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Industrial descalers are used for safely removing scale deposits from boilers, chillers, cooling towers, condensers, heat exchangers, struvite, and other equipment. What is an industrial descaler? How do industrial descalers differ from biodegradable industrial descalers? Are industrial descalers safe?

Let’s take a look at the answers to these questions about industrial descalers.

Industrial Descalers

Simply put, industrial descalers are chemicals specifically formulated to remove potentially harmful deposits from industrial equipment surfaces. The most common deposit targets for industrial descalers include:

  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Fiber
  • Steel
  • Brass
  • Glass
  • Nickel
  • Rubber
  • Plastic
  • Ceramic
  • Titanium
  • Stainless steel
  • Hard water scale
  • Calcium
  • Vivianite
  • Struvite
  • Rust deposits

Chemicals used in the mixtures that compose industrial descalers typically include hydrochloric acid as the chief dissolving agent. The concentration of acid in an industrial descaler gives a general idea of how hazardous it is.

Different non-acid chemicals are used to complete industrial descaling compounds, which differs from manufacturer to manufacturer. The added agents are typically used to make a descaling compound easy to use, safe to dispose of, and safe for human contact (although some heavy-duty cleaning agents are not safe for human contact).

Biodegradable Industrial Descalers

A biodegradable industrial descaler features a chemical compound that makes it safe to dispose without needing special handling. The best biodegradable descalers can be disposed of in a plant sewer or other acceptable waste water facility without any extra protocols.

Make sure that any descaler you choose to use is biodegradable before disposing of in a regular water system. Even if you think a descaler is biodegradable you should double-check before disposal.

Are Industrial Descalers Safe?

The answer to this question can be yes or no, depending on the descaler you are using. The concentration of acid in an industrial descaler is the primary indicator of how hazardous a descaler may be to humans.

Manufacturers of industrial descalers (and other chemical cleaning compounds) are required to properly label all of their products. This includes accurate safety information and precautions to take before using the product.

By strictly following the safety protocols and product instructions, industrial descalers can be used safely. 

Don’t clean a piece of machinery you aren’t familiar with. If you aren’t familiar with a piece of equipment you need to clean, be sure to find someone who can train you. Any process involving industrial machinery cleaning can become dangerous if the person working on it is unfamiliar with how it works.

RYDLYME The World’s Leading Biodegradable Descaler

For more than 80 years, RYDLYME has been the most trusted brand for removing scale from boilers, cooling towers, heat exchangers, condensers, chillers, and so much more. If you have further questions pertaining to the effectiveness of “The World’s Leading Biodegradable Descaler,” RYDLYME, please feel free to contact our main office.

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