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The 4 types of cleaning solutions; detergents, degreasers, acids, and abrasives

When it comes to cleaning, it’s important to know which is the right cleaning solution for the job. To do that, you first need to know what the four main types of cleaning solutions are, and that’s exactly what we’re discussing in this latest blog post. While there are many different cleaning products on the market, from a wealth of different brands, all cleaning solutions essentially fall into one of four main groups: detergents, degreasers, acids, and abrasives.

Detergents: what are they are where can you use them?

Detergents are man made cleaning solutions and they require liquid, most commonly water, in order to work. They are surfactants that lower the surface tension of the water, basically making the water “wetter” so that it’s more likely to interact with oil and grease. They do require either mechanical energy or agitation to pull the grime away once the detergent has bound with the oil or grease. For commercial or industrial cleaning projects, our range of floor cleaning equipment is designed with different brush and cleaning heads to provide this agitation when used with our detergents.

Detergents are great for emulsifying oils (allowing water and oils to mix), holding dirt in suspension, and given the liquid element, using as wetting agents. They are very versatile cleaning products than come in either gel, liquid, powder, or occasionally crystal form but be warned, there are some areas where a detergent might not be the best cleaning solution for the job. They should not be used on surfaces like hardwood flooring, mirrored surfaces or natural surfaces like silk and leather. At Fleetclean we offer a tried and tested range of detergents ideal for removing traffic film through our high pressure cleaners, including our Fleetclean 3000 and 4000 TFR Detergent.

Degreasers: what are they and where can you use them?

Degreasers are the perfect choice for removing organic matter like fats, oils, and proteins. That’s why many kitchen cleaning products are often sold as degreasers. Typically, degreasers have a higher PH or in other words they are more alkaline, like our Fleetclean Ultrascrub, allowing them to effectively cut through these types of stain. They are also great for cleaning surfaces without the risk of causing fading or etching.

Our Fleetclean power scrub is a degreaser based on natural citrus oils and blended with low foam detergents. It is designed for use in our range of floor scrubbing machines and it is the perfect choice for safely and effectively cleaning marble, terrazzo, concrete and tiled floors.

Acids: what are they and where can you use them?

An acid is a cleaning solution that has a PH of six or lower and they can range from relatively mild, to very strong. Acids are great for breaking down things like rust, mineral deposits, and certain types of mould. While mild acids can be used in a wide range of cleaning environments, stronger acidic cleaners should be used with caution and of course the right protective clothing and equipment. Acids can also cause damage to the surface being cleaned if they’re not used correctly, so it is vital to read the instructions before using any type of acidic cleaner to avoid mistakes.

Abrasives: what are they and where can you use them?

Whilst we are all familiar with abrasive cleaning agents like cream cleaners in our home environments, when it comes to commercial and industrial applications the abrasive element will usually be introduced to the job in a physical way via the machinery being used. For example, our range of scrubbing machines can be fitted with various different types of brushes or abrasive pads. These can also be fitted to high-speed burnishers to remove the top of, say, marble flooring, prior to repolishing.

Another accepted method of wet abrasive cleaning is the introduction of silica sand to the high-pressure water stream from a pressure washer using a sandblasting attachment. More specialised equipment can see the introduction of ice being used as the abrasive element where a more standard approach cannot be employed.

Please remember, it is very important to handle any cleaning agents carefully and safely. Exposure to some cleaning chemicals can lead to things like skin irritations so always ensure you follow any instructions on the label, wear the right protective clothing and if in doubt, speak to cleaning experts like us here at Fleetclean.

A Modern IBC Cleaning Solution

Here at Fleetclean we are very familiar with customers presenting us with unique cleaning problems, quite often with stains, product and detergents having to be taken into account, along with reducing manual inputs and efficiencies. This week’s problem solving opportunity took us to Peterborough, Cambridgeshire where our customer required a modern cleaning solution in their brand new site, cleaning IBCs used in the production of their popular food supplement.

Emissions and water usage were the forefront of this project. As the site isn’t connected to mains drainage, all waste must be transported off site at a cost so water usage was paramount – without compromising wash performance.

Plant Master Electric IBC Cleaning Solution

The solution?

