Using Your Hot-Water Jetting Equipment for Sanitation

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Using Your Hot-Water Jetting Equipment for Sanitation

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The coronavirus and COVID-19 certainly caught the world we were all living in off-guard. While lives and businesses have been turned upside down during this time of uncertainty, what hasn’t changed is HotJet USA hot-water jetting equipment being used as an effective tool to combat virus-related issues across the nation. Thanks to ill-advised customers flushing wipes, paper towels and other objects, plumbers and drain cleaners are indeed busy using their jetting equipment for tough clogs. However, HotJet USA hot-water jetting equipment can do much more.

While an emphasis has been placed on keeping surfaces inside buildings clean and virus-free, one must remember that steps to minimize the tracking of dirt, bacteria, viruses and gunk into hospitals, stores, restaurants and buildings is just as important. All HotJet USA hot-water jetters come with tools to powerwash. Repurposing jetting equipment for sanitation is a value-added service that jetting professionals can offer. Powerwash equipment utilizing hot-water technology can be one of the first lines of defense for creating the sanitary barriers needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19. 

The CDC recommends a diluted bleach solution be used if it’s appropriate for the surface. Manufacturer’s instructions should be adhered to, along with the proper ventilation and use of personal protective equipment. Check to ensure the bleach is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronavirus when properly diluted. 

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Studies have shown that the virus can remain viable in the air and on surfaces from hours to, in some cases, days. The process to eliminate the virus includes: 1) immobilizing with a bleach solution, preferably using a surfactant such as dish soap (Caution: use a soap that does not contain any ingredients that are harmful to mix with bleach); 2) dwell time so the detergent solution can break down the fat/proteins that protect the virus; and 3) hot water (140-165 degrees F) to clean.

Never mix bleach with ammonia, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. Wear proper PPE when mixing bleach and running equipment at high temperatures.

For more information about power washing to clean, disinfect and sanitize, please visit or call HotJet USA/Power Line Industries at 800-624-81896.


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