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Frequent Asked Questions

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions Answer

Cleaning Rubber Roofs of RVs?

Cleaning rubber roofs of RVs has always been a challenge given the plethora of chemicals that are sprayed and rained down on the roofs including sap from trees.

Yes, there are many manufacturers of cleaning supplies that say, their solution is safe but most don't state the ingredients on their label. EPDM (rubber roof) manufacturers warn you not to use any petroleum based cleaners on the roof or you will void your warranty (most warranties are 10 years) and RVers are caught in the middle!

Needless to say, replacing rubber is an expensive venture that can cost you several thousand dollars.

The simplest cleaning solution that is recommended by most EPDM manufacturers is plain old dish washing soap which does clean most of the grime but not stubborn stains such as tree sap or other chemicals.

Others recommend "Spic and Span" brand and it is a mild soap cleaner with a little abrasion. Both of these should be your first choice (based upon our experience) but if they do not work, or if you have a cleaner on hand but not sure if it is safe, below is a chart that may help you.

Chemical Compatibility

Acetaldehyde

A-Excellent Excellent

Acetamide

A-Excellent Excellent

Acetate Solvent

A-Excellent Excellent

Acetic Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Acetic Acid 20%

A-Excellent Excellent

Acetic Acid 80%

A-Excellent Excellent

Acetic Acid, Glacial

B-Good Good

Acetic Anhydride

B-Good Good

Acetone

A-Excellent Excellent

Acetyl Bromide

N/A

Acetyl Chloride (dry)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Acetylene

A-Excellent Excellent

Acrylonitrile

D-Severe Effect Fair

Adipic Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Alcohols: Amyl

A-Excellent Excellent

Alcohols: Benzyl

B-Good Good

Alcohols: Butyl

A-Excellent Excellent

Alcohols: Diacetone

A-Excellent Excellent

Alcohols: Ethyl

A-Excellent Excellent

Alcohols: Hexyl

C-Fair Severe Effect

Alcohols: Isobutyl

A-Excellent Excellent

Alcohols: Isopropyl

A-Excellent Excellent

Alcohols: Methyl

A-Excellent Excellent

Alcohols: Octyl

A-Excellent Excellent

Alcohols: Propyl

A-Excellent Excellent

Aluminum Chloride

A-Excellent Excellent

Aluminum Chloride 20%

A-Excellent Excellent

Aluminum Fluoride

A-Excellent Excellent

Aluminum Hydroxide

A-Excellent Excellent

Aluminum Nitrate

A-Excellent Excellent

Aluminum Potassium Sulfate 10%

A-Excellent Excellent

Aluminum Potassium Sulfate 100%

A-Excellent Excellent

Aluminum Sulfate

A-Excellent Excellent

Alums

A-Excellent Excellent

Amines

B-Good Good

Ammonia 10%

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonia Nitrate

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonia, anhydrous

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonia, liquid

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Acetate

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Bifluoride

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Carbonate

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Caseinate

N/A

Ammonium Chloride

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Hydroxide

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Nitrate

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Oxalate

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Persulfate

B-Good Good

Ammonium Phosphate, Dibasic

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Phosphate, Monobasic

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Phosphate, Tribasic

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Sulfate

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Sulfite

A-Excellent Excellent

Ammonium Thiosulfate

A-Excellent Excellent

Amyl Acetate

A-Excellent Excellent

Amyl Alcohol

A-Excellent Excellent

Amyl Chloride

D-Severe Effect Fair

Aniline

B-Good Good

Aniline Hydrochloride

B-Good Good

Antifreeze

A-Excellent Excellent

Antimony Trichloride

B-Good Good

Aqua Regia (80% HCl, 20% HNO3)

