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Crucial role of Cleaning Chemicals

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Soil Assessment

Says Debapratim Dinda of 3M India Limited, “Any professional cleaning management solution for industrial application should compulsorily provide employees with the critical information so that they could be better prepared to take steps to reduce exposure, substitute less hazardous materials and establish safe work practices.

Through effective communication of hazard information, the cleaning management system seeks to prevent the occurrence of work-related injuries and illnesses caused by chemical use and exposure. Before zeroing down on the exact type of cleaning chemical required, it is important to analyze what’s on the floor first.

The composition of soils in industrial environments can generally be placed in four categories,

1) common soil

2) hard water mineral deposits

3) oil and grease and

4) floor sealer/finish.

Analyzing the soil type is essential to the cleaning process in order to select the best cleaner and procedure for the job. For example, an acid cleaner is a poor choice to remove floor sealers and conversely, alkaline cleaners such as floor strippers are ineffective at removing mineral deposits.

Once the soil problem has been analyzed selecting and bringing the best cleaner for the job is the next step. There are several products available in the market for each soil type problem. A working knowledge of the water hardness is another important consideration. Hard water test strips or kits are very common. Taking time to determine the hardness of the tap water helps determine the frequency of cleaning with mild to stronger acid cleaners.”

Clean storage of barrels from both inside and outside in wineries

“In most cases, storage barrels at the winery are cleaned using conventional methods consisting of caustic or acids. Such practices result in improper cleaning besides causing side effects on the barrel construction material and at times affecting the finished stored product itself.

To avoid such problems and for effective cleaning of the surface, we suggests thorough cleaning to be done using specialty cleaning chemicals. This operation can be divided into internal and external cleaning of the barrel surface.

For internal cleaning, we would like to suggest liquid alkaline caustic additive. This additive will boost the cleaning efficiency of caustic and will provide effective single stage cleaning with enhanced detergent action. The main focus area for the internal cleaning will be complete removal of tartrate deposit
s and sediments, if any. Recommended concentration for such type of caustic additive would be in the range of 0.1-0.2% along with 1.0-1.5% caustic.

For external surface cleaning, a general purpose germicidal cleaner, which is developed only for manual cleaning operations would be ideal. Depending on surface soiling and contamination, the concentration of the germicidal cleaner could be 1.0-2.0%.

Good rinsing with water is very necessary for the complete removal of cleaning chemical traces during the internal as well as external cleaning.

While selecting the chemicals, make sure that the chemicals are compatible to material of construction of storage barrels. This will ensure the long barrel life.”

Rohan Sakpal, Satol Chemicals

How to maintain warehouses storing raw materials for perfumery?

“For maintenance of raw material storehouse of a perfume company, hazardous and ill-smelling chemicals like strong acids, solvents and chlorine should not be used.

It is better to use water-based perfume-free cleaners. The formulation will be VOC free, non-hazardous and easy to handle. This formulation can be used for manual cleaning as well as for automatic floor cleaning machines.

Dilution level of the cleaner can be optimized depending on the soil loading and frequency of cleaning. The cleaning chemicals will not be air-borne as they will be water-based formulations and not solvent-based. The focus of these cleaners is mainly cleaning and not odour removal. Special additives need to be added for odour removal or odour-masking.

Sumedh Ganu, Akzo Nobel

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