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Understanding the Relevance of the pH Scale


Posted on January 13, 2012
By Gary Fage

Understanding the relevance of the pH scale when carrying out cleaning tasks is vital to anyone that is serious about commercial cleaning

In general terms acidic products (less than pH 7) have descaling properties. Alkaline products (greater than pH 7) have degreasing properties.

The pH Scale is a means of measuring the degree of acidity or alkalinity of a cleaning agent or solution, simple, easy-to-understand, numeric terms. The scale itself has a range of 0-14,with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. The mid-point on the scale is 7 and is classed as neutral and this corresponds with the pH measurement for distilled water.

Acidic Products

When a pH value of a product or solution decreases below 7, its acidity will start to increase. Most acid based cleaning materials will have a typical pH value of between 0.5 and 5 on the scale. Concentrated pure acids will have a pH value of approximately 0.1, though these would never be used as cleaning as cleaning agents.

Acidic products are most commonly used to remove limescale deposits from hard surfaces as they will dissolve salts that are not soluble in water.

Alkaline Products

As you can see from the chart, if the pH value rises above 7, the product or solution will become more alkaline. Alkaline products are particularly effective in removing greasy and fatty deposits from hard surfaces. They will typically have a pH value of between 11 and 12.5. Stronger alkaline products such as emulsion floor polish strippers will have a value of around 13. Caustic soda, which is extremely corrosive, will have a pH value of 14.

Neutral Products

As we have pointed out earlier, the pH of distilled water is 7 which is taken as being the purest neutral solution. However, in reality, any product or solution with a pH value of between 6 and 9 is generally considered to be neutral. Neutral products are commonly used for general cleaning procedures and include washing-up liquid and carpet cleaning solution.

How is the pH Value Tested?

The approximate pH value of any liquid product or solution can be tested using Universal Indicator Paper, a type of litmus paper you may remember from science lessons in your schooldays. After being dipped into a solution the colour of the paper will change.

The colour of the paper can then be compared with a colour chart, the colour corresponding to the relevant value on the scale. The colours are illustrated in the chart at the head of this section.

About Gary Fage
Gary Fage has been Managing Director of Janitorial Express, since 1991, he is a Director of the Jangro Group and Council Member of the CHSA. www.janitorialexpress.co.uk

The Better Alternative: Chemical Free Products

By: The Chemical Free Cleaning Network

Scientific technical innovation is moving above and past “green” or “organic” products with progress in technologies that clean without the using of any synthetic chemicals.

Around the earth businesses and individuals are investing in a range of equipment and products that allow non chemical cleaning emerging and inventive methods.

From applying electric current to common water, to using the power of sunshine: new advances in cleaning technologies and strategies are making it simpler to clean chemical free.

A number of the technologies such as Sealed HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners, and hand applicators for liquid ozone and electrolyzed water are cost effective when considering the long term savings on synthetic chemical products.

Adopting a Chemical Free Cleaning plan in your house does not mean the outlay of thousands of dollars in using the latest alternative Chemical Free technologies.

Time-proven cleaning practices have been brought down through the generations could, in many cases, also provide effective cleaning results in the household.

The use of daily attention and natural, organic, chemical free materials located in each household could be mixed, combined, and blended in many ways to accomplish cleaning equivalent to the level of synthetic chemical cleaning liquids. However, keep in mind the even organic, green or natural products are not consistently synthetic chemical free.

There are many ways to help you in your move towards chemical free cleaning in your household.

Begin with reducing the total number of in-house synthetic chemical pollutants, and then check in the back of your kitchen pantry to select which daily products you want to keep for cleaning your home.

Get rid of synthetic chemical cleaners (but make sure that you get rid of them safely and securely).

You could help the environment, save cash and streamline your cleaning chore by changing your current artificial chemical cleaners with a few of the products discussed in this section.

 

The Chemical Free Cleaning Network was established by industry visionary Vince Elliott, B.S., M.H.S., who in his nearly four decades of professional experience in developing innovative cleaning strategies for commercial and industrial applications. He has strived to bring these disparate technologies and strategies under one connected organization to benefit building proprietors, janitorial service managers, homeowners, and our ecosystem as a whole.

