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  1. Why Food Manufacturers Trust IPC’s Cleaners

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    Disinfectants and other sanitizing agents cannot adequately sanitize a surface with leftover food residue on it. These contaminants can harbor harmful germs and bacteria. Cleaning removes traces of dirt, debris, and dust and primes surfaces and equipment for disinfection. Simply put, cleaning is just as important as disinfecting, and that’s why selecting an appropriate cleaner is crucial for achieving your facility’s cleanliness goals. The right cleaner will easily remove all food residues and soils so that your sanitizing step is thorough and effective. IPC has several products available to help you effortlessly achieve your cleaning needs.

    Why Cleaning is as Critical as Sterilization for Food Manufacturing

    Foodborne illnesses are caused by bacteria, viruses, and molds and spread via cross-contamination. Performed correctly, cleaning and sanitizing can protect the health of employees and consumers by virtually eliminating the risk of foodborne illnesses.

    • Cleaning is a process that involves the removal of unwanted dirt, debris, and contaminants. It is an essential first step in your sanitization procedure. IPC’s cleaners are formulated with surfactants and builders and are available in several different pHs.
    • Disinfecting uses chemicals, like bleach or quats, to destroy microorganisms, which is why cleaning is a pivotal first step. You need to ensure all of your food processing surfaces are clean enough to have contact with the sanitizer. Leftover food debris or other contaminants prevent sanitizers from adequately reaching the food contact surface and destroying microbes.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting go hand-in-hand, but cleaning must be performed first since the disinfecting step will not effectively sanitize soiled surfaces or equipment.

    Why Manufacturers Trust IPC for Food Processing Cleaning

    Manufacturers trust IPC for food processing cleaning because our powerful cleaners are mild and cover a wide range of needs.

    We have several types of formulations available, including:

    • Acidic, neutral, and alkaline pHs,
    • Enzyme cleaners,
    • High and low foamers,
    • Biodegradable options.

    All of our cleaners are NSF-registered A1 general-purpose cleaners.

    • Since no government regulatory agency controls cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, NSF fills this void by requiring all formulas to undergo formulation, label, and traceability review prior to certification (Dezsi 2021).
    • We also offer two NSF-registered H1 lubricants for incidental food contact, P-80® Emulsion IFC and P-80® Thix IFC, for all your assembly needs.

    All IPC formulas are:

    • Phosphate-free
    • Solvent-free
    • Fragrance-free
    • Low VOC

    Our cleaners provide fast, effective soil removal.

    • This decreases downtime so you can get back to production quickly.

     

    Our formulas are free-rinsing.

    • Water easily rinses away our cleaners off of your surfaces. This means no residue buildup on your equipment.
    • We offer free cleaning validation reports to help you set up your own procedure.

     

    Our cleaners are safe for use on stainless steel, glassware, ceramics, most plastics, and more.

    • Although our non-corrosive cleaners are unlikely to damage equipment, we always recommend our customers test our cleaners first

    Extends the potential operational lifetime of equipment when compared to using more corrosive cleaners.

     

    Highly concentrated and competitively priced, our cleaners are an economical solution for cleaning your food processing facility.

    • A simple 1-2% solution of our cleaners in water makes for a powerful cleaning solution.

     

    We provide free samples and technical support

    • IPC provides free samples for all cleaning products as well as complimentary technical support to ensure that your plant is utilizing the best possible cleaning procedure.
    • Our product specialists are experts in cleaning and validation procedures for food processing. We have cleaning validation methods available to help get you started.

     

    Getting Started With Your IPC Cleaner

    Once you’ve selected your ideal IPC cleaner, we can show you how to develop a more effective cleaning process for your food processing plant. Contact us for more information, to request a free sample, or for technical support.

     

    References

    Dezsi, Orsi. 2021. White Paper: Seven Steps to a Clean and Sanitized Food Processing Facility. October. https://www.nsf.org/knowledge-library/clean-food-processing-facilities.

