Versatile Hard Surface Cleaner is a cleaning product with a very high dilution ratio. Depending on the type of cleaning you plan to do the dilution ratio can go from 1 to 500. For spray & wipe cleaning a dilution of 1 to 100 is recommended. For machine floor cleaning a dilution rate of 1 to 200 is highly recommended. For daily mopping use a dilution of 1 to 500. One of the longest lasting hard surface cleaners in the world. Even at the highest dilution ratio, Versatile Hard Surface Cleaner is a brilliant cleaning product.
Versatile Hard Surface Cleaner – Where to use
Versatile Hard Surface Clean can literally be used on any hard surface. Recommended for furniture cleaning, wood work cleaning, glass cleaning, stainless steel cleaning, painted surface cleaning, floor cleaning, light kitchen cleaning, light bathroom cleaning etc. Versatile Hard Surface Cleaner has a very low PH and can be used even on the most sensitive surfaces without any risk.
Versatile Hard Surface Cleaner is a product highly recommended for the commercial market. School cleaning and office cleaning cost way less when Versatile Hard Surface Cleaner is used.
Versatile Hard Surface Cleaner is a high quality floor cleaning product highly recommended for cleaning porcelain, ceramic, marble, terracotta, terrazzo, marmoleum, amtico, vinyl, wood floors. It will evaporate within a few seconds of touching a hard surface and it is guaranteed to leave a streak free finish. Versatile Hard Surface Cleaner is a maintenance floor cleaning product and it is not very efficient on very dirty floors.
It is highly recommended that you use a dosage system when using Versatile Hard Surface Cleaner. Many places tend to overuse this cleaning product.
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A Guide To Hard Surface Cleaners
Any surface is bound to get dirty. Whether it a countertop, a wall, or the floor, you'll have to clean it at one time or another. It absorbs food and beverage spills like a sponge, and can even get permanently stained. Homes, schools, businesses, hospitals, halls- they use all kinds of materials for their surfaces. There are stone, concrete, porcelain tiles, ceramic, clay pavers, wood, granite countertops, natural stone, resilient and even specialty flooring. The right hard surface cleaners will make them easy to clean, maintain, and restore them to their original condition. Whether you're doing the routine dusting and damp mopping, or a thorough washing, a hard surface cleaner will help you get the job done quickly and effectively.
Surfaces are under attack from all kinds of dirt and stains. You can have a spaghetti sauce accident on your floor. Perhaps you tracked in oil from your driveway. Someone can walk into your house with dirty, muddy shoes. You can spill liquids and substances such as soft drinks, coffee, orange juice or wine. Your pet can urinate on the surfaces. Whichever the case, grab your hard surface cleaner and spring into action as soon as the accident occurs. When you’re cleaning your house, use the product to get rid of the dirt and grime. Getting the appropriate hard surface cleaner will protect your surface and assure you the clean look and comfort you desire.
How To Pick The Right Hard Surface Cleaner
In order for you to make the best purchase decision for your needs, you'll need to consider a couple of factors including:
· The surface you intend on cleaning
Hard surface cleaners can work on porous and non-porous floors, walls, tile and grout, marble, concrete, brick, porcelain toilets, stone, rubber flooring, and uneven surfaces. Are you working on your kitchen countertops, your bathroom walls, the balcony concrete or the living room floor? What material is it made of? Each surface has a hard surface cleaner that's most suitable to it.
· The strength of the hard surface cleaner
There are some that are designed for a quick clean, and others are designed to get rid of the most stubborn stains- including grease, beverage spills that have bonded with the surface, and even graffiti marks.
How To Use The Hard Surface Cleaner
Hard surface cleaners can be used manually, or with machines such as pressure washers or floor scrubbers. Before cleaning, you'll need to first do a spot test on an inconspicuous portion of the surface. Using the wrong hard surface cleaner can damage your surface by simply discolouring it or by etching it and completely ruining it. You also don't want to damage the sealer. Don't play “chemist” by improperly using acidic or alkaline hard surface cleaners. They can permanently set stains, which will require professional restoration work to reverse it. Follow the instructions on the label. Only continue once you're sure the product is the right and safe option for your surface. Here's how to clean the surfaces effectively:
Manual cleaning with the hard surface cleaner:
Note that the cleaning product can have chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, so you need to wear protective gear such as rubber gloves. For the tools, you'll need a mop, cloth, brush and bucket.
