The critical micelle concentration is the minimum concentration at which the emulsifiers in a detergent will coalesce in to membrane structures of globes, rods or sheets with their hydrophobic (water hating) ends on the inside of the membrane and their hydrophilic (water loving) ends on the outside such that hydrophobic oily residues can be emulsified inside these membrane structures. Micelles are further elaborated on below. If you are below the critical micelle concentration, you do not have effective emulsifying of oily residues.
Q: How can we clean residual deodorant from our stainless steel tanks? It is proving very difficult. It is largely AlCl3.
A: Deodorant, designed to stay in place for obvious reasons, can be quite adherent on processing equipment. If it stays on skin for extended periods, which is designed to avoid residues, imagine what it does to stainless steel!
Q. I’m looking for a cleaning solution to use in our industrial ultrasonic cleaner that is similar to the old style competitor detergent. We use it occasionally for general cleaning, removal of machining oils, cleaning for high vacuum use, and to lightly etch the oxides off of copper. Would you recommend Alconox or Liquinox detergent? How long would a pre-mix of the formulations last before degrading? Could we also use this for washing microfiber towels and foam sponges that have various waxes, polymer sealants and oils on them?
We are looking to clean epoxy coated Neodymium donut magnets. Any oils or contaminants need to be removed prior to epoxy coating. What recommendations can Alconox Inc. provide?
P20 is a low carbon mold steel and can be safely cleaned with an acidic detergent, which excels at removing inorganic residues like salts and oxidation.