On the Home Page we described what the PH scale is and what the different levels can do, as well as where our product rated on the scale. Solutions with a PH level of 6.9 can be readily discharged into the environment without treatment. If our products exceed this level after filtering, its a simple matter to correct. The PH level can be lowered by either adding lots of water or by adding a harmless acid in small portions, [i.e. acetic acid] known as vinegar. In very rare cases the PH level might still be high but even this is not harmful to the environment as we have previously discussed.
As stated, our products are non-corrosive to colored and washable surfaces. However, when not used as mentioned in the product section for each industry some problems may occur. This is due to the product to water ratio. As an example, if you were to use one of our stronger products on glass and then went to have a cup of coffee, and let it dry on the glass, the sun/heat shining through the window onto the product may streak the glass.
Our product is specially formulated and field tested for each industry.
With degreasing, it is recommended to heat the degreasing solution so that the congealing process is avoided. This will also speed up the cleaning process. Just by heating Badger Green by 10 degrees Celsius will reduce the time it needs to be on the surface to work by 50%. Badger Green can maintain its cleaning process up to 200 degrees Celsius. A good example of this would be cleaning an oven. In extreme circumstances, with very heavy deposits, it is recommended to manually remove the larger deposits.
Cars collect a lot of static filth. Cleaning with a high pressure solution is not sufficient to remove the filth unless a very strong cleaning solution is used; however, a solution of this strength will normanally also damage paint, metal, rubber or plastic. The only other alternative to get 100% of the dirt is to aggressively scrub the surface with a sponge or a brush. Or is it? Put a little bit of Badger Green in the wash water and just wipe the surface gently. All of the contaminants will be removed.
Badger Green developed a gel for use in the aircraft and boating industry. Spray it on and let it set for five to ten minutes. If in direct sunlight do not let the product dry on surface or glass. Then rinse with water at a pressure of about 60 PSI. This produces excellent results, and will remove about 85% of static filth.
Badger Green will also remove static filth on items ready for painting. This also includes cars at a body shop or on a production line. It will remove flux and leave a anti-corrosive barrier behind that can be painted over.
Simple to recycle
*Aside from reduced insurance savings for companies that clean hoods, ranges, garbage trucks, dumpsters and compactors, using our water based foam degreaser, there is another cost effective savings that can be applied. Degreasing slurries can not just be dumped into the environment without treatment to remove harmful wastes. Even minimum levels of contaminants must be cleaned. The object is to get the affluent into minimum standards for disposal. Oil separators are used to clean affluents which is called the decantation process. This means that the affluent is separated into its different compounds. The layers can be identified as:
**Bottom layer; liquids or materials heavier then water.
**Middle layer; water solution.
**Top layer; everything lighter than water, i.e. solvents, greases, oil.
Different processes can reuse the watery portion between the top and bottom layers, either before or after filtering. The remaining layers are chemical waste and must be transported and treated as such. It must be noted that a water based degreasing product, such as Badger Green, will remain in the watery layer and with a slight tweak, can be reused. The volume of waste material is drastically reduced, saving up to 90% of chemical waste treatment and disposal costs
Most of our products have no odors at all, even when sprayed in fine droplets. There may be a slight scent when the product is heated. We are still searching for a perfume to add to Badger Green that is not neutralized by our own product!
Badger Green is also an odor remover. It breaks up and removes almost all chemical and organic compounds. It is very good at eliminating or reducing offensive odors. It will work on mercaptanes and phenols, in it’s strongest concentration, which is practically unheard of. In it’s lighter concentration it will remove the odor of decaying flesh. After coming in contact with Badger Green the smell will disappear. It is important to detect the source of the odor when using our product. In some instances, if the source of the odor is not taken care of, naturally, the odor will reappear.
Safe For Washable Surfaces
Badger Green is generally safe for all washable surfaces. However, as with any untried cleaner, it is best to test it on a small, non-visible spot first. We have field tested it on a multitude of items and surfaces but there could always be one item this product disagrees with.
In some instances it will appear that some of the paint is being removed while cleaning with this product. This is just oxidized paint and it is the same process as when you wax your car and remove what appears to be paint. Just like a car, this is removing the oxidation and making the natural shine come back. This can also be expected on furniture that has not been cleaned in a while.
As stated elsewhere, it is not recommended to clean wooden floors with bees wax, or any other kind of wood wax unless you are looking to remove the old wax to re-wax the floor. If this is the case, it is recommended that after you strip the floor you go back with clean water to remove any residue product before re-waxing.
