Xylene

Xylene is a clear, colourless and highly volatile mixture of xylene isomers with a characteristic odour and is much less toxic than benzene. Xylene is flammable at room temperature thus constituting a fire hazard. It is insoluble in water but mixes readily with many organic solvents.

About the product

Xylene is a clear, colourless and highly volatile mixture of xylene isomers with a characteristic odour. Its toxicity is much less compared to benzene. Xylene is flammable at room temperature; therefore it constitutes a fire hazard. It is insoluble in water, but mixes readily with many organic solvents.

Application

It is widely used as a degreasing agent, solvent and thinner for paints and varnishes as well as a solvent in combination with other organic compounds in glues and printing inks. It is used as a process chemical in the rubber, adhesives and leather industries, in the formulation of pesticides, as an intermediate in the manufacture of certain polymers, in petroleum distillation and in histology laboratories. All handlers of xylene must fully understand and observe the “Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)” to prevent leakage since it is highly flammable and poisonous.

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