Thousand uses of citric acid
A raw material from natural resources, extracted through fermentative processes. Economical and flexible, suitable for many industrial and domestic uses.
Citric acid belongs to organic tricarboxylic acids group, it comes in the form of a white powder that is easily soluble in water. Its uses in industry are multiple, but regarding the treatment of metals and surfaces it is mainly used as:
• descaler: its chemical structure allows it to sequester ions to control the water hardness, excellent used for windows and glasses,
• pickling: despite the low acidity, it is able to remove soft, medium and also hard oxidations (by increasing the percentage, temperature and contact time); also ideal for domestic copper cleaning.
• descaler: suitable for the most delicate plant components such as membranes,
• corrosion inhibitor: it has a slight ability to prevent re-oxidation after pickling treatments,
• cleaning agent: used in synergy with surfactants, it demonstrates remarkable disinfectant and dirt removal performance, it has no odor and it's not aggressive for the person.
It is biodegradable and easily found on the market in plastic jars.
To produce an easy-to-use formulation for domestic purposes, simply dissolve 5 grams of citric acid in 100 ml of tap water and add a minimum amount of liquid soap to create a suitable foam for the job to be done. For windows glasses it's better to not generate too much foam as it will create halos, while to clean dirty and greasy surfaces it is advisable to increase the amount of soap.