Our electrically heated high pressure cleaner ensures that 80⁰c 200 bar hot water is readily available, whilst maintaining a green, low carbon footprint and zero emissions. With the soaring costs of fossil fuels, our electrically heated solution is not only economically effective, it also negates the need for fuel storage on site along with any COSHH red tape that comes with it.

Paired with our FC30 tank cleaning head, chosen specifically for its quick cleaning time, full 360⁰ internal tank coverage in just 3 minutes means minimal water use with maximum wash performance. In addition the custom built timer remote control unit ensures that the cleaning head can be started by the operator and then left to complete a wash cycle unattended without fear of being forgotten about, wasting water and energy whilst a key controlled override can allow for uninterrupted cleaning.

Built in our workshop and installed within the day at the prepared site allowed for our engineers to commission and carry out the operator training that the customer required to make sure the equipment is put straight to use.

Go GREEN with Fleetclean, ask about our range of electrically heated equipment and put us to the test to create a solution to your cleaning challenges!

Everything you need to know about IBC tanks

In this blog post, as the title suggests, we’re going to be covering everything you need to know about IBC tanks including what they are, what they can be used for, what they are made from and of course, how to clean them.

IBC Tanks Stacked Outside

What is an IBC tank?

Let’s start by explaining that IBC is an acronym for the term “intermediate bulk container”. As well as being known as IBC tanks, they are also sometimes referred to as IBC totes, IBC pallet tanks or simply just IBCs. In other words, there are lots of different terms used to describe the same type of container, so it’s no surprise there can be some confusion around what an IBC tank is!

In a nutshell, an intermediate bulk container or an IBC is a multi-use, industrial grade container that is reusable and typically (although not always) square in shape. The square shape makes it easy to stack, store and ship these containers in a space efficient way, that makes them a low-cost shipping option for businesses around the world. Cylindrical IBC’s are typically used in some food applications, specifically to ensure that there are no “corners” for food to remain in during the cleaning process.

Cylindrical and Square IBCs

What can an IBC tank be used for?

IBC tanks can be used to store and to transport materials in a liquid, paste, semi-liquid or solid state. Lots and lots of industries use IBC tanks for their storage and transportation of goods but here are a few of the use cases we commonly see in our work here at Fleetclean:

  • The food industry uses IBC tanks to store and transport foods such as sugar, syrup, and wine
  •  The construction industry uses IBC tanks to store and transport items like paint
  • The pharmaceutical industry uses IBC tanks to store and transport things like bio-waste
  • In agriculture IBC tanks can be used to store and transport fertilizer
  • The chemical industry often put IBC tanks to good use storing and transporting hazardous and even toxic materials such as solvents, Petro-chemicals, and adhesives
  • And last but by no means least, IBCs are also ideal for rainwater storage across multiple industries too!

So, you can see, IBC tanks offer a huge amount of practical applications for a wide range of businesses across lots of different industries. In cases where IBC tanks are being used to store and transport hazardous materials, it is important that the ADR regulations in the UK and Europe and the 49 CFR regulations for the US market are adhered to fully. For even more information about the different types of IBC tanks and what they can be used for, we highly recommend this article here.

What are IBC tanks made from?

In short, IBC tanks are most commonly made from either plastic, stainless steel or carbon steel and each type of material offers different benefits:

  • Plastic – these IBCs can be used to hold solids and liquids; they are available in a vast range of sizes and metal cages can be added for extra stability. They are also made from non-toxic plastics, so there is no risk of contamination between the container and the contents
  • Stainless steel – this material is highly resistant to corrosion, capable of withstanding high temperatures and is generally ideal for heavy duty use. Like plastic IBCs, stainless steel IBCs are available in a large range of sizes too
  • Carbon steel – this is a highly durable type of IBC that is also lightweight and affordable, the IBC can be recycled successfully when it reaches its end of life, it is shock resistant and ideal for holding substances that are flammable, strongly scented or that are combustible

Stainless Steel VS Plastic IBC Tanks

How do you clean an IBC tank?

Cleaning your IBC tanks thoroughly is a serious business and it’s something that we here at Fleetclean pride ourselves on doing to the highest standards. From our point of view, an IBC clean should always start with reading the labels. That means checking the product labels attached to the tank and establishing the last use of the IBC, so it’s clear what’s being dealt with.