1. Make a solution in warm water. The ratio you'll be required to use will be described in the hard surface cleaner product label.
2. Apply the solution on the surface with the appropriate tool. For instance, mops are best for use on floors, and cloths for the counter tops.
3. Leave it to soak.
4. Agitate by scrubbing until the clean surface becomes visible.
5. Rinse the surface with clean water. When residue is left on the surface, it will inhibit the sealer, and attract dirt faster. Rinsing will get rid of the residue.
6. Don’t over wet surfaces when cleaning, and always remove excess liquid. Allow it to air dry.
When using hard surface cleaning machines:
These are for those who want to tackle huge surface areas-like in nursing homes, office complexes-, cleaning companies or even home owners who want to reduce water overflow and minimise clean-up time. The machines use hard surface cleaners to deal with all kinds of surfaces, from concrete to porous and non-porous tiles. Such equipment use a pressure and extraction unit that, when paired with the right head, you can also clean carpets and grout. When using a washer or a floor scrubber:
1. Dilute the hard water cleaner with water with the recommended ratio. Remember to use warm water.
2. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for using the equipment.
3. Rinse with clean water.
When buying the hard surface cleaner, here are some factors you should consider:
· The hard-surface spinning heads- Check the size of the motorized spinner, to ensure that water flows at the most optimal and safe pressure level for the job
· Squeegee wands- these help you cut down time when you want to use your hard surface cleaner for tight spaces or small jobs. They come in handy for surfaces such as VCT flooring, toilet areas and under restaurant tables.
· Extractors- they get rid of the debris on your surface. Their operation rate is measured in gallons per minute. The higher the rate, the more effective the hard surface cleaning machine.
· Pressure levels and heating unit- they have steam pressure washers that are usually powered by electricity, but can also run on gasoline, propane or diesel. These make it easier to tackle surfaces that are extremely dirty or greasy.
· Noise levels- In case you'll be cleaning hospitals, at night, or in other environments where machine-noise is an issue, you should consider getting a model that comes with a special noise-reducing case.
How Hard Surface Cleaners Work
They are usually solutions of surfactants and water softeners. The surfactants remove the dirt and grime from the surface. Examples of surfactants are alkylbenzenesulphonates and modified fatty alcohols. These surfactants in hard surface cleaners are similar to those in found in laundry detergents, fabric softeners, disinfectants, body washes, hand soaps, shampoos, creams and lotions.
Time for some chemistry: a surfactant is a surface active agent. They are surface active because when you introduce them to water, their molecules begin acculturating at the surface with their hydrophobic tails sticking out into the air, and the hydrophilic heads plunged in the water. But they are too small for you to see this with the naked eye. When many accumulate, the surface clogs up and other molecules are forced into the water. They huddle around in a ball called a micelle. It's basically a water free environment. The oils love it, so they move into the micelles, and leave your hard surface. They are washed away when you scrub and rinse the floor, thus taking the dirt and grime with them. The surfactants in the hard surface cleaners also reduce the surface tension of water. This increases the wetting area, improving the contact between the water and the soiled surface. The water softeners role is to enhance the ability of the surfactant in hot water. A typical water softener is sodium triphosphate.
A Look At How Hard Surface Cleaners Work On Different Types Of Surfaces
Use a hard surface cleaner for the wood cabinets to remove fingerprints, smudges and other kinds of dirt. You'll need to get a product that's designed to work on finished wood. Don't use water-based cleaners unless floor has a polyurethane coating. Also avoid abrasive cleaners. You can get a polish or wax in case you desire a shine. When cleaning meat chopping blocks, use an abrasive hard surface cleaner, preferably with disinfectant properties. Be sure to rise thoroughly. Do not soak the chopping block in water, otherwise it will split or warp. When cleaning wood floors with the hard surface cleaner, you'll need to use a brush to scrub. For the furniture, spray the cleaner directly and wipe, or first dampen a cloth and use it to clean the surfaces.
