Plant Maintenance

Keeping a manufacturing facility operational is a day-to-day challenge, requiring the best tools and supplies. Techspray offers brushes, wipes and cleaning chemicals that are aggressive enough for efficient plant maintenance. 

Techspray offers a variety of solvents, industrial degreasers, and water-based cleaner that allows you to match the right products for your cleaning needs. Maintenance cleaners clean oil and contaminants off of metal parts, printed circuit boards, barcode instruments, switch boxes, gear boxes, and engines.

Our contact cleaners remove oxidation, oil, and other contaminants from contacts, metal switches, motors, relays, generators, edge connectors, buss bars, circuit breakers, scales, and sensors.

Techspray Duster blows away dust, microscopic contaminants, lint, metallic oxide deposits and other soils that can damage sensitive electronics. When these contaminants get in the way of vents or fans within the device, they create a build-up which leads to overheating and/or shortages. 

Absorb-Tip Foam Swab Absorb-Tip Foam Swab
Foam swab wrapped over cotton swab for excellent absorbency while minimizing contamination
Contact Adhesive Contact Adhesive
Fast tacking, water resistant spray adhesive
Cotton Swab Cotton Swab
Economical, high absorbency cotton swab. Tightly wrapped, pre­cleaned cotton ensures the least amount of extractable contaminants.
Double-Tip Pointed Cotton Stick Double-Tip Pointed Cotton Stick
High-precision pointed cotton swab - Tightly wrapped, pre­cleaned cotton ensures the least amount of extractable contaminants. Pointed tip and rigid head provide precision, but aggressive cleaning.
Duster Duster
100% nonflammable HFC-134a air duster, the safest choice for energized equipment
Economy Adhesive Economy Adhesive
General purpose spray adhesive
Economy Duster Economy Duster
Economical HFC­152a based air duster
Eco-Shine Glass & Surface Cleaner Eco-Shine Glass & Surface Cleaner
Eco-friendly, nonflammable & streak-free glass cleaner
E-Line Parts Sprayed Clean E-LINE Contact Cleaner
Powerful and economical electrical contact cleaner in an aerosol can. Remove oxidation, oil and other contaminants from contacts, metal switches, motors relays, generators, edge connectors, buss bars, circuit breakers, scales, and sensors.
E-Line Flux Remover & Maintainance Cleaner E-Line Flux Remover & Maintenance Cleaner
Powerful & economical liquid cleaner
E-Line IPA E-Line IPA
99+% IPA in convenient aerosol package
E-Line Maintenance Cleaner E-LINE Maintenance Cleaner
Powerful and economical aerosol cleaner
Foam Arrow Tip Swab Foam Arrow Tip Swab
Foam swab with pointy high-precision flexible pointed foam head
Foam Tip Swab Foam Tip Swab
Foam swab with small 1/4" wide rigid foam head 2303 swab has a rigid head for aggressive scrubbing.
G3 Blue Shower Maintenance Cleaner G3 Blue Shower Maintenance Cleaner
Nonflammable & powerful degreaser
G3 Spray Clean G3 Contact Cleaner
Powerful, yet economical -- eliminate brushing and scrubbing saving time and materials
G3 Industrial Maintenance Cleaner G3 Industrial Maintenance Cleaner
Heavy-duty, fast evaporating industrial cleaner
G3 Universal Cleaner G3 Universal Cleaner
Nonflammable & powerful liquid cleaner
Glass Cleaner                 Glass Cleaner
Foaming aerosol glass and surface cleaner
Transistor Silicone Heat Sink Grease	Heat Sink Compound - Silicone
Heat Sink Compound for electrical applications- This transistor silicone heat sink grease is ideal for electrical applications. Used with thermocouple wells, thermistors, and calrods, or wherever efficient cooling is required.
Heavy Duty Adhesive Heavy-Duty Adhesive
High strength, fast tacking spray adhesive
Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) Wipes - 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) Wipes - 70%
Pre-saturated wipes with 70% pure isopropyl alcohol
Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) Wipes - 99.8% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) Wipes - 99+%
Pre-saturated alcohol wipes with 99+% pure isopropyl alcohol
Label & Adhesive Remover Label & Adhesive Remover
Fast acting, citrus-based label and adhesive remover
Micro Foam Swab Micro Foam Swab
Foam swab with high-precision flexible 1/8" wide foam head 2311 tips has a small, high-precision head that is flexible for a softer touch made from Reticulated polyurethane foam
	Mini-Tip Foam Swab Mini-Tip Foam Swab
Foam swab with mini 3/16" wide flexible foam head 2307 swab had a flexible paddle tip, for a softer touch. This Minit tip foam swab is affixed by heat seal to prevent tip loss, even while saturated with solvent.
TK0-2 Office Equipment Cleaning Kit with Duster
Cleaning supplies to properly & safely service office equipment
Precision-V Universal Cleaner Precision-V Flux Remover & Maintenance Cleaner
Nonflammable & powerful precision cleaner
Roller Rejuvenator Rubber Rejuvenator
Rubber roller cleaner and rejuvenator
Silicone-Free Heat Sink Silicone-Free Heat Sink Compound
Heat sink compound for electronics, avoid silicone contamination- Ideal for electronic applications where silicone contamination hurts solderability and increases solder defects
Super-Tip Foam Swab Super-Tip Foam Swab
Large 1/2" wide rigid foam head 2306 swab is Techspray's most popular foam swab. Good for general purpose coating and cleaning.
Tech Brush - Aluminum Handle Tech Brush - Aluminum Handle
Groundable metal handle with ultra-secure bristles
Tech Brush - Detail Tech Brush - Detail
High precision brushes for cleaning and coating
Tech Brush - Wood Handle Tech Brush - Wood Handle
Strong plywood hands with ultra-secure bristles
Techclean Blue Maintenance Wipe Techclean Blue Maintenance Wipe
High-absorbency poly/cellulose wipes
Vortex High Velocity Air Duster Vortex Duster
High-velocity nonflammable HFC-134a air duster
Picture of Aviation Degreaser II Aviation Degreaser II
Low-VOC cleaner for removing hydraulic and lubricating fluids
Picture of PWR-4 Aviation Degreaser PWR-4 Aviation Degreaser
Nonflammable & powerful spray for removing hydraulic and lubricating fluids
Transite Equipment Cleaner PWR-4 Transit Equipment Degreaser
Nonflammable & strong single purpose transit degreaser

