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Monday's Ask the Experts: Mixing ratios

July 11, 2011
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I’ve been working for the Post Office for over ten years as a truck driver and now I am a custodian and I am learning to strip and refinish floors. I have done a couple of jobs and I feel proud that they came out well since I am new at this. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much training in cleaning, so I need info as far as mixing the stripper with water. What does it mean to mix in parts? For example, 1:3 or one part product and two parts water?
The answer:
Normally, the mix ratio is given in parts (units) of undiluted product to parts (units) of water. So, if the label ratio shows mixing 1:3, it means measuring 1 part of stripper to 3 parts of water. If you were mixing up a gallon of stripper solution you would add 1 quart of stripper to 3 quarts of water. Likewise, if the label shows ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.
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