Using Our Battery Wash Equipment in Jefferson, WI to Clean Your Batteries

October 26, 2018 10:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

At Remis Power Systems, we have all the battery wash equipment in Jefferson, WI you need to keep your battery terminals in good, clean condition. But if you’ve never cleaned a battery before, you might be wondering just what it is you need to do with this equipment.

For many people who have cars or operate other vehicles that are powered by batteries, cleaning the battery might not be something you ever even think about doing. With a car, for example, you probably wash and vacuum the vehicle with some regularity, and maybe even wax it on occasion. But popping the hood to clean what’s underneath probably isn’t something you really consider.

Here are some of the steps that go into cleaning your batteries:

  • Collect all the needed supplies: You can either use a pre-assembled battery wash kit, or you can create your own. Gather some protective gloves, water, baking soda, an old toothbrush, a rag and some petroleum jelly, and get to work
  • Mix the cleaner: A good homemade cleaner is a single tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water. Stir it together until it is very thoroughly mixed. You might be able to find some pre-mixed cleaners as well.
  • Inspect the battery: Make sure the engine is off before you proceed with handling the battery. Then, pop open the hood and undo the battery cables (negative first, then positive). Perform a visual inspection of your battery, looking for corrosion, grime or other debris buildup, especially on the terminals. The presence of this material can have a negative impact on the performance of your battery and engine alike. If you notice the case of the battery looks bloated or is leaking at all, you should forgo the cleaning process and instead head to your closest auto shop or battery store to purchase a new battery—yours isn’t going to last much longer.
  • Scrub with the toothbrush: Dip the old toothbrush into your mixed-up cleaner, and begin scrubbing the areas that appear to have grime built up on them. It might take a little bit of elbow grease to get the material off, and you’ll need to keep cleaning the toothbrush throughout the process, but you should keep going until the terminals are completely clean.
  • Rinse: Any residue that’s left should be rinsed with water. Fill a spray bottle with water and spray the terminals, or use a damp rag to wipe down the battery. Then use a dry rag to dry the terminals off completely before you start the car back up again.
  • Petroleum jelly: Rub petroleum jelly onto the terminals to lubricate them and prevent further corrosion. This also serves to strengthen the cable connection. Then reattach the cables (positive, then negative) and you should be all set to go.

Want to know more about how to clean your batteries? Visit Remis Power Systems Inc. today and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information and supply you with battery wash equipment in Jefferson, WI.

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