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Mechanical Cleaning

Mechanical Cleaning

Mechanical cleaning of boiler (fire) tubes is an effective method to remove heavy pollution etc. from the tube walls, which increases the efficiency of the boiler system. Can be used for both preventive and reactive cleaning.

Mechanical Cleaning of Boiler Fire Tubes

The mechanical cleaning of boiler (fire) tubes is a very effective method to clean boiler (fire) tubes. This method is based on the use of a tube cleaning machine, flexible shaft (various lengths) and brushes or heavy-duty cleaning tools. The machine powers a flexible shaft, which then rotates a brush in the tube. This method is very effective, because all kinds of different attachments can be used. This means that simple nylon brushes as well as heavy drill heads can be connected and used.


It is therefore possible to be able to clean both preventively and reactively. Preventive means cleaning within a certain time (often 3-6 weeks), so that the contamination can be removed in due time. Reactive cleaning is when a boiler installation is not properly maintained and suddenly shuts down. Often when the tubes need to be cleaned in that situation, they are usually (heavily) deposited and/or clogged. In that case, heavy-duty cleaning tools such as drill heads are required to get the tubes back in optimal condition.

Mechanical cleaning is completely manual, which means that an operator has to push and pull the flexible shaft through the tubes himself in order to be able to clean. Therefore, this method is not recommended for larger boiler installations with more than 100 tubes. That would simply be too tough for the operators. It would also be more time consuming, in this case we recommend the automatic PUTZMAUS system.

Benefits Boiler Tube Cleaning

Timely and effective cleaning of your boiler installation leads to a stable, high efficiency of your system. This is not only more profitable, but also reduces costs and technical failures/shutdowns. The benefits of preventive cleaning of boiler (fire) tubes are enormous. Below you can find a selection of the most important advantages:

  • Increased efficiency - better heat transfer.
  • Optimal fuel consumption.
  • Less technical failures/shutdowns.
  • Due to the increased efficiency and lower costs, the ROI for a boiler cleaning system is often several months.

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