Professional IBC cleaning like the cleans we do here at Fleetclean, are performed by skilled experts who understand hazardous chemicals and therefore have the safety measures, equipment, and infrastructure to handle them. The clean itself typically uses high pressure water, delivered through an omni-directional set of spinner heads and powerful pump sets. This ensures every inch of the IBC’s surface is cleaned thoroughly. Once the clean is complete, a Cleaning Document such as the EFTCO Cleaning Document (ECD) is issued to prove that your IBC has been cleaned professionally and does not pose any environmental or hazardous threats.

If this sounds like a service you need for your IBC tanks, then please contact our team today. For even more information on how to clean an IBC tank safely, you can read our step by step blog here.

What are the different types of IBC tanks?

There are two main types of IBC tanks: rigid IBC tanks and flexible IBC tanks. Rigid IBC tanks are the stackable and reusable IBCs that can be easily maneuvered using forklifts and pallet jacks. Often, they are made from metal and plastic, and they come in a range of different sizes depending on what you need to store, ranging from 400 litres at the smaller end and up to 3,000 litres at the larger end. Most commonly IBCs hold 1,000 litres.

Flexible IBC tanks are slightly different. They can be made from metal or plastic, but also wood too. They range in size from a capacity of 500Kg to 1000Kg and often the sides of these containers can fold inward when the tank is not in use, for more efficient storage when they are empty. The reason flexible IBC volumes are measured in weight, is because they tend to be used for storing dry products like sand.

What is the anatomy of an IBC tank?

The main part of an IBC tank is known as the drum or the barrel and this is the part that holds the contents. You’ll often see plastic IBCs with a steel cage wrapped around them for extra support and balance when in use and sometimes, pallets can be added to the bottom of an IBC to aid maneuverability and stack-ability.

To remove liquids from an IBC tank once transportation is complete, most IBCs have valves where a hose can be attached to control the flow of liquid out of the tank into another container. Clamps can be used to pressurize IBC valves to prevent leaks, while gauges can be used to measure the volume in the tank at any time. Gaskets, that are corrosion proof are used in between the component parts in the IBC tank as another measure to prevent leaks. Last, but by no means least, an identification plate is included on all IBC tanks, and this is where the IBC’s model number and relevant specifications are recorded so they are always to hand.

Component Parts of an IBC Tank

Some IBC’s are fitted with heater elements in order to liquefy product that has solidified in the IBC, or to keep product at a set temperature. These IBC’s are available for both foodstuff and chemical IBC’s. Typical of products that would be used with heatable IBC’s are things like chocolate, jam, high-viscosity chemicals and the like. These tanks are always made of stainless steel, feature a control panel to set and maintain temperature and are invariably fully insulated.

Why do IBCs need periodic testing?

IBC tanks need to be tested, inspected, and certified due to international regulations. These regulations state that all IBCs should be tested at least once every 30 months and stainless-steel IBCs manufactured with UN markings, also need a thickness test once every 60 months. The dates for the test and retest must be clearly marked on each IBC unit. It’s a vital part of safely owning and using IBC totes and it’s important the testing is handled by experts like our team here at Fleetclean. If you need an IBC test or inspection, you can find out more about how we do that and contact our team just here.

Are there special requirements for IBC totes that store food and drink?

When shipping and storing goods that are meant for human consumption, it’s critical that these goods are properly protected and insulated so they’re not contaminated and cause harm to a person’s health. Therefore, there are IBCs that are specifically manufactured as food grade IBCs. Food grade simply means that the material the IBC tank has been made from has been deemed safe to be in contact with food and drink. Typically, food grade safe materials for IBC tanks are steel and plastic, specifically polyethylene.

For even more useful information about IBC tanks, we recommend doing some further reading here and here.

In conclusion, IBC tanks are the go-to container type when it comes to efficiently packaging, storing, and transporting virtually any kind of material. They can save your business space, time and money making them well worth the investment and when you need to clean, test, and inspect your IBCs, you have experts like us here at Fleetclean on hand to help.

Upgrades to Tankwash and IBC Cleaning in 2021

2021 has seen a huge number of changes and upgrades to our tankwash and IBC cleaning operations.

First of all, we’ve had a number of personnel changes to the management team which have contributed greatly to an improvement in the overall operation. James Whitham took over as Engineering Services Manager in February 2021 and has progressively introduced equipment and operational changes which have improved reliability, reduced cleaning times and placed a greater emphasis on preventative maintenance.

