Chemical cleaning in place (CIP)

When a heat exchanger (Plate Heat Exchanger, Shell & Tubes, Compablocs, Spiral etc.) has scaling, fouling and plugging issues and if there is no need to change the gaskets, the most cost-effective way of returning the equipment close to the original efficiency is to perform a Chemical Cleaning in Place (CIP). This can be done without dismantling the unit or shipping it to the Alfa Laval service facilities in Canada. A chemical cleaning in place, done at the right time with the right chemical removes scaling and fouling from heat exchangers.

Extending your heat exchanger's lifetime

Keeping heat exchangers clean can be of vital importance to operational process efficiency. With our heat exchanger cleaning services, process surfaces are restored to optimal condition, which lowers the maintenance costs and extends your equipment’s lifetime. And by saving energy, you can lower your operating costs as well.

Cleaning services in place for every need

Alfa Laval offers a range of Cleaning-In-Place (CIP) systems and cleaning agents, specially designed and formulated to remove deposit build-up effectively from heat transfer, separation and fresh water generator equipment.

We only use carefully developed and environmentally sound chemicals.

Cleaning-in-Place systems for heat exchangers

Choose from a broad range of Alfa Laval CIP modules and systems for heat exchangers manufactured in stainless steel or polyethylene for the very smallest modules.

Alternatively, we can design CIP systems for your very large heat exchangers or hazardous areas that require explosion-proof equipment.

Cleaning chemicals

To ensure the safe removal of unwanted contaminants from the equipment surfaces, Alfa Laval recommends specially developed non-toxic cleaning agents with low environmental impact. These have been thoroughly tested in our own laboratory to safeguard that gasket and heating surface materials are not affected. 

Other CIP cleaning chemicals

In addition to CIP chemical cleaning agents, Alfa Laval also has a range of other chemicals to enhance separator efficiency and chemicals for potable water handling. These are specifically developed for use with our high-speed separators and water desalination plants.

How it works

Our experts:

  • Recommend cleaning solutions depending on the heat exchanger and the application
  • Provide cleaning services for Alfa Laval and non-Alfa Laval heat exchanger
  • Conduct cleaning services on board or on site

Chemical Cleaning-In-Place brings Heat Exchanger performance back up with minimum downtime and environmental risk.

Watch a short video about Alfa Laval's chemical cleaning in place for heat exchangers.

How We Chemical Clean Your Heat Exchangers

Our expert steps are:

    • If possible, a sample fouling/scaling is collected and analyzed to formulate the right chemical or solvent to use

    • A CIP system is used to circulate the chemical cleaning solution through the heat exchanger.

    • If a heat exchanger does not have a CIP connection, our technicians are able to isolate the unit and install flanges with a port to circulate the cleaning chemicals.

    • The CIP cleaning solution used is custom mixed according to the fouling type. It is non polluting, environmentally friendly and not hazardous to the health of plant personnel. 

    • The flow rate is adjusted to accomplish a scrubbing effect while the chemical/solvent is circulated.

    • After cleaning, the heat exchanger is rinsed with clean water and the chemicals are neutralized and disposed of with care to avoid any environmental impact.


CIP services are performed on-site by experienced heat exchanger technicians anywhere in Canada.

Chemical solutions are customized to your process (Emulsifiers & Demulsifiers, Scale Removers, Oxide & Sulphide Solubilizer) and specially reacted surfactant blends to optimize performance efficiency after the Alfa Laval CIP service.

For complete reconditioning services, the Alfa Laval service facilities are located in Edmonton, Alberta and Scarborough, Ontario. The heat exchanger repair teams are professional and use state of the art environmentally friendly procedures and safe service equipment. 


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Service Centre (Eastern Canada) 

Phone: +1 416 299-6101
Fax: +1 416 297-8690
101 Milner Avenue
Scarborough, Ontario
M1S 4S6, Canada

Service Centre (Western Canada) 

Phone: +1 780 413-6349
Fax: +1 780 450-6747
6344 Roper Road
Edmonton, Alberta
T6B 3P9, Canada