Mold releases, also known as release agents, are applied directly to molds to create a barrier that prevents materials from sticking to them. This allows the casted product to be released without damage to the mold or the product, so it increases the life of the mold, improves the final product's finish, and reduces production times. Some mold releases are specially formulated for food or heavy duty applications. General purpose mold release can be used across many applications. Semi-permanent mold release can be used for multiple cycles before reapplication is needed. Mold release cleaner removes residual coatings from mold release.