Last month we discussed acid-based solutions for cleaning coils. To sum up: they’re bad for the user, and in some applications they’re simply too dangerous to use.

Earth Hour 2011 180 DegreesBut don’t acids work? Don’t you need something strong to clean coils?

Actually, acid-based cleaners don’t do your coils any favors. Oh, they work alright. Problem is, they don’t discriminate – they eat away at everything they touch, including the coils. Coils may look great after an acid cleaning – shiny and like-new. That’s just because a layer of metal was just stripped from them during cleaning. Repeat these cleanings enough and you’re dissolving the outer surface of the coils, and replacing them way before their time.

Another drawback of an acid-based cleaner is that it’s not nice stuff to pour down the drain. For one thing, if it’s undiluted, it could damage plumbing in the immediate vicinity. And for another, you need to take extra care when disposing of cleaner and the packaging.

One manufacturer lists in its tips sheet the hazards of its coil cleaners and the types of damage that can result. It states, “When in doubt, use a coil cleaner that is only mildly alkaline.” Well, why don’t we just start with that kind of cleaner in the first place?

There’s an effective, safe alternative to acids: an alkaline chemical cleaner that is non-fuming, non-caustic and can be disposed of in the drain system. It’s called SpeedyFoam. It makes quick work of the dirtiest coils, without taking a toll on you. It delivers superior cleaning power, without the harsh effects that caustic cleaners carry. We spent some time getting it just right – we think you’ll like the results. Give it a try and let us know.

Note: All coil cleaners should be handled and disposed of strictly according to package directions and local, state and federal guidelines.