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Cleaning Residues with Acidic Cleaners

Q. What types of residues are best cleaned by acidic cleaners and does Alconox manufacture any acidic cleaners?

A. Inorganic residues and other acid labile substances are the traditional targets of acidic detergents.  Amines, alkaloids, amphoteric proteins, starches, carbonates and bicarbonates, metal oxides, and insoluble hydroxides are generally best cleaned by acidic cleaners. Alconox, Inc. manufactures two acidic cleaners. Citranox® Liquid Acid Cleaner and Detergent, a high foaming and emulsifying cleaner can be used ultrasonically or manually. Citrajet® Low-Foam Liquid Acid Cleaner/Rinse is ideal for high pressure spray, CIP, or machine washing.

Many wash cycles, be they manual or automated, depending on the industry, incorporate a dual stage cleaning.  Specifically, this would include an alkaline wash with a traditional higher pH detergent (in CIP systems, Solujet® Low-Foaming Phosphate-Free Liquid for example), followed by an acid rinse with a lower pH cleaner.  If there is heavy and/or mixed soiling of both an organic and inorganic nature, this may prove to be optimal.

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