Talcum also refers to Talc. This is a clay mineral that is composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. It appears as an odourless, white to greyish, very fine crystalline powder. It is non-flammable and non-toxic. It is mostly used as a dusting powder, either alone or with starch or boric acid, for toilet and medicinal preparations. The chemical has a molecular formula of Mg3(Si4O10)(OH)2 or Mg3(OH)2Si4O10 or H2Mg3O12Si4. The chemical itself is tasteless.
Application areas of Talcum Powder
- In ceramic manufacture, it is applied as an additive to clay.
- It is used as an additive in paper coating for roofing materials.
- It is used as a carrier and diluent for insecticides.
- It is applied as a filler and pigment for paints and elastomers.
- It is used as an additive in the manufacture of refractories.
- It is used in the manufacture of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
- It is used as a filler in putty, rubber, oilcloth, adherent, slate pencils, crayons and plaster.
- It is used as an electric and heat insulator.
- It is used for lubricating moulds and machinery.
- It is used as a dusting powder, either alone or with starch or boric acid, for medicinal and toilet preparations.
- It is used in fireproof and cold-water paints for wood.
- It is used as a topical protectant on vulva fold pyodermas of dogs.