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How to Use Ultrasonic Cleaner Properly | Ultrasonic Cleaner Uses & Sterilization

Ultrasonic cleaners are the optimal cleaning tool to remove grease, dirt, oil, carbon dust, soot, and more from a vast range of...

Written by Niel Patel · 1 min read >
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Ultrasonic cleaners are the optimal cleaning tool to remove grease, dirt, oil, carbon dust, soot, and more from a vast range of parts. Most materials are suitable for ultrasonic cleaners including plastics, glass, rubber, and ferrous and non-ferrous metals.  

How does the ultrasonic cleaner work?

A stainless steel tank is filled with an aqueous solution suitable for the product being cleaned. Baskets and jewelry holders are available to suit specific equipment and items When the ultrasonic cleaner is turned on, sonic waves create a process called acoustic cavitation.  As the sound wave moves through the liquid it expands and compresses the fluid.  The negative pressure caused by the moving sound waves creates cavities or bubbles.  When the bubbles collapse, extremely high temperatures are produced and a tremendous force is released, removing all contaminants from the item in the tank. 

Using the ultrasonic cleaner

Ultrasonic cleaners are usefully employed in a range of industrial and leisure equipment.  

Intricate parts

Objects that have small, intricate parts or hard-to-reach areas that make hand cleaning difficult are highly suitable for the ultrasonic cleaner. This covers jewelry, musical instruments, antiques, electrical componentry including power circuit boards, bicycle parts, and firearms. 

Heavily ingrained equipment

Another effective use for the ultrasonic cleaner is equipment parts that take considerable effort to clean such as greasy, sooty or heavily powdered items.  Smoke-damaged items, machine parts covered in grease, airbrushes and paint spray guns all come under this category.  These kinds of items are efficiently cleaned and contaminants meticulously removed by the process. 

Equipment that needs thorough and regular cleaning

Another main area of use for aqueous cavitation is in industries that are required to clean their tools regularly and intensively.  The medical profession, pharmaceutical industry, dentistry, and tattooists commonly use an ultrasonic cleaner to remove all nasties from their instruments before sterilizing them. 

Large, manufactured items  

Large pieces of manufactured equipment such as solar panels and other equipment in the renewable energy space, metal fabrication, orthopedics, and implants are put through an ultrasonic cleaner for a reliable and thoroughly clean. 

Versatile and effective cleaning 

Ultrasonic cleaners are able to remove any substance that can be removed.  The process works on engine sludge, oily chemical lubricants, cutting oils, and compounds used for grease buffing and polishing.  It is also effective in removing dust such as brake lining dust and carbon residues, fingerprints, flux agents, and pigments. 

The design of the ultrasonic cleaner allows it to be made in any size required. The non-abrasive liquid solution comes in different formulations according to the type of item being cleaned. Solvent-based natural solutions are available that have low volatility and toxicity while still removing all oils, grease, and contaminants.  It is important to use the correct solution, and as always, to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to get the best results from the equipment. 

Ultrasonic cleaners have made cleaning and removing contaminants efficient and easy for a vast range of industries and are readily available at any componentry store. 

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