Q: We had a small fire incident in our lab when working with toluene and xylene. We are now going with safer aqueous detergents and will replace toluene and xylene as cleaning agents. What do you recommend for hydrocarbons from lab and glassware? A: For removing hydrocarbons from lab and glassware, hot (60-80C) Alconox® Powdered Precision Cleaner or Liquinox® Critical … [Read more...] about Replace Toluene, Xylene in Cleaning
Manual Lab Cleaning
Q. I am making a 1% detergent solution? How do I do this? A. Thanks for the question. We do get these calls from time to time and it is certainly better to be sure. Most of our detergents are recommended at 1-2% concentrations. Concentration is directly related to capacity or the amount of residue the detergent can remove. More highly soiled applications … [Read more...] about How to: Making detergent solution (1%) by weight or volume
Q: We were wondering if Alconox Inc. has any data on detergent reuse? We will be looking at effectiveness of cleaning, and other parameters. Any other methods that you would recommend for detecting degradation and/or neutralization of the Alconox detergent? A: Successful use for a period of time, whether it be one day, five days or up to two weeks, generally depends on soil … [Read more...] about Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: Detergent Reuse
Q. We are interested in a cleaner that will perform well for mixed metal ultrasonic baths. We are cleaning titanium and cobalt chrome. What can you recommend? A. As a general rule, mixed metal baths should be avoided. When metals are far enough apart on the galvanic potential scale, batteries can form and the plating out of metal oxides can result, manifesting in dark … [Read more...] about Ultrasonic Cleaner for Mixed Metal Baths
Q: What precisely is critical cleaning? How does it differ from "regular" cleaning? A: Thanks for the question. At Alconox Inc. we are indeed the Critical Cleaning Experts. And critical cleaning is more than just a marketing term. It refers to a very specific type of cleaning. It is where the cleaning itself impacts the value of the finished output from whatever … [Read more...] about What is Critical Cleaning?