Q: What are the differences between an acid vs alkaline cleaner? A: There are some key differences in choosing the right detergent for your cleaning needs; the pH of a detergent is one dividing line. Acidic cleaners are commonly used to brighten or etch metals and are effective at removing any mineral deposits or oxidation on surfaces. Generally, acidic cleaners are also … [Read more...] about What to choose: acid vs alkaline cleaner?
Oxidation or bleaching is one of the many cleaning mechanisms that a detergent formulator can bring to bear by formulating with appropriate ingredients. In cleaning, oxidation, or bleaching, changes the structure of a residue to render it more easily removed. Oxidation is loss of electrons in a chemical reaction. In the context of cleaning, the loss of electrons typically … [Read more...] about Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: Oxidation
Ingredients to cause alkaline hydrolysis are commonly used in detergent formulation. Alkaline hydrolysis is a chemical reaction that takes place when tough organic residues are exposed to an alkaline solution like many of our Alconox, Inc. detergents. Alkaline hydrolysis breaks these residues into smaller more water soluble and more easily emulsified molecules. There are two … [Read more...] about Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: Alkaline Hydrolysis
Q. We reprocess single use medical devices and we are having trouble getting organic and biological residue out of crevices. It is requiring cleaning for a much longer time than we can support in our processes. We’ve started to do a pre-soak as we read that this would help, but we’re a little concerned we are not doing that optimally either. Can you make recommendations? A. … [Read more...] about Pre-soak for Tough Residues in Medical Device Cleaning & Reprocessing