by Jeff Andrews, Northern Tails Sharpening
Ultrasonic Cleaners (UC) have been used within the grooming business for years. I used to combine chemical compounds in beakers after I was an R&D chemist for GP years in the past, and it did very nicely. The UC works like a microwave oven utilizing ultrahigh frequency tones to maneuver molecules of water or liquid in a container.
The most effective use of the UC for blade care is cleansing blade plaque between the blade tooth. The plaque is breeding grounds for viruses and micro organism, and you can’t fully kill them with over-the-counter disinfectants alone.
Blade plaque consists of media from pet dander, hair and natural cleaning soap movie. It’s a good media for culturing micro organism and viruses. The UC does a beautiful job to this finish.
I favor plain water within the UC bathtub. Why? There are two causes. First, I like doing a number of cleansing operations at one time. I take advantage of a number of totally different cleaners positioned in mason jars. You can’t do this in case your bathtub holds just one cleaner. I take advantage of one cleaner for rust, one other one with WD-40 and a 3rd one utilizing a degreasing cleaner. I get the latter at Lowes for $12.00 a gallon. Second, after I take away the jars from the tub, drips are plain water and chemical compounds.
My means is fairly distinctive in comparison with others, however I based mostly my technique on years of expertise discovering one of the simplest ways. When utilizing mason jars the cleansing waves of the UC go proper by glass. Cautious, don’t use plastic jars. The waves act in another way. Organize blades within the mason jars any means you need. I counsel you get as many as you’ll be able to inside.
Fill the jar with cleansing answer to a stage greater than the blades. The water stage of the tub have to be on the identical stage because the liquid within the jar or greater.
Run the UC for 10 minutes until in any other case instructed. Don’t warmth the tub as a result of the UC will warmth the liquid contained in the jar. Don’t seal the jars tight. Go away slightly crack permitting the liquid inside to broaden slightly as wanted.
POST CLEANING CYCLE
After the cleansing cycle attain within the bathtub and pull out your jar(s). Some UC items can match three mason jars. The jars are prone to drip from the tub however you should not have to fret. It ought to simply be nonhazardous water. Had you handled the tub with an answer like WD-40, you would need to put on gloves if you take away the blades one after the other, and associated dangers to respiratory fumes. There isn’t any cause to threat your security.
Take your jar(s) of fresh blades to a desk, or take away them from the jar(s) proper at your UC location. I counsel utilizing a magnet to take away blades after which laying them on a towel. You’ll be able to put a stick in your magnet for this goal. Additionally it is a helpful technique to put blades into jars as nicely with out making splashes. You should buy magnet extension arms at Harbor Freight, Dwelling Depot, Lowes or comparable shops.
Get the majority of the moisture off the blades by hand drying on the towel.
Subsequent, use your air hose, power dryer, or hair dryer and blow the remaining liquid off the blade. You should definitely fully dry between the tooth in addition to underneath the spring with a purpose to forestall any rust.
If you happen to discover remaining blade plaque repeat the complete process. Blade plaque could also be tough to take away the primary time and haven’t often cleaned your blades. If you happen to start common cleansing along with your UC just a few occasions per week you must efficiently keep away from blade plaque buildup.
Right here is the whole equipment I take advantage of to scrub blades. I’ve one jar with straight WD-40. It breaks away chunks of blade plaque from between the tooth when a cleaning soap answer alone is inadequate. I’ve one other jar with WD-40 Rust Dissolver. We use it when blades have rusty spots not eliminated by our radial wheel cleansing. I maintain three jars with a cleaning soap answer. I combine 1 half cleaning soap (Krud-Kutter, Easy Inexperienced, and many others) to three components water. The extra water within the combine the higher for cleansing.
Your cleansing answer will look soiled even after the primary use, however I’ve discovered the used answer works nicely for a number of remedies. Dust falls to the underside of the jar. When the filth builds as much as ¼ inch deep change the answer.
Within the image you see cleaned blades from one jar. We eliminated them from the jar utilizing magnet proven. The cleansing jar answer seems soiled however it may be used just a few extra occasions. You’ll be able to resolve if you wish to reuse or not. As soon as hand-wiped and blown fully dry, apply oil to the cleaned blades.