How to Keep Grease at Bay

02 ad copy.jpg.image.178x300Grease can be an issue for a variety of businesses – whether it is an auto business or industrial kitchen, it can be a nuisance. Because these types of businesses tend to use grease on a daily basis, it’s important to keep it at bay. Grease, oil and other products can not only clog pipes, it can ruin surfaces such as concrete floors, asphalt, macadam and equipment used in the business. Not only can grease clog pipes and create a build up of dirt in certain areas, it leaves unpleasant odors.
Grease cleaners and other cleaning tips can assist in keeping grease at bay and assist in not ruining drains or other surfaces. Selecting the right product is important and Worldwide Janitor provides extensive information on each product.

Understand the Type of Drainage System

Your drainage system is critical to understand how to keep grease under control. While a variety of townships and states have banned grey-water lines, while some communities still allow them. Some grey-water lines, especially those built many years ago, aren’t equipped to handle grease. While most of today’s drainage systems are built using PVC piping, older systems used terracotta or other types of material, such as iron pipes which can rust internally. Some drainage lines settle into the ground and no longer allow water and grease to drain effectively and efficiently. When those systems settle into the ground, it causes them to become unattached and scattered. They’re also smaller, not allowing grease to flow through properly.

When grease builds up in any type of drainage system, it’s hard to keep it at bay using standard methods. It can become costly if you have to hire a professional to use a “drain snake” or other equipment to get the grease out of the drainage system. Even removing grease in newer drainage systems can be costly. Because grease become thick and stick to internal drainage lines, when a clog starts, professionals use heavy-duty equipment to find the clog and eventually remove it.

Flush Drains with Boiling Water

Grease can be maintained by using boiling hot water to remove the grease or move it through a drainage system, simply by pouring it down drains. Because grease coagulates in cold water, hot or boiling hot water will assist in getting rid of grease. Although it’s not a permanent solution, simply boiling water and flushing drains or other areas with the boiling water that may have been in contact with grease, oil or substances that bind to surfaces in the drainage system can assist in removing it. It also doesn’t require harsh chemicals.

Although boiling water can assist, it can be costly because it increases the utility bill if it’s done frequently. Using degreasing products can also assist when used on a routine basis to assist with grease build up – this includes indoor products and drainage systems.

Use Degreasers to Clean Areas and Equipment

Many degreasers are biodegradable and do minimal harm to the environment – actually less harm than the grease itself. Some degreasers are used for inedible surfaces, while others can be used on equipment and surfaces used to prepare food. Many of these degreasers can be used in a variety of industries, such as kitchens, auto and marine businesses, as well as engineering shops.

Different degreasers can be used with high-powered equipment, such as power washers. Other products can be used and scrubbed with brush brooms if diluted properly. After cleaning the area, use a brush broom to remove the debris and chemicals from the area. Use a hose to wash the area and a separate brush broom to remove the water out of the area. Cleaning the areas and using equipment assist in keeping the area sanitized and the equipment from becoming damaged. Protective gear is always recommended when using a degreaser for cleaning. Some degreasers require testing them on a small area before using them. Select the right product to do the job. Review the product information or MSDS sheets to ensure what product you select works in your business environment.

Make Degreasing a Routine Task

Because grease builds up over time, make degreasing any area that may come in contact with grease or oil a routine task. Degreasing can be done weekly, monthly or even yearly depending on the type of business that requires degreasing. Some businesses have very busy seasons and seasons that are not busy. If your business doesn’t have a slow season, degrease on a regular basis after business hours. During slow seasons, degrease areas thoroughly when business is slow.

Making degreasing a routine task not only keeps governing agencies happy, it keeps customers happy when they see the clean environment, no matter what type of business you own or operate. Select the right product to do degreasing for your specific business and understand governing agencies requirements.

 

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