Xylene Replacements and Alternatives
Xylene is a petroleum-based synthetic chemical that is colorless, flammable, and produces a sweet odor. It is primarily used as a solvent to remove paint, oil, grease, marker, and ink. However, prolonged exposure to xylene can be hazardous to the health of the user, and it is recommended to seek alternatives to avoid unsafe conditions.
Xylene Risks and Replacements
There are numerous adverse health risks associated with the use of xylene materials and xylene cleaning solvents. Prolonged exposure to products that contain xylene can increase the chances of developing the following types of health-related problems:
- Systematic toxicity via ingestion or inhalation
- Irritation of the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract
- Flushing & redness of the face
- Symptoms of xylene poisoning include CNS effects (dizziness, headache, drowsiness, ataxia, excitement, coma.) Vomiting, nausea, and respiratory depression can also occur after prolonged inhalation.
Luckily, there are less dangerous alternatives. Substitutes for xylene can provide a safer atmosphere for those that use these types of chemicals regularly. Additionally, there are green alternatives that are biodegradable, slow to evaporate, recyclable, and contain no environmentally hazardous ingredients.
A Safe & Highly Efficient Alternative to Xylene
Polychem® 36 is a safe and reliable xylene replacement that provides a highly effective and environmentally friendly way to get the results that you are looking for. This non-HAP solvent does not produce any toxic fumes and is completely safe against the skin. Polychem® 36 is a xylene substitute that does not create any hazardous waste since it can be used numerous times and is recyclable. Polychem’s xylene replacement product lasts 7-10 times longer than comparable solvent products. Some of the direct applications for xylene replacements include:
- Surface preparation & cleaning
- Overspray clean-up
- Line Flush
- Line maintenance
An Eco-Friendly, Safe & Non-Hazardous Xylene Substitute
Xylene replacement products like Polychem® 36 provide a non-flammable and non-hazardous alternative to toxic and potentially harmful chemicals. Xylene alternatives increase workplace safety and prevent environmental contamination. Polychem products do not require explosion-proof equipment for storage or require special handling during shipping. Our xylene replacement solvents are also:
- Usable in ambient temperatures up to 165°F (74°C)
- Provide a slow evaporation rate
- Completely recyclable
- Advanced biodegradable formulation
Direct Applications for Xylene Substitute Products
There is a broad range of applicable uses for our xylene replacement chemicals. Polychem® 36 can be used in the same way and have the same benefits as xylene, without the harmful side effects. Some of the industries that regularly utilize alternatives to xylene, include: