How to clean parts with a parts washer

How to clean parts with a parts washer: A step-by-step guide

How to clean parts with a parts washer: A step-by-step guide

Have you ever wondered how to efficiently clean those dirty and greasy pieces that seem impossible to restore?

Look no further! In this article, we'll show you how to clean parts using a parts washer in a simple and effective way.

Read on to discover the key steps and top tips for keeping your parts in perfect condition.

How to clean parts with a parts washer: A step-by-step guide

What is a parts washer and why is it useful?

Before we dive into the details of parts cleaning, it's important to understand what a parts washer is and how it can help you with your maintenance tasks. 

A parts washer is a specialised machine designed to cleaning and degreasing metal parts and mechanical components.

These washers use an immersion or spray cleaning system, in combination with detergents and solvents, to efficiently remove dirt, oil and other contaminants.

The advantage of using a parts washer is that it offers a deep and even cleaning, even in the most difficult areas to achieve.

Steps for cleaning parts with a parts washer

Now that you know the usefulness of a parts washer, let's look at the key steps to cleaning your parts effectively:

Step 1: Preparation

Before you start, make sure you have everything you need at hand. 

Check the instruction manual of your parts washer for the manufacturer's recommendations and suitable cleaning products. 

In addition, be aware of personal safety by wearing protective gloves and goggles.

Step 2: Disassembly and selection of parts

Dismantle the parts you wish to clean, making sure there are no electrical or water-sensitive components. 

Organise the parts in such a way that you can easily identify each one after cleaning.

Step 3: Removal of residues and oil

Before placing the parts in the washer, wipe them superficially to remove any loose residue or excess oil. 

You can use a soft brush or a clean cloth for this task.

Step 4: Loading the parts into the washing machine

Place the parts in the basket or tray of the washing machine so that they do not overlap or block the cleaning liquid inlet and outlet openings. 

Make sure you do not exceed the maximum load capacity recommended by the manufacturer and spread the load evenly over the basket.

Step 5: Selecting the cleaning programme

Choose the appropriate cleaning programme on your parts washer, taking into account the type of parts material and the level of soiling. 

Step 6: Adding the detergent or solvent

Add the detergent or solvent recommended by the manufacturer into the designated compartment of the parts washer.

Follow the dosage instructions to ensure optimum cleaning.

Remember to use specific products for metal parts that will not damage or corrode the materials to be cleaned or the components of the parts washer.

Step 7: Configuration and commissioning

Adjust the time and temperature settings according to the manufacturer's recommendations and the cleaning needs of your parts.

Once set up, make sure the washing machine is correctly connected and switch it on to start the cleaning cycle.

Step 8: Monitoring and control

During the cleaning cycle, it is important to monitor the process to make sure that everything is working properly.

If you notice any abnormalities, such as unusual noises or liquid leakage, stop the machine and consult the instruction manual or contact technical support.

Step 9: Rinsing and drying

Once the cleaning cycle is finished, remove the parts from the washing machine carefully, bearing in mind that they may be hot.

Some washing machines also have a rinse tank, if your final cleaning process requires it, you can also rinse them with clean water to remove any detergent or solvent residue.

Then dry them thoroughly with a clean cloth or compressed air to prevent rust from forming.

Step 10: Inspection and storage

Once the parts are completely dry, inspect them carefully to make sure they are clean and free of debris.

If necessary, repeat the cleaning process in those areas that require more attention.

Finally, store the parts in a clean, dry place, preferably in suitable containers or bags that protect them from moisture and dust.

Our standard washing machines

Manual Parts Washers - High Pressure and Tray

Manual parts washers

IBERKLEEN Rotary Parts Washers

Rotary parts washers

Ultrasonic cleaning machines IBERKLEEN

Ultrasonic parts washers

Parts washer maintenance

To ensure optimum performance of your parts washer over the long term, it is very important to carry out regular maintenance. Here are some key tips:

Periodic cleaning

Clean the inside and outside of the parts washer regularly to prevent build-up of dirt and debris that can affect its operation.

Filter replacement and cleaning

Check the washing machine filters and replace or clean them according to the manufacturer's instructions.

This will help to maintain the efficiency of the cleaning system.

Review of components

Periodically check the condition of hoses, nozzles and other components of the washer.

If you find any wear or damage, replace them immediately to avoid possible leaks or breakdowns.

Proper use of chemicals

Use only recommended chemicals and follow the instructions for use.

The use of products not approved by the manufacturer may damage the washing machine and affect the cleaning quality.


Always remember to refer to your parts washer's instruction manual for specific maintenance information and manufacturer's recommendations.

Still have doubts?

Parts cleaning with a parts washer is an efficient and effective way to restore your mechanical components to their original condition and perform good maintenance in all types of industries.

By following the right steps and using the right products, you can achieve a thorough and uniform cleaning, removing contaminants and prolonging the life of your parts.

Always remember to follow your parts washer manufacturer's instructions and maintain regular maintenance to ensure optimum performance.

With the proper use of this tool, you can save time, effort and get exceptional results in cleaning your parts.

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