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Common Questions

EnviroBlu Industrial Cleaner/Degreaser

EnviroBlu thanks you for your interest in our cleaner/degreaser.

Our product is a water based, water activated aqueous surfactant.  It is non-toxic, non-abrasive, and non-corrosive and is solvent/phosphate free.

EnviroBlu was originally developed under contract for the Canadian Department of National Defense for use in confined spaces with little or no personal protective equipment. EnviroBlu has a relatively short list of ingredients, which through its proprietary manufacturing and mixing processes, EnviroBlu converts into a safest-in-class cleaner/degreaser. EnviroBlu can compete against harsher, solvent-based cleaner degreasers without sacrificing performance – and at a competitive price point, all while keeping your employees and the environment safe.

The interaction between water, surfactant, and surface is called “surface activity.”  In fact, the name surfactant comes from the phrase “SURFace ACTive AgeNT.”

Surfactants are molecules that reduce the surface tension of water, helping it to spread out more uniformly.  Basically, surfactants make water “wetter”.  They also help penetrate, loosen and trap soil so you’re really cleaning, not just moving dirt and grime from place to place.

If you’ve ever seen drops of water form little beads on your kitchen countertops or your shower door, you’ve seen surface tension in action.  Plain water doesn’t contain any surfactants, so water molecules do what comes naturally – they stick together.  Water’s surface tension causes it to cling to itself and reject other, non-water objects.  Adding surfactants to water (or a water-based cleaning product) weakens that tension and allows water to relax a little and cover a larger surface.

Surfactants are molecules made up of two parts.  They have heads that are hydrophilic (water-loving) and tails that are hydrophobic (water-hating).

Let’s think about that drop of water on your kitchen counter.  Without a surfactant, the water molecules are clinging to each other and the water is still in a round, tight bead.  If we add a surfactant to that drop of water, it would start to flatten and spread out as the water-hating tails tried to get far from the water and close to the countertop.  The water’s surface tension is broken, and as the bead of water spreads out, more of the counter gets wet.

As the hydrophobic tail of a surfactant tries to cling to a surface, it forces itself underneath layers of soil and grime, loosening and lifting it. This is called roll-up, and it saves you a lot of scrubbing time.

As the cleaning solution rolls up bits of dirt and soil, the surfactant’s hydrophobic tails cling to the particles because they’re not water.  The soil is held suspended in the cleaning solution by the power of the surfactant, keeping it from settling back on the surface.  Once the surface is clean, you simply wipe and dry.

The combination of wetting and roll-up helps to make cleaning easier and more effective. It saves time and effort.

EnviroBlu takes surfactants to a higher level of performance, starting at the molecular level. Its formulation allows even greater wetting and roll up than traditional surfactants, making it applicable in heavily-soiled industrial environments. EnviroBlu can take on tough to handle surface soiling – such as jet blast on airframes, or bitumen in tanks. It shines in applications such as a “rig wash” onboard oil production platforms.

The other, and perhaps more important factor that sets EnviroBlu apart from the competition is its stability and safety. Its low toxicity coupled with its water base, makes EnviroBlu a low-risk product for the people that apply it, and the environment in general. It is non-flammable, non-corrosive, phosphate free and requires minimal personal protective equipment.

Give EnviroBlu a try today. For more information, visit our website at enviroblu.co or contact info@enviroblu.ca

Let’s work together to keep you employees and the environment safe!