Q: Our gold plating process leaves some residue and someone recommended chlorine bleach for cleaning, but we're afraid that will negatively effect the finish. Can Alconox assist with safely removing residues from gold plating? Should we use a soak or ultrasonic cleaning process? A: Yes we can and you're right to reconsider bleach. Let's start by addressing the ideal … [Read more...] about Parts Cleaning: Removing Residue from Gold Plating
Q. Thank you for your assistance with our cleaning questions. We have seen a statement in literature that we wanted to ask more about. What does “detergent is the last to leave the equipment surface" or "last to rinse" mean? This seems like a broad statement, can it be supported by literature/documentation? A. A likely source of a literature use of "detergent last to rinse" … [Read more...] about Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: The Last to Rinse
Q. What are the different types of surfactants? A. Anionic surfactants - These have a negatively charged end of the molecule that gives it the hydrophilic part of the molecule. These negatively charged parts of the molecules are usually sulfonates, sulfates, or carboxylates that are usually neutralized by positively charged metal cations such as sodium or potassium. Examples … [Read more...] about Types of Surfactants
Q. In your email you mentioned that Solujet and Citrajet have more sophisticated surfactant systems than a competitor's low foaming washer detergent - could you explain a little bit more what 'surfactant systems' are? A. Absolutely! Surfactants, or Surface Active Agents, are compounds that lower surface tension between particles, such as oil and water. In the oil and water … [Read more...] about Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: What are Surfactant Systems?