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Powerful Degreasers and Cleaners for Precision Cleaning 

Chemtronics® complete line of high purity solvents are the finest, most effective products made for the critical cleaning and degreasing of electronics, electrical assemblies, and sensitive components. Every degreaser and cleaning agent possesses unique properties suited to specific applications — from precision cleaning of solvent sensitive components to degreasing of electrical and electronic equipment. Several of these products can be used in benchtop ultrasonic, immersion, and vapor degreaser cleaning systems.

Electro-Wash® Cleaner Degreasers are engineered to clean a wide variety of soil, oil, grease, oxides and handling contamination, from equipment and assemblies that include:

  • Metal and fiber optic cable splices
  • Motors and transformers
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic assemblies
  • Electronics and electrical equipment
  • Meters/measurement devices

Max-Kleen™ Heavy-Duty Degreasers rise to the challenge of your most difficult jobs. These industrial strength cleaners offer fast, easy removal of grease, tar, asphalt, oil, and grime. For the extra-strength your tough degreasing jobs need. 

Recommended for all degreasing applications including:

  • Clutches, armatures, generators, and compressors
  • Electrical motors and equipment 
  • Bearings, chains, cables, pulleys and gear drives
  • Brakes, springs, and flywheels
Electro-Wash Delta Cleaner Degreaser Electro-Wash Delta
Extra-strength, nonflammable electronic cleaner and degreaser
Electro-Wash Tri-V Degreaser Electro-Wash Tri-V
Extra-strength, nonflammable electronics cleaner degreaser for replacing n-propyl bromide
Electro-Wash QD Degreaser DEL1608B
Fast drying, nonflammable electronics cleaner degreaser
Electro-Wash NXO Degreaser Electro-Wash NXO
Extra-strength, nonflammable cleaner degreaser
Electro-Wash VZ Degreaser Electro-Wash VZ
Economical, non-ozone depleting, nonflammable universal cleaner degreaser
Electro-Wash CZ Degreaser Electro-Wash CZ
Non-ozone depleting, nonflammable electronic cleaner and degreaser safe for use on plastics
Electro-Wash MX Cleaner Degreaser Electro-Wash MX
Extra-strength, plastic safe universal cleaner with moderate evaporation time
Electro-Wash PX Degreaser Electro-Wash PX
Extra-strength universal cleaner and degreaser safe for use on plastics
Electro-Wash PR Degreaser Electro-Wash PR
Regular-strength cleaner safe for use on plastics
Electro-Wash Two Step Degreaser Electro-Wash Two Step
Extra-strength, nonflammable ultrasonic and immersion cleaner
Max-Kleen Tri-V Max-Kleen Tri-V
Extra-strength, nonflammable heavy duty electronics cleaner for replacing n-propyl bromide
Max-Kleen Citrus Degreaser Max-Kleen Citrus
Citrus-based extra-strength degreaser
Max-Kleen Citrus HF Degreaser Max-Kleen Citrus HF
High flashpoint citrus-based degreaser for heavy greases
IPA - Isopropyl Alcohol IPA - Isopropyl Alcohol-2
Conveniently packaged and easy to use 99.8% technical grade isopropyl alcohol

FAQ's

How can you reduce chemical exposure?

Every organization using hazardous chemicals within their facility has the responsibility to equip their facility and personnel to maintain exposure levels below the TLV. Personal monitoring badges can be used to measure exposure of a specific material. Then, depending on the threshold limit and the application, exposure can be controlled with PPE like masks, face shields, respirators, and even coveralls. If they don’t reduce exposure below the recommended limit, you will need to consider a special ventilation hood or even containment booth. As you can see, as the exposure limit gets down to a certain level, the equipment required to safely use the solvent can get impractical. At that point, your best option is to consider a safer alternative.

How do you know the safe exposure limit of a degreaser, contact cleaner, or flux remover?

The personal hazard associated with a solvent is often defined using Threshold Limit Value (TLV), which is the recommended average exposure in an 8-hour day, 40 hour work week. The lower the TLV of a particular substance, the less a worker can be exposed to without harmful effects. TLV is stated on the SDS of chemical products, in additional to recommended personal protection equipment (or PPE). The threshold limit value of a solvent is generally set by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). The unit of measure is Parts Per Million (PPM). 

