The first instance of incompatibility between cleaning chemicals and thermoplastics making up aircraft interior components was in 2012. The most obvious problem was the staining occurring on window shades and table trays. The discoloration would turn lightly colored components a dark tea color, negatively impacting the aircraft appearance and airline brand image.
Cracking/crazing has occurred less frequently, but affects the functionality of components. After prolonged contact with incompatible cleaning chemicals the thermoplastic gets weaker and more brittle. This leads to cracking/crazing which causes the structural failure of tray table hinges, requiring the complete replacement of the tray tables to restore functionality.
These days, microfiber towels are everywhere. But have you ever wondered why they are so popular? The unique make-up of microfiber towels allows them to consistently outperform both cotton and paper towels in efficacy and efficiency. Unlike simple rags or paper towels, microfiber towels are long-lasting, soft and lint-free; making them the more economic and appealing choice.
Lavatory odors can quickly get out of hand if they are not properly treated. The only way to eliminate malodors completely is to attack them at the source. This means utilizing cleaning and maintenance products that are designed to solve malodor problems. It is essential to use aircraft approved lavatory chemicals, enzymatic cleaners, and disinfectants to avoid creating more problems.