How Hot Water Cleans Floors Better Than Cold

How Hot Water Cleans Floors Better Than Cold Water

When you wash dishes, do you use hot water or cold? Most people use hot water. By definition, hot water has faster-moving molecules, which displaces dirt, cuts grease, kills bacteria, and cuts drying time. So, if you are willing to clean the dishes you eat off of with hot water, why wouldn’t you clean your floors with hot water?

Industrial cleaning equipment like Sweepers and scrubbers are designed to clean the floors of warehouses, airports, retail centers, business corporations, parking lots, and more. Industry-leading companies such as Tennant, Factory Cat, and Nilfisk Advance do not carry any products that contain a hot water option. Each product is cleaning floors with cold water and is pushing the dirt around instead of displacing it. The process takes more time and effort to solidify a complete clean.

Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. PowerBoss is the ONLY industrial cleaning equipment company to offer a sweeper-scrubber with a hot water cleaning system. The product is called Nautilus HD.  Find out why hot water cleans floors better than cold water.


It’s a science lesson

Many physical and chemical reactions are affected by temperature. Usually, higher temperature causes the reaction to occur faster, while lower temperature slows it down. Since high temperatures will cause water molecules to move around relatively quicker, it will also cause the hydrogen bonds between them to form and break at a higher rate. Thus, making the floor dry much more quickly. 

It Packs a Punch

Hot water pressure washers pack a powerful energetic punch when released into the cleaning equation. This energy also causes a reduction in the water’s surface tension, allowing it to penetrate the molecules of grease and grime. There are three critical elements to a hot water pressure washer – heat, agitation, and soap. Each one successfully removes grease and grime. Here is how it works:

Heat – Creates a high-speed molecular action that causes the cleaning agent to be more active and reduces water’s surface tension so it can effectively penetrate grime at the molecular level.

Agitation – The impact that comes from the water volume and water pressure hitting the surface. Similar to the action of hand scrubbing the dinner plate.

Soap – Chemically breaks the bond between dirt and the surface. The process starts when the molecules of oil and grease attach themselves to dust and keep them trapped or bound to the surface. Once the oil and water can mix, forming an emulsion, the dirt is carried away in the wash water.

Why does hot water clean better?

  1. Hot water breaks down grease and oil faster
  2. Customers will use less chemical with a hot water system
  3. Floors will dry more quickly behind the scrubber
  4. Hot water will open the concrete pours and allow solids to be lifted


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