Simple foam is easy to create – you probably see it every day while washing your hands or taking a shower. Soap plus water plus agitation equals foam. But that’s likely not sufficient for cleaning heavy equipment, food manufacture surfaces, farm machinery or any of the dozens of different things that you need to wash regularly.
That’s where foamers come in. Products like Hotsy’s Liquid Foamer, available from NorTex Sales & Service, are designed to mix with your other detergents or cleaning solutions, resulting in a far foamier mix. This is great for detergents that normally produce little foam, helping to create additional traction on surfaces to allow the soap to do its job.
It is also possible to create more foam using pressure washer attachments. The Hotsy Foam Cannon, for example, can connect at the end of the pressure washer and deliver a greater volume of foam. This is especially beneficial for detergents that require a long soak, particularly when used on inclined or vertical surfaces that would normally channel detergents away.
At the other end of the spectrum are defoamers. Some solutions are naturally inclined to foam or even overfoam in certain applications, such as in a parts washer or soak tank. Too much foam can reduce the ability of some detergents to clean effectively, as well, so using a foam suppressant can help ensure the detergent can work without excess bubbles.