FAQ's

What is the difference between degreaser and sanitizer?

A degreaser is intended to clean a surface, so remove contamination. A degreaser is designed specifically to remove oils, greases, and lubricants. Sanitizers are intended to kill various pathogenic agents, like bacteria and viruses. There are materials that can do both, like 70% isopropyl alcohol (per CDC guidelines for hard surface disinfecting), but don’t assume all degreasers will kill pathogens.

What chemicals are in degreasers?

The ingredients of a degreaser can vary wildly depending on the product. Generally speaking, they fall into 2 camps: 1) solvent cleaners – this includes alcohols (like isopropyl alcohol, or ethyl alcohol), hydrocarbons (like heptane and mineral spirits), ketones (like acetone and xylene), and more exotic compounds and blends. 2) water-based cleaners – these include ingredients dissolved or blended with water. Which is best for your application depends on the type of soil and various requirements like performance, evaporation rate, toxicity limits, and environmental regulations.

Is Windex a degreaser?

Windex (or other similar glass cleaners) could be considered a very light-duty degreaser. Glass cleaners can remove very light oils, like fingerprints, but will fall very short with heavier oils, greases and lubricants. Techspray offers a foaming glass cleaner (part #1625-18S) and water-based Eco-Shine (1505-QT) for light cleaning, and products like G3 Maintenance Cleaner (1630-16S), PWR-4 Maintenance Cleaner (3400-20S), and E-LINE Maintenance Cleaner (1620-10S) for more heavy-duty oils, greases and lubricants.

Are there degreasers that are more toxic than others?

N-Propyl Bromide (nPB), Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Perchloroethylene (Perc) are highly toxic chemicals commonly used in degreasers to provide cleaning performance in a nonflammable formula. There are documented court cases where workers suffered major health effects when exposed to high levels of these chemicals. Workers reported headaches, dizziness, and even loss of full body control. There are also possible links to reproductive problems and cancer. All of this has caused maintenance facilities to reconsider their solvent choices, especially with manual cleaning when exposure tends to be higher.

Should I worry about plastic packaging and components and rubber seals when degreasing?