C-Fair Severe Effect

Arochlor 1248

B-Good Good

Aromatic Hydrocarbons

D-Severe Effect Fair

Arsenic Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Arsenic Salts

N/A

Asphalt

D-Severe Effect Fair

Barium Carbonate

A-Excellent Excellent

Barium Chloride

A-Excellent Excellent

Barium Cyanide

A-Excellent Excellent

Barium Hydroxide

A-Excellent Excellent

Barium Nitrate

A-Excellent Excellent

Barium Sulfate

A-Excellent Excellent

Barium Sulfide

A-Excellent Excellent

Beer

A-Excellent Excellent

Beet Sugar Liquids

A-Excellent Excellent

Benzaldehyde

A-Excellent Excellent

Benzene

D-Severe Effect Fair

Benzene Sulfonic Acid

D-Severe Effect Fair

Benzoic Acid

D-Severe Effect Fair

Benzol

D-Severe Effect Fair

Benzonitrile

N/A

Benzyl Chloride

D-Severe Effect Fair

Bleaching Liquors

A-Excellent Excellent

Borax (Sodium Borate)

A-Excellent Excellent

Boric Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Brewery Slop

N/A

Bromine

D-Severe Effect Fair

Butadiene

C-Fair Severe Effect

Butane

D-Severe Effect Fair

Butanol (Butyl Alcohol)

A-Excellent Excellent

Butter

A-Excellent Excellent

Buttermilk

A-Excellent Excellent

Butyl Amine

N/A

Butyl Ether

D-Severe Effect Fair

Butyl Phthalate

B-Good Good

Butylacetate (butyl ethanoate)

B-Good Good

Butylene

D-Severe Effect Fair

Butyric Acid

B-Good Good

Calcium Bisulfate

A-Excellent Excellent

Calcium Bisulfide

C-Fair Severe Effect

Calcium Bisulfite

D-Severe Effect Fair

Calcium Carbonate

A-Excellent Excellent

Calcium Chlorate

A-Excellent Excellent

Calcium Chloride

A-Excellent Excellent

Calcium Hydroxide

A-Excellent Excellent

Calcium Hypochlorite

B-Good Good

Calcium Nitrate

A-Excellent Excellent

Calcium Oxide

A-Excellent Excellent

Calcium Sulfate

A-Excellent Excellent

Calgon

A-Excellent Excellent

Cane Juice

A-Excellent Excellent

Carbolic Acid (Phenol)

B-Good Good

Carbon Bisulfide

D-Severe Effect Fair

Carbon Dioxide (dry)

B-Good Good

Carbon Dioxide (wet)

B-Good Good

Carbon Disulfide

D-Severe Effect Fair

Carbon Monoxide

A-Excellent Excellent

Carbon Tetrachloride

D-Severe Effect Fair

Carbon Tetrachloride (dry)

B-Good Good

Carbon Tetrachloride (wet)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Carbonated Water

N/A

Carbonic Acid

B-Good Good

Catsup (Ketchup, tomato sauce, or red sauce)

A-Excellent Excellent

Chloric Acid

N/A

Chlorinated Glue

B-Good Good

Chlorine (dry)

A-Excellent Excellent

Chlorine Water

C-Fair Severe Effect

Chlorine, Anhydrous Liquid

B-Good Good

Chloroacetic Acid

B-Good Good

Chlorobenzene (Mono)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Chlorobromomethane

B-Good Good

Chloroform

D-Severe Effect Fair

Chlorosulfonic Acid

D-Severe Effect Fair

Chocolate Syrup

A-Excellent Excellent

Chromic Acid 10%

C-Fair Severe Effect

Chromic Acid 30%

B-Good Good

Chromic Acid 5%

A-Excellent Excellent

Chromic Acid 50%

B-Good Good

Chromium Salts

N/A

Cider

A-Excellent Excellent

Citric Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Citric Oils

B-Good Good

Clorox® (Bleach)

