Industrial & Institutional Surfactants

DeForest Enterprises - Industrial & Institutional Surfactants

We produce a variety of specialty surfactants, gelling agents, emulsifiers, and corrosion inhibitors for use in Industrial & Institutional formulations.

Many of our specialty surfactants are used in extremely challenging formulation environments including chlorinated and highly alkaline or acidic systems. Our emulsifiers will easily emulsify D’Limonene and other difficult-to-emulsify solvents such as soy methyl esters and petroleum distillates.  And our low foaming surfactants will enhance the performance of clean-in-place (CIP) or high pressure spray cleaners by reducing surface tension and improving wetting time.

Chlorine Bleach & Peroxide Stable Surfactants

DeTERGE CS-45LF & DeTERGE CS-45LF MOD: Low foaming, sodium hypochlorite stable surfactants that promote detergency and wetting. Excellent hard water stability, stable in alkaline electrolytes and up to 15% active caustic.  Great choice for chlorinated caustic cleaners and other Industrial & Institutional formulations.  Not stable in acid systems.

DeTROPE SA-45A powerful, multifunctional, low foaming,  chlorine stable hydrotrope that also contributes wetting properties. Allows the formulator to reduce the level or the number of other ingredients in their formulation.

DeTERGE NAS: A moderate foaming alkyl sulfate stable in chlorine bleach as well as hydrogen peroxide. Readily biodegradable.

DeMOX CSG-30 ECO: a specialty amine oxide used to create clear, aqueous gels of sodium hypochlorite (alkaline systems) or hydrogen peroxide (acid systems). Also provides excellent wetting. Readily biodegradable.

DeTAINE PB: cetyl betaine, CAS# 693-33-4, is a colorless, odorless, ethanol-free, alkyl (C16) betaine producing dense foam and exhibiting unique viscosity building properties in combination with anionics such as SLS, SLES, and sulfate-free systems. It’s an excellent choice for personal care cleansers as well as HI&I foaming acid or alkaline cleaners.  DeTAINE PB is also oxidizer stable and is an effective foaming agent for chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide cleaners.  It is well suited for oilfield applications as alkyl betaines offer better stability at high temperatures vs. amidopropyl betaines. For example, it has been shown that cetyl betaine will stabilize CO2/water foams at temperatures up to ~150ºC in the presence of high saline brines.   Approved for use as an inert in non-food pesticides. INCI name: Cetyl Betaine

⇒ New Bulletin:  DeForest’s Chlorine Stable Surfactants

Low Foaming Acid & Alkaline Stable Surfactants

DeTERIC CSP-50: A low foam amphoteric surfactant that will reduce the surface tension of 50% active caustic soda or 45% active caustic potash. Produces low, quick breaking foam, provides detergency, wetting, and surface tension reduction. DeTERIC CSP-50 is an excellent addition to highly alkaline CIP cleaners.  It maintains good color stability in strong caustic formulations, its hard water stable, and inherently biodegradable.

DeTERGE LF Series:  Multifunctional, low foam surfactants that provide detergency, wetting, and hydrotroping properties.  Can be used as the sole surfactant in highly alkaline systems, which may eliminate the need for additional wetting agents, nonionics, or hydrotropes. DeTERGE LF-7315 is also stable in acids.

DeTERGE AN508-LF:  A moderate foaming amphoteric surfactant used in high alkaline or acid systems. Good wetting and hydrotroping properties and stable in up to 30% active KOH.

Learn more about our DeTERGE products on the Unique Low Foaming Products page.

High Foaming Acid & Alkaline Stable Surfactants

DeTERIC LP, sodium lauriminodipropionate, CAS#14960-06-6 is a high foaming, salt-free amphoteric surfactant providing excellent detergency, wetting, and emulsifying properties. DeTERIC LP is also an excellent hydrotrope and exhibits corrosion inhibition properties in acids as well as in hard water. Readily biodegradable.

DeTERIC CP-Na-38 is similar to DeTERIC LP but has higher activity and higher foaming properties.  It has excellent alkaline and acid stability and is readily biodegradable.

DeCONC I-100 is a high foaming, 100% active surfactant concentrate which can be diluted up to 6:1 with water to produce viscous liquid detergents. May also be used to formulate powdered products as it does not contain water.

DeTERGE AT-100 is a thickening and gelling agent for acid systems. It provides detergency and wetting and is an excellent emulsifier. Recommended for use in viscous toilet bowl cleaners, acid pickling, vertical surface detergents, acid corrosion inhibitors, emulsion cleaners and down-hole oil field applications.

