New generation Express Foam cleaner

Blog | 8 January 2018

We are starting the new year with the launch of a new generation alkaline Express Foam cleaner, designed for use in Open Plant Cleaning in food, dairy and beverage plants.  It’s a long cling foam product for extended contact of detergent with soiling, and is fast dispersing when rinsed; this reduces rinse time, giving faster hygiene shift turnarounds and reduced water consumption*.  In factory use, Express Foam breaks down under wellington boots and dissolves easily in rinse water, thus saving rinse time and rinse water.

Designed as ‘P Free’ it provides an environmentally responsible approach to effluent discharge using replacements for Phosphorus derived chemical scale control agents; as well as reduced potential for exceeding effluent discharge consents.  It is part of Holchem’s drive to remove Phosphonate scale control agents from formulations. 

It is also ‘EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) Free’ as it includes Glutamate chemistry with improved biodegradability and reduced health risk.  Gram for gram the new chemistry is 30% more efficient at binding calcium salts than EDTA, which means lower levels of inclusion in formulations and less transportation (chemical miles) of raw materials.

Finally, it also has improved emulsification, reducing the amount of manual padding required, by using a synergic blend of flow foam surfactants to create a high level of emulsification across a wide HLB range (hydrophilic-lipophilic balance).

* Estimated in laboratory studies at 30%


Dr Jim Taylour, Head of Products, Research and Development at Holchem said: Foam cleaning has been the method of choice for large scale cleaning for decades in food, beverage and dairy production plants, and Holchem’s range of products has extended and improved over the past 15 years.  Our new generation Express Foam cleaner addresses the issues around Long Cling foam, in that it is easy rinsing and is free flowing to prevent solid re-deposition.  It also helps reduce water consumption because it reduces rinse time.  It takes 5 minutes to rinse with Express Foam compared to a traditional 18 minutes with traditional long cling foam rinsing.