Simple Clean

The Benefits of Tidal SimpleClean

If you have been in the market for multi-purpose green degreasers, Tidal SimpleClean is the perfect product for you. This alkaline solution, primarily composed of 2-butoxyethanol (5%-10% by weight) and a proprietary surfactant blend (1%-5% by weight), efficiently removes mold, mildew, grease, and dirt from a variety of surfaces, such as grills, stovetops, sinks, carpets, engines, and vehicles.  

How to Use Tidal SimpleClean 

Because Tidal SimpleClean is a powerful cleaner, spot test it on a small portion of the desired surface before applying. Refer to its Safety Data Sheet for guidelines on how to properly and safely use the product, as well as what to do if spills or eye/skin contact occur.   

The degree to which Tidal SimpleClean should be diluted depends on what surface is being cleaned. For surfaces such as grills, ovens, sinks, wheels, and concrete, it can be used without dilution. For stovetops, toilets, and general cleaning, it should be diluted to a 1:10 concentration. For vehicles, vinyl floors, stainless steel, carpets, and walls, it should be diluted to a 1:30 to 1:50 concentration. Finally, for glass, mirrors, and windshields, it should be diluted to a 1:150 concentration. 

Fully wet down the surface to be cleaned. Apply Tidal SimpleClean and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Then, rinse off. Do not allow Tidal SimpleClean to dry on the surface before rinsing. Additionally, heavily soiled surfaces may require scrubbing prior to rinsing.  

Benefits of Green Degreasers

Some of the excellent benefits of Tidal SimpleClean include:  

  • Nonflammable 
  • Biodegradable 
  • Low instability 
  • Low toxicity 
  • Pleasant sassafras scent 
  • Safe for a wide range of surfaces 
  • Available in three bulk sizes, perfect for industrial use 
  • Can be diluted with hot water or cold water  

Interested in Buying Green Degreasers?  

If so, check out Tidal Washers. A division of Ecolink, Inc., Tidal Washers is a trusted provider of commercial cleaning solutions. In addition to multipurpose cleaners like Tidal SimpleClean, we also supply butyl degreasers, non-butyl degreasers, masonry cleaners, defoamers, and more. Like Ecolink, Tidal Washers prioritizes the use of environmentally friendly ingredients in all of our products. Plus, our cleaning solutions are available in multiple bulk quantities, making it easy to select the best size for your company’s operations.  

Our team of chemists is always happy to chat with customers. Please contact Tidal Washers by filling out our contact form or calling 800-563-1305. We look forward to helping you!  

boiler water

What Chemical is added to Control Hardness in a Boiler?

One of the problems that may occur when using a boiler is water hardness, which is the primary cause of sludge or scale building up and can significantly decrease the efficiency of a boiler. Even a small amount of scale buildup can cause negative effects by decreasing the flow of water through pipes, preventing the effective distribution of heat. This hardness typically results from multiple elements being present in the water, including: 

  • Calcium ions 
  • Magnesium ions 
  • Iron ions 
  • Silica ions 

boiler water

What can you do to prevent this problem in your boiler?  

One of the most common chemicals that is added to boilers is sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda, which is usually part of an alkaline solution that is used to prevent the scale buildup and corrosion of the boiler. Sodium hydroxide works perfectly as a treatment to prevent corrosion by increasing the alkalinity of the boiler, specifically by keeping the pH at around 10 to 15.

Sodium hydroxide has a chemical formula of NaOH and a molecular weight of about 40 g/mol. The boiling point of sodium hydroxide is about 1,388 degrees Celsius. Though low levels of sodium hydroxide do not cause systemic toxicity, it is still highly corrosive and can severely damage the eyes and skin if certain precautions are not taken.  

Why is sodium hydroxide work as a treatment for your boiler?  

In terms of effective methods to prevent water hardness and corrosion, raising the pH and alkalinity of the boiler is extremely beneficial for many reasons. Having an alkaline pH in the boiler will create a protective oxide coating, such as iron oxide, to form on the inner boiler surface, which protects against corrosion of the metal.

