Trichloroethylene is mainly used in the degreasing of metals. Under the VOC Directive, its use in that application is restricted to enclosed systems in all new installations; old installations will have to comply with stringent emission limits after April 2007. Trichloroethylene also is used to a much lesser extent in adhesive and aerosol formulations and as a chemical process intermediate in polyvinyl chloride ( PVC) and fluorochemical production. See other information and comments under " Chlorinated Solvents".
A stable, low boiling point, colorless liquid -- toxic if inhaled. Used as a solvent or metal degreasing agent, and in other industrial applications.
A liquid used as a solvent and in medicine as an anesthetic and analgesic. Found in cleaning fluid and correction fluid.