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When is the right time to use an industrial vacuum?

Industrial vacuums are designed and manufactured to meet specific requirements of users and tasks that are typically too heavy to handle.

The main difference between an industrial vacuum and regular retail models is their efficiency and sturdiness. They are characterised by their high performance and are able to work continuously for long periods of time.

What are industrial vacuums designed to do?

An industrial vacuum is designed to guarantee excellent performance and work at the highest production level for long periods of time. This eliminates costly machine stops and reduces costs and losses due to its long shelf life.
Using a feature called absolute filters they have a filtering efficiency of 99.99%, even with thin powders. You will also get maximum safety in potentially explosive environments.

The structure of an industrial vacuum cleaner is sturdy, often made of solid steel, and will sometimes be painted with a protective varnish. It has a small engine that does not really add to the complete weight of the machine and guarantees high suction efficiency. In most cases, this type of vacuum cleaner is equipped with rubber wheels, allowing it to easily follow the operator on pretty much any surface.

What questions should I ask when buying or renting a vacuum?

When buying or renting an industrial vacuum cleaner, it is important to evaluate the prerequisites of the job you are looking to do –

  • Do we need to vacuum thin or dangerous powders and work with other tools at the same time?
  • Do we need to vacuum hot residues or ashes?
  • Do we need to use the vacuum cleaner within healthcare environments or cleanrooms?
  • Do we have to intervene in flooded areas and suck up large quantities of liquids?

Want to know more? Contact Britclean today

If you have any questions about industrial vacuums, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Britclean today. Our team of specialists will be more than happy to help.

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Hire before you buy industrial vacuums

Here at Britclean, we offer our customers the choice of hiring or purchasing our range of industrial vacuums as we understand everyone’s needs are different.

For this blog, we will give you some reasons to hire one of our machines before purchasing.

7 Reasons to hire industrial vacuums

Reduce expenses – When it comes to large industrial-grade equipment, it can be an expensive exercise to purchase the machines. When hiring equipment there is a charge up-front but if the results are not what you were looking for they won’t affect your bottom line as much as a full-blown purchase.

Renting a piece of equipment also decreases any long-running maintenance costs that could be incurred. Industrial vacuum machines need regular service, operation and routine checks to ensure their performance remains at the highest level.

Avoid transportation and storage costs – Storing a piece of equipment can be expensive for some companies. Ensuring it is not exposed to sun damage, winds carrying rain or even driving rain damage means you will need a proper storage solution. Adding storage and transportation equipment to your expenses will ensure the machine is in the desired location at the correct time which saves time and makes your operation more efficient.

Ensure equipment performance – For several applications, such as construction, industrial equipment is needed to begin certain processes. Hiring a machine from Britclean will ensure you stay on schedule. Your rented equipment will come in working condition and ready to use.

Maintain new opportunities – Renting industrial equipment allows you to carry on exploring new business opportunities without worrying about shelling out for maintaining, storing and purchasing an industrial vacuum. Once your company hires one of our machines, you will instantly start to see the economic benefits.

Ensure competitive nature – Britclean understands the importance of using industrial equipment and how it gives you a competitive edge over your rivals. Our rented equipment temporarily gives you the same quality product as a competitor who may have purchased a lesser industrial vacuum, which will cost them more in the long run.

Gain flexibility – When renting a piece of industrial equipment, you will use it for many applications such as collecting roof rock or dust from a construction site. Using different nozzles, hoses and other application features will only enhance the machine’s performance.

Gain maintenance hours – Industrial vacuums can require different maintenance such as routine fluid checks, services, schedules, and testing. Without needing to maintain your equipment, you will gain plenty of time to use on other projects. Hiring an industrial vacuum gives you more flexibility.

Get in touch with any questions

If you have any questions about hiring an industrial vacuum cleaner from Britclean, please do not hesitate to contact us today. For anyone requiring a more long term permanent solution we also offer vacuums for purchase.

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The many uses of industrial vacuums

Britclean‘s range of industrial vacuums is used across a wide range of industries.

For this blog, we are going to tell you more about these industries and how using one of our vacuums will benefit this working environment.

Industries that use industrial vacuums

Metal processing

The metalworking industry houses a number of advanced processes with the use of cooling lubricants and metal processing. The cleaning of such workpieces plus machine tools has a significant impact on efficiency but using an industrial vacuum ensuring a thorough clean.

Wood and furniture

The wood and furniture industry produces plenty of sawdust, shavings and swarf that are a constant health risk. Using special vacuuming systems means you can prevent dust and shavings collection and becoming a hazard.