Sodium hydroxide can be combined with other chemicals to create solutions, such as diethyl ethanolamine or sodium nitrite, which will aid in the alkalinization of the water and prevent corrosion of metal. Sodium hydroxide is also a desirable choice for boiler treatment because it does not form carbon dioxide, which can present other issues such as potentially forming carbonic acid. Sodium hydroxide solutions can also act as oxygen scavengers, which bind to free oxygen to create further prevention of scale buildup and corrosion.  

 Looking for Water Treatment Chemicals?

Looking for a solution to control hardness in your boiler? Our chemical experts at EcoLink are here to assist you in finding the best product for your industrial or business needs. Reach out to our team here today!  

Chemically treating boiler water

What is the Purpose of Chemically Treating Boiler Water

One of the biggest issues that occur with boilers is the hardening of water, which is the main cause of corrosion of metal and scale buildup in the boiler. It is considered essential to chemically treat boiler water for multiple reasons, including: 

  • To create protection against corrosion 
  • To ensure that there is a continuous transfer of heat 
  • To guarantee that the boiler water is free from impurities 

boiler water

What happens if boiler water is not chemically treated?  

If no chemicals are added to boiler water, corrosive elements, such as calcium and magnesium, can cause a hard scale buildup, which will significantly decrease the efficiency of the boiler by decreasing the flow of water in the boiler pipes, which in turn prevents continuous heat transfer.  

What chemicals can aid in the prevention of these issues?  

There are many different types of chemicals that can be used to treat boiler water, which can include: 

  • Alkalinity raisers 
  • Oxygen scavengers 
  • Amines 

One of the most effective methods to ensure boiler efficiency would be to raise the alkalinity of the boiler water with an alkaline solution, such as sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide, which can be used to keep the pH in a range of around 10 to 15. Keeping high alkalinity will create a protective oxide coating on the interior surface of the metal, which will prevent metal corrosion and buildup of scale or sludge. Sodium hydroxide will even be combined with other chemicals, such as diethyl ethanolamine or sodium nitrite, to further ensure the prevention of metal corrosion and that the alkalinity of the water is kept high.  

Why is sodium hydroxide a good option?  

Sodium hydroxide is a particularly good choice because when combined with a chemical such as diethyl ethanolamine, it will act as an oxygen scavenger, meaning it will bind to free oxygen to inhibit further corrosion and scale buildup. Another factor that must be considered when looking for a chemical to treat boiler water is if it forms carbon dioxide, which can result in other issues, such as the formation of carbonic acid, a corrosive acid. This makes sodium hydroxide the perfect option because it does not result in the formation of carbon dioxide

 Looking for Boiler Water Treatment Chemicals?

Looking for a solution to chemically treat boiler water? Our chemical experts at EcoLink are here to assist you in finding the best chemical product for your industrial or business needs. Reach out to our team here today! 

MEK alternatives

MEK Substitutions and Alternatives

Methyl ethyl ketone, commonly known as MEK, is a flammable, colorless solvent used in various industries, including in household products. MEK is typically utilized in the manufacturing of synthetic rubbers, production of paraffin wax, varnishes, paint removers, and adhesives. Generally, MEK is considered to be an effective industrial solvent due to its high evaporation rate and high boiling point. 

Even though this solvent is effective, it’s not always safe. Read on to learn about the downsides of MEK and greener solvent alternatives. 

Are There Any Downsides to Using MEK?   

Though MEK is an effective solvent used in a variety of processes, it’s also known for its hazardous qualities, particularly how it affects workers who use the solvent. Some of these downsides include:  

  • High toxicity 
  • Respiratory irritant 
  • Serious eye and skin irritant 
  • Can potentially react with volatile organic carbon compounds in the air to form photochemical smog  

 More and more industrial companies are beginning to search for MEK substitutes due to these health and potential environmental hazards. These alternative solvents are highly desirable because they provide the assurance of a safer work environment and diminish chances of environmental harm.   

