Americans generate somewhere between 300 to 400 million tons of garbage every year. Out of environmental concerns for how burning affects air quality, most solid waste ends up in landfills. Chances are you live within 10-20 miles of a landfill, and if your community is anything like most in the United States, your municipal government is running into a real problem: the landfills are filling up, and better solutions are needed. [Read more…]
In the late 1990s, the children’s TV show, Bob the Builder famously asked: “Can we fix it?” Maybe you’re asking a similar question, but about ultrasonic cleaners: “Can an ultrasonic cleaner clean it?”
In most cases, the answer is “yes it can.” [Read more…]
“Never put electronics in water” is a message that has been drilled into us from the time we were small children. Electricity and water do not mix. Since there is no way an ultrasonic cleaner will work without a solution then you cannot use ultrasonics to clean electronics, right? Nope! That’s not the case.
Myth Buster: Electronics and Water CAN Mix!
That statement can be true, as long as your electronics are not plugged in. Unplugged electronics can be placed in water. The trick is in the ultrasonic drying. If electronics are cleaned with water, then contact points can be contaminated with any dirt and debris that is knocked loose. In order to prevent dirt from drying in place, use of chemicals during the drying process will eliminate that dirt.
You may have heard that if you use deionized water instead of tap water, your electronics will be safe. Just like with regular water, the minute you start using deionized water to do your cleaning it becomes full of dirt, dust and the contaminates you are trying to clean electronics.
The proper process after the electronics are removed from the water is what is important. There are a few chemicals that can be used in order to eliminate deposits after washing.
After removing the electronics from the water, any contact points must be cleaned with a chemical cleaner. This cleaner must function as a water displacer as well as a lubricant. This will prevent contamination of critical contact points that can cause issues with the electronics.
Do Not Worry About Those Solder Joints
It might seem that the vibration that is used in ultrasonics might damage the very delicate solder joints that are present in electronics. Fortunately, that is not how ultrasonics clean.
Ultrasonic cleaners work by creating small bubbles that appear and collapse over and over again. This process is called cavitation. Since the bubbles are what are doing the cleaning, the solder joints are safe.
Watch Your Frequency
The one thing that you must be very careful with is the frequency. Generally, frequencies between 27 and 40 KHZ are appropriate to clean electronics. If the frequency is set too high, damage might occur.
If you are unsure what frequency you are using, or there may be some error in your ultrasonic cleaner’s settings, do not use your cleaner to clean electronics until those problems are resolved.
Experimentation to Clean Electronics May Be Necessary
Due to the wide and varied geometry of electronics, there is no one universal setting suitable for everything. You may have to experiment a bit in order to find the right mix of solution, temperature and frequency to clean electronics correctly.
Flood and fire damage can be devastating. These disasters can destroy your home from smoke, soot, and water damage. You can also lose more than just your home; smoke and water damage can lead to warping, mold and rust which can cost you your precious heirlooms and items of both monetary and sentimental value.
For victims of a flood or fire, disaster restoration needs to happen immediately. Water and smoke issues need to be handled as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage to important personal property items.
Today’s video sees Frank giving advice on old-fashioned ways to clean up and recover from these disasters, as well as how an ultrasonic cleaning system can be used in disaster restoration to help you get back some of those lost possessions.
Drain Standing Water
Drain any standing water left from the incident immediately. Empty anything that is holding water be it a shoe, your pet’s food bowls, or appliances. Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and you want to remove this issue first and foremost. Remove as much remaining water as possible with towels.
Dealing with Fabrics
Remove waterlogged fabrics immediately and hang them to dry. Don’t wash your bedding or clothes—instead turn them over to a disaster restoration company. They could already be infected with mold, bacteria, or damage from smoke and soot. A qualified restoration company can disinfect, clean and sterilize your fabrics properly without cross contaminating your other clothing.
Spray down items that have hard surfaces with degreasers and wipe them down, but be sure you use compatible chemicals so that you do not damage delicate equipment as LCD screens or pottery glaze.
