So what is a Cleaning Product?

A cleaning product is a blend of specialty materials used to remove soils and stains from a surface and to restore the surface to its original condition.  Cleaning products are also used to help remove unwanted microbial contaminants from a surface.

Cleaning plays an essential role in our daily lives by providing important public health benefits to consumers beyond the obvious aesthetic benefits.  Keeping surfaces clean and free of soil not only helps reduce the opportunities for spreading of germs but helps extend the life of our personal possessions.

Get to know your Cleaning Products.

Start by selecting a basic categories and then choose the specific product to learn more information on types, processes, ingredients and alternative formulas.


Meet the Basic Ingredients.Almost every cleaning product you use, is based on basic elements of effectiveness, we call these elements “Cleaning Agents”. These Cleaning Agents are broken down into the following active ingredients. Click on a Cleaning Agent to learn more.

  • Builders: Adjust pH to optimize cleaning performance and suspend soils.
  • Bleaches: Oxidize and remove soils and lighten the color of stains.
  • Enzymes: Biological proteins that speed the breakdown of soils.
  • Surfactants: Allow a product to wet surfaces, emulsify greasy soils, lift away dirt.
  • Solvents: Organics that dissolve soils.
  • Chelants: Bind with metal ions in solution (calcium and magnesium in soap scum)
  • Biologicals: Non-pathogenic microorganisms and associated enzymes useful in decomposing soil.
  • Preservatives: Allow your product to remain useable for several months after purchase.



News, Notes, & Trivia

Daily Factoid... Did You Know?

Toilet – King Minos of Crete had the first flushing water toilet recorded in history and that was over 2800 years ago. Also, a toilet was discovered in the tomb of a Chinese king of the Western Han Dynasty that dates back to 206 BC to 24 AD.

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