Safe For Skin And Clothes
Strong sulphorous or high PH alcanic products can cause serious burns. Even in a short amount of time they can cause irritation to the skin. Even so, other companies products that can cause these problems are still being used and even being haphazardly sprayed. There is absolutely no reason for taking these risks.
As stated earlier, direct contact between Badger Green and skin will do no more that degrease the natural body oils in the affected area, the skin might feel dry afterwards. Therefore the Safety Data Sheet recommends that you wear rubber gloves.
So really, how safe is Badger Green? After we prove it to them, we tell our salespeople to prove this in a simple manner. When they are with a prospective customer, before degreasing a motor, deoxidizing a car, or degreasing an oven, to spray some Badger Green on their clothes, then on their skin, and even go so far as to put a drop or two on their tongue and let the customer watch in amazement as nothing happens to them. WE ARE NOT SUGGESTING YOU TRY THIS TEST! WE WILL DEMONESTRATE THIS TEST IN OUR UPCOMING VIDEO. NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, TRY THIS WITH ANY OTHER PRODUCT ON THE MARKET!
It is quite possible that our product will come in contact with your eyes, such as when degreasing a ceiling. It is always a good idea to prevent this as much as possible by wearing safety glasses at all times. However, even if you do get it in your eyes, you will hardly notice it unless, for a particular reason, you were using it in its pure undiluted form. Even in its pure, undiluted form, getting Badger Green in your eyes causes about as much irritation as getting soap in your eyes in the shower. As a precaution, you could then flush your eyes with an eyewash solution or just plain water. WE ARE NOT SUGGESTING THAT YOU SPRAY BADGER GREEN IN YOUR EYES!
Longer Holding Time For Degreaser Baths And Parts Cleaner
Badger Green degreasers and cleaners offer big savings on production costs because they stay potent longer. It is not unusual for our products to retain its cleaning and degreasing power up to 10 times longer that solvents or petroleum based products.
*Insoluble oils and greases in our products can easily be removed for reuse.
*When using a good filtering system the major pollution is removed from our products, again making them readily reusable.
*Solvent or petroleum based degreasers readily evaporate. A water based degreaser rapidly evaporates only at high temperature and, even at worst case scenario, the 80% that would evaporates would be water, not our degreaser! Which means you would add back the 80% of water and, presto, you would have a gallon of product to work with again. A supplementary advantage of Badger Green is that it shows much more stability and durability over time. With conventional products, the quality decreases when the product becomes saturated with contaminants.
It is important to know about Badger Greens product line and to use the Products Use Guide as a reference. It is also important know how long this product should sit on a surface before it is scrubbed or wiped away. The best way to become knowledgeable with curing time is from trial and error, and experience. Remember, the dirtier and harder the layer of filth is, the longer the product needs to sit before removal. Some situations work very quickly like removing nicotine residue. Other situations like bakery ovens or graphite grease, take longer to demulsify. If an application does not have an immediate effect the first time it is used, the most common problem is not leaving it on long enough before wiping it away. We explain to our salespeople that this is a very important point to tell new customers and guide them further.
Product and System
It is important for a Badger Green sales representative to be familiar with the types of cleaning systems that are used by our customers. In this manner you will be able to advise the customer if Badger Green products will work with their present cleaning systems or not.
A cleaning agent or degreaser will be used in a certain manner. This could range from simple hand degreasing to a very complicated cleaning system. Each different system requires a different set of product attributes or strengths, and each different system has a different profit margin. All costs are factored together in evaluating the profit margin, from degreaser lifespan to machinery investment and energy costs. Also involved is the cost of treating or disposing of the contaminated waste products, which for most companies is a major expense. It is the opinion of many companies that using a water-based degreaser will require more product to do the same job as a solvent or petroleum based product, and require more processing time on the shop floor.
You must be aware that this is the viewpoint many customers will have. We must make clear to them that water-based, environmentally friendly Badger Green cleaners and degreasers do not mean a big investment. Much to the contrary, when all things are considered and the right Badger Green product is selected, huge savings are realized. WE HAVE THE PRODUCTS!!
To present the product confidentially you must be aware of the different types of cleaning/degreasing systems being used by industry. We at Badger Green have a good working relationship with the companies that manufacture these systems, and have been able to fine-tune our products for maximum results from these systems.
The following are the frequently found systems where our products can be used.
