Neutralizing Citranox for Waste Disposal

24 April 2015

Q. We manufacture electronics and use Citranox to cleans oil off of a variety of machined parts. However, our Municipal Water District does not allow the disposal of spent Citranox. Can you recommend a neutralization procedure? A. You will need 0.14 lbs, 0r 2 ¼ oz of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to neutralize a gallon of un-used 1% Citranox solution to a pH near 7. Note that some of the acidity in Citranox may be depleted ...

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Detergent to Break Down Biofilm

23 April 2015

Q. High concentrations of bleach and H2O2 are breaking down PVC pipe and plastic containers causing contamination of a nutrient solution. I need a cleaner that breaks down biofilm and a cleaner that cleans nutrient salts. I can sterilize with H2O2 using a much lower concentration at the end of process. A. To remove pathogens and nutrient salts from your hydroponic system, soak and circulate a warm (but not hot – below 130 deg F or below 55 deg C) 1% Tergazyme solution (1.25 oz/gal or 10 g/L) to break down biofilms and remove pathogens, nutrient salts and residues. Rinse thoroughly with water after cleaning. The surfaces are now clean and ready for disinfection.

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Foodservice Cleaning – Wine Dispensers

22 April 2015

Q. We have a line of grocery stores that have a wine dispenser. The dispensing lines need to be cleaned, and they are looking for a citric acid based cleaner A. We recommend circulating a 1% Citranox (1.25 oz/gal or 10 ml/L) citric acid based detergent through the lines followed by a thorough potable water rinse.

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Pharmaceutical Cleaning — Insoluble Residues

21 April 2015

For best results removing water insoluble pharmaceutical residues in a labware washer there are several factors to pay attention to: 1) Be sure to load glassware separated from other glassware in a way that will not trap wash solution between pieces of touching glassware. 2) Be sure to load glassware tilted in a position that will drain all surfaces so as to avoid any upturned “cup” that will retain wash solution and carry it in the rinse cycle where it gets redeposited all over other glassware – a classic example of this happens when you load a graduated cylinder straight upright and the base of the cylinder holds wash solution – it is best to load graduated cylinders at a bit of an angle.

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High Temperature and Alkali Wetting Agents

20 April 2015

Q. We need wetting agent that is stable in high temperature and high pH for a metalworking manufacturing application. What would you recommend? A. We have Alconox powder and Liquinox liquid detergent that have excellent wetting as well as lifting and emulsifying characteristics that are stable at high temperatures and high pH. When you ask about high temperatures, know that ...

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See You at INTERPHEX NYC – Booth Update

16 April 2015

Join us in New York City on April 21-23, 2015, at the Jacob Javits Center for INTERPHEX 2015. Alconox Inc. is now at Booth #2554. Come visit our booth to receive our fun, unique gifts, expert technical support for critical cleaning applications and detergent samples. See you online and at INTERPHEX! Click for More Information:

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Oxygen Service Pre-cleaning

15 April 2015

Q. Are your products suitable for oxygen service pre-cleaning ? A. Alconox detergent has been tested by the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) oxygen service testing. Contact Alconox technical support for your copy of the CGA listing. Alconox is typically used at a 0.5% concentration (5 g/L) in water to soak and flush through piping and oxygen service equipment followed by a thorough rinse that continues past the time when any foam is observed from the outlets of the piping system which confirms the removal of the Alconox.

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Corrosion Testing on Lab Glassware

14 April 2015

Q. Is corrosion testing advisable on type I borosilicate glass labware? A. Type 1 borosilicate glass has excellent corrosion resistance properties. For this reason, it is commonly used for laboratory glassware to hold a wide range of chemical compounds without interacting with those compounds. Alconox, Inc. detergents have not been reported to attack type I borosilicate glass.

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Cleaning Hydrophilic Foldable Intra Ocular Lenses

13 April 2015

Q. We manufacture Hydrophilic Foldable Intra Ocular Lenses made up of Hydroxy Ethyl methacrylate (Poly HEMA) materials. We understand that your products offer a solution used for tumble polishing and cleaning of IOLs during manufacturing by some in the USA, Europe and India. Can you kindly suggest the right solution?

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Cleaning Restaurant Equipment

10 April 2015

To recommend the best detergent for cleaning heated food service and restaurant equipment we would want to learn more about the specific residues you are removing. For equipment with baked on carbon and yellowish, sticky residues, Alconox powdered detergent in a 1% detergent solution is effective. For water or dairy scale, Citranox mild acid detergent is excellent at a 2% detergent solution. Both products ...

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