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Parts Cleaning: Removing Residue from Gold Plating

Q: Our gold plating process leaves some residue and someone recommended chlorine bleach for cleaning, but we’re afraid that will negatively effect the finish. Can Alconox assist with safely removing residues from gold plating? Should we use a soak or ultrasonic cleaning process?

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Biopharma Cleaning: Hormone Residue

Q. How can I clean residual hormone residue from our process lines and tanks?
A. For manual cleaning we would highly recommend TergazymeⓇ Enzyme Active Powered Detergent. It contains protein enzymes that can effectively break down protein based hormones along with powerful emulsifiers.

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Scale Removal from Stainless Parts

Q: Can Alconox Inc. recommend a detergent for scale removal from stainless parts in an ultrasonic? A: Sure can. The best scale removing detergent for manual cleaning of stainless steel parts is Citranox® Liquid Acid Cleaner and Detergent. Citranox detergent is a mild acid, high chelating detergent for high performance removal of metal oxides, scale, salts and inorganic residues in manual and ultrasonic cleaning. It is also corrosion inhibited and free rinsing for reliable results and no interfering residues.

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Pharmaceutical Cleaning: Insoluble Tablet Coating

Q. Water insoluble tablet coatings used for solid dose enteric pharmaceutical tablets are very difficult to clean from coating equipment. It was hard to validate the equipment and prevent cross contamination.

A. The use of hot 140 deg F 2% Citranox for manual cleaning allowed succesfull removal of water insoluble salts used in these coatings. The references in the Pharmaceutical Cleaning Validation References PDF will help you with validation. And if you have a question for our experts about critical cleaning, please visit Ask Alconox.

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Manual Cleaning A 100 Gallon Mixer

Q: We are looking for detergent and process recommendations for manual cleaning of a 100 gallon mixer. We make one product in the mixer which contains water, starch, acidic buffers, sucralose and preservative. Currently when cleaning, we boil for 1 hour at 90°C, then cool, drain and soak in cool water while using the mixing blades.  Scrub brushes and a spray hosing follows that. The mixer is made from stainless steel.

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Food Grade Cleaners: Removing Corn Syrup

We currently use Alconox detergent to clean our cold-form extruders. While it’s great for grease, it doesn’t seem to help cut the stickiness we see from cane molasses and corn syrup. Do you have a recommendation for another cleaning agent?

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Cosmetic Cleaning: Organic Manufacturing

Q. We are manufacturing an organic product which is difficult to remove. We were told to seek Alconox Inc.’s assistance. Are your products organic? A. Alconox Inc. detergents are suitable for cleaning applications in organic manufacturing.

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Industrial Parts Cleaning Detergents: Epoxy Coated Neodymium Magnets

We are looking to clean epoxy coated Neodymium donut magnets. Any oils or contaminants need to be removed prior to epoxy coating. What recommendations can Alconox Inc. provide?

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Laboratory Cleaning – Go Green As You Clean

We’re an environmental lab and need a detergent that can remove organic and inorganic residue while also being as green as possible. We had heard Liquinox or Luminox might be good choices. Which would be better? Are there other recommendations as well?

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Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: The Last to Rinse

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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