Published: 01 January 1966
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Industrial cold cleaning may range from simple hand-wiping of parts with rags saturated with an appropriate solvent to the use of an automated system complete with pumps, filtration and distillation equipment, and auxiliary storage tanks. The efficiency of cleaning required will vary with the individual job. In some cases, such as internal combustion engine tear-down, only gross soil removal is required. At the other extreme, cold solvent cleaning may be done on the finest precision parts for missile, instrument, and electronic applications to remove micron-size deposits. Since cold cleaning applications vary so widely in scope, no single solvent can be used universally. In general, the solvent chosen should be the one that removes the soil most efficiently and economically without damaging the article being cleaned, while at the same time being safe for personnel and equipment.