Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Spectank®?

A Spectank® is a food grade stainless steel soak tank which safely and efficiently removes baked-on fats and oils, commonly known as ”Black Carbon”, from kitchen and baking equipment.

Why do I need a Spectank®?

Saves money.

Time efficiencies.

Reduces water and electricity usage.

Environmentally friendly.

Non-toxic and non-corrosive.

Safe for staff and customers.

Extends equipment longevity.

Works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

How does a Spectank® work?

A Spectank® is filled with water and CARBSOLVE® (a user-friendly, food-grade cleaning powder).

The solution is heated to 80°C, ensuring that harmful bacteria will be killed.

Soiled items are soaked in this solution for a period of 1 to 24 hours depending on the severity of the “Black Carbon” build up.

These cleaned and sanitised items are removed, rinsed off with fresh water and are then ready for use.

The solution remains active for a month.

Why is a Spectank® good for your business and the environment?

Greatly improves aesthetic quality of cooked/baked products.

Increase in hygiene standards in your kitchen/bakery.

More effective cleaning.

Savings of time and labour.

Increases staff morale.

Extends equipment longevity.

Mitigates the risk of fire in your kitchen/bakery.

Reduces the quantity of water required for cleaning.

Reduces electricity and gas usage.

How does a Spectank® save you money?

By using a Spectank®, a kitchen/bakery reduces its spend in the following categories:

  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Cleaning chemicals, scourers, gloves
  • Filter cleaning
  • Labour
  • Replacement cost of equipment

What type of businesses are currently using a Spectank®?

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Bakeries
  • Supermarkets
  • Food processing plants
  • Butcheries
  • Food management companies
  • Canteens
  • Fast food outlets
  • Laundries
  • Automotive workshops

What can I clean in a Spectank®?

It is safe to soak aluminium, stainless steel, mild steel, cast iron, plastic and fabric in a Spectank®.

The following is a list of equipment which can be cleaned in a Spectank®:

  • Baking trays and pans
  • Bread straps
  • Pots and pans
  • Roasting pans
  • Gas burners and rings
  • Grills
  • Branding irons
  • Oven racks
  • Deep fry baskets
  • Extraction filters
  • Drain grates and covers
  • Cutting boards
  • Meat hooks
  • Plastic crates
  • Plastic chairs
  • Cutlery, crockery and utensils
  • Chef’s uniform and tablecloths
  • Linen and towels
  • Cylinder heads and carburettors

Material comprising of silver, silver plate, tin plate, enamel-coated pots, silicone coated pans, wood or thin plastic items should not be placed in a Spectank®.

How can I get a Spectank®?

A Spectank® is either rented or supplied free on loan with a monthly service agreement.

Please contact for a free trial.

What is included with a Spectank®?

On a monthly cycle, Spectank® will service your tank which covers the following:

  • Draining the tank
  • Rinsing and cleaning the tank
  • Refilling the tank with fresh water and a new batch of CARBSOLVE®
  • All repairs and maintenance of the tank
  • Staff training

Does CARBSOLVE® have any approvals?

CARBSOLVE® has the following approvals:

  • SABS 1828 Food Grade
  • Proudly South African
  • Halaal
  • Beth Din

Is CARBSOLVE® caustic?

No – CARBSOLVE® is user-friendly and safe for all employees.

Does Spectank® supply other cleaning products?

The Spectank® product range covers kitchen, surface, washroom, drain, air, water, laundry, automotive, industrial, mining and workshop cleaning and maintenance.

What is REoven?

REoven is a user-friendly oven cleaner designed to remove grease and ”black carbon” from kitchen equipment.

REoven is non-toxic, it does not burn skin and it does not emit harsh fumes.

It can be used on a wide range of surfaces such as ovens, over doors, stove tops, griddles, rotisseries, toasters, canopies, stainless steel bench tops and splash backs.

Does Spectank® have a green range of cleaning products?

The FOREST Range is environment neutral – the products are comprised of microbes, enzymes and plant extracts.