What are the common uses of TCE?

TCE is widely used in industry. It was mainly used for degreasing manufactured metal parts. TCE has been replaced by other solvents for some degreasing operations, but millions of pounds are still used annually. Newer industrial processes try to enclose areas where TCE is used for degreasing to prevent worker exposures. TCE is also used as a chemical for making other chemicals including PVC plastic, some pesticides, and flame retardants. TCE is one of the solvents that had been extensively used in the past by the dry cleaning industry. It is used now more for spot cleaning clothing stains.

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