The Basics of Cleaning Aircrafts

12:21pm 17/12/19

When it comes to cleaning the exterior of your aircraft, there are two basic methods- wet and dry.

In this blog, we are going to tell you the differences between wet and dry cleaning methods.
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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Wet Washing

Wet washing consists of spray-on water and a cleaning agent (usually soap) to scrub the surface, rinse and dry. The biggest issue with a wet wash is that the water needs to clean and free of minerals, as this can leave deposits on the surface, sort of like rings left by beverages on a coffee table.

Whilst you can add agents to the water to help break up the deposits or use demineralised water, this can be an arduous task as you will need to make sure you aren’t violating environmental regulations. Water can also seep and pool into the fuselage compartments which leads to corrosion problems later on.

We would also recommend not using pressure washers on aircraft because this will force water into faying surfaces and seals that will damage the aircraft. It will often take an extraordinary amount of elbow grease to keep gear and wells clean, in order to inspect them properly.

Explaining Dry Washing

Meanwhile, dry wash methods clean and shine your aircraft in a single process and are becoming more and more popular with cleaning crews. Using our aircraft wipes you can remove dirt and shine the paint and although the process can take a lot of elbow grease the end result is less intrusive than a wet wash.
Cleaning aircraft components such as engines, reversers and actuators require special care and caution as carbon, soot from unburned fuel, oil and lubricants can stain the part and make cleaning a real chore.

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