To recover furniture, lift each leg and wipe it down, and then sop up any water that may have collected underneath. Finally, cover the furniture with plastic until the home airs out and is once again dry.
Open all drawers and doors to promote air circulation. Air circulation helps to remove mildew and smoke odor in the home.
Important documents can be the worst loss you suffer. To recover these as best you can, carefully dry books, documents and papers with paper towels and lay them out to dry. Keep paper products out of direct sunlight and use a dehumidifier to draw moisture out. Know that paper can dry with wrinkles unless processed with a document vacuum processing system available at only a few specialized restoration companies.
Don’t throw anything away! Modern ultrasonic cleaning can be used to recover almost any household item, even ones previously considered unsalvageable. It can remove the smell of smoke and soot, and can clean just about anything to help you recover those important family heirlooms.
Even teddy bears and computers can be recovered using these cleaning systems. Remember, each thing you save is something you do not have to replace—contacting a restoration service that uses modern ultrasonic cleaners can save you a significant amount of money and get back things you feared lost.
If you’ve had the misfortune of being a victim of a flood or fire (and the subsequent water damage), you’re all too aware of the devastating effects they can have on your personal belongings and precious family heirlooms. Standing water will continue to cause damage in the form of decay, warping, and rust, not to mention the longer-term effects of mold and mildew growth on your family’s health. Getting the water out of your belongings quickly is the key to salvaging them after a catastrophic event like a fire or flood, and knowing how to handle soot and smoke-damaged articles is equally important. Here are some suggestions you can use to save your belongings in the short term if you are ever faced with such an event, and save them forever by using ultrasonic cleaning technology:
• Remove waterlogged area rugs, blankets, clothes, tablecloths, and pillows and hang them up in a dry location.
• If you have power, get the air conditioning or heater running, floor and ceiling fans started, and a dehumidifier going.
• Use towels to soak up as much water as you can from furniture, flooring, and carpets. Wring the towels out, and repeat the process as many times as needed.
• Clothes covered with soot and smoke should not be washed, but should be turned over to a qualified restoration company specializing in soft contents cleaning. Soot does not dissolve in water, and will leave fabrics a greasy mess. Hard-surfaced objects, however, like bowls, appliances, and furnishings, can be sprayed with a degreaser and wiped down, but make sure the chemicals are compatible with the surface finishes. Some will melt plastics and paints. Don’t eat from kitchen utensils that have been cleaned in this way until they have been washed in warm soapy water with diluted bleach added.
• Important documents, papers, books, and pictures should be blotted with a paper towel and laid out on a flat surface to air dry. Keep them out of direct sunlight.
• If you have wooden furniture (or furniture with wooden legs) setting on wet carpet, lift each leg, wipe off any surface water, and then place a plastic sandwich baggie under and around it before setting it back down. This will keep additional water from being absorbed into the wood.
• Open as many drawers and doors as possible to promote air circulation and ventilation. This includes all interior doors, exterior doors where possible, and drawers and doors in furniture.
Notice that the words “throw it out” are not included anywhere on this list. That’s because modern ultrasonic cleaning technology makes it possible to save many of the items that previously would have been unsalvageable. Yes, there will still be things that must be discarded, but professional restoration companies equipped with ultrasonic cleaners can help you recover items as diverse as stuffed animals, computers, appliances, and mini blinds. The key is to get the standing water away from your items quickly, and then call a restoration company in short order to help you keep your possessions.
Ultrasonic cleaning is gentle, safe, and incredibly effective. The process can remove the soot and smoky smells left behind after a fire, remove mold and mildew, and safely clean your delicate, irreplaceable family heirlooms. Restoration companies can come right to your door to begin the salvage process and return your items to you, or send them off to a restoration center for special care (like large appliances and electronics). Everything you can save is something you don’t have to go out and buy again, so they can help you keep a substantial amount of money in your pocket.
Following the tips listed here can get you started on the path to saving your personal belongings, household goods, and family keepsakes. Once you’ve taken these steps, however, it’s important to contact a professional restoration company and get them working to return your items to pre-loss condition using ultrasonic cleaning technology.