Learn about degreasers and discover how they can be safe for people and the planet.
Simply put, degreasers are advanced products that eliminate scrubbing and wiping, and they lift contaminants like fingerprints, soils, oils, grease, etc. from surfaces. Degreasers come in many forms, including aerosols, sprays, immersion fluids, concentrated powders, gels, and more. They’ve become a permanent fixture in factories, typical workplaces, and at home.
Whether a surface is as large as an airplane or smaller than a bolt, combining deep cleaning with the power of degreasing ultimately produces timesaving, cost-effective results for people and business operations alike.
So, is there a difference between cleaners and degreasers?
Cleaners and Degreasers are not the Same
Both industrial cleaning and degreasing remove unwanted substances from surfaces and objects and are critical to workplace maintenance and safety. While each fulfills slightly different functions, newer formulations combine both for time-saving efficiencies.
The definition of a cleaner is “a chemical or biological substance or mixtures of substances formulated into a product for lifting and removing inanimate materials from a surface, the water, or air.” A degreaser is much more potent than a cleaner, as it removes water-insoluble substances.
Whether a degreaser is solvent-based or solvent-containing, degreasers are popular as deep cleaning agents for stubborn grease, paint, oil, lubricants, corrosive products, abrasive dust, and organic films. Also, solvent-free degreasers may contain surfactants and alkaline chemicals.
Liquid and Eco-Friendly Degreasers are Trending
Market reports reveal that liquid-based degreasers are “expected to dominate the industry” based on ease of application and lower cost. Another development is the growing adoption of eco-friendly cleaning and degreasing products.
Degreasers contain emulsifiers that combine ingredients that generally do not mix easily. With degreasers, lifted oil is suspended in water and becomes wastewater that requires special handling before disposal. Choosing a suitable eco-friendly cleaning degreaser can directly impact wastewater processing costs. Also, high concentrations of hydrocarbons found in certain types of degreaser wastewater have negative impacts on aquatic life and the environment.
Industry analysts have determined that the automotive industry is the largest industrial degreaser end-user segment, accounting for 1/3 of the global industry. Also, North America holds the largest industrial degreaser market share. New lightweight components with extended lifecycles will inevitably require a degreaser and are a growth factor. According to market data, industrial degreaser use is expected to gain traction within marine and defense, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and agriculture industries.
Ignite: Revolutionizing Deep-Cleaning, Water-Based Degreasers
Industry veterans who make Ignite Industrial Technologies’ biodegradable cleaner and degreaser products have firsthand knowledge of maximizing efficiencies by effectively eliminating dirt and grease. To prove Ignite’s quality, the brand’s parent company uses the products during manufacturing and scheduled maintenance of equipment.
With a “safety first” mentality, Ignite prioritizes the wellbeing of people and the planet. The first-of-its-kind deep cleaning degreaser product line is a water-based proprietary formulation. With no harsh chemicals (such as mineral spirits, butyl-based products, caustics, and alkaline detergents) that are known to be toxic to humans as well as the environment, Ignite products are a safer choice.
Additionally, Ignite products are water-soluble, non-flammable, non-fuming, non-combustible, non-caustic, non-corrosive, non-toxic, and leave a light citrus scent as they remove stubborn oil and dirt.
When used in heated manual, immersion, ultrasonic parts washing equipment, or spray-and-wipe applications, Ignite’s QC product is fully optimized for strength, safety, and surface compatibility.