What is Toulene

Toulene is a colorless water insoluble liquid. It has many uses. Perhaps the most common application of Toulene is in paint thinner. Indeed, the smell of Toulene will be familiar to most people who have been around the latter.

Toulene is also used in cement, contact glue, and fuel. More recent applications have been found for cleaning products, and a growing number of cleaning professionals have turned to Toulene cleaner to take on their toughest jobs. It must be pointed out that Toulene is essentially a solvent—one of the most potent and effective on the market. This is an invaluable property for cleaning, and professionals who are tasked with sanitizing large offices and industrial sites have learned to take advantage of it.

Toulene is hazardous to human health, and so it should not be consumed or inhaled in anyway. Professionals who use Toulene wear protective gear so as to minimize direct exposure to it.

In moderate doses, the compound is perfectly safe to use as nail polish remover. Many women have put it to use for that exact purpose and have done so with great success.

Understanding how to handle and control Toulene is the key to using it in a safe and successful manner. For more information contact us online, or call us today! 800-563-1305


What is MEK? (Methyl Ethyl Ketone)

Methyl Ethyl Ketone is a liquid solvent that is found in adhesives, printing inks, and surface coatings. MEK cleaner contains lube oil dewaxing agents and is used as a medium to extract waxes, oils, fats, and resins. Its effectiveness has made it one of the most popular liquid solvent today.

What can I use MEK for?

You can use MEK for thinning specific types of coatings such as adhesives, polyester, inks and epoxy resins. It is also effective when trying to clean dried adhesives such as lacquer and latex paints. If done properly, there will be no observable damage to the surface of what was cleaned. Make sure there is sufficient ventilation in the area where the MEK is being used.

Anything that cannot be cleaned with acetone will most likely be cleaned by MEK since it is stronger. Acetone is dimethyl ketone which is similar to, although weaker than, methyl ethyl ketone.

Where should I store MEK?

Ensure that the cap is on tightly and leave it in a dry, cool area. It should be far from any source of heat including direct sunlight. Store it in storage spaces where the temperature is below 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Proper storage will ensure that you will get at least six months of shelf life to clean surfaces with a MEK cleaner.

Looking to buy MEK?

No matter your cleaning purpose, we can find an MEK solution or alternative to meet your needs. Call us today 800-563-1305, or browse our online products here.


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Save Money Using our Chemical Management Services

chemical management servicesIf you happen to be unfamiliar with chemical management services, here is a look into its business model to see if your industrial business can take advantage of its benefits.

Chemical Management Services

Chemical management services enable a customer to purchase chemical services and all aspects of the chemical management lifecycle, rather than just chemical itself. Chemical management services involves procurement, delivery and distribution, creating, logging, and maintaining inventory, monitoring and reporting related issues or problems, training employees on how to properly handle and use the chemical agent, as well as technology, treatment, and disposal information needed to maximize efficiency improvements. Under the guidelines of chemical management services, the chemical agent provider is compensated based on the quality of services provided that reduce the costs, risks, and environmental impacts during the entire lifecycle of the chemical offered, and not on the volume or quantity of chemical sold. The main and most purposeful effect chemical management services has is it places the same objective on both the service provider and the customer, and that is to work towards reducing chemical use and cost in order to achieve benefits that can be obtained through reducing chemical use, cost, and waste.

Save Money by Cutting Chemical Usage

One of the most serviceable benefits of implementing chemical management is the money savings. For examples, the cost of chemical management ranges can be upwards of three dollars for every dollar of chemical purchased. So, a facility purchasing a million dollars in chemicals could spend as much as an additional three million just to manage its use. The large cost is due to the expenses incurred as a direct result of using chemicals. Those expenses include compliance, safety, disposal, and space needed to incorporate the service, among other aspects. Chemical management services have proven to reduce all of the costs named above. In addition, chemical management services help manufacturers prioritize chemical management activities. For most manufacturing companies, chemical management is not considered part of the core business, therefore, imposing management criteria is not often a priority until some aspect of the service goes awry. As a result, the managing of chemicals by an industrial business utilizing chemical services is not performed as efficiently as other manufacturing activities. Fortunately, the implementation of chemical management services directly combats and eradicates this problem.

Eco Friendly Solutions

On the environmental front, chemical management services reduce hazardous chemical use, emissions, waste, the number of accidents on site, and liability. Chemical management services also drastically improve employee safety, it creates additional floor space for manufacturing, and it increases staff productivity by eliminating chemical management tasks from their duties, making its implementation a wonderful eco friendly solution for industrial businesses. Contacting Ecolink  – a green alternative solutions provider for industrial companies – will provide more information about the eco friendly benefits that come from using chemical management services.


