Whenever I am asked this question, I cannot help but think back to the time that I put a plastic Soda Sense bottle into my dishwasher thinking it would be okay. Now, if you have one of these machines, you know they charge you about 10 times what the bottle is actually worth because they are specifically designed to work with the Soda Sense machine. Much to my chagrin, when I opened the dishwasher, the bottle was mangled and unusable. I “assumed” the heavy plastic would hold up, and I was very much wrong.
The point of which is that we have to be very careful when putting plastics into cleaning machines for this very reason. Even though they may seem durable, the heat and cleaning agent may hurt the integrity of the item in the machine.
This is why, if you have to regularly clean plastics, we are going to recommend using an ultrasonic cleaner.
The Challenges of Cleaning Plastics
In many different industries, cleaning plastic parts is the nature of business. The food service industry is a perfect example of this. These parts are generally made of harder components, so they are in no danger of being harmed in our tanks. Having said that, we recommend having a conversation with one of our team members to ensure you are getting the proper settings and cleaning detergent for the tank so the parts are cleaned without being harmed.
If you have ever used plastic parts, you know they tend to grip contaminants, making them much harder to clean. This makes them ideal for an ultrasonic cleaner, as our cleaning process uses cavitation to create microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface and crevices of the components, ensuring every contaminant is removed.
If you have plastic components, we highly recommend discussing your cleaning options with an expert member of our team. Our team members can discuss the type of components that will be cleaned to see which one of our Omegasonics industrial ultrasonic washers will work best for your business, as well as helping you choose the proper cleaning agents. If we don’t have a “standard” machine, there is also the option of a custom-built machine specifically to meet your needs. Give us a call at 888-989-5560, or you can request a custom quote on our website (click here).