B-Good Good

Coffee

A-Excellent Excellent

Copper Chloride

A-Excellent Excellent

Copper Cyanide

A-Excellent Excellent

Copper Fluoborate

N/A

Copper Nitrate

N/A

Copper Sulfate >5%

A-Excellent Excellent

Copper Sulfate 5%

A-Excellent Excellent

Cream

N/A

Cresols

D-Severe Effect Fair

Cresylic Acid

D-Severe Effect Fair

Cupric Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Cyanic Acid

N/A

Cyclohexane

D-Severe Effect Fair

Cyclohexanone

B-Good Good

Detergents

A-Excellent Excellent

Diacetone Alcohol

A-Excellent Excellent

Dichlorobenzene

D-Severe Effect Fair

Dichloroethane

N/A

Diesel Fuel

D-Severe Effect Fair

Diethyl Ether

D-Severe Effect Fair

Diethylamine

B-Good Good

Diethylene Glycol

A-Excellent Excellent

Dimethyl Aniline

B-Good Good

Dimethyl Formamide

B-Good Good

Diphenyl

D-Severe Effect Fair

Diphenyl Oxide

D-Severe Effect Fair

Dyes

N/A

Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate)

A-Excellent Excellent

Ethane

D-Severe Effect Fair

Ethanol

A-Excellent Excellent

Ethanolamine

B-Good Good

Ether

C-Fair Severe Effect

Ethyl Acetate

B-Good Good

Ethyl Benzoate

N/A

Ethyl Chloride

A-Excellent Excellent

Ethyl Ether

D-Severe Effect Fair

Ethyl Sulfate

N/A

Ethylene Bromide

C-Fair Severe Effect

Ethylene Chloride

D-Severe Effect Fair

Ethylene Chlorohydrin

B-Good Good

Ethylene Diamine

A-Excellent Excellent

Ethylene Dichloride

C-Fair Severe Effect

Ethylene Glycol

A-Excellent Excellent

Ethylene Oxide

C-Fair Severe Effect

Fatty Acids

D-Severe Effect Fair

Ferric Chloride

A-Excellent Excellent

Ferric Nitrate

A-Excellent Excellent

Ferric Sulfate

A-Excellent Excellent

Ferrous Chloride

N/A

Ferrous Sulfate

A-Excellent Excellent

Fluoboric Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Fluorine

A-Excellent Excellent

Fluosilicic Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Formaldehyde 100%

A-Excellent Excellent

Formaldehyde 40%

A-Excellent Excellent

Formic Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Freon 113

D-Severe Effect Fair

Freon 12

B-Good Good

Freon 22

A-Excellent Excellent

Freon TF

D-Severe Effect Fair

Freon® 11

D-Severe Effect Fair

Fruit Juice

N/A

Fuel Oils

D-Severe Effect Fair

Furan Resin

C-Fair Severe Effect

Furfural

D-Severe Effect Fair

Gallic Acid

B-Good Good

Gasoline (high-aromatic)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Gasoline, leaded, ref.

D-Severe Effect Fair

Gasoline, unleaded

D-Severe Effect Fair

Gelatin

A-Excellent Excellent

Glucose

A-Excellent Excellent

Glue, P.V.A.

A-Excellent Excellent

Glycerin

A-Excellent Excellent

Glycolic Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Gold Monocyanide

N/A

Grape Juice

A-Excellent Excellent

Grease

D-Severe Effect Fair

Heptane

D-Severe Effect Fair

Hexane

D-Severe Effect Fair

Honey

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydraulic Oil (Petro)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Hydraulic Oil (Synthetic)

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydrazine

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydrobromic Acid 100%

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydrobromic Acid 20%

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydrochloric Acid 100%

D-Severe Effect Fair

Hydrochloric Acid 20%

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydrochloric Acid 37%

C-Fair Severe Effect

Hydrochloric Acid, Dry Gas

N/A

Hydrocyanic Acid

B-Good Good

Hydrocyanic Acid (Gas 10%)

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydrofluoric Acid 100%

D-Severe Effect Fair

Hydrofluoric Acid 20%

D-Severe Effect Fair

Hydrofluoric Acid 50%

D-Severe Effect Fair

Hydrofluoric Acid 75%

C-Fair Severe Effect

Hydrofluosilicic Acid 100%

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydrofluosilicic Acid 20%

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydrogen Gas

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydrogen Peroxide 10%

A-Excellent Excellent

Hydrogen Peroxide 100%

D-Severe Effect Fair

Hydrogen Peroxide 30%

B-Good Good

Hydrogen Peroxide 50%

B-Good Good

Hydrogen Sulfide (aqua)

