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Parts washers

At Safetykleen, we understand that your parts washer requirements change constantly. The number, size and shape the parts, and the nature of the contaminants to be removed all go into determining which machine and chemistry combination is best suited to your business. Our range of parts washing machines is designed to cope with that changing reality.

Our all-in-one service approach

All our parts washers are supplied as part of a complete support package. For a predictable monthly fee, we provide:

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A parts washer

That we'll install without any up-front costs

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Cleaning fluid

Tailored to your cleaning needs and supplied at regular intervals

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Training

So your staff know how to get the best out of your parts washer

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Maintenance

Regular servicing and cleaning is included in the price

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Waste removal

We'll collect your used cleaning fluid, dispose of it and handle the compliance

Our parts washer range

Our water-based parts washers deliver the powerful cleaning performance of a solvent machine without the need for harsh, hazardous chemicals.

Automatic parts washers

If you need to clean a number parts in a short time, or want to clean something big, our automatic parts washers offer efficient, hands-free cleaning thanks to a combination of motor-driven baskets and high performance spray pumps.

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Manual parts washers

Our manual range includes easy-to-operate parts washers for targeted cleaning, and high-pressure machines that clean up to 10 times faster than traditional models.

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Parts washer FAQs

What our customers think

Based on 627 reviews collected up to December 2020

Why choose Safetykleen parts washers?

  • State of the art technology

    From the versatile efficiency of automatic parts washers and the precision of ultrasonic cleaning to the compact power of manual parts cleaners with high-pressure sprays, our machines offer the widest range of parts cleaning solutions currently available anywhere.

  • Expert advice and support

    Choose Safetykleen as your parts washer service provider, and our expert team will work with you to find the best total solution for your needs from the start. And as your business changes they’ll also be able to advise you on the most effective approach to any new parts cleaning challenges that emerge.

  • Specially developed parts-cleaning fluids

    Our range of specific cleaning fluids are designed to provide consistent, high-quality results time after time.

  • Peace of mind

    Choose our full-service approach, and you will no longer need to worry about: changing parts cleaning machines as your business processes change, inefficiencies resulting from machines not being regularly serviced, and time spent working through waste management paperwork and compliance.

  • Our sustainable approach

    We take any waste during parts cleaning to the highest possible level required by the Waste Framework Directive. Solvents are recycled to reduce waste. when we replace your machines, you have the additional assurance that we will be completely overhauling them for reuse.

Parts washer FAQs

What does a parts washer do?

Sometimes known as a parts cleaner, a hotwasher or hotwash, a cleaning cabinet or even a pot washer, a parts washer is a machine designed to remove a variety of soils and contaminating substances from components. The simplest manual versions are little more than sinks with a hose that sprays cleaning fluid onto the item being cleaned, but the best parts parts washers are automatic machines (similar to industrial dishwashers) that can handle large items or loads with ease, and provide consistent high-quality cleaning, and even rinsing and drying.

How do parts washers clean?

Cleaning with an automatic parts washer cabinet involves loading the parts to be cleaned onto basket or platform inside the machine. Once closed, the machine sprays heated, pressurised cleaning solution down onto the parts as the platform rotates. In multi-stage machines, this can then be followed by rinsing and drying cycles. Manual parts washers work by spraying the cleaning fluid directly onto the dirty parts through a hand-held hose as the user moves the parts around and potentially brushes off accumulations of dirt.

What fluids go in a parts washer?

Traditionally, parts washers clean using solvents made from oil. These are hazardous, highly flammable and difficult to dispose of or recycle. Modern parts washers use ‘aqueous’ water-based cleaning fluids instead, which are safer for workers, kinder to the environment and capable of cleaning at least as effectively as solvents. These fluids are heated to increase effectiveness, and flow through the machine during the cleaning cycle. Used fluids are collected and either filtered to remove waste before reuse or stored safely as waste for easy removal, replacement and disposal.

What can you clean with a parts washer?

Modern parts washers can be used on much more than just metal parts. As well as screws and bolts, engine blocks and carburettors, a parts washer can also clean items made of ceramics, glass, plastics and even rubber effectively without damage. And, while the most common contaminants remain grease, dirty oil, dust and other particles, with the right combination of machine and parts cleaning solution it is possible to remove waxes, coolants, and even paints, inks, limescale and rust. This flexibility means that parts washers can provide inter-operational cleaning for a range of manufacturing, maintenance and repair processes from surface treatment and passivation to sanitisation, product testing and quality control.

How do you keep a parts washer clean?

The best way to keep a parts washer clean is to have a programme of regular preventative maintenance. Every Safetykleen machine has key parts that need to be removed, inspected and cleaned at every service to maintain cleaning performance. Filters are especially important and should be removed and replaced regularly because it’s the filtering process that protects other parts of the machine (such as pumps and seals) from clogging with debris and failing. Any debris that the filters have collected also needs to be cleaned out and disposed of safely. The tubes, pipes and spray jets through which the cleaning fluids circulate need checking, and in automatic parts washers it’s important to check and clean any cogs and casters involved in rotating the cleaning basket inside the machine. If the machine is regularly maintained like this, cleaning can be done with clean rags, abrasive pads, wire brushes and scrapers depending on how stubborn the soiling is. Just don’t try to use the parts washer to clean itself, as this risks flushing debris into the machine and can lead to costly repairs and delays in your business processes.

Are parts washers worth it?

While they may seem expensive at first, parts washers can save your business significant time and money. The automatic parts washers used by Leonard Helicopters have been shown to save up to 60 minutes on a single cleaning operation, to reduce reported issues with incomplete cleaning by 75%, and to provide energy savings of up to 20%. Even if workspace is limited, a small high-pressure parts washer can clean up to 10 times faster than a standard manual machine.