisms. However, they do wash parts and laboratory equipment before sterilization to improve this germ-killing process.
JAYCO Cleaning Technologies has the right chemical products to make your ultrasonic cleaning equipment as efficient as possible while also achieving the desired results. We have broad-based cleansers, solvent alternatives, high-performance soil removers, and agents that increase the life of your tanks. Call us today at (513) 737-9600 or contact us online to start the discussion.