     

  2. Micro Green Clean: A Greener Cleaner Choice

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    Micro Green Clean: A Greener Cleaner Choice

    Conventional non-green consumer and commercial cleaning products are potentially hazardous, carrying the risks of long-term illness due to over-exposure, asthma, chemical burns, irritation, or accidental ingestion by a person or pet. As the demand for effective cleaning products grows, manufacturers seek to develop effective formulations that contain more natural ingredients and provide safer user experiences.

    International Products Corporation offers an aqueous, biodegradable cleaner with a gentle alkaline pH that effectively cleans many types of soils: Micro Green Clean. With its superior cleaning performance, Micro Green Clean makes your spring-cleaning process a lot easier, no matter your industry. Micro Green Clean is formulated exclusively with readily biodegradable ingredients. Our formulation is non-flammable and is free of phosphates, silicates, borates, phenols, halogenated compounds, CFCs, solvents, and ozone-depleting chemicals.

    Continue reading to discover how Micro Green Clean works and the various applications where this precision, biodegradable cleaner truly shines.

    What Are Biodegradable Cleaners?

    Although there is no legal definition, biodegradable refers to the ability of a substance to be broken down into harmless byproducts by microorganisms. Readily biodegradable refers to the capability of at least 60% of the substance breaking down within 28 days. Biodegradable cleaners such as Micro Green Clean won’t persist in the environment because they get broken down into nontoxic components.

    In Which Industrial Applications Are Biodegradable Cleaners Used?

    Biodegradable cleaners can be used in all types of industrial applications. Micro Green Clean is powerful enough to clean even the most troublesome soils, including:

    • Oils and fats
    • Biological debris
    • Greases
    • Hard water stains
    • Adhesives
    • Particulates
    • Metal oxides
    • Nearly anything

    IPC product specialists suggest Micro Green Clean for washing:

    ·        Medical equipment ·        Labware and instruments
    ·        Filter membranes ·        Breweries and brewing equipment
    ·        Pharmaceutical manufacturing surfaces ·        Botanical extracts
    ·        Cannabis resins, extracts, and residues ·        Surfaces before disinfecting
    ·        Stainless steel ·        Manufacturing process equipment
    ·        Virtually any surface – ask for compatibility data!

    What Are the Benefits of Micro Green Clean in Commercial Applications?

    • Micro Green Clean is an effective multi-purpose cleaner for any industry.
    • Biodegradable chemicals are a safer cleaning alternative for both our planet and our environment.
    • Micro Green Clean is solvent-free, so it won’t affect air quality or cause lung damage to users.
    • Unlike solvents, aqueous, biodegradable cleaners do not pollute soil and water.
    • Our highly concentrated formula is economical and eco-friendly! Save money and pollute less.
    • Micro Green Clean works with various cleaning methods, including clean in place (CIP), clean out of place (COP), manual washing, ultrasonics, and mild agitation.
    • IPC offers data and technical support to help you achieve the level of cleanliness you need.

     

    Get the Right Cleaners for Your Unique Needs

    Whether you’re in food services, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, medicine, or any other industry, you likely need safe and effective cleaning supplies. Check out our selection of available sizes, browse helpful resources, and get the high-quality precision cleaners you need from IPC. If you have any questions about Micro Green Clean, need help choosing the right cleaners for your needs, or would like to place an order, please contact us anytime!

  3. IPC is DuBois – European Market

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    New year, more solutions! DuBois Chemicals acquired International Products Corporation (IPC) in July 2021. DuBois’ European operations in the Netherlands began managing the supply of IPC products and services for Europe in February 2022.

    IPC’s line of specialty chemical products, including cleaners and assembly lubricants, allows DuBois to expand their chemistry and process knowledge capabilities with new robust solutions in the European market.

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  4. Gas & Diesel ASTM

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    P-80® Lubricants possess the unique property of being temporary rubber assembly lubricants. After assembly, the water dries, and the part is left securely in place. Due to the lubricating oils in our lubricants, a tiny amount of residue may remain on the parts. Sometimes, the question of how these residues may impact automotive fuels is brought up. So we had our industrial lubricant residues independently tested for compatibility with both gasoline and diesel fuels to give our automotive customers confidence and peace of mind when using P-80 Lubricants.

