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Types of Water Solutions for Cleaning Products

9/30/2013 3:32:01 PM | by Anonymous

Cleaning Products

The cleaning products can be in different form of substance such as these cleaning products are of liquids, spray, powders and granules. There are used to remove dirt which includes bad smells, clutter and dust on surfaces. These cleaning products are used for cleaning any surface that is soiled by the mineral oil such as grease. (E.g. Household appliances, BBQ grill and fryer)


Cleaning products are usually water solutions that might be alkaline, neutral or acidic depending on the use. It may also be solvent containing or solvent based and it is called as degreasers.


• Acidic
This is mainly used for removing of inorganic deposits like scaling. The active ingredients are usually strong in chelants and mineral acids. It is often that there are added corrosion inhibitors and surfactants. The most common mineral acid is the hydrochloric acid which is also known as the muriatic acid that is typically used for cleaning the concrete and swimming pools. However, the vinegar can also be used to clean hard surfaces and aid in removing the calcium deposit buildup. The sulfuric acid is usually added into domestic acidic drain cleaners to unblock clogged pipes by dissolving greases and carbohydrate that contain substances (e.g. tissue papers) as well as proteins.


• Alkaline
The alkaline cleaning product contains strong bases like potassium hydroxide and or sodium hydroxide. The alkali can also dissolves oils, fats, grease and protein based deposits and it is often added in the dispersing agents to prevent re-deposition of dissolved chelants and or dirt that attack rust on the metal parts. The common alkaline cleaning products are bleach (pH12) and ammonia (pH11). Many people believe that mixing the cleaning agents together will create a compound that is powerful for cleaning; however, this is false. Mixing the cleaning products with ammonia and bleach together can be fatal and dangerous.

• Neutral
The neutral cleaning products are based on non-ionic surfactants that disperse different types of dirt and have got pH neutral in it. An advantage of neutral pH cleaning products is that they will not attack human skin and it is a more environmentally friendly cleaning option with no rusting or corrosive properties. However, they are not as effective as acidic or basic cleaners because they are not organic thus the neutral cleaning products do not work effectively on hard surfaces.

• Degreaser
This cleaning product is specially made for removing grease therefore it is called degreasers. This cleaning product may contain solvent containing or solvent based and surfactants as the active ingredients. These solvents have a dissolving action on similar dirt and grease. The solvent containing degreaser may have an alkaline cleaning agent that is added into a solvent to promote from further degreasing. The degreasing cleaning products may also be made of solvent free based on alkaline chemicals and or surfactants.

Cleaning Products to Avoid
There are certain cleaning products on the market that should be avoided as they are extremely harmful to the environment as well as to your family. Any cleaning products that contain petrochemicals should be avoided at all costs. There are many dry cleaning degreasers and solvents that contain tetrachloroethylene that is also known as perchloroethylene which can cause headaches, rashes and dizziness. Therefore there is a need to avoid any cleaning products that contain all these harmful chemicals.

Some other ingredients that should be avoided in the cleaning products which include:

  • Mathylene chloride that can be found in the paint strippers, degreasing products and metal cleaning products.
  • Ammonia that can be found in the window cleaning products and chlorine which is often found in many cleaning products as it is a bleaching agent.
  • Naphthalene which can be often found in the toilet deodorizers and carpet cleaners.

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