Glycol Ethers

Glycol ether products are versatile and highly useful in industrial applications. They also require expert handling at every level, which is what SolvChem does best. Learn more about glycol ethers below, and see why customers in virtually every industrial sector trust SolvChem for their chemical needs.

A Useful Industrial Chemical

You’ve likely encountered these chemicals — from glycol ether EB to glycol ether DB — in countless industrial applications. What’s actually in the chemical, though? The broader glycol ether category covers a specific group of solvents made from alkyl ethers of ethylene glycol or propylene glycol. Compared with other solvents, glycol ethers tend to have ethers and alcohols with a lower molecular weight — properties that are ideal for certain applications. The chemicals also have a higher boiling point.

All of this makes glycol ethers perfect for larger-scale industrial applications, as well as for household chemicals.

Endless Uses for Glycol Ethers

As with many solvents, the more common applications for glycol ethers include paints and lacquers. Then, you have the cleaning uses, such as degreasers. Yet the list of applications is seemingly never-ending. To name a few common uses for glycol ethers:

  • Brake fluids
  • Coating
  • Compounders
  • Cosmetics
  • Dyes
  • Engraving
  • Gypsum
  • Lacquers
  • Morticians
  • Nitrocellulose
  • Organic synthesis
  • Paint
  • Resins
  • Soap and detergents
  • Textiles
  • Vegetable oils
  • Wood staining
  • Yarns and cloth

There are also several pharmaceutical uses for glycol ethers. Depending on the specific series of glycol ethers, the chemicals can be blended for countless purposes. At SolvChem, our job is to guarantee that you have easy and safe access to only the highest-quality glycol ether products.

The Challenges of Safe Handling of Glycol Ethers

As useful as glycol ethers are, a tremendous amount of effort goes into the safe production and handling of these chemicals. As such, it pays to partner with the most trusted chemical handlers in the business. Among the many challenges of safe glycol ether handling:

  • Storage. Once your glycol ether product is blended, it must be safely stored. That means taking into account specific temperature requirements and making sure that all chemicals are properly separated based on individual properties. It also means extensive cleaning and maintenance to prevent contamination.
  • Handling. Glycol ethers can be irritants when they come in contact with skin or eyes. The vapors can also pose a risk. All of this must be considered when blending, moving and storing glycol ethers.
  • Transportation. As with internal handling, transporting large quantities of glycol ethers requires extreme caution. It’s crucial to protect both the chemicals themselves and anyone who might come in contact with them during transport.

Partner With the Best

Safe handling of glycol ethers is no small task, but we make it easy for you. At SolvChem, our trained experts adhere to strict industry best practices so your chemicals are always safe in our hands. To learn more about glycol ethers and our safe handling practices, or to find out what our team can do for you, contact SolvChem today.

  • Glycol Ether DB
  • Glycol Ether DM
  • Glycol Ether DPM
  • Glycol Ether EB
  • Glycol Ether EE
  • Glycol Ether EM
  • Glycol Ether PM
  • Glycol Ether PnB
  • Glycol Ether PnP
  • Glycol Ether DPnB