TetraClean (TSPC): high-strength solar panel cleaning liquid, specially formulated to remove iron, steel, metal, aluminum and rust. Effective for all types of solar panels & specially formulated for plants installed near industrial and manufacturing areas. These companies often use soap and water, other more aggressive chemicals, or even vinegar as cleaning agents. Considering the problems you may encounter with soap or commercial chemicals to clean your panels, you may now be wondering what cleaning agent can be used as an alternative.
Vinegar is widely recognized as a viable alternative cleaning agent for solar panels. Not only is it naturally derived, but it's also less abrasive than the other harsh chemical cleaners on the market that can damage solar panels. One of the main benefits of vinegar is that it contains acetic acid. This acid is the cause of the pungent odor we associate with vinegar.
The benefits of this acid are that it is strong enough to break down most forms of dirt and grease that can be found in the solar panel, but it is not strong enough to oxidize the solar panel or cause harm to animals or humans. We recommend that you stay completely away from the most aggressive chemicals such as cleaning agents. Not only are these cleaning agents unnecessary, but they can also damage the photovoltaic cells in your solar panel. Not all types of vinegar can be used as a reliable cleaning agent for your solar panel.
In this sense, we can distinguish between cooking vinegar and cleaning vinegar. White cleaning vinegar is generally considered safe to use as a cleaning agent for your solar panel. This is because it contains approximately 5-8% acetic acid by volume, while commercial vinegar has a stronger percentage of concentration. As a result, commercial vinegar could damage your solar panel.
Although it is considered a safer cleaning agent than the alternatives mentioned above due to its reduced concentration, it is essential that you dilute even white cleaning vinegar by mixing ¼ cup of vinegar with two cups of deionized water. Deionized water has no mineral content. This means it won't leave scratches or marks as a result of the minerals found in some types of water (such as tap water). By diluting the vinegar, you will ensure that the protective layer of your panels is not damaged.
In addition, when diluted, the white cleaning vinegar will not discolor the solar panel or leave the film left by the soap, encouraging the subsequent build-up of dirt and grime. It's important to note that some people recommend adding a detergent to the diluted vinegar mix, as it will give it more cleaning power. Once again, we recommend that you do not do this because the scratches left by the detergent will have a negative impact on the power output of your panel. Dilute the white cleaning vinegar in a ratio of two cups of deionized water to every ¼ cup of vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle, mixing it well.
When looking at the above options you have for cleaning your solar panel, to which vinegar is an alternative, you'll notice that vinegar poses the least risk to the health and performance of your solar panel, while producing the same, if not better, results than other cleaning agents. In addition, vinegar is a cleaning agent that is not only sustainable, but also naturally produced. Its natural properties will ultimately reduce the amount of unwanted dust and dirt that will accumulate and accumulate on your solar panel in the future. As it became clear earlier, cleaning your solar panel with the right vinegar mixture is easy and advantageous for you as a homeowner.
Using vinegar as the cleaning agent of your choice will allow you to maintain your solar panel in a way that not only maintains an extended lifespan, but also allows for optimal energy production by effectively removing dust and dirt from the surface of the solar panel. Wash pressure concrete with a commercial-grade pressure washer, degreaser, and surface cleaner. Cleaning the concrete first will open the pores of the concrete and allow the BARC F9 to penetrate deeper and remove more of the orange stain on the battery than if only the BARC F9 were applied. The best way to clean a solar panel is to simply wash it with a hose with low-pressure water and scrub it with soapy water and a soft cloth.
In this regard, it should be mentioned that you should refrain from using the high-pressure hose of a pressure washer, as it could leave scratches on the surface of the solar panel. Another disadvantage of using soap as a cleaning agent for your solar panel is that it leaves a thin film on the surface of your panel. For example, when damage has been sustained as a result of a hail storm, these cracks in the solar panel and damage caused by hail must first be repaired before continuing with the cleaning process to prevent further damage. This is because solar panels are very sensitive and one wrong move can cause significant damage to both your panel and, consequently, your bank balance.
Therefore, it should be clear that cleaning and maintaining solar panels are essential for your panel to operate at peak performance. For this function to be fulfilled, the surface of the solar panel must be as clean as possible and free of anything that could obstruct the path of the sun's rays from the sun to the solar panel's photovoltaic cells. The process of cleaning your solar energy system is one that must be carried out with the highest level of care. The starting point here is to decide if you are going to handle the cleaning of your solar panels yourself or not.