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Industrial Degreasers: Efficient cleaning for a spotless industrial environment


In industrial environments, maintaining efficiency and cleanliness is crucial. Industrial degreasers play a vital role in removing dirt, grease, oil and contaminants from critical surfaces. In this article, we will explore the importance of industrial degreasers, their essential characteristics and their contribution to maintaining flawless operations in various industries.

Key Characteristics and Requirements of Degreasers The selection of the right degreaser depends on its ability to effectively remove impurities without damaging surfaces. Some essential properties to consider are:
  • Rapid and complete solubility – for fast and efficient cleaning.
  • Good wetting and penetrating action: for thorough cleaning on all surfaces.
  • Emulsifying action on grease: for effective removal of stubborn grease.
  • Good rinsing ability: to minimise unwanted residues.
  • Stability to water hardness: For consistent performance regardless of water conditions.
  • Non-corrosive on metal surfaces: to protect the integrity of materials.
  • Germicidal action: to ensure hygienic cleaning.
  • Sustainable: to minimise environmental impact.
  • Economical: for efficient and cost-effective cleaning.

Types of Degreasers and their Use in Industry


Industrial cleaning relies on two main types of degreasers:

  • Solvent-based degreasers, especially hydrocarbons or chlorinated hydrocarbons.
    These degreasers contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that dissolve grease and oil. They are effective for cleaning metal and plastic surfaces. However, they should be used carefully due to their chemical emissions and health hazards. Environmental and safety regulations must be strictly followed when using solvent-based degreasers.
  • Desengrasantes Water-based degreasers use water as a base and usually contain surfactants to dissolve and remove grease, among other additives. They are less toxic and safer for the environment and workers compared to solvent-based degreasers.

The Perfect Balance: The “Sinner’s Circle”


The “Sinner’s Circle” is a concept developed by Herbert Sinner in the 1950s. This model provides a way to understand and control the key factors that affect cleaning effectiveness.


Sinner’s circle consists of four interdependent elements that must be in balance to achieve effective cleaning.

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These elements are:


Time duration of the cleaning action.


Mechanical: physical action used during cleaning, such as agitation.


Chemical: chemicals or detergents used in the cleaning process.


Temperature: temperature of the liquid used in the cleaning process.

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The fundamental principle of Sinner’s Circle is that if one of these elements is reduced, the other three must increase to maintain the same level of cleaning efficiency. For example, if the water temperature is reduced, this can be compensated for by using a stronger detergent, increasing the cleaning time or applying a stronger mechanical action.

Critical Considerations for Successful Cleaning
  • Personnel Safety: proper training and personal protective equipment are essential.
  • Environmental compliance: it is crucial to comply with regulations to minimise environmental impact.
  • Material compatibility: it is important to consider compatibility with the materials of the surfaces to be cleaned to avoid damage.
  • Risk Assessment: carefully assess cleaning requirements and safety and sustainability standards for effective degreaser selection.

Industrial degreasers are critical to maintaining a safe and efficient working environment. At Lumar Química, we offer a wide range of industrial degreasers that meet the highest standards of efficacy and safety.


Contact us today to learn more about our degreaser additives!

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