In detergents, cationic surfactants increase the effect of anionic surfactants by decreasing the surface tension between water and dirt, which makes them particularly well-suited for removing grease stains. Unlike anionic surfactants, cationic surfactants can also be used in acidic environments and hard water; however, their cleaning power is weaker. They are also used as an anti-static agent and finishing agent in fabric softener.
Cationic surfactants lend their disinfecting, biocidal properties to cleaning products. Thanks to their antibacterial properties, cationic surfactants are also used as a preservative. In water treatment, cationic surfactants are used as an ion exchanger to extract demineralized water. Cationic surfactants provide excellent corrosion protection and can function as an effective demulsifier. In car washes, cationic surfactants are used as a drying aid.
|Empigen® BAC 50||Benzalkonium chloride||liquid||50%||--||Antimicrobial surfactant|
|Empigen® BAC 80||Benzalkonium chloride||liquid||80%||--||Antimicrobial surfactant|
|Empigen® HBC 40||Hydroxyethyl laurdimoniumchloride||liquid||40%||--||Antistatic quaternary surfactant|
|Apriquat HD 29%||Hexadecyltrimethyl ammoniumchloride||liquid||29%||--||Antistatic quaternary surfactant, thickener|
|Jeffsol® Glycerine Carbonate||Hydroxymethyl dioxolanon||liquid||100%||--||Humectant|
|Jeffsol® Propylene Carbonate||Propylen carbonatee||liquid||100%||--||Humectant|
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