How to Pick an Eco-Friendly Degreaser
Posted on April 21, 2016
If you’ve ever worked in a kitchen—or for that matter seen a TV ad for dishwashing solutions—then you know what a scourge grease can be. To remove caked-on grease from a metal surface can require no small amount of effort, to say nothing of a heavy-duty cleaning agent. The challenges of degreasing are compounded when you’re talking about a much larger-scale, industrial application, such as fleet maintenance or equipment cleaning. For these applications, a highly potent degreaser is mandatory if you want to get results.
There are some problems with that, though. The primary concern is that, historically, the truly robust degreasers have all been heavy on toxins that are readily admitted into the atmosphere and cause long-term, adverse environmental effects. These powerful degreasers are often harmful to humans, too, making safety a top concern.
For these reasons, it has become increasingly common to seek out eco-friendly degreasers for use in an industrial setting. In fact, for companies that have environmental mandates or regulatory compliance to think about, these “green” degreasers are essential. And as eco-friendly degreaser technology has advanced, these products have come to match the potency found in traditional degreasers, without inviting the same human safety concerns.
What to Look for in an Eco-Friendly Degreaser
The question is, how do you know that you’re actually finding a legitimately eco-friendly degreaser? In an era of “greenwashing” and questionable claims to Earth awareness, what are some of the telltale signs that the product you’re considering is indeed an eco-friendly degreaser?
Here are some tips—some things to look out for:
- First and foremost, make sure you find a degreasing product that is classified as biodegradable—a first concern for anyone looking to do Earth-aware shopping.
- Also look for a low-toxic or non-toxic product, which will minimize the safety concerns associated with using the degreaser. Note that more conventional degreasers can often burn the skin upon contact; an eco-friendly one should be much milder, though it’s never going to be something you want to get into your eyes or to ingest.
- Look for something that’s water-based, not solvent-based.
- Seek a degreaser that does not contain bleach, phosphate, oxidizers, or ammonia. Non-ozone-depleting identification is also required.
- To ensure compliance with environmental regulation (where applicable), seek a product that’s Low VOC (25 g/l).
- To ensure total functionality, look for a degreaser that is safe for use on metal and non-metal surfaces alike.
Learning More About Your Degreaser
Note that as you look to procure a degreaser for any industrial or municipal application, you should be furnished with safety data sheets as well as tech data sheets from the manufacturer, both of which will include several pages of information about what the product is and what it contains—more than enough information to do your due diligence and ensure eco-friendliness as well as high performance.
Enviroform is proud to make a competitive degreaser that complies with all of the environmental standards laid out above, but it is also as tough and effective as any other degreaser on the market. Discover more by contacting our team today.