Types of Abrasive Cleaning Agents

Types of Abrasive Cleaning Agents

Cleaning any building involves the cleaning of windows, rugs, floors, and appliances. Other than the upholstery and carpets, cleaning of different elements in your surroundings is categorized as hard cleaning. The right machines and skills are only part of the equation for a thorough hard cleaning.

The other part of your equation lies in picking the best cleaning agents. You undoubtedly have a broad range of options in store shelves for cleaning products. You should, however, not assume that any of the cleaning chemicals on sale will suffice for your property’s cleanup.

There are different categories of cleaning agents, including detergents, soaps, acids, alkalis, and abrasives. Abrasive cleaners will physically scratch the dirt, tarnish and stains on your surfaces using friction when rubbed on these surfaces. They are thus sometimes called mechanical cleaners.

The following are your abrasive cleaning agent alternatives.

Dry Abrasives

These have, for a long time, been a part of household cleaning and polishing. The power of dry abrasive cleaning lies in its minerals particles like feldspar, silica, quartz, and calcite.

Commercial dry abrasives also contain a small surfactant amount that removes oily residue, including the greasy film that commonly forms around the walls and floors of washing areas.

If you need to remove beverage, mold, or food stains, a bleaching agent will be included in your product. If on the other hand, rust stains are your issue, the cleaning agent should contain sodium hydrosulfite or oxalic acid.

Liquid Abrasives

These comprise a suspension of solid abrasives in a thick liquid. Liquid abrasives will contain softer abrasives and more surfactant compared to dry ones. As such, they have a more gentle abrasive cleaning action compared with dry abrasives.

Abrasive Tools

cleaning tiles with brush

These are the most popular among all abrasive cleaning agents. Some of the standard abrasive cleaning tools include sponges, stones, and scrubbers. Scouring pads comprise a non-disintegrating material like stainless steel, nylon or copper while some have plastic with small ingrained abrasive particles.

They have no embedded cleaning mixture and only use mechanical agitation for cleaning. Scrubbers are scouring pads featuring an open construction made of tough synthetic fibers, resin, and abrasive minerals.

They are used for light and heavy-duty cleaning and are color-coded. Blue and white scrubbers are used to clean delicate surfaces like chrome, ceramic, and fiberglass. Black and green ones are used in heavy duty scouring.

Disinfecting Abrasives

These have antimicrobial chemicals for the reduction of bacteria on soiled surfaces. Some of these disinfecting agents include sodium hypochlorite, quaternary ammonium compounds, and pine oil.

Disinfecting abrasives have specific instructions on their use. This guarantees they do not affect the integrity of your surfaces and will get rid of all microbes on a surface.

In the alternatives mentioned above, products with fine particles are generally less abrasive compared with those with coarse ones. Cleaning your institution requires the best products on the market. You can thus not afford to reach for any product labeled “abrasive” on the shelves nor the cheapest available product.

Take time to understand the abrasive you are buying and pay attention to its ingredients. Moreover, settle on the best manufacturer for your cleaning product to guarantee its efficacy for your task.

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