Safer cleaner

December 8, 2011
Safer cleaner
Walter Surface Technologies' new AF-CLEAN is an environmentally-friendly surface cleaner and degreaser designed to replace toxic solvents in the preparation and cleaning of metallic surfaces prior to treatment. This newest innovation from the company’s Bio-Circle Environmental Solutions division underscores Walter’s commitment to "Making Green Work." AF-CLEAN is the latest solution that helps create a cleaner, healthier and safer industrial work environment. An ideal alternative to acetone or toluene for surface preparation, AF-CLEAN cleans and prepares metallic surfaces prior to painting, priming, coating, gluing, corrosion protection, as well as cleaning moulds for plastic injection. Compared to traditional solvents, AF-CLEAN is non-flammable, VOC-reduced, biodegradable and less volatile than toxic solvent compounds. AF-CLEAN’s environmental benefits bring economic benefits as well, the company said. Compared to acetone, which evaporates up to 90 per cent of its volume before it actually cleans, workers will find they need less AF-CLEAN liquid to clean a surface — it is eight times more efficient than Acetone, the company said. AF-CLEAN’s aluminum bottles can be filled and re-filled with Walter’s Air Force automatic refilling station which is propelled by compressed air — unlike empty aerosol cans which must be disposed of carefully, often at an additional cost. The liquid is available in a 10-litre (2.64 gal) bag-in-box and in a bulk 208-litre drum. AF-CLEAN and the Air Force refilling system significantly reduce costs for storage, handling and disposal. Empirical tests have shown that a 10-litre bag-in-box can replace as many as 36 aerosol cans, the company said.
www.biocircle.com