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trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene (t-DCE)
Published: December 13, 2022

Q: We currently use your product Liquinox in one of our cleaning processes. We are potentially looking to expand its use to other cleaning and were wondering if this product will solubilize trans-dichloroethylene as this is a concern that is not addressed by our current cleaning process?

A: Trans-Dichloroethylene is a toxic and hazardous compound, often used in solvent cleaning.  Its avoidance has come under increased recommendations.  Fortunately, it is fairly easy to clean up as a residue. 

An important thing to note is that detergents don’t solubilize so much as they would emulsify an organic solvent like trans-dichloroethylene.  Detergents may also disperse, sequesterchelate,  and/or enzymatically cleave.  We recommend its cleanup as discussed here via emulsification: Detergent Residue Interaction with Ketones and Solvents?

As Liquinox® Critical Cleaning Liquid Detergent is what you currently have in house, I would certainly start there.  Warm 1-2% solutions and thorough rinsing.

If there any issues a more alkaline liquid and powder option would be Detonox® Ultimate Precision Cleaner and Alconox® Powdered Precision Cleaner, respectively.

For removal via a washer Alcojet® Low Foaming Powdered Detergent and Solujet® Low-Foaming Phosphate-Free Liquid for powder and liquid dispensing washers, respectively,  Both would be again at warm or hot  1-2% solutions.  

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