Rigid plastics like ABS, polycarbonate (trade name Lexan), and acrylic materials like Plexiglass can be very sensitive to harsh solvents like toluene, xylene, and acetone. Alcohol and hydrocarbon based solvents tend to be better on sensitive plastics. Rubber, silicone or other seals or gaskets made of elastomeric (soft) materials can have a tendency to swell or shrink with exposure to harsh solvents. After the solvent flashes off, they may spring back to their original dimensions, or be permanently changed, impacting the effectiveness of the seal. Polyester or Teflon based gasketing materials are less prone to this type of damage from harsh solvents.

What is a degreaser?

A degreaser is a cleaner designed to remove grease, oils, cutting fluids, corrosion inhibitors, handling soils, finger prints, and other contamination common in assembly, stamping, other types of metal fabrication, refineries, motor repair, airplane hangars, and many other applications. Degreasers go by a number of different names, including precision cleaner, maintenance cleaner, and specific for automotive repair, carb cleaner, brake cleaner. The objective for a degreaser is to remove the offending soil quickly, avoiding as much wiping and scrubbing as possible. Degreasing solvents are commonly packaged as an aerosol for convenience. Aerosols have the added advantage of providing a forceful spray that creates agitation and to penetrate all the crevices of the part.

Should I worry about plastic connectors and components and rubber seals when contact cleaning?

While the contact surfaces of connectors are metal, they are often housed in plastic, and rubber gaskets to seal everything from the outside environment. If the solvent used in a contact cleaner is incompatible with the plastic, it can craze (create small cracks), embrittle, or soften the material. Rubber seals may swell, shrink or even dissolve if exposed to a harsh solvent. Rigid plastics like ABS, polycarbonate (trade name Lexan), and acrylic materials like Plexiglass can be very sensitive to harsh solvents like toluene, xylene, and acetone. Alcohol and hydrocarbon based solvents tend to be better on sensitive plastics. Rubber, silicone or other seals or gaskets made of elastomeric (soft) materials can have a tendency to swell or shrink with exposure to harsh solvents. After the solvent flashes off, they may spring back to their original dimensions, or be permanently changed, impacting the effectiveness of the seal. Polyester or Teflon based gasketing materials are less prone to this type of damage from harsh solvents. A new contact cleaner should always be tested before use on any questionable applications, using any live (and expensive) equipment.

What is dielectric strength?

Dielectric strength is defined as the maximum electric field that the material can withstand under ideal conditions without breaking down. Breaking down in this sense is described as a failure of insulating properties, where the electricity breaks free of the conductors and burns a path through the weakest area of the insulating materials. And, it’s not a breakdown over time. As soon as there is enough free electricity it will immediately or, in a nanosecond, discharge through the insulating material.  If it doesn’t discharge through, it’s going to severely degrade it to the point it is of no insulating use. So you want a cleaner with high dielectric strength because you want it to clean without conducting. Remember, certain soils such as carbon are effective conductors of electricity, and both the combination of the conductivity of the soil and cleaning solution need to be taken into consideration.  You want the cleaner to act as an insulator to protect you while you are using it. It seems basic, but it should clean an energized surface, not conduct electricity back to you or to your insulating material and it should not corrupt or attack the circuit you are cleaning. When selecting a contact cleaner, look for dielectric strength in the product specifications. The higher the number the better, and you want to avoid spraying energized contacts with anything below 30 kV (30,000 volts).

Is it safe clean electrical contacts while the power is on?

There is no way to give a definite answer for all circumstances, because safety is highly dependent on the amount voltage and amperage as well as environmental factors such as the equipment, working environment, etc. On the other hand, choosing a contact cleaner with high dielectric strength or breakdown (also called withstand) voltage increases safety when you do have to clean energized equipment. BEFORE you start spraying, we strongly recommend you shut down power to avoid the potential of sparks, electrical shorts or discharges, and other safety hazards. If, for whatever reason, you don’t have the option of disconnecting the power, look for electrical contact cleaners with a dielectric strength above 30 kV (30,000 volts). Choosing a nonflammable cleaner would also add a layer of safety in case there is a spark.

Should a contact cleaner be nonflammable?

While it isn’t always necessary, a nonflammable contact cleaner would be the safest option if the vapors or liquid could be exposed to sparks, open flames, or hot surfaces. Of course, when the electrical device is powered, there is a much great potential for sparks. Many commercially available contact cleaners contain alcohols and hydrocarbon solvents, which are very flammable. They are economical and effective cleaners, but can pose a safety hazard without proper ventilation, and if there are open flames, sparks (e.g. welding process), or hot surfaces nearby. Nonflammable contact cleaners are available to avoid these safety issues.

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