Importance of Properly Diluting Chemicals

Although the art of manually mixing chemicals or the “glug glug” method has pretty much faded into the sunset with slow speed spray buffing, many people still do it. Ignoring directions, staff members become chemists overnight and feel the more product they use the better the outcome. This could be a dangerous and costly mistake.

I see staff in numerous facilities performing job duties using more or less product than specified to clean. A lot of the time the mentality is more is always better, but this type of negligence can lead to many problems such as quicker soiling, damaging surfaces, voiding of a warranty, money wasted and danger to the employee mixing the product.

Manufacturers set dilution rates for a reason. Take a surface disinfectant for example. 

If the directions specify ½ oz. per gallon dilution to kill all the viruses listed on the label, what will you accomplish by adding more product? No more germs will be killed and your floor or surface will now become sticky, soil faster and damage your finish. Conversely, if you are using a sanitizer in a kitchen setting and use too little product you could inadvertently spread disease. Neither scenario is a good one, so always follow your manufacturer’s dilution specifications.

Here are some tips to maintain a cost effective and safe maintenance program: 

  1. Know the dilution of your cleaning product.
  2. Utilize chemical proportioners or dispensing systems.
  3. If proportioners are not available use dilution pumps or measuring cups.
  4. Always read directions. If you do not understand dilution tables, ask your supervisor.
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