Our pumping systems have been upgraded and are now more effective with some of the heavier products we clean, such as chocolate and flour. Our DAF effluent treatment system has received several upgrades and now operates with less fluctuation in output, thereby ensuring continuing compliance with our discharge limits, and we’ve installed a Sludge press which de-waters the sludge produced by the DAF Plant, and this dried sludge is then removed from site to be used to create biogas which is sent to generators to create electricity, and bio-fertiliser for farms.

In addition, Alice Bell, our Cleaning Services Manager took on additional responsibilities including those of tankwash personnel. Her first action was to promote one of our Senior Tankwash Operatives, Gav Haigh, to the position of Tankwash Supervisor. Gav oversees our two shifts which are headed up by Ian Downham and Jonny Norton ensuring that all tasks are completed to our quality standards and to customer satisfaction. And last, but not least, Danny Bennett-Brown is now in charge of our IBC cleaning operation, bringing his high standards to this function of the business.

These personnel changes have meant that we now have an exceptional team in place to ensure that tanks and IBC’s are cleaned to the highest standards at all times.

Installed across Yorkshire

Installed 18 of these bad boys earlier this year for a major client at their sites throughout Yorkshire.

Performance criteria as follows:

  • 200 bar pressure
  • 15 litres per minute throughput
  • Up to 85oC operating temperature (infinitely variable)
  • Full detergent system
  • Remote controls to enable siting away from the cleaning area
  • Stainless steel hose reels
  • Stainless steel pipework
  • Flame failure control
  • Frost protection
  • Control system limits operator actions to On/Off, Hot/Cold, Detergent On/Off,
  • Emergency stop

 

These units provided the client with a new way of cleaning in an area that was problematic for them, and will ultimately save them hundreds of thousands of pounds over the next few years.

 

 

 

It’s a win/win for customer and supplier!

 

This is one of the projects we’ve been up to over the last few months.

A high pressure, hot water tankwash system for one of our customers.

150 bar pressure, 85oC temperature with 8 cleaning heads, its a great system if you don’t want to go to the trouble and expense of buying and running a steam boiler.
A very effective, very economical solution for the small to medium-sized tanker cleaning operation.

Great for cleaning IBC’s too!

Containerised Tankwash

Once the specification was agreed, the self-contained unit was built up and tested at our depot in Knottingley before being shipped to our customer in the North East and delivered as a “Plug & Play” solution. Once connected to the customers existing water, fuel and electricity supplies, exhaust flues were added, remote controls and high pressure pipework connected and the system was good to go!

Our customer is absolutely overjoyed with the equipment and the significant improvements that it has made to their cleaning operation.

This build method can be utilised to provide many bespoke tanker cleaning, IBC cleaning and tote cleaning solutions with the minimum inconvenience to the customer as the build process is all done off site.

 

Covid-19 Back-To-Work Plan

First, it is very important to express thanks to all employees who have been committed and managed to keep working through this difficult period.

We have managed to keep the operations going and continued to satisfy our customers service needs. Even more important, we have been able, with everybody’s help to ensure that there was continued employment for all.

Our aim is to have people back-to-work in the office in order that operations can continue to be 100% effective.

In order to ensure that we can all get back-to-work safely, not only have we carried out a risk assessment, but we have also established a phased plan.

All of the controls we have implemented are detailed within this briefing note and all employees must comply.

Remember, we have still had employees working in the office and this has been successful without any health issues.

Commuting to/from Work

When commuting to/from work it is important to protect yourself and others from catching or passing on the virus. If you have to use public transport, try to keep to yourself and use gloves to protect yourself from dirty surfaces e.g. door handles. Government guidance should be followed for the protection of yourself and others.
If you are car-sharing, try to ensure that the other people are taking similar precautions to you.

Wearing of Masks

There is no evidence at present that confirms the use of a mask will prevent you from catching a virus. Although, there is no harm in taking the precaution especially if using public transport. We will not be requiring any employee to wear a mask or face covering in the office.

Cleaning of Hands

The authorities consider hand cleaning to be the most effective way of controlling the spread of the virus. It is also important to note that alcohol gels are for general protection. The only way to ensure your hands are clean is to wash them with hot water and soap followed by drying them. Alcohol gels are to be used between hand cleaning, but following trips to the bathroom, kitchen and handling communal items, hand cleaning with soap and water must be done.
Upon entering and leaving the office, we request that you sanitise your hands with the sanitiser provided.

