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Glycolic Acid In House and Institutional Cleaning

What is Glycolic acid?


Glycolic acid is the smallest organic molecule from the alpha-hydroxy carboxylic acids family. Its chemical name is hydroxyacetic acid that naturally occurs in sugarcane, beets, grapes, and fruits. Its small molecule size, low molecular weight, and dual functional groups (COOH & OH) make it an excellent choice for cleaning formulations and a safer alternative to hazardous acids in a wide range of consumers and industrial cleaning products.

Why Glycolic acid from PureTech Scientific?

PureTech Scientific, previously Chemours Glycolic Acid Division, is the largest producer globally. PureTech Scientific glycolic acid is manufactured in Belle, WV, ISO 9001:2008 certified facility, which provides the following unique values to formulators and end customers:

  • The only domestic producer in North America
  • Reliable supply and independency from overseas supply disruptions
  • The highest purity and quality globally
  • Chloride free and Phosphate free
  • Low corrosivity and safe to use on stainless, iron, mild steel, tin, and aluminum surfaces
  • Technical support and formulation assistance

Glycolic acid from PureTech Scientific is over 14 times less corrosive to copper and almost 30 times less corrosive to stainless steel.

Glycolic acid from PureTech Scientific is over 300 times less corrosive to aluminum.

Glycolic acid application in household and institutional cleaning products:

Kitchen Cleaners: Glycolic acid provides excellent performance in scale and rust removal. It also provides improved soil and soap scum cleaning efficiency in kitchen cleaners and other household cleaning products such as:

  • Hard surface cleaners
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Countertop cleaners
  • Sink Cleaners
  • Rust stain removers

Bathroom Cleaners: Glycolic acid is an excellent choice for bathroom cleaners for its exceptional scale removal, water minerals, oily residues, and tolerance to hard water. It is commonly used in:

  • Hard surface cleaners
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Ceramic, grout and tile cleaners
  • Tubs and sink cleaners
  • Toilet bowl cleaners
  • Laundry sours

Why is glycolic acid preferred in household and institutional cleaning formulations?


Due to the hydroxyacetic acid small molecule size, it provides advanced penetration rate, deeper and faster cleaning performance which provide the following values to consumers and formulators:

  • Excellent scale removal performance
  • Remove soils and tough stain easily
  • Aesthetics, Has a pleasant fragrance and color
  • Easily applied without requiring rubber gloves
  • Low toxicity, Non-flammable and VOC free
  • Low corrosivity for safer use on metal surfaces
  • Biodegradable and safer for the environment
  • Can be mixed with other organic acids such as citric, formic and oxalic to decrease toxicity while improving the cleaning performance and speed

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