New AF-Clean Surface Cleaner from Walter Surface Technologies Replaces Toxic Solvents

Walter Surface Technologies announced the creation of AF-CLEAN, a new, environmentally-friendly surface cleaner and degreaser designed to replace toxic solvents in the preparation and cleaning of metallic surfaces prior to treatment. This newest innovation from the company’s Bio-Circle Environmental Solutions division underscores Walter’s commitment to “Making Green Work.”AF-CLEAN is the latest solution that helps create a cleaner, healthier, and safer industrial work environment.

An ideal alternative to acetone or toluene for surface preparation, AF-CLEAN cleans and prepares metallic surfaces prior to painting, priming, coating, gluing, corrosion protection, as well as cleaning moulds for plastic injection. Compared to traditional solvents, AF-CLEAN is non-flammable, VOC-reduced, biodegradable, and less volatile than toxic solvent compounds.

AF-CLEAN’s environmental benefits bring economic benefits as well. Since acetone evaporates up to 90 percent of its volume before it actually cleans, workers will find they need less AF-CLEAN liquid to clean a surface – it is eight times more efficient than acetone, according to Walter. AF-CLEAN’s aluminum bottles can be filled and re-filled with Walter’s Air Force automatic refilling station which is propelled by compressed air – unlike empty aerosol cans which must be disposed of carefully – often at an additional cost.

The liquid is available in a 10-litre (2.64 gal) bag-in-box and in a bulk 208-liter drum. AF-CLEAN and the Air Force refilling system significantly reduce costs for storage, handling, and disposal – empirical tests have shown that a 10 L bag-in-box can replace as many as 36 aerosol cans.


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