Did You Know – That Caustic Alone Is Not All That Effective A Cleaner?

Caustic is a powerful chemical that can be used to remove a variety of soils, especially fats and certain chemicals that are degraded by it. However, there are chemicals (such as petroleum oils) that it cannot attack, and adding more caustic to the wash will not make it work any more effectively in their removal. […]

Did You Know About The 18° Rule?

Did you know, as a general rule, that increasing the temperature of a chemical reaction 18°F (10°C) effectively doubles the rate of that reaction. In more practical terms, if you are cleaning at 150° F and it takes an hour to complete a wash, raising the temperature of the solution to 168° could shorten the […]

Did You Know – The Easiest Way To Break An Emulsion Is DON’T MAKE ONE?

That’s right. Don’t form it in the first place. This is especially applicable to operators cleaning tanks that contained lube oils and lube oil additives, because, once an emulsion is formed, skimmers, separators, and other oil separation equipment is basically useless. Most of these devices work on the principle of gravity separation. Oil is lighter […]

Did You Know That Acrylates Are “Easy-Cleans”?

Did you know that tanks that have been used to carry acrylic polymers and latexes are often cleaned with caustic and steam? Many acrylates are chemical compounds known as ESTERS. Esters are the reaction product of an organic acid (acrylic acid) and an alcohol such as ethanol or methanol. Common esters include substances such as […]

High Foam Or Low Foam Cleaner? Which Is Best?

Did you know that high foaming cleaners do NOT really clean better than low foam products? The level of foam produced by a cleaner is determined by the choice of the SURFACTANTS or SURFACE ACTIVE AGENTS used in the product. The idea that low foam cleaners are not as effective probably comes from years back when SOAP […]

Did You Know That Stainless Steel Can Rust?

Did you know that stainless steel can rust? Stainless steels are primarily alloys of iron and chromium. When treated properly, the iron in the surface layer is removed and the remaining chromium is converted to chromium oxides. This process is known as PASSIVATION. This chromium oxide layer renders the metal “stainless” in that it prevents […]

Did You Know That Cleaning Animal Fats Cause Foaming?

Did you know that fatty materials, such as animal fats and vegetable oils, will react with alkaline cleaning solutions and that this reaction both reduces the potency of the solution and can generate copious and troublesome foams? The process is called SAPONIFICATION. Fats and oils consists of two distinct parts – glycerine and hydrocarbon chains. When treated […]