Using Equipment in the Office

Use only your own telephone and computer. If you have to use any communal equipment, please wipe any surfaces down after you have used it for the next person.

The office layout has not changed as it provides a good level of individual space without having to come close to others.

Hygiene and tidy desk rules should be adhered to in order that any risk is minimised.

Using the Toilets

We all must be vigilant about cleaning our hands especially after using the toilet. To try and prevent over-crowding, the following rules are in place:

Male Toilets – 2 people maximum.

Female Toilets – The female toilet is only designed for 1 person at a time.

These will be cleaned daily.

Using the Kitchen

The following rules apply to the kitchen and also for break/lunch arrangements:

We are allowing a maximum of 1 one person to use the kitchen at any time.

Reduce your Risk

You should try to refrain from touching your face, nose & mouth and this will reduce the risk of spreading any bacteria from your hands to areas that will allow the virus to get into the body.

Coughing and Sneezing

If you have to sneeze, you MUST try to catch it in a tissue and put the tissue in a closed container. Then clean your hands. The same applies to coughing, you must prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

If you do not have any tissue at the time, use your hand or inner side of your elbow to catch the cough and sneeze. Then clean your hands.

Symptoms

It is still a personal responsibility to inform your Line Manager if you think you have any symptoms. Do not hide symptoms, let us know so we can assist you accordingly.

Items for Cleaning and Protection

Fleetclean continue to make orders for items such as tissues and alcohol gels. The alcohol gel is in short supply so we encourage you to carry your own if you have some.

Visitors

There will not be any non-essential visitors to the office unless expressly agreed by the Directors. Couriers will be met at the door and not allowed inside. If it is absolutely necessary for the Courier to enter the office, they must be restricted to the reception area.

Drivers at Tankwash

Drivers should under normal circumstances should remain in their cab. If they need to assist with the cleaning activity, try to maintain a safe distance.
Drivers may use the toilets, but only 1 at a time.

REMEMBER, CLEANING YOUR HANDS WITH HOT WATER AND SOAP IS THE PRIMARY WAY TO PREVENT CATCHING AND SPREADING THE VIRUS.

Do NOT take any chances. If you have a concern, have it checked.

How to clean an IBC (Tote) Safely

There are many reasons to want or need to clean an IBC or Tote. It may be that you are a company who uses Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC’s) also known as Totes for transporting raw ingredients, chemicals or liquids.

Top Tips for Safe DIY IBC Cleaning:

  • Check any product labels attached
  • Ask questions as to the last use of the IBC
  • If hazardous, do not take ownership or handle the IBC
  • Assume the worst – If no labels are present or there is no available data regarding the last product – refuse the IBC or refer to a commercial cleaning station

Companies who use IBC’s will often require periodic cleaning to ensure no cross contamination of product or the IBC’s are safe for disposal. In some cases the IBC’s will require periodic testing and inspections to ensure they are fit for use. Companies who handle IBC’s will be aware of the legal requirements of IBC fleet management.

There are obvious differences in the clean required for a DIY enthusiast and a company who uses IBC’s. To effectively clean an IBC for reuse, particularly in the IBC fleet hire market, you would require a professional IBC clean which is recorded and traceable.

The DIY enthusiast may find a cold water rinse with the garden hose is all that is necessary. It all depends on the last product and the use for which the IBC is intended.

Why is the last product important?

IBC’s are widely used to carry hazardous products and IBC’s acquired for DIY use are often found in a ‘casual’ way. This creates potential risk of harm to the environment and human life.

Only IBC’s which can be positively identified as non hazardous should be cleaned by individuals. If no labels exist and there is no available data on the last product – you should assume that the last product is hazardous and ensure a professional clean is performed.

It is important that you know what the IBC last contained. Labels may be attached to the IBC, however this may not reflect the product it LAST contained as it may have been used many times since by different people, although these labels will give you some indication as to a product it ONCE contained.

Hazardous product is just that; hazardous, and so care must be taken when an IBC has hazardous labels attached.

hazchem-labels

The following signs indicate the IBC once carried a hazardous product. If your IBC or Tote has labels which contain these signs, please do not handle or take ownership.

ibc-hazard-labels

To transport empty dirty IBC’s with a known hazardous product requires an ADR license so you may also be liable for the costs of transport, cleaning and disposal.

