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Cardinal Chemical Corporation
Manufacturing Chemists

719 Bush Street; Toledo, OH 43604
1-800-876-SOAP(7627) ;


Parts Detergents, Rust Inhibitors, Rust & Scale Removers-Metal Brighteners, Paint and Carbon Removers

Bulk Transport Tank and Tote Tank Cleaners

Steam Cleaning and Pressure Washing Compounds

Ink and Coatings Cleaners

Car and Truck Wash Products

Janitorial Products

Laundry Products

Miscellaneous Chemical Products

Industrial Liquid Detergent

Use on all metals. At recommended use dilutions and temperatures, will not corrode or discolor any metal excluding some exotic alloys of aluminum. Use on glass, plastics, and other materials known to be safe in moderately alkaline solutions.

Removes cutting oils, petroleum oils, vegetable oils, paper labels. Removes most other lubricants, drawing compounds, buffing compounds., rust inhibitors, waxes, mold-release agents, and marking inks. Removes many other industrial substances.

Typical Applications

Parts CleaningFor Cleaning
Parts - Machinery - Equipment
Heat Exchanges - Concrete - etc.
Spray WashersUltrasonic Tanks
Soak TanksSpindle MachinesPressure WashingSpray Cleaning
Agitated TanksVibratory MachinesSteam CleaningFloor Machines
Electrolytic TanksTumbling MachinesSoak, Boil-Out or Recirculation

Active Components & Performance Properties

Contains buffered alkalies, organic chelants & sequestrants, corrosion preventive, rust preventive, and a synergistic blend of anionic and nonionic wetting agents, penetrants and dispersants. Low viscosity assures instant solubility in hot or cold water and consistently accurate solutions when fed through a metering pump or suction device such as a venturi injector.

At recommended use dilutions, it provides:

  • Quick wetting, penetration, dispersion, and suspension of oily substances, but limited emulsification to increase the effectiveness of skimming,
  • Low foam at all temperatures, very low foam over 100F,
  • Protection of all metals from rust and corrosion,
  • Quick, virtually spot-free rinsing and scale-free equipment -- due to low surface tension and deactivation of calcium and other hard-water ions.

Recommended Use Dilutions

Dilute in water to suit the job. The dilution required depends on the quantity and type of dirt, porosity of the surface, temperature, soak time allowed, and degree of agitation applied by the cleaning method used. A test kit is available for checking solution strength by simplified titration. Recommended per gallon of solution...
For spray washing to remove dirt resulting from machining and
other manufacturing processes, normally
2 oz/gal = 1:63 water.
For use in vibratory, spindle, or tumbling machines;
Rust protection not needed: at least 1/2 oz/gal = 1:255 water.
Rust protection needed for parts or media: at least 1 oz/gal = 1:127 water.

Use Temperatures & Time Required

Hot solutions, 140F to boil point, provide the most effective cleaning. “Cold” solutions, at ambient temperatures, remove many common industrial substances such as oils, rust inhibitors, and buffing compounds; when used “cold”, higher concentrations and longer time may be needed.

One to 15 minustes is normally required for parts. The time required for equipment varies greatly; some substances are removed instantly on contact, others need hours.

Rust Prevention

Prevents in-wash rust. Prevents after-wash rust for up to 30 days under common inside storage conditions. But since its cleaning efficiency may approach 100%, additional protection against rust is recommended for longer storage time, for adverse storage conditions, and for some cast iron.

Rust resistance can be improved by washing with a higher concentration of detergent, or by rinsing with a 1% or 2% solution of detergent instead of water only. If maximum cleaning quality is not essential, rust resistance can be improved by reducing concentration, time or temperature, or by omitting rinse, so that less effective cleaning leaves a residual oil film on the surface. If long-term protection against rust is needed, use a suitable rust inhibitor after cleaning.

Properties - DOT Class - Solution Properties - Precautions

State @ 70F liquid  Freeze Point 30F
Appearance @ 70F clear, amber  Stability of Surfactants biodegradable
Odor negligible  Fire Hazard noncombustible
pH see below  Solubility In Water miscible
Specific Gravity 1.2  Solubility In Hydrocarbons negligible
Viscosity as water  DOT-Hazard Label none

*Test Water....... pH 7.3 Hardness, as Ca carbonate: 4 grains per gallon = 68 ppm.
*Wet Time........ Time to sink 2cm-OD ball rolled from 4x10 cm strip kraft towel.
*Foam............... Height after 10-sec severe agitation of 50ml in 6cm-ID cylinder.
*Cloud Point..... Clear Below, cloudy above.

Alkaline liquid. Avoid contact with skin and eyes, especially when undiluted. In case of contact, flush with watr, eyes for at least 15 minutes; for eyes, get medical attention. Wear rubber or neoprene gloves if hands must be immersed. All surfaces must be rinsed with potable water before contact with food or drink. For industrial use only. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Solution Properties*Detergents per Gallon SolutionDtrgnt Water
1 oz2 oz4 oz8 oz40 ozonlyonly
Surface Tension., dynes per cm.................30292828282872
Wet Time @ 140F, seconds........................98732----9000
Foam, maximum @ 70F, centimeters..........112356 ----
Foam, maximum @ 140F, centimeters........00000.4---- ----
Cloud Point, tested up to 140F...................nonenonenonenone80F120F----