Let In the Light: Ultrasonics Cleaning

Every home insurance adjuster and most agents are familiar with ultrasonic cleaning, but few know that ultrasonics entered the restoration arena through a side door – blind cleaning. Of course we have heard legends of some beginners trying other methods-everything from running the soot-stained blinds over to a car was and blasting them clean, to lowering them into a sudsy solution of the homeowner’s bathtub. But power washers and steam can ruin the blind surface (thin metal, wood or plastic). Even scrubbing with plastic brushes can scratch, pit or scuff blinds that are covered in gritty soot. So there are really only two safe ways to avoid permanent damage to fragile exteriors-one is to submerge the blinds in a non corrosive bath and gently agitate the surface with wet microfiber cloths. That one takes time and a lot of care. The second way is good old fashioned ultrasonics. We say “old fashioned ultrasonics” because the company that started it all began using ultrasonics to clean blinds over a quarter of a century ago, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That process has proven itself with all types of blinds- aluminum, fabric, wood, plastic and even more and it can clean the various materials used for the slats, cords and head rails as well as the components used to open and close the blinds themselves. No soot, grease, dust or bacteria can escape the ultrasonics technology. More recently it has been successfully used to clean the paddles on fans, the lenses that cover fluorescent lights and all manner of hard contents. One thing on which contents professionals, adjusters and home or business owners all agree is a real bonus-the whole process cleans far more efficiently and effectively than cleaning each piece by hand. The blinds are placed in an ultrasonics tank that is filled with water, cleaning solutions, water softeners and rinse agents. Next, they are moved into a rinse chamber and finally they are air dried or “blow dried”. No abrasives, no hared brushes, no damaging chemicals. Some contents professionals even like to finish things off with an “insider’s secret”. They spray a little liquid fabric softener on the slats so they resist future contaminants.