Learn Common Chemical Hazards in Cleaning Solutions

Laboratory Safety Kit for Chemical Hazards

As our cleaning solutions are getting lab surfaces free from soil, dust, and other contaminants, they may also contain chemical hazards. If you’re not using the correct cleaning agent, you may unknowingly be impacting surface material.

For example, when you use a heavy-duty alkali to remove fats from mechanized systems, it will do the job. Yet, alkalis such as sodium carbonate are also slightly corrosive. Strong alkalis such as sodium hydroxide destroy microbes and dissolve protein. They also can burn the skin and lungs.

A mild acid used to control deposits and soften water is also slightly corrosive. Strong acids, such as phosphoric and hydrofluoric acids, are corrosive to concrete, metals, and fabrics.

Household cleaners including soaps and detergents that emulsify fats, oils, and grease typically have a pH of 8 to 9.5 and should not be corrosive.

Concerned about using a cleaning solution? Contact our technical experts at 1-800-323-4340. Get more information on chemicals.

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