MicroCare cleaners generally do not have any shelf life restrictions. In other words, MicroCare products have an indefinite or unrestricted shelf life. This guarantee means that if the products are unopened, properly handled and carefully stored they will remain safe and effective for use for many years. This includes our flux removers and presaturated wipes.
The date of manufacture is printed on the bottom of every aerosol can. The date of manufacture can also be determined by the lot number which is printed on the bottom of every aerosol can and pre-saturated tub and refill as well as on the outside of each case. Lot numbers are printed on the product labels for gallon, pail, and drum product. The first two digits represent the year in which the solvent was manufactured (e.g. lot number 21213 was manufactured in 2021 and lot number 17182 was manufactured in 2017).
The last three digits represent the day of the year; this can be calculated using the Julian Code (e.g. 21213 was manufactured in 2021 on the 213th day of the year).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact MicroCare, LLC. at 800-638-0125.
“Proper” handling is defined as a reasonably cool, dry location out of direct sunlight and away from extreme heat. Any business facility in which people work comfortably is sufficiently cool. Unacceptable locations would be (a) outside exposed to rain; (b) on a hot loading dock exposed to direct summer sunlight for weeks at a time; or (c) in an unheated truck during winter months in Stockholm, just to pick a few examples. Also, do not store metal containers directly on concrete floors or the containers will rust. MicroCare is not responsible for products improperly stored.
Obviously, as soon as the container is opened the shelf life of the product is reduced. Opened containers should be used first and emptied as soon as practicable. It is common and unremarkable to find unopened containers of Micro Care products which work well after five and even eight years in storage.
Micro Care is aware that few companies in the industry offer an unlimited shelf life warranty. But we are extremely comfortable with our products, packaging and manufacturing processes. We feel this guarantee is clearly justified and easily fulfilled. If you have any questions regarding this unusual quality guarantee, please contact MicroCare directly.