Swarfega is the brand name for a range of skin care products, degreasing & vehicle maintenance products and general surface cleaners aimed at both professional and domestic markets.

Swarfega, manufactured by Deb Ltd, is renowned the world over for its unique cleaning properties which over the years has transformed Swarfega into a generic term for heavy-duty hand cleaning.

But, not many people know that when the product was first invented by AB Williamson (Founder of Deb Ltd), it actually started out as Deb Silkware Protector; a mild solution for hand-washing silk stockings, intended to prevent them from laddering.

The war diverted silk to parachute production, and the Americans arrived in Britain with nylons and destroyed the silk stocking market — and the need for Deb Silkware Protector.

Historic Swarfega tinFrom early memories of motor fitters washing their hands with petrol, paraffin and sand — and suffering from cracked skin and dermatitis — AB Williamson decided to reformulate Deb Silkware Protector and invent a skin cleaner which would remove engine oils and grease, but leave the skin’s natural oils intact.

In 1947, Swarfega was born; it was the first hand cleaner of its type in the world. The name derives from “swarf”, being the old Derbyshire engineering term for oil and grease and “ega”, as in “eager to clean”.

As businesses in the late 1940's and early 1950's did not provide proper hand cleaners (only tablet soap), people started using Swarfega after a hard day at work and its popularity quickly grew.

In its early days, Swarfega was available in places frequented by men such as motorbike shops, chemists and even barbers and now, with its expanding range of products, Swarfega is as popular as ever. 

Further to our ever growing range of support materials for our customers, we have introduced a series of Automotive posters.