Descaling agent

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A descaling agent or chemical descaler is a chemical substance used to remove limescale from metal surfaces in contact with hot water, such as in boilers, water heaters, and kettles.[1] Descaling agents are typically acidic compounds such as hydrochloric acid that react with the alkaline carbonate compounds present in the scale, producing carbon dioxide gas and a soluble salt.[2] Strongly acidic descaling agents are often corrosive to the eyes and skin.

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  1. ^ "Descaler", Wikitionary, Accessed January 14, 2014
  2. ^ Stanga, Mario (2010). Sanitation: Cleaning and Disinfection in the Food Industry. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 571–572. 

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