How Does Aqueous Cleaning Work?

TACT – the essentials for aqueous cleaning

  • Temperature - Some cleaning agents in specific chemistries are designed to work in a temperature range, so if it’s too hot or too cold, it won’t clean well. Defoamers are also designed to work at a certain temperature, so if it’s too cold, the defoamer may not work.
  • Agitation - Many aqueous chemistries require some type of movement or agitation to perform at their best and most are formulated for a specific type of agitation: High Pressure Spray, Immersion / Dip Agitation, Ultrasonics, and Manual cleaning are common examples of agitation
  • Concentration - Most aqueous based chemistries are not used at 100% concentrations and are mixed at certain ratios with water. Maintaining the proper recommended concentrations for your application is critical to ensuring you are cleaning your parts as safely and effectively as possible. Periodic titration of the bath is required to monitor chemistry concentration.
  • Time - How long it takes to clean the parts. Time is a factor of the other 3 TACT components--the less heat, agitation, or concentration used can increase the time required to clean your parts.

These four components of aqueous cleaning are essential to product performance, and each plays an equally important part in the cleaning equation.

If any one of the TACT components is reduced, one or more of the  other components must be increased to maintain cleaning performance.