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The Dequest® range includes phosphonateslow molecular weight water soluble polymers and Inulin derivatives, the latter being designed for an improved environmental and toxicological profile.

Phosphonates and Inulin derivatives are used in both consumer and institutional laundry detergents applications. In consumer laundry products, Dequest® phosphonates are used for special functions such as stain removal, bleach stabilization and anti-encrustation. They have become particularly valuable in non-phosphate laundry products where high carbonate levels otherwise lead to encrustation problems. The importance of Dequest ® phosphonates and Inulin derivatives are confirmed to be fundamental in the new non-phosphate auto dish product. Inulin derivatives find their use as co-builder, synergistic boosters for stain removal in combination with Dequest® phosphonates and anti-encrustation additives, when the formulator wants to improve the environmental profile of the product.

One way of controlling calcium carbonate scaling, in all the applications above, is through the use of a scale inhibitor, such as Dequest. The Dequest® phosphonates may also be useful against some other commonly encountered scales, such as strontium salts and silica.

Specific anti-redeposition benefits can be achieved with the use of Dequest® polymers range, delivering better results not only in primary performance but also on secondary benefits such as whiteness maintenance.