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.
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.