Selecting Metal Cleaning Solutions in 6 Steps

For many companies and organizations, using metal cleaning solutions is an inevitable part of supporting industrial work processes. However, while there may be plenty of metal cleaning solutions to choose from, choosing the right ones for your applications requires some important considerations. Below are six considerations that can help you choose metal cleaning solutions that are right for the metal you must clean and the kinds of soils you need to remove.

  1. Type of Metal

Most important of all is selecting a cleaning solution whose formulation will clean the metal without degrading its surface quality. The appearance of the metal you’re cleaning may not be overly important. But it’s crucial to note that what are considered blemishes are often the beginning of corrosion that can progress until it weakens the dimensional stability of parts.

  1. Type of Soils

Once you’ve clearly identified the metal (i.e. the grade of stainless steel), you can target metal cleaning solutions specifically formulated for removing certain soils from your metal. This is typically the easiest step. You match information about the metal with information about the soils to generate a list of cleaner options that will be further refined by the four steps below.

  1. Machine or Manual Washing?

If you clean metal parts in a parts washing system, step three is choosing cleaners that are compatible with your parts washer concerning the type of cleaning process it performs (e.g., vapor degreasing) and the material construction of the washing chamber.

Also, if you use a machine, and the washer has a value-added benefit such as solvent recycling, you may wish to choose a cleaner that lets you take advantage of the special feature.

  1. Geometry of Parts

If you use a parts washer, the geometry of your parts shouldn’t be of much concern. The washer is presumably designed to clean parts whose geometries range from simple to complex.

However, if parts are cleaned manually using wipes, aerosol, spray, etc., it’s important to choose a cleaner whose formulation and method of application support soil removal. Speaking with one of our chemists can be of great help for choosing a cleaner under these considerations.

  1. Stock or Custom Cleaner?

You shouldn’t have trouble finding a solvent that offers the basic performance properties you need (e.g., good efficacy, non-residue, highly evaporative, low flashpoint, etc.), but it isn’t uncommon to experience a special need that eliminates stock solvents from your range of options (e.g., concurrently removing multiple soils not often found in unison).

In this situation, ordering a custom solvent is the best option. In case you end up needing the option, it’s a good idea to start out shopping for cleaners at suppliers that offer it.

  1. EPA Regulations

Some metal cleaning solutions available today may not be available in the near future due to toxic ingredients the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to regulate or ban. Using these cleaners is essentially living on borrowed time. Visit the EPA to learn about chemicals that are scheduled for regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

About Ecolink

Ecolink is a supplier of environmentally preferred, industrial grade solvents, including a wide selection of cleaners for metals. Providing readymade and custom solutions to companies and organizations of various sizes, in numerous industries, we make it easy to know you’re getting the right cleaners by supplying product samples you can try for free, with no obligations.

For more information, call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email using our contact form. We’d love to talk!

NEW II: A Cheaper, Qualified Alternative to AK-070-II Solvent from Alfakleen

NEW II Solvent Degreaser: Cheaper, Faster

How Ecolink’s MIL-PRF-680 TYPE II products stack up against Alfakleen’s

A product that is qualified to the MIL-PRF-680 Type II specification is just that, a product that qualifies. Our NEW II solvent cleaner, as listed in the QPD (Qualified Product Database), is qualified to the performance specification while Alfakleen’s is not. If your T.O. (Technical Order) does not specify that a qualified product is needed, then you may be wondering, why choose Ecolink over other suppliers?

Price: NEW II Can Be Purchased at a Lower Cost Than Alfakleen’s Degreasing Solvent

We don’t seek to be the cheapest option on the market, but our fair pricing makes low cost a reality. When purchased in volume, Ecolink’s NEW II product is cheaper per drum, which saves you hundreds over Alfakleen’s degreasing solvent cleaner. Two similar products, two different price points – we like making decisions easy.

If you’re working with an older specification such as PD 680 or A-A-59601, our product Parts Kleen II can save you additional money. Stay tuned to the blog for more on Parts Kleen II.

If you would like to learn more about pricing, call (800) 563-1305 to speak with a representative or email us at

Speed: Receiving Your Green Cleaning Products Faster with Ecolink

For some customers, responsiveness is key, which is why we are fully committed to providing a level of customer service that exceeds expectations. NEW II is a stocked item that can be shipped same day. We are flexible with demand and able to compensate for customers who use JIT (Just in time) inventory management. Compared to Alfakleen’s 1-7 day window for processing orders, our product can realistically be in your possession before theirs has shipped.

