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Local government bodies servicing urban centres have two major
cleaning challenges. The first relates to hygiene and the other,
cosmetics. For both issues, the use of pressure cleaners and high
pressure steam cleaning equipment is indispensable.
Hygiene is particularly important as contaminated food waste,
rubbish, chemicals and even building waste represent a continuous
challenge for vibrant urban areas. Steam cleaners become essential
not just for pressure cleaning waste and stains, but for sanitising
with the use of steam where potential contamination, even diseases,
may lie dormant.
Ask any councillor how he or she feels about their local area
smelling of rotting food, chemicals or as a result of somebody’s over
indulged Saturday night. It’s not a pretty sight but one that councils
have to deal with not just Sunday mornings but every day.
The other challenge is of course cosmetic. Everybody wants to
be proud of their town, visitors want to enjoy the urban space and
tourism can make or break many locations.
Moving smelly or potentially disease laden waste is obvious.
Another challenge is graffiti, often loaded with expletives. Grease
stains, oil stains or spilt soft drinks or milkshakes are different issues
altogether. Again, steam at high pressure solves those problems
promptly and, without the use of dangerous chemicals. The big
problem for cleaning is having equipment to gain access to the areas
to get it done.
A busy shopping centre, or even inner city area that combines
office space, entertainment, dining and residences makes it difficult
to access the cleaning tasks during the working day. That further
complicates the challenge as effective access is vital.
In addition, noise pollution can also be a problem. After hours
cleaning, when the traffic is lightest, normally from 10pm to
approximately 4am, is often the only time that councils can get their
equipment into work. Then they are faced with the challenge of
noise pollution. Ratepayers who live within the area being cleaned
will call up and complain about noisy machinery.
So, is there a solution to tackle these issues within urban areas?
We thinks so.
Aussie Pumps provides new approach
We at Australian Pump have come up with an answer in the form of
a trailer mounted engine drive steam cleaner that operates at noise
level of under 75 dba.
Called the Aussie Hydro-Hush, the machine delivers 4000 psi
pressure and steam of up to 120°C. The high pressure and high
temperature combination literally melts the contaminated material
away, providing a clean surface.
“Graffiti just peels off when it’s hit with high pressure steam,” says
Aussie Pumps’ chief engineer, John Hales. “It represents a revolutionary
approach to cleaning that saves time, water and fuel. Getting the job
done fast cuts public inconvenience and impresses ratepayers.”
Australian Pump says the benefit of the Hydro-Hush is that with
a low noise level, contractors or local government bodies can now
choose when they clean.
They can avoid both pedestrian and high traffic times and clean
at night. “The Aussie Hydro-Hush isn’t a silenced machine in the
conventional sense,” said Hales.
“It’s a unique new technology that means we don’t have to put the
machine in a huge box that could lead to overheating.”
The machine is available in trailer mounted or skid mounted
configuration with a 1000 litre water tank. That means the Hydro-
Hush can be self-sufficient in delivering the job without the need of
mains water pressure.
The Hydro-Hush is fitted with two stainless steel hose reels
enabling the operator to clean up to 30m from the machine. “That’s
an essential point where cleaning has to be carried out in amenities
that aren’t easily accessible from the road,” said Hales.
It is also now available in “Hydro Loop” version that enables the
unit to operate as a “clean and capture” system.
Using this technology, the water in the machine’s tank is recovered
as the cleaning is carried out, filtered and recycled. “The Hydro-
Loop is not a new idea. It’s already popular all around Australia
with professional users who understand the need to protect the
environment from contaminated cleaning waste,” said Hales.
War on graffiti and tips for safer,
According to Australian Pump, using a silenced steam cleaner with
the capability of high pressure and high temperature, is the answer.
Watching the Hydro-Hush apply steam to a wall covered in graffiti
is an impressive sight, Australian Pump says, adding “paint literally
peels off the wall and, if used with the ‘Hydro-loop’ system, can be
collected within a berm for disposal. Thus, contaminating the site is
avoided and the graffiti removed promptly and without the use of
dangerous carcinogenic chemicals.
Australian Pump believe the Hydro-Hush will change the way
people think about urban cleaning, not only in Australia but through
“We are already getting enquiries for the product from Singapore
and Malaysia,” said Hales.
The Hydro-Hush has been in development at Australian Pump’s for
“It won’t be long before you see a Hydro-Hush operating on
the Sydney Opera House steps at 5am on Sunday morning. That
machine will be able to clean and capture the material being washed,
instead of letting it run into the harbour,” said Hales.
Aussie Pumps tackles city cleaning
Australian Pump, manufacturer of high pressure water
blasters, has launched a new solution to address the
issues associated with city cleaning – the Aussie Hydro-
Hush. Here, the company talks about its latest product
innovation that it believes will change the way people
think about urban cleaning.
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