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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Dilution ratios

June 19, 2012
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Tuesday''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 26-31 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... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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