Solvent cleaning made easy
There may be some strings attached to the use of solvents, but by and large they are extremely beneficial for numerous industrial uses. Risk factors and different properties of solvents make choosing the right one for specific cleaning requirements difficult, but not impossible.
In the following text, some of the properties will be examined to give customers the appropriate know-how to be able to make an informed decision. Additionally, CHEMAWARE™ experts are also on hand to help you make the right choices.
As the name implies, solvents are normally used to dissolve substances. These can be used as part of a formulation – such as in paints, cosmetics or glues – but also as process solvents, namely as a carrier for chemical reactions, extraction solvent used to separate different substances based on solubility, and as cleaning solvents, which involves the removal of unwanted substances from hard surfaces.
The latter is what is of interest to us on this platform. Cleaning solvents – such as hydrocarbon, chlorinated and modified alcohol solvents – have favorable properties which make them widely used in this field. Choosing the best option depends on the type of cleaning needed and the process requirements. Characteristic solvent properties have to match the specific cleaning demands.
Some important criteria that need to be considered include the type and amount of contamination and the substrate material, the required cleanliness specification and post processes, the productivity, flexibility and sustainability of the cleaning process, health and safety issues, and economic considerations.
To ensure a sustainable, economical and ecologically safe cleaning operation, thorough considerations have to be given to all aspects.
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