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  5. An Easy Guide to Understanding How Surfactants Work

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    What is a Surfactant?

    Surfactants are a primary component of cleaning detergents. The word surfactant means surface active agent. As the name implies, surfactants stir up activity on the surface you are cleaning to help trap dirt and remove it from the surface.

    Surfactants have a hydrophobic (water-hating) tail and a hydrophilic (water-loving) head. The hydrophobic tail of each surfactant surrounds soils. The hydrophilic head is surrounded by water.

    How do surfactants work?

    When there are a sufficient amount of surfactant molecules present in a solution they combine together to form structures called micelles. As the micelle forms, the surfactant heads position themselves so they are exposed to water, while the tails are grouped together in the center of the structure protected from water.

    The micelles work as a unit to remove soils.  The hydrophobic tails are attracted to soils and surround them, while the hydrophilic heads pull the surrounded soils off the surface and into the cleaning solution.  Then the micelles reform with the tails suspending the soil in the center of the structure.

    Types of Surfactants

    The hydrophilic head of each surfactant is electrically charged. The charge can be negative, positive, or neutral. Depending on the charge of the hydrophilic head, the surfactant is classified as anionic, nonionic, cationic or amphoteric.

    Anionic Surfactants

    Anionic surfactants have a negative charge on their hydrophilic end. The negative charge helps the surfactant molecules lift and suspend soils in micelles. Because they are able to attack a broad range of soils, anionic surfactants are used frequently in soaps and detergents. Anionic surfactants create a lot of foam when mixed. While anionic surfactants are excellent for lifting and suspending particulate soils, they are not as good at emulsifying oily soils.

    Sulfates, sulfonates, and gluconates are examples of anionic surfactants.

    Nonionic Surfactants   

    Nonionic surfactants are neutral, they do not have any charge on their hydrophilic end. Nonionic surfactants are very good at emulsifying oils and are better than anionic surfactants at removing organic soils. The two are frequently used together to create dual-action, multi-purpose cleaners that can not only lift and suspend particulate soils, but also emulsify oily soils.

    Certain nonionic surfactants can be non-foaming or low-foaming. This makes them a good choice as an ingredient in low-foaming detergents.

    Nonionic surfactants have a unique property called a cloud point. The cloud point is the temperature at which the nonionic surfactant begins to separate from the cleaning solution, called phase separation. When this occurs, the cleaning solution becomes cloudy. This is considered the temperature for optimal detergency. For low foaming cleaners, optimal detergency is at the cloud point; for foaming cleaners optimal detergency is either just below the cloud point or at the start of the cloud point. The agitation of low foaming cleaners is sufficient to prevent phase separation.

    The temperature of the cloud point depends upon the ratio of the hydrophobic and hydrophilic portions of the nonionic surfactant. Some cloud points are at room temperature while others are very high. Some nonionic surfactants don’t have a cloud point because they have a very high ratio of hydrophilic to hydrophobic moieties.

    Examples of some common nonionic surfactants include cocamide, ethoxylates, and alkoxylates.

    Cationic Surfactants

    Cationic surfactants have a positive charge on their hydrophilic end. The positive charge makes them useful in anti-static products, like fabric softeners. Cationic surfactants can also serve as antimicrobial agents, so they are often used in disinfectants.

    Cationic surfactants cannot be used with anionic surfactants. If positively charged cationic surfactants are mixed with negatively charged anionic surfactants, they will fall out of solution and no longer be effective. Cationic and nonionic surfactants, however, are compatible.

    Examples of some common cationic surfactants include alkyl ammonium chlorides.

    Amphoteric Surfactants

    Amphoteric surfactants have a dual charge on their hydrophilic end, both positive and negative. The dual charges cancel each other out creating a net charge of zero, referred to as zwitterionic. The pH of any given solution will determine how the amphoteric surfactants react. In acidic solutions, the amphoteric surfactants become positively charged and behave similarly to cationic surfactants. In alkaline solutions, they develop a negative charge, similar to anionic surfactants.

