Berryman Chem-Dip Carburetor & Parts Cleaner is a highly effective product for cleaning carburetor parts and also throttle bodies. It removes gum, varnish, fuel residue, and other deposits. The fast-acting formula works in 15-30 minutes without the need for heat, aeration, or agitation. It is safe for use with most plastic and metal parts, including steel, aluminum, and their alloys. However, it needs to be handled carefully. Read on to learn the best protocol for preventing and dealing with spills.
Chem-Dip contains an ingredient called Cresylic Acid. Cresylic Acid, or ‘Tricresol,’ is a combination of phenols, usually as a mixture of three ‘Cresol’ stereoisomers: ortho- (o-) cresol, meta- (m-) cresol, and para- (p-) cresol.The Cresols are usually obtained from coal tar or cracked petrol oils. Being strong germicides, they are effective as disinfectants and antiseptics.
Okay okay, we’re not back in Chemistry 12! So why are we telling you all this?
Because of its chemical composition, Cresylic Acid is a pretty important compound. It is one of the primary carbon-breaking and softening ingredients we use in the formulation of Berryman Chem-Dip. Unfortunately, when spilled, Cresylic Acid leaves an intense odor that is very hard to get rid of. Thankfully, this product works wonders, so it’s worth the risk. Just made sure you’re smart about how you handle it, and how you go about cleaning up an accidental spill!
Here Are a Few Tips for Handling Your Chem-Dip Safely:
- Always use rubber gloves when handling.
- Keep the area well-ventilated by either using the product outdoors, or opening up doors and windows.
- When storing this product, it must be placed on a surface made of non-conductive material — such as wood, cardboard or plastic. Do not store Berryman Chem-Dip on a concrete floor or metal surface. If you do so, the compounds within it will react and may become deactivated, causing the product to lose its effectiveness.
- When using Chem-Dip, keep the container in a hood or lab bench area that reduces the possibility of accidentally knocking it over.
If You Do Happen to Spill, Here’s The Best Way To Clean It Up and Eliminate the Odor:
In our experience, the best results for getting rid of the odor from Cresylic Acid is with the use of Isopropyl Alcohol:
- Pour isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol, available at most grocers, pharmacies, and paint stores) to the spill area
- Allow the alcohol to rest on the spill spot for about 5 minutes.
- While still wet, absorb the alcohol with paper towels and discard.
- Repeat this process several times to ensure maximum absorption of the chemical.
The reason this works is because as the alcohol evaporates, it creates a vacuum effect on the pores of the concrete or wood floor, drawing the acid out to the surface. A few rounds of this process and you’re on your way to saying ‘goodbye’ to that odor!
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