Chemical Resistance and Alconox

01 August 2014

Q. Have you evaluated effects of Alconox on metals, elastomers, thermoplastics, and rubbers? Do you have a chemical resistance table/chart for Alconox? Thanks. A. Alconox is compatible with a wide range of metals and plastics. You can contact to receive a copy of the current chemical compatibility spreadsheet. In general Alconox can be used to clean stainless steel, polyethylene, polypropylene, synthetic rubber, and PEEK.

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Silicon Oil

Cleaning Silicone Grease Residue Build Up

31 July 2014

Q. Our MolyKote 111 Parts washer uses a 2.5 hour cycle following a manual wash. A build up of Silicon grease observed. Our preference is to reduce manual cleaning. Is there a cleaning agent available that can remove silicone grease that would be compatible with a parts washer using water as the cleaning agent? A. The key to removing silicon oils and lubricants is to use very high temperatures (over 77 deg C or over 170 deg F) with a double strength high emulsifying, low foaming cleaner such as Alcojet powder (20 g/l or 2.5 oz/gal) or Solujet liquid (20 ml/L or 2.5 oz/gal) in the parts washer wash cycle.

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Utilizing Alconox on Stainless Steel

30 July 2014

Q: We currently use Alconox detergent on our manufacturing equipment as well as a glass cleaner in the labs. We are qualifying a piece of equipment and wanted assurance that Alconox detergent can clean different types of Stainless Steel. I downloaded the Tech Bulletin that notes Stainless Steel, but does not give any specifics. Do you have documentation regarding the different types of Stainless Steel that Alconox cleans from?

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Etching with Citrajet?

30 July 2014

Q. My system has the following materials in it: CPVC, stainless steel, cast iron and copper; should I expect an 8% Citrajet solution to etch any of these materials? A. No etching will occur on CPVC, Stainless Steel, cast iron and copper from 8% Citrajet. Cast iron might rust in the rinse water, especially if you use hot rinse water. Use water below 120 deg F to rinse cast iron and then dry quickly by removing rather than evaporating water if possible. (remove with a solvent, forced air/gas, or wipe).

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Are there any PFOA or PFOS in Alconox Critical Cleaners?

29 July 2014

Q. Is there any PFOA or PFOS in any Alconox cleaner? A. PFOA and PFOS are perfluoro-octanoic acid and perfluoro-octane sulfonate. None of the Alconox, Inc brand cleaners contains PFOA or PFOS ingredients.

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Cleaning Aged Aluminum

28 July 2014

Q. How to clean weathered oxidized or aged aluminum with a dark grey buildup of oxides especial architectural aluminum or decorations on buildings. A. We do not have a product suitable for this but we do have recommendations. Citranox and Citrajet are well suited to cleaning freshly manufactured aluminum items, but not aged and weathered aluminum items.

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Medical Cleaning: Liquinox vs. Dawn

25 July 2014

Q. Does Liquinox have the same oil removing power of Dawn detergent? Will Liquinox remove glycol ether residue? A. Yes, both Liquinox and Dawn contain a blend of nonionic and anionic surfactants. Certain oils are best cleaned by detergents that have mixed micelles of anionic and nonionic surfactants.

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Antimicrobial Properties of Citranox?

23 July 2014

Q. Does Citranox have any antimicrobial properties associated with its use as a cleaner, and if so does Alconox have any technical literature on this topic? A. Citranox is not designed to be antimicrobial. Click for the Citranox MSDS.

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Substitute for Extran® AP15 detergent ?

22 July 2014

Q: Is there a substitute for discontinued liquid cleaner Extran® AP15 for use in automatic washers? A: Yes we do! Solujet® Low-Foaming Phosphate-Free Liquid detergent is an ideal substitute. Solujet detergent is a highly alkaline detergent containing potassium hydroxide, silicate of soda, and high wetting surfactants. These high wetting surfactants enhance emulsifying, wetting, and dispersing. The surfactants also allow ...

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Fiber Optic Cable Cleaning

22 July 2014

Q. Which Alconox brand cleaner would be best suited to clean fiber optic surfaces at the glass joint to assure efficient light transmission? A. A 1% Alconox heated 130 deg F ultrasonic bath followed by a deionized water rinse gives a suitable surface for bonding optical fibers.

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