How to Choose a Brake Cleaner That Meets VOC Regulations

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If you are looking for a brake cleaner that can effectively remove dirt, grease and brake fluid from your brake parts, you may have noticed that there are different types of products available in the market. Some of them are labelled as “low VOC” or “VOC compliant”, while others are not. What does this mean, and why does it matter?

What are VOCs and why are they regulated?

VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound, which is a chemical that easily evaporates into the air at room temperature. VOCs can come from various sources, such as paints, solvents, fuels and cleaners. When VOCs are released into the atmosphere, they can react with other pollutants and form ozone, a harmful gas that can damage the environment and human health. Ozone can cause respiratory problems, reduce crop yields and contribute to climate change.

To protect the environment and public health, many countries and regions have enacted regulations to limit the amount of VOCs emitted from certain products, such as brake cleaners. For example, in Canada, the Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations set the maximum VOC content for brake cleaners at 10% by weight. This means that brake cleaners sold in Canada must have less than 10 grams of VOCs per 100 grams of product.


How to choose a brake cleaner that meets VOC regulations?

To find a brake cleaner that meets VOC regulations, you need to check the product label and the safety data sheet (SDS) for the VOC content. You can also look for products that have the “VOC compliant” or “low VOC” claim on the packaging. However, you should be aware that these terms may not have a universal definition, and different regions may have different VOC limits for brake cleaners. Therefore, you should always verify the VOC content with the manufacturer or the supplier before purchasing or using the product.

Another thing to consider when choosing a brake cleaner is the performance and safety of the product. You want a brake cleaner that can effectively remove contaminants from your brake parts without damaging them or posing a risk to your health. Some brake cleaners may contain chlorinated solvents, such as perchloroethylene or methylene chloride, which are known to be carcinogenic and toxic. These solvents are also banned or restricted in some regions with the EU and Canada leading the way due to their environmental impact. Therefore, you should avoid using brake cleaners that contain chlorinated solvents and opt for safer alternatives.

Why choose Envirofluid’s Purasolve Brake Cleaner?

Envirofluid is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance and eco-friendly brake cleaners that meet VOC regulations in various countries. Purasolve Brake Cleaners are formulated with non-chlorinated solvents that are biodegradable and non-flammable. They can effectively dissolve and remove brake dust, oil, grease and brake fluid from brake pads, rotors, drums and callipers. They also leave no residue, ensuring optimal brake performance and safety.

Envirofluid’s Purasolve Brake Cleaners are available in aerosol cans, 20L or 200L containers, depending on your needs and preferences. They are easy to use and also compatible with brake materials, such as rubber, plastic and metal. Whether you are a professional mechanic or a DIY enthusiast, you can trust Envirofluid’s Purasolve Brake Cleaners to keep your brakes clean and functional.

Here’s a comparison chart of Purasolve Brake Cleaner with other brake cleaners that are available in the market:

If you want to learn more about Envirofluid’s Purasolve Brake Cleaners, you may visit or you can also contact us for any questions or inquiries. We are happy to assist you with your brake cleaning needs.

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