 Are There Any Effective MEK Substitutes?   

 There are several possible substitutes for MEK. Some of the most popular are: 

  • Preptone 
  • Acetone 
  • Dimethyl carbonate  

Both acetone and dimethyl carbonate are VOC exempt, fast-evaporating solvents that exhibit lower toxicity levels than MEK.   

What Is Preptone?  

Preptone is a highly effective fast-evaporating solvent formulated as a replacement for both MEK and TCE. Preptone consists of a blend of extremely high purity d-limonene and is acetone-based. The solvent also includes a proprietary inhibitor to avoid the oxidation of the terpenes, which enables the solvent to perform more effectively than ketone solvents, such as MEK.  

Some benefits of utilizing Preptone over MEK include:  

  • Higher performance 
  • No halogenated compounds or HAPs 
  • Quicker evaporation and dry time 
  • Low VOC 
  • Strong, nonpolar solvency, making it ideal for pre-paint cleaning 
  • Cost-efficient  
  • Can be utilized for similar purposes 

These characteristics enable Preptone to be the perfect eco-friendly replacement for MEK.   

Want to Try a Sample of Preptone and Other MEK Substitutes? 

Here at Ecolink, we provide samples to companies looking for environmentally friendly chemicals. You can view the product page here or contact the specialized staff here to learn how you can get your sample today!    

Tidal Max Deck Wash

The Benefits of Tidal Max Deck Wash

Looking for a New Deck Wash? 

If you have been searching for a new deck cleaning solution, Tidal Max Deck Wash is the perfect product for you. Tidal Max Deck Wash is an acidic cleaner whose principal ingredients include ethanedioic acid, secondary alkyl/aryl sulfonic acid, ethoxylated nonylphenol, 2-amino-ethanol, ethoxylated alcohol phosphate (all 1%-5% by weight), and xylene sulfonic acid sodium salt (0.1%-1% by weight). This industrial-grade cleaner effectively removes dirt and grime, such as mold, mildew, and cooking grease, from wooden decks (particularly cedar decks).   

Features of Tidal Max Deck Wash 

Some of the great features of Tidal Max Deck Wash include: 

  • Low instability 
  • Nonflammable 
  • Available in three convenient bulk sizes  
  • Expels numerous types of stains from decks  

How to Apply Tidal Max Deck Wash 

To apply Tidal Max Deck Wash, first, dilute the cleaner by mixing 1 part cleaning solution with 3 parts hot water. Next, Tidal Max Deck Wash can be administered to the deck using a low-pressure sprayer. It should be allowed to sit on the deck’s surface for 5-10 minutes. Then, it can be rinsed off with a pressure washer.  

About Tidal Washers 

Tidal Washers, an affiliate of Ecolink, Inc., is home to a wide range of industrial-grade cleaning solutions. These solutions include deck cleaning products (such as Tidal Max Deck Wash), as well as butyl degreasers, non-butyl degreasers, kitchen cleaners, concrete removers, and more! Read on to discover some of the benefits of working with Tidal Washers.  

  • Eco-Friendly Products 

Many industrial chemical solutions contain ingredients that are harmful to the environment. That’s why at Tidal Washers, we prioritize the use of eco-friendly ingredients in all of our products. Our solutions are not only safer for the planet, but for the workers who have to handle them as well.  

  • Toll Blending Services 

It can be frustrating when you need a very specific chemical solution but cannot find it anywhere on the market. Luckily, our team of chemists here at Tidal Washers performs toll blending for customers experiencing this issue. We will create the perfect customized product fit to your specifications!  

  • Customer Service Available 

Finally, Tidal Washers is proud to offer excellent customer service. Whether you are unsure which of our chemical solutions would be best for a particular job, or you have an inquiry about a specific product, we would be happy to help you. Please contact Tidal Washers today by calling 800-563-1305 or filling out our contact form