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Fuel polishing is a vital service to conduct periodically by any companies storing large quantities of fuel for extended periods, especially if you regularly use the same tanks or tankers! If you work in the fuel industry, you likely already polish your fuel every 12-18 months to ensure it is kept in impeccable condition. Contaminated fuel is less efficient and can cause damage to your vehicles or machines, so regular fuel polishing is paramount to prevent and remote contaminants!

What Is Fuel Polishing?

The process of cleaning fuel in order to remove contaminants is known as “fuel polishing”. Fuel polishing is a fairly simple procedure used to filter out any physical or microbial contamination from oils and fuels.

Potential contaminants than can be found in stored fuel can include:

  • Microbes
  • Dirt
  • Sand
  • Sediment
  • Water or moisture

Fuel polishing will ‘clean’ a tank of diesel, fuel oils, or biofuels, by pumping it through a filtration system which removed all of these impurities.

How Does Fuel Polishing Work?

The process of polishing a tank of fuel is conducted by a cyclical system that pumps the fuel from the bottom of the tank, through a series of filters that remove all contaminants, and back into the top of the tank.

Fuel polishing is done this way because the fuel is less dense than water, meaning that the water will sit at the bottom of the tank with the fuel resting on top. This means that the fuel polishing system will start by pulling out mostly water and dirt, with the fuel content gradually rising until only fuel remains in the tank.

Is Regular Fuel Polishing Important?

Regular fuel polishing is absolutely vital for companies in the fuel industry or any business that stores fuel in bulk for extended periods of time. Regular fuel polishing helps maintain the quality of your fuel by removing dirt, rust, water, and sludge.

Removing these contaminants ensures that they won’t ruin your fuel and leave you with a tank of faulty product! Contaminated fuel also won’t perform at the same efficiency as uncontaminated fuel, raising costs for your business’ energy use and for your customers too. If left unchecked, contaminated fuels can also cause damage to your engines. This is why it is vital to conduct fuel uplifting, fuel polishing, and tank cleaning regularly.

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