Food processing

To prevent contamination in food processing, clean practices and optimal hygiene are needed. Large quantities of fine and explosive dust are generated in this industry, which is best removed using an industrial vacuum.

Glass and stone

Very fine, sharp-edged and abrasive suction material is produced when working with stone and glass. A specialised vacuuming system will overcome any debris that is generated from the manufacturing process.

Rubber and plastics

Hazardous fine and coarse particles are generated in the production and processing of rubber and plastics. Transportation and maintenance work will also generate large amounts of debris.

Pharmaceutical

Production processes in the pharmaceutical industry need to be as efficient as possible, which can be achieved by using dust extraction and vacuuming on an industrial scale.

Textiles

Using an industrial vacuum when producing textiles is the best way to prevent leaving behind lint or residue.

Chemicals

The chemicals industry uses a variety of aggressive solid substances and corrosive liquids and while safe suction is tricky, this can be achieved with a specialised vacuum.

Electrical and optics

The electrical and optics industry generate very fine dust during production that can damage components and needs to be vacuumed directly.

Printing

Paper dust, pigment powder, liquid paints and toners are released when producing print media. These substances are highly toxic and require a high-performance vacuum cleaner.

Get in touch for more information

If you have any questions about industrial vacuums from Britclean, please do not hesitate to contact us now. We offer some of the best brands on the market, including Karcher and Nilfisk.

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What are Pressure Washer Fittings?

Fittings connect pressure washer parts together and fit between the high-pressure hose and trigger gun or between the pump and pressure hose to ensure they connect properly.

Pressure washers come equipped with fittings, couplers and adapters so you can pretty much hit the ground running once your machine has arrived.

There are some instances where fittings will be needed, which we will explain in the latest blog from Britclean.

You will only start to require fittings when you –

Add attachments such as a surface cleaner, foamer or pressure gauge
Want to use a different high-pressure hose or to extend the length of your current hose
Want to turn screw fittings to quick connect
Looking to avoid hose kinks with swivel fittings

Fittings are relatively cheap, long-lasting and will ultimately make your cleaning experience easier.

The difference between Quick Connect and Swivel Fittings for Pressure Washers

Here we will explain the difference between Quick Connect and Swivel fittings to ensure you get the right one for your pressure washing machine.

Quick Connect Fittings

Quick Connect pressure washer fittings are the simple solution to connect and remove a hose quickly.

The female quick connects hose fittings (sometimes referred to as sockets) have an o-ring to prevent leaks whereas the male side is sometimes called the plug.

Most pressure washing machines will come equipped with quick-connect fittings out-of-the-box.

Swivel Fittings

Swivels prevent the hose from kinking when being used and help to unkink it when you first walk out the hose.

This fitting works by allowing a swivel of the hose without needing to twist the spray gun and extension wand in big circles. You will be able to walk it out and the gun swivel twists out the hose kinks as you walk. This is one fitting that you will not be able to pressure wash without once you’ve used it once.

Get in touch with any questions

If you have any questions about pressure washing fittings, please do not hesitate to contact Britclean now. Our team have over four decades of experience and will be more than happy to help.

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Your Guide to Maintaining Pressure Washers

With the sunshine finally arriving many of us are planning maintenance activities that we have put off during winter and spring. As we know here at Britclean, pressure washers are the best cleaning method for exteriors of buildings, pathways plus vehicles to get you ready to mingle outdoors again.

For this blog, we will explain why regular checkups on your pressure washing machine are the best way to maintain their quality performance.

Why Does Routine Maintenance work for Pressure Washers?

Here are the five main reasons why scheduled maintenance for your machine is crucial –

1. Prevent breakdowns
2. Avoid costly repairs
3. Avoid inconveniences
4. Ensure it performs consistently well
5. Ensure it withstands hundreds of hours of use

What Happens If I Don’t Maintain My Machine?

Spending time trying to figure out why your pressure washer won’t start isn’t the best way to start your day. If you have planned a BBQ with family and friends, the last thing you want is a patio coated in moss and mildew. This will likely be the scenario at one point if you don’t maintain your cleaning machine.

Gas pressure washers are not like cars, where you can go months without lifting the hood and checking the fluid levels. They work best when they are attended to regularly.

The best method to ensure your pressure washing machine starts and runs smoothly each time you want to use it is by having a regular maintenance program put together. Britclean is one of the leading suppliers of cleaning machines who offer a maintenance program, whether you are hiring or purchasing one of our products.

Talk to the Experts at Britclean

If you are looking for a new pressure washing machine, get in touch with Britclean today. We have been trading for over 40 years from our base in Stoke on Trent, offering the widest range of jet washing machines, including well-known brands such as Karcher, Nilfisk plus our own brand of manufactured machines.

