Detergents Clean - But There's More To The Story!
Soap also referred to as Detergent has a purpose, and a very important one; to chemically break the bond between dirt and the surface. It starts when the molecules of oil and grease attach themselves to dirt and keep them bound to the surface. Detergents use “softening agents”, technically referred to as “surfactants” (a.k.a. surface active reagents) to emulsify the oil and grease. This is the “process” in which two or more immiscible liquids, like oil and water no longer repel each other but actually mix. Once the oil and water are able to mix forming an emulsion, the dirt-still clinging to the oil and grease-is carried away in the wash water.
Unlike so-called "economy" products, specialized high-end detergents are designed specifically for high-pressure, high-temperature cleaning, thus becoming more effective as temperatures increase. Inferior detergents begin to decompose under high temperature and pressure. Remember detergents work with cold water too!
Specialized high end detergents are super concentrated. They’re designed to blend with water in ratios up to 150 parts of water to 1 part of detergent. Compare that to economy brands and you’ll see why detergents can go a long way while keeping operating costs low. Remember to think about buying in bulk, it may be the best solution! From 5-gallon and 55-gallon drums to bulk packs which store 275-300 gallons of concentrate, a little goes a long way!
PRESERVES YOUR EQUIPMENT INVESTMENT!
Using inferior "economy" detergents allows lime and hard water deposits to build up inside of pipes and system components in hard-water environments. The result is reduced performance and energy efficiency, higher maintenance costs and shorter equipment life. Most specialized high end detergents contain exclusive Continuous Clean (CC) additives, which help prevent lime and soap buildup. In addition, they contain corrosion inhibitors that not only help protect the internal parts of your equipment, but also help protect metal surfaces of the equipment being cleaned.
Good high end specialized detergents have no unpleasant odors, and they’re biodegradable, so they’re safe for the environment. Check for USDA approval and environmental/safety compliance.
Detergent strengths and types will vary depending on application. Hot water used in conjunction with a specialized detergent will remove grease, dirt and grime more so than cold water. Hot water also brings together a perfect balance of all three of these key elements – heat, agitation and soap to deliver a pressure cleaning knockout punch! If cleaning engines, automotive parts, or anything with oil or grease hot water is the way to go. On the other hand, if you are simply blasting away sand, caked-on mud or stripping paint, a cold water pressure combined with a detergent can be very effective as well.
Whatever the mess, let the detergent do the work!