Removing dirt and maintaining a healthy home is a constant battle for all of us so it helps to understand the process to get the job done as painlessly as possible. An effective, efficient and safe cleaning process depends on what surface needs to be treated and selection of the appropriate cleaning products to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time.
The process of cleaning requires sufficient energy to remove soils and can be stated mathematically as the sum of time, temperature, mechanical and chemical energy. As we are all trying to save time and conserve energy, we then must make up the energy required for cleaning by increasing the temperature, scouring harder with a sponge or machine or adding formulated cleaning products which will reduce the energy barriers to removing soils.
Fortunately there are many formulated cleaning products that are designed to work on every surface in our homes. The products provide sufficient chemical energy to allow soil removal to take place even when we want to save time, use cold water, or not scrub quite so hard. These products generally contain ingredients which wet the soils, emulsify greases and oils, make water softer, degrade proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Each ingredient has a specific function which when properly mixed together and used at the correct dosages can remove the soils and restore the surfaces to their original condition. The formulated mixtures are thoroughly tested for safety and performance. The labels on the products give us lots of information on how to use them safely and effectively.