Maintaining the Modulab Chemtemp Extreme Solid Epoxy Laboratory Benchtop

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Modulab Chemtemp Extreme Benchtop is the standard benchtop used for Westlab projects that is a rigid, solid epoxy comprised of unique chemical properties formulated specifically for the entry level to high-level laboratory. The benchtop possesses a tough, non-porous resistance to strong acids and is equipped to handle extreme temperatures of up to 600 ̊ C! This Benchtop is a ‘must have’ for every new and refurbished laboratory.

Modulab Chemtemp Extreme proves ideal for educational, institutional, research, and physical-testing laboratories. This highly diverse Benchtop ties in perfectly with both the System 5000 and System 6000 prefabricated, modular benching systems.

There are a lot of Laboratories across Australasia and North America with the Modulab Chemtemp Extreme and in this article, we seek to give some basic pointers on how to keep this product in tip-top shape.

Basic Spills.

Use household products such as domestic cleaners to clean surfaces using a soft cloth. Difficult spots can be cleaned with acetone if permitted. Wipe dry with a clean soft cloth to remove all cleaning residues and avoid water spotting.

Caked-on drips or stains.

Residues on the surface due to dragging metals across the surface (known as marring) can be removed by scrubbing with a soft cloth and soap and water solution. Difficult cases may require acetone or even use of a light duty Scotchbrite Pad (soaked in fluid, never dry). Steam cleaning is another alternative for removing organic compound stains.

Silver Nitrate Stains

Silver Nitrate is water soluble. Thus, if you get to the stain immediately it could be simply removed by washing with lots of water irrespective of the item or object that is directly affected. Use of Potassium Ferricyanide, Potassium Permanganate, or Potassium Dichromate has been found to be successful in reducing the intensity of the stain or removing the stain completely. Potassium Permanganate is the least hazardous option in the above.

Another method of Silver Nitrate stain removal is the immediate application of Sodium Thiosulphate solution directly to the stain. It has been proven to reduce the intensity or even remove a Silver Nitrate stain.

Harsh chemicals are often implemented as a last resort to clean up Silver Nitrate spills. So, unless the spill is really bad, stick with water-based solutions. For stubborn Silver Nitrate stain, diluted Ammonia and Hydrogen Peroxide can be a great Silver Nitrate stain cleaner. Read more about… How to Manage and Prevent Silver Nitrate Stains in Your Laboratory >>>

Things to Avoid on Modulab Chemtemp Extreme Epoxy Resin tops

  • Avoid thermal shock. Do not put Liquid Nitrogen or Dry Ice directly into sinks or directly on countertops
  • Avoid contact with sharp objects, hard metal tools, and abrasives.
  • In food preparation areas, use a separate cutting board. Do not cut directly on the surface.
  • Avoid using dry Scotchbright pads or other abrasive pads or powders which will scratch surfaces.
  • Avoid using wax or polishes that contain wax.
  • Avoid spilling or applying rubbing alcohol onto the surface.
  • Avoid long-term exposure to sunlight or UV rays.

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