How to Choose the Right Industrial Cleaning Solvent

You can get a variety of industrial cleaning medium for industrial degreaser- organic, petroleum or specialty solvents. The type of solvent you need depends on a lot of factors will we will discuss in our post.

Before going over to the main considerations, we will cover three key points to begin with. It is better if your solvent is:

  • Effective with proven results of performance
  • Non-hazardous and can be reused and recycled
  • Ensures the safety of your workers and their health

Keeping the above in mind go through the following tips to choose the right metal degreaser solution from standardindustrial for your industrial cleaning.

Consider your Cleaning Requirements

Your choice of solvent depends on how and what your cleaning requirements are. If you are going to clean gross contaminants like rail or road debris, then you can also go for biodegradable detergents and aqueous materials.

But if you need to get lubricants or grime off your parts then an industrial degreaser from using chlorinated or modified alcohol based solvent becomes important.

Review the Volatile Organic Content (VOC)

VOC based solvents come under various state and national regulations for their storage, usage, reporting and management. Be sure to review the VOC requirements before you buy and start using any metal degreaser solvent.

You can go for Geiss non-chlorinated solvents made of AIII hydrocarbons and modified alcohols. The solvent is not under the VOC standard and regulations as they have a low environmental impact. You can still get a satisfactory cleaning though the deterging power of such solvents may be lower than chlorinated solvents.

In that case you can use modified alcohols based solvents which are as strong as chlorinated solvents.

Look Out for the Flashpoint

Flashpoint is the lowest temperature at which a solvent produces enough vapour and becomes flammable when exposed to fire. So solvents with lower flashpoints have greater chances of igniting and causing fire hazards.

Solvents which have higher flashpoints are safer but they come with a compromise- you get lower cleaning capacity which takes up a long time.

You have to strike a balance between your cleaning requirements and the flashpoint. But solvents with flashpoints of 141 to 160 degrees are considered safe in most regions.

What to do if you have to use Hazardous Solvents?

If your cleaning needs and industrial degreaser have to use a solvent which has potential hazards, then use a reliable industrial washer to prevent any hazard.

For example, the Firbimatic Solvent systems are hermetically sealed and use a closed-circuit industrial cleaning process. This minimizes any chances of solvent vapour leakage and keeps your employees safe from inhalation and exposure risks.

Also, go for solvents which use precautions to reduce leakage mishaps. Geiss solvents come in closed loop transfer systems with a proprietary secure transfer system. You can also depend on Geiss for waste stream removal which ensures proper management of solvent waste.

Always go for environment friendly and non-toxic solvents if they are suitable for your purpose. If you end up using chlorinated based solvents, make sure you provide a safe working environment with proper resources.