Ultrasonic cleaning is one of the more advanced methods in use today. Ultrasonic cleaning was developed to clean products with the same ease as the outlawed hydrocarbon-based products. Ultrasonic cleaning allows the use of water-based products such as Badger Green to achieve the same results. The water-based products must allow the same level of cleaning and must be non-aggressive enough to not harm the surface you are trying to clean. Ultrasonic cleaning uses high-frequency sound waves generated by a transducer built into the cleaning tank below the surface of the cleaning solution. The ultrasonic waves cause microscopic vacuum holes (air and steam bubbles) to form under the contaminant, which implode. Air bubbles circulate in the solution and attach themselves to the contaminant, and carry away the filth when the vacuum holes implode. These implosions can have a force up to 1000 BAR.
The result is an excellent cleaning action even in places you cannot reach by hand. Therefore, very little, if any disassembly is required prior to cleaning. The advantages of this process are clear:
Faster cleaning results in man-hour savings.
Excellent cleaning with little or no disassembly required.
Even difficult to clean areas (slots, holes, pores) are well cleaned.
Less solution warming and less concentrate.
No damage to surfaces or finished layers.
A possible drawback is the initial investment cost for the ultrasonic systems.
The ultrasonic cleaning will only take place where the solution can reach. For this reason it is critical to have the surface tension of the solution reduced as much as possible. This ability is one of the strengths of our products as explained on the Home Page. They will enhance the ability of the ultrasonic cleaner for even better results. Our experience of the results from using these cleaning systems in combination with our product are beyond a doubt fantastic.
A plunge bath is a cleaning tank filed with a degreasing product. Either a vertical moving basket raises and lowers the greasy parts in the solution, or the bottom of the tank itself raises and lower the parts. In this manner the cleaning solution is circulated around the parts. The mechanical cleaning action is not too thorough for crusted on filth, but for a number of applications it is sufficient, such as removing coolant residues. Care must be taken to insure floating contaminants are removed from the surface of the cleaning solution before the cleaned parts are raised through the surface.
Industrail Parts- Washing Machines
These systems are best comparable to big industrial dishwashers. Two types of system are used:
The parts lie in a basket that rotates under a sprinkler head.
The parts remain static and the sprinkler head rotates around them.
The spray pressure pulsates between 6-8 BAR. These systems require a foam breaker to be added to Badger Green products. To insure old oil is not re-circulated, it is preferable to build in an oil separator.
A possible disadvantage is less cleaning on places where the sprayer can not reach or where parts are lying close to each other.
Tunnel Parts-Washing Machines
Here, the parts are placed on a conveyor belt that runs through a tunnel that has several sprayers attached to the walls. The first stage applies the product with a pressure of 2 – 8 BAR, the second stage washes it, and the third stage dries it. The water can be warmed and recycled. Sometimes it is a good idea to use an oil separator. One of the advantages of this system is that the sprinkler heads can be adjusted to best clean the parts. Here, too, a foam breaker is often advisable. Our products are used thinned.
High Pressure Cleaning
High pressure cleaning systems are in widespread use these days. High pressure usually means a pressure of 45 – 60 BAR. The force of the spray has a mechanical cleaning effect, which greatly reduces the need for manual scrubbing.
Different things will affect the result:
The mechanical cleaning action of the spray will remove most of the filth; however, some scrubbing may still be necessary.
Cleaning fluid temperature (the hotter the better) will affect results, especially when cleaning large amounts of oil and grease.
Our cleaning products lower water surface tension so that filth and grease are more thoroughly removed.
Advantages of high pressure systems are, it is a simple procedure and it is fast. One disadvantage could be possible damage to a part’s surface.
Low Pressure Cleaning
These days more and more applications require the use of low pressure cleaning. The basic principle is the same as high pressure cleaning, but low pressure cleaning offers several advantages:
With high pressure cleaning the speed of the solution at the sprinkler head is almost 600 kilometers per hour (kph). At the sprinkler head the solution is mixed with air, and the drops get very small. Therefore, their impact on the surface to be cleaned is relatively minor. Also, the small drops readily lose heat, so the temperature of the mixture is drastically reduced by the time it strikes the surface.
With low pressure cleaning (25 BAR), the speed of the solution at the sprinkler head is reduced to 150 kph. The drops that are formed are larger (more mass), providing a greater force at impact, and the drops do not lose as much heat.
