Pentachloroethane, also known as perchloroethylene, is a chemical used for dry cleaning and as a degreasing agent. It is also used in the manufacturing of plastics, rubbers and synthetic fibers.
When rubber is exposed to pentachloroethane, it can become brittle and crack due to the chemical's ability to break down rubber’s chemical bonds. Additionally, swelling of the rubber may occur, which can lead to further cracking and failure of the rubber. It is important to take proper protective measures when using rubber in areas where pentachloroethane is present.
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