Railcar Cleaning Chemicals

Crude Oil Railcar Cleaning - Before and After - FQE Solvent-H

Using FQE Solvent-H – Before and After of a cleaned out crude oil rail car

Efficient Railcar Cleaning Chemicals

Due to growing oil production and pipeline bottlenecks, the demand for railcars to transport oil and gasoline has been surging. This increase in demand has led to a thriving railcar cleaning market where railcars are traditionally cleaned using a combination of expensive mechanical equipment as well manual labor. These methods present numerous concerns; including confined space entry in a hazardous atmosphere and lost time due to extended cleaning durations. Safe and effective cleaning of railcars is crucial to maintaining regulatory compliance and financial performance.


FQE Chemicals provides an innovative railcar cleaning system that is designed to significantly reduce cleaning durations and waste effluent volumes via a vapor phase injection application. Furthermore, our process does not require manned entry and therefore eliminates manpower exposure to heat, high-pressure media, hazardous vapors, and potentially explosive atmospheres.


Use of FQE Chemicals product line and application process for railcar cleaning will increase cleaning efficiency and thereby allow you to reduce cleaning times and maximize the profitability in a safe and competent manner.

  • Type of Railcars our Chemicals Clean

    • Crude cars
    • Food grade
    • Asphalt
    • High pressure tank cars
    • Change of service to ethanol
  • Advantages

    • Significantly reduced manpower exposure; no manned entry
    • Clean more railcars in less time
    • Significantly reduce waste volumes
    • Rapid phase separation and recycle organic content
  • Results

    • Less exposure to safety risk
    • Boosts your financial and business performance
    • Lower waste disposal costs
    • Recover hydrocarbon content as an unexpected revenue stream

Railcar Cleaning Application Process


To proceed with a railcar cleaning process, the bulk fluid (crude, asphalt, ethanol, etc.) is first de-inventoried. This is then followed by the injection of the FQE Chemicals product directly into steam at the manway of the railcar. The steam acts as a carrier medium and is designed for effective distribution of the product throughout the railcar. As the product coats and penetrates the internals of the railcar, the heavy organics will be dispersed and liquefied. Sludge deposits, which would otherwise remain as solids, are liquefied and can be pumped out of the bottom drain for phase separation and waste disposal.


Change of Service Railcar Cleaning Application


Additional products may be applied in a change of service application to convert a railcar from dark oil to clear fluid service. In these applications, FQE Clean Road may be used as a high-performance penetrant to effectively pull hard-to-reach hydrocarbons out of the porous steel surfaces. Full decontamination of hydrocarbon content in the porous steel eliminates the potential for product cross-contamination and thereby preserves product quality for transport.

Railcar Cleaning Line Sheet

Railcar Cleaning Line Sheet


Download our Railcar Cleaning line sheet (PDF) to view our entire range of chemistries available for this application.

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