Removing concrete from machinery can be difficult work and the old techniques of using a hammer or a brick to dislodge residues are far from ideal when you've spent time and money choosing the best products on the market.
However, there are now modern-day chemicals and cleaning agents capable of loosening concrete residues by breaking down the Portland in the cement. Once your equipment is clean, consider treating it with chemical protection designed to prevent further build-up in the future and you can rest assured that your machinery will remain at its gleaming best for some time to come.
Chemical cleaners work by breaking down the structure of cement, making it easier to remove. However, it is important to avoid using acid-based solutions to achieve this, in case they damage the machinery that they are intended to protect. Using non-acidic alternatives, you can make sure that your equipment is clean and left unharmed by corrosion or rust, as well as helping to safeguard the environment by not releasing harmful by-products from the cleaning process into the drainage network.
Liquid Hammer is a specially formulated chemical cleaner which is capable of removing cement and grease from your equipment at the same time. The formulation is kind to run-off streams so should not harm the environment, while also being gentle on the user and the machinery being cleaned.
SpeedyClean Concrete Dissolver is a further chemical cleaner capable of breaking down the bonds in concrete, leaving a mushy substance that can simply be wiped away in between ten and 30 minutes.
Chemical protection products are a pro-active way to keep residues off of your expensive machinery. They put a barrier between equipment and concrete, ensuring that it cannot adhere to the surface and making it easier to clean off.
Metalshield Concrete Plant & Formwork Protector is one option, offering a waxy layer to reduce the chance that any residues are able to stick to a surface. It can also help to reduce corrosion thanks to its inhibiting agents, prolonging the life of machinery.
SpeedStrike Form Release Agent can be used to loosen cement from a surface, leaving a protective film in place that stops future build-up. With a high molecular weight, this is a reliable and well-performing product for heavy-duty applications.
SpeedyShield Plant & Formwork Protector is an invisible barrier that gives a high-gloss finish to surfaces, making them harder for concrete to grip on to. It is suitable for use on painted exteriors, biodegradable, non-flammable and non-corrosive.