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Everything You Need to Know About Interpump Pressure Washers

Interpump is one of the leading brands of pressure washers that we supply here at Britclean.

Interpump washing machines are ideal for any heavy-duty, outdoor cleaning task. They can be used for machinery cleaning, washing down milk parlours and livestock containers or even simply keeping your walkways clear.

Equipped with slow running pumps with a cast iron crankcase, a solid brass pump head and ceramic pistons for long life durability The chassis incorporates a large capacity chemical tank connected to a low-pressure chemical injector that doses detergents or chemicals into the line when selected at the gun.

Specifications for our Interpump Pressure Washers

Here is a breakdown of the three Interpump models of pressure washing units we currently have in stock –

Quicky –

  • Auto-stop/start with 30s delay
  • Integrated control set & bypass
  • Integrated chemical injector
  • Thermoplastic wheeled trolley
  • Integrated chemical tank & hose holder
  • Two-piece lance assembly
  • 8m high-pressure hose
  • 5m power cable

TSX 12/100 –

  • Auto-stop/start with 30s delay
  • Integrated control set & bypass
  • Integrated chemical injector
  • Thermoplastic wheeled trolley
  • Integrated chemical tank & hose holder
  • Two-piece lance assembly
  • 8m high-pressure hose
  • 5m power cable

TSX 15/150 –

  • Auto-stop/start with 30s delay
  • Integrated control set & bypass
  • Integrated chemical injector
  • Thermoplastic wheeled trolley
  • Integrated chemical tank & hose holder
  • Two-piece lance assembly
  • 8m high-pressure hose
  • 5m power cable

Find Out More About Interpump

Interpump were founded in 1977, and have become one of the largest and most innovative manufacturers of electrically driven pressure washers.

They have been innovators within the industry by producing technically advanced pumps of exceptional quality that are universally acknowledged as some of the best available.

Get in Touch for More Information

If you have any questions about Interpump pressure washers, please do not hesitate to contact Britclean today. We have been supplying the finest range of Interpump pressure washing machines for over 40 years plus other renowned brands like Karcher and Nilfisk.

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How to Pressure Wash Concrete Pool Decks

As lockdown restrictions start to ease across the country, it is time to get your outdoor pools ready for some swimming in the sunshine. But did you know that using pressure washers is the best way to clean this area?

For this blog, we will focus on providing some advice on the best pressure washing cleaning methods.

Using Pressure Washers on Outdoor Swimming Pool Areas

Even if you have the free time you probably don’t want to spend all day cleaning your pool ready for use.

Pool decks are constructed differently from driveways, as the cement used is much finer grade cement. We would advise not using an extension hose on a pool deck as this will scar your cement and won’t clean it as well as you hoped.

The weight of your pressure washer is important as the larger units will suit someone who is using it more regularly. For the average homeowner, a smaller pressure washing unit is much easier to store, especially if you don’t plan to use it every week.

Whenever you start using a pressure washer, you should establish a consistent up and down rhythm that is nice and smooth. Maintaining this rhythm ensures that no spot is missed as you will overlap different parts as you go on.

The time it takes to clean your pool decks will ultimately depend on the size of your pool area.

Your Choice of Pressure Washer from Britclean

Britclean offers the finest brand of pressure washing machines, including Karcher, Nilfisk and Ehrle units.

If you have any questions about any of our products, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

We also offer a number of pressure washing accessories such as extension hoses, detergents and industrial vacuums. Our network of dealers across the country allows us to supply machines to customers in any location.

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Special Offer for Industrial Pressure Washers from Britclean

For customers looking for industrial pressure washers, Britclean is offering a free 10-metre extension hose with every purchase throughout the month.

Our high-pressure hoses come in many lengths, diameters, pressure ratings and even colours.
We understand how important it is to get the correct hose for your pressure washing machine and its purpose.

Here at Britclean, we keep plenty of common hoses and adapters in stock which allows us to get you back up and running quickly and most importantly all of our hoses are of the finest quality and built to last as long as possible.

What are the benefits of our extension hoses?

Here are some of the benefits of using our extension hoses with your new pressure washer –

  • Extends the operating radius allowing greater flexibility
  • Rubber hose with steel insert
  • Extremely durable and high-quality

Why Work With Britclean?

Britclean is the leading provider of industrial pressure washers from renowned brands such as Nilfisk, Ehlre and Karcher plus our own Britclean range.

We have over 30 years of experience plus our team of experts offer on-site repairs and demonstrations. Spares and accessories are also available for most makes of pressure washing machines. Britclean accepts part-exchange machines and we are fully insured, ISO 9002 and Safe Contractor Accredited with reconditioned machines are also available.