    Amphoteric surfactants are often used in personal care products such as shampoos and cosmetics. Examples of some frequently used amphoteric surfactants are betaines and amino oxides.

    How Surfactants are used in Cleaners

    Surfactants are a key ingredient in cleaning products. One thing that differentiates cleaning products is how they are made. Cleaners made from a single chemical, targeting a specific type of soil, are referred to as commodity cleaners. Cleaners that are blends of various chemical ingredients designed to work together to remove various types of soils are referred to as formulated cleaners.

    Formulated cleaners usually contain four basic elements: surfactants, hydrotropes, builders and carriers. Hydrotropes are chemicals that keep the otherwise incompatible surfactants and builders stable in a solution. The carrier is either water or a solvent. These elements work together to create mechanical actions to remove soils. The end result is a product that can attack dirt on surfaces with a variety of cleaning mechanisms including emulsifying, lifting, dispersing, sequestering, suspending and decomposing soils of various types. The type of surfactants used in a cleaning product largely determines which soils they will be best at removing.

    IPC offers a full line of formulated cleaners that among the safest yet most effective solutions on the market. Request a free sample to test our products for your most challenging cleaning applications.

  6. Great Activities to do with the Family During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    By IPC Guest Blogger Patricia O’Brien:

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    Running out of ideas for how to entertain the kiddos?

    Read on to learn what other parents are doing, then check out our list of 10 Creative Activities to Enjoy with the Family. Have fun!
    Lyndsay Peterson, a location scout for television and movies, loves to do arts and crafts with her three-year-old son, Liam. Living in sunny California, the family—which includes dad, John—loves being together outside; but these days, they’re staying put in their little home among the trees.

    “I love trying different scientific experiments with Liam. One of our favorites is making puffy paint. Liam loves mixing in the colors. Then we all make our own pictures. It’s actually fun for all of us!”

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    Learn how to make puffy paint here: https://artfulparent.com/diy-puffy-paint-for-kids/

    On day three of “the Isolation”, as she called it on Facebook, Kathryn Hively, founder of http://www.justbeparenting.com made a leprechaun trap with her two daughters. Another day they made potions with baking soda, vinegar, food coloring and glitter. They’ve made a button necklace and she’s teaching the girls, aged ten and six, how to sew.

    “I basically look around the house for ideas. We’ve baked a lot. We’re going to do an Easter egg hunt, but I don’t have anything to put in the plastic eggs. So, we went through my older daughter’s stuff and I’ll be putting things like keychains and little toys she no longer needs into my younger daughter’s eggs. I’ll also be using stickers, old coins…anything I can find for my older daughter since I’m clearly not going out to buy things,” Hively said.

    Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) Is Passing the Time Building Jurassic Park Out of Legos. Get your own set here: https://www.lego.com/en-us/service/help/shopping/online-shop/ordering-from-lego-shop-online-408100000007860

     

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    Here, International Products Corporation offers 10 Creative Activities to Enjoy with the Family

    • Learn Spanish. Then only speak Spanish for an entire day!

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/spanish-lessons-kids-find-elephants-jorge-olson/

    • Have an Inside Beach Party. Draw decorations, hang lights inside, and cover the floor with beach towels. Lather on sunscreen! Listen to beach music and eat your dinner on the floor. After eating, play your own version of volleyball by tying a string across the room for the “net” and try to blow a feather over the string.
    • Write and Perform a Family Play. Pick a movie or story you’re familiar with and create your own funny version of it, or write one of your own. This will not only be fun, but also has the kiddos writing. Win-Win. Afterwards, give out Academy Awards! Or Have a Family Talent Show. Like a play, but funnier and with instruments.
    • Make Forts in the Living Room. Then write letters to each other sitting in your own fort. Create addresses to send them to. Vote for the family mail person to deliver them. Then write responses. Again, good practice for the kiddos! Encourage them to add drawings to their letters.
    • Create a New Game. Tired of playing Monopoly, Scrabble and Phase 10? Why not put them all together and play “Scrabbopoly 10?” Discuss rules, game play, and how to win. Hint: Having to make words in order to “buy” properties is an added learning activity.
    • Learn How to do Origami. https://web-apan.org/kidsweb/virtual/origami2/exploring01_04.html
    • Create a Comic Book. https://www.creativebloq.com/comics/guide-create-publish-comic-book-71515975

