Strong mineral acids can cause damage when cleaning deposits in industrial equipment such as boilers, steam generators and heat exchangers. Formic acid is an effective and environmentally benign alternative. Unlike mineral acids, formic acid leaves no inorganic residues.
Formic acid efficiently dissolves and removes calcium based deposits, as well as rust, scale and iron oxide deposits. In the agricultural and food industries, formic acid is used to clean milk stone and stone from process equipment. Formic acid is used as an active ingredient in commercial cleaning products for descaling, rust removal, general cleaning, degreasing and institutional laundry uses.