Our main office is located in Biddulph, Stoke on Trent, with our trained technicians covering Staffordshire and the surrounding counties. Britclean also works with a network of dealers, allowing us to supply machines throughout the country.

Get in Touch With Any Questions

If you have any questions about Britclean’s range of industrial pressure washers, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

We also offer a number of detergents, industrial vacuum and floor care products plus accessories such as the aforementioned extension hoses. Pressure washing machines are available for hire and purchase.

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What’s the Best PSI for Pressure Washing My Car?

One of the best ways to keep the appearance of your car looking shiny and new is using pressure washers on a regular basis.

Whether you are a car enthusiast who washes their car every week or just want to get it done quickly, using a pressure washer is the best method.

For our latest blog, Britclean will talk you through the cleaning process in five simple steps.

5 Steps for Using Pressure Washers on Your Car

1. Choose an Appropriate Pressure Washer and Nozzle – When washing your car, it is important to use a pressure washer with the appropriate power and water flow. The higher the PSI (Pounds per square inch) the more force the water will have as it leaves the tip of the washer. The higher the GPM (Gallons per minute), the more water the machine will release.

2. Park Your Car in a Good Spot for Washing – It is crucial to park your car in an open space, away from other cars or objects that you do not want to get wet or damaged by water. When using an electric pressure washer, ensure you have access to an outlet to power your washer too.

3. Rinse Your Car – Before applying any cleaner to your car, make sure to rinse and spray off any mud or other debris stuck to the surface. Britclean would recommend starting 4-5 feet away from your car and move closer once you have tested the jet washer. Ensure all of your windows are closed and the car doors and the boot are closed so you don’t get any water inside.

4. Applying Detergent – Most pressure washers have special compartments for cleaning detergents, just make sure the detergent you are using is suitable for the machine.

5. Rinse off Detergent – Using a 40-degree tip, rinse the detergent off your car. We would recommend holding the washer at a 45-degree angle and rinse downward from the top of the vehicle.

Now you have successfully washed your car using a pressure washer, be sure to follow these steps each time your vehicle needs cleaning.

Get in Touch for More Information

If you have any questions about using a pressure washer on cars or other vehicles, please do not hesitate to contact Britclean today.

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How Often Should Pressure Washers Be Used on Commercial Properties?

Commercial property managers will understand buildings can get grimy and dirty over time, with pressure washers being the best way to clean them.

Whether it is from standard foot traffic, harsh climate and storms, or even human factors such as graffiti, power washing outdoor areas will ensure the property maintains its value and looks clean and inviting for visitors.

The Difference Between Soft, Pressure and Power Washing

It is important to know the difference between power washing, pressure washing and soft washing before we look at a cleaning schedule.

Soft Washing – Apply a cleaning detergent with a pressure similar to a standard garden hose or showerhead. Areas typically cleaned with soft washing include roofs or any fragile surfaces, as this method does not create much friction and won’t get rid of any caked-on dirt and grime.

Pressure Washing – The biggest difference between pressure and power washing is the type of nozzle used. Pressure washers have just one tip on the nozzle, with water sprayed forcefully at a high pressure which allows the technician to flush out debris easily.

Power Washing – When cleaning the exterior of buildings, power washing is the safest method. Unlike a pressure washer, the power washer nozzle is equipped with multiple tips that allow the technician to choose the most appropriate pressure. Power washers utilise heated water, which is more effective at killing any bacteria present in mould and mildew.

A Schedule for Outdoor Power Washing

Here are some typical guidelines for outdoor power washing –

Seasonally – As the season’s change, it is a useful exercise to schedule outdoor power washing to keep your property looking attractive. Additionally, leaves and dust can accumulate in autumn with pollen building up in spring and summer which can affect those with allergies.

Rooftop Maintenance – Office buildings should have exteriors, entrances, sidewalks, car parks and rubbish areas power washed at least twice a year to prevent the buildup of dirt, grease and seasonal elements we’ve already mentioned.

Post Bad Weather – After heaving rainfall, it is common to call a roofing company to repair any roof damage. You should also consider adding a professional power washing service to complement your post-storm repairs. Plenty of dirt, grime and debris that has built around your building could have been swept onto your roof during the storm.

Talk to the Leading Provider of Pressure Washers

If you would like to know more about Britclean’s range of pressure washers, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our team of specialists will be more than happy to help with any questions you may have.

Britclean currently stock Nilfisk, Karcher and Ehrle pressure washers plus our own home brand, meaning we can suit any budget or specification.