Safety: Cleaner for You, Cleaner for the Environment

NEW II has a high-grade hydrocarbon base which gives it the strength to remove grease, fuel oil, carbon, and organic resins. This non-chlorinated degreaser is also safe for use on most plastic and rubber surfaces. NEW II contains no Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) as defined by the EPA and is a non Ozone-Depleting Substance. The solvent is odorless and evaporates completely leaving no resin, evaporation can be accelerated with compressed air. Additional safety benefits of this environmentally preferred parts cleaner include a low VOC count and high flash point. See links to product shopping pages below:

? 4 x 1 Gallon Case ? 5 Gallon Pail ? 15 Gallon Drum ? 55 Gallon Drum

To request a sample call (800) 563-1305 or email us at To view other solvents offered by Ecolink and their MIL-SPEC approvals, click HERE

Industrial Coating Removers: Their Role in Heat Treating Metal

Industrial heat treating operations for metal involve the removal of coatings from metal before it enters the furnace. Unless coatings are removed, they are likely to oxidize and tarnish the appearance of the workpieces. This concern is especially pertinent to heat treating stainless steel and other chromium alloys that require a bright, clean appearance for the final application. A chromium alloy is any type of metallic alloy that contains at least 10.5% chromium by mass.

Coatings That Must be Removed
Before it undergoes the heat treating process, metal may need to have several types of coatings removed to ensure the quality of the final product. Some coatings, such as light dirt and grease, can be removed with standard cleaning solvents and degreasers, as long as their ingredients don’t corrode metal. However, metal workpieces — especially used ones that are annealed or hardened to extend their lifespan — can also contain some rather tough coatings, such as:

  • Industrial grade decals
  • Commercial grade paint
  • Patches of rust
  • Accumulations of tar
  • Accumulations of bitumen
  • Heavy residue from engine fluids

In some cases, parts that are extensively rusted may require a grinding procedure or a sandblasting procedure to effectively remove the stable layer of oxide. However, most tough coatings can be removed with industrial coating removers, such as adhesive removers, paint removers, tar removers, non-residual degreasers and organic accumulation removers — all products that you can conveniently order from the inventory in Ecolink’s online store.

Need for Custom Coating Removers
When it comes to removing coatings from metal alloys that must have a lustrous appearance after they exit the furnace, it’s especially important to avoid the use of certain products, particularly ones that contain hydrochloric acid (e.g., bleach), chlorine (e.g., carbon tetrachloride) and professionally or amateurly formulated vinegar mixes. Despite having an organic profile, the high levels of acid in white vinegar can still have a corrosive effect on some chromium alloys.

At Ecolink, we offer coating removers that feature a more eco friendly, less corrosive chemical profile than conventional coating removers. Depending on your heat treating needs, you may find that you can implement our readymade solutions without negatively affecting the workpieces. However, if it turns out that our pre-made products don’t meet your coating removal needs, we can use our expertise in chemical composition to create a custom solution that works perfectly.

Are Custom Products Cost Effective?
Because they are specially formulated and tested to meet a specific set of conditions, custom industrial coating removers often cost more per volume than their conventional counterparts. However, when you consider how they boost the productivity of the coating removal process, and how they prevent the need for post heat treating polishing applications to restore vitality to a surface that is chemically corroded, using the products often delivers a quite favorable ROI.

Contact Ecolink Today
Ecolink understands the role of industrial coating removers in the heat treatment of metal. Whether you need to remove coatings from stainless steel, carbon steel, or another type of metal, we offer industrial coating removers that make the job easier. We can also create a custom coating remover to address your specific needs if that is what you require.

For more information about our coating removal products, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or refer to the contact page on our website. We look forward to assisting you!

What is Industrial Cleaning?

