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Toxics Use Reduction Institute

Surface Solutions Laboratory

CleanerSolutions Tool for Cleaning Solvent Substitution

A simple solution for solvent cleaning is hard to come by. There are no “Silver Bullets”. 

To use the more than 25 years of testing information effectively, CleanerSolutions was created. The tool links performance evaluations to specific testing parameters and environmental assessments performed at the lab.

Field-searchable by contaminants, substrates, equipment, solvents replaced and vendor product data.

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Why are we doing this? Well, the TURI Lab was designed with the capability to evaluate the effectiveness of different cleaning chemistries and equipment for a variety of surfaces and contaminants.

Our goal is to assist in the search for safer cleaning processes by identifying, developing and promoting safer alternatives to hazardous solvents.

In keeping with our objective to identify, develop and promote environmentally-friendlier alternatives to hazardous solvents, the determination of a chemical’s potential risk involves the following environmental indicators: global warming potential, ozone depletion potential, volatile organic content, flammability/reactivity and toxicity/carcinogenicity. Specifically, the screening uses GWP, ODP, VOC, NFPA (and/or HMIS) and pH. Each alternative product receives a screening based on 50 points, 10 point maximum for each parameter listed. Higher scoring products have the potential of being safer alternatives.  

Find out more about the lab’s safety screening system

CleanerSolutions is designed to provide the user with many search methods. These methods are separated into two main areas: Lab Tested Results and Vendor Supplied Information. The first section yields search results based on laboratory testing for specific client situations. The Vendor section will let users search and browse information supplied by over 100 product vendors.

Vendor information may not have been independently tested by the TURI Lab.

Cleaning varies from case to case, and we recommend process specifics during lab testing, followed up by pilot testing in the field on any potential replacement cleaning chemicals.
If you need more information on a particular product or you are interested in having us help you with testing, please contact the lab at (978)934-3133 or email us.

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