How to clean an IBC using high pressure cleaning heads
High pressure cleaning heads are the equipment of choice when it comes to commercial cleaning of IBC's. Cleaning heads, often referred to as spinners because of their cleaning action, are used widely throughout the tanker and IBC (Tote) cleaning industry in the UK and across the world.
Why use a cleaning head (spinner)?
The benefits of using omni-directional cleaning heads are:
In short, the cleaning heads provide a superior clean. A clean which is safe, quick, efficient and consistent. A clean which can be tailored to meet set requirements such as temperature, pressure and volume to ensure the most efficient clean is achieved considering the containers material and size.
As the cleaning heads are placed in the centre of the container and operate at high pressures (often up to 140 bar or 2000PSI), every inch of the IBC is consistently cleaned including the difficult to reach areas such as top corners. Something which cannot be achieved by a pressure washer lance or hose adapter.
Can you sanitise an IBC using a cleaning head system?
Yes - water at temperatures up to 90'c (195'F) can be pumped through the Spinner. Injection of a Chemical (sanitizer) can also be achieved.
How much do they cost?
There are many different cleaning heads available on the market today. The costs of which vary according to the equipment. Typically £2000 (GBP) would buy a cleaning head suitable for cleaning a road Tanker where an IBC which requires a low pressure "rinse" would cost a lot less. Cleaning Heads offer a superior costs saving on the alternative options while providing a faultless clean every time.
What else is required?
Entry level IBC Cleaning systems consist of a pump which will produce the pressure required to run the spinner of choice a water supply and a connecting hose. At the opposite end of the spectrum, fully automated IBC cleaning systems can be manufactured to customer specifications. It all depends on what it is you are trying to achieve, the resources you have and the budget you have to work with.
Where can I get more information?
Please contact Fleetclean on +44 (0)1977 607087. Fleetclean Ltd is a UK Based Commercial Cleaning Company who specialise in the Cleaning of IBC's (Totes) and supplies IBC (Tote) cleaning equipment. With over 25 years in the Commercial Cleaning of Tankers and suppliers of commercial cleaning equipment - Fleetclean can advise, supply and fit the best equipment for your requirements.
The video below shows a real time IBC Clean. Please go to 1minute 50 seconds to see the internal view of the cleaning head in action.