     Try Cup stacking. https://www.speedstacks.com/teach/activities/ Also, watch Anna Kendrick’s video and sing along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmSbXsFE3l8

    • Watch Scott and Camber videos on YouTube to see how their family spends time together. They’ve been making family time at home fun and exciting for years! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVDDZEvSFIc
    • Have a Family Slumber Party. After a long day of acting, creating, dancing and singing, move the furniture and make beds in the living room. Create a camp fire with colored paper and tell campfire stories while sitting on your own bed eating s’mores made in the kitchen. Once the little ones nod off, keep it going with a glass of wine and a good book, read by flashlight.

    https://lmld.org/make-indoor-smores/

    Of course, not every family includes little ones. Why not try your hand at your own Family Lockdown Boogie?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-ugfNXYcDg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0L2zM93heURBPyg8F4-kYwnXMEgZRVTvPYYPzTww4kwvSmn37L5DITW9k

    Whatever you do, enjoy it. Stay well, stay safe.

    Next Up: What’s the first thing you’ll do when it’s over?

  7. Welcome to the New WWW.IPCOL.COM

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    Check out our new website!

    We’ve redesigned our website with you in mind. International Products Corporation (IPC), manufacturer of a full line of specialty cleaners and P-80® temporary assembly lubricants, is thrilled to launch our brand new website www.ipcol.com.

    Visit today and discover all of the new resources we are excited to share.

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    Exciting new features:

    • Wide range of how-to video content
    • Application and industry specific content
    • Product information available in 8 foreign languages
    • Fresh look and enhanced functionality
    • More technical information
    • Our brand new IPC Blog
    • Links to our European sales office
    • Global distribution locations

    From our new site you’ll be able to:

    • request free samples
    • request a certificate of analysis
    • place orders
    • obtain technical support
    • request product presentations
    • subscribe to our blog

    We invite you visit our new home today!

  8. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… Explore and Learn with IPC’s Video Library!

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    “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  We’ve all heard this saying many times throughout our lives.  Basically, it refers to the notion that an image can convey an idea much more succinctly than words.  A beautiful sunset, a smiling baby, a championship team celebrating victory…the images each of these moments convey are much more powerful than their descriptions.

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    If a single picture has the power to convey such strong thoughts and emotions, imagine how powerful a string of images can be.  Modern technology has enabled us to use videos to share thoughts and ideas. With the growth of social media, videos are now easily viewed across multiple platforms.

    Beyond social sharing, businesses of all kinds have also realized the power of video.  Videos can be used for marketing and education.  Manufacturers, in particular, are often asked by their customers for usage instructions, product demonstrations, and technical support.  Video has become a valuable tool for communicating these messages.

    International Products Corporation’s (IPC) YouTube channel, IPCMKT , contains a full library of videos aimed at helping our customers succeed.  Some of the many things you will learn by viewing our video library:

    • The effectiveness and strength of our products
    • How to use IPC’s cleaners and lubricants
    • How to open our containers and dispense our products
    • How our on-site laboratory can offer assistance and support
    • Our company history & culture

    Many of our videos are also available in foreign languages for customers in other countries.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel to view our library and receive alerts when we post new content.  Our videos can also be seen on our website.  Visit today to watch our videos and explore all of the resources we share with our customers.

    Seeing is believing…and learning.

  9. How to Open and Dispense From a Drum in 7 Easy Steps

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    Why Buy Drums?

    For companies that use large amounts of liquid products, ordering drums makes sense.  Buying one drum, rather than numerous smaller containers, can be a more economical way to purchase liquid chemicals such as Specialty Cleaners and Temporary Assembly LubricantsCost savings may be realized in reductions in product cost, packaging cost, and shipping cost.

