Sulfuric acid, a highly corrosive mineral acid, is a very important commodity chemical throughout the world. In fact, a nation’s sulfuric acid production is often a good indicator of its industrial strength. Roughly 60% of the world’s sulfuric acid production is used for fertilizers, especially superphosphates, ammonium phosphate, and ammonium sulfates. Around 20% is used in the chemical industry to produce things like detergents, pharmaceuticals, insecticides, antifreeze, and synthetic resins. Less than 10 % of the world’s sulfuric acid is used in relation to pigments in paints, inks, papers, and fabrics. Sulfuric acid is a clear, water-soluble liquid with a yellowish tint. You may be familiar with it around the house, as this chemical is frequently used as a major ingredient in acid drain cleaners to remove unwanted hair, tissue, grease, etc. from household drains like sinks and showers. Sulfuric acid is also heavily used as an industrial cleaning agent by the iron and steel making industries in order to remove oxidation, rust, and scaling from materials before they are sold.
At our Orlando chemical supply company, sulfuric acid is just one of the many chemical products we offer. In addition to reagent-grade chemical products and personal care raw materials in Orlando, we stock many hard to find tech-grade chemicals and custom compounds. Call us at 407-339-BELL (2355) for a full list of our chemical products.