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Important Considerations when Choosing a Degreaser

As the name suggests a degreaser is used to remove tough materials. These can include grease, oils, corrosion inhibitors, fingerprints, handling soils, cutting fluids and more. These contaminants cannot be removed with normal cleaning products. Degreasers are usually water-based solvents. They mean minimal scrubbing and wiping. Degreasers aim to dissolve the contaminant as quickly as possible.

At Ecospill we have a range of degreasers available to suit all your needs. When choosing a degreaser there are many factors to consider, which we will examine in this article. 

CHOOSE THE RIGHT FORMULATION

No matter the industry, having a clean and safe work environment is vital. Degreasers make this possible. In saying this it is important to choose the right formulation for your particular needs. Some degreasers leave a residue which makes the surface susceptible to other contaminants. It can make your cleaning efforts ineffective. In choosing a degreaser you want to look for a residue-free formula.

A residue-free formula means more effective cleaning. You will save time and effort, while also saving money by using less product over time. This increases productivity in your workplace. There are highly evaporative formulas that are even more efficient. It won’t leave residue behind and will dissipate quickly. The cleaned surface will be less likely to attract dirt and grime. It is important to assess your needs and the formulation before purchasing a degreaser. 

WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A DEGREASER?

There are always many factors to consider when purchasing products. We often gravitate to the cheapest option. But cheapest isn’t always the best. Sometimes in the long run it can end up costing us more money. When choosing a degreaser there are a few main things to consider, let’s talk about them:

Flammability 

Speaking of compromising quality for the price we come to flammability. Some degreasers may be cheap and effective but highly flammable. These degreasers often contain alcohols and hydrocarbon solvents. Which are dangerous if used around open flames or in unventilated spaces. 

Non-flammable degreasers are normally more expensive but won’t have you putting your safety on the line. However, it is important to check these for toxic solvents. These include Perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene or n-propyl bromide. The safest option is high flashpoint solvents, these produce non-toxic vapours and are less combustible. 

Toxicity

As mentioned above N-Propyl Bromide (nPB), Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Perchloroethylene (Perc) are toxic chemicals. They are commonly found in non-flammable degreasers. Although non-flammable they pose another risk. When exposed to high levels of these chemicals people have reported headaches, dizziness and even loss of body control. So, try to avoid these chemicals when choosing a degreaser. 

Environmental Safety

It is always important to be conscious of the environment when working with chemicals and hazardous materials. Some ingredients found in degreasers can add to pollution and global warming potential. These are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some of these are regulated by industry bodies, so stay aware and choose wisely. 

Dielectric Strength 

Dielectric strength refers to the maximum electric field that a material can withstand before its insulation breaks down. The lower the dielectric strength the more likely it is to break down. This allows electricity to flow through- creating a significant safety risk. If you plan on using degreasers on electronic equipment, be sure to choose one with high dielectric strength. 

Plastic and Rubber Compatibility

If your cleaning needs involve plastic or rubber, then choose a degreaser that is compatible with those materials. Some degreasers are not and can cause damage to such materials. It is important to test the degreaser before using it for the first time. 

COMPLIANCE WITH INDUSTRY REGULATIONS

Industry regulations are put in place to protect the consumer and the environment. Keeping up to date with these regulations will protect you and your business. Degreasers often contain complex chemicals which are sometimes toxic or hazardous to humans. So make sure you know what rules apply to your particular degreaser needs. 

HOW ECOSPILL CAN HELP

At Ecospill your safety is our priority. We offer a range of cleaning chemicals and degreasers to suit different needs. Our degreasers are heavy duty and come in different sizes. They are designed for both industrial and commercial applications while being powerful and fast-acting. If you’d like to know more pop into our Brisbane store or call us today