Ultrasonic cleaners are the most effective and modern way to clean fire/water- damaged contents today. However, before the invention of ultrasound, people had to use alternative methods to restore and renovate damaged items. Restoration cleaning has undergone some very interesting changes in its history; here are some of the highlights.
Old School Contents and Parts Restoration
Baking Soda – Baking soda was used as a viable method of cleaning back in the 1980’s and was used in the renovation of the Statue of Liberty. Baking soda was used as a way to quickly and safely clean the interior of the statue while not damaging its metal structure. It was also used as a way of neutralizing soot and char odors. In fact, baking soda is still used to clean many things today, which is why you can find the ingredient in toothpaste, scent sanitizers, soaps and more.
Dry Ice – Years ago, the airline industry needed to develop a cleaning process that did not cause any profile in the metal or leave behind any residue. Dry ice blasters were used as a way to solve this problem. It can be as effective as baking soda, but not nearly as fast. However, it was a logical choice for the airline companies because dry ice was dust free.
Ground Corn – Along time ago, ground corn cobb was used as an alternative to remove char, dust and dirt from most surfaces. This method though, did not really take off as a legitimate way of cleaning. Unlike baking soda, it could potentially scratch certain surfaces and did not have adequate odor killing properties.
The restoration industry is no stranger to new technologies. With the passage of time, newer and more efficient methods continue to be developed. These methods will decrease cleaning time, improve effectiveness and eliminate unnecessary costs. In today’s world of contents and parts restoration cleaning, ultrasonic cleaning is faster, safer and more powerful than anything previously used. As with most industries, change tends to come slowly. If you want to stay ahead of the curve and out do your competitors, ultrasonic cleaning is where you need to be.