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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Reintroduce

Landfill Smartora work to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Reintroduce textiles, diverting millions of pounds of waste from our landfill.  Help Smartora spread the word about textile recycling and help reduce the 85%.
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The Best Ways To Clean Your Metal Surfaces For Powder Coating



First, determine what you’ll be coating the most often. If you are coating sheet steel, for example, you will usually only need light oil cleaning. Angle iron or castings often need sand/shot blasting to remove scale and surface rust. Aluminum is prepared differently than galvanized or regular steel; the oxidation layer of aluminum must be removed, which requires certain chemicals that provide a good etched layer for paint adhesion. Identifying which type of cleaning is right for your process is the first step in long-lasting, quality results.

The most common types of metal cleaning are:

Blasting. Blasting with sand or shot is a great way to clean up metal scale, laser scale, rough welds, or heavily rusted steel. Blasting is also used to strip off previously coated metal for refinishing. While blasting smooths out a lot of surface defects in raw metal, it does not fully clean the metal of oils or other contaminants. However, blasting does create a more adhesive surface for the powder coating after the part has been cleaned of residual soils.

Washing. Pressure washing, dipping, or automatic washing (with a soap specifically formulated for the soils specific to your fabricating process) are the most effective ways of cleaning the metal prior to the next finishing stage. Steam cleaning or hot water helps break down the oils and can reach difficult spots or gaps in the surface. Detergent is the best way of cleaning metal of oils, waxes, polishing compounds, or other substances that will prevent the powder from sticking to the metal.

Wiping. Solvent wiping is another way to clean up the metal of surface oils and contaminants, but it is an inaccurate way to clean. Since the part is manually wiped with white linen rags, the rags can become saturated with the oil you are trying to remove.


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The benefits of using a microfiber cloth

  • Microfiber cleaning products scoop and traps dust, dirt and debris.
  • Microfiber cleaning products can be laundered hundreds of times making it much more cost effective than traditional cotton cleaning products.
  • Microfiber spreads the cleaning solution more smoothly and evenly onto surfaces for a more even effective clean.
  • Microfiber cloths, microfiber towels and microfiber mops come in many colour options making colour coding to eliminate cross contamination simple and easy to recognize.
  • Microfiber is lint free, non-abrasive and hypo-allergenic making it a safer, more effective cleaning choice.
  • Microfiber holds an amazing 6-7 times its weight in liquid making it great for drying large surfaces.
  • Microfiber moves effortlessly across surfaces making it more ergonomical and easier to use.
  • Surfaces cleaned with microfiber dry quicker reducing the risk of slip and fall injuries and reducing labour time.

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How to care for your microfiber cloths

  • Only wash and dry your microfiber products with other microfiber products.
  • Cotton releases fibers and lint that will damage the performance and effectiveness of a microfiber mop, cloth, towel ,duster or other microfiber cleaning products.
  • Never use bleach or fabric softener in the wash or dry cycle as it will break down the polyamide on the microfiber yarn and cause it to lose its electrostatic charge.
  • When washing microfiber the water temperature should be no greater than 160 degrees.
  • Only use regular detergent and about 1/2 the usual amount. Disinfectant is optional and should only be used sparingly.
  • When drying microfiber use low to medium heat and only dry for 10-15 minutes.\
  • Smartora recommends that microfiber dust mops be washed separate due to the large amount of dirt and debris they will pickup.
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Introducing the new Smartora 5kg Carrier Pack Range

Are you fed up of handling 10kg bales of cleaning wipers around your workplace? Carrying is made simple with our 5kg carrier pack range. The polythene punch handle makes it easy and comfortable to carry, especially if it’s a distance to your workspace. The slim line bales also make them easy to carry in small confined spaces and help to reduce the strain on your back compared to carrying the 10kg bales. All grades of our wipers are available in the 5kg carrier packs, call us today for our competitive prices!
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