DeMULS DLN Series: D’Limonene Emulsifiers

DeMULS DLN emulsifiers are easy-to-use emulsifiers for D’Limonene. Their versatility allows the formulator to produce microemulsion concentrates with clear or cloudy dilutions in water. Cold-process D’Limonene gels can also be produced that provide vertical cling.

Visit the D’Limonene Emulsifiers page for additional information.

Petroleum Distillate & Soy Methyl Ester Emulsifiers

DeMULS KE-75 is a specialty emulsifier for petroleum distillates, kerosene and other solvents including Elevance HFS-10 and HFS-12 from Elevance Renewable Sciences.  DeMULS KE-75 is a moderate to high foaming, non-phenolic emulsifier recommended for use in hard surface cleaners and degreasers, solvent based paint strippers, and other industrial cleaning applications. Readily biodegradable.

DeMULS SGE-95 is an easy-to-use emulsifier for soy methyl esters (such as SoyGold®) and other vegetable based esters including canola and rapeseed methyl esters. Will produce clear and opaque emulsions. Readily biodegradable.

DeIONIC LF Series: Low Foam Wetting Agents

Nonionic alkoxylated alcohols that are non-gelling when added to water and exhibit multiple properties including detergency, dispersancy, defoaming, alkaline and acid stability, hard water stability, and low VOC.  APE, fluorocarbon, and silicone-free.

Check out the Nonionic Surfactants / Wetting Agents page for additional information.

DeIONIC C-18: For Solid Block Detergents

DeIONIC C-18 is a highly ethoxylated, flaked alcohol ethoxylate. This surfactant has a high melting point (55°C-65°C) and good acid and alkaline stability.  It is recommended for use as a pigment and dye dispersant, emulsion stabilizer and for use in solid block detergents.

Corrosion Inhibitors

The DeCORE series are multifunctional specialty corrosion inhibitors which find use in the metalworking industry and in aqueous cleaners where corrosion inhibition is needed. These products provide corrosion protection on a wide variety of metals including cast iron and steel, brass, copper, and aluminum.

Visit the Corrosion Inhibitors page for detailed information.

Additional products that provide corrosion inhibition include a variety of our phosphate esters such as DePHOS 8028, amphoteric surfactants such as DeTERIC LP for acid corrosion inhibition, and DeTROPE CA-100 for aluminum corrosion inhibition.

Phosphate Esters

DePHOS P-6LF-AS is a very low foaming phosphate ester with exceptional alkali stability. Excellent hydrotrope for nonionic surfactants in highly alkaline formulations and well suited for use in metalworking and metal cleaning applications with a VOC content of only 9.7 grams/liter (ASTM E1868-10 / SCAQMD RULE 1144).

DePHOS QSA-90: An economical, high foaming, acid and alkaline stable phosphate ester with good detergency and wetting.  At 75% active, this ester maintains high performance properties and is recommended as a 1:1 drop-in alternative to higher priced 100% active phosphate esters used in acid and alkaline cleaners.

DePHOS4AL is a moderate foaming phosphate ester and very well suited for metalworking products. Excels as a lubricant, corrosion inhibitor, and emulsifier and is highly effective in aluminum machining applications.

DePHOS 8028: An 80% active, potassium neutralized, multifunctional, low-to-moderate foaming phosphate ester stable in mild acid and alkaline systems. Provides multi-metal corrosion inhibition, lubricity, detergency, wetting, hydrotroping, and scale inhibition properties. Suggested for use in industrial applications including cleaners, metalworking formulations, and for down hole applications. Also available in free acid form (DePHOS 8028FA, 99% active) which allows for neutralization with amines or neutralizer of choice.

DePHOS H-66-872: A 50% active phosphate ester-potassium salt. Excellent low foam hydrotrope for nonionics and anionics in acid and alkaline systems. This economical, biodegradable phosphate ester has been a formulator’s “go-to” hydrotrope in the industry for years.

For additional information, check out our Phosphate Ester page.

Multifunctional Hydrotropes

DeTROPE SA-45 is a chlorine stable, low foaming hydrotrope that also affords wetting properties and may allow for lower use concentrations of other ingredients and surfactants in the formulation.

DeTROPE CA-100 is a low foaming hydrotrope and an excellent corrosion inhibitor for aluminum. A 90% active version, DeTROPE CA-90, is available for ease of handling.

The majority of our products are multifunctional and offer hydrotrope properties along with their primary functions.   Please contact us to discuss your specific hydrotrope needs.

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