B-Good Good

Hydrogen Sulfide (dry)

B-Good Good

Hydroquinone

D-Severe Effect Fair

Hydroxyacetic Acid 70%

A-Excellent Excellent

Ink

N/A

Iodine

B-Good Good

Iodine (in alcohol)

A-Excellent Excellent

Iodoform

A-Excellent Excellent

Isooctane

D-Severe Effect Fair

Isopropyl Acetate

B-Good Good

Isopropyl Ether

D-Severe Effect Fair

Isotane

N/A

Jet Fuel (JP3, JP4, JP5)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Kerosene

D-Severe Effect Fair

Ketones

A-Excellent Excellent

Lacquer Thinners

D-Severe Effect Fair

Lacquers

D-Severe Effect Fair

Lactic Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Lard

D-Severe Effect Fair

Latex

A-Excellent Excellent

Lead Acetate

A-Excellent Excellent

Lead Nitrate

A-Excellent Excellent

Lead Sulfamate

A-Excellent Excellent

Ligroin

D-Severe Effect Fair

Lime

D-Severe Effect Fair

Linoleic Acid

D-Severe Effect Fair

Lithium Chloride

A-Excellent Excellent

Lithium Hydroxide

N/A

Lubricants

D-Severe Effect Fair

Lye: Ca(OH)2 Calcium Hydroxide

A-Excellent Excellent

Lye: KOH Potassium Hydroxide

A-Excellent Excellent

Lye: NaOH Sodium Hydroxide

B-Good Good

Magnesium Bisulfate

N/A

Magnesium Carbonate

A-Excellent Excellent

Magnesium Chloride

A-Excellent Excellent

Magnesium Hydroxide

A-Excellent Excellent

Magnesium Nitrate

A-Excellent Excellent

Magnesium Oxide

N/A

Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts)

A-Excellent Excellent

Maleic Acid

D-Severe Effect Fair

Maleic Anhydride

D-Severe Effect Fair

Malic Acid

D-Severe Effect Fair

Manganese Sulfate

A-Excellent Excellent

Mash

A-Excellent Excellent

Mayonnaise

N/A

Melamine

A-Excellent Excellent

Mercuric Chloride (dilute)

A-Excellent Excellent

Mercuric Cyanide

A-Excellent Excellent

Mercurous Nitrate

A-Excellent Excellent

Mercury

A-Excellent Excellent

Methane

D-Severe Effect Fair

Methanol (Methyl Alcohol)

A-Excellent Excellent

Methyl Acetate

B-Good Good

Methyl Acetone

A-Excellent Excellent

Methyl Acrylate

B-Good Good

Methyl Alcohol 10%

A-Excellent

Methyl Bromide

D-Severe Effect Fair

Methyl Butyl Ketone

A-Excellent Excellent

Methyl Cellosolve

B-Good Good

Methyl Chloride

D-Severe Effect Fair

Methyl Dichloride

D-Severe Effect Fair

Methyl Ethyl Ketone

A-Excellent Excellent

Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide

D-Severe Effect Fair

Methyl Isobutyl Ketone

B-Good Good

Methyl Isopropyl Ketone

C-Fair Severe Effect

Methyl Methacrylate

D-Severe Effect Fair

Methylamine

A-Excellent Excellent

Methylene Chloride

C-Fair Severe Effect

Milk

A-Excellent Excellent

Mineral Spirits

D-Severe Effect Fair

Molasses

A-Excellent Excellent

Monochloroacetic acid

C-Fair Severe Effect

Monoethanolamine

B-Good Good

Morpholine

D-Severe Effect Fair

Motor oil

D-Severe Effect Fair

Mustard

A-Excellent Excellent

Naphtha

D-Severe Effect Fair

Naphthalene

D-Severe Effect Fair

Natural Gas

D-Severe Effect Fair

Nickel Chloride

A-Excellent Excellent

Nickel Nitrate

A-Excellent Excellent

Nickel Sulfate

A-Excellent Excellent

Nitrating Acid (<15% HNO3)

