Ultrasonic cleaners have become very popular as a way to quickly and efficiently clean various guns. They remove dirt and debris very quickly, taking a process that can take some people hours and knock it down to only a few minutes. For that very reason, we are seeing more and more gun shops use this for their gun cleaning services. They can keep turnaround time to a minimum, allowing them to service more guns, and improving the business’ overall bottom line.
Since they are becoming more popular on this front, we thought it would be a great idea to do another article on what you can and cannot do with an ultrasonic cleaner when it comes to cleaning your firearms.
Cleaning a Firearm
If you are used to cleaning a gun manually, you know how painstaking this process can be for those not so familiar with the routine. I have a veteran friend who can strip his weapon down, clean it, and have it back together again in less than 15 minutes. I also have friends that only use their weapons occasionally and take more than two hours to clean. I realize that is an extreme case, but you get my understanding.
Over and above time, the manual methods used, such as brushes, sprays, and pads, are not likely to penetrate every crack and crevice of the weapon, so while it may be clean to the naked eye, there are likely contaminants that were left behind.
An ultrasonic cleaner’s cavitation creates microscopic bubbles that penetrate every surface, crack, and crevice of the firearm so that the cleaning solution will remove every little speck, no matter how small, making this a far more effective way to clean the weapon.
What You Should DO
Even though an ultrasonic cleaner is very effective at cleaning, you will still have to field strip the weapon before cleaning it. You will find that it cleans the small parts of the weapon very effectively which presents a challenge when manually cleaning.
After the cleaning process is over, you should rinse, dry, and lubricate the various components of the gun. You should do this within a few minutes of the cleaning process being completed to avoid any contaminants getting into those components as well as keep the gun rust-free.
The final “do” here would be to consult with an expert member of our team to ensure you are using the proper setting, temperature, and cleaning agent for your machine.
What You Should NOT DO
The big no-no here is using flammable solvents to clean the gun in an ultrasonic cleaner. Our gun cleaning solutions are water-based, which is obviously far safer.
To help, we also have this video that fully explains how to clean a gun with an Omegasonics ultrasonic cleaner…
If you have any other questions or would like to talk to a member of our team about ordering a tank, please give us a call at 888-989-5560.