In this reprint from Finishing Today magazine, the author explores the problems inherent in aqueous cleaning processes: large footprints, require large capital investments, consume electricity at a prodigious rate, are maintenance intensive, and require expensive waste water treatment systems. Vapor degreasing resolves all of these problems but introduces certain new issues that must be considered when upgrading cleaning systems. With modern equipment and solvents, vapor degreasing is a safe, cost-effective and environmentally acceptable cleaning method.
Many companies are considering changing from their old-style aqueous cleaning systems to newer, industrial green cleaning products such as modern solvent-based vapor degreaser cleaning systems. The author explains the differences between the choices, highlights some of the myths of aqueous cleaning and shows that a modern vapor degreasers with modern, safe solvents can be more budget-friendly, planet-friendly and people-friendly than aqueous cleaners of equal capacity.