N/A

Nitrating Acid (>15% H2SO4)

A-Excellent Excellent

Nitric Acid (20%)

A-Excellent Excellent

Nitric Acid (50%)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Nitric Acid (5-10%)

A-Excellent Excellent

Nitric Acid (Concentrated)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Nitrobenzene

B-Good Good

Nitrogen Fertilizer

N/A

Nitromethane

B-Good Good

Nitrous Acid

A-Excellent Excellent

Nitrous Oxide

A-Excellent Excellent

Oils: Aniline

B-Good Good

Oils: Anise

N/A

Oils: Bay

N/A

Oils: Bone

N/A

Oils: Castor

B-Good Good

Oils: Cinnamon

N/A

Oils: Citric

B-Good Good

Oils: Clove

N/A

Oils: Coconut

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Cod Liver

A-Excellent Excellent

Oils: Corn

C-Fair Severe Effect

Oils: Cottonseed

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Creosote

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Diesel Fuel (20, 30, 40, 50)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Fuel (1, 2, 3, 5A, 5B, 6)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Ginger

A-Excellent Excellent

Oils: Hydraulic Oil (Petro)

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Hydraulic Oil (Synthetic)

A-Excellent

Oils: Lemon

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Linseed

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Mineral

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Olive

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Orange

N/A

Oils: Palm

A-Excellent Excellent

Oils: Peanut

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Peppermint

N/A

Oils: Pine

D-Severe Effect Fair

Oils: Rapeseed

A-Excellent Excellent

Oils: Rosin

N/A

Oils: Sesame Seed

N/A

Oils: Silicone

A-Excellent

Oils: Soybean

C-Fair

Oils: Sperm (whale)

N/A

Oils: Tanning

N/A

Oils: Transformer

D-Severe Effect

Oils: Turbine

A-Excellent

Oleic Acid

B-Good

Oleum 100%

D-Severe Effect

Oleum 25%

D-Severe Effect

Oxalic Acid (cold)

A-Excellent

Ozone

A-Excellent

Palmitic Acid

B-Good

Paraffin

D-Severe Effect

Pentane

D-Severe Effect

Perchloric Acid

B-Good

Perchloroethylene

D-Severe Effect

Petrolatum

A-Excellent

Petroleum

D-Severe Effect

Phenol (10%)

B-Good

Phenol (Carbolic Acid)

B-Good

Phosphoric Acid (>40%)

B-Good

Phosphoric Acid (crude)

B-Good

Phosphoric Acid (molten)

N/A

Phosphoric Acid Anhydride

N/A

Phosphorus

N/A

Phosphorus Trichloride

A-Excellent

Photographic Developer

B-Good

Photographic Solutions

A-Excellent

Phthalic Acid

A-Excellent

Phthalic Anhydride

A-Excellent

Picric Acid

B-Good

Plating Solutions, Antimony Plating 130°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Arsenic Plating 110°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Brass Plating: High-Speed Brass Bath 110°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Brass Plating: Regular Brass Bath 100°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Bronze Plating: Cu-Cd Bronze Bath R.T.

A-Excellent

Plating Solutions, Bronze Plating: Cu-Sn Bronze Bath 160°F

A-Excellent

Plating Solutions, Bronze Plating: Cu-Zn Bronze Bath 100°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Cadmium Plating: Cyanide Bath 90°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Cadmium Plating: Fluoborate Bath 100°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Chromium Plating: Barrel Chrome Bath 95°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Chromium Plating: Black Chrome Bath 115°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Chromium Plating: Chromic-Sulfuric Bath 130°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Chromium Plating: Fluoride Bath 130°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Chromium Plating: Fluosilicate Bath 95°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Copper Plating (Acid): Copper Fluoborate Bath 120°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Copper Plating (Acid): Copper Sulfate Bath R.T.

