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It is HOT out there! Most of the US is in a heat wave with record breaking temperatures. If you are not in this area this information will still apply. Most everyone looks at heat and safety for employees and that's a good thing. Now let's look at heat and how it impacts our industrial detergent usage.


In the test below that was conducted by an independent source, the outside air temperature was approximately 800 F. At 2:15 pm just after measuring the cars, the pavement in the sun measured 1110 F, shaded pavement was 720 F, a shaded white cinder block wall was 680 F, and a shaded metal wall was 730 F. So this is a typical warm but not unreasonable day.


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Light Gray Vehicle - Hood - 1150 F                    White Vehicle - Hood - 960 F

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Applying and rinsing with cold water will work with the detergent to meet it's maximum performance. Also, changing your detergents dilution ratio will help, but you will need to extend the wash time. We recommend changing detergents when the season or big temperature change is happening. This will improve a products performance and the end wash result. If the temperature change isn't more than 20 degrees then product dilution adjustment will be enough.


Bumpers, Grills, Lights, Chrome

The hardest area to keep cool and most critical for the detergent not to dry. These are delicate areas that heat and detergent can damage easily and quickly. In the summer heat it's important to watch the dwell time and have a cool surface prior to application. Using a UV protective product will be worth the cost and doesn't have to be applied on every wash. The baking effect of the sun will damage lens covers, grills, bumpers and chrome as well as apply a cleaner to these areas when they are hot.


Tires & Wheels

This area is double impacted by the heat due to their mechanical parts already being heated by friction. Those brakes will really heat up the wheels no matter the outside temperature. Cool these down first. Road friction and mechanical friction will still be noticeable until the vehicle has cooled down for at least 20 minutes. A cold water rinse will help these areas cool down faster. Using a water based tire dressing may not give the "wet tire" look that many people prefer, but it will be less absorbed by the rubber tires and last longer. They are less expensive to apply and a recommendation in the summer time over the higher silicone version.


Stay Cool!


Tags:  Evaluation, Selling Detergents, ChemWorks, Vehicles and Heat, Industrial Detergents


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Lynette Ladd is CEO and Co-Founder of ChemWorks. A member of the American Chemical Society ACS, and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry IUPAC,

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