Cleaners and Aerosols

You Have to Clean, But Which Cleaner is Best?

by Michelle S. on January 19, 2016

When it comes to cleaners, the question isn’t which brand should one use. The question is which Branson model should one use. Here’s an easy-to-follow guide for choosing the right Branson model for your needs. First, look at the different Branson models available for your application. Do you need a large tank? A smaller tank? The size of the tank is dependent on your desired application. Once you have selected your model, go to the next step.

Second, look at the different cleaning solutions for your application. Will you be cleaning medical/dental devices? Jewelry? Electronics? Choosing the cleaner best suited for your job will yield optimal results.

One thing you won’t have to look for is the right price and the best service when you shop All-Spec. By choosing All-Spec, you are guaranteed access to the best brands at a cost that will keep your bottom line clean. Call us or visit us online today!


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How Lint-Free Are Your Lint-Free Wipers?

by Julie S. on October 14, 2015

How Lint-Free Are Your Lint-Free WipersA “lint-free wiper” Google search yields thousands upon thousands of returns. With all those results, certainly one must actually be “lint-free,” right? Wrong.

That’s because lint refers to the short, fine fibers that pull away from the surface of a fabric. Since fabric is used to make wipers, lint is a natural consequence regardless of fabric type. So, whether you select man-made polyester or nylon, natural cotton or cellulose, or a blend, you can’t completely circumvent lingering lint.

The term “lint-free” originated in the early 1980s with the advent of air particle measurements or “dry testing.” These tests resulted in few, if any, visible particles on wiped surfaces, and hence the phrase was coined. A few years later, “wet testing” revealed significant numbers of particles microscopically. Wiper experts from Berkshire recommend you exercise caution when it comes to “lint-free” wipers, and wipe away the “lint-free” fallacy, particularly in your cleanrooms.

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8 Things to Consider When Selecting Your Swabs

by Julie S. on July 31, 2015

8 Things to Consider When Selecting Your SwabsEver consider all the things you have to consider? From advice to zucchini, you probably have a lot on your plate. Consider this: Swab selection should not be one of them.

All-Spec’s here to help. Simplify the process by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. What are you treating? (e.g., PCBs, disk drives, coated optics, machine parts, etc.)
  2. What is your application? (e.g., general cleaning, precision application, removal of contaminants, cleaning validation, etc.)
  3. Are you using any solvents as cleaning aids?
  4. What conditions of cleanliness must be maintained?
  5. Will there be considerable abrasion during use?
  6. Are you applying lubricants?
  7. How will swab shape and construction impact your work?
  8. What is your budget?

Then, follow up with our Swab Selection Guide for all the food for thought you need.

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TexQ is Now Gamma IrradiatedSometimes less is more. But not when it comes to your cleanroom! The more microorganisms you can kill the better. TexQ Disinfectant from Texwipe is now gamma-irradiated, so you can protect against more bacteria, viruses and fungi at All-Spec’s same, low price.

Actually, TexQ Disinfectant boasts 61 kill claims, but who’s counting? It also stops the growth of mold and mildew and their odors.

This one-step cleaner and disinfectant complies with GMP and FDA sterilization requirements and is completely validated for sterility. Whether you choose ready-to-use or concentrate, it only requires a single qualification for TX650 and TX651. TexQ is EPA-registered and comes with a functional use label to record the date opened and operator initials.

And, it’s double-bagged for easy introduction into your critical environment. When more is more, trust TexQ. That’s just plain and simple.

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Save Your Water-Damaged DevicesHurricanes, floods and fire suppression can wreak havoc on electrical equipment. When catastrophic water damage strikes, you don’t necessarily have to ditch any and all devices. Just follow these four, simple steps to strike back and salvage these critical assemblies.

  1. Rinse

Rinse your equipment thoroughly with clean water to remove salt, sediment and particulate matter. You won’t cause further damage by rinsing. Disassemble and flush all interior parts until the rinsate is clean. Then, stand it on end to drain.

  1. Remove

Remove remaining oil, grease and other contaminants. For plastic-safe precision cleaning, consider Chemtronics’s Electro-Wash® PX. Spray thoroughly or dip your equipment in the solvent and agitate while submerged. Allow it to drain and dry completely before returning it to service. For heavy-duty jobs on non-plastics, try Max-Kleen® Xtreme® Heavy Duty Degreaser.

  1. Protect

Protect bare metal with a contact lubricant to help prevent oxidation and corrosion. Consider DPL Deep Penetrating Lubricant. Electrical components not embedded in plastics can be protected with Kontact Restorer®.

  1. Test

Last but not least, test your equipment before operating to be sure you’ve achieved correct resistance levels. You may need to repeat step 3. When you get the go-ahead, energize your equipment under no-load conditions.

When you’re ready, ease into normal operations, and put your mind at ease. Recovering your electronic equipment from catastrophic water damage is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.

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