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breakthrough clean product review

BREAKTHROUGH CLEAN CLEANS FIREARMS WITHOUT HARSH CHEMICALS, GAME-ALERTING ODORS

Odorless, non-toxic and environmentally friendly may not be what comes to mind when you think of firearm-cleaning solvent, but Breakthrough Clean is out to change that perception.

The technology used in Breakthrough Clean has been around a long time, since the late 1970s, in industrial and military circles, but it took Erick Navarro, CEO of Breakthrough Clean, to bring it to hunters and shooters.

The solvent was originally created for lumber mills in the Pacific Northwest, which were under pressure by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to come up with equipment-cleaning chemicals that wouldn’t harm the environment. The new technology spread to other industries, other uses, and eventually it reached the U.S. military, which tested it and adopted specifications for the cleaning solvent for use in maintenance of the military’s vast fleet of vehicles. Soon it spread to other uses in the military, including cleaning of firearms.

breakthrough clean product review

By Joe Arterburn

Breakthrough Clean cleans firearms without harsh chemicals, game-alerting odors

Odorless, non-toxic and environmentally friendly may not be what comes to mind when you think of firearm-cleaning solvent, but Breakthrough Clean is out to change that perception.

The technology used in Breakthrough Clean has been around a long time, since the late 1970s, in industrial and military circles, but it took Erick Navarro, CEO of Breakthrough Clean, to bring it to hunters and shooters.

The solvent was originally created for lumber mills in the Pacific Northwest, which were under pressure by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to come up with equipment-cleaning chemicals that wouldn’t harm the environment. The new technology spread to other industries, other uses, and eventually it reached the U.S. military, which tested it and adopted specifications for the cleaning solvent for use in maintenance of the military’s vast fleet of vehicles. Soon it spread to other uses in the military, including cleaning of firearms.

Enter Erick Navarro.

Navarro jumped at the opportunity to bring to hunters and shooters an effective solvent that removes fouling, grease and other contaminants without staining or damaging any part of your firearm, whether wood, plastic, polymer, even protective or camouflage coatings. The solvent evaporates, leaving no residue, so it doesn’t glob up and slow or jam your firearm action; it won’t freeze; it’s non-flammable; and, being a pH-neutral rating of 7.0, petroleum-based hydrocarbon formula doesn’t irritate skin like other solvents can, according to Gabriel Cabrera, Breakthrough’s marketing director. In fact, it is so safe and non-irritating, Cabrera said he uses it to clean up messes on his son’s car seat.

As popularity of Breakthrough Clean grew, customers begin asking for lubricants with the same no-odor (so you’re not carrying a chemical smell on your firearm while hunting), non-toxic, eco-friendly properties, so Breakthrough’s chemists, which Cabrera called “geniuses,” went to work and came up with Battle Born Oil, a synthetic blend with corrosion inhibitors that lubricates and protects. Battle Born Grease, essentially a thicker version of the oil fortified with Teflon, quickly followed.

The solvent, oil and grease work together, creating a great system, Cabrera said. The solvent lifts dirt and grease and breaks down carbon fouling, allowing for efficient cleaning, and the oil and grease provide lubrication and rust prevention to assure good performance.

Sportsmen and women have found hundreds of other uses for the made-in-USA Breakthrough Clean products, such as cleaning and protecting knives and other equipment, Cabrera said. Anglers use it to clean their reels (without harming the line); archers use it on bows and crossbows; and additional uses keep adding up, he said.

Breakthrough Clean, which is based in Miami, also offers a line of cleaning kits and accessories, so you can have everything you need at home or in the field. Visit BreakthroughClean.com for more details.