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Stop! Don’t buy any cleaners without these tests

It can be challenging to distinguish a good industrial cleaning liquid from hazardous ones available on the internet. However, there are some reliable methods to confirm the performance of a cleaning liquid and ensure it is safe to use.

  1. Read the Label and SDS: The first step in determining the safety and effectiveness of an industrial cleaning liquid is to read the label and Safety Data Sheet (SDS). The label should provide information on the product’s intended use, ingredients, and proper handling and storage instructions. The 16 part SDS will provide detailed information on the chemical composition of the product, hazards associated with it, and first-aid measures in case of exposure. By reviewing this information, you can determine if the product is suitable for your needs and understand any potential hazards. There are 3rd party Test certification companies which independently evaluate chemicals and test ingredients for safety and bioaccumulative potential. Willingness to provide an freely available SDS would be a good way to assess the supplier intent.
  2. Look for Certifications: Look for certifications such as OSHA, EPA, or NSF, which indicate that the product has met strict safety and performance standards. These certifications are an indication that the product has been tested and validated by independent organizations and is safe to use.
  3. Check the pH Level: A good industrial cleaning liquid should have a pH level between 7 and 14. If the pH level is below 7, it may be too acidic, and if it’s above 14, it may be too alkaline. This can damage surfaces and potentially harm people or the environment. Testing the pH level of the cleaning liquid can help ensure that it is safe and effective.
  4. Conduct a Spot Test: Before using an industrial cleaning liquid, conduct a spot test on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t damage the surface or material. Apply a small amount of the product to the area and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it away. If there is no damage, the product is safe to use on that surface.
  5. Seek Professional Advice: If you’re unsure about the safety or effectiveness of an industrial cleaning liquid, seek advice from a professional. Consult with a cleaning expert, chemical supplier, or industrial hygienist to determine the best product for your needs and ensure it is safe to use.
  6. Conduct Independent Tests: While larger organizations would be equipped with in-house labs, smaller organizations can look for services of independent labs. It’s always recommended that the products be sent to accredited labs for testing. There are labs that test and verify biodegradability, toxicity , recommended disposal methods and recycling potential of chemical cleaners.
  7. Assess Business Morality & Integrity: One highly tangible indication of supplier morality is a free frank discussion. It’s not rocket science when a supplier is visited at his factory and an inspection is undertaken. Suspect manufacturers of quality and safe products can be sniffed out in the way products are priced and their attitude during price and commercial discussions.
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In conclusion, determining the safety and effectiveness of an industrial cleaning liquid requires careful consideration of the product’s label, certifications, pH level, conducting a spot test, and seeking professional advice. By following these methods, you can ensure that the cleaning liquid is safe to use and meets your performance expectations.


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