Laminate surfaces may not be able to stand up to heat, but they are very easy to clean. Dab the hard surface cleaner on surfaces such as countertops using a microfiber cloth, let it sit, and then wipe gently. When wet mopping your floor, do not soak the microfiber mop pad- just dampen it. Do not flood the floor, especially near seams, as water can penetrate it and cause the substrate to swell. Don't scrub or you will scratch the surface- that means you rule out using steel wool or scouring pads. Ensure that's it dries completely. If moisture gets into the laminate core board it will cause the floors to warp over time. Avoid using mats with rubber or other non-porous backings because they can trap moisture and affect the finish. When vacuuming, don't use a vacuum with a beater bar, to avoid scratching it.
· Stone and brick
You'll need to use heavy duty hard surface cleaners. Brick cleaners usually have phosphoric and hydrofluoric acids in addition to surfactants. Avoid abrasive cleaners. Concrete is acid-sensitive, so you should avoid acidic cleaners. Concrete used alkaline cleaners composed of chemicals like sodium hydroxide and thickeners. Rinse the surfaces thoroughly after cleaning, and protect your skin from getting into contact with these hard surface cleaners, since they are aggressive.
These are cleaned using light-duty hard surface cleaners. They are designed to clean without requiring a rinse. They don't have salts, and result in a streak-free shine. These hard surface cleaners are usually composed of alcohols, such asethanol or isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) and surfactants. Spray the cleaner directly onto your mirrors, windows and other glass surfaces. Alternatively, you can apply the cleaner on a soft cloth and use a soft, lint-free duster to rub it off the surface.
· Tile and grout
Avoid acidic and abrasive cleaners on glazed surfaces. For ceramic tiles -such as bathtubs, countertops and floors- use a nonabrasive hard surface cleaner, rinse thoroughly. Buff the tiles using a dry cloth to prevent water spots. It will also make the tiles to shine. Clean the grout using a grout brush. Wet the toothbrush, dip the bristles in the hard surface cleaner, and then scrub the grout clean. After you’ve scrubbed all the grout, rinse the tile thoroughly with clean water.
· Cork floorings and wall coverings
Use floor wax regularly and seal to provide a protective coating. Avoid using water on cork. When it comes to cork surfaces, less is definitely more. Don't allow any liquid to stand on your cork flooring. Water or moisture in any form can seriously damage them. For instance, flooding floors can cause the joints to swell. Avoid abrasive soaps, oils, waxes, or ammonia-based cleaning products for the cork surfaces. In addition, never use harsh solvents, since they can discolour or damage the floor’s surface. Get a specialised cork hard surface cleaner to clean heavy stains or spills. Remember to keep cork flooring away from direct sunlight. Make use of shades, blinds and drapes.
· Vitreous China
This is mainly used for toilet bowls. Get the required toilet bowl cleaner. In fact, don't use the cleaner for any other surface other than the inside of the toilet bowl. Be sure to scrub thoroughly under the rim of the bowl. Only flush the toilet after you've scrubbed. Did you know that the average toilet uses 8 litres of water per flush? So flushing before cleaning will be wasting all that water each time.
These are popular for bathtubs, spas and whirlpools. Use a hard surface cleaner specially formulated for acrylic. Spa surfaces can be sensitive to conventional housecleaning products. When cleaning, clear out the bathtub, removing things like as shampoo bottles and soap. Wipe off the bottom to remove any soap scum. Acrylic surfaces scratch easy, so it is not a good idea for you to use a scouring pad or a hard brush. In fact, cloudy or dull finishes on acrylic surfaces are caused by the tiny nicks and scratches that fill up with dirt over time. Avoid using aerosol products on the bath surface. Remember to wipe out your bathtub or whirlpool after each use using a soft cloth or squeegee. Clean these areas at least week with the hard surface cleaner and a sponge. In addition, keep items that contain dye in them off the rims to protect them from getting stains.
· Metal surfaces
These hard surface cleaners usually contain chelating agents such as citric and phosphoric acids, abrasives, and surfactants. Metal ions make the water hard, interfering with the cleaning ability of the product. Chelating agents in the hard surface cleaner combine themselves with the disruptive metal ions such as calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese metal ions in the water. The surfactant handle getting rid of the dirt and grease. That is for ferrous (iron) -based surfaces. Silver surfaces have to use specialised silver hard surface cleaners to protect them from tarnishing.
