Hazardous Solvents and Safe Eco Alternatives


Methylene chloride (MeCl) is a solvent used in various industries, including paint stripping and refinishing. Short-term exposure to MeCl can cause headaches, dizziness, eye, nose and throat irritation, chest pain, and trouble breathing. Exposure to very high concentrations (for example, in enclosed spaces) can be fatal. Long-term exposure to MeCl increases the risk of liver damage and cancer. One of the most common ways for your average consumer to be exposed to this toxic chemical is through the use of chemical paint strippers. There are many paint strippers with high concentrations of this chemical still available for over the counter purchase in North America. Many store owners that sell these chemicals are not aware of just how toxic these chemicals can be and do not warn customers on the hazard risks or preventative measures that should be taken when using them. For a list of some of the strippers available for purchase in North America with this chemical and the safety precautions that should be taken when using strippers with Methylene Chloride follow the link http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/hesis/Documents/MethyleneChlorideAlert.pdf There are safe alternatives to toxic chemical strippers and yes some are safer than others, so how do you find the most effective stripper that does not replace one toxic chemical for another? Easy, look for Eco-preferable certified products especially when purchasing products intended for the removal of paints and other finishes. EcoSolve Americas provides EcoLogo Certified paint removal products for safe alternatives to chemical strippers. All EcoSolve products are water based and solvent free specially designed for all your paint and coating removal needs. If your looking for an alternative to refinish coatings on your home or furniture inside or out Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is ideal with no fumes and fast results. If you need to remove spray paint or other types of graffiti from high traffic areas at your business EcoSolve’s fume free formula is a powerful and effective graffiti remover. Graffiti Go can be used without strong odors so you don’t have to close up or wait for after hours to keep things at your business clean. And if its time to update your textured ceilings or walls X-Tex Textured Coating Remover from EcoSolve can put the power of home renovation back into your hands with less complicated removal techniques for texture removal without chemicals or large messy water removal strategies. If you need to remove paint and other coatings EcoSolve Americas has the safe alternatives for you. For more info on EcoSolve and their products please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

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