Ultrasonics Cleaning


Clean Moves has some serious, high-quality ultrasonic cleaning equipment. Ultrasonic cleaning uses high-frequency sound waves (the “ultra,” as the frequencies are higher than human hearing, the “sonic” as in sound) to remove fine particles and hard-to-reach dirt, grime, soot, oil, mold, and other contaminants from a wide variety of objects (metal, glass, ceramics, electronics, and so on). It’s a perfect balance of being strong enough to clean almost anything without damaging the actual items in any way.

We use ultrasonic cleaning as part of our contents restoration process, but they are also used in manufacturing (cleaning grease, removing buffing compounds, polishing) and electronics (cleaning).

How Ultrasonic Cleaning Works

Ultrasonic cleaning uses sound to create cavitation bubbles, which then agitate a liquid. In cleaning anything, it is truly the agitation that cleans (even your hands—soap helps with the agitation, but without the agitation, using and rinsing off soap will not clean your hands well). So much of the time, items are delicate and one can’t use too much agitiation without risk of damage.

Ultrasonic sound waves create cavitation bubbles by causing microscopic gas bubbles to oscillate. This causes the bubbles to rapidly expand and then collapse. This releases remarkable amounts of energy, which creates pressure, which then produces the agitation powerful enough to remove nearly all contaminants from a surface, all without damaging that surface.

The cavitation process moves through the cleaning fluid, across the surface of an object, and agitates the pollutants to release their bind with that object. The machines we use here also ensure the movement of pollutants away from the surfaces to prevent any rebinding, producing a like-new product.

Yes, ultrasonic cleaning works great on jewelry, too! If you come down to the showroom, bring an old, tarnished piece of jewelry, and we’ll show you how wonderful ultrasonic cleaning can be!