With myriad capabilities, refined boron and borates from U.S. Borax are a vital part of the industrial processes that create the products we use every day. From performance and cost improvements to environmental health and safety, borates provide a multitude of benefits for modern industry.
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When borates are applied to ferrous (iron) and other metal surfaces, they form a thin, inert layer that helps to protect the metal. This passivative functionality can reduce the object’s susceptibility to moisture—and thus to corrosion—as well as other contaminants. Lubricants and additives made with boron inherit these anti-rust properties, as well as other advantages (see Controls viscosity, Balances alkalinity, Affects temperature).
The ability of borates to affect alkalinity—and thus to promote the formation of negative charges on fabrics and soils—make U.S. Borax products especially effective at removing soil and helping to prevent it from being redeposited on fabrics. Borates also reduce interfacial tensions between detergent liquors and fatty soils, helping to remove oily soils and stains. Plus, perborates—a form of oxidized borate that contains a peroxide link—are a convenient source of active oxygen, providing non-chlorinated bleaching and stain removal. (Also see Balances alkalinity.)
Borates help to balance acidity and alkalinity—a process known as buffering. This ability has numerous uses, including inhibiting corrosion, water treatment, optimizing color levels in dyeing processes, preventing cracking and pitting during electroplating, achieving correct color balance in photography processing solutions, creating neutral glass for pharmaceutical uses, and more. (See also Removes oil, soil, and other stains.)