IMPORTANT – If no labels exist or there is no available data regarding the last product, you should ensure the IBC is cleaned by a commercial IBC cleaning Station.

So what is a Professional IBC Clean?

A professional IBC clean is performed by skilled operators, who understand hazardous chemicals and have the safety procedures, equipment and infrastructure in place to handle them.

Using high pressure water via omni-directional spinner heads and powerful pump sets, the IBC has every inch of its surface area cleaned with high pressure water. Where the last product is resistant to water, post wash preparation is performed while a chemical can be added to the wash water to assist product breakdown. The chemical and physical clean combined ensures the IBC is cleaned properly.

Along side this, the waste water is processed ready for clean water discharge or contained for lawful disposal. This is important when cleaning hazardous materials. IBC cleaning companies are bound by environmental and company law including Health & Safety Legislation which ensures a safe Cleaning process and environmentally friendly disposal of hazardous wastes.

A professional IBC Cleaning company will issue a Cleaning Document such as the European Cleaning Document (ECD) to evidence your IBC has been cleaned and poses no environmental or hazardous threats – effectively recording the IBC has been cleaned professionally.

Please contact us if you wish to learn more about our commercial IBC cleaning sales, hire and cleaning services we offer.

Ultra High Pressure IBC Cleaning

Fleetclean have been experimenting with Ultra High Pressure Cleaning (UHP) and the results are incredible. The experiment was performed to understand the effect Ultra High Pressure Cleaning would have on a stainless steel IBC and if any damage would be caused to the IBC structure and ancillaries.

We found that the UHP cleaning removed all of the stubborn stains and product from the IBC but did not effect the integrity of the IBC and its ancillary parts.

UHP-cleaning-of-IBC

If you would like to discuss how Ultra High Pressure (UHP) cleaning could help you clean your IBC’s then please contact Fleetclean on 01977 607087.

IBC Recirculation Cleaning System

IBC-recirculation-unit

Fleetcleans technical engineering team built this custom recirculation IBC Cleaning System to combat stubborn and difficult to clean products.

  • Increased Cleaning Capabilities
  • Reduced Effluent Processing
  • Improved Customer Service Levels

Stubborn or difficult to clean products can take hours to clean using the high pressure total loss system we use for all our IBC and Tanker washes. The main issue being the additives required to bite into the product are not in sufficient dilution rates and are often expensive. A total loss system wastes much of these additives.

As this system recirculates the residues after filtration, the benefits are the water used can have more concentrated dilution levels of additives. These additives break down the product and provide a more aggressive clean – perfect for the more stubborn products.

This recirculation cleaning system has increased our cleaning capabilities and improved service levels of our IBC cleaning business. Initial trials have reduced cleaning times by up to 75%.

If you require a system like this or something similar Fleetclean can build one to your custom specifications.

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:

  • Efficiency
  • Consistency
  • Reliability
  • Safety

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 1 minute 50 seconds to see the internal view of the cleaning head in action.

Covid-19 Update

The current situation at Fleetclean is as follows:

Our washbays are currently operating normally, as is our sales hire and service operation.

Our staff are being temperature monitored at the start of their shift and the readings recorded. Any member of staff who shows signs of a fever or a persistent cough will be sent home to isolate as per government guidelines.

Similarly any member of staff whose family or house-sharer show signs of the virus must declare the situation and self-isolate as per government guidelines.

We have adopted social distancing and ask that all personal space, to a minimum of 2 metres is observed. Any visitor to site who does not comply with this condition will be refused entry to/ejected from site.

Fleetclean provide an essential service to the food and transport industries through the operation of their tanker cleaning bays, enabling food and chemical product to reach its destination on time and in prime condition. Without tanker cleaning there would be significant disruption to food supplies and production of goods. We therefore intend to keep our staff safe so they may continue to provide this vital service.

Similarly, our sales hire and service operation provide essential services to the cleaning industry, enabling our customers to provide a clean and safe environment for their staff to operate in. A hygienic workplace is clearly a safer environment in which to operate than a dirty one.

We will continue to provide these services to the best of our ability during this extraordinarily difficult time.

Please also read our Covid-19 Back to Work Plan.