Pumice has been around for ages and is widely used for a variety of applications.
But what exactly is pumice? What is it used for? What are the benefits of pumice soap?

What is Pumice?

Pumice is a porous (having small holes) igneous rock (which solidified from lava) that forms during volcanic eruptions when gas bubbles are trapped in the rock as magma rapidly cools and solidifies. It is very fragile and easily breaks apart into smaller particles. Whilst similar to glass (which is a hard abrasive) in properties and chemical make-up, pumice is the softest abrasive media that is widely used for a variety of purposes.

What is it Used For?

Pumice is typically ground into a very fine powder and is used as a mild abrasive in various products, such as hand soaps, topical exfoliants, and polishing compounds.

Common Uses in Consumer Products

  • As an exfoliating scrub and cleanser. Due to its mildly abrasive texture, it is most commonly used in heavy-duty soaps to remove tough grease and grime, tar, paint, and oil, among many others.
  • As scouring agents. Pumice stones and sticks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are used to remove tough stains and dirt such as paint, rust, grease, soap scum, scale, and more, from bathroom fixtures, concrete surfaces, ovens, and grills.
  • As a polishing compound. Pumice is often used for polishing surfaces, usually as the last step in finishing or refinishing pieces to gently remove scratches and wax build-up. It can be used to polish or buff various surfaces, like wood, glass, metals, leather, or plastic.

What are the Benefits of Pumice Soap?

Because pumice is a natural mineral and a soft abrasive media, it is not harsh or toxic to people and the environment. When combined with mild detergents and moisturisers, pumice hand soap is gentle on the skin and won’t dry it out. It is safer to use than harsh solvents for removing stuck-on dirt, grease, and grime. Pumice is a safe substitute for plastic microbeads found in cosmetic and personal care products.

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Indo Pacific International Maritime Exposition is a global business event that gathers various experts and professionals from such industries as senior merchant marine, shore services, maritime and defence, military, and government decision-makers from around the globe.

Indo Pacific 2022 will be held from 10th to 12th May at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia, and is expected to draw delegates from over 35 countries.

Envirofluid is pleased to be part of this event where we will be highlighting our range of Worksafe and environmentally sustainable Triple7 products, as well as our high-performance, low-hazard Purasolve solvents.

Come see us at Pod 3! We would be delighted to know how we can help you!

 

Solvents are regularly used to remove grease, oil, solder flux and other contaminants from surfaces and equipment in various industries. Degreasing plays an important role, particularly in the automotive space and solvents are traditionally used for this purpose. However, growing evidence shows solvent products may be doing more harm than good, both to humans and the environment and switching to bio-based degreasers becomes the obvious and sensible choice.

Cleaning Vehicle Components

Below are some of the most commonly used solvent products for degreasing vehicle parts and the dangers they entail:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE, dichloroethylene): is a chlorinated solvent. It is a volatile organic compound (VOC) and is characterized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as carcinogenic to humans, whether the exposure is through inhalation, ingestion, or dermal exposure. It poses a health hazard to the central nervous system, reproductive system, to the developing fetus, and to the kidney, liver, and immune system.
  • Dichloromethane (DCM, methylene chloride): is an organochloride compound and is highly volatile, making it an acute inhalation hazard. Short-term exposure to DCM, whether the exposed are workers, consumers, or bystanders, can result in harm to the central nervous system, or neurotoxicity. Chronic exposure can include liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer.
  • N-Propyl Bromide (nPB, 1-bromopropane, 1-propyl bromide): is an organobromide compound and is classified as a volatile organic compound (VOC). It is linked to various human health hazards, including negative effects on neurological and some reproductive systems. nPB is classified as a human carcinogen.
  • Perchloroethylene (PERC, perchloroethane, tetarchloroethylene, PCE): is a chlorinated hydrocarbon and is classified as a Group 2A carcinogen, which means it is probably carcinogenic to humans. Acute exposure to low levels of perchloroethylene through inhalation can result in irritation to the upper respiratory tract and eyes, kidney dysfunction, and neurological effects such as dizziness, headache, and unconsciousness. Short-term exposure to high levels of PERC can affect the central nervous system and cause unconsciousness and death.

Under the Hood

To make it even more complicated, what most people don’t know is that, vehicle components–such as bearings, seals and gaskets–are usually made with perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA–also called C8 because of the eight-carbon chain that comprises its chemical make-up. PFOA is a toxic compound that is referred to as a “forever chemical” because it persists in the environment.

While it has been implied that vehicle parts made with PFOA maintain their original dimensions when harsh degreasers are used on them, much is unknown when it comes to this substance and how it actually reacts when it comes into contact with toxic solvents.

In addition, seals, silicone and rubber made from elastomeric materials tend to swell or shrink when exposed to harsh solvents.

Replacing solvents with bio-based degreasers is the perfect solution: it protects your workforce, equipment and the environment.

Switch to Bio-Based Degreasers

Bio-based degreasers are safe and effective replacements for the world’s most commonly used dangerous and toxic products. These alternatives have high flash points and low vapour pressures, making them the safest available products for such applications as parts cleaning, brake cleaning, surface preparation and more.

Switching to bio-based degreasers from traditional solvents provides the following benefits:

  • Protect and maintain the structure of components, such as seals, gaskets, bearings and elastomeric materials – alternative degreasers contain no harsh ingredients and will not degrade the quality of vehicle and equipment parts
  • Improve the performance of systems and equipment – since the parts being cleaned are not compromised in any way by bio-based degreasers, systems and equipment will continue to operate optimally
  • Improve the health and safety of workers – bio-based degreasers do not contain harmful and toxic ingredients so workers are not exposed to health and safety risks
  • Reduce the negative environmental impact of organisations – safer alternatives also mean reduced pollutants that can harm the environment

 

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