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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Dilution ratios

December 16, 2010
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I know there is a dilution ratio with chemicals when diluted with water but, recently, my staff is putting less water in their mop buckets due to worry about spillage.
This concerns me due to not only the waste of chemicals but to the dilution not being effective.
Are there procedures for properly wringing out a wet mop? Example: You should have enough water to rinse mop out before wringing out the mop.
We typically use a 26-quart to 31-quart bucket.
The answer:
You may have to provide a written procedure for your staff, since they obviously need to follow one that will avoid wasting time and chemical.
The first problem with only having a small amount of water in the mop bucket is accelerated saturation levels in the cleaning solution.
Let me explain. If you have a 26-quart mop bucket and fill it half full, you would have 13 quarts of clean water.
If the disinfectant mix ratio called for ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corporation.
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