Water-based, or “aqueous” cleaners, have become more popular in recent years. More importantly, they have become more powerful and more effective. That was not always the case when they first hit the market. I can remember “green” cleaning products that did almost nothing, or that had to be applied in such quantity that you would use almost a full bottle of cleaner where a few sprays did the job for other cleaners.
Today, the industry has it figured out, with virtually no cleaning difference between aqueous and chemical cleaners. There is still one major difference, however. That, of course, being that you no longer have to fear the environmental damage being done by the runoff of your cleaning agents. Of course, you will still need to take proper care when disposing of some cleaning products after use based on the items being cleaned. For instance, if you are cleaning auto parts or machine parts that were coated in grease and debris, you would still want to dispose of the waste properly.
Heat application is one of the bigger differences between aqueous and chemical cleaners in terms of effectiveness. One of the benefits of using water-based cleaners with an Omegasonics ultrasonic cleaner is the temperature settings can be tweaked to ensure you are getting the best results from your cleaning solution. This is why we always recommend consulting with our staff prior to purchasing any products. Our team of experts can help you dial in the most effective settings and temperatures to ensure your equipment is cleaned properly when using an ultrasonic cleaner.
Another thing to consider here is that the flashpoint for water-based cleaners will be significantly higher, if it exists at all (many water-based cleaners are not flammable at all). If you working in an environment with an exposed flame or high heat, this should definitely be a consideration.
Unlike many “green” products, aqueous cleaning solutions are not overly expensive compared to chemical solvents. In fact, in many cases, you will find they are less, far less. This is because of the main ingredient… water. With no expensive chemicals in the mix, these cleaners are now more affordable than ever. When you are talking about tank cleaning, such as you will be doing with an ultrasonic cleaner, the cost of the cleanser itself is generally your biggest overhead cost. By using water-based cleaners, you reduce that cost, thereby increasing your bottom line.
Additionally, as we mentioned above, there is the disposal factor. If you use dangerous chemicals, they often have to be stored in very specific containers, even after use, then disposed of, often by using a special service for the disposal. This all adds to your overhead costs, decreasing the bottom line.
This can be a major factor on a variety of levels. If you have ever worked in an environment where chemical-based cleaners are used, you know there are very strict procedures for storing and handling cleaning supplies. This sometimes involves special training and protective equipment to handle the chemicals. When these “rules” are not following, in addition to creating a dangerous work environment for your staff, it can also lead to stiff fines from local and federal inspectors.
Ready to learn more about Omegasonics ultrasonic cleaners and our cleaning solutions for your business? Give us a call at 888-989-5560 and a member of our team will be more than happy to help you. Our staff will go through the options of the best cleaner and cleaning solutions for your specific needs to ensure the job is done right every time!