Rubber Removal Methods – Why You Should Be Concerned About Using Chemicals!


The rubber removal process used by the Stripe Hog Waterblasting System is the most efficient application in the industry using one machine and one operator.  The water blasting method is also environmentally friendly and safe for runway surfaces.

SH8000 Rubber Removal

Chemical rubber removal

The chemical removal method requires multiple machines and operators, more fuel, longer runway downtime, higher water usage, longer time for vehicle clean-up and maintenance – all caused by the caustic nature of the chemicals. 

The most common ingredients used when performing runway rubber removal with chemicals are 2-Butoxy Ethanol and Sodium Hydroxide.

Listed below are the known side effects and concerns of these chemicals when used for runway cleaning:

2-Butoxy Ethanol

  • Substance can be absorbed through the skin or breathed in through the lungs.
  • Substance can cause eye, nose, mouth and throat irritation. This chemical can cause headaches, lightheadedness dizziness, confusion, anemia and fainting.
  • Reproductive damage may occur, with potential damage to developing fetus in women and testicles in men.
  • Exposure can cause liver and kidney damage.
  • Breathing in the chemical vapor can lead to pulmonary edema, causing death.

Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Soda)

  • Substance kills living tissue on contact and is rated a toxicity category 1 (highest level of toxicity).
  • Material is corrosive and irritating to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. Can cause bronchial and lung complications.
  • Accidental exposure in adequate quantities has led to death.

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