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Clean in Place “Hacks” for Water Spots

A: A two-step cycle with a base followed by an acid, whether it be CIP cleaning or in a large scale liquid dispensing system washer, is a robust and, when needed, is a recommended process. Water spots typically occur because of two main mechanisms….

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Cold Cleaning

Q: We are a large biotech and in an effort to go green with our cleaning, we are exploring cold cleaning (cleaning with cold water) using your detergents. A: Cold cleaning is a very reasonable approach for energy conservation, and in short, its effectiveness depends on the details of the application.

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Non Hazardous Replacement for N-Propyl Bromide

Q: What can we do to replace n-propyl bromide? We are cleaning grease and oil from stainless steel. We had heard Citranox might do the job well.
A: The compound n-propyl bromide is often used in vapor degreasing and is considered to be associated with some serious health risks and is hazardous. We would certainly recommend you switch to a drain-safe, biodegradable, aqueous detergents.

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alnochromix

What is Alnochromix?

Q: I understand that Nochromix is no longer available and I am to contact Alconox Inc. for a replacement?

A: That is correct. Alconox Inc. bought the formula to NOCHROMIX® cleaner and is manufacturing the identical product under the name ALNOCHROMIX™
oxidizing additive to sulfuric acid for glassware cleaning.

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Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: Detergency and Concentration

Intuition, logic, and maybe even some experiences, can lead us to believe more detergent is better.  These everyday experiences where it might apply include your washing machine, dishwasher, or even your hands in the bathroom sink.  But, what is actually meant by better?  This is where concentration and detergency come into play, terms you may see in our literature and documentation, as well as our responses and solutions to cleaning challenges.

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Are there any PFAS, PFOA, or PFOS in Alconox Inc. Critical Cleaners?

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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See Us at Pittcon 2019 in Philadelphia

Visit Alconox, Inc. at Pittcon, Philadelphia, PA March 19-21, 2019. Stop by booth #3514 to receive our unique gifts, expert technical support for your critical cleaning applications, and detergent samples.  And just maybe hear about a new product!

Our critical cleaning detergents and cleaners remove an array of soils while leaving no interfering residues on laboratory equipment, glassware and instruments. Check out our latest video, How to Clean Laboratory Glassware, to learn the nine guidelines for critical cleaning of glassware exposed to even the toughest of contaminants.

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Residue Detection: Swab Method

Q. Do you have a recommended swab detection method for residual detergent?

A. We most certainly do.  It is suggested to use a swabbing area of 5 cm X 5 cm. Where extreme low level acceptance criteria on a low recovery residue, i.e. some product residues, it can help to….

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Detergent Color Variations

Q. The color of our Liquinox is slightly different by lot number. Why is this happening? Is there an issue, perhaps we have done something wrong with storage?  

A. Do not fear! These color variations are normal. There is a range of acceptable color differences in Liquinox detergent. Differences in the age and storage conditions of the raw materials and of the Liquinox detergent itself will account for differences in color

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Visual Inspection

Cleaning Visual Inspection

Q: I work for a medical device company where we make machined parts. I’m interested in finding a supplemental visual inspection tool that will aid in inspecting the surface of a part after being cleaned. A: We would recommend getting…..

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