Sodium silicate is a colorless liquid which is often referred to as water glass.
It compound containing sodium oxide and silica that forms a glassy solid with the very useful property of being soluble in water.
Sodium silicate has been used to preserve eggs, fireproof fabrics, and waterproof walls. Most commonly, it is used as a cement for abrasive wheels, bonding paper, corrugated boxes and cartons, wood, glass, porcelain, leather, and textiles. A water glass solution is viscous and has little tack.
- Adhesive. The largest application of sodium silicate solutions is a cement for producing cardboard.
- Drilling fluids.
- Concrete and general masonry treatment.
- Detergent auxiliaries.
- Water treatment.
- Refractory use.
- Sand casting.
- Dye auxiliary.