Aqueous Cleaning Blog

Addressing parts staining in aqueous bath cleaning

What is staining as it relates to aqueous parts cleaning you might ask? It is an industry term companies use when an aqueous bath leaves soils, or oily residues, on a part after the parts have been through a complete cleaning cycle. For all the innovations that have made the cleaning industry what it is today, aqueous parts cleaning is relatively straightforward. Soiled parts go into the parts washer, a process such as high-pressure spray or immersion agitation is performed by the machine and, ultimately, the parts come out clean at the end of the process.

Process Change for Effective Parts Cleaning

With their wide range of aqueous cleaning products and industry-leading cleaning expertise, ArmaKleen takes pride in finding solutions for all types of commercial and industrial cleaning challenges. There are several factors to consider when setting up an effective parts cleaning operation, so when clients report that their parts aren’t getting cleaned as expected, ArmaKleen’s approach is to examine the whole cleaning process that the client has in place.

It’s Not Easy Being Green


The Journey to Green Certification 

ArmaKleen’s introduction of Bio24 as an environmentally-responsible parts-washing (PW) solution is a game-changer for the industry, thanks to its dual certification as a USDA Certified Biobased and Green Seal™ certified product. But what do these labels actually mean?

ARMAKLEEN™ M-100 BCR Tackles Baked-On Carbon and Brightens Metal Too

Ultrasonic washing, abrasive blasting and other techniques that remove baked-on carbon from automotive or industrial parts composed of steel alloys are not applicable typically to aluminum parts. Just one hour in an ultrasonic washer can result in deformation – namely starring and spiderwebbing – of the relatively soft aluminum surfaces, undermining aesthetic appeal as well as function.

Ask Andy: Use of Aqueous Cleaners and VOC Emission Enforcement

Ask Andy: Even though I’m cleaning with an aqueous cleaner, I’ve heard that regulators can come after me for VOC emission enforcement. How can this be? 

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are regulated at the federal and state levels because their environmental release results in photochemical reactions causing ground-level ozone, or smog, formation. Health impacts are also a concern, as VOCs have been implicated in various respiratory conditions.