A major role in creating a greener environment for our future is by creating and using environmentally preferable or “green” cleaning products. We need to transform the cleaning industry by eliminating toxic chemicals which may destroy our drinking water, our air quality and soil quality. We are making it our business to help with this transition by manufacturing industrial cleaning products which are not only environmentally preferable but work well and are pleasant to use.
Clear Day Products
In 2005 three chemists
were awarded the Nobel prize for their contribution toward the process whereby
new types of chemicals are derived from plant oils as opposed to petrochemicals.
(metathesis technology) These chemicals are now referred to as Bio-based
. This process is being applied
to surfactants with amazing results. For example, novel surfactants are
targeted to replace toxic petroleum solvents with superior detergency and improved
solvency for better hard surface cleaners.
They are non-toxic, very
low in irritation to the eyes and skin, and are a better performing, cost competitive
renewable alternative to petrochemicals.
been designing cleaners combining many of these biobased surfactants
with other "Safer Choice” surfactants, to produce our “CLEAR DAY” line of cleaner/degreasers.
Clear Day cleaners are a series of
cleaning products that meet EPA “safer choice” guide lines. Our Clear Day cleaning
products obtain excellent results without the use of peroxide, optical brighteners,
bleaches, enzymes or solvents. They are primarily derived from bio-based detergents
Many of these products are formulated as “ready to use” to insure proper concentrations
for a particular application.
As the demand for environmentally
friendly cleaner’s increases, Spectral has developed a series of
cleaners/ detergents to meet this need. Utilizing the latest metathesis* technology,
we are producing a series of bio-based cleaner/degreasers
that outperform petroleum-based
chemicals and solvents. At Spectral a test was designed to compare some of our older formulas, containing
high alkaline builders and petroleum-based solvents, with these new surfactants
derived from renewable biobased feed stock. (Palm kernel oil, soybean oil,
canola oil, corn oil and citrus feed stock)
In a nut shell, there are petroleum based solvents and surfactants and there are bio-based solvents and surfactants. The
bio-based in most cases are superior and non-toxic with minimal irritation of skin
It should be noted
that when many of these older, highly built, high pH formulas were designed, we did not have cell
phones. As communications improved, so has the chemical industry. One of the
latest advances is the development of the metathesis technology whereby new
surfactant and solvent molecules have
been designed to replace older
procedures. This is the advent of bio-based surfactants derived from natural oils
such as plants.
DANGERS FROM HIGH pH, BUTYL BASED CLEANERS
Butyl most commonly enters body through dermal absorption,
inhalation or oral consumption. Absorption may carry other materials dissolved
in butyl. Butyl is a category 2 irritant
and severe eye irritant.
High pH, generally due to caustic
soda or silicates, react with fats to form soap, in many cases your skin. That is why these chemicals are hard to flush
off. They are severe irritants and can
cause permanent damage to skin and eyes.