Industrial CleaningAlmost every industrial organization has a method of industrial cleaning in place to clean and remove dirt, grime, grease, stains, rust, and all other harmful particles from parts, metals, materials, and many other types of industrial components before those products are put into service. Industrial cleaning is a very important method of the industrial design, build, and supply process because almost all industrial products must be completely cleaned of hazardous particles, otherwise a particular product might not function as intended or needed, rendering an entire operation ineffective, just because of one piece. Therefore, industrial businesses must be sure they have a reliable source of cleaning and degreasing service in place in order to prevent any such negative or preventive affectation from happening.

Industrial cleaning usually involves a chemical solution, or solvent, which is made up of a chemical compound in liquid form that can be applied to the industrial products for cleaning purposes. Once the chemical cleaning and degreasing agent is applied to the product, after time, it should be completely free from any and all inhibiting agents. Chemical solutions are usually designed by chemists and scientists who understand the emulsion process of compounds, and what can be derived or extracted when combining two chemical components. This process will elicit a liquid cleaning and degreasing solution that will clean industrial components.

However, certain methods of chemical cleaning, especially the process of creating liquid cleaning and degreasing solutions, have come under fire by certain organizations, such as the EPA and OSHA, concerning the safety of many of the chemicals that are in use or serve as a primary ingredient in the solvents. It is true that many chemical compounds can be hazardous to the environment, as well as to those who come into contact with them or even come in close proximity to the gases and vapors the chemicals emit. That is why companies like Ecolink are exercising due diligence into the chemical compounds that are used for industrial cleaning, and offering eco friendly, green alternative cleaning and degreasing solutions that are as effective for removing harmful particles from industrial products.

Ecolink understands how important industrial cleaning is to the entire process of industrial designing and building, which is why the company strives to keep industrial cleaning and degreasing solutions an integral part to the process, but instead use chemical solvents that are safe for people and for the environment. Ecolink has discovered several solvents still in use that are deemed unsafe. However, Ecolink provides industrial businesses alternative solutions to the solvent currently in use, and will help the industrial organization make a seamless transition to the eco friendly, green alternative.

Contact Ecolink to find out if your industrial cleaning solution is indeed safe for use. If not, Ecolink professionals will provide new and improved industrial cleaning solvents from which you can choose, and help you make an easy switch.

Custom Cleaning Solutions for Industrial Parts

cleaning industrial partsIf you business is a purveyor or supplier of industrial parts, then you no doubt have to rely on cleaning solutions for your parts. Some parts require only basic and general cleaning solutions, while other parts force the supplying agency to find a company that can tailor their operations to provide custom cleaning solutions. Finding a company that provides specialized cleaning solutions can be quite difficult, especially if the blending of chemical solutions is needed. The idea of custom chemical blending might already be apparent, but it is the use of multiple cleaning solutions to clean and degrease an industrial part, metal, or material. If this sounds like a tricky solution to provide, that is because it can be very complex. If your business has industrial parts that need cleaning solvents that pertain to specialized chemical blending, it is of extreme importance that you find the right company to perform the job.

A quick and easy answer to a question relevant to the finding of a company that can provide custom cleaning solutions for industrial parts would involve Ecolink. When needing cleaning solutions for your industrial parts, especially if it will involve specialized chemical blending, Ecolink is the leading authority on this type of service. If you do your research on the companies that can provide this type of tailored service, you will notice that Ecolink has the technology, experience, and overall capability to perform this kind of custom cleaner blending with absolute success. When researching Ecolink, you will come to find the company boasts impressive chemical industry sector expertise, as Ecolink has more than twenty-five years of custom cleaning implementation services under its belt, catering to manufacturing companies, aerospace, military, high-tech businesses, and other industries where critical cleaning processes is the norm.

Another advantage to bringing your needs for cleaning and degreasing of industrial parts to Ecolink is the chemical and technical consulting you will receive, available to all clients free of charge. Need help, assistance or expert opinion on how to use less or safer cleaning solvents, or what type of custom cleaning service will be needed for your industrial parts? Ecolink will lend its expert advice to any questions, concerns, or observations you have regarding the industry.

Why wait any longer to contact Ecolink? The company clearly offers superior advantages over competing companies regarding the services offered when you become a valued customer. Ecolink always serves the best interests concerning their clients, as well as the environment. If we can help you with custom cleaning solutions, chemical blending, or transitioning to a safer industrial cleaning and degreasing solvent, then it becomes our immediate priority. Ecolink is the best source for custom cleaning solutions for industrial parts – simply call them to find out why.