Experiments showed us the force of the cleaning solution when impacting the surface to be cleaned is much greater with low pressure cleaning. High pressure has an impact force of about 16090 g/cm squared. With low pressure cleaning, the impact is about 50% greater at 2200g/cm squared. Both were measured at a distance of about 20 cm.
Temperature loss, measured at a distance of one meter, for a fluid at 160 BAR of pressure is from 65 degrees C to 32 degrees C; more than half. With a fluid at 25 BAR, temperature loss is just 10 degrees C – a 300% improvement over high pressure.
As you can see, low pressure cleaning has several advantages over high pressure. The equipment is very durable, the process is more efficient, and is therefore more economical. Also, the chance of damaging the surface of the part to be cleaned is also greatly reduced.
Results from the hand degreasing of machinery is an area where we really score high. It is important to realize that hand degreasing is done in a very different way than automated methods. The best way to achieve maximum result is:
The product has to be prepared in the correct mixture. We prefer using a spray bottle that can achieve a pressure of 1 – 3 BAR, so that the product is sprayed in an even coating.
Let it work long enough. The curing time depends on the amount of contaminant and how solidified it has become. With very heavy concentrations we always use Badger Green Gel products.
Finally, wipe down the surface with water and a highly absorbent cloth.
Surfaces are usually wiped down with a good cloth after cleaning, especially after hand degreasing machines and motors. It is very important that the cloth have a good adsorbent quality, so as not to leave a film on the part. Mechanically brushing the surface after washing will reduce the required drying time.
The importance of filtering the affluent. The customer will decide which filtering system he/she wishes, based on which is most suited for the particular application, efficiency and economy. There are two types of systems – self cleaning and those that require changing from time to time.
Filtering for Recycling
Filters with an opening of 0.1 micron (0.000001) allow only certain materials and the active Badger Green to pass through. All dirt and emulsified oil/Badger Green parts will be trapped. The solution that passes through the filter only requires a bit more Major Sol to restore its previous strength before use.
The Proper Level Of Filtering
There are many filters available on the market that will provide the proper level of filtering. This level is not so high that it can not easily be done perfectly, depending on the contamination to be removed and the filter used. The critical thing to keep in mind is to be sure the PH level of the cleaning solution is maintained.
Parts cleaners are found in almost every workshop or garage. It looks like a basket or basin set above a barrel of cleaning solution. In the bucket or basin a screen stops the parts from falling into the barrel. There is a brush attached to a rubber hose, which allows cleaning solution to be pumped through the brush.
Most cleaning solutions now in use are hydrocarbon/petroleum based. Aside from being possible flammable and irritating to the skin, these products naturally bond with the oil and grease to be cleaned, thereby quickly losing their strength. Cleaning power quickly fades and the time required to clean part is increased. The solution to the problem is Badger Green [HD] Heavy Duty.
In almost all cases, there is no need to modify the current cleaning process. The Badger Green products are non-flammable, do not irritate the skin, and maintain their cleaning power for a much longer time, due to the oil/affluent separating from the Badger Green/water layer.
It is important to keep the tube intake supplying the cleaning solution to the brush above the heavy oil and grease that has sunk to the bottom of the barrel, so that waste is not circulated or the tube does not become clogged.
There are a lot of different types of oil separators. This mechanical system uses a chrome wheel or plastic conveyor belt that slides over the upper surface of the oil to carry off the filth. The filth is stored and disposed of later. Major Sol products may not be used with these systems because they would naturally break down the oil. The best application of Badger Green products is with the decantation process, for which excellent systems are available.
Term uses a chrome wheel or plastic conveyor belt that slides over the upper surface of the oil to carry off the filth.
There is a notice on Badger Greens Safety and Data Sheet to always wear gloves and eye protection when using this product. You should always use protection when using cleaners and degreasers. But I can tell you firsthand, that after many field tests, at the highest, undiluted form, I have had my hands submerged in this product for great lengths of time and the only side effects were dry hands, not burning dry hands. The difference here is that Badger Green is degreasing my hands and removing the natural oils from my skin. This is opposed to breaking down and removing layers of skin like caustic products do, hence, the burning feeling.
You wouldn’t think of drinking a caustic product, but we have been trained to believe that its okay to pour this down the drain and call it bio-degradable. Even at the rate of a squirt at a time we are poisoning our eco-system. I have also had our product accidentally sprayed in my eyes and suffered no long lasting effects. Our upcoming video will demonstrate amazing tests with this product.