What Type of Aerosol Cleaner Should I Choose?

by Andy on October 29, 2007

Are you stuck when trying to choose between an effective aerosol cleaner and a safe one? Manufacturers are no longer making cleaners that contain HCFC-141b because of itAerosol Cleaner Nozzles ozone-depleting properties. This chemical also goes by the names of 1, 1-dichloro-1-fluoroethane, and CAS #1717-00-06.

States are also starting to control VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) in aerosols because of its chemicals contributing to smog. All of this is very limiting to the consumer, causing frustration and confusion, as well as a costly product. Listed below are some of the different types of cleaners that are out on shelves today.

  • Water-based: These cleaners are low-cost, mostly non-flammable, and have a low VOC. However, they slowly evaporate so rust may form when cleaning metal.
  • Flammables: Some flammables include hydrocarbons, alcohols, distillates, and terpenes. These are low cost, but the area must be equipped to handle them because of their high VOC content.
  • Hazardous Non-Flammables: These cleaners work very well and are cost-effective, but they are extremely toxic. Trichloroethylene, n-Propyl Bromide, and Perchloroethylene are some examples of them. Purchasers should see the MSDS before buying or using.
  • Premium Non-Flammables: The non-flammables are pricey, but are safe and decent cleaners, because they have a good exposure limit (measure of toxicity).

All-Spec carries several lines of cleaning products that follow the above guidelines in order to help ensure customers’ safety. Some of the brands we carry are Tech Spray, 3M, Chemtronics, Micro Care, and Stoner.

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