N/A

Plating Solutions, Copper Plating (Cyanide): Copper Strike Bath 120°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Copper Plating (Cyanide): High-Speed Bath 180°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Copper Plating (Cyanide): Rochelle Salt Bath 150°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Copper Plating (Misc): Copper (Electroless)

N/A

Plating Solutions, Copper Plating (Misc): Copper Pyrophosphate

N/A

Plating Solutions, Gold Plating: Acid 75°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Gold Plating: Cyanide 150°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Gold Plating: Neutral 75°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Indium Sulfamate Plating R.T.

N/A

Plating Solutions, Iron Plating: Ferrous Am Sulfate Bath 150°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Iron Plating: Ferrous Chloride Bath 190°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Iron Plating: Ferrous Sulfate Bath 150°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Iron Plating: Fluoborate Bath 145°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Iron Plating: Sulfamate 140°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Iron Plating: Sulfate-Chloride Bath 160°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Lead Fluoborate Plating

N/A

Plating Solutions, Nickel Plating: Electroless 200°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Nickel Plating: Fluoborate 100-170°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Nickel Plating: High-Chloride 130-160°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Nickel Plating: Sulfamate 100-140°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Nickel Plating: Watts Type 115-160°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Rhodium Plating 120°F

A-Excellent

Plating Solutions, Silver Plating 80-120°F

A-Excellent

Plating Solutions, Tin-Fluoborate Plating 100°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Tin-Lead Plating 100°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Zinc Plating: Acid Chloride 140°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Zinc Plating: Acid Fluoborate Bath R.T.

N/A

Plating Solutions, Zinc Plating: Acid Sulfate Bath 150°F

N/A

Plating Solutions, Zinc Plating: Alkaline Cyanide Bath R.T.

N/A

Potash (Potassium Carbonate)

A-Excellent

Potassium Bicarbonate

A-Excellent

Potassium Bromide

A-Excellent

Potassium Chlorate

A-Excellent

Potassium Chloride

A-Excellent

Potassium Chromate

A-Excellent

Potassium Cyanide Solutions

A-Excellent

Potassium Dichromate

A-Excellent

Potassium Ferricyanide

A-Excellent

Potassium Ferrocyanide

A-Excellent

Potassium Hydroxide (Caustic Potash)

A-Excellent

Potassium Hypochlorite

A-Excellent

Potassium Iodide

A-Excellent

Potassium Nitrate

A-Excellent

Potassium Oxalate

N/A

Potassium Permanganate

A-Excellent

Potassium Sulfate

A-Excellent

Potassium Sulfide

A-Excellent

Propane (liquefied)

D-Severe Effect

Propylene

D-Severe Effect

Propylene Glycol

A-Excellent

Pyridine

B-Good

Pyrogallic Acid

B-Good

Resorcinal

B-Good

Rosins

N/A

Rum

A-Excellent

Rust Inhibitors

N/A

Salad Dressings

N/A

Salicylic Acid

A-Excellent

Salt Brine (NaCl saturated)

A-Excellent

Sea Water

A-Excellent

Shellac (Bleached)

A-Excellent

Shellac (Orange)

A-Excellent

Silicone

A-Excellent

Silver Bromide

N/A

Silver Nitrate

A-Excellent

Soap Solutions

A-Excellent

Soda Ash (see Sodium Carbonate)

A-Excellent

Sodium Acetate

A-Excellent

Sodium Aluminate

A-Excellent

Sodium Benzoate

A-Excellent

Sodium Bicarbonate

A-Excellent

Sodium Bisulfate

A-Excellent

Sodium Bisulfite

A-Excellent

Sodium Borate (Borax)

A-Excellent

Sodium Bromide

A-Excellent

Sodium Carbonate

A-Excellent

Sodium Chlorate

A-Excellent

Sodium Chloride

A-Excellent

Sodium Chromate

N/A

Sodium Cyanide

A-Excellent

Sodium Ferrocyanide

A-Excellent

Sodium Fluoride

A-Excellent

Sodium Hydrosulfite

B-Good

Sodium Hydroxide (20%)

B-Good

Sodium Hydroxide (50%)

B-Good

Sodium Hydroxide (80%)

B-Good

Sodium Hypochlorite (<20%)