    What’s the Correct Way to Open a Drum?

    There are a variety of different drums on the market and a wide array of drum manufacturers, so it’s always a good idea to follow the best operating procedures for the particular type of container in your possession.  At International Products Corporation (IPC) we use sturdy, yet lightweight, plastic drums for our products.  Our customers often ask us for easy methods of opening and dispensing products from drums.  We recommend using either a pump or the faucet that is attached to each drum.  Watch our detailed videos for step by step instructions for both methods or follow the guidelines below.
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    Opening a Drum and Dispensing with a Pump

    1. Remove caps and bung seals
    2. Choose the correct bung for your pump – either a fine/ NPT thread or a course buttress
    3. Insert pump into bung opening
    4. Use pump to mix the product
    5. Dispense product into a container
    6. Remove pump
    7. Replace drum bungs for storage

    Opening a Drum and Dispensing with a Faucet

    1. Remove caps and bung seals
    2. Loosen upper bung for air
    3. Screw faucet into the other bung
    4. Face faucet toward dolly and tilt drum onto dolly
    5. Dispense with faucet into container
    6. Close faucet and vent
    7. Replace drum bungs and stand container upright for storage

    Check out IPC’s series of “How-To” videos for other helpful tips on using Specialty Cleaners and Temporary Assembly Lubricants.

  10. Get to Know International Products Corporation

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    Who is IPC?

    International Products Corporation (IPC) is an industry leader in cleaning and assembly solutions.  Family owned and operated, we manufacture everything in the USA.  We like to think of our company as responsible and responsive – to our customers, the environment, and the communities we serve.
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    What We Do

    IPC manufactures safe, water-based temporary lubricants and cleaners that can replace traditionally used corrosives, phosphates, solvents, petroleum distillates, and other hazardous chemicals.

    P-80® Temporary Rubber Lubricants reduce the friction required for assembly.  They provide ergonomic benefits, increase outputs and reduce part rejections.  Available in six unique water-based formulas, P-80 is used to assemble hoses, O-rings, seals, bushings, grips, and other rubber and plastic parts across a myriad of industries.  P-80 provides superior lubrication without silicon or petroleum distillates, making it temporary and compatible with many materials. Once dry the lubrication is gone, and you have a tight fitting assembly.

    Our specialty cleaning products are safe, effective and meet the highest standards across multiple industries, cleaning a broad spectrum of soils from all types of surfaces.  When cleanliness must be measured, IPC’s green chemistry is able to produce some of the most powerful cleaners on the market. We can also help with FDA validation methods.  Our cleaners consistently serve the pharmaceutical, medical device, food and beverage, metalworking, electronic device, wastewater, filter membrane and many other industries.

    We are Responsive and Responsible

    We are responsive in supplying immediate technical and laboratory support to our customers and prospects.  Product development is often a direct result of industry needs and customer feedback – at IPC we listen to our customers.  We process all inquiries and orders quickly and comprehensively so you have the products and information you need when you need them.

    We are responsible to the environment and our community.  We maintain a zero discharge policy at our specially designed, ISO certified, manufacturing plant in Burlington, NJ.  As we grow, we are committed to keeping abreast of environmental and regulatory trends and best practices to continually improve the quality and safety of our products and facilities.

    IPC is truly committed to making the safest, most effective products possible for our workers, our environment and you, our customers.

Detergent Selection Guide

= Used ; = Preferred
SOILS Micro-90® Micro® Green Clean Micro® A07 Surface-Cleanse/930® LF2100® Zymit® Low-Foam Zymit® Pro
Adhesives
Biofilm
Biological soils: Blood, Feces, Mucous, Sebum, Sweat, Urine
Dyes, Inks
Eggs, Butter, Fruit Stains
Emulsifiers
Fat
Fingerprints
Flavor, Fragrances
Gelatin
Gels
Grass
Insoluble Salts
Milkstone
Oils
Oxides
Paraffins
Petrolatum
Proteins
Scale
Shop Dusts, Soldering Flux
Silicons
Starch
Tar
Tissue
Titanium Dioxides