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Glycolic acid technical from Chemours is the only domestically produced hydroxyacetic Acid in North America. It is supplied in a 70% solution that is chloride-free resulting in low corrosivity, which makes it ideal for a versatile range of cleaning and industrial applications.
Chemours Glycolic Acid is a low molecular weight organic acid. It features the smallest molecule of the alpha hydroxycarboxylic acids family, which provides excellent penetration and deeper cleaning when used in cleaning and descaling products.
Glycolic acid is an excellent choice for a broad range of cleaning applications due to its dual functional groups, Hydroxyl (OH), and Carboxyl (COOH). The dual functionality enables exceptional cleaning performance to mineral and hard water scale. It also exhibits superior metal chelation efficacy combined with the low corrosivity, makes it an ideal choice for metal cleaning applications.
CAS Number: 79-14-1 Appearance: A clear, light amber liquid Total acid , as Glycolic (% wt): 71 ± 1 Formic acid (% wt): <1 Sulfates, as SO4 (ppm): ≤800 Color, Gardner: ≤3 Turbidity (ntu): ≤6 pH, at 25 °C (77 °F): 0.1 Filterable Solids None Density at 15.6 °C (60 °F), g/mL: 1.27 7-day Biodegradability, %: 89.6 High water solubility: –19°C (–2°F) for 50%; 10°C (50°F) for 70%
Primary Chemistry: Glycolic acid, Hydroxyacetic acid
Features & Benefits
Made in the USA NSF/ANSI Standard 60 Certified Excellent and deeper penetration due to the small molecule size Chloride free (non-MCA production method) Low corrosivity vs. import glycolic acids Readily biodegradable, 90% in 7 days No VOC and Negligible odor Safer and low corrosion alternative to mineral and organic acids Can be blended with other organic acids for improved cleaning performance Small molecular weight for deeper cleaning and improved penetration Effective pH adjuster Excellent solubility in hard water USDA approved for non-food contact Excellent rinsability; minimal residue Versatile formulation compatibility Readily dilutable at all concentrations Non-flammable and environmental friendly
High toxicity of inorganic aid Corrosion damage by cleaning acids Poor penetration and scales removal Supply chain issues of imported glycolic acid Strong odors and high VOC of organic and inorganic acids Glycolic acid high chloride content Handling and storage difficulties of acids Difficult to rinse acids
- Hard surface and all-purpose cleaners - Kitchen and bathroom cleaners - Concrete cleaners and removers - Masonry surface cleaners - Metal cleaners and rust removers - Industrial water cleaners and descalers - Boiler system cleaners and descalers - Water well cleaners and descalers - Dairy and food equipment cleaners
- Printing inks and inkjet for bleed control - Textile dyes and finishes - Leather and taxidermy acid treatment, pickling and dye fixation - Printed circuit board (PCB) fluxes and electronic cleaners - Oil and gas drilling, fracturing, and general descaling and unclogging application - Electropolishing solutions
Glycolic Acid has unique features for inkjet inks, lithographic inks, and fountain solutions. The key features of a hydroxylic and carboxylic group allow it to function as a penetrant, chelating agent, or buffer depending on your ink formulating needs.
Glycolic acid is an ideal low-corrosive organic acid for metal surface treatment and cleaning. Glycolic acid has a superior environmental and performance profile when compared to other mineral and organic acids.
Glycolic acid is one of the top solutions for water well rehabilitation and flow stimulation. It provides superior cleaning efficacy for hard water scale (calcium, magnesium, manganese salts), various iron deposits, and polysaccharide deposits, and bio slime.
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