B-Good

Sodium Hypochlorite (100%)

B-Good

Sodium Hyposulfate

N/A

Sodium Metaphosphate

A-Excellent

Sodium Metasilicate

A-Excellent

Sodium Nitrate

A-Excellent

Sodium Perborate

A-Excellent

Sodium Peroxide

A-Excellent

Sodium Polyphosphate

A-Excellent

Sodium Silicate

A-Excellent

Sodium Sulfate

A-Excellent

Sodium Sulfide

A-Excellent

Sodium Sulfite

A-Excellent

Sodium Tetraborate

A-Excellent

Sodium Thiosulfate (hypo)

A-Excellent

Sorghum

N/A

Soy Sauce

N/A

Stannic Chloride

A-Excellent

Stannic Fluoborate

N/A

Stannous Chloride

C-Fair

Starch

A-Excellent

Stearic Acid

B-Good

Stoddard Solvent

D-Severe Effect

Styrene

D-Severe Effect

Sugar (Liquids)

A-Excellent

Sulfate (Liquors)

A-Excellent

Sulfur Chloride

D-Severe Effect

Sulfur Dioxide

A-Excellent

Sulfur Dioxide (dry)

A-Excellent

Sulfur Hexafluoride

B-Good

Sulfur Trioxide

C-Fair

Sulfur Trioxide (dry)

C-Fair

Sulfuric Acid (<10%)

A-Excellent

Sulfuric Acid (10-75%)

B-Good

Sulfuric Acid (75-100%)

B-Good

Sulfuric Acid (cold concentrated)

C-Fair

Sulfuric Acid (hot concentrated)

D-Severe Effect

Sulfurous Acid

B-Good

Sulfuryl Chloride

N/A

Tallow

A-Excellent

Tannic Acid

A-Excellent

Tanning Liquors

B-Good

Tartaric Acid

B-Good

Tetrachloroethane

D-Severe Effect

Tetrachloroethylene

D-Severe Effect

Tetrahydrofuran

D-Severe Effect

Tin Salts

B-Good

Toluene (Toluol)

D-Severe Effect

Tomato Juice

A-Excellent

Trichloroacetic Acid

B-Good

Trichloroethane

D-Severe Effect

Trichloroethylene

D-Severe Effect

Trichloropropane

N/A

Tricresylphosphate

A-Excellent

Triethylamine

A-Excellent

Trisodium Phosphate

A-Excellent

Turpentine

D-Severe Effect

Urea

A-Excellent

Uric Acid

N/A

Urine

A-Excellent

Varnish

D-Severe Effect

Vegetable Juice

A-Excellent

Vinegar

A-Excellent

Vinyl Acetate

B-Good

Vinyl Chloride

C-Fair

Water, Acid, Mine

A-Excellent

Water, Deionized

A-Excellent

Water, Distilled

A-Excellent

Water, Fresh

A-Excellent

Water, Salt

A-Excellent

Weed Killers

N/A

Whey

N/A

Whiskey & Wines

A-Excellent

White Liquor (Pulp Mill)

N/A

White Water (Paper Mill)

N/A

Xylene

D-Severe Effect

Zinc Chloride

A-Excellent

Zinc Hydrosulfite

A-Excellent

Zinc Sulfate

A-Excellent

Ratings -- Chemical Effect

A = Excellent.
B = Good -- Minor Effect, slight corrosion or discoloration.
C = Fair -- Moderate Effect, not recommended for continuous use. Softening, loss of strength, swelling may occur.
D = Severe Effect, not recommended for ANY use.
N/A = Information Not Available.

Danger!

Variations in chemical behavior during handling due to factors such as temperature, pressure, and concentration can cause equipment to fail, even though it passed an initial test.

SERIOUS INJURY MAY RESULT

Use suitable guards and/or personal protection when handling chemicals

Warning!

The information in this chart has been supplied to Cole-Parmer by other reputable sources and is to be used ONLY as a guide in selecting equipment for appropriate chemical compatibility. Before permanent installation, test the equipment with the chemicals and under the specific conditions of your application.

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