Monday, October 10, 2011

Flexible Cleaning: Detergent Dilution Ratio

Today’s floor chemicals are usually diluted at a ratio of 128:1 (128 parts water to 1 part detergent). This ratio is suitable to cleaning heavily soiled floors but can be excessive for routine cleaning applications.

To minimize chemical use, some recent floor machines include an ultra-low detergent mode suitable for normal cleaning. For example, Advance’s EcoFlex™ System is capable of dispensing detergent at a 400:1 ratio for routine cleaning of moderately soiled floors. This ratio enhances the natural cleaning power of water and break surface tension. In addition to providing green-cleaning results, this mode saves at least 50 percent in detergent costs and leaves behind a light, just-cleaned scent, which water cannot equally produce. Advanced floor scrubbing machines also feature onboard detergent-metering systems, which allows users to fill a tank with a cleaning product, set a selector to match the manufacturer’s suggested dilution ratio and insert the tank into the scrubber. This eliminates operator guesswork and ensures that detergent is dispensed at the proper dilution ratio.

Need to clean an area that requires a bit more scrub power? Next week we will look at automatic scrubber features that produce the necessary cleaning performance for specific areas.

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