Introducing ArctiClean, the first retail product to
emerge from the union of Arctic Silver and Nanotherm technology. ArctiClean is a
two-step cleaning process that removes existing thermal grease or pads and
prepares the thermal surface for a fresh application of thermal interface
Unique 2-Step Process:
ArctiClean 1 Thermal Material Remover quickly emulsifies and
dissolves the existing thermal grease or pad from the CPU and/or heatsink
so that it can easily be removed with a clean cloth or paper towel. A few
drops of ArctiClean 2 Thermal Surface Purifier and some gentle wiping then
removes the remaining residue and inhibits flash corrosion on copper or
ArctiClean 1 Thermal Material Remover:
ArctiClean 1 uses a proprietary combination of non-toxic
biodegradable solvents to emulsify thermal greases or thermal pads. The
citrus and soy based solvents in ArctiClean 1 match or exceed many
hazardsous and volatile solvents such as fluorinated and chlorinated
organic solvents, acetone, MEK (methyl ethyl ketone), mineral spirits,
isopropyl alcohol, and toluene.
ArctiClean 2 Thermal Surface Purifier:
The cationic surfactants in ArctiClean 2 remove any residue left by the ArctiClean 1
leaving a pristine surface for the application of a new thermal interface
material. It also incorporates advanced flash corrosion inhibitors that
minimize the corrosion layer on copper and aluminum allowing for more
intimate contact between the thermal interface material and the
Using ArctiClean 2 With Other Solvents:
Most solvents and cleaning products leave
residue on the CPU and heatsink that negatively affects the performance of
any subsequently applied thermal interface material. ArctiClean 2 Thermal
Surface Purifier removes the residue of citrus or petroleum based cleaners
and inhibits flash corrosion on a copper or aluminum
Why Not Just Use Isopropyl Alcohol or Acetone?
Put isopropyl alcohol or acetone on a
thermal pad and 10 minutes later you will have a thermal pad. Only with a lot of rubbing and scrubbing will you be able to
remove the pad. While the alcohol or acetone may soften the pad, neither
actually dissolves the pad. Although less visible, it is the same cleaning
thermal greases with alcohol or acetone.
ArctiClean 1 totally emulsifies thermal pads and thermal
greases. The waxes, oils, and fillers of the thermal material are
suspended within the ArctiClean 1 so they can be cleaned off completely.
This emulsification allow ArctiClean to remove the thermal material in the
microscopic imperfections in the heatsink or heat spreader that
non-emulsifying cleaners cannot touch.
The flash corrosion inhibitors in ArctiClean 2 then
significantly reduce the corrosion layer on the copper or aluminum,
improving the interface between the metal and the new thermal material and
maximizing thermal transfer.