Ultrasonic technology, aka ultrasound: isn’t that really used for medical diagnosis? Yes, indeed. But this technology does far more than flash a black and white image of a patient’s insides on a doctor’s computer screen. It’s also a powerful cleaning method that many industries including automotive, manufacturing, machining, aerospace – and yes, property restoration – employ daily.
Here’s how it works to restore property at Paul Davis: technicians load soiled items into an ultrasonic device – which looks much like a large industrial washing machine – filled with cleaning solution. Ultrasonic sound frequencies – far above the level that humans can perceive – then buzz through the liquid. The sound waves, which can be seen as ripples on the surface, generate millions of incredibly tiny bubbles that churn through and against every surface to dislodge soot, bacteria, grime and other contamination.
“These bubbles aren’t like fragile soap bubbles that lightly pop,” explains Brady Chuckel, President of Paul Davis of Southeast Wisconsin, adding that this technology is environmentally safe. “Ultrasonic bubbles have thick cell walls that collapse inward at exceptionally high speeds, essentially vacuuming contaminants away without damaging the items themselves. No scrubbing or scraping needed.”
Ultrasonic cleaning can be precisely calibrated to address nearly any type of contamination or material. When technicians program cleaning cycles, they can change the temperature, select targeted cleaning products and adjust processing time. They also dial in ultrasonic frequency to suit specific items. Higher frequencies, for instance, produce smaller bubbles that are very gentle on fragile items.
This versatile technology particularly excels when it treats items with intricate designs, recesses or hidden areas that would otherwise require hand-cleaning with tools that could cause mechanical damage. It’s also faster and more efficient than traditional cleaning methods, enabling disaster victims to more quickly reclaim special items like heirloom garments or a child’s beloved stuffed animals. “Ultrasonic techniques can often restore very soiled items that customers think they’ll never see again,” Chuckel adds. “For disaster victims, it can seem like a miraculous process that really helps them put their lives back.”
This advanced cleaning process is just one of the many techniques Paul Davis employs to restore items to pristine pre-loss condition; in fact, the company completely restores 85 percent of the items that it treats. For help with property restoration after a disaster or to learn more, call Paul Davis at 800-661-5975.