DI Water Wettability

Rinsing with Tap Water

25 November 2014

Q. Does tap water rinse as well as purified water? A. As far as detergency is concerned, tap water will rinse just as well as any purified water. Rinsing is a mass displacement mechanism and in itself does not depend on the purity of the rinse water. The reason to be concerned with the purity of the rinse water is that whatever is in the rinse water can deposit on your instrument when the water evaporates away during drying.

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BioMeDevice San Jose Show

BioMeDevice Show San Jose 2014

25 November 2014

Join us in San Jose, December 3-4 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Alconox Inc. is at Booth 734. Come visit our booth to receive our unique Alconox gifts, expert technical support for critical cleaning applications and detergent samples. Hope to see you there!

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Aluminum Plate Cleaning

Solujet Inhibited for Cleaning Aluminum

24 November 2014

Q. Specifications indicate that “Solujet is inhibited for Aluminum. Corrosion testing is advisable." What does this mean? A. Solujet contains sodium metasilicate which acts as a corrosion inhibitor to stop alkaline attack on aluminum. Solujet would not cause alkaline attack on aluminum as long as the bath is not overused and the metasilicate depleted. Learn more.

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Surfactant is the Last to Rinse

21 November 2014

Q. What does “detergent is the last to leave the equipment surface" after rinsing mean? This seems like a broad statement, can it be supported by literature/documentation? A. The only source of "detergent last to rinse" that I am aware of is based on the physical behavior of surface active agents and the interchangeable use of the word detergent and surfactant in common usage. More properly you should say the surfactant is the last to rinse. Learn More about Surfactant.

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Selecting an Aqueous Cleaning Detergent

20 November 2014

Q. What are important questions to consider when selecting an aqueous cleaner? A. Critical cleaning requires careful selection of cleaning chemistry and methods to ensure adequate performance without sacrificing either work safety or benign environmental impact. Key considerations include: Type of substrate, Type of soil, part complexity, level of cleanliness required, manufacturing process, cleaning efficiency, environmental consideration. Click HERE to access our free critical cleaning tools all in one place.

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Pharmaceutical Residue Removal: Iron Sucrose

19 November 2014

Q. Which Alconox brand cleaners are suitable for the removal of iron sucrose? A. Iron Sucrose is water soluble therefore it can be cleaned by either Citranox or Liquinox. Find out more about Citranox and Liquinox by downloading technical bulletins or MSDS at www.alconox.com.

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Sustainable Cleaning Processes

Aqueous Cleaner Safety

18 November 2014

Q. What are the safety issues involved when using aqueous cleaners? A. Worker safety issues with aqueous cleaners involve skin exposure, eye exposure, ingestion, and chronic systemic exposure. It is always necessary to consult the label and MSDS on the cleaner for warnings and safety precautions. Physical safety issues include storage and handling. All Alconox, Inc. brands are biodegradable, technical bulletins and MSDS are downloadable via www.alconox.com. To read more about safety issues and aqueous cleaning, the experts at Alconox, Inc have written The Aqueous Cleaning Handbook.

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Cleaning Semiconductor Equipment

17 November 2014

Q. We're getting some residue from foaming of detergent on our semiconductor handling equipment. A. To clean semiconductor handling equipment in electronics, use a warm 3% Detergent 8 (30 mL/L) solution followed by a deionized water rinse to clean the equipment. Detergent 8 is free of any metal ion ingredients such as sodium that can dope a semiconductor.

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Cleaning Residues with Acidic Cleaners

14 November 2014

Q. What types of residues are best cleaned by acidic cleaners and does Alconox manufacture any acidic cleaners? A. Amines, alkaloids, amphoteric proteins, starches, carbonates and bicarbonates, metal oxides, and insoluble hydroxides are generally best cleaned by acidic cleaners. Alconox manufactures two acidic cleaners. Learn More.

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DI Water Wettability

Medical Device Cleaning – Rinsing Silicone O-rings

13 November 2014

Q. I would like to know if our rinsing process (Ultrasonic Cleaning with Sterile distilled water for 10 minutes) is appropriate for rinse off. Parts we are cleaning: 150" Silicone O-Rings. A. Thanks for your question about the sufficiency of a 10 min. distilled water rinse in ultrasonics for cleaning medical device related silicon o-rings. Distilled water is generally fine for rinsing. The best rinse is ...

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