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The Dangers of Citrus Cleaners

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When considering flashpoint and flammability, the difference in safety between citrus-based cleaners and PavePro is profound. While citrus cleaners have not been banned for use by the EPA (like diesel fuel), they are considered a RCRA (Resource Conservation & Recovery Act) hazardous waste. RCRA classifies a hazardous waste as any material that has a flashpoint below 140°. Citrus products’ flashpoint is typically 115°F, putting it well below the threshold.

flashpoint of 115° F or lower also means the material is combustible. Working with asphalt especially in high heat, is dangerous. The danger is compounded by handling hazardous citrus substances that could ignite when 115° F is reached. Ignitions ranging from smaller, equipment-based incidents to large-scale asphalt plant explosions are real possibilities when handling citrus products. With a flashpoint over 200° F, PavePro is neither combustible nor flammable. PavePro eliminates the risks of flashpoint-related accidents and is the safest solution removing asphalt from paving equipment in the field and at the shop.

Another area of concern for many citrus-based cleaners is the additional additives needed to boost cleaning power. Many citrus cleaners include environmental disrupters and carcinogens to add additional cleaning power, but are the advantages worth the cost? Let’s take a look! 2-butoxyethanol (butyl) is found in many powerful citrus solvents…

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