Industrial applications - Cleaning sector
Purified phosphoric acid and phosphates combine many very useful properties which make them the material of choice in manufacturing most detergents, household and industrial, also referred to as "I&I" (Industrial & Institutional). Purified phosphoric acid is mainly used in I&I for manufacturing "acidic" detergents, which are the most effective on limescale, soot, glue and dairy derivatives. Phosphates perform best against grease and oil. In domestic cleaning, phosphates are sometimes replaced by other formulas. However, products containing phosphates clean more effectively and require less use of other ingredients, especially surfactants. Phosphates are also the only recyclable components present in detergents, which is a distinct environmental advantage and helps to safeguard sustainable development. Various types of phosphates are used in cleaning, the main one being sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP). We have developed over 20 grades of sodium tripolyphosphate that are specifically suited to different types of preparations.