The BIG Four

There are four basic variables that, combined, establish the success or failure of any industrial cleaning process.  The variables are Time, Temperature, Chemistry and Agitation.  Although there may be additional variables – things like fixture design and variations in the process prior to cleaning – which can have major impact and, in fact, make or …

What is “Spot Free” All About?

Many cleaning specifications call for “Spot Free Drying.” I have always taken this to mean that there should be no visible water (or other) spots on the parts once they exit the cleaning process. The offending spots are usually created when water evaporates leaving behind a solid residue. The resulting residues or spots are cosmetically …

Neutral Ground

The use of some kind of chemistry is an important and unavoidable part of most industrial cleaning processes.  Chemistries can remain effective for as little as a few hours or as long as a year or more depending on the chemistry and how it is used.  In the end, however, cleaning chemistry must be disposed …

Get a Move On

There’s an old adage – “One Hand Washes the Other.”  Although this adage is seldom applied to cleaning technology, it certainly could be.  In fact, most successful cleaning consists of a combination of chemistry (soap, solvent or whatever) and some kind of added mechanical force to enhance or enable the cleaning process.  If one could …