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What is Trichloroethylene (C2HCI3)?


There is a widespread need for a degreasing agent that is versatile and effective. For more than a century Trichloroethylene has been widely used and considered as an established best degreasing agent.

Trichloroethylene is also known as – Ethylene Trichloride, Trichlor, Tryke, TCE

Trichloroethylene is a relatively non-flammable, multipurpose chlorinated solvent with high stability and solvency. It is a clear, colorless liquid with somewhat a sweet odor and burning taste. It evaporates quickly into the air and miscible with most organic liquids.

As against certain confusions and mix-ups with Trichloroethane and other similar chemicals, TCE is manufactured and used extensively in most developed nations.

Uses of Trichloroethylene:

1. Metal degreasing

Metal degreasing or degreasing is a process of removal of grease and oil from a surface. It is widely used to remove oils and oil-borne soils from objects that have been stamped, machined, welded, die-cast, etc.

2. Dry-cleaning

Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using a solvent other than water. Trichloroethylene has superior degreasing properties. Because of its superior properties, it is used by dry cleaners.

3. Cleaning of glass, medical equipment & batteries

Trichloroethylene is used to clean glass and medical equipment. We need the medical equipment’s clean so that it doesn’t spread any virus so we Trichlor because of good cleaning formula.

4. Drying electronic parts

It is also used in drying electronics parts. If the electronic parts are not dried then there are chances of a short circuit in the boards. So Trichloroethylene is used in drying the electronic parts

5. Removal of solder flux & contaminants

Before soldering the electronic components onto boards we use a chemical agent name FLUX because it removes any oxides and impurities The main reason for removing flux from your board is that it causes low voltage insulation

6. Extraction solvent for oils, fats, waxes

Trichloroethylene has been widely used and considered as the best degreasing agent for extraction solvent for oils, fats, waxes

7. Household products

It can also be found in some household products such as glues, adhesives, paint removers, spot removers, rug cleaning fluids, paints, metal cleaners, and typewriter correction fluid.

  • As fumigant.
  • To make hydrofluorocarbon chemicals.
  • Industrial applications in the paints and coating industry

    Trichloroethylene Infographic

Properties of Trichloroethylene

  • It has high stability, solvency, boiling point, and vapor density.
  • It has low specific heat, the heat of vaporization, and cloud point.
  • Relatively non-flammable and has no flash or fire point.

Properties of Trichloroethylene (C2HCI3)

Application and processes of TCE:

  • Immersion or dip cleaning
  • Vapour degreasing (which is a highly effective quality of Trichloroethylene as against aqueous products that are inefficient in such applications),
  • Ultrasound cleaning and in various spray and vapor forms.
  • Manual cleaning with steam or high-pressure washers

Different Types of Trichloroethylene available at Bansal Trading Company

TCE is a solvent that is widely produced in bulk. We at Bansal Trading Company are the largest distributors for Trichloroethylene in India for quality products made by DCW Ltd. We represent them exclusively in North India for last more than 50 years.

Rajni Digani


  1. Jatin Aggarwal

    Hi Rajni,

    A perfect introduction to Trichloroethylene. We all take pride in being pioneers in introducing TCE to India and arguably take a leadership position in its market share. This blog is more of a white paper and a perfect at a glance, insight into the versatility of TCE. Thank You!

    Regards, Jatin Aggarwal


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