A few generations back, the widely accepted concept of “clean” equated to “not dirty.” Except for a handful of settings in which sterile environments were critical, such as hospitals and labs, if a surface, textile, or body part was wiped, washed, or rinsed and showed no dirt, it was considered clean. These cleaning protocols, acceptable in the not-too-distant past, would never cut it today. Our society has a non-negotiable need to clean and disinfect—quickly, thoroughly, and effectively—against a vast and highly varied group of bacteria and viruses.

However, for a disinfecting product to be successful in the marketplace, it must meet many other requirements that come into play. The entire process of development—from the labs to the end user—creates a network of challenges. Chief among these are:

  • Remaining compliant with national and global environmental regulations
  • Offering compatibility with a business’s budget, growth, and sustainability goals
  • Handling the strain that labor shortages put on cleaning crews
  • Providing comprehensive safety attributes for the user
  • Performing up to today’s rigorous standards for quick, thorough removal of viruses and bacteria
  • Satisfying a modern consumer who “wants it all” in their products—choice, effectiveness, natural ingredients, convenience, and environmental efficacy

Chemours’ Glyclean D family of disinfecting products checks off all the boxes. The “secret sauce” behind Glyclean D is that the products are based in glycolic acid, nature’s preservative and protector. Drawing on 90 years of experience in managing and running large-volume glycolic acid processes and providing a variety of reliable solutions, Chemours manufactures molecules for Glyclean D in a highly efficient process to create a glycolic acid that is identical to the glycolic acid found in nature. Glyclean D products can be used in formulations for EU National Registrations. Moreover, Chemours is the only glycolic acid supplier that has or is pursuing registrations globally. In addition to EU Biocidal Product Regulations (BPR) and GB BPR registrations, Chemours has registrations with the U.S. EPA, Canada, and Korean BPR. Lastly, the BPR registration’s provision for a transition process supporting registering new formulations helps ensure that using Glyclean D–based formulas will have long-term regulatory stability.

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In terms of performance, Glyclean D is a disinfecting powerhouse, offering a nonflammable, VOC-exempt (volatile organic compound), antimicrobial raw material that kills a wide range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, as well as large, small, enveloped, and nonenveloped viruses. Furthermore, due to its duality of action, Glyclean D dramatically minimizes microbial resistance. Glyclean D formulation also enables one-step cleaning and disinfecting. By eliminating the need to clean surfaces before disinfecting, Glyclean D products provide a critical benefit during a time when labor shortages are requiring smaller workforces to do more jobs and achieve extremely high cleanliness levels, under greater scrutiny than ever. Finally Chemours is the only glycolic acid manufacturer with a dedicated technical service group offering customer support with formulation, analytics, and regulatory requirements.

As global environmental initiatives continue to intensify and concerns about epidemics and pandemics remain ingrained in every community, disinfectants will face more and more challenging demands. The ability to meet these demands lies in resilient, reliable products like Glyclean D that are formulated to evolve with the world around us.


Contact information: 

Jeff Horsager
Global Business Manager
Glypure™, Glyclean™ and Glycolic Acid
+1 952 922 6626

The Chemours Company

1007 Market Street P.O. Box 2047
Wilmington, Delaware 19899 US

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