Is WD-40 a degreaser?

WD-40 is a lubricant (fish oil to be exact) dissolved in a solvent. While it can break down grease and oil to a certain degree, it also adds back some. This might be desirable if you are cleaning a hinge, conveyor, or corrosive-prone part, but not if you need it truly clean. For example, if prepping a surface before painting, cleaning with a cleaner/lubricant will lead to the paint dewetting (beading) or delaminating (flaking off). Chemtronics offers DPL for lubrication, and degreasers under the Eletro-Wash and Max-Kleen brands for high precision cleaning.

What is the best degreaser?

That depends on the requirements of your application. There are a number of factors that can have a big impact on performance and safety: flammability, dielectric strength, compatibility, toxicity, and environmental impact. Degreasers often contain very flammable alcohols and hydrocarbon solvents. They can be cheap and effective, but can dangerous without proper ventilation, or around open flames, sparks (e.g. welding), or hot surfaces. Nonflammable degreasers avoid these safety issues, but are generally more expensive. If you plan to powered equipment, or need to switch it on before the solvent has flashed off, consider a degreaser with a high dielectric strength.  More care needs to be taken when cleaning plastic packaging, plastic components, rubber gaskets and seals. If the degreaser is incompatible with the plastic, it can craze (create small cracks), embrittle, or soften the material. Rubber seals may swell, shrink, or dissolve if exposed to a harsh solvent. A new degreaser should always be tested before being used extensively. N-Propyl Bromide (nPB), Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Perchloroethylene (Perc) are highly toxic chemicals commonly used in degreasers to provide cleaning performance in a nonflammable formula. All of this has caused maintenance facilities to reconsider their solvent choices, especially with manual cleaning when exposure tends to be higher. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), solvents that add to smog, or solvents with high global warming potential (GWP) have been a focus of a number of regulators. Some state (e.g. CARB or California Air Review Board), municipal, and even industry-specific regulations restrict the use of high VOC or high GWP materials.

Should I use gloves when using a degreaser?

Yes, it is a good idea to use gloves when degreasing. The solvents used in degreasers do a great job at breaking down greases and oils, which also happen to exist in health skin. If your hands are exposed to a degreasing solvent for enough time, oils will be drawn from your skin leading to “defattening”. Your skin will become very dry and you could eventually develop dermatitis, which looks more like a rash. In addition, some solvents like N-Propyl Bromide (nPB), Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Perchloroethylene (Perc) are highly toxic, so can be absorbed through the skin and cause issues like cancer, or impact liver or kidney function. Please wear gloves and other PPE as required.

Are degreasers toxic?

There are no degreasers that should be taken internally, but some ingredients are more harmful than others. N-Propyl Bromide (nPB), Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Perchloroethylene (Perc) are highly toxic chemicals commonly used in degreasers to provide cleaning performance in a nonflammable formula. There are documented court cases where workers suffered major health effects when exposed to high levels of these chemicals. Workers reported headaches, dizziness, and even loss of full body control. There are also possible links to reproductive problems and cancer. All of this has caused maintenance facilities to reconsider their solvent choices, especially with manual cleaning when exposure tends to be higher.

Do I need to shut off power before cleaning electrical equipment?

Before you start spraying, shut down power to avoid the potential of sparks, electrical shorts or discharges, and other safety hazards. If disconnecting the power is not an option, look for degreasers with a dielectric strength above 30 kV (30,000 volts). Choosing a nonflammable cleaner would also add a layer of safety in case there is a spark.

What is degreaser used for?

A degreaser is a cleaner designed to remove grease, oils, cutting fluids, corrosion inhibitors, handling soils, finger prints, and other contamination common in assembly, stamping, other types of metal fabrication, refineries, motor repair, airplane hangars, and many other applications. Degreasers go by a number of different names, including precision cleaner, maintenance cleaner, and specific for automotive repair, carb cleaner, brake cleaner. The objective for a degreaser is to remove the offending soil quickly, avoiding as much wiping and scrubbing as possible.

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