What is the ARCSI Seal of Excellence?

What the Residential Cleaning Seal of Excellence means to the consumer

ARCSI Seal of Excellence

ARCSI’s Residential Cleaning Seal of Excellence is awarded to residential cleaning companies who meet a rigorous set of industry and business standards.

As the not-for-profit international trade association representing the residential cleaning industry, ARCSI believes that in documenting and verifying information before awarding our prestigious seal, we are providing consumers a level of expectation and confidence regarding the professionalism, ethical business practices, and commitment to continuing education from company they are considering giving access to their homes.

To earn the right to display the seal a residential cleaning company provides the following documentation to ARCSI:

Proof of Insurance, including liability and workers compensation and proof of bonding
Proof that they preform background checks on prospective employees as part of their hiring process.
Documentation that company has participated in on-going industry and business educational programs in the past year.
Documentation that the company has been in business at least two (2) years.

In addition, the company ownership and management agrees that they accept and will strive to adhere to the ARCSI Code of Ethics which states the company will:

Operate constantly in accordance with the best and fully accepted ethical and business practices.
Comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Provide employees with professional equipment, proper training, and direction.
Contribute to the overall growth of the industry by being actively involved in activities that will enhance the overall perception of the residential cleaning industry.
Work to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of customers.
Provide courteous and prompt handling of all requests and complaints.
Strive for the continued improvement of the image and reputation of the industry by good business practices and enlightened public service in the community.

Consumers should look for those residential cleaning companies who have earned and proudly display the Residential Cleaning Seal of Excellence.

Identifying Your Competition and Your Ideal Client

Do you know your competition and where their strengths and weaknesses lie? How does your competition determine how you operate?

Are you willing to take any job that comes along or are there clients you would turn down? How do you determine which clients are your ideal and how do you find more of them?

ARCSI Ambassador Dee Strickland of A Zing Zap Cleaning Service in Minneola, FL, will discuss her experiences and moderate this discussion.

August 9, 2011 Hot Topic Tuesday Call
1:00 pm EDT/ 10 am PDT

Sign up here for the call: http://www.arcsi.org/events/event_details.asp?id=174906

ARCSI 2011 Las Vegas National Convention, October 18-22

“ARCSI is about members helping members… no matter what I need, I can call or email just about anyone and they will have sound advice for me. I’ve even been welcomed to visit members’ companies who are willing to talk and share just about everything.”

— Dee Strickland

Owner, A Zing Zap Cleaning Service

I’m an ARCSI Ambassador for the southeastern United States and the 2010 Orlando National Convention Chair. I can honestly say that ARCSI members are top-notch business owners. This year, we are all meeting in Las Vegas for five days of non-stop action such as residential cleaning professional education, networking, and problem-solving all in one place. The ARCSI Convention Committee has put together an amazing slate of speakers to educate and entertain attendees. It’s Vegas, baby! Headquarters hotel is Bally’s. Sign up today because A Zing Zap Cleaning Service from Minneola, FL, wants to meet you … it’s going to be so much fun and informative!

Activeion Ionator

A Zing Zap Cleaning Service has added new technology to our products and now provides chemical-free cleaning for its most important clients – your children, your pets, and you.

WE ARE THE FIRST CENTRAL FLORIDA (Lake and West Orange counties) CLEANING COMPANY TO OFFER THIS NANO TECHNOLOGY.

The Activeion Ionator is a powerful tool with ZERO harmful chemicals. Most household cleaners mask the poisonous chemicals by adding bright colors and strong fragrances. This tool kills more than 99.9% of harmful bacteria (E. coli, VRE, Salmonella, MRSA, Pseudomonas, Staph, Listeria and E. coli O157:H7) and the 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Influenza A virus. All it takes to kill germs is to spray nonporous, hard surfaces at a distance of 3 – 4 inches for 6 seconds. No additional dwell time required. It’s that easy! PURE RENEWABLE CLEAN.

Give us a call today to schedule your chemical-free cleaning appointment.