Clean farm equipment not only looks great, it works more efficiently and is less prone to rust and other deterioration. Pressure washing is an effective way to keep your agricultural equipment in good working order.
The number of times a piece of equipment is washed, called “wash frequency,” correlates with the amount of time it takes to clean it. By washing faster and with less effort, you’ll be more inclined to wash more frequently. This will prolong the life of your equipment and will increase the chances you’ll get more money when you sell or trade in your equipment. Here are some tips on how to properly maintain your farm equipment with environmentally safe Seacole products.
Pressure Washing Hard-to-Reach Areas and Challenging Residues
First, set your pressure washer on a low pressure setting so the water and detergent soak your equipment instead of splashing away. Start spraying your equipment from the lowest point on the machinery and work your way up to avoid streaking and drying. As you spray, apply plenty of detergent so all the surface dirt is washed away. Then, let the solution sit on your equipment for 5 to 10 minutes so it can dissolve the debris.
After letting the detergent sit for 5 to 10 minutes, it’s time turn up the pressure. Set your washer to a high pressure setting to remove the dirt the detergent has dissolved. Once you’ve sprayed the equipment on a high pressure setting, it’s time to rinse away the dirt and detergent. This time, start at the top of your equipment and work your way down, using plenty of water to flush away the grime.
Applying soap and rinsing it off with a pressure washer allows soap to get into areas that are otherwise unreachable by brush or hand washing. This makes pressure washing ideal for wheel wells, between wheels, and in pulley compartments. Soaping and rinsing with a pressure washer instead of a brush allows greater surface areas to be covered in a shorter amount of time, allowing more farm equipment to be washed overall.
Plant residue and animal fecal matter can be very difficult to remove unless you use harsh cleaners or a lot of elbow grease. With the methods we describe above, these soils come off with ease and you won’t need to invest extra time or attention.
Seacole has formulations to help the agriculture Industry optimize the performance and protect the appearance of these capital investments with OEM Service Professionals, Rebuilders, and Farmers in mind.
OEM Service Professionals
Original equipment manufacturers (OEM) service professionals have to diagnose problems and repair farm equipment as quickly as possible. Seacole’s spray and wipe degreaser, Break, is designed to allow service techs to quickly and thoroughly clean a specific area. This can prevent a complete tear down of the equipment, saving valuable time (and money) for the customer.
Once the problem parts are disassembled, mechanics can use Seacole’s full line of spray wash chemistries in cabinet, agi-lift, or conveyor washers. Our 14EX is the industry-leading chemistry for precision parts cleaning. It can be paired with a series of defoamers, Turbo Charge (for carbon removal), and proprietary rust inhibitors for a complete cleaning and protection package.
Equipment rebuilders refurbish machinery components on a mass scale as an alternative to purchasing expensive components from the original equipment manufacturers. Seacole supports these service providers with complex solutions for removing carbon deposits, dirt, oil, and even paint from these parts. Our Spraydet line of detergents has a series of formulations to work with aluminum, ferrous metals, plastics, and electrical components (motors). Seacole’s Rust Inhibitor products protect these parts from corrosion while they await their next life on the farm.
Farmers not only take pride in feeding the world’s population, they also love to take pride in their equipment and facilities. Whatever color of equipment you own: green, red, yellow, or blue, Seacole has the chemistries to keep them clean, protected, and looking their best. Our Total Cleaner is an all-purpose, concentrated liquid perfect for pressure washing equipment, steel buildings, shop floors, and parking pads.
Got bugs? No matter how many grasshoppers smashed into the front of the tractor, Bill’s Bug Blaster can help dissolve them. It was originally designed for Plexiglass airplane windshields without fogging. Use it for the crop-duster, UTV, ATV, motorcycle, or boat windshields. It will also work on glass, but must be rinsed off before it dries!
Why does Seacole know so much about pressure washing farm equipment? We’ve supported the industry for decades with detergents, degreasers, and industrial cleaners for use in pressure washers and other spray equipment. Contact the experts at Seacole today to find the detergent and degreaser that’s best for your equipment.