Life in the fast lane is creating a growing demand for high pressure cleaners and many other labour saving devices as well. In many of today’s South African families, both partners need to work and often to drive separate vehicles so the amount of spare time that they have available for any labour intensive cleaning is now far more limited than at any time in the past.
Washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers and microwave ovens all serve to take the pain out of our indoor chores and, in the garage and the garden, high pressure cleaners are rapidly becoming a means of simplifying some of those outdoor jobs too. The task of keeping the family car looking good or ridding the kid’s mountain bikes of their layer of mud and whatever else they may have been ridden through can be completed perfectly in a matter of minutes with one of these truly remarkable gadgets.
It’s perhaps not too surprising, then, that your local carwash operator uses something quite similar to earn his or her living when doing the job for you.
High pressure cleaners, however, are far from limited to washing cars and even in the home, when chosen with care; they are well able to tackle most outdoor clean-up tasks quickly and efficiently. Take a casual stroll down you driveway armed with one of these easily-portable units and you can blast away all of the mud and dust that accumulates continuously, particularly after a storm.
Mud-splattered walls present no problem either, since these powerful water jets can cut through it with the ease of a hot knife cutting butter. Don’t confuse high pressure cleaners with a simple garden hose and its adjustable nozzle though. The power available from the former is many times that of your domestic hose and it must therefore be used with due care so as to avoid damage to delicate materials or even injury to others nearby.
Free standing units of similar design to the domestic models but larger and far more powerful are widely used by commercial cleaning companies, in professional carwash outlets and in all manner of industrial locations. These high pressure cleaners may be mobile, requiring an operator to direct them into the areas where they are required or they may be static depending on the needs of the given environment. Both hot and cold water units are available and some may support the use of detergents or solvents. Mobile models are normally small enough to be transported to other locations in a hatch back or station wagon.Kärcher, Oertzen and Vortex Offer the Industry’s Top Products
As with many products, certain brand names will always be respected above others. High pressure cleaners were the invention of the German industrialist, Alfred Kärcher, and his company has continued to be a leading light in the on-going development of these versatile machines right up to the present day.
However, both the Oertzen and Vortex companies have been quick to recognise the importance of these devices in meeting the growing and changing demands in the field of industrial cleaning and each now offers a range of equally well-respected models that have served to earn them the status of industry leaders.
Among the high pressure cleaners offered by these three manufacturers are models powered by mains electricity, petrol and diesel and with or without a means for pre-heating the water. While some models may require detergent or solvent to be added directly to the water tank others are able to deliver a measured amount by means of an integrated feed mechanism. While some units are designed to deliver water at fixed pressure and flow rates others allow the operator to adjust one or both as required.
On occasions, high pressure cleaners must be used in potentially hazardous environments and encapsulated motors designed to shield any ignition risk due to sparking will be required if the unit is to be used in the vicinity of any inflammable or explosive materials.
The bottom line seems clear. There is a very large number of alternative units on the market and it is important that you select the one that best meets your specific needs and provides an efficient and cost-effective solution to your cleaning problems.
The best possible course would be to seek the advice of a specialist in these products. In South Africa, there is absolutely no doubt that ITS Africa is the supplier of choice for quality high pressure cleaners.