These oils that can be emulsified include petroleum motor oils, exhaust fumes, common pollution oils, lubricants, silicones, furniture polish, sun tan lotion, tobacco smoke residue, lubricating grease, oils from skin and pet hair, etc.
We can remove these in two ways: strong solvents or emulsification.
Essentially, oil hates water (85% of the cleaning challenge). Our objective is to get oil and water married! We put a molecule into all of our carpet cleaning detergents, which we call EMULON®. The Emulon molecule is composed of two parts: one part of the molecule loves oil (lipophilic) and hates water (hydrophobic) and dissolves in oil while the other part loves water (hydrophilic) and hates oil.
Emulon is not a product. It is an emulsifying ingredient developed by and exclusively used used by Bane-Clene. Emulon is an extremely important ingredient in most of our detergents, including PCA™ Formula 5, Preface® and Booster™.
The oil-soluble end of Emulon penetrates into the oil with the water-soluble portion sticking out into the water. Hundreds of these Emulon molecules surround this oil particle, break it into smaller particles and pull it into the water by changing the very nature of both the water and the oil.
A familiar example of an emulsion would be salad oil. If you mix vinegar and oil, you get two layers. No matter how hard you shake it or heat it, it separates into two layers! Yet, you can go to the grocery store and find all kinds of salad dressings that don’t separate!
How did they do that? They added chemical emulsifiers, which results in a creamy emulsion that does not separate. Isn’t it great to know that you are eating chemicals?