Safety Recommendations for Solvent Based Cleaners

Solvent based cleaners are solutions whose base is primarily comprised of chemicals, which are largely responsible for delivering the cleaning power of the solutions. Some solvent based cleaners are safer for humans and the environment than others. However, even when a solvent cleaner is considered safer to use than some of its toxic counterparts, in order to be considered truly safe for use, it must often be administered within the context of the safety measures below.

Special Ventilation System

Solvents that emit airborne particles that could cause respiratory distress, upset stomach, dizziness, or other troublesome, acute health conditions should be administered in an environment with a special ventilation system that is designed to efficiently pull the particles from the air instead of letting them hang around and precipitate acute health problems.

Tightly Sealed Cleaner Containers

When solvent based cleaners are not in use, they can still emit vapors that cause acute health issues such as the ones mentioned above, though usually not with the same intensity as open containers from which liquid is dispensed. Tightly sealed containers also help preserve solvent that has a high evaporation rate, as well as prevent accidental spills in the work environment

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is exactly what it sounds like: attire that workers wear to prevent exposure to conditions in the work environment that could cause serious harm, including powerful chemicals that could create a wide array of acute and chronic health conditions. For help selecting PPE, consult this “Selecting PPE” resource from OSHA.

Elimination of Ignition Sources

From open flames in metallurgical heat treating environments to sparks in work areas where welding is performed, there are numerous types of ignition sources that could potentially ignite solvent based cleaners that have a medium to low flash point. When these types of cleaners must be applied, ignition sources should be eliminated before the solvents are administered.

Chemical Waste Disposal System

When solvent based cleaners contain ingredients that could negatively impact workers and the environment, they should be administered in work areas that contain a chemical waste disposal systems that quickly secure the ingredients and store them under safe conditions until in-house or third party waste disposal specialists can safely remove them from the waste trap.

Need Safer Solvent Based Cleaners?

In terms of safety, solvent based cleaners range from being highly toxic to humans and the environment to having a commendable safety profile regarding these considerations. Ecolink specializes in supplying the latter type of solvent cleaners. Whether your organization uses a solvent cleaner whose ingredients the EPA is scheduled to regulate, or you simply want a safer cleaner for the sake of your workers and the environment, we can provide the right solution.

Call us today at (800) 563-1305 for assistance determining whether one of our readymade cleaners or a custom cleaning solution is the best option for your needs. Let us provide you with a safer solution that benefits the health of your workers and helps to protect the environment!


World Water Day – Highly Concentrated Aqueous Cleaners for Industry by Ecolink Inc.

Highly Concentrated Aqueous Cleaners for Industrial Degreasing

Ecolink was founded in 1991 with an environmental mission to replace ozone depleting solvents and other hazardous chemicals. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. We advocate and promote fewer (first) and safer chemicals for industrial use and encourage all of our employees, suppliers, customers and extended community to make mindful consumer choices that ensure a smaller water footprint, thereby protecting water supplies in other countries. To learn more about World Water Day, visit

At Ecolink Inc. we offer a portfolio of highly concentrated aqueous cleaners. We designed our products to work effectively at very high dilution ratios, which reduces solid waste through decreased packaging + reduces transportation and disposal costs. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your critical cleaning requirements for replacing existing aqueous cleaners or converting from solvent-based cleaners and degreasers. 800-563-1305 or We are chemist-owned and operated and have more than 30 years of aqueous cleaner formulating experience.

Product Application Benefits Flash Point VOC
BULLDOG Maximum Effectiveness Degreaser Spray & wipe dip immersion

pressure washing

aqueous parts washers

  • Extremely aggressive
  • Super concentrated
  • Dilute up to 100:1
None 105 gm/l
DARACLEAN Aqueous Cleaners Multi-line high-tech, engineered aqueous cleaners None Contact Ecolink for information on specific Daraclean products
HEAVYWEIGHT Non-Butyl Industrial Detergent Spray & wipe dip, immersion

pressure washing

steam cleaning

  • Rust inhibited to protect ferrous metal
  • Aggressive on wide range of soils
  • Non toxic
  • Dilute up to 60:1
None 73 gm/l
PINNACLE Neutral pH Degreaser Pressure washing Automatic floor scrubbers

Spray & wipe

  • Dilutes effectively up to 60:1
  • Completely VOC compliant
  • Safe on most substrates
  • Non toxic
None 2 gm/l
RIP-TIDE Aqueous Solvent Dip, immersion Pressure washing

Tank cleaning

Water based paint cleanup

  • Plastic safe
  • Low odor
  • Non toxic
  • Dilute up to 30:1
183° F
51 gm/l
S-34 NG Cleaner – Nuclear Grade Spray & wipe Dip, immersion

Aqueous parts washers

  • Meets VOC requirements
  • Aggressive on a wide range of soils
  • Dilute up to 60:1


None to Boil 25 gm/l