Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are the primary sources of low-altitude smog. “Organic” means the chemical contains carbon atomas and that usually means it comes from something that used to be alive; “Volatile” means it evaporates quickly; “Compound” means it’s a complex molecule containing many ingredients and not just a simple element.
VOCs contribute to smog in our cities. The most common VOC is gasoline, which comes from dead dinosaurs and is responsible for about 40% of the smog we see. Paints are loaded with VOC which evaporate when the paint dries. VOCs are everywhere.
For products that have little or no VOCs, we suggest one of the newest additions to our family, the new VOC-Free Flux Remover – UltraClean™. It’s a medium-strength flux remover and degreaser that is 100% VOC exempt. It’s a great choice in communities where the VOC restrictions are most strict. Almost as good environmentally is long-term favorite of many companies, the No-Clean Flux Remover – VeriClean™. It’s 93% VOC exempt and a very good defluxer in addition to a degreaser. For applications requiring nonflammable liquids, the Universal Contact Cleaner is a fine choice and is 100% VOC-free or VOC-exempt.
All MicroCare products have their non-exempt organic content listed on their product spec sheet, the SDS sheet, and on the can label, so you can always tell the VOC impact of the different selections. However, every community has different rules, so the savvy engineer will be careful to check their regulations before making a final selection. For example, California has the CARB rules regulate a chemical by both the ingredients AND the application, so an acceptable solvent for cleaning electronics may not be an acceptable choice for washing windows. Check the rules in your area!