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Understanding Beer Line Cleaners: From Caustic Hazards to Non-Toxic Solutions

What cleaning solution is used to clean your restaurant’s draft beer lines? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone.

As a restaurant owner/operator, understanding the chemicals and procedures used to clean your beer lines helps you ensure the satisfaction and safety of your patrons. It also helps you prevent errors and incidents that could:

  • harm customers,
  • damage your reputation and
  • put your business at risk.

In fact, understanding the chemicals and procedures involved, you’ll likely find that the risks of using caustic cleaners outweigh the benefits, prompting a much-needed change to a safe, non-caustic alternative that works just as well – if not better.

What to Know About Caustic Chemical Cleaners

Currently, caustic or alkaline chemical solutions are the most commonly used in the industry. These solutions effectively eliminate biofilm. But, while these solutions are meant to be used every two weeks, they can’t dissolve all of the soils that can build up in a beverage line.

To truly rid the lines of beer stones, you must also clean the lines with a strong acid cleaner every three months.

As anyone who has handled caustic chemical cleaners knows, these solutions come with hazards. It’s important to read the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and know the emergency precautions for the specific chemical being used.

It’s essential to ensure the chemical is entirely rinsed from the system before you serve the next beer to a customer. Most of the chemicals found in these cleaners are corrosive. They are aggressive, with the most common being sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide.

If these chemicals are ingested, touched or enter the mouth, it can result in:

  • Chemical burns in the mouth and beyond
  • Dermatitis and hair loss
  • Severe pain in the throat and throat swelling
  • Damage to respiratory system and vision (due to vapors)
  • Chest pain
  • A rapid drop in blood pressure
  • Ulcers
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Irritation or corrosion of mucous membranes and the gastrointestinal tract

~ Mount Sinai
~ National Research Council (US) Committee on Toxicology

Such risks are why it’s imperative for restaurant owners to understand and assess the chemicals used in their beer-cleaning process.

Caustic chemical solutions are reliable only when all safety procedures are followed correctly. They are also some of the most dangerous chemicals to have in play when you are relying on the absence of human error for safety.

Vantage Duo is the Alternative, Quality Solution Without Risks

If you could be confident that an alternative, non-caustic cleaner could give you the exact same results without posing any risks to your staff or patrons, would you switch?

Fortunately, there are reliable, effective alternatives to caustic beer line cleaning solutions. For example, Vantage Duo manufactured by National Chemicals, Inc. is:

  • Non-caustic
  • Non-toxic
  • Non-corrosive
  • Biodegradable

Vantage Duo is safe and has a triple zero health and safety rating on its SDS. It also will not harm your patrons if accidentally ingested from a beer line that wasn’t properly flushed.

With Vantage Duo, you can still have hygienic beer lines without aggressive, caustic chemicals.

Eliminate the risk that comes with the use of caustic chemicals in your beer lines by ensuring Vantage Duo is exclusively used.

With our money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose. If you are not satisfied with it for any reason, contact us for a full refund.


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