You’ve got a brand new shiny hot water pressure washer or a steam cleaner, just waiting to clean up some big messes. Before you go and use just any old cleaning detergent, there are some things you should know.
We visited with Dean, our Alkota Chemist, to talk about what to look for in detergents, how to choose the right product for your needs, and got an excellent overview of just how important this “add-on” is.
are Alkota PRESSURE WASHER Detergents Different?
Alkota has been producing detergents for many years. All our detergent products are formulated in reverse. What does that mean? It means we have spent years studying how our customer works, what they are cleaning, and how they want to protect their equipment. This allows us to make sure you have what you need, without waste.
All of Alkota’s detergents are made to work hand-in-hand with our hot and cold water pressure washers. The Alkota manufacturing department and chemical department are connected. Collaboration ensures all the detergents we sell will work correctly with your Alkota machine. From the tank to the pump, coil, and spray tip; our detergents are generated to produce the absolute best results with your Alkota hot water pressure washer.
How to Choose a PRESSURE WASHER Detergent
Many variables come into play when you are choosing cleaning detergent. We have narrowed it down to the most important considerations.
What are you cleaning?
Are you always washing the same thing? Are you removing, dirt, mud, grease, oil, surface oxidation? The more details you can provide on the items you plan the clean, the more specific we can get with product options. If you’re cleaning parts, there are other things to consider. Such as, anti-rust, de-foamers, and specialized ingredients to help the machine run at optimum efficiency.
What Level of Clean Do you need?
Sometimes you need to remove mud from your equipment. Other times you may need to be able to eat off the surface you are cleaning. The level of clean you need is also essential to consider.
How far do you need to stretch?
Some of our customers go through a lot of soap. When this is a consideration, we have more options to consider to help you weigh your costs and keep things tidy. Have soap-happy employees? We can provide a more diluted solution, to help stretch your soap expenses, and still get the job done.
Have a specialized need?
Other things to consider may be the type of surface you are cleaning. We have specialized products that not only clean but can also enhance it. For example, our Aluminum brighteners help keep that polished surface shiny. We also have products that clean and protect painted surfaces.
What Products does Alkota Have?
Now that you have narrowed in on what you need, there is a good chance we have the product to match your needs. We have broken our products into several categories so you can quickly narrow your search.
Specialty Products – for the particular cleaning needs. Example, cleaning restaurant cooking hoods, or striping paint, or powder coatings.
Institution & Food Preparation – Food grade cleaners. Tough cleaning power, but safe to eat off.
All-Purpose – Covers are a multitude of cleaning needs with a balanced formula for general cleaning and degreasing.
Transportation – Safe on painted surfaces, with rust and corrosion inhibitors. It is Accu-Blended to protect vehicle exteriors.
Transportation Speciality – These products are dedicated to painted surfaces, aluminum, polished aluminum, or metal surfaces with rust and corrosion inhibitors to protect vehicle exteriors.
Degreasers – Synergistic formulations with powerful alkaline builders to remove grease and soils. Many products include environmentally friendly natural citrus.
Scale Stop – Hydrus detergents with scale preventative attributes. Helps maintain your coil, and any components that have contact with water.
Parts Washer Solutions – Non-foaming and extremely economical, our detergents are formulated to optimize washer parts performance.
About Hard Water
Unfortunately, we can’t talk about detergents without bringing up this subject. The quality of the water you are putting through your machine can have many effects. The harder your water, the tougher it will be on your pressure or washer parts, and your detergents will not stretch as far. We know soft-water is not an option for some of our customers. Of course, if it is, we highly recommend it!
Our detergents have been engineered to work with your hard water to help de-scale and prevent break-down in your Alkota equipment. There are still many variables, and unfortunately, no guarantees. Talk to your Alkota Dealer to find the best ways to keep up your particular model.
Why buy your soap and detergents from an Alkota Dealer?
We know you have choices when it comes to buying your soaps and chemicals.
If you are running Alkota cleaning equipment, there are a few extra benefits you get from also buying your detergents with us.
We know our machines
All Alkota dealers complete an extensive training, and have first-hand experience with our machines and detergents. Tell them what you are cleaning, and they can match you with the best product out of the gate.
Reduced or elimited downtime
When you buy from Alkota, you get the added bonus of eyes on your machine when we drop off more product. We want to keep you running, not waiting until something breaks.
We hope you find this information useful when it comes time to choosing detergent for your hot water pressure washer. Of course, if you have questions, we are always ready to help. Reach out to a local dealer today. Happy cleaning!