Did You Know – That Caustic Alone Is Not All That Effective A Cleaner?

Caustic is a powerful chemical that can be used to remove a variety of soils, especially fats and certain chemicals that are degraded by it. However, there are chemicals (such as petroleum oils) that it cannot attack, and adding more caustic to the wash will not make it work any more effectively in their removal. […]

Is my pressure washer hose worth repairing?

Generally, yes…most wire-braided, high pressure hoses can be repaired for a lot less than the cost of a new hose.   However, it is usually not repairable for the following reasons: 1.  If it is a nylon braid (generally only 25 ft. long) hose. 2.  If the wire-braided hose has a lot of rust, exposed wire braiding, […]

Is my Honda pressure washer industrial-grade?

Many pressure washers with Honda engines are NOT industrial-grade.  That’s because Honda does not make pressure washers.   They make various types of good quality engines. To compete in the residential market, pressure washer manufactures created a low cost home-owner type by pairing a Honda engine with an entry-level pump.  They are usually sold in the discount/warehouse stores. […]

Did You Know About The 18° Rule?

Did you know, as a general rule, that increasing the temperature of a chemical reaction 18°F (10°C) effectively doubles the rate of that reaction. In more practical terms, if you are cleaning at 150° F and it takes an hour to complete a wash, raising the temperature of the solution to 168° could shorten the […]

Did You Know – The Easiest Way To Break An Emulsion Is DON’T MAKE ONE?

That’s right. Don’t form it in the first place. This is especially applicable to operators cleaning tanks that contained lube oils and lube oil additives, because, once an emulsion is formed, skimmers, separators, and other oil separation equipment is basically useless. Most of these devices work on the principle of gravity separation. Oil is lighter […]

Did you know small engines (i.e. pressure washers, generators, etc) can be damaged due to improper storage?

If your pressure washer, generator, or any other type of equipment with a small engine does not start easily, runs poorly, or does not even start at all,  it is probably due to residual gas and improper storage.  If the unit has not been used for a long period of time (like a winter or […]

Did You Know That Acrylates Are “Easy-Cleans”?

Did you know that tanks that have been used to carry acrylic polymers and latexes are often cleaned with caustic and steam? Many acrylates are chemical compounds known as ESTERS. Esters are the reaction product of an organic acid (acrylic acid) and an alcohol such as ethanol or methanol. Common esters include substances such as […]

High Foam Or Low Foam Cleaner? Which Is Best?

Did you know that high foaming cleaners do NOT really clean better than low foam products? The level of foam produced by a cleaner is determined by the choice of the SURFACTANTS or SURFACE ACTIVE AGENTS used in the product. The idea that low foam cleaners are not as effective probably comes from years back when SOAP […]

Is my pressure washer worth repairing?

Basically, there are three types of pressure washers:  residential, commercial and industrial-grade units.  Most consumers purchase Residential or Commercial grade pressure washers.   When determining whether your unit is worth repairing, there are three important factors to consider :  Price, Hours of Use, and Extent of Damage Price:  Residential models:  If the unit cost you less than or […]

Did You Know That Stainless Steel Can Rust?

Did you know that stainless steel can rust? Stainless steels are primarily alloys of iron and chromium. When treated properly, the iron in the surface layer is removed and the remaining chromium is converted to chromium oxides. This process is known as PASSIVATION. This chromium oxide layer renders the metal “stainless” in that it prevents […]