· Vinyl and Linoleum
Here you can get 3 kinds of products- some that only clean, others that only shine, and others that clean and add shine. Seal these surfaces when they are still new, or immediately after cleaning them. When washing the surfaces, avoid hot water and alkaline cleaners. Be careful not to grind dirt and grit into the surface, as it can dull the finish. Regularly apply the recommended type of polish to help protect it, fill in the scratches and add a shine.
Hard Surface Maintenance Tips
Here are a few tips that will help you maintain your surface and increase its life, and help you use the hard surface cleaner more effectively.
· Use mats at entry points in your home or office. This will prevent soil and other kinds of dirt from being tracked into the room. The less dirt that brought in, the less of the hard surface cleaner you'll be required to use. In fact, one of the greatest threats to flooring materials since it erodes the surface. Studies have shown that getting a 5 ft. walk off mat will reduce the amount of soil getting into a building by 33%. A 25 ft. walk off mat eliminates almost all soil in its entirety. Also place breathable mats in working areas in the kitchen-like in front of the sink and stove. It will prevent moisture penetration and wear due to excess floor usage.
· Vacuum regularly. This will get rid of pet hair, dust and loose debris. Some people wait until they spot dirt before they star vacuuming. Not only will this spend more energy, but you’ll also be exposing the house occupants to health risks. Dry service procedures such as sweeping, vacuuming, dust mopping or using microfiber cloths to wipe surfaces. It will reduce the damaging effects of dirt and grime.
· Clean up spills as soon as they happen. Whether its oil or a hot beverage that spills on your surface, use the hard surface cleaner to get it off. The more you wait the more the spill will seep into the surface and form stains. Immediately a spill occurs, you should cordon off the area using wet floor signs, placards, cones or tape. This is mainly for those areas with high human traffic- such as offices, schools and malls. If it's in your home you just have to announce that the floor is wet- and perhaps lock your pet out of the room. Get rid of the spill with appropriate hard surface cleaner, a wet mop and a bucket. Dry the floor completely using a floor fan before you leave the area.
· After cleaning your surfaces, allow them to air dry. You can open up the windows or turn on the fans to increase the air circulation. Drying quickly not only makes the results better, but it also reduces the chances of re-soiling.
· We love aesthetics. Many home owners use rugs to decorate the hard surfaces. When you do, ensure you get non-skid pads under them for your safety.
· When cleaning your surfaces use sponges or micro fibre cloths to wipe, and brushes to scrub, and minimise paper towel usage. You can use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach corners and crevices.
· When liquid spills occur, first blot out the excess using a cloth or sponge. You can dab or lightly wipe the surface in circular motions. For food spills, scoop the excess foodstuffs using plastic spoon, or scrape them off your countertop using a dull knife. This makes the hard surface cleaner to make your surface sparkle faster.
· As you clean your kitchen or bathroom, don’t leave the sink taps or showers running as you wait for the hard surface cleaner to work. When it’s time to rinse it away, you don’t need to use hot water. Use cold, but rinse quickly.
· Use felt on tables and chair legs to prevent them from damaging the hard surface floors.
· Clean surfaces that receive high human traffic more regularly using the hard surface cleaner. For instance, office corridors will require daily cleaning, sometimes being washed up to two times in a single day.
· Give the hard surface cleaners dwell time on stubborn spots and stains. They need sufficient time to break down the compounds causing the stains. The length of swell time depend on the specific product and will be indicated on the label, or can source the directions from the manufacturer’s website. The longer you wait before scrubbing and rinsing them away the better they work.
· Use only professional hard surface cleaners and sealing products for your floors, walls and countertops. Professionals have used them for years. You can easily find out quickly what works and what does damage. Avoid substances such as ammonia and bleach, which may damage the surfaces and remove the dyes. For instance, bleaching products can remove dye from grout. In addition, avoid using abrasive products such as dry or wet compound cleansers.
· Keep off the floors until they dry. Wet floors are slippery and can cause accidents.
· Avoid over-spraying aerosols-such as air fresheners and bug sprays- on areas with hard surfaces. They will settle on the surfaces and leave residue that will make it harder to clean.
· Don’t overdose or over-squirt when cleaning- remember that the top hard surface cleaners really work, so you don’t need